llebeel writes: Air quality is at an all time low in London. Poor air affects the lungs and the heart, and is a health threat that lurks in many places. Thanks to the Internet of Things Academy (IOTA) — who has been experimenting with the idea that sensors, connectivity and data can be used to change citizens' perception of the risks of rapidly declining air quality — IoT devices, such as sensors fitted to pushchairs, could measure pollution at street level and record real-time exposure to potentially harmful air.
girlmad writes: The government's one-year £5.5m Windows XP support deal with Microsoft has not been extended, sources have told V3, despite thousands of computers across Whitehall still running the ancient software, leaving them wide open to cyber attacks. It's still unclear when all government machines will be migrated to a newer OS.
girlmad writes: Secret Cinema, the darling of quirky movie experiences, has seen exactly how frightening a bunch of angry hipsters can be after it cancelled the opening night of its latest show, Back to the Future. The short notice and lack of explanation from the 'immersive cinema experience' company led to a huge backlash on social media, with angry fans taking to Twitter and Facebook to share their frustrations at the handling of the whole thing. Cue much blaming of the Libyans and flux capacitor breakdowns.
llebeel writes: Users fear the internet of things but don't realise it's already all around them, including in their homes. IT bods say users need to be educated about the advantages of IoT as most people don't understand the technology's potential.
llebeel writes: Qualcomm says mobile devices will be the driving force behind the dominance of 4K content creation and consumption, due to mass adoption of affordable smartphones supporting the resolution.
llebeel writes: Philips has showed off its Ethernet-powered connected lighting for offices of the future, which can transmit data to mobile devices through light via embedded code. Arriving in the form of LED "luminaires", Philips' connected office lighting will aim to not only save businesses money on energy costs, but also serve as a means of providing information and data about the general running of a building, transmitted through light, to improve the overall efficiency of business infrastructure.
llebeel writes: Malwarebytes has uncovered a way for hackers to steal Steam accounts while bypassing an additional security measure.
When logging in on a PC you haven't used before, Steam Guard will appear as a window asking for a verification code that will have been sent to your email address. Without the code, you can't log in. Malwarebytes claims to have found that scammers have come up with a way to get around this security measure.
llebeel writes: The workstation of the future will enable engineers and designers to work from systems powered by the data centre, PC maker Dell has claimed, liberating desktop machines to take completely different forms and eliminating the need for a keyboard and mouse. Dell has developed a mock-up of what such a device might look like in the future and it is all about panels, screens and glass, because the power provided on the back end means the design is unbounded by thermals and space.
llebeel writes: Android is expected to lead shipments of devices in 2014, with Gartner projecting that shipments of Android phones, tablets and PCs will hit 1.17 billion this year, rising to 1.36 billion in 2015.
This will be 884 million more shipments than Apple can manage for all its Mac machines plus iPads and iPhones. However, Mac and iOS are also expected to see strong growth from 241 million devices shipped last year to 286 million in 2014 and then 324 million in 2015.
llebeel writes: Inkjet and laserjet printers will soon become a thing of the past due to the rising popularity of cheap tablets, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has said.
Within as little as four years, no one will need to print anything on inkjet or laserjet printers anymore, an IEEE technical expert declared, as we will instead access and review documents and images digitally.
llebeel writes: Sony says Apple is "missing out" by updating its iPhone line-up only annually, because users want to be able to take advantage of the latest technology available.
Sony Mobile chief and president of NW Europe, Pierre Perron, told The INQUIRER in an interview at Mobile World Congress (MWC) that because Apple waits a year between smartphone upgrades, it's leaving its customers behind in terms of the technology they are potentially open to buying.
chicksdaddy writes: Visitors to the web site of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) are being targeted in an attack that exploits a previously unknown hole in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 web browser, according to warnings Thursday by security firms.
Some visitors to the web site of the VFW, vfw [dot] org, were the victim of a ‘watering hole’ attack starting on February 11. The attacks took advantage of a previously unknown ‘use-after-free’ vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 web browser. According to a write-up by the firm FireEye (http://www.fireeye.com/blog/uncategorized/2014/02/operation-snowman-deputydog-actor-compromises-us-veterans-of-foreign-wars-website.html), the VFW site was hacked and then altered to redirect users to a malicious website programmed to exploit vulnerable versions of IE 10 on systems running 32 bit versions of the Windows operating system.
Initial analysis of the attack suggests that it is part of a “strategic Web compromise targeting American military personnel.” FireEye said evidence points to hacking groups responsible for similar campaigns, including ‘Operation DeputyDog,’ which targeted high-profile Japanese firms as well as the US security firm Bit9, and ‘Operation Ephemeral Hydra,’ targeting military and public policy personnel.
FireEye dubbed the attack 'Operation Snowman,' saying that it was timed to coincide with a massive East Coast blizzard that affected the Washington D.C. area, as well as the President's Day federal holiday on Monday. Security Ledger notes that the attack was also timed to fall immediately after Microsoft issued its February security patches with the malware used in the attacks — standard operating procedure with attacks using Microsoft 0day exploits.