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Duo Security has launched a new two-factor authentication service for Android devices that ships with a hardware security module, or HSM, under the hood. The security firm says that one in two Android phones is susceptible to privilege escalation, a type of exploit that relies on unlatched vulnerabilities in the operating system to access protected system resources. Duo’s technology thwarts this kind of attack by storing user credentials on the HSM, which is out of reach for any hacker “even if the user’s mobile device has been fully compromised." “By leveraging the unique hardware security capabilities of modern Android devices, our Duo Push technology is not only the... more »
It looks just like any other office building located in suburban Shanghai, but the unassuming 12-storey white building pictured right has been identified as the possible nerve center of a global hacking operation conducted by a secret cyberwarfare unit in China’s military. US security firm Mandiant says that it has collected extensive evidence detailing the existence of the group over the last three years, and that all the clues point to the innocuous white building in Shanghai’s Pudong district being the headquarters of China’s state-sponsored hacking operations. Mandiant alleges that the building houses a secretive military unit known as the People's Liberation... more »
In today’s mobile news roundup: Samsung to announce next Galaxy on March 14; Fujitsu unveils a smartphone for the “older generation”; and Ubuntu puts out a tablet teaser. Samsung to announce next Galaxy on March 14 According to the latest reports, Samsung will be revealing a set of new Galaxy devices on March 14. One of the said devices will be the Galaxy SIV. No news yet as to what upgraded features the new Galaxy devices will have, but sources claim that the launch will take place in New York. Samsung is also expected to reveal the final form of an 8-inch Galaxy... more »
Hyperscale computing is slowly but surely taking over the enterprise. The Big Data explosion is forcing organizations to beef up their storage environments, but extending legacy infrastructure is not the way to successfully achieve hyperscale status. Traditional RAID architectures are simply too expensive to maintain sustainability beyond the Exabyte threshold. That is why Facebook and Google, two pioneers of hyperscale in the private sector, have invested billions in resolving the primary cause of the Exa-scale cost barrier: complexity. Wikibon’s Stu Miniman says that simplicity calls for infrastructure retooling at the rack level. The analyst points out that, like Google, Facebook’s data center is... more »
We’ve all been through this ordeal, we’re waiting for a very important text, but when the phone beeps, you’re greeted with a very annoying message. It can be anything from someone telling you won a prize from a famous brand, or a message that contains a web link about a racy photo or a new promo. It gets really annoying. So do we just ignore these spam texts and hope that they would eventually stop coming, or is there a way to eliminate these annoying texts? There’s an app for that! PrivacyStar, makers of smartphone apps that gives control to mobile phone users,... more »
It’s Durango vs Orbis: The Head to Toe Analysis. Few weeks back we heard about the upcoming gaming consoles from Sony and Microsoft, where there were a lot of speculations and rumors about their features. So, here we have the both next-generation gaming consoles, Orbis and Durango respectively. Let’s do a quick head to toe analysis of both, finding what they have to offer and which one is better off. An interesting fact about Durango and Orbis is that both consoles are very much similar. And that’s because Sony and Microsoft faced the exact same challenges and went to the same people... more »
Sony is hosting an event on February 20, 2013 in New York as 6PM EST. Aside from a tweet and a cryptic video, nothing much has been said about the event but PlayStation fans are hoping to see the next generation game console at the event. It has been more than six years since the PlayStation 3 was launched and though Sony released different versions of the console, fans are looking for something new - something drastically different. Could that drastic change be a touchscreen on the PS’ controllers? Might be. Images of a DualShock PS controller that features a small screen on... more »
It’s a rainy day and Fedex says that the Samsung Chromebook is on the truck--out for delivery. For me, it’s like any other day as I wait and do general work at the computer. The tasks are simple: play a few games, read everything in my Google Reader feed, retweet a few messages on Twitter, and finally distill my thoughts about everything I’d done onto the keyboard. The rain smells sweet, so I open the window to let the scent in, it has the secondary use of amplifying every sound from the front of the house. When the driver finally arrives... more »
Rackspace, known for its OpenStack-based Public Cloud IaaS service, is now offering a productized version of the software behind that service publicly as a free download, with no licensing, writes Wikibon Analyst Stuart Miniman. Customers can either have Rackspace run the solution for about the same cost as normal software licensing or can run their private clouds themselves and pay Rackspace nothing. Rackspace support is all remote, delivered over the Internet, and the customer is responsible for the hardware. However, the Rackspace cloud is designed to work around component failures, simplifying operations hugely. The private cloud is built on the KVM hypervisor... more »
Not long after it was first released, there were rumors that Microsoft was planning a radical overhaul of the way it updates its operating system, with a new annual release cycle codenamed Windows Blue. The plan, supposedly, is that Windows will become more like Android or Apple’s OS X, and until today we’ve been waiting for official confirmation that it’s true. Now it looks as though Microsoft has indeed confirmed the existence of Windows Blue, albeit inadvertently, from a quite unexpected source. According to a report in The Verge, the software giant recently posted a couple of job ads seeking software development... more »