Month: September 2018

FBI Solves Mystery Surrounding 15-Year-Old Fruitfly Mac Malware Which Was Used By a Man To Watch Victims Via their Webcams, and Listen in On Conversations

The FBI has solved the final mystery surrounding a strain of Mac malware that was used by an Ohio man to spy on people for 14 years. From a report: The man, 28-year-old Phillip Durachinsky, was arrested in January 2017, and charged a year later, in January 2018. US authorities say he created the Fruitfly…

Wikimedia Endowment Gets New $1 Million Backing From Amazon

Amazon has donated $1 million to the Wikimedia Endowment, a fund supporting Wikipedia, the e-commerce giant said this week. From a report: The gift was intended to support Wikipedia and its nonprofit parent Wikimedia, which Amazon relies on for answers on its Alexa voice assistant. It was Amazon’s first ever to the free online information…

An Enigma Wrapped In A Riddle Wrapped In A Vintage Radio

Puzzle boxes are great opportunities for hacking. You can start with a box which was originally used for something else. You get to design circuitry and controls which offer a complex puzzle for the players. And you can come up with a spectacular reward for those who solve it. [thomas.meston’s] Dr. Hallard’s Dream Transmission Box,…

LG V40, Wear OS 2, Chromebooks, and privacy (MobileTechRoundup show #446)

Don’t worry, there won’t be any drinking for new devices as you listen to MobileTechRoundup show #446 with Kevin and I. There was still plenty to talk about though with October shaping up to be a big month for mobile. …read more Source:: ZDNet

Ubuntu Linux 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish Beta Now Available For Desktop, Cloud and Server Versions

Roughly three weeks ahead of the scheduled release of Ubuntu Linux 18.10 “Cosmic Cuttlefish”, the latest major update for the popular Linux distro, beta of all of its flavors — desktop, cloud and server — is now available for download. From a report: Codenamed ‘Cosmic Cuttlefish,’ 18.10 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest…

Hey Venom, please don’t suck – CNET

As a lifelong fan of the Spider-Man rival, I’m worried about the movie. …read more Source:: CNet

Adam Driver hosts SNL, but Matt Damon steals show as Kavanaugh – CNET

Star Wars talk was kept to a minimum as politics, including Kanye West’s pro-Trump remarks, were the talk of the show. …read more Source:: CNet

Linux Kernel Finally Nearing Support For The Apple Magic Trackpad 2, Thanks To a Google Employee

Michael Larabel, writing for Phoronix: Apple announced the Magic Trackpad 2 almost three years ago to the day while the mainline Linux kernel will finally be supporting this multi-touch device soon. The Magic Trackpad 2 is a wired/wireless touchpad with haptic feedback support and is a much larger touchpad compared to the original Magic Trackpad….

Mission impossible: Can you regain access after Twitter lockout?

If your Twitter is hacked, it could be gone permanently and Twitter may not help. Here is one user’s sad story and how you can protect yourself. …read more Source:: ZDNet

MX Player, a Video App Used By More Than 175 Million Users, Debuts OTT Service. Android Enthusiasts Express Concern.

MX Player, a video app which has been downloaded more than 500 million times across the globe, kickstarted its OTT (online video streaming) service in India, one of its largest markets, this week. MX Player, which is popular worldwide, has earned a loyal user base over the years for being the app that can run…