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Obad was the nastiest piece of Android malware discovered in 2013

In a recent end of year summary published by antivirus company Kaspersky Labs, the firm officially named Obad as its Villain of the Year 2013.<p>Obad was discovered during the summer and it was quickly recognized as a sophisticated piece of malware. The technical name for the Trojan is …

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Still together: New analysis finds Samsung A7 inside iPhone 5S

Apple-Samsung relationship is not over yet: a Nikkei analysis finds Samsung-made A7 inside iPhone 5S.<p>The mystery of the Apple-Samsung relationship remains largely unsolved. But Japan's Nikkei offered more evidence on Monday that chip-level relationships are hard to end.<p>The results of an earlier …

iPhone

Homeless man learns to code, launches app

After receiving coding lessons from a helpful Samaritan, a homeless man in New York launches Trees for Cars, a new carpooling app with a focus on saving the environment.<p>Back in August, programmer Patrick McConlogue offered Leo Grand a choice: $100, or 16 coding lessons. Grand -- homeless since 2011 …

Homelessness

Nokia’s Finland HQ To Become A Microsoft Site Next Year, After Devices & Services Sale

The wheel of fortune symbolism is clear: as Apple prepares to break ground on a new UFO-esque HQ, the former kingpin of mobile, Nokia, is quietly preparing to move out of its own headquarters — to make way for Microsoft.<p>Finland’s Taloussanmat reports that Nokia will be moving out of its current …

Google's Project Link builds high-speed networks in Africa

The company's Project Link aims to deliver reliable broadband connections to areas where the Internet infrastructure is inadequate.<p>Google launched an initiative on Wednesday that aims to provide reliable broadband connections to developing parts of the world.<p>With Project Link, the company is …

Telecoms

China Still Has The World's Fastest Supercomputer

Earlier this week, the Top500 organization announced its semi-annual list of the Top 500 supercomputers in the world. And for the second year in a row, China’s Tianhe-2 is the world’s fastest by a long shot, maintaining its performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) …

Verizon now offers $5 daily data plan for tablets

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Need to connect your tablet to Verizon’s(s vz)(s vod) 4G LTE network, but only for a couple of hours? No problem. The carrier …

Twitter implements new encryption using Perfect Forward Secrecy

Twitter announced today that the service will be changing its encryption standards, adopting a more secure protocol known as Perfect Forward Secrecy that's recommended by many experts in the field. The new protocol will be installed on top of standard HTTPS encryption, generating a new key for each …

Cable consolidation isn’t about TV: It’s about broadband

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr user The Consumerist<p>Given the rumors that Comcast (s cmcsa) is talking with regulators to see if it could find …

The IT triangle strategy for evaluating enterprise tech startups

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>There have been plenty of blog posts on why enterprise startups are “hot,” but enterprise startups can range from cloud …

The Cable Industry is Imploding: What Providers Must Do to Stay Alive

Cable is dying of a slow, drawn out death.<p>It’s not at the hands of Netflix, nor at the hands of fiber optic technology. It’s not even at the hands of the Internet. Cable is strangling itself with its own wires.<p>Before we get to cable’s end, let’s start at its beginning. Cable companies thrive …

NSA Has 50,000 ‘Digital Sleeper Agents’ Via Computer Malware, Says Latest Snowden Leak

Sleeper agents are among the most sinister spy assets: they lie in wait, wolves in sheep’s clothing, and then deliver a critical blow when activated. The NSA has 50,000 of those waiting for the literal push of a button, according to the latest batch of leaked Snowden documents, as seen by Dutch …

Intel's next many-core chip will be a true stand-alone processor

Intel's current Xeon Phi doesn't really fulfill the promise of many-core computing -- it's a co-processor that needs a 'real' CPU to function. That will change when the next-generation Knights Landing model arrives, Intel revealed at the Supercomputing Conference this week. The 14-nanometer chip …

What We Need in a Next-Gen Social Network

<i>Jonathan Saragossi is the founder of IM Creator, a free website builder, and AppSite, a tool for promoting mobile applications. Jonathan is also a UX and marketing consultant for major startups including Any.Do and Playscape.</i><p>It’s time to move on. The feeling is becoming more and more significant …

REVIEW: HTC Took The Best Android Phone In The World And Made It Really, Really Big

And then there are the phablets, the supersized phones with 5.5 to 6-inch screens. Samsung popularized phablets with its Galaxy Note line of devices two years ago. A lot of people, including me, laughed at the attempt. But since then, my thinking has evolved along with the market's. Millions of …

Phones

Samsung's cranking out DDR4 memory for faster, more efficient servers (updated)

DDR4 memory is finally in mass production, as Samsung Semiconductor announced it's churning out 4GB 4Gb (512MB) modules, based on "20nm-class" process technology. 32GB sticks like the ones shown above are headed for the premium server market, where Samsung claims their higher speeds (up to 2,667 …

Flutter Is A Wireless Platform For Arduino-Based Projects To Network Over Wi-Fi-Busting Distances

This embed is invalid<p>Getting Arduino-powered devices to talk to each other over long distances is going to get cheaper and easier if this Kickstarter project flies. Flutter is a wireless development platform for Arduino with over half a mile of usage range — making it suitable for outdoor projects …

VMware fires a massive volley against virtualization upstarts

SAN FRANCISCO — It has been a very good week for the virtualization giant VMware, as it drew a record-breaking 22,000 people to the Moscone Center for its lavish spectacle of a conference.<p>VMworld was the place to see and be seen for the information technology elite. It was also a hot ticket for …

Exclusive: Army Admits To Major Computer Security Flaw

Army's Deputy of Cybersecurity told BuzzFeed a security failure can allow unauthorized access to computer files. Instead of fixing it, they are telling soldiers to be more careful.<p>The United States Army's Deputy of Cybersecurity Roy Lundgren has confirmed with BuzzFeed the existence of a major …

Why Hackers and Makers Latest Toy is Puerto Rican

As we noted in a previous post on Puerto Rico’s nascent tech ecosystem, launching startups after or before graduating is still new on the island, where computer science graduates often take job offers from large corporations in the continental U.S.<p>However, Kytelabs’ story shows that things have …

SIM Cards Have Finally Been Hacked, And The Flaw Could Affect Millions Of Phones

Smartphones are susceptible to malware and carriers have enabled NSA snooping, but the prevailing wisdom has it there’s still one part of your mobile phone that remains safe and un-hackable: your SIM card.<p>Yet after three years of research, German cryptographer Karsten Nohl claims to have finally …

Ping Identity gets $44M to make SaaS usage simple and secure

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Flickr user Mr. T in DC<p>Lots of businesses have been sold on the idea of paying a little bit each month for Software as …

Flexible 'electronic skin' can help heal, detect touch and temperature

Surgeons could one day restore lost feeling in humans by using artificial skin that's been augmented with flexible sensors, and a new development from researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology may bring that closer to reality. The research team has developed a flexible sensor that …

LinkedIn for Android and iOS Expands Search to Jobs, Companies, Groups

LinkedIn today announced it has updated its mobile app for Android and iOS with expanded search functionality. You can download the new apps now directly from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.<p>In addition to being able to search for people, LinkedIn says its mobile app for the two platforms now …

Google accused of “coercive sales tactics” in Smart TV business

It might not be a household name for the average TV buyer, but Google has a fledgling Smart TV platform that it’s trying hard to get off the ground. Based on Android, Google TV runs on dedicated set-top boxes, such as those from Sony or Vizio, but also directly on Smart TVs, most notably from …

Smart TV

Researchers eye memory access as cloud security loophole and propose a solution

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Encryption is a critical tool for keeping data secure as it travels to and lives inside of public clouds, but when a chip needs …

Smart UK hotel room will let you check in, control temperature, and order meals from your phone

The UK's biggest hotel chain is set to open a new line of budget city hotels that provide app-based check-ins and improved connectivity for people who pride location and design over space. Whitbread will open its first Premier Inn 'hub' in Covent Garden, London in the fall of 2014, compacting a …

New rumored Galaxy Note 3 image hits the web, shows entire handset

Galaxy Note 3 concept<p>Shortly after seeing a purported Galaxy Note 3 image hit the web, a second such image has been published – see picture below.<p>Unlike the first image, which only showed only a section of the screen, the second one shows the entire handset. However, we still can’t confirm whether …

Phones