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TA15-120A: Securing End-to-End Communications

Original release date: April 30, 2015 Systems Affected Networked systems Overview Securing end-to-end communications plays an important role in protecting privacy and preventing some forms of man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks. Recently, researchers described a MITM attack used to inject code, causing unsecured web browsers around the world to become unwitting participants in a distributed denial-of-service attack. That same code can be emplo...
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The Surprising Ingredients Of IoT Success

Cognitive science, business semantics, and human resources must come together to make IoT truly useful. The Internet of Things (IoT) isn't really about "things." It's more about the myriad disciplines that will make ubiquitous data, arriving across networks from a rapidly increasing number of sensors, safe and meaningful for humanity. The Internet of Things Summit explored these ideas at Interop Las Vegas. Human – Machine Interface 'Safe' a...
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How to embed playable MS-DOS games in your tweets

Screenshot by Claire Reilly/CNET Social media platform Twitter has a neat little trick that lets you to embed playable versions of classic MS-DOS video games in your tweets, allowing you to play classic platforms directly from your feed. The feature piggybacks off the massive collection of MS-DOS games put online by the Internet Archive -- joining its Console Living Room and Internet Arcade collections of console and arcade games. Twitter h...
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Apple Watch delays may be due to faulty part

The Apple Watch uses a "taptic engine" to send the feeling of a heartbeat to other watch users. Shara Tibken/CNET The Apple Watch's shipping delays may be due to a faulty component, not just demand. According to The Wall Street Journal, the "taptic engine" manufactured by Chinese components maker AAC Technologies was found to be defective, breaking down over time. Because of the issue, the company has shifted all of its orders to a second s...
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Apple says EC investigation could result in 10 years of back taxes in Ireland

Oh noes! You have encountered the dreaded 404 error , meaning that the resource (page, content, etc.) you were looking for does either not exist, or has been moved. Rest assured though, that the party responsible for your current predicament will be punished most severely! In the meantime, may we suggest that you either choose a new destination from the primary navigation in the menu bar above, or make use of our fabulous search engine to l...
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As Apple readies streaming service based on Beats, tensions with Tidal swell

There’s a battle brewing between Apple and Tidal, and it looks like (no surprise) Apple is winning.  First, Jay Z’s recently-acquired streaming music service, Tidal,  fell out of the top 700 iPhone apps in Apple’s App Store . In a related allegation, Tidal claims Apple deliberately took longer than usual to  approve Tidal iOS app updates .” In addition, Tidal’s monthly subscription price for users who sign up through an iOS device is 30 per...
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Caterpillar Uses Better Intelligence To Drive Security

How strategy and a Capability Maturity Model are helping Caterpillar drive its information security transformation. Plan X: DARPA's Revolutionary Cyber Security Platform (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) How do CISOs know whether they have sufficient funding? What are the best ways to measure progress? When results have been measured, how can successes and failures be communicated to the rest of the business? These are questions ...
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Apple reportedly poaches more BBC Radio 1 staff for streaming music project

By Mikey Campbell Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 04:58 pm PT (07:58 pm ET) A report on Wednesday claims Apple poached a handful of top producers from BBC Radio 1 to work on a secret streaming music service rumored to debut later this year, potentially as a rebranded Beats Music. Sources familiar with the matter told Music Business Worldwide that Apple snapped up four producers , including employees from BBC Introducing, a show that features und...
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Arm-shaped selfie stick lets you pretend you have friends

You'd never guess the woman in this photo isn't holding a living human's hand. Aric Snee Fascinated with the "constant, gnawing need for narcissistic Internet validation," artists Aric Snee and Justin Crowe created the Selfie Arm, a selfie stick that basically looks like a human arm that you can hold hands with while taking a picture. Because in our world of carefully curated social-media profiles, who wants to look alone (gasp!) when snapp...
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Apple may owe a lot of back taxes in Ireland

Apple CEO Tim Cook testified before the US Senate in May 2013, as pictured here, that he's not a tax dodger. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images Apple CEO Tim Cook two years ago testified before the US Senate that his company wasn't a tax dodger. Now, Apple -- the world's biggest public company with a market value of over $750 billion -- may be forced to pay up to 10 years worth of back taxes to Ireland, according to a regulatory filing ...
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Microsoft’s Plan to Convert All Our Gadgets to Windows

The best demo on the first day of Microsoft’s Build developer conference, at least of the ones that didn’t involve adorable holographic robots , was of Continuum. It’s one of Windows 10’s most vaunted features, designed to keep all your devices in sync. To show off its full potential, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore—you’ve seen him before, he’s the guy with the punk-rock hair always in his face—plugged his phone into a monitor and started using it...
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NASA bids farewell to MESSENGER, its Mercury orbiter

Enlarge / Image converted using ifftoany A bit over 3,900 days ago, NASA sent a probe on a meandering course through the inner Solar System. After seven years of gravitational maneuvering , MESSENGER finally arrived at its destination: Mercury, which it became the first spacecraft to visit since 1975's Mariner 10 flyby. Since then, it's been gathering data without much fuss, and without the attention-grabbing surroundings that Cassini benef...
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Microsoft’s new Code editor is built on Google’s Chromium

Microsoft launched today a shiny new code editor for Windows, OS X, and Linux: Visual Studio Code. It's a smart looking text editor with IntelliSense support, git integration, and a few other bits and pieces that developers will enjoy. What Microsoft didn't say when announcing the new editor was how it built Visual Studio Code. In a move that might seem a little surprising, given the regular animosity between the two companies, the editor i...
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Apple Watch Review

The Apple Watch is now on the wrists of members of the general public for the first time, and opinions about its usefulness are flying fast and furious. Here at TechCrunch, we’ve been sharing our thoughts in an ongoing diary , featuring daily entries describing what it’s like to use the Watch as we become more familiar with the new gadget. Now, though, after over a week with the Watch, here’s a more cohesive look at how my thoughts on the w...
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Turns Out You Can Embed Playable MS-DOS Games in Tweets

I don’t know when this became possible, but if you paste the URL to one of the many MS-DOS games that the Internet Archive has preserved on its servers into a tweet, and view said tweet on the web, the embedded game is playable within said tweet :   Well, we can now embed playable Internet Archive games into tweets, so: https://t.co/sMZwcB5nAN — Chris Kohler (@kobunheat) April 29, 2015 Yes, that is a game embedded into a tweet embedded into...
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