Tech News Today 196
Recorded: March 10, 2011
Published: March 10, 2011
Tech News Today 196: Compatible With Honeywell Display Unit Phase 3
Chrome survives pwn2own and the reason why, AOL lays off 900, WiFi aircraft interference overhyped, and more.
Can now report issue to friends as well as moderators. Facebook has also revamped its safety centre, simplifying the language and improving its guides for adults and young people. Changes unveiled at White House anti-bullying conference.
- pwn2own day one: Safari, IE8 fall, Chrome unchallenged
- Day 1,Safari 5.0.3 on fully-patched Mac OS X 10.6.6: French security vendor VUPEN pwned it in 5 seconds. Took two weeks to assemble the exploit ---2-bit Internet Explorer 8 on 64-bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1 pwned by Stephen Fewer of Harmony security. Took six weeks to assemble. Chrome attacker did not show! Browser versions were frozen a week ago in order to wint he hardware, but to get the money, the exploit has to work on the newest version too. full details of the pwn2own attacks, including the bypass techniques, won't be published until vendors have issued patches.
- @ Media Summit: AOL’s Armstrong: Layoffs Today, Hiring Tomorrow
- AOL Severance Deets (and Layoff Memo ATD Said Was Coming)
- AOL cuts 900 jobs as it integrates the Huffington Post
- 900 jobs, 20% of workforce. 200 from US content and technology divisions, majority coming from editorial. Apparently TechCrunch and Engadget untouched. 700 back office jobs from India. 300 of those outsourced. "shift from India being a business process center to India being a consumer products group focused on the APAC market.
International Shareholder Services recommends not supporting HP's newly-nominated board members. Say rules were not followed since Apotheker participated in the nomination process. ------Vote happens Wednesday March 23. ISS points out some extra-familiarity Apotheker has with four of the nominated directors--he's on an advisory board of Senequier's company, and the two are both board members of Schneider Electric; and counted Whitman, Russo, and Reiner as customers while he was chief executive at SAP. ISS says that is not necessarily in shareholders' best interests since these directors, if elected, will essentially be Apotheker's bosses.
- 'Trojanized' version of Google Android security tool found in China Someone appears to have taken the ""Android Market Security Tool"" used to clean up the devices infected with the malware, repackaged it and inserted code in it that seems to be able to send SMS messages if instructed by a command-and-control server. This "trojanized" package was found on an unregulated third-party Chinese marketplace
- WiMAX throttling lawsuit: Clearwire can't deliver the goods A lawsuit has been filed by 15 users over the company's throttling practices, accusing Clearwire of not delivering advertised "high-speed Internet" services to customers and charging them termination fees when they walk away unsatisfied.
- Clearwire Shakes Up Executive Ranks, Names Chairman as Interim CEO
- Wi-Fi 'proven' to interfere with aircraft
- During certification for AirCell's GoGo Wireless, it was discovered WiFi could interfere with Honeywell Phase 3 display units - three specific part numbers could be affected. The display panels returned within an acceptable period of time. Elevated power levels were used during testing. Boeing is suspending installation of these systems while it works to rectify the issue. - On a Boeing Business Jet fitted with in-flight connectivity, for instance, there is a note in the log book that says Phase 3 DUs are not to be installed, but that "version 4 is fine and version 2 is fine", says a source.
- Honeywell says that, during recent ground testing "at elevated power levels", the company observed a momentary blanking on the 'flat panel' liquid crystal displays that it developed and pioneered for Boeing. The screens reappeared well within Boeing's specified recovery time frame. The screens have not blanked in flight and are not a safety of flight issue. Honeywell is working to ensure the problem is addressed and fixed and that our technology will continue to exceed specifications, says Honeywell.
- Panasonic partner AeroMobile's eXPhone in-flight mobile connectivity solution, which was made linefit offerable on certain Boeing types, is not being installed until the Honeywell issue has been addressed. As such, customers of eXPhone are not receiving aircraft with eXPhone as planned. Customers of eXPhone include Emirates, Turkish Airlines and V Australia.
- Aircell releases GoGo tech roadmap: EV-DO Rev B in 2012, global satellite coverage by 2015
- Forget your fears of long lines for the PS3-deprived in Europe. Call off the Berlin PS3 airlift. And forget making millions of Euros in black market PS3 sales. The Hague's civil court of justice ruled in Sony's favor in a dispute with LG over patents, and released 300,000 PS3s currently seized by customs. LG also has to cough up €130,000 in legal fees. The actual patent dispute that led to the seizure is far from over though.
- Apple has revised their in-app purchase policy to help prevent kids from running up bills on their parent iphones and iPads. Apple said its new device software, iOS 4.3, made available Wednesday, will come with a feature that requires a password when in-app purchased are made. Previously once a password was entered any kind of purchase, store or in-app, could be made without entering the password again for 15 minutes.
- Square’s CEO Jack Dorsey has responded to claims by VeriFone that its mobile payment services are insecure. “Today one of our competitors alleged that the Square card reader is insecure. This is not a fair or accurate claim and it overlooks all of the protections already built into your credit card,” he writes in a letter on their web site.
- The USHouse Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has now passed a new measure that, if it ultimately adopted, would block the FCC's net neutrality rules. The measure now heads to the Energy and Commerce Committee. Even if it passes the full US House, it would have to pass int he more Net Neutrality friendly Senate.
- Google unveiled a tool that will let users block unwanted websites as the company aims to improve the quality of its search results.Users can click on a link in query results that gives them the option to hide all listings from sites that they dislike or find offensive or of low quality, Google said in a blog post. Once an Internet domain is blocked, the user will no longer see those results in future searches, the company said.
- MasterObjects, which offers AJAX and Flash-based software solutions that provide immediate search results and suggestions to Web users, now says it owns a patent that covers the technology used for said search suggestions. And Amazon.com, not GOogle, is their first target.
- At CanSecWest, a pair of security researchers from Germany demonstrated several techniques that enable them to remotely reboot, shut down or even completely disable many popular mobile phones with SMS messages.Nico Golde and Collin Mulliner relied on setting up a GSM network and sending specially crafted SMS messages to handsets. The pair showed a video of phones rebooting, freezing and generally acting flaky after the hack.
- Buy a TV now people. They're getting cheaper. Pricing for flat-panel TVs in the United States fell for a third consecutive month in February as manufacturers sought to clear old inventory and make room for new 2011 models, according to IHS iSuppli. Average US TV pricing in February dropped to US$1,108, down 2.3% from the January level of US$1,134, with the biggest percentage decrease occurring in sets sized 21- to 29-inch and in those larger than 50-inch.
Kickers and Weird Science
The Ad Astra Rocket Company, headed by Dr Franklin Chang Díaz. has already built an experimental prototype version of its Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR). The VASIMR works by squirting stuff out of its exhaust just as a normal rocket does: the difference is that it does so much more violently, hurling its argon reaction mass out as a plasma hot as the interior of the Sun and moving at better than 50 kilometres per second.
Small but sustained propulsion makes it ideal for long-term trips (get to mars in 39 days) or for the maneuvering rockets on ISS> But it looks like NASA won't send it to ISS but instead another platform.
- Microsoft France pegs Windows Phone 7's copy and paste update for second half of March
- Senate Passes Patent Reform, After Stripping Out All Controversial Measures
- Best Buy knocks Nexus S down to $100 for two weeks only
- PlayStation update arrives today: couples console to cloud and disconnects hackers
- iPad 2 goes on sale tomorrow: 5PM local time in stores, 1AM PT online
- Apple set to open popup shop in core of SXSW action
- SXSW coverage Saturday and Sunday 3/12 and 13
- PAX East in Boston runs tomorrow (3/11) through Sunday 3/13
"Hey TNT gang!
I just wanted to get your thoughts on AT&T's pricing on the hotspot feature for the iPhone. I'm being told I have to drop my Unlimited plan to add the tethering fee. I think I see VZW in my future...
Josh Johnson Greenville, SC"
I woke up this morning to iOS4.3 ready for download on iTunes. After the update I dove into the setting and low and behold there was the new WiFi hotspot setting ready to be turned on.....but wait, what's this? Yep, it's free for us lowly Rogers subscribers.
So while Rogers like beating us over the head with low bandwidth caps and bends us over to take the ridiculously high price plans, at least they don't want to try the double dipping on the iPhone data plans.
"Hey TNT Crew,
The other day you were talking about the top Facebook apps and were surprised Windows Live Messenger was number 2. This is because you can talk to people on Facebook chat from within Windows Live Messenger 2011 (the most popular IM client on the planet I believe) and the Hotmail website. For this to work, it installs the Windows Live Messenger app on your Facebook.
The actual app isn’t designed to be accessed from within Facebook, it just has to be installed so Windows Live Messenger can access all your Facebook friends, combine them with your Hotmail/Messenger contacts if appropriate and then you can Facebook chat with them directly from the client. It’s very neat as the Facebook chat interface is quite horrible really.
So that explains that I think .
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