justice4all writes: The executive leading Intel’s push into the smartphone market, Anand Chandrasekher, is to leave the company to pursue other interests
Intel, which is trying to gain some traction in the highly-competitive and potentially lucrative smartphone space, announced on 21 March that the executive leading the effort is leaving the company.
In a brief statement, the giant chip maker said Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Ultra Mobility Group, is leaving the company to pursue other interests. Mike Bell and Dave Whalen, both vice presidents with the mobility group, will co-manage the unit, according to Intel.
justice4all writes: "Legacy applications are an increasing burden despite the latest modernisation options, says Capgemini
Businesses are supporting millions of obsolete applications that no longer deliver business value, according to a report issued today.
Some global enterprises have as many as 10,000 applications in their IT estates and are missing out potential cost savings and efficiencies by not rationalising them, according to the first annual Applications Landscape report from Capgemini, published with HP, based on interviews with nearly 100 IT decision makers from Europe and the US.
Highlighting application bloat While 85 percent of these IT decision makers said their application portfolios were in need of rationalisation, a further 60 percent admitted to currently supporting ‘more’ or ‘far more’ applications than are necessary to run their business."
justice4all writes: "iPad owners in the UK will get to read the world’s first iPad-only newspaper ‘The Daily’ this summer
Rupert Murdoch’s iPad-based newspaper, The Daily, will reach the hands of European readers before the end of June, a News Corp executive has revealed.
According to Jonathan Miller, chief digital office at News Corp, the iPad-based newspaper will arrive in Western Europe “not too long from now,” although the actual release date is yet to be announced. However, according to the Financial Times, it will be available before the end of June.
The Daily has been available on a free trial in the US since its launch on 2 February. However, Miller said the digital newspaper will have its “moment of truth” next week when iPad owners will start to be charged for news content on The Daily. Apple is currently said to be finalising the online subscription model with news publishers.
The Daily is available for subscription via iTunes, where readers have to pay either $0.99 (£0.62) a week or $39.99 (£25) a year to receive news."
justice4all writes: "Whisper Systems has released a public beta of its enterprise-grade encryption product for Android
Whisper Systems has released what it calls an enterprise-grade full-disk encryption system for Android handsets, intended to offer Android users a feature already available on BlackBerry and Symbian devices.
The first beta of WhisperCore, released on Tuesday, encrypts the entire data partition at the device level by default, according to Whisper. It can optionally encrypt the device’s SD card as well.
AES encryption The product is designed to provide “the security and management features necessary for transforming a consumer phone into an enterprise-class device”, Whisper said in a statement."
justice4all writes: "A Cambridge start-up has developed an acoustic technology that could replace current smartphone screens
A Cambridge University spin-off has developed acoustic processing technology that could be used to replace the touch-screens currently used in smartphones and other devices.
Input Dynamics was founded in 2008 by Cambridge University department of engineering researcher Jens Enzo Nyby Christensen. The company argues that its “TouchDevice” technology has benefits for the environment, because handsets using it wouldn’t need to use rare metals such as indium, used in the manufacture of current touch screens."
justice4all writes: "Developers have released what is planned to be the final test version of the long-delayed Firefox 4
Mozilla has shipped what may be the final test version of Firefox 4, the long-delayed update to the popular browser.
Beta 12 was due to be released two weeks ago but was delayed to give developers more time to tackle a few remaining bugs. Mozilla had originally planned to release the final version of the browser in October of last year.
Video performance “Firefox 4s final planned beta now available for your testing pleasure,” said Asa Dotzler, head of community for Firefox marketing projects, in a Twitter post. “Get it now, and let us know how it goes.”
The release improves the browser’s video performance, Mozilla said in a blog post, noting that developers have fixed more than 7,000 bugs since the first beta."
justice4all writes: WAC, the operators’ alternative to Google’s app store, has launched its first apps and store fronts
The Wholesale Applications Community (WAC), announced a year ago by mobile services operators to challenge app stores run by Google and Apple, has delivered its first web applications and a white-label app store that can be customised by individual operators.
Mobile operators including China Mobile, MTS, Orange, Smart, Telefónica, Telenor, Verizon and Vodafone are using the WAC platform, with handset makers Huawei, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and ZTE announcing they will support WAC, the organisation said at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Monday.
White-label storefront Ericsson has developed a white-label, WAC-enabled storefront based on IBM WebSphere Commerce software that can be customised by operators to launch their own storefronts, the group said.
“With the commercial launch of operator storefronts, handsets and applications, all based on WAC, we can say that WAC is now officially open for business,” said WAC chief executive Peters Suh, in a statement.
The storefront is offered to operators as a cloud-based service and gives users the ability to browse, buy, download, install and rate WAC widgets and native applications, according to WAC. Operator features include the ability to promote individual applications and automatically provide discounts based on customer preferences and buying behaviours.
The storefront is integrated with WAC’s wholesale catalogue of about 12,000 applications, WAC said.
WAC is in the process of developing an app specification that includes progressively higher-end features. The handsets and storefronts demonstrated on Monday are based on the initial WAC 1.0 specification first published in September 2010, with the availability of WAC 2.0 announced on Monday and WAC 3.0 planned for introduction later this year.
WAC 1.0 supports basic web apps, while WAC 2.0 adds features such as HTML5-based multimedia and WAC 3.0 will introduce more advanced features.
justice4all writes: German researchers have discovered a way of stealing passwords from any device running Apple iOS
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) in Germany have found a way to steal passwords from Apple iPhones in six minutes.
The institute’s discovery could pose a security problem if phones are lost, as the attack requires physical access to the device. The researchers’ target was the “Keychain”, Apple’s password-management system. Rather than crack the 256-bit encryption to get to the passwords stored in the Keychain, the researchers explained in a paper (PDF), the institute exploited the fact that the underlying secret the password’s encryption is based on is stored in the device’s operating system.
Jail-breaking tool This means the encryption is independent from the personal password that is supposed to protect access to the device, according to the researchers. As a result, the required key material can be created from data available within the device and therefore in possession of the attacker.
justice4all writes: Google’s head of marketing for the Middle East helped run a Facebook page used by Egyptian protesters
A Google marketing executive has admitted to being the administrator of a Facebook page that helped trigger weeks of dramatic protests in Egypt.
Wael Ghonim, or Ghoneim, the head of marketing for Google in the Middle East and Africa, who has just been released after twelve days in custody, said in a television interview that he was the administrator of the Facebook page “We are all Khaled Said“, which became one of the main tools for organising the protests that began on 25 January. Khaled Said was a 28-year-old businessman who died in June at the hands of undercover police. Missing for twelve days
Wael Ghonim Picture: Dream TV
Ghoneim himself went missing on 27 January, two days after the beginning of the protests, and said in the interview that he had been held blindfolded by police for 12 days. He said he had not been tortured and had been treated with respect by the security forces who questioned him.
Ghoneim said in the interview on private television station Dream TV he had not wanted to be known as the operator of the Khaled Said page. “I didn’t want anyone to know that I am the administrator,” he said. “There are no heroes; we are all heroes on the street.”
The Google executive, who is based in Dubai, said the protest movement had been initiated by Egyptians, not outsiders.
“This is the revolution of the youth of the Internet and now the revolution of all Egyptians,” he said.
justice4all writes: Cyber-threats should be taken seriously, and complex passwords should be dumped, says the father of the firewall, Bill Cheswick of AT&T
WikiLeaks’ head, Julian Assange should be prosecuted for putting lives at risk, and cyber-threats are dangerous because of the very democracy of the Internet, says Bill “Ches” Cheswick, the AT&T technical lead who is widely credited as the father of the firewall.
Cheswick has a lot of security opinions to share with eWEEK Europe, on a visit to London, but we need to sort out the paternity issue first. “Am I the father of the firewall?” he says. “There are probably about ten fathers of the firewall,”
This may be false modesty. If you check the Wikipedia entry on firewalls, his name comes first. He co-wrote (with Steven Bellovin) the first book on the subject in 1990 (Repelling the Wily Hacker), and coined the term “proxy”.
He remains a lead member of technical staff at AT&T, the former owner of Bell Labs, where he and Bellovin worked in the late 1980s to develop practical systems to keep malicious network activity out of connected systems.
justice4all writes: James Brokenshire has signed the UK up to the EC cyber-crime directive despite major grey areas
A new European Commision directive on cyber-security is to be adopted by the British government despite being described by Home Office minister James Brokenshire as “not perfect”.
The directive softens the borders between European Union member countries’ law enforcement domains by requiring each of them to establish a central cyber-security operation which can be contacted by other states. Such contacts will have to be responded to within eight hours under the ruling.
Hackers And Toolmakers Criminalised
James Brokenshire Within each country, the development and sale of applications designed to aid cyber-crime will be a criminal offence. There will also be a minimum sentence of five years in prison for individuals found to be members of a criminal gang.
The new laws would also guard against a European WikiLeaks scandal by making it an offence to intercept confidential data. How this will be interpreted is not yet clear because it does not explain if the initial hacker would be solely responsible or whether anyone receiving the information would also be liable to prosecution – in the way that receiving stolen goods is considered a crime.
justice4all writes: hacker has admitted to hacking into virtual gambling servers and making off with billions of gambling chips
A 29 year old man from Paignton, Devon, is facing a potential prison sentence after he admitted to hacking into the servers of American gaming company Zynga Corporation and making off with $12 million (£7.5 million) worth of gambling chips.
According to the ‘This is South Devon’ website, Ashley Mitchell pleaded guilty to five hacking charges in Exeter Crown Court, including accessing the servers belonging to the Zynga. He also asked for 41 other offences to be taken into consideration.
Judge Philip Wassall said Mitchell faced a substantial jail term for the ‘sophisticated’ offences, and Mitchell was remanded in custody after the judge adjourned the case for reports.
Discounted Chips According to some news reports, Mitchell was able to get access by posing as one of Zynga’s website administrators. He was then able to transfer 400 billion gaming chips into a number of Facebook accounts, said to be worth $12 million if Zynga had issued them legitimately.
justice4all writes: Facebook has launched a shopping discount service based on its Places app in the UK
Facebook has launched its Places Deals feature in the UK, which rewards users for ‘checking in’ to various locations using their mobile phones.
Users logging into Facebook Places will see yellow and green icons next to their nearby places, allowing them to claim deals by checking in at those places and showing their phone in the associated venue. “In just a few clicks, you can get individual discounts, share deals with your friends, earn rewards and secure donations for good causes,” said the company.
Facebook launched the feature in the US in November 2010, threatening the money-making strategies of services such as Foursquare and Gowalla that have long been offering deals and coupons to people who check-in to businesses. Places Deals has now been expanded to Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Canada.
Initial UK partners reportedly include Starbucks, which will offer a free coffee to the first 30,000 customers checking in using the Facebook Places app, and food chain Yo Sushi
justice4all writes: Students arrested on suspicion of using stolen credit cards and bogus PayPal accounts to sell on eBay
Two Foreign exchange students from Vietnam are accused of being mules for an international identity theft ring believed to have stolen millions of dollars from online merchants, according to an affidavit filed by federal investigators in Minnesota district court.
The affidavit sought a search warrant to raid the home of two Vietnamese exchange students attending Minnesota’s Winona State University. During the resulting raid, federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit seized documents and computer equipment, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune.
krou writes: According to StatCounter, the month of December saw the first time where IE usage in Europe was knocked off the top spot by Firefox. Firefox usage sat at 38.11%, with IE sitting at 37.52%. Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter, stated that "This appears to be happening because Google's Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share." Google Chrome was in 3rd place with 14.58% of market share.