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Submission + - Nasdaq intrusion spreads to listed companies

SpzToid writes: "Nasdaq's Directors Desk is a program sold to listed and private companies, whose board members use it to share documents and communicate with executives. Apparently Directors Desk was infected during a breach widely publicized earlier this year. It has now become known that hackers were able to access confidential documents and communications of the corporate directors and board members who received this infected application, said Tom Kellermann, chief technology officer with security technology firm AirPatrol Corp. It is unclear how long the Directors Desk application was infected before the exchange identified the breach, according to Kellermann and another source."
Operating Systems

Submission + - Early Speed Tests For Windows 8

adeelarshad82 writes: You often hear in the software industry that performance optimization is one of the last steps in the software development process. That bodes well for Windows 8, considering at the early stage of Developer Preview—even before we've seen an actual beta—the nascent operating system is getting widespread praise for its performance, particularly in startup times. Anecdotal evidence is always encouraging, but PCMag decided to run some very early tests on the OS to see if the reports were wishful thinking or if there was a real, measurable boost in speed. Along with startup and shutdown times, they used several standard industry benchmarks to compare Windows 8 performance with that of Windows 7 running on the same machine.
Android

Submission + - Netflix App Adds Android 3.x Tablets (deviceguru.com)

DeviceGuru writes: Netflix has released a new version of its video-streaming app for Android devices that officially adds support for Android 3.x (Honeycomb) tablets. The October 19 release of Netflix app v1.5.0 build 360 also extends Netflix’s Android support to Canada and Latin America for the first time. Prior to this release, users of Android tablets such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 had been having hit-or-miss results installing and running Netflix on their tablets, apparently due to subtle variations in hardware and firmware versions.
The Military

Submission + - Was The US Unprepared For A Cyberwar With Libya? (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "With Gaddafi dead, it seems that the Libyan civil war — which the US and its NATO allies intervened in on the side of the winners — is more or less over. A question remains, however, over the nature of Western involvement; wile NATO planes dropped bombs on the country, it seems that nobody attempted to launch cyberattacks against Gaddafi's regime. Officially, the US said that it didn't want to be the first to launch this new kind of war, but it may be that the military was concerned that its hackers wouldn't have performed very well."
Censorship

Submission + - US Government Questions China Internet Censorship (tekgoblin.com)

tekgoblin writes: "Everyone has known for some time that China censors their citizens from certain parts of the internet. But what qualifications must a site have to be excluded from the Great China Firewall?

Now the US Government wants to know how the filter actually works to filter out websites from results in China."

Submission + - TapSense (chrisharrison.net)

An anonymous reader writes: http://chrisharrison.net/index.php/Research/TapSense

With TapSense, touch screens can tell the different between finger tip, pad, nail and knuckle touches. At the are minimum, this enables a "right click" for touch screens (which might use tap and hold, two finger tap, or some other sequence).

For example, want to copy/paste (super awkward on touch screens currently)? Highlight the text with a finger drag. Knuckle tap it to bring up a context menu, hit copy. Done.

Academic video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oN96cucBr4

Blackberry

Submission + - RIMs downward spiral continues (zerohedge.com) 2

dave562 writes: The always insightful and forward looking guys at Zero Hedge bring the latest details in RIMs stock valuation. Layoffs are on the horizon as RIM misses their earning targets and continues to lose ground to Apple and Android. Is RIM on the way to becoming the MySpace of the smartphone market?
Sony

Submission + - Sony Running Unpatched Servers with no Firewall (consumerist.com)

ewhenn writes: Security experts monitoring open Internet forums learned months ago that Sony was using outdated versions of the Apache Web server software, which "was unpatched and had no firewall installed." The issue was "reported in an open forum monitored by Sony employees" two to three months prior to the recent security breaches.
Games

Submission + - Sensor Glove Helps Stroke Patients Through Gaming (ecouterre.com)

Elliot Chang writes: It’s well-known that video games improve hand-eye coordination, so it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that stroke patients could recover their range of motion by playing them. Four mechanical-engineering students at McGill University in Canada have developed an inexpensive sensor glove that allows patients to exercise in a game-like fashion at home with minimal supervision. Self-therapy? Well, yes and no. Using the accompanying software, doctors will be able to monitor their charges’ progress off-site, cutting down on hospital visits and costs.
NASA

Submission + - FAA wants your opinion on commercial space rules (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "If you have an opinion about how you think the commercial space flight world should be regulated, the FAA wants to hear from you.

On Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cocoa Beach Oceanfront in Florida it will hold a public hearing where the FAA says it wants to gather information about how to define what it calls a e regulatory framework for orbital human spaceflight."

Google

Submission + - Youtube requires a phone number from new users (google.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Tried creating a Youtube account lately? Google has begun demanding a legitimate phone number to activate new accounts. Don't have a phone? Google suggests,

"you can use a friend's number to request the code via text message or voice call. You don't have to worry about your friend's number being attached to your account. Google won't use this number for anything else besides account verification. ... If your country or carrier is not on our list of supported carriers, you might want to try a friend's phone on another carrier."


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