Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2013 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cell phone, security, wifi, PNL
A security expert recently reminded people that the Preferred Networks List Bug which was identified in 2004 has only ever been addressed by Microsoft. All other mobile OSes, from Apple to BlackBerry can accidentally expose their PNL to an eavesdropper who can then spoof it. If you like setting up autoconnect on your devices you might want to double check the name of your active connections occasionally; if you are connected to your home WiFi while you are out you might have a problem. Catch more at The Register.
"Security expert Raul Siles has warned that years after it was first identified, the Preferred Networks List (PNL) Wi-Fi bug remains unaddressed on many an iPhone, Android phone, and Windows or BlackBerry handset."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL @ The Register
- AMD Launches Its 2013 Mobile APU Products @ Kitguru
- AMD Temash, Kabini, Richland: new chance? @ Hardware.info
- Spam and the Byzantine Empire: How Bitcoin tech REALLY works @ The Register
- Canadian regulators welcome US Bitcoin refugees with open arms @ The Register
- Mac malware found with valid developer ID at freedom conference @ The Register
- The Best Activity Trackers for Fitness @ TechReviewSource
- Sumo Lounge Emperor @ Phoronix
- Beginners Guides: Crash Recovery & The Blue Screen of Death @ PCSTATS
- Sitecom Wi-Fi Router X6 N900 (WLR-6100) Review @ Madshrimps
- Netgear XWNB5201 500Mbps Powerline WiFi Access Point @ eTeknix
- SlimPort Summit 2013 Coverage - What is SlimPort? @ Tweaktown
- Sandberg iConheli Bluetooth Helicopter @ NikKTech
- Google Play Music Review @ TechReviewSource
- Jabra Drive Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone Review @ ModSynergy
- Understanding Email Bounce Messages @ Hardware Secrets
- Intel Linux OpenGL Driver Leading Over Apple OS X @ Phoronix
- HGST packs 1.5TB into 9.5-mm, three-platter Travelstar 5K1500 notebook drive
- A year later: Transformer Prime @ LanOC Reviews
- Balder BD-1P T6 LED Flashlight @ 3DVelocity
- SuperSpeed RamDisk Plus 11 Software @ Tweaktown
- Removing and Wiping Drivers Guide @ OCC
- Gigabyte Shows Off Upcoming Intel Z87 Motherboards @ Legit Reviews
- Xbox One: Entertainment Hub First, Gaming Console Second -- But Could It Disrupt TV? @ TechSpot
- Xbox One - Just what is Microsoft thinking?! @ Tweaktown
- Oregon Scientific ATC9K Action Camera @ NikKTech
- SteelSeries Joint Giveaway - Three 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboards Up For Grabs @ NikKTech
Subject: Mobile | January 28, 2013 - 03:35 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: white label, tegra 4, tegra, tablet, shield, nvidia, cell phone
If you thought that NVIDIA's entry into the world of the mobile entertainment and gaming device market was odd with the announcement of the Shield Android-powered unit, we have some more rumors sneaking up from Droidlife.com about a possible move to develop and manufacture cell phones and tablets as well.
While many SoC vendors often create proof of concept designs based around their own chips, none of the major players are in the business of building devices meant to find their way into consumers hands. NVIDIA appears to be taking a page from its own book in the world of retail graphics cards and is planning on producing nearly complete cell phones and tablets to be rebranded and sold directly to consumers. PC users are used to this practice already and you can see if happen with ever nearly every GPU launch - graphics cards that have the same specs and design with only a different sticker on the cooler.
The process of white labeling is very frequent in today's laptop designs as well and it is how companies like AVADirect, MAINGEAR and iBuyPower are able to produce and sell custom notebooks.
From what is in the report, NVIDIA has their eyes set on both tablets and smartphones, with plans to start designing and creating their devices around May or June of this very year. If all goes according to plan, we will begin to see a ton of cheap (but not any less in quality terms) 7-10″ tablets hitting the market, all running NVIDIA chipsets.
If this process does take hold in the mid-2013 time frame you can start to expect a lot of low cost options based on Tegra SoCs to hit in the holiday time frame. There are concerns to be dealt with though if in fact NVIDIA attempt the white label move. First, there is potential for "cheap" products, and by that I mean cheaply built, ruining the Tegra name and brand that NVIDIA has been building over the last few years. Also, NVIDIA could offend and upset other vendors like Samsung and ASUS with whom they depend on to make the "high-end" products that many enthusiasts lust over.
As a small player though (in terms of pure sell through) NVIDIA is looking for anyway it can to improve its market share and starting up a white label market for smartphones and tablets is definitely something that could open up new opportunities.
Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2012 - 12:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: symantec, 4g, cell phone, fud
While this could be a bid to convince people that they need to purchase an anti-virus product for their phones, it is also possible that the increase in bandwidth expected from the roll out of 4G in North America could lead to increased attacks on phones. If Windows 7.5 and 8 become popular, it is reasonable to assume that phones running those OSes will be vulnerable to the same types of attacks that would infect their desktop equivalents. Now that phones often sport four cores, sometimes with a companion, they actually have enough processing power that they might worth infecting especially with the added bandwidth that would be available to them. Take a peek at The Inquirer and see if you think this is a valid concern or just an attempt to sell Norton Cellular Protector.
"THE ROLLOUT OF 4G later this year could give way for more high-risk mobile security implications, Symantec has warned.
Speaking to The INQUIRER in an exclusive interview today, the firm's security strategist, Sian John said that threats such as botnets seen in popular desktop operating systems such as Windows could start shifting to mobile devices due 4G's new capabilities."
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- Onlive promises business as usual @ The Inquirer
- Windows 8 Tells Microsoft About Everything You Install @ Slashdot
- McAfee splats bug that knocked punters offline @ The Register
- Password hints easily snaffled from Windows PCs @ The Register
- GIGABYTE breaks Core i7 3770K OC World Record at 7102MHz with upcoming Z77X-UP7 @ Tweaktown
- The $100 tri-copter @ Hack a Day
- Tropical Fruit-Powered Laser @ Make:Blog
- Netgear R6300 802.11ac Wireless Router Review @ Legit Reviews