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‘Heartbleed’ computer bug threat spreads to firewalls and beyond – Reuters

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014

BOSTON (Reuters) – Hackers could crack email systems, security firewalls and possibly mobile phones through the “Heartbleed” computer bug, according to security experts who warned on Thursday that the risks extended beyond just Internet Web servers. The widespread bug surfaced late on Monday, when it was disclosed that a pernicious flaw in a widely used Web encryption program known as OpenSSL opened hundreds of thousands of websites to data theft….

Microsoft ends free custom email domain support for Outlook.com – PCWorld (blog)

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014

The nearly 10-year free ride is over for a standout, yet little-known Microsoft service. With as little fanfare as the feature itself received, Microsoft is ending Outlook.com sign-ups for its custom domain service. Custom domain support allowed you to use Outlook.com (and Hotmail before it) to manage a personal, non-Microsoft email domain—such as name@pcworld.com or name@example.com—though the “management” was limited to adding and removing up to 50 individual email accounts…

Security Flaw Could Reach Beyond Websites to Digital Devices, Experts Say – New York Times

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014

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Sony: stop using our VAIO laptop or risk fire – The Verge

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014

Sony is warning owners of its new VAIO Fit 11A to stop using them immediately after discovering the hybrid laptops are at risk of catching fire, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company is currently in the process of notifying over 25,000 VAIO owners that their computers may include faulty batteries that are unsafe. The VAIO Fit 11A was introduced worldwide earlier this year, offering a small-screened take on…

‘Heartbleed’ computer bug threat spreads to firewalls and beyond – Reuters

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014

BOSTON (Reuters) – Hackers could crack email systems, security firewalls and possibly mobile phones through the “Heartbleed” computer bug, according to security experts who warned on Thursday that the risks extended beyond just Internet Web servers. The widespread bug surfaced late on Monday, when it was disclosed that a pernicious flaw in a widely used Web encryption program known as OpenSSL opened hundreds of thousands of websites to data theft….

AMD unleashes dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card – ZDNet

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014

The AMD Radeon R9 is already the leading graphics card family for the Bitcoin mining community, but the company is preparing to double their pleasure with its new R9 295X2, which manages to pack a pair of R9 290X GPUs into one board. As that suggests, the specs of the 295X2 are mostly those of the 290X — times two. That means double the stream…

Intel’s New Haswell Desktop CPUs Could Arrive in May, Allowing for iMac Updates – Mac Rumors

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014

Intel may release an update to its desktop Haswell processors in May, according to a report in TechPowerUp that cites Hermitage Akihabara as its source. The report claims Intel will launch its new processors, including its flagship Core i7-4790K, on May 10th in most markets. These next generation Haswell chips will include Intel’s Z97 chipset, which provides support for faster and larger M.2 SATA Express drives. The new Haswell…

How One Man Convinced Apple to Help Cops With Stolen Mac: Tweet the CEO – ABC News

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014

Michael Witonis of Dover, N.H., found the secret to ultimate Apple tech support after his MacBook Air was stolen: tweet Apple CEO Tim Cook. The project supervisor for a tech company said his laptop was stolen from his home in February 2013, five months after he bought the newfangled device, as first reported by ABC affiliate WMUR. Witonis reported to the police the stolen laptop, which was the only belonging…

Lenovo’s new kid’s laptop has a folding, Yoga-like screen (and there’s a … – Engadget

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014

Here’s how you unveil a product and make sure no one hears about it: Bury the news in a press release the same day you announce you’re buying an iconic tech company for $3 billion. That’s right: Everyone was so busy pontificating on whether Lenovo would ruin Motorola, that barely anyone noticed the company had also announced a kid’s laptop. Well, we just had a chance to get hands-on…

‘Heartbleed’ computer bug threat spreads to firewalls and beyond – Reuters

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014

BOSTON (Reuters) – Hackers could crack email systems, security firewalls and possibly mobile phones through the “Heartbleed” computer bug, according to security experts who warned on Thursday that the risks extended beyond just Internet Web servers. The widespread bug surfaced late on Monday, when it was disclosed that a pernicious flaw in a widely used Web encryption program known as OpenSSL opened hundreds of thousands of websites to data theft….

Microsoft ends support for custom domains in free email service – ZDNet

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014

Microsoft has stopped accepting new registrations for its free Custom Domains service, effective immediately. The move was announced today on the Windows Live Admin Center page, where users manage custom email addresses. According to Mike Schackwitz, Principal Group Program Manager for the Outlook.com service, Microsoft will “wind down the Custom Domains product” while continuing to support existing custom email addresses “indefinitely.” The service has been…

Does the Heartbleed Bug Mean You Should Stay Off the Internet? – Mother Jones

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Heartbleed On Tuesday, news broke that the safeguard many websites use to protect sensitive information on the internet has had a major security flaw for about two years. These sites use a security system called OpenSSL to encrypt data like content, passwords, and Social Security numbers. But thanks to a small coding error in a popular version of OpenSSL, nicknamed “Heartbleed,” hackers can potentially steal sensitive data from vulnerable websites….

What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet – NPR (blog)

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

i i hide captionThe Heartbleed bug has exposed up to two-thirds of the Internet to a security vulnerability. iStockphoto The Heartbleed bug has exposed up to two-thirds of the Internet to a security vulnerability. iStockphoto With a name like Heartbleed, it’s no surprise it’s bad. A vulnerability in OpenSSL — the Internet’s most commonly used cryptographic library — has been bleeding out information, 64 kilobytes at a time, since March…

Mon Dieu! No More Work Email At Home For Some French Workers – NPR (blog)

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

i i hide captionShe can now enjoy the view instead. Laurent Delhourme/iStockphoto She can now enjoy the view instead. Laurent Delhourme/iStockphoto French workers already enjoy a 35-hour workweek and at least five weeks of vacation. Now, many of them won’t have to check their work email after 6 p.m. That’s because of an agreement signed last week by unions and the consulting and tech industries. Under the deal, about 1…

The Many Alternative Computing Worlds of Linux – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Firefox OS 2.0 starts emerging from its cocoon – CNET (blog)

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Firefox OS 2.0 will get a more active lock screen that shows a scrolling list of notifications and music controls.notification Mozilla Firefox OS, the mobile operating system Mozilla hopes will loosen the grasp Google and Apple hold over the mobile market, is getting a fresh look and new features with the upcoming version 2.0. Sören Hentzschel, a Mozilla representative in Germany, published mockups of the new operating system on his…

The Internet’s Telltale Heartbleed – New Yorker (blog)

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

When you log on to a secure Web site—your bank’s, for example—you see a green-padlock icon at the top of your browser window, which confirms that your connection is secure. In order for browsers to communicate securely with servers, there is a standard set of steps that both sides must perform to create, and to maintain, that secure connection. This protocol is called Transport Layer Security, or T.L.S., and everything…

iPad Air 2, 12-inch MacBook, Apple ‘phablet’ coming, says KGI analyst – CNET

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

An second-generation iPad Air is expected with an ‘A8′ processor and touch ID. Apple Expect a redesigned 12-inch MacBook, an iPad Air 2, and a 5.5-inch phablet, according to an oft-cited purveyor of Apple rumors. Among the reams of data from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo released Wednesday are more detailed predictions of upcoming devices. Here’s an overview of the stack of predictions Kuo cited in his report, according to…

The Desktop Kabini Review Part 1: AMD Athlon 5350 (AM1) Tested – AnandTech

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Each of these APUs features up to four 28nm Jaguar cores and a 128 SP implementation of AMD’s GCN GPU. We’ve gone over both the Jaguar and GCN architectures in previous articles, so we won’t spend a lot of time recapping them here. Jaguar is the latest in AMD’s line of “cat” cores, designed to go up against Intel’s Atom. GCN on the other hand is a well known GPU…

Does the Heartbleed Bug Mean You Should You Stay Off the Internet? – Mother Jones

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Heartbleed On Tuesday, news broke that the safeguard many websites use to protect sensitive information on the internet has had a major security flaw for about two years. These sites use a security system called OpenSSL to encrypt data like content, passwords, and social security numbers. But thanks to a small coding error in a popular version of OpenSSL, nicknamed “Heartbleed,” hackers can potentially steal sensitive data from vulnerable websites….