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Home Depot: 56 million cards exposed in breach

Sep 18, 2014 - 11:57 PM - by Reverend
Home Depot confirmed Thursday that hackers exposed 56 million credit and debit cards during its months-long security breach.

The company also said it had eliminated the malware behind the attack from its payment systems.

Card readers that encountered the malware, which Home Depot said was a custom strain its security team had never seen before, were removed from service. The company is also beefing up its payment data encryption capabilities and other security measures.

Cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs first discovered affected card numbers for sale on Sept. 2, the same day Home Depot says it began its investigation. The company later confirmed that hackers broke into its payment system possibly as far back as April.

"We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and anxiety this has caused, and want to reassure them that they will not be liable for fraudulent charges," said CEO Frank Blake in a statement.

The company is offering identity protection services to any customer that has used a card in its stores since April.

The Home Depot hack is far from the biggest in history -- a distinction that belongs to Adobe -- but it did outrank the 40 million cards exposed in Target's holiday season breach last year.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Arrives Oct. 17, Pre-Orders Start Friday

Sep 18, 2014 - 11:55 PM - by Reverend
The iPhone 6 Plus may be taking all the attention on the phablet front, but if you're more of an Android fan, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be available in the U.S. on Oct. 17 with pre-orders starting Friday, the same day Apple's new iPhones hit store shelves.

Unveiled earlier this month at the IFA trade show in Berlin, the Note 4 features a 5.7-inch 2,560-by-1,440 Quad HD Super AMOLED display, advanced technology for the front and rear cameras, battery improvements, and S Pen enhancements.

"Samsung created the large screen smartphone category with the Galaxy Note and are on our fourth generation, a category others are just entering," Samsung Telecommunications America President and CEO Gregory Lee said in a statement, obviously alluding to Apple. "The Galaxy Note 4 delivers a refined Note experience, and the latest technology that consumers want in their smartphone."

Other features include a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilizer technology; a 3.7-megapixel front-facing shooter; Adaptive Fast Charging, which can give the phone 50 percent battery life in 30 minutes, and Ultra Power Saving Mode offering up to 24 hours of standby time on just 10 percent battery.

The Note 4 also has a metal frame, which should make it more durable than its plastic-bodied predecessor. It comes in black and white and will be available from the four major U.S. carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verzion plus U.S. Cellular. You'll also be able to find it at major retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Target, and Walmart.

PC Magazine
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Amazon releases family-friendly, low-budget tablets

Sep 18, 2014 - 10:07 AM - by Reverend
Amazon announced its new tablet lineup Wednesday, catering to a wide range of users from the budget-conscious to tech-savvy children.

The line includes a refresh of its Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and Fire HD 7, as well as a colorful $99 Kindle Fire HD 6, a high-end e-reader called the Kindle Voyage. The Fire HD 7 and 6 models are also available in Kids Editions, which include a chunky case, a 2-year warranty, and a free year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a subscription service focusing on kid-friendly content such as apps, games, and videos.

Amazon is adding more variety to its line, creating a situation akin to Samsung's shotgun approach: make a bunch of tablets to fit every level of consumer and hope something sticks. Additionally, Amazon's banking on what's worked best for it, catering to parents who want a cheap tablet for their kids.

"Fire HD Kids Edition is a real tablet, not a toy," Peter Larsen, an Amazon vice president of devices, said in a press release. "Kids break things, so we added a 2-year, no-questions-asked, worry-free guarantee."

The e-commerce site has consistently catered to parents since it launched it tablet line. Offering a cheap but good-quality alternative to the iPad, Amazon's Fire tablets appealed to parents. The company also encouraged kids through Kindle FreeTime, a mode that allows for parental control settings on content and in-app purchases.

The colorful Kids Editions tablets take things a step further, as Amazon is specifically marketing the device for families. This certainly isn't a new idea. As mobile devices became more popular, so did kid-friendly devices, like the LeapFrog learning tablets, which cater to very young children, or Samsung's Kids edition for its Galaxy Tab 3.

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Apple's iOS 8 HealthKit launch derailed by bug

Sep 18, 2014 - 10:05 AM - by Reverend
The new health- and fitness-tracking platform has been stalled by a software bug. HealthKit was supposed to be a key component of the iOS 8 mobile software update Apple released Wednesday.

Third-party apps built to work with the platform have been pulled temporarily from Apple's App Store as a result.

"We're working quickly to have the bug fixed in a software update and have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month," an Apple (AAPL, Tech30) spokeswoman said.

HealthKit works with Apple's new Health app along with third-party apps like WebMD and MyFitnessPal. It lets users monitor things like heart rate, sleep, weight and blood pressure, and you can also choose to share the information with your doctor.

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eBay redirect attack puts buyers' credentials at risk

Sep 18, 2014 - 10:04 AM - by Reverend
EBay has been compromised so that people who clicked on some of its links were automatically diverted to a site designed to steal their credentials.

The spoof site had been set up to look like the online marketplace's welcome page.

The US firm was alerted to the hack on Wednesday night but removed the listings only after a follow-up call from the BBC more than 12 hours later.

One security expert said he was surprised by the length of time taken.

"EBay is a large company and it should have a 24/7 response team to deal with this - and this case is unambiguously bad," said Dr Steven Murdoch from University College London's Information Security Research Group.

The security researcher was able to analyse the listing involved before eBay removed it.

He said that the technique used was known as a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack.

It involved the attackers placing malicious Javascript code within product listing pages. This code in turn automatically redirected affected users through a series of other websites, so that they ended up at the page asking for their eBay log-in and password.

Users only had to click the original listing to have their browser hijacked.

BBC News
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Nero Burning ROM 2015 (16.0.01300)

Sep 17, 2014 - 8:21 PM - by Reverend
The powerful burning software Nero Burning ROM allows you to burn your data, music and videos to disc. Nero Burning ROM gives you full, customized control of your burning projects.

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Apple 'to launch new iPads on October 21'

Sep 17, 2014 - 8:11 PM - by Reverend
Hot on the heels of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple is reportedly planning to unveil updated versions of its iPad and iPad Mini on October 21.

A person familiar with the company's plans told Apple Insider that internal deadlines have been set for mid-October, ahead of the planned unveiling of new products during the second half of the month.

Meanwhile, The Daily Dot reports a specific date of 21 October, citing "sources familiar with the matter".

This would follow last year's pattern, which saw Apple unveil the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display at a media event on 22 October, before the devices went on sale to consumers in early November.

Rumours suggest the new iPads will feature Apple's secure Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and boast the same A8 processor found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

It is also thought that Apple might use its October event to launch OS X Yosemite the latest version of its Mac operating system. Yosemite will integrate closely with Apple iOS 8.

New MacBook Air laptops with Retina display could also be on the cards, along with an update for Apple TV.

The Telegraph
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Windows 9 Leaks Tip Notification Center, Cortana

Sep 15, 2014 - 9:53 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft is rumored to be unveiling details about its next-gen operating system later this month, but German site WinFuture has more details about what Windows 9 might entail.

According to the blog's screenshots and videos, Redmond is working on virtual desktops, a new Start menu, and a Notification Center, as well as adapting its Cortana digital assistant for the next-gen OS.

Codenamed "Threshold," Windows 9 is expected to formally roll out next year and include the return of the Start menu, according to WinFuture, which also reported on a multi-desktop feature, a Windows Phone-like Notification Center, and the incorporation of mobile-based Cortana to the desktop.

Details have been leaking since late last week, when the German site suggested the much-anticipated Start menu will include Redmond's famed Live Tiles in an expandable table, as well as the option to individually enable the menu.

PC Magazine
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