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Australia Passes Contentious Data Retention Laws

Posted: March 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: ONLINE SECURITY, Standout, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australia Passes Contentious Data Retention Laws

Australia Passes Data Retention Laws

Australia’s Federal Parliament has passed it’s controversial data retention laws, with both major political parties voting in the legislation. The new laws will force telcos to keep records of phone and internet use for two years and allow security agencies access the records.

Telcos already retain the data, however at varying durations in an unregulated environment. Australia’s Attorney-General Senator George Brandis says the legislation – which passed through the senate with 43 votes to 16 – will strike the right balance.

The cost of retaining the information is set to be partly covered by the taxpayer in what the Government described as a “significant” contribution. There are concerns telecommunications companies will pass on the rest of the cost to consumers :: Read the full article »»»»


Telstra Warns Data Storage Plan Will Attract Hackers

Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Internet Security | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Telstra Warns Data Storage Plan Will Attract Hackers

Telstra Warns Data Storage Plan Will Attract HackersAustralia’s biggest telco, Telstra, has sounded a warning about the Government’s mandatory metadata retention scheme.

Telstra said an unintended consequence of the plan would be the creation of many highly attractive targets for hackers.

The Federal Government has cited national security as one of the reasons for its plan to force telcos and internet companies to store customer metadata for two years.

A parliamentary committee investigating the bills also heard concerns from Australia’s intelligence agency watchdog that ASIO could keep metadata indefinitely.

Under the metadata retention scheme, Telstra, and all other national telcos and internet companies, would be forced to store customer metadata for two years.

Telstra said the data would be kept in a database, ready to be given to law enforcement on request :: Read the full article »»»»


…it’s on again! Apple vs Samsung

Posted: December 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Apple vs Samsung, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on …it’s on again! Apple vs Samsung

Apple vs SamsungThe on again, off again brawl between the two most popular brands of smartphone – and tablets – is on again!

Apple has asked a federal judge to bar US sales of Samsung smartphones and tablet computers in the blockbuster patent case involving the two electronics giants.

In a court filing in California, Apple said the smartphones and tablets were found to have violated patents in a jury trial held last year.

Apple renewed its bid for a permanent injunction on sales of a number of Samsung products after an appeals court decision last month cleared the way for a new hearing on the matter.

In the latest filing dated Thursday, Apple’s attorneys wrote that the court “previously concluded that Samsung’s sale of infringing products has irreparably harmed Apple.” :: Read the full article »»»»


Microsoft’s Curtain Call Keynote at CES gets the Pogo Treatment

Posted: January 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Microsoft’s Curtain Call Keynote at CES gets the Pogo Treatment

The end of an Era. Microsoft has drawn the curtain on an industry institution, The Microsoft Keynote at CES. For the past 15 years they have had a grip on the podium that kicks off America’s largest consumer and electronics show. This is the show that every Technoid worth his weight in silicon attends. Like Mecca it is every noids duty to make the journey at least once in their life time. With Steve Ballmer and Ryan Seacrest taking center stage for Microsoft’s final keynote address to the CES the attending Technorati seemed to have given the final show a collective Meh. Still Ballmer did his best to emulate a living human being with an intact sense of humor.

In honor of this auspicious occasion Australian techno – doff doff – remix masters Pogo have pulled together a salute to the partnership. It’s funny, it’s moving and it will get you tapping your toes. With the highlights of 15 years of keynote events presented in 120 seconds Pogo have packed in the memorable moments. With enough source material to give the best reality TV show an entertaining run for its money Pogo selected from 11 Bill Gates speeches – blue screen of death included -, 4 speeches from pre-eminent monkey man Steve Ballmer, 8 celebrity guests – including the Rock – and far too many interview sweaters to count. Read the full article »»»»


Charlie Miller! iOS Developer Ditched By Apple

Posted: January 2nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Cult of Apple, Hack!, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Charlie Miller! iOS Developer Ditched By Apple

iOS Developer Ditched By AppleFamed tech security researcher and hacker – NSA, Accuvant Labs – Charlie Miller has been blacklisted by Apple after he discovered, reported and then opened-up a potential vulnerability within iOS apps.

Exploiting the flaw – later patched by Apple – Miller created an app that made it possible to steal data from, and take control of, other iOS devices.

Further, Miller managed to get the app through the stringent Apple approval process and had the app posted on Apples App Store for a short while. In 2008 Miller won a $10,000 cash prize at the hacker conference Pwn2Own for being the first hacker to find a critical bug in the MacBook Air.

The next year, he won $5,000 for cracking Safari. In 2009 he also demonstrated an SMS processing vulnerability that allowed for complete compromise of the Apple iPhone and denial-of-service attacks on other phones

@m_dangerfield

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AOC’s Incredible iPhone Docking Monitor

Posted: December 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News, Über Monitor, Übergadget | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on AOC’s Incredible iPhone Docking Monitor

AOC, creators of displays great and small has added a twist  to the humble LCD monitor. Making HDMI inputs look old school AOC’s new e2343Fi monitor includes a docking station for your iPhone or Touch. While the e2343Fi may look like your standard 23″ monitor it’s SRS speakers and integrated Apple interface makes this monitor perfect as a mini multimedia studio. Once the brains of the operation is docked your iPhone’s display is automatically mirrored on the 23″ LCD, in it’s full high definition glory. AOC isn’t stopping at adding a docking station to your monitor either, rumors suggest a combined USB connectivity and dock has already been prototyped. AOC’s new multipurpose monitor along new prototype displays will be on show at the much anticipated CES 2012. AOC is coming prepared with many tricks up their sleeve.

Integrating a dock into the base of the LCD display is just another way AOC is added more function to LCD panels. Other models in AOC’s range also include tricks like USB powered displays, touch screen, 3D and picture frame functions. In the case of the e2343Fi with your Apple device docked the monitors SRS speakers and LED back-light display are at the iPhone / Touch’s disposal, playing tunes and displaying video at will. The monitor also includes the usual array of PC and HDMI inputs to meet day to day demands. Read the full article »»»»


Facebook Ordered to Overhaul Privacy Controls

Posted: December 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Ordered to Overhaul Privacy Controls

Technoid - Facebook Security UpdateFollowing on from Facebook’s earlier order/agreement with the US Federal Trade Commission – FTC – over allegations it had a deceptive privacy policy.

Under the proposed settlement Facebook will have to submit to independent privacy audits but will not have to fix what it has done in the past.

Facebook must now overhaul privacy protection for more than half a billion users outside North America after a three-month investigation found that its privacy policies were overly complex and lacked transparency.

The probe by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) at the US company’s international headquarters in Dublin found users risked unknowingly publicising personal details.

Users might not be aware, for example, that uploading their photos made them publicly searchable until they changed the setting on their Facebook page.

Facebook’s Ireland office handles all of its users outside the United States and Canada :: Read the full article »»»»