Apple has responded to a fatal fire started by a third party USB iPhone charger by setting up a program where customers can buy an “official” charger for $10.
You know those keys that say ” Do Not Duplicate?” 3D printers could be a means for people to make copies.
Forbes reports on the ability for secure keys to be duplicated from even a photo.
At the Def Con hacker conference Saturday, MIT students David Lawrence and Eric Van Albert plan to release a piece of code that will allow anyone to create a 3D-printable software model of any Primus key, despite the company’s attempts to prevent the duplication of those carefully-controlled shapes. With just a flatbed scanner and their software tool, they were able to produce precise models that they uploaded to the 3D-printing services Shapeways and i.Materialise, who mailed them working copies of the keys in materials ranging from nylon to titanium.
“In the past if you wanted a Primus key, you had to go through Schlage. Now you just need the information contained in the key, and somewhere to 3D-print it,” says 21-year old Van Albert. “You can take a high security ‘non-duplicatable’ key and basically take it to a virtual hardware store to get it copied,” adds 20-year-old Lawrence.
If you are stuck in traffic, you could take to Twitter or Facebook, but will anyone besides your friends and followers read it?
Wired reports on a way to get attention in higher places. Called the I’m Stuck App, it notifies your elected representatives when you are stuck in transit. The idea being that tie ups and delays may be part of larger problems in America’s infrastructure, and by contacting representatives in Congress action may result.
The app was developed by the bi partisan infrastructure advocacy group Building America’s Future.
The post that swept the internet Thursday by a Long Island woman who said her families home was searched by the FBI after her family searched for information about pressure cookers and backpacks was touched off by her husband’s former employer, according to Tech Crunch.
The article quotes the Suffolk County Police as saying in a statement:
Suffolk County Criminal Intelligence Detectives received a tip from a Bay Shore based computer company regarding suspicious computer searches conducted by a recently released employee. The former employee’s computer searches took place on this employee’s workplace computer. On that computer, the employee searched the terms “pressure cooker bombs” and “backpacks.”
After interviewing the company representatives, Suffolk County Police Detectives visited the subject’s home to ask about the suspicious internet searches. The incident was investigated by Suffolk County Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Detectives and was determined to be non-criminal in nature.
The U.S. Justice Department announced it’s proposal for penalties against Apple Friday after the company was found to have fixed prices and restricted competition in the e-book market earlier this month.
Reuters reports the government is asking U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan to penalize Apple by asking it to cancel existing agreements with the publishers, submit to a five year ban from entering e-book distribution contracts which kept consumer prices inflated.
Publishers Hachette Book Group Inc, HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Penguin Group (USA) Inc, Simon & Schuster Inc and Macmillan settled with the government.
Apple would not be able to make deals with content providers of video and music for iPad and iPhones which would increase the prices at which competitors sold the same content.
Apple does not have a significant share of the e-book market according to analysts quoted in the article.
Competitors Barnes & Noble and Amazon would have to be given the opportunity to have a link within their apps that would allow customers to check for a lower price.
Apple is planning to appeal the verdict.
Researchers have found that malware could be uploaded to an iPhone through a charging device and Apple will be updating it’s IOS to prevent this from happening.
The BBC reports that the hack, shown off at the Black Hat conference currently going on in Las Vegas, would search the memory and also take screen shots of usernames and passwords.
The work by computer scientists at Georgia Tech in the US can compromise iOS devices in about 60 seconds.
Apple’s pending update warns users to be sure they are using a trusted charging point when they plug in.
The custom built chargers include a small computer alongside the electronic components that pipe power into an Apple iOS device.
The tiny computer interrogates an iPhone or tablet and copies a unique ID number that identifies that phone.
This is then used on an Apple website to take advantage of an uploading tool usually used by developers to test their software on an iOS gadget.
Facebook’s stock price, which has been as low as $17.55 last year, has moved back above the price that the original investors purchased paid.
Bloomberg reports that the stock has risen steadily in the past year. And traded today at a new record of $38.31 before declining slightly at the end of the day.
The company has had success in the mobile space, reporting last week that ads on mobile devices generated 41 percent of revenue in the second quarter, up from 14 percent a year earlier. That news was a relief for investors concerned that Facebook would not be able to compete in that arena.
Congrats to the election coverage team at Western Connecticut State University on winning two awards for their Election Night Coverage this past November.
“Election Connection 2012,” a four-hour election night broadcast collaboration with Charter Communications [was] a bronze winner in the 34th annual Telly Awards competition honoring outstanding TV, film and video productions worldwide.
The program, produced by Dr. J.C. Barone, WCSU associate professor of communication and media arts, also recently received the Communicator Award of Distinction from the International Academy of the Visual Arts.
Another market, another local television station sues Aereo.
In a post on ArsTechnica, Aereo, which provides the signal of local TV station over the internet, is being sued by Hearst owned WCVB. Aereo has rolled out service in top TV markets across the country. Local broadcasters in New York and now Boston have sought injunctions to stop the service from rebroadcasting the signal. The companies that own the TV stations charge that Aereo is violating copyrights.
According to Hearst’s lawsuit, “If Aereo is permitted to profit from the unauthorized retransmission of copyrighted television programming, WCVB will be deprived of existing and potential revenue streams from advertising and authorized retransmissions.”
Aereo won a victory in the New York courts, but if the suit in Boston heads to the appellate court, the New York decision will not apply.