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Security Bits – Spectre & Meltdown Update (Again), Dark Caracal, chaiOS

Meltdown & Spectre Update

  • Steve Gibson of GRC (author of ShieldsUp & SpinRite) has released InSpectre, a free Windows app which clearly communicates your PC’s current level of protection against Meltdown & Spectre, and what kind of a performance hit you should expect — www.grc.com/…
  • RedHat have withdrawn their microcode patch for Spectre after it caused some systems to become unbootable (Linux supports dynamic updating of CPU microcode without the need for a BIOS update) — www.theregister.co.uk/…
  • A great post on the official Raspberry PI blog that primarily aims to explain why the Raspberry PIs are not vulnerable to Spectre, but in the process, explain Spectre in clearest and most understandable way I’ve yet seen — www.raspberrypi.org/…

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CES 2018: Acronis Backup Solutions

Allison interviews Gaidar Magdanurov from Acronis about their multi-platform backup solutions. Acronis offers a single solution for backup, disaster recovery and file sync & share services. Using Acronis’s personal backup software, you can safeguard PCs, Macs, iOS and Android devices as well as your social media accounts. Acronis will also actively defend your data against ransomware attacks with backup that detects, stops and reverses unauthorized encryption. The setting is Pepcom at the Mirage hotel. Learn more at https://www.acronis.com/en-us/

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Security Bits – Password Trackers, IOHIDeous, Meltdown & Spectre

Security Bits – 5 Jan 2018

Security Medium 1 — Password Managers as Trackers

Security researchers have found that less-reputable tracking firms have deployed JavaScript which uses invisible forms to trick password managers into entering information which can then be used as a kind of super-cookie that users cannot delete, and hence, track them around the web.

This problem affects all features that auto-fill usernames and passwords, whether or not they are native to the browser, or, provided by third-party plugins, so this affects everyone who saves passwords in their browser in any way.

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Galileo Offline Maps Pro for iOS and Android

Galileo logoI’ve been a user of Google and Apple Maps for a long time, both of which work great if you’ve got Internet access. Lately I’ve found myself outside of cell service while traveling in the US and those map applications don’t work well at all.

I hadn’t thought about solving this problem until we were in Oregon going to see the solar eclipse with Jean MacDonald last week. She showed us an iOS app called Galileo Offline Maps Pro which is $3.99US in the iOS App Store. It’s also available on Android for only $2.99 in the Google Play Store.

If all Galileo did was do offline maps, I probably wouldn’t even mention it because there are lots of apps that do just that. Galileo does much more and solves some real problems.

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NAB 2017: Cinamaker Multi-Cam Live Production

Allison interviews Cinamaker Founder Benjamin Nowak about his tool and service for live production of multi-camera video. The Cinamaker app runs on an iOS or Android tablet and provides a low cost solution for multi-cam HD live streaming, recording and editing with easy setup and operation. It allows control of smartphone cameras and popular WiFi-enabled cameras including GoPro, Panasonic and Sony while supporting live switching between cameras and syncing of all recorded videos. Cinamaker will be launched in June 2017. The setting is the Showstoppers show floor. Learn more at http://cinamaker.net

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NC #626 Lacie Thunderbolt 3 dock, Google Loses Interest in its Phones, Call AppleCare, Brother Head-Mounted Monitor

Chris Ashley from the SMR Podcast was our guest on Chit Chat Across the Pond talking about the new Microsoft hardware and OS announcements this week, I did a deep dive into Finder modifications on ScreenCasts Online, and Bart Busschots had his debut on the Daily Tech News Show. We’ve got two NAB interviews. We talk with Lacie about their 2big Thunderbolt 3 doc with capacity up to 20TB. Then we learn about the Brother head-mounted HD monitor that allows videographers to be comfortable while their camera is in weird positions. I go on a bit of a rant about how Google has seemingly lost interest in supporting Android phones that they’re still selling. Then I’ll tell you about how I found out that the keyboard for my iPad Pro has a secret recall and how I found out.


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NAB 2017: Akyumen Projector Smartphone

Allison interviews Aasim Saied from Akyumen about their new Hawk Projector Smartphone. The Hawk sports a 64-bit octa-core CPU and a 5.5″ display with a 120 Hz update rate. In addition to being an Android smartphone, the Hawk has the capability to project videos, photos, presentations and mobile Apps onto a large screen. With 35 lumens, the projector can display images on screens up to 100 inches in size. Release date for the Hawk will depend on individual carriers but is expected some time after the fall of 2017. The setting is the Showstoppers show floor. Learn more at https://www.akyumen.com

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Google Loses Interest in Phones It’s Still Selling

Bart and I have talked a lot in his Security Bits segment on the NosillaCast about the problems with security on Android. It’s not that Google hasn’t produced a good operating system, and it’s not that they don’t patch security holes when they find them. The biggest problem with Android is the stronghold that the phone manufacturers and the cell carriers have over the operating system.

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If you buy an Android phone from a cell carrier, It will usually have the latest and greatest version of Android. But once a new version comes out, it might be greatly delayed in delivery to you, or the carrier may never let you have it at all. That’s a problem, but a worse problem is that the cell carriers may or may not push security updates to you.

From the data, it would be logical to surmise that the cell carriers want you to upgrade to a new phone and this is a way of nudging you along. But the important thing is not their motivations but rather the affect of these actions.

Without assigning root cause, we can simply look at the data. In the show notes, I’ve put two pie charts that I created using data from independent sources. First, let’s look at iOS. iOS 10 came out in September of 2016. As of this month, May of 2017, 89.8% of iOS devices are running iOS 10. That means that just around 10% are not (Source: data.apteligent.com/…). Continue reading “Google Loses Interest in Phones It’s Still Selling”

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NAB 2017: Quarterback Live HD TV for Smartphone

Allison interviews Bonnie Beeman, CEO of Airwavs, about their new Quarterback portable TV. Quarterback provides live, over-the-air HD TV to your smartphone while also serving as a battery case. The Quarterback has a built-in antenna to receive TV signals directly from broadcast towers, not over cell or WiFi networks. Quarterback includes an adjustable kickstand built in to the case for hands-free viewing and it comes in five colors. Quarterback is currently pursuing crowdfunding with models for Android phones expected to deliver in Q3 2017 and iOS models in Q4 2017. Learn more at https://quarterback.airwavz.tv

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NC #624 Server Caching Bug, macOS Bugs Discovered, Sandman Clock, Nexus 5X Review

In this early show, we’ll talk about how I figured out the true root cause of the problems in rendering the new podfeet.com theme (I was wrong last week). Then I’ll tell you about how I discovered two actual bugs in macOS that no one else had ever reported, and how I made the senior advisor laugh. I’ve got a review of the awesome Sandman Clock from Palo Alto Innovations. Then I’ll give you an Apple fan girl’s review of the Android Nexus 5X from LG (it’s more complimentary than you might think!


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