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+ - It's official: NSA spying is hurting the US tech economy->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "China is backing away from US tech brands for state purchases as NSA revelations, according to Reuters, which confirms what many US technology companies have been saying for the past year: the activities by the NSA are harming their businesses in crucial growth markets, including China."
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+ - Use astrology to save Britain's health system says MP->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "An MP from the governing Conservative Party has said that using astrology could radically improve the performance of Britain's National Health Service and that it's opponents are "racially prejudiced" and, errr, driven by "superstition, ignorance and prejudice". David Treddinick even claims he has "helped" fellow legislators through astrology."
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+ - Samsung Smart TV Service down.

Submitted by DickMardy
DickMardy (2817665) writes "Samsung's Smart TV service has been out of action for getting on for 24 hours at time of writing. (I first noticed the outage on my TV at about 10am GMT on Tuesday 24th March). Samsung's UK Twitter account (@SamsungUK) received several tweets from users throughout the afternoon, took details of the problem from customers, but failed to provide any information about the issue. Tracking the issue on Twitter with a search for "Samsung Smart TV", though, it started to become evident that it was a global problem with customers in Germany and the Netherlands also reporting the same problem.

The issue prevents the Smart TV Hub software from connecting to the web. Issues like this have occurred before, because the software connects to the web via Samsung's own servers. According to a fire in a data centre caused similar issues in the past. The same source notes the issue has affected customers in the US and Argentina, as well as several other Northern European countries. It also suggests that Sony's Smart TV service is suffering similar issues: if this is the case, then, clearly, for this to be a mere technical issue would be an extremely unlikely coincidence (unless major competitors Sony and Samsung share infrastructure). Thus it seems the more likely cause would be an attack of some sort... all the more likely given that revelations about Samsung collecting unencrypted voice recordings with their newer model TVs have put their Smart TV product above the radar recently."

+ - The First Webcam Tailored Suit->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Kickstarter Project to Launch the First Online Tailored Suit Service

TOKYO, JAPAN — February 25, 2015 11:00 EST — Ligatis, in collaboration with Awesome Japan, is announcing its Kickstarter crowdfunding project to launch its online store, Scissor Fecit. The site will specialize in Japanese crafted, tailor-made suits. The “tailoring” will be done through your webcam by venture business UPcload’s Webcam Body Measurement technology, along with 3D modeling to deliver perfectly tailored, luxury suits.

This customer direct approach will allow Scissor Fecit to offer the personality and refinement of a tailored suit for less than ever before. A tailored suit normally selling for $1000 will now be available for $679—a savings of over 30%.

The site would feature the world’s largest selection of suit and shirt designs, all to be experienced and experimented with in 3D. Scissor Fecit is taking the next step in online ordering and the internet of things, making custom clothing more affordable, and guaranteeing not just the fit on you, but for you. The custom clothing revolution is also the environmentally friendly option, with clothing made for you and nothing else, ensuring less waste.

Please visit our Kickstarter page and see where suiting is headed.


Joel R. Tess
+810338361334 (Japan)"

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+ - Ask Slashdot: parental content control for free OSs?

Submitted by m.alessandrini
m.alessandrini (1587467) writes "Children grow up, and inevitably they will start using internet and social networks, both for educational and recreational purposes. And it won't take long to them to learn to be autonomous, especially with all the smartphones and tablets around and your limited time.
Unlike the years of my youth, when internet started to enter our lives gradually, now I'm afraid of the amount of inappropriate contents a child can be exposed to unprepared: porn, scammers, cyberbullies or worse, are just a click away.
For Windows many solutions claim to exist, usually in form of massive antivirus suites. What about GNU/Linux? Or Android? Several solutions rely on setting up a proxy with a whitelist of sites, or similar, but I'm afraid this approach can make internet unusable, or otherwise be easy to bypass. Have you any experiences or suggestions? Do you think software solutions are only a part of the solution, provided children can learn hacking tricks better than us, and if so, what other "human" techniques are most effective?"

+ - Home theatre LAN security non existent and never will be 1

Submitted by TomSawyerIsmyname
TomSawyerIsmyname (1872152) writes "I recently purchased a new home theatre and noticed an ethernet connection in the back of the system, so I plugged it to my network and started to have fun with a software called icontrolAV5 (I'll let you guess the maker of the home theatre) turning my iphone into a remote control for my home theatre system, very convenient software, the more I played with it the more I realized there was no network password protection in the setup, I searched the Internet, I read all the manuals, I tried to contact the company... Nothing to be found on that topic, I finally was able to contact one of the company's engineer, he confirmed that there was no options in the firmware to protect my system from the network with a password and there was no need for it because he thinks that no one will ever know how or spend time hacking a home theatre... (my thinking is, why does a man climb a mountain? because it's there...) so in conclusion, some one could make a virus (nice computer school project) that would infect a computer on the same network as the home theatre, sniff out the system's IP than send telnet commands (yes the application use telnet protocols and the system execute them without a password) turn ON the system, select FM source, scan for a channel than set the volume to 200 at 2 o'clock in the morning... the good thing about that virus is you would know who's infected in your neighborhood if you happened to be outside and suddenly hear an FM station blasting out loud at precisely 2am ha ha!"

+ - Antitrust case against Google thrown out of SF court->

Submitted by Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson (3799011) writes "Just a few days ago Google was threatened with legal action for anti-competitive behavior in Russia. While we don't yet know if that will amount to anything, there has been some better news for the search giant in the US. A San Francisco judge dismissed a case brought against the firm by two men who thought the inclusion of Google services in Android pushed up the prices of their handsets."
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+ - Sony could exit TVs, phones ..->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Sony Corp (6758.T) aims to boost operating profit 25-fold within three years .. would no longer pursue sales growth in areas such as smartphones ..."
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+ - SPAM: Cyberattack Targets Health Insurer Records

Submitted by ceasarpegroid
ceasarpegroid (4016165) writes " Harver Health Insurance Counter Fraud Group — One of the US' largest health insurers, Anthem, has announced last week that millions of their employee and client records have been illegally accessed through a sophisticated cyberattack.

While Anthem is still cooperating with ongoing investigations regarding the attack, the initial information given was that around 80 million customer and employee records in a database were compromised. The data apparently include addresses, birthdates, names, employment and income information.

However, they claim that credit card data were not included in the breach and stated that medical records and doctor information were likely not compromised.

This could be one of the largest breaches in client data to date and the largest in the healthcare sector, noted Harver Health Insurance Counter Fraud Group, as Anthem owns a number of brands like Anthem Blue Shield, Anthem Blue Cross, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Cross of Georgia.

According to the health insurer, they learned of the breach by the end of January and have notified the FBI promptly. Cybersecurity firm Mandiant was also called in to secure Anthem's computer systems.

Anthem Chief Executive Joseph Swedish, whose personal data was involved as well, apologized through a letter and emphasized that they are working continuously to ensure their clients' and staff's data.

Security breach threats are particularly concerning in the financial and healthcare sectors that usually collect sensitive information about clients. Even without credit card information, combinations of names, birthdates and Social Security numbers would be more than enough to gain a lot of money in the black market. In fact, the FBI has already ranked cybercrime as a top law enforcement activity.

Technology experts from Harver Health Insurance Counter Fraud Group and other law enforcement officials are saying that getting hacked is inevitable and it's only a matter of when. They admitted that it is a challenge to keep up with the cyber criminals especially since most of them are based abroad.

Anthem promised that it will give free credit monitoring and identity repair services for affected clients."

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+ - Sony Offering Smart Glasses At Half The Cost Of Google Glass->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "With Google retooling its Glass offering, Sony appears to have jumped into the breach to offer an Android-compatible wearable face-computer. SmartEyeglass is relative bargain at only $840, although it must be manipulated with a separate, wired controller unit that houses a microphone, speakers and an NFC module."
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+ - Payments Startup Offering Free Chip-And-PIN Reader In Europe->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "European credit card processing generally relies on chip-and-PIN readers, which are considered more secure than the card-swiping devices that prevail in the United States. But security comes at a cost, and up to 20 million small European businesses don't accept credit cards because of the expense of a chip-and-PIN reader. Now a European payments startup is offering the readers for free."
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+ - Patent trolls are morphing->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Venturebeat reports on software to 'create' patents — " linguistically manipulate a seed set of a client’s patent claims by, for example, substituting in synonyms or reordering steps in a process, thereby generating tens of thousands of potentially patentable inventions."
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+ - World most dangerous toy 'Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab' goes on display at museum->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab — dubbed as the world's most dangerous toy — has gone on display at the Ulster Museum in Northern Ireland. The toy has earned the title of most dangerous toy because it includes four types of uranium ore, three sources of radiation, and a Geiger counter that enables parents to measure just how contaminated their child had become. The Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab was only available between 1951 and 1952 and was the most elaborate atomic energy educational kit ever produced. The toy was one of the most costly toy of the time retailing at $50 — said to be equivalent to $400 today."
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+ - US gov creates spyware that invades the firmware of HDDs

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The US government has developed spyware that invades the firmware of hard drives and eavesdrops on everything the user does. The software has been found on the computers around the world. The latest spyware software was discovered by the Russian computer security company, Kaspersky Lab, which found computers of government and military institutions, telecommunication companies, banks, energy companies, nuclear researchers, media, and Islamic activists were infected. The software was found in 30 countries, including Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria. But only a few high-valued computers were infected. The firmware of hard drives is highly valued among spies and hackers as any malicious software that is stored there runs automatically every time a computer is turned on and the software is near impossible to remove, even when the hard drive is wiped completely. The spyware software works on most major hard drive manufacturers, including Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, IBM, Micron and Samsung."

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