Tech News Today 348
Recorded: October 12, 2011
Published: October 12, 2011
Tech News Today 348: Swiss Arm-e Hand
Sony hacked again, RIM down, iOS 5 causing havoc, and more.
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- Sony Freezes Gaming Accounts After Hacking Attack
- Sony PlayStation Network hacked again; 93,000 accounts compromised
- An Important Message From Sony’s Chief Information Security Officer
- "These attempts appear to include a large amount of data obtained from one or more compromised lists from other companies, sites or other sources," Philip Reitinger, the SVP & Chief Information Security Officer of the Sony group wrote on the official blog. "In this case, given that the data tested against our network consisted of sign-in ID-password pairs, and that the overwhelming majority of the pairs resulted in failed matching attempts, it is likely the data came from another source and not from our Networks."
- 93,000 accounts have been accessed due to this attack, but Sony claims little activity was seen on the compromised accounts before they were locked down.
- Credit card details are supposedly not at risk
- Sony to recall 1.6 million Bravia HDTVs due to possibility of fire
- Sony has begun recalling 1.6 million Bravias due to a faulty component in the backlight systems.
- Sony spokesperson Yuki Shima told Bloomberg that the recall was occasioned by 11 incidents of smoking or burning TVs in Japan since 2008
- Owners of affected models should conctact Sony. Repair technicicans will visit. If your TV has the a faulty transformer it will be repaired.
- Owners will not receive refunds or replacements, however they may receive rental TVs if the customer will go without a TV during the repair.
- RIM Still Doesn’t Know When BlackBerry Service Will Be Restored
- RIM CTO: Blame The BlackBerry Outage On A Message Backlog
- BlackBerry outages spread throughout the world
- BlackBerry outage spreads to US and Canada, continues in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America (update: RIM confirms)
- Outage spread to North and South America this morning
- Cascade of backlog after failed switch causing the outages
- It seems that in Slough RIM has actually actively slowed down transmission of messages to assess the problem
- “All of the email will be delivered,” he said. “We will not be dropping any email messages.”
- “We believe we have identified the case of the original failure,” he said in the call, but engineers are still investigating the issue and making a “deeper analysis” of the situation. He noted that the company has so far seen “no evidence that a hack is the reason for this.”" RIM CTO David Yach "It's a backlog issue. Clearly we have a backlog in Europe, based on the initial outage and the time it's taken to stabilize that. At this point, we have not throttled the other regions, but as you can imagine, with the global reach of BlackBerry, people using it to contact others around the world, there's a lot of messages coming to Europe from Asia and the Americas, and those would be backed up on the other system. It's looking like over time that backlog built, and started impacting those other systems."
- Apple readies iCloud for the masses
- Apple Releases OS X 10.7.2 with iCloud Support
- Apple TV gets iOS 5-based 4.4 update
- iOS 5 now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
- What are key features of iOS 5?
- icloud.com available to sign in for some but requires iOS5 to run on your devices
- iOS 5 available now
- OS X 10.7.2 arrives with iCloud support and bug fixes for Safari
- eBay Set to Outline Its Future, and It Looks Nothing Like Amazon
- eBay CEO: We're at an 'inflection point' in commerce
- X.Commerce: eBay To Debut New Payments Identity Technology PayPal Access; Milo Opens Up API
- eBay to announce PayPal Access, deepen ties with Facebook
- eBay’s developer conference in San Francisco
- PayPal Access will turn the PayPal system into a login credentials platform
- X.commerce will enable developers to use the tools to build applications for retailers who are looking to have a larger presence on social networks, online and on mobile phones.
- Tying together Milo (online database of offline inventory) and Red Laser (barcode scanning - scan a barcode, and the app will tell you if its available in a local store or on eBay, and let you pay for it (either in the store or on eBay) in the app via PayPal.) --
- The service it builds will be aimed at developers, who will in turn own the relationship with the merchants.
- Adobe, Facebook and Kenshoo have all created experiences and APIs for developers to integrate into their applications relating to online shopping, mobile, and local components.
- Magento, via the X.commerce platform, will be launching an app store for Magento extensions. Developers can create applications on top of Magento, and retailers can use this functionality in their online storefronts via the app store
- RSA details March cyberattack, blames "nation state" for SecurID breach
- At EMC's RSA Conference Europe in London today, RSA executives shared more details on the cyber attack that stole information on the company's SecurID authentication tokens in March.
- RSA executive chairman Arthur Noviello said 2 separate hacker groups worked in collaboration with a foreign government,
- no customers' networks were breached as a result of the SecurID data stolen.
- RSA's chief security officer Eddie Schwartz said the data was used in only one attack on a customer, and that attack was unsuccessful.
- Leak a hacked nude picture of Scarlett Johansson, go to jail. Maybe. Christopher Chaney of Jacksonville, Florida, was charged with 26 counts of accessing protected computers without authorization, identity theft, damaging protected computers without authorization, and wiretapping related to the hacking of multiple celebrities email accounts. The FBI says the arrest is part of Operation Hackerazzi, a crackdown on hackers who have been targeting celebrities.
- GM will sell its first all-electric car since the death of the 1990s era EV-1. Chevy will introduce the EV version of the "Spark" (get it? Volt? Spark?) in the second half of 2012 as a 2013 model. The Spark is a tiny car and will be released in a select U.S. markets including California.
- Ever wondered what happened to those guys who sold the iPhone 4 prototype to Gizmodo? Both Brian John Hogan and Sage Robert Wallower were sentenced to one year of probation and 40 hours of public service after pleading no contest. They were officially charged with misdemeanor theft of lost property. The two sold the iPhone for $5000, but will have to pay Apple only $250 in restitution.
- Appalled by the idea of paying $60 for an on-demand movie in your house while it's still in theaters? Well be appalled no more. Bowing to pressure from theater owners, Universal has dumped plans to allow home rental of "Tower Heist" starring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller. The rental plan was only slated for Atlanta and Portland, but several theater chains had said they would boycott the movie nationally in protest.
- However, you can get at least one movie kinda early. "Bad Teacher'" will be released online before it hits optical media. The movie will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Xbox and others places before you can get it on DVD or Blu-ray. Variety says this is the first time that a major studio has done this kind of release. AllThingsD figures that the studios are just looking for another revenue stream.
- Microsoft has heard your complaints about the Windows 8 Start screen, Tom. Over at the Building Windows 8 blog, Marina Dukhon pointed out Microsoft has seen some "visceral feedback" and hopes to shut you up by introducing a new "Apps" screen which kind of looks like a desktop with arranged icons. The blog post goes into detail about spacial relationships still trying to win over people.
- A European group called "Europe vs. Facebook", wants to know exactly what information Facebook holds about its users. They received a CD-ROM with over 800 pages but noticed some info was missing. When asked Facebook responded that some data was protected as trade secrets or intellectual property.
- Samsung Electronics Co said on Wednesday it will soon release upgraded versions of three Galaxy smartphones in Europe to get around temporary sales bans on earlier versions of products that violated an Apple patent. The patent in question allowed for a certain method of scrolling or browsing through photos in some Samsung smartphones. This has no effect on the cases in Australia, Germany and the US. And anywhere else we forgot.
- So what is Samsung doing about Apple in Australia? The Sydney Morning Herald reports Samsung set up a pop-up store merely meters away from Apple's Sydney store. The first ten customers each day up to Friday, they get a Samsung Galaxy S II for just $2 which Engadget reports is contract-free.The line is already longer than Apple's, according to the Herald.
- Samsung and Google's Ice Cream Sandwich / Nexus Prime event back on for the 19th? some rumors that this will happen on stage at the AsiaD conference in Hong Kong
- New FourSquare app today includes something called "Radar" - now when you walk by a restaurant that has a deal, or maybe a friend's checked in nearby, you'll get a push notificaton!
- Motorola Xoom 4G LTE new tablets go on sale tomorrow 10/13
- reminder that for all of you who didn't pre-order the iPhone 4S, they go on sale at Apple stores, Verizon stores, ATT stores, aaaaand Sprint stores this Friday 10/14
"Hey, Tom and the gang Yesterday I received my copy of Horrible Bosses (excellent movie) and quickly followed the instructions to create an Ultraviolet (makes me think of Clockwork Orange) and Flixster account. As instructed, I downloaded the Flixster App to my Nexus S, logged in using my Flixster account and what do I find...nothing. No movie to watch. I scoured both Flixster's and Ultraviolet's websites to no avail. Just like DRM, this process isn't cumbersome at all...
Keep up the great work, Jim Jackson of the Quad-Cities (because few know where Bettendorf, IA is located.) Go Hawkeyes!"
"I think a big market will be ""print your own statues"" (that you can optionally paint by hand like some of us used to do with model airplanes and D&D figurines).
- Maquettes for creatures used in movies like "Lord of the Rings"
- a 3D scan of a girl (the new centerfold)
- a 3D model of a room, person, or setting generated by Autodesk's Photofly
- 3D models that only lived in a computer (any 3D software)
- a 3D version of your "We Rule" kingdom (more money for Zynga and ngmoco)
You buy the model from an online ""app store"" for 3D models, print them, (optionally) paint them, display them. They will initially be small, but I think it would make a great hobby market initially, and we all know how much money we spend on our hobbies.
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