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Why You Should Update Your iPhone Right Now Three Separate 'Zero-Day Vulnerabilities' Mean You Should Update To iOS 9.3.5 IMMEDIATELY
Why You Should Update Your iPhone Right Now
by Charles Mohapel

If you own an iPhone 4s or later, iPad 2or later, or iPod touch (5th generation) or later, you need to update to iOS 9.3.5 IMMEDIATELY!  Three separate zero-day vulnerabilities dubbed "Trident" by mobile security firm Lookout form an "attack chain" capable of breaking through Apple's (relatively) secure platform. 

Hackers Can Now Steal Data By Listening To The Sound Of A Computer's Hard Drive Hackers With Inside Access Can Now Steal Data By Eavesdropping On Your Computer's Hard Drive
Hackers Can Now Steal Data By Listening To The Sound Of A Computer's Hard Drive
by Charles Mohapel

If you thought that isolating a computer from the Internet and air-gapping it would keep it secure from being hacked, that is no longer the case.  But for it to be vulnerable to attack, the attack has to be performed by an insider who places specific malware onto the target system, the hard drived can't be an SSD (Solid State Drive), and nearby air-gapped device like a smartphone a maximum of 6 feet away.

A New Wireless Hack Can Unlock 100 Million Volkswagens So You Think Your Keyless Automobile Is Secure? Think Again!
A New Wireless Hack Can Unlock 100 Million Volkswagens
by Charles Mohapel

Discovered by researchers from Radboud University in the Netherlands and from the University of Birmingham, U.K. and known as far back as February 2012 by the chip manufacturer and by Volkswagen since May 2013, up to 100 million automobiles manufactured by VVolkswagen since 1995 are vulnerable to a new wireless hack that affects ignition and keyless entry systems.  The list of vulnerable brands is jaw-dropping and includes Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Alfa Romeo, Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Honda, Ferrari, Porsche, and Maserati.

Galaxy Note 7 Display With Gorilla Glass 5 Just One Step Above Plastic Galaxy Note 7 Display With Gorilla Glass 5 Just One Step Above Plastic On Hardness Scale, Test Shows
Galaxy Note 7 Display With Gorilla Glass 5 Just One Step Above Plastic
by Charles Mohapel

If you plan on buying the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it is known to be among the first smartphones to ship with Corning's latest hardened glass, Gorilla Glass 5.  Touted as being more shatter resistant than Gorilla Glass 4, tests conducted by Zack from JerryRigEverything produced the shocking result that Gorilla Glass 5 apparently scratches as easily as plastic, leading some to say that you should purchase a screen protector and install it immediately before using it.

Qualcomm Quadrooter Bug Affecting 900 Million Android Phones To Be Patched Next Month QuadRooter Vulnerability: 5 Things To Know About This Android Security Scare
Qualcomm Quadrooter Bug Affecting 900 Million Android Phones To Be Patched Next Month
by Charles Mohapel

Previously Android users had to worry about the nasty "Stagefright" exploit, but now it's so yesterday as far as threats go.  On Monday August 8, 2016, security firm Check Point announced a group of four vulnerabilities which it has designated "Quadrooter".  All four vulnerabilities spewcifically target Android phones with Qualcomm hardware, meaning around 900 million devices are vulnerable.  For now, the only way to know if your phone is theoretically vulnerable is to download Check Point's QuadRoot scanner app from the Play Store.

Microsoft Is Updating Windows 10 Again, In Its Latest Bid To Win You Back Windows 10 Anniversary Update Coming On Tuesday August 2nd
Microsoft Is Updating Windows 10 Again, In Its Latest Bid To Win You Back
by Charles Mohapel

If you're one of the millions of PC users still running Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 who willfully ignored the siren song of upgrading to Windows 10 by Friday July 29, 2016, CNET has a way for you to still upgrade legally (see 4th hyperlink).  But if you've already upgraded to Windows 10, Windows 10 Anniversary Update is coming on Tuesday August 2nd.  Be advised that the Cortana voice-activated assistant is mandatory in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

LastPass Password Manager 'Zero-Day' Bug Hits The News LastPass Password Manager Proves Vulnerable To RCE Attacks
LastPass Password Manager 'Zero-Day' Bug Hits The News
by Charles Mohapel

If you use LastPass Password Manager, you may have already been exposed to attacks ranging from DoS (denial-of-service) and information disclosure (a worrying sort of hole for a password manager to have) to EoP (elevation of privilege) and the worst kind of security bugs, RCE (remote code execution).  Google is working with LastPass on a solution.  Thanks to loyal reader Dean Ross for the heads up.

BlackBerry Announces The World's Most Secure Android Smartphone -- DTEK50 BlackBerry's New DTEK50 Touted As The World's Most Secure Android Smartphone
BlackBerry Announces The World's Most Secure Android Smartphone -- DTEK50
by Charles Mohapel

On July 26, 2016, BlackBerry announced the BlackBerry DTEK50, touted as "The World's Most Secure Android Smartphone". Running Android Marshmallow 6.0, the DTEK50 is BlackBerry's second Android smartphone and will let users take advantage of the rich selection of Android apps at a lower price point than the BlackBerry Priv.

Apple Releases iOS, El Capitan, watchOS, tvOS, and iTunes Updates Apple Releases iOS 9.3.3, El Capitan 10.11.6, watchOS 2.2.2, tvOS 9.2.1, and iTunes 12.4.2 Updates
Apple Releases iOS, El Capitan, watchOS, tvOS, and iTunes Updates
by Charles Mohapel

Reacting to the very real threat of "Stagefright" for Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods, Apple released iOS 9.3.3, El Capitan 10.11.6, watchOS 2.2.2, tvOS 9.2.1, and iTunes 12.4.2 updates on July 18, 2016.

Update Now: Macs and iPhones Have A Stagefright-Style Bug! If You Own A Mac, iPhone, iPad, Or iPod, Your Device Is At Risk From 'Stagefright'
Update Now: Macs and iPhones Have A Stagefright-Style Bug!
by Charles Mohapel

If you remember all the fuss about the "Stagefright" hole in Android in the first half of 2016 and "Stagefright 2" in the second half of 2016, would you be surprised to learn that "Stagefright" has apparently come to Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods?  Apple’s most recent security updates for OS X (10.11.6) and iOS (9.3.3), listed some of the patched bugs.

TP-Link Forgets To Register Domain Name, Leaves Config Pages Open To Hijack
TP-Link Forgets To Register Domain Name
by Charles Mohapel

If you own a TP-Link Wi-Fi access point, range extender, or home router that you purchased b...cont

Self-Balancing Scooters / Hoverboards Recalled by 10 Firms Due to Fire Hazard
US Safety Agency: Over 500,000 Hoverboards To Be Recalled
by Charles Mohapel

If you saw a "hoverboard" advertised online and thought of the ones in 1989's "Back to the Fu...cont

From HummingBad To Worse: New In-Depth Details And Analysis Of The HummingBad Android Malware Campaign
New In-Depth Details And Analysis Of The HummingBad Android Malware Campaign
by Charles Mohapel

If you own an Android smartphone or tablet, you may have already had your device infected since a...cont

Intel x86s Hide Another CPU That Can Take Over Your Machine (You Can't Audit It)
Intel x86s Hide Another CPU That Can Take Over Your Machine
by Charles Mohapel

Once again the chip designers at Intel have secretly exposed users to potentially dangerous, near...cont

Latest Version Of Ransomware Is JavaScript, Requires No Download
Ransomware That's 100% Pure JavaScript, No Download Required
by Charles Mohapel

Time was that when it came it to malware and ransomware, you had to concern yourself with things ...cont

Latest Critical Flash Vulnerability Being Exploited In The Wild, Adobe Promises Patch
Critical Flash Vulnerability Is Being Exploited In The Wild
by Charles Mohapel

We love what Adobe Flash does and grit our teeth every time we hear about yet another new exploit...cont

Two New Security Flaws Discovered Exclusive To LG Handsets
Device Hijacking Security Flaws Discovered In LG Handsets
by Charles Mohapel

If you own an LG phone, be advised that security researchers at Check Point Software Technologies...cont

Samsung Warns Its Users Unconditionally NOT To Install Windows 10
Samsung: Don't Install Windows 10. REALLY
by Charles Mohapel

Nearly one year after being released, Windows 10 is still causing so many problems by failing to ...cont

FIA To Approve 'Halo' Cockpit Protection Device For Formula 1 In 2017
F1 Monaco GP: 'Halo' On Course To Receive 2017 Green Light
by Charles Mohapel

Following the deaths of race car drivers Jules Bianchi, Henry Surtees, and Justin Wilson in recen...cont

Gibraltar Opens Innovative Wave Power Station On Historic Jetty
Gibraltar's Landmark Wave Power Station Opens For Business
by Charles Mohapel

On Thursday May 26, 2016, Gibraltar opened their innovative Wave Power Station on the island'...cont

Apple's Premium 10th Anniversary iPhone To Feature 'All Glass' Body
Apple Leak Confirms 'All Glass' New iPhone
by Charles Mohapel

According to the near legendary KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, acknowledged as the best App...cont

Hyperloop One Demonstrates Maglev Drive North Of Las Vegas
Hyperloop One Shows Off Magnetic Drive In Dramatic Demonstration
by Charles Mohapel

At a specially-built test track about 10 miles north of Las Vegas on May 11, 2016, Hyperloop One ...cont

Which Cars Produce The Most Toxins -- Diesels, Electrics, Or Hybrids?
Electric And Hybrid Cars Might Produce As Many Toxins As Diesels
by Charles Mohapel

If we asked you which cars produced the most toxins, diesels, electrics, or hybrids, the answers ...cont

SpaceX Lands Second Falcon 9 Rocket On Robotic Droneship In Less Than A Month
Wow! SpaceX Nails Rocket Landing At Sea Again
by Charles Mohapel

After several consecutive near misses, SpaceX has landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket o...cont

Apple Quietly Abandons QuickTime For Windows; US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advises Users To Uninstall IMMEDIATELY
Uninstall Now! Apple Abandons QuickTime For Windows Despite Lingering Critical Flaws
by Charles Mohapel

If you have Apple's QuickTime for Windows on your PC, be advised that Apple has quietly aband...cont

Don't Delay -- Update Your Android Security Settings Today!
For Privacy And Security, Change These Android Settings Right Now
by Charles Mohapel

Android's Open Source system is a two-edged sword.  On one hand it offers people who buy...cont

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Makes First Successful Landing On Robotic 'Drone Ship'
SpaceX Rocket Landing 'Another Step Toward the Stars', Elon Musk Says
by Charles Mohapel

After four failed attempts to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a robotic "drone shi...cont

Blue Origin Launches and Lands New Shepard Rocket Successfully for Third Time
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launches and Lands Private Rocket for Third Time
by Charles Mohapel

On April 2, 2016, Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company founded by Amazon.com founder Jeff...cont

Acura's 2017 NSX Comes Closer To Hitting Showroom Floors
The Making Of A Supercar: Inside Acura's NSX Production Facility
by Charles Mohapel

Four years after Acura unveiled the initial concept of the revived NSX, the 2017 model of their A...cont

Technical Service Advisory For Users Of The Nikon D750 Digital SLR Camera
Nikon Recalls The D750 Again Over The Same Shutter Issue
by Charles Mohapel

For a third time Nikon has had to issue a Technical Service Advisory for users of the Nikon D750 ...cont

Tech News/Leads

Product Photos And Full Specs For The Canon 5D Mark IV Leaked Full Specs And Product Photos For The Canon 5D Mark IV Leaked Before August 25th Announcement Product Photos And Full Specs For The Canon 5D Mark IV Leaked

Anyone who has been getting antsy waiting for good product photos and full specs for the upcoming...more

Award-Winning Shape Shifter Expandable Backpack Updated and 'Naked' Option Added Think Tank Photo Introduces 3 New Shape Shifter V2.0 Backpacks Award-Winning Shape Shifter Expandable Backpack Updated and 'Naked' Option Added

Designed by and for serious and professional photographers, Think Tank Photos has taken their awa...more

Datacolor Releases Spyder5CAPTURE PRO, The Complete Color Calibration Solution Datacolor Releases Spyder5CAPTURE PRO, The Complete Color Calibration Solution For Imaging Professionals Datacolor Releases Spyder5CAPTURE PRO, The Complete Color Calibration Solution

Today (August 16, 2016), Datacolor announced the release of Spyder5CAPTURE PRO, the next generati...more

Rumor: Canon 5D Mark IV to Use 30MP Sensor Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Announcement Date On 25 August 2016 Rumor: Canon 5D Mark IV to Use 30MP Sensor

Most recent full frame Canon DSLRs have had sensors that were 20, 22, or 24 Megapixels, with the ...more

Test Flight Held For Small Jet Modeled After Miyazaki Anime First Test Flight Of Tiny Personal Jet Inspired By Hayao Miyazaki's Anime Test Flight Held For Small Jet Modeled After Miyazaki Anime

Given that Science Fiction has often been the source of inspiration for scientific innovation, it...more

Photographer Suing Getty Images for $1 Billion Renowned Photographer Carol M. Highsmith Suing Getty Images for $1 Billion Photographer Suing Getty Images for $1 Billion

On July 25, 2016, renowned photographer Carol M. Highsmith filed a lawsuit suing Getty Images for...more

iPhone 7 Rumors Suggest September 16 Release Date Latest Rumors Now Suggest iPhone 7 Release Date Of September 16th iPhone 7 Rumors Suggest September 16 Release Date

Earlier this week we wrote that the word on the street was not to expect the iPhone 7 and iPhone ...more

Nikon 105mm f/1.4 Lens Leaked, To Be World's Fastest 105mm Nikon's Upcoming AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens To Be World's Fastest 105mm Lens Nikon 105mm f/1.4 Lens Leaked, To Be World's Fastest 105mm

Due to hit store shelves in the U.S. on August 26th, 2016, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED ...more

Linus Torvalds Releases Linux Kernel 4.7 -- Here Are The New Features Linux Creator Linus Torvalds Releases Linux Kernel 4.7, Complete With New Features Linus Torvalds Releases Linux Kernel 4.7 -- Here Are The New Features

When Linux creator and former principal developer of the Linux kernel, Linus Tor...more

Super-Hard Metal 'Four Times Tougher Than Titanium' Hardest Biocompatible Metal Discovered at the University of Houston Super-Hard Metal 'Four Times Tougher Than Titanium'

Recently researchers at the University of Houston discovered the World's hardest biocompatibl...more

Tokina's 24-70mm f/2.8 Outperforms Nikon's Versions, Costs Half as Much Tokina's New AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX Lens Superior To Both Nikon Lenses Tokina's 24-70mm f/2.8 Outperforms Nikon's Versions, Costs Half as Much

When third party lenses like Tokina's new AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX lens is less expensive th...more

NBC Universal Patents a Way to Detect BitTorrent Pirates in Real-Time NBC Universal's Newest Patent Lets Them Detect BitTorrent Piracy in Real-Time NBC Universal Patents a Way to Detect BitTorrent Pirates in Real-Time

It used to be that detecting piracy of copyrighted content occurred too late to do anything in ti...more

MindShift Gear Updates Classic Moose Peterson Outdoor Photography Backpacks MindShift Gear Team Up With Famed Outdoor Photographer Moose Peterson MindShift Gear Updates Classic Moose Peterson Outdoor Photography Backpacks

MindShift Gear has teamed up with legendary wildlife photographer Moose Peterson to update his th...more

iPhone 7 Double Leak Reveals Significant Design Change Apple's iPhone 7 And iPhone 7 Plus Expected To Feature Major Changes iPhone 7 Double Leak Reveals Significant Design Change

You'll have to wait until 2017 to get your hands on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but expec...more

iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Betas Are Now Open To The Public Apple Opens Its macOS Sierra and iOS 10 Betas To The Public iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Betas Are Now Open To The Public

If you're interested in becoming an Apple Beta tester, the the second beta of iOS 10 and macO...more

In Senate, Blackberry Era Officially Over

According to this article, the Senate will no longer issue BlackBerry smartphones once their curr...more

Beyond Video Games: New Artificial Intelligence Beats Tactical Experts In Combat Simulation

The time has come when an advanced AI has beaten an expert human in a combat simulation.  Wa...more

China's Sunway TaihuLight Supercomputer Becomes Newest World's Fastest Supercomputer

It took three years for someone to dethrone China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer from its perch as ...more

Western Digital Introduces My Passport Wireless Pro And My Cloud Pro

On June 21, 2016, Western Digital announced two new product lines.  First is the My Passport...more

MindShift Gear Launches rotation180 Catch & Release Fly Fishing Backpack on Kickstarter

On June 14, 2016, Think Tank Photo announced that their sister outdoor company, MindShift Gear ha...more

Apple Releases Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.20

On June 23, 2016, Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.20 which adds RAW imag...more

Expect Hasselblad X1D To Be World's First Medium Format Mirrorless Camera

Rumors that Hasselblad would announce the World's First Medium Format Mirrorless Camera will ...more

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