Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 19, 2013

New Jersey Supreme Court rules warrants needed for phone tracking – The New Jersey decision is the first to establish a constitutional right in location data since the U.S. Supreme Court decided in United States v. Jones, a GPS tracking case in which several Justices expressed concern about the collection of location data, Electronic Privacy Information Center said in a statement.

Today in People-Are-Spying-On-You News – Today we surrender to the glut of recent articles concerning security — personal, national and otherwise. You win, articles. You win. Here are your links.

Adult Tumblr blogs now removed from every form of search possible – Rather than leave adult content alone Yahoo’s Tumblr has eliminated its Erotica category, disabled search engine indexing for adult blogs, and removed adult Tumblrs from all internal search. Users are furious.

Telephone tech support scammers get the Feds riled up – According to the FTC, tech support scams are a problem. Yup. As if you didn’t have enough reasons to hate tech support now they are going to get you proactively and not even wait for a call. Seriously, what rock do you live under when you decide to devote your life to scamming people, most of whom are really quite naive and innocent, making them ideal marks.

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Study: Mobile Antivirus Apps Fail the Spyware Test – Against nine apps that offer spyware-like features, no vendor detected more than six of the nine, with the lowest-ranking only detecting a third of the threats.

OK, so what doesn’t Google do? (pictures) – Ads, ads, ads. It’s what makes the Google world go round. And it helps subsidize nearly everything that Google offers. And that includes a myriad of products, rich with features, that keep us coming back, and clicking. With all eyes on what Google is going to do next — and it’s doing plenty — let’s take a closer look.

Sony to sell ‘world’s first’ SD card-based backup for PCs – The company says it will soon launch a new line of SD cards and accompanying software that will allow laptop users to carry their backups along with them while on the move. The solution is meant to take advantage of the memory card slots that are increasingly standard on portable computers, but are rarely used other than for transferring data from digital cameras or camcorders.

Are you a VIP? This facial recognition tech knows it – New NEC software can identify celebrities and other glam customers in real time, sending an alert to retail or hospitality staff that someone is in immediate need of doting service.

Malaysia ‘sex’ bloggers hauled up for sedition – The couple who gained notoriety for their sexually explicit blog has been charged with sedition, after posting a photo on Facebook which angered many over its religious undertone.

CNBC’s Jim Cramer implies Snapchat is used for insider trading – Buzzy 2-year-old Snapchat makes mobile applications for exchanging pictures and videos that vanish within seconds. Adolescents are absolutely enamored with the app because of the fleeting nature of moments that won’t come back to haunt them. It turns out that Wall Street types may be craving the same freedom from accountability, albeit for more duplicitous purposes.

Security:

The cops are tracking my car—and yours – Law enforcement agencies love them. The federal government is even encouraging local law enforcement (through federal grants) to purchase more for several thousand dollars apiece. But LPRs aren’t just looking for stolen cars; they capture every plate that they see. In some cases, they retain that plate, location, date, and time information… indefinitely.

New vulnerability in Java 7 opens door to 10-year-old attack, researchers say – Security researchers from Polish vulnerability research firm Security Explorations claim to have identified a new vulnerability in Java 7 that could allow attackers to bypass the software’s security sandbox and execute arbitrary code on the underlying system.

Oracle ships giant raft of patches – but none of them for Java – Oracle’s latest Patch Tuesday has come and gone, with the database-and-more behmoth putting out patches for 89 vulnerabilities. This is the last time that Java and the rest of Oracle’s product set will get scheduled updates separately.

Symantec: Google Glass still vulnerable to Wi-Fi attack – Google fixed one Wi-Fi security problem with its wearable computer Glass, but Symantec says there’s another problem, which has been a long-known weakness in wireless networking.

As Nasdaq’s site hit by hackers, report says half of world’s exchanges suffered cyberattacks – According to a report, half the world’s financial exchanges suffered cyberattacks in past year. And on Thursday, hackers hit the Nasdaq’s Community pages.

Huawei accused of spying for China by former CIA boss – Late last year, allegations had surfaced regarding Chinese handset makers ZTE and Huawei, with claims being tossed around that they were spying on behalf of the Chinese government. Both makers rejected the claims, and Huawei went on to offer unrestricted access to its software code in an effort to prove its innocence. Nearly a year later, and now former CIA boss Michael Hayden has spoken out, stating that Huawei did provide information to the Chinese government. (Mirror imaging: Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Verizon, AT&T, …………. – all complicit in the capturing and the transmission of data to the ruling party in the Excited States.)

Huawei fed up, tells US-UK ‘shut up’ – Chinese telecom equipment maker lashes out against what it says is discriminatory and defamatory treatment by the U.S. and U.K. governments, demanding they “put up or shut up”.

Company News:

Microsoft writes off nearly $1B to account for Surface RT bomb – Microsoft today took an unexpected $900 million charge to account for what it called “inventory adjustments” for the Surface RT, the poor-selling tablet that debuted last year. The company has been aggressively discounting the Surface RT, which runs the scaled-down Windows RT, a tablet-specific version of Windows 8 that relies exclusively on the “Modern,” nee “Metro,” tile-based user interface and app ecosystem.

Online ad group accuses Mozilla of anti-business bias – In a long — almost 4,000 words — and often-rambling blog post, Randall Rothenberg, the CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) took Mozilla to task over the open-source company’s revamped third-party cookie blocking scheme, a point of contention between the online ad industry and the browser builder since the latter unveiled plans to block some of the cookies used by online advertisers to track users’ Web movements, then deliver targeted ads.

South Korea drops antitrust investigation against Google – South Korea has dropped a two-year anti-competition probe into Google’s Android smartphone operations in that country, sources close to Google confirmed Thursday. The investigation, which was based on claims that Google had pressured Android phone manufacturers to block search engines or other applications that rivaled its own, has ended with no finding of a violation of law, sources said.

Ford sued over defective MyFord Touch infotainment systems – Ford’s advanced MyFord Touch infotainment systems are the focus of a new class-action lawsuit that’s been filed, noting that they’re defective and don’t work as advertised. The lawsuit also states that Ford knew that the infotainment system had issues, but sent them out to the public anyway without telling customers.

Webopedia Daily:

Virtual Ethernet (vEth) – A virtual interface within a network switch that dynamically provisions virtual machine (VM) operations based on network policies stored in the switch. The IEEE 802.1Qbg working group is responsible for developing the official virtual Ethernet (vEth) specification, and is tasked with creating a virtual Ethernet standard that will provide access for network controls in virtualized environments comparable to the controls available in physical networks. The virtual Ethernet (vEth) standard is expected to include a virtual Ethernet port aggregator, or VEPA, as well as Ethernet virtual bridging (EVB), in addition to other technologies that facilitate connecting VMs to an external network. More than two dozen companies are contributing to the virtual Ethernet standards effort, including Cisco, HP, Dell, EMC, IBM and BLADE Network Technologies.

Games and Entertainment:

Crytek is porting CryEngine to Linux – Game developer Crytek isn’t just well known for its game, the company develops and licenses one of the best 3D game engines on the market. The latest version of that engine, CryEngine 3, supports development on Windows, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. But it looks like Linux will soon be added to that line up.

Super Mega Worm Slithers into Google Play, Eats People – With a name like Super Mega Worm, you pretty much know what you’re getting into. This game is about a giant, hungry, death worm causing mayhem. After hanging around iOS for a while, Super Death Worm has burrowed its way to Android.

Ninja Striker! – Despite Japanese warriors being cliché video game territory, Ninja Striker! dances on the knife’s blade with great skill—balancing a surprisingly well executed game with an adorable and somewhat familiar world.

Angry Birds Star Wars Game Coming to Consoles Oct. 29 – Though Rovio is prepping for the launch of Angry Birds Star Wars II, the original Star Wars game will soon be available on all consoles. On Oct. 29, U.S. gamers will be able to pick up their copy of Angry Birds Star Wars for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Colorado town considers issuing drone hunting licenses – If you’ve got your valid license, and you should happen to spot a drone, you can’t just open fire on it with whatever you have around. No, that would be irresponsible. You may only use a shotgun, 12 gauge or smaller with a barrel length of 18 inches or greater. To collect $100, all you have to do is present your valid drone hunting license along with the wreckage of an unmanned aerial vehicle that can be positively identified as owned or operated by the United States federal government.

Smile! Earth’s pic to be taken from space on Friday, Saturday – Do your hair and put on your Sunday best on Friday because Earth will be having its picture taken. Two NASA spacecraft, one studying Saturn’s system, the other observing Mercury, are maneuvering into place today to take long-distance pictures of Earth on Friday and Saturday. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which is nearly 900 million miles away from Earth in Saturn system, will snap Earth’s image between 5:27 p.m. and 5:42 p.m. ET on Friday.

This motion-sensing t-shirt will give you spidey senses – ThinkGeek’s T-shirts have long since provided us with electronic super powers, ranging from ones that find Wi-Fi networks to ones that will play your personal soundtrack wherever you go. ThinkGeek’s newest offering, though, will give you spidey senses. This Spiderman-adorned T-shirt comes with a motion sensor that clips onto the back of your collar and vibrates to warn you of anyone that comes within five feet of you from behind.

Microsoft Kinect used to read sign language – The Kinect has largely been a device meant for gaming on the Xbox 360, but since its release, it’s been hacked and modified in so many ways. We’ve seen many different projects arise from the use of the Kinect, with the latest one being from Microsoft themselves, where they’re experimenting with sign language detection with the Kinect sensor.

New wetsuits act as shark invisibility cloaks – There have been many methods and products to help you escape from an encounter with a shark, from underwater shark cattle prods, to magnetic repellents. Whether or not these methods truly work, there is one underlying common thread: the sharks still see you and know you’re there. Now, however, with a new camouflage wetsuit, the sharks may not even know you exist.

Something to think about:

You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.”

–      Ray Bradbury

Today’s Free Downloads:

Tweaking.com – Windows Repair – Tweaking.com – Windows Repair is an all-in-one repair tool to help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including registry errors and file permissions as well as issues with Internet Explorer, Windows Update, Windows Firewall and more.

Right Click Enhancer 4.1.1 – Right Click Enhancer gives you power to control the ultimate right click menu everyone use every day.Right Click Enhancer allows yo to edit your right click menu in the way you want. Now with help of this wonderful tool you can add some good stuff to your right click context menu.

Blender 2.68 – Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.

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7 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 19, 2013

  1. Spying and the art of lying seem to go hand in hand.
    Usually the agency that screams the loudest about not doing anything wrong, turns out to be the agency that’s the furthest away from doing what the law actually allows.
    It’s time laws are again enforced as written not as our current judges want to interpret them.
    Our constitution is pretty clear on most of our civil rights. No if we could only elect other simple ordinary people to enforce them.
    We also need to again have our News Media report the news not make the news. It might restore some of the unrest we are currently seeing.

  2. Why is there such an uproar about the decision to remove Adult Tumblr from all searchable content???
    I guess some people still haven’t learned that some things are much more fun in person

  3. Unsolicited Microsoft Tech Support e_Mail and Phone Calls.
    It always amazes me that there will always be at least one person in my audience with a puzzled look when this subject is discussed during my Computer Security Presentation, When asked why they seem so puzzled, they always reply with “You mean they aren’t from Microsoft” ?

    • Hi Bob,

      Having been through conversations with these lowlifes a couple of times, I have to say that they are pretty convincing. That’s a pity.

      Best,

      Bill

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