rullywowr writes: CNN reports that a recent government study finds TSA misconduct has risen sharply in three years. Most have heard of the problems such as stealing however they recently report that some employees are sleeping on the job, taking bribes, and letting friends/family through the checkpoints without screening.
rullywowr writes: CNN suggests that iOS7 will use biometrics in the form of fingerprint scans. TFA shows an excerpt of some XML code from a beta version of iOS7 which suggests this technology is coming soon. Unlocking the phone and providing security passwords may be as easy as a simple press of the thumb. No word if this is definite for the new "iPhone5S".
rullywowr writes: Over ten years after the tragedy of 9/11, the FAA is reconsidering allowing the use of iPads, portable DVD players, and other electronic devices. Cell phones are not part of the reconsideration at this time. This topic has come up on Slashdot before, what do you think about the FAA allowing more devices?
colinneagle writes: Microsoft’s recent announcement that it will end support for the Windows XP operating system in two years signals the end of an era for the company, and potentially the beginning of a nightmare for everyone else.
When Microsoft cuts the chord on XP in two years it will effectively leave millions of existing Windows-based computers vulnerable to continued and undeterred cyberattacks, many of which hold the potential to find their way into consumer, enterprise and even industrial systems running the latest software.
Although most of the subsequent security issues appear to be at the consumer level, it may not be long until they find a way into corporate networks or industrial systems, Miller says.
Even scarier, Sarwate says many SCADA systems for industrial networks still run a modified version of XP, and are not in a position to upgrade. Because much of the software running on SCADA systems is not compatible with traditional Microsoft OS capabilities, an OS upgrade would entail much more work than it would for a home or corporate system.
rullywowr writes: "In a rare move, Nokia patents a tattoo which can vibrate when you get a call or message. The tattoo, which would be made of ferrous ink, would be applied to the user. The tattoo would also link up to a particular phone such as Bluetooth does today. Provisions are made for different sensory impluses, for different calls such as a signature "ringtone." For those afraid of the needle, they have patented a sticker version of the tattoo."
rullywowr writes: "A story run by local new NBC10 of Philadelphia last Friday illuminated the fact that this particular rider of the pubilc bus system is packing a cell phone jammer and is not afraid to use it. Going by the name of "Eric," whenever he sees someone being "rude" on the bus and talking loudly on their cell phone, he screws the antenna on a flips the power switch. Regardless of the steep civil penalites levied by the FCC (up to $16,000 USD), many (such as "Eric) are still interested by these devices which can be bought on the internet for $40 to over $1000. Opponents of these devices say that not only do they interfere with mobile phones, they often can interfere with "behind the scenes" communication, Wi-Fi, etc. Despite being illegal, TFA points out that they are readily available on the internet (what else is new?). Do you have an instance where you experienced the positive (or negative) effects of a cell phone jammer?"
rullywowr writes: After many users expressed anger, AT&T moves the slowdown throttling bottleneck from 3GB of data to 5GB of data for users of 4G LTE smart phones. AT&T still maintains the position that less than 5% of its users exceed the 3GB threshold each month.