Some news from the world of IT...
Walmart slashes iPhone 5C price down to $27
- Pretty soon, buying a case for the iPhone 5C might be more expensive than the phone itself.
Study: Beware LinkedIn Invitations, Mail Delivery Messages
- Phishers favor emails that appear to be from LinkedIn friends or email systems, study says.
4 ideas to steal from IT upstarts
- When startups grow up, their IT must mature as well. Here's how four hot companies are choosing tech that's serious but not stodgy.
Where Can You Still Buy an Xbox One?
- Christmas is coming, and if you want an Xbox One under the tree, your options are slim. Online retailers are back-ordered indefinitely, and most big-box stores are a crapshoot. Still, if you're willing to do a little legwork and potentially dish out some extra cash, an Xbox One can still be yours well before Dec. 25.
Houston Methodist Hospital Acknowledges Data Breach
- 1,300 transplant patients' names, Social Security numbers, birthdates and medical information may have been exposed.
iPhone Rules SMB Market: Device Activation Report
- According to one of the largest providers of hosted Microsoft Exchange services, iPhones and iPads still rule the small and midsize business (SMB) market.
28 Android security apps tested
- Applying some of the more than 1.5 million new Android malware samples found this year, independent lab AV-Test compares Android solutions. They also look at usability, impact on system performance and other security features.
New Instagram Direct delivers private image-sharing
- The photo-sharing service introduces the ability to send photos and videos to specific users.
Card sharks infect professional poker player's laptop with a dirty RAT
- Remote access trojan could see high roller's online hands.
Facebook's "Deep Learning" Guru Reveals the Future of AI
- New York University professor Yann LeCun has spent the last 30 years exploring artificial intelligence, designing "deep learning" computing systems that process information in ways not unlike the human brain. And now he's bringing this work to Facebook.
Banks shouldn't use text messages for two-factor authentication
- A widely used security feature intended to protect access to online bank accounts is becoming increasingly ineffective, as cybercriminals develop advanced malicious software for Android devices, according to a report released Wednesday.
Zeus malware gets 64-bit makeover
- Kaspersky Lab finds new version of infamous banking malware making the rounds.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta Debuts
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux adds integration with Windows and VMware's vSphere environments, takes first steps toward hybrid cloud ops.
Controversy over proposal to allow cellphone calls in flight tests new FCC chairman Wheeler
- It didn't take long for Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, to face controversy.
Reacting to NSA, FreeBSD Bars Intel, Via Chips
- FreeBSD, the open-source operating system, announced that it will no longer support Intel's RdRand and Via Technology's Padlock on-chip random number generators (RNGs) moving forward in new versions of the UNIX-like operating system.
How cyber squatters and phishers target antivirus vendors
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- Illegal online activities such as phishing and typosquatting are growing at an alarming rate. To understand the issue in detail High-Tech Bridge analyzed 946 domains that may visually look like a legitimate domain (for example replacement of "t" character by "l" character, or mutated domain names such as "kasperski.com" or "mcaffee.com") or that contain typos (e.g. "symanrec.com" or "dymantec.com").
Japan Now Spends More on Mobile Apps Than Any Other Country
- Last year, Americans spent about a third more on apps from Google Play and Apple's App Store than the Japanese. By October this year, Japan's 127 million people were outspending America's population of 310 million by about 10%, according to a new report from App Annie, a research firm. Per capita, the Japanese were spending 2.5 times as much on apps as Americans.
The real reason Obama can't swap his BlackBerry for an iPhone
- BlackBerry brings more BES capabilities to iOS and Android devices, and begins to rationalize its messy server options.
Small Businesses Lack Optimism as Year Ends: NFIB
- The net percent of all owners reporting higher nominal sales in the past 3 months compared to the prior 3 months was unchanged at negative 8 percent.
LifeLock buys digital wallet start-up Lemon
- Lemon was backed by high-profile venture capital firms, including Howard Schultz's Maveron.