November 1, 2017 brianradio2016

Apple on Tuesday patched both macOS and iOS against serious vulnerabilities in the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol used to secure wireless networks.

Information about the flaws, dubbed “Krack” by their Belgian discoverer, made news earlier in the month when security researcher Mathy Vanhoef announced weaknesses in WPA2 that could allow criminals to read information transmitted over a Wi-Fi network thought to be encrypted.

Krack, said Vanhoef, stood for “Key Reinstallation Attacks.”

The macOS 10.13.1 and iOS 11.1 updates addressed the Krack vulnerabilities, as well as a slew of others. The Mac update fixed a whopping 148 flaws, while the iPhone and iPad update quashed 20 bugs. The bulk of the macOS patches – 90 of the total – plugged holes in “tcpdump,” an open-source network packet analyzer that’s baked into the operating system.

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October 31, 2017 brianradio2016

After revealing that content created by a Russian internet agency ahead of the 2016 election may have reached up to 126 million users , Facebook—joined by Twitter and Google—went in front of a Senate subcommittee Tuesday to explain what it’s done and what it can do to stop foreign…

October 31, 2017 brianradio2016

Surely, when Lol Tolhurst was growing up in the English suburb of Horley with his mate Robert Smith and the two decided to start a band, they couldn’t have known the cultural impact they would have on millions of people throughout the world. Unfortunately, just as the Cure was cementing its place as alternative rock…

October 31, 2017 brianradio2016

Each year these days, I spend about a month overseas on business. With every trip I rack up frequent-flier miles, and before every trip I have an internal debate over whether I should buy a local phone, pay Verizon enormous fees, or perform phone surgery to transplant SIM cards. I hate these choices. I just want a phone I can switch from carrier to carrier and country to country without swearing. Now, thanks to a newly standardized technology called embedded SIM (eSIM), I may be able to change carriers, both domestic and international, in seconds.

Well, that’s the theory anyway. I’ll see how it works out soon with my new Google Pixel 2.

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October 31, 2017 brianradio2016

Wireless charging has been around since the late 19th century, when electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla deomnstrated magnetic resonant coupling – the ability to transmit electricity through the air by creating a magnetic field between two circuits, a transmitter and a receiver.

But for about 100 years it was a technology without many practical applications, except, perhaps, for a few electric toothbrush models.

Today, there are nearly a half dozen wireless charging technologies in use, all aimed at cutting cables to everything from smartphones and laptops to kitchen appliances and cars. 

Wireless charging is making inroads in the healthcare, automotive and manufacturing industries because it offers the promise of increased mobility and advances that could allow tiny internet of things (IoT) devices to get power many feet away from a charger.

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October 31, 2017 brianradio2016

As is now well-known, many of the prime targets of the devastating WannaCry and Petya attacks were organizations that had – for various reasons – fallen behind with their software updates, including things like Windows operating system upgrades and critical patching.

If there is any one lesson from WannaCry, it’s the importance of staying current with software updates. The ramifications of not doing so are increasingly severe. IT security is now not just a matter for IT departments – it’s a board-level issue. CEO jobs are at risk when a company suffers from a big breach or cyberattack. 

Therefore, you would think that financial services companies, with their heavy investments in IT security and front-end systems, would be scrupulous about basics such as software updates. Back-end computer systems for financial institutions tend to be legacy oriented, meaning their software was likely originally installed 10 or more years ago – many are still running XP, which was the vulnerability point for many WannaCry victims.

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October 31, 2017 brianradio2016

Garmin’s vivosmart is the touchscreen activity tracker with wrist-based heart rate and a full suite of smart notifications. The sleek band is comfortable to wear all day, and the always-on display shows your stats, even in sunlight. With a built-in heart rate sensor and altimeter, it tracks and displays steps, distance, calories, heart rate, floors climbed and activity intensity. Receive text, call, email, calendar and other alerts on your wrist when paired with your phone. The full featured activity tracker averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 2,600 reviewers, and is discounted right now down to just $79.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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