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How a $56 Small Black Box Was Used as a Spying Device

Little black boxes.  Check.  Raspberry Pi Model A computer.  Check.  Over-the-counter sensors.  Check.  WiFi adapters.  Check.  Command and control system.  Check.  Now you have all the things you need to build your very own CreepyDOL. What’s a CreepyDOL you ask?  It’s a small device that is able to spy on people on the street.  It can tell a person’s movement, say if he recently visited a coffee shop, what websites he browsed, if that person purchased anything online. So how does the spying go down? Brendan O’Connor, the creator of this creepy device, stated that a person need not do anything to be... more »
Obama Shows Apple Some Love & Craigslist Scammers - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Obama Shows Apple Some Love & Craigslist Scammers - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Protectionism Unseeen Since Reagan   The Obama administration has vetoed a Trade Commission order that would have banned Apple from importing a number of older model iPhones and iPads that violate patents owned by Samsung. The use of this executive power came as a surprise, as it rarely happens. The last presidential veto of a product ban was in 1987. In the latest ruling, the trade commission banned importation of iPhone 4s, iPhone 3GSs, iPad 3Gs and iPad 2 3Gs distributed by AT&T, effectively banning the sale of those items in the U.S. Even though Apple is an American company, the affected devices are... more »
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3 Things to Expect From the Galaxy Note 3 at IFA 2013

I'd say we have ourselves a tradition - for the third consecutive year, Samsung will be unveiling the newest iteration of its Galaxy Note line at the IFA technology conference in Berlin. Just two days before IFA kicks off on September 4, Samsung will hold its own press event to unbox the Galaxy Note 3. The phone maker sent out invites this morning for the event, called "Samsung Unpacked 2013," and will be live-streamed via the web. Fear not state-side folks, Samsung will host a press event at the same time in New York City's Times Square, where watchers and... more »
Crossbar's Resistive RAM Chips: The Successor to Flash?

Crossbar's Resistive RAM Chips: The Successor to Flash?

Santa Clara-based startup Crossbar has just announced a potentially game-changing new memory chip that it claims has the potential to replace standard flash memory in a number of applications. Crossbar calls its new technology Resistive RAM, and says that it has the ability to store up to a terabyte of data onto a single chip that comes smaller than the size of a postage stamp. Not only this, but it can access that data twenty times faster than the current best of breed flash memory available, a feature that could easily disrupt a market said to be worth some $60 billion... more »
FBI Data Miners Strike Gold : Hacking in Legal Grey Areas

FBI Data Miners Strike Gold : Hacking in Legal Grey Areas

Hackers and the tools used to wrangle their way into people’s online accounts are often viewed as a nuisance, but law enforcement officials in the US are seeing these tools in a new light. According to reports, the FBI develops hacking tools internally as well as purchases tools from private sectors, all in an effort to remotely activate the microphones in phones running Google Android to record conversations.  The revelation came from a former US official who added that the officials can do the same with the microphones on laptops, and the users wouldn't even know. The Wall Street Journal reports that... more »
Microsoft Slashes Cost of Surface Pro: A Sign of Failure?

Microsoft Slashes Cost of Surface Pro: A Sign of Failure?

Just a week after it slashed the price of its failed Surface RT tablets by $150, Microsoft has taken a similar drastic measure with the price of its premium Surface Pro, cutting the cost of the device by $100. As of today, the 64GB and 128GB versions of the Pro will be priced at $799 and $899 each. However, Microsoft stated that the measure is merely a special "offer", that will only be valid until August 29, after which the devices will revert to their previous price. Also, the company pointed out that the offer is "subject to change" at any... more »
6 Security Apps While You Wait for Android Device Manager to Go Live

6 Security Apps While You Wait for Android Device Manager to Go Live

Google has finally unveiled its solution to help Android phone owners find their misplaced, lost or stolen devices with its Android Device Manager. iOS users are already familiar with this solution - Find My iPhone has been in place for several years now, happily reuniting iPhones with their owners.  So what does Android Device Manager have to offer? Locate and ring misplaced device   If you’re one of those people who keeps losing their smartphone down the couch, or can never remember where in the world you put your device, you can use Android Device Manager to ring your phone, at full volume, even... more »
LIVE: Nosey Neighbors & NSA Notions

LIVE: Nosey Neighbors & NSA Notions

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Monday August 5, 2013. Security Researcher Brendan O’Connor recently conducted an experiment to determine how easy it would be for the average citizen to create an adequate spying tool. Joining us now to share in the experiment’s findings is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. From the beginning of the NSA controversy, the agency's defenders insisted Congress is aware of the disclosed programs and exercises robust supervision over them. But members of Congress, including those in Obama's party, have flatly denied knowing about them. On MSNBC on Wednesday night, Sen. Richard... more »
Apple Product Ban Gets Vetoed by Obama

Apple Product Ban Gets Vetoed by Obama

Early last June, the International Trade Commission issued an import ban on older iPhones and iPads, following a ruling that these devices had infringed upon Samsung’s standards-essential patents. But Apple being Apple, the company was not about to back out from a challenge and immediately filed for an appeal.  And just as well, for it seems that the company has some very good friends in some very high places, with no less than the president ready to get its back. Over the weekend, the Obama Administration issued a veto on the proposed ban by the ITC. In a letter from the U.S.... more »
Weekly Security Review: Apple Partially Restores Dev Center, User Trust Plummets

Weekly Security Review: Apple Partially Restores Dev Center, User Trust Plummets

The cybersecurity space saw a lot of action this past week. Apple has (mostly) bounced back from the recent attack on its developer portal, CSA found that PRISM eroded relations between vendors and enterprise users, and word came out that Lenovo has been blacklisted by the intelligence community. In related news, NQmobile released a security study that names China the biggest market for mobile malware. SiliconANGLE reported on Monday that a number of Developer Center services - including Safari Dev Center, Certificates, Software Downloads, Mac Dev Center and iOS Dev Center - were brought back online after having been shut down... more »

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