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Chrome Remote Desktop App, SATCOM Security, Open Source Coffee Pods

By Sara Turner
April 17, 2014 1:50 pm


Some news from the world of IT...

New App Lets You Control Desktop with Your Phone

NBC News - Forget your files at home? Google has come up with nifty solution to that problem with the Chrome Remote Desktop app.

Microsoft Delays Enterprise Windows 8.1 Support Doomsday

Dark Reading - Responding to criticism, Microsoft gives businesses until August to adopt Windows 8.1 Update and continue receiving security updates. Consumers still face May 13 deadline.

Nokia suspends tablet sales due to faulty charger

Computer World - The AC-300 charger can give users an electric shock, but no incidences have been confirmed so far.

Katie Couric Interviews Aereo CEO About Its Upcoming Supreme Court Case

Yahoo - Today, if you live in one of 11 major metropolitan areas in the U.S., you can get over-the-air television over the Internet instead, from a very clever company called Aereo.

How to Limit Heartbleed Risk Today

eSecurity Planet - What can you do to reduce your risk from Heartbleed? eSecurity Planet has got you covered.

Snowden Questions Putin on Surveillance in Phone-in

Security Week - Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday joined a phone-in with Russian President Vladimir Putin, quizzing him over the extent of Moscow's surveillance activities.

D&B acquires data-matching unit of social analytics firm Fliptop

ZD Net - Fliptop's software aggregates public web and social data. By acquiring its social data matching business unit, D&B plans to link Fliptop's unstructured social data with its own proprietary structured data.

Mars orbiter snaps Curiosity and tracks from far above

CNet - Get a rare perspective on the Curiosity rover's travels across a distant planet with a fascinating image snapped by NASA's Mars orbiter.

Nespresso "open-sources" coffee pod business under government pressure

Ars Technica - France's antitrust authority got Nespresso to be nice to its competitors.

Google's New Modular Phone May Be the Last You'll Need to Buy

Wired - At the Project Ara Developer's Conference in Santa Clara, California, the moment of unveiling was a bit of a letdown. When project lead Paul Eremenko got ready for the big reveal -- finally showing off Google's vision for a modular phone with working, user-interchangeable components -- he had to dampen expectations from the enthusiastic crowd.

Facebook users targeted by iBanking Android trojan app

PCWorld - Cybercriminals have started using a sophisticated Android Trojan app designed for e-banking fraud to target Facebook users, possibly in an attempt to bypass the two-factor authentication protection on the social network.

Bugcrowd launches funding drive to audit OpenSSL

CSO - Bugcrowd, the bug bounty marketplace driven by crowdsouring, has launched a donation campaign in order to help pay for a security audit of OpenSSL. The hope is that such an audit will prevent another Heartbleed.

LinkedIn Debuts SlideShare App, Mobile Updates

InformationWeek - LinkedIn's mobile push continues with a new content-driven app and web-based mobile features for SlideShare.

How a common law enforcement tool could be abused to spy on you illegally

The Washington Post - Privacy advocates are warning that the legal gray area in a key court case may make it easier for the government to spy on Americans illegally.

Apple, Shazam reportedly working on song discovery for upcoming iOS

Los Angeles Times - Apple and Shazam are reportedly working together to create a music discovery feature that will be integrated into the next version of the tech giant's iPhone and iPad software.

Tor Begins Blacklisting Exit Nodes Vulnerable to Heartbleed

Threat Post - The Tor Project has begun blacklisting exit nodes vulnerable to the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL.

The dismal state of SATCOM security

Help Net Security - Satellite Communications (SATCOM) play a vital role in the global telecommunications system, but the security of the devices used leaves much to be desired, says Ruben Santamarta, principal security consultant with IOActive.

Americans Think Drones Are Creepier Than Google Glass

NextGov - Americans are, unsurprisingly, distrustful of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, according to new data from Pew Research Center.

Not the usual suspects: 10 plucky programming languages on the rise

InfoWorld - From Ceylon to Egison, these 10 languages tackle tough programming problems in unique and increasingly popular ways.

Ubuntu 14.04 'Trusty Tahr' Brings Long-Term Linux Desktop Support

eWeek - Ubuntu 14.04, code-named the "Trusty Tahr" and set for general availability on April 17, is a special Linux distribution because it is a long-term support (LTS) release. An LTS release offers the promise of five years of support, making it a suitable candidate for enterprise-grade deployments.

First Take: Google's algorithm gobbling up online ad business

USA Today - Google's latest financial results, released late Wednesday, suggest the Internet search giant is doing to other online ad sellers what it's already done to the print publishing industry: wrestling away an ever-larger share of advertising growth and driving ad rates inexorably.

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