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Delorme inReach Keeps You in Touch

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Last March we reviewed the Delorme plus Spot solution and found it to be a useful device with some major shortcomings. With the introduction of the Delorme inReach 2 way satellite communicator, those short-comings have been addressed. The Delorme inReach brings two way communication to any connected Android or PN60W GPS unit by pairing them […]

DJing Moves to the Cloud

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One need only browse the contents of a Shoutcast streaming radio directory to realize that there are thousands of home-brew Internet radio stations catering to just about every musical interest possible. Many of these stations are grassroots entities relying on desktop DJ software to keep the station up and running. Cloud DJ by Wavestreaming is […]

Pad & Quill Cartella Case for MacBook Air Falls Short

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Designed to look like a hardcover book, the Pad & Quill Cartella case seemed the perfect match for my Fieldfolio iPad2 case. However, the implementation of the idea leaves much to be desired in a laptop format. The case is made of high quality materials but there are several factors that result in this case […]

Seven Charged With Clickjacking IRS, Apple Links to Tune of $14 Million

“Seven Eastern European men have been charged in New York with operating a clickjacking scheme that infected more than 4 million computers in order to hijack surfers trying to get to the iTunes store or the IRS. The enterprise allegedly netted the crooks more than $14 million.”

Apple Exiles A Security Researcher From Its Developer Program For Proof-of-Concept Exploit App

I’m a huge proponent of independent security researchers and count Charlie Miller amongst the good guys. That said, it is hard not to side with Apple on this one. “Apple just sent a clear message to malicious hackers and security researchers alike: Keep your hands off the App Store.” While there is a strong role […]

BillGuard Will Track Hidden Fees And Billing Errors On Credit Card Bills

I made a note to blog about this company when I first read about it on TechCrunch. While BillGuard is a novel idea, I think it represents just the tip of the iceberg on cloud-based (and beyond) fraud prevention and detection. The next level of service in this space (whether delivered by BillGuard or not) […]

Apple Store app upgrade adds personal pickup, EasyPay options

Apple just introduced us to the future of self service check-out. Scan the item, pay with your Apple ID credit-card on file via your iPhone and walk out of the store with merchandise in hand. You don’t need to interact with an Apple employee at all. There are several interesting questions associated with this new […]

800% increase in cyber attacks on smartphones

Yes, that is a computer in your pocket… “The number of cyber attacks on smartphones has increased by 800% in four months. Rogue apps disguised as a genuine download, such as a new level for a game, allow fraudsters to take control of phones and repeatedly send messages to premium rate phone lines they set […]

On the brink . . .

Some ideas worth thinking about.

CIA following Twitter, Facebook

“In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets — up to 5 million a day. At the agency’s Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the “vengeful librarians” also pores over Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms — anything overseas […]

U.S. Calls Out China And Russia For Cyber Espionage Costing Billions

Staggering numbers cited… “Hey, China and Russia, get off of our clouds. That’s the warning from a new U.S. national intelligence director’s report to Congress released Thursday that states China and Russia are the biggest perpetrators of economic espionage through the Internet. “

Anonymous retreats from Mexico drug cartel confrontation

Well, that was fast… “Plans by the hacker collective Anonymous to expose collaborators with Mexico’s bloody Zetas drug cartel – a project it dubbed “#OpCartel” – have fallen into disarray, with some retreating from the idea of confronting the killers while others say that the kidnap of an Anonymous hacker, the incident meant to have […]

DHS to set up policies for monitoring Twitter, Facebook

“When the U.S. Department of Homeland Security receives information about potential threats to the U.S., agents may turn to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Caryn Wagner, undersecretary of the DHS, told an audience Monday at the National Symposium on Homeland Security and Defense in Colorado Springs that the agency began to draw up […]

Internet Security Expert Eugene Kaspersky Warns Of Cyber Terrorist Attack

Not that he has anything to gain from an environment where cyberterrorism is feared… “”But we are close, very close, to cyber terrorism. Perhaps already the criminals have sold their skills to the terrorists – and then…oh, God.” Speaking privately at the London Cyber Conference, Kaspersky told Sky that he believed that cyber terrorism was […]

Evolution of the Ultimate Home Office

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My home office has been featured on many web sites and has been viewed almost 250,000 times on Flickr. I’ve just posted a photo set that shows the latest evolution which includes the installation of new flooring and the migration of the DJ and home studio equipment to a standing desk.. Here is a quick […]

Online hackers threaten to expose cartel’s secrets

If Anonymous follows through with this it could push the cartel to try and engage in some attribution ops of their own. “An international group of online hackers is warning a Mexican drug cartel to release one of its members, kidnapped from a street protest, or it will publish the identities and addresses of the […]

iPad Halloween Special

Worth a watch…

Security Researchers Rain on Amazon’s Cloud

An interesting revelation, but this article makes one failed assumption. Just because Amazon fixed the issue before the research report was released, does not mean that a reasonably resourced attacker hadn’t found it already. It is dangerous to assume that public disclosure = first time discovered. “A new paper has revealed what its authors call […]

How to win the zombie apocalypse

“The zombie apocalypse has arrived. Your neighbors are creeping after you and the world is facing its most terrifying disease. Everything is coming to an end. Here is how to not only survive but win.” Source: How to win the zombie apocalypse | 1X57

Gaming User Engagement – An Evil Facebook Scheme?

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It has been several weeks since Facebook introduced their updated news feed that uses some unknown heuristics to determine which stories are the most important and promotes them to the top of your feed display. I’m not privy to internal Facebook metrics, but my gut inclination is that user engagement must be down across Facebook. […]

Freedom from Photoshop

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Photoshop is one of those programs that I can’t live without. Unfortunately, it is also very expensive and also burdened with Draconian DRM that makes it increasingly unattractive as a solution. As a result, I’m always looking for solutions as a potential replacement to Photoshop and took a look at Pixelmator with it was released […]

Loss of Life in Major Computer Attack, Warns Homeland Security

DHS cites some interesting examples in their assessment of the threat to critical infrastructure. What should concern them even more is the attacks they are NOT seeing… “Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said today that a major computer attack against critical U.S. infrastructure could result in a loss of life and massive economic […]

Steve Jobs Tribute Video

Foreign hackers ‘putting UK firms out of business’

Critical intellectual property especially in game-changing industries is at extreme risk as indicated in this revelation. “Hacking by foreign governments and corporations is putting British companies out of business and has cost the economy £27 billion, the country’s head of cyber security has warned. “

The Dark Side Of Biometrics: 9 Million Israelis’ Hacked Info Hits The Web

You can’t revoke your fingerprints. “Biometrics are the next big thing in government and homeland security. But the recent theft of the personal information of 9 million Israelis living and dead–including the birth parents of adoptees and sensitive health information–could have big ramifications for foreign governments. “