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Pandora Joins Chromecast Bandwagon

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Thursday 31 October 2013 3:35 pm

When Google announced its Chromecast TV device this summer, it promised that Pandora would eventually work with it. The day has finally arrived: The popular music app now offers an  update in the Google Play Store that lets users pipe music through the thumb drive–shaped TV streaming device.

iPhone users get Chromecast streaming as well, although iPad users will have to wait for now. Pandora says it is “coming soon.” 

See also: The Chromecast App Drought Breaks, Sort Of, As Hulu Signs On

This brings the total number of third-party Chromecast streaming apps to three, including Netflix and Hulu.

Pandora Joins Chromecast Bandwagon

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Thursday 31 October 2013 3:35 pm

When Google announced its Chromecast TV device this summer, it promised that Pandora would eventually work with it. The day has finally arrived: The popular music app now offers an  update in the Google Play Store that lets users pipe music through the thumb drive–shaped TV streaming device.

iPhone users get Chromecast streaming as well, although iPad users will have to wait for now. Pandora says it is “coming soon.” 

See also: The Chromecast App Drought Breaks, Sort Of, As Hulu Signs On

This brings the total number of third-party Chromecast streaming apps to three, including Netflix and Hulu.

BSIMM-V Advocates for Bug Bounties

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Thursday 31 October 2013 3:36 am

The annual Building Security in Maturity Model (BSIMM) aims to help give enterprise a yardstick to measure security posture. The fifth iteration of the model is now out and adds just a single new practice to what last year’s BSIMM advocated.

Jacob West, CTO for enterprise security products at Hewlett-Packard, is a co-author of the 2013 BSIMM and explained to eWEEK that the new 2013 model includes 112 best-practice activities for security. The single new activity added this year is a recommendation for organizations to have a bug-bounty program. These bug-bounty programs encourage security researchers to responsibly disclose software vulnerabilities, and in return, vendors provide rewards

Read the full story at eWeek:
Building Security in Maturity Model Includes Bug-Bounty Programs

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Earth-size rocky planet is a hot mess

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Thursday 31 October 2013 3:35 am

Kepler-78b and star art

An artist’s concept of Kepler-78b with its star.


(Credit:

Karen Teramura/University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy
)

Kepler-78b might seem kind of familiar. It’s one of only a few planets scientists have found that are about the same size as Earth. It has a rocky makeup like Earth as well. But we won’t be building leisure colonies on it anytime soon. Our doppelganger is rocking some hellish temperatures.

The planet was pinpointed thanks to NASA’s Kepler space telescope. Two different research teams took on the task of ferreting out some of the details on the planet, and both have published papers this week about the discovery in the same issue of the Nature journal.

One paper is titled, “A rocky composition for an Earth-sized exoplanet,” while the other is “Extrasolar planets: An infernal Earth.” The two teams coordinated with each other, and their independent results corroborated the findings.

Kepler-78b, which is a little larger than Earth, travels around its host star every 8.5 hours, which explains the molten temperatures on the surface. It presents a considerable mystery about how it was created and how it got so close to its star.

“We don’t know how it formed or how it got to where it is today. What we do know is that it’s not going to last forever,” said David Latham, a Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics astronomer. The planet will eventually be shredded by its star.

Though life as we know it isn’t possible on Kepler-78b, its discovery is a positive sign for scientists who are getting better and better at measuring smaller planets in far-flung reaches of space. “This bodes well for the broader goal of one day finding evidence of life beyond Earth,” said Natalie Batalha, a Kepler mission scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center.

ReadWriteContest: 100,000 Fans On Facebook Sweepstakes

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Wednesday 30 October 2013 2:58 am

ReadWriteContest: 100,000 Fans On Facebook Sweepstakes

The growth of the ReadWrite community has always been a source of great excitement for the staff at our site. Knowing that we have a dedicated, engaged online community of readers and fans is a big part of what motivates us as we navigate the world of technology.

Earlier this week, a cheer went up in the ReadWrite offices: our Facebook community had passed the 100,000 fan mark. Coincidentally, the entire ReadWrite staff was together this week for our first-ever staff retreat, so the cheer was much louder than usual.

To mark the event, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank our Facebook fans. To that end, we are inviting readers to submit photos of their ultra-cool technology rigs or screenshots of their customized desktop or mobile interfaces. Whether it’s a six-screen computer setup, a slick mobile device skin or a creative desktop screen … if you have put some effort into your work or play setup, then show it off here for all of ReadWrite to see.

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To participate, upload your photo or screenshot into the SlideChute tool below, which will display entries as they come in. Or post your photo on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #rw100. Five winners will be randomly selected from the entrants, with those winners receiving framed personalized print of the winning entry featured on a mock-up of the ReadWrite site. Check out the official rules and regulations for the sweepstakes for more information.

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You don’t pass a milestone like this everyday, so thanks to everyone for being a part of the ReadWrite community, on Facebook and anywhere else we have a presence in your life. As we map the future of technology, it’s great to have you all on the journey.

MongoHQ acts fast to fix major database hack

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Tuesday 29 October 2013 2:39 pm

Database hosting service MongoHQ suffered a considerable security breach on Monday, in which users’ e-mail addresses, hashed password data, and other account information was exposed to hackers.

“We detected unauthorized access to an internal support application using a password that was shared with a compromised personal account,” MongoHQ co-founder Jason McCay wrote in a blog post. “In handling security incidents, MongoHQ’s priorities are to halt the attack, eliminate the control failures that allowed the attack to occur, and to report the incident candidly and accurately to our customers.”

In an effort to secure its networks, MongoHQ has provided users with information on the incident and how it’s working to both neutralize the breach and prevent future attacks. First, it locked out every MongoHQ employee account while it is enabling a credential reset and audit. Second, it disabled its employee-facing support applications while it sets up an enforced two-factor authentication, a system of graduated permissions, and other security measures.

“As a precaution, we took additional steps on behalf of our customers to invalidate the Amazon Web Services credentials we were storing for you,” McCay wrote. “We have done the work to ensure the security of your data. We have taken further steps to test and validate this work by bringing on a third-party security firm for testing of this effort.”

It’s unclear how many users were affected in the breach. McCay said that MongoHQ will continue to update its Web site with any new information on the hack, along with recommendations for users to protect their data.

PHP.net Turned Into a Watering Hole

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Tuesday 29 October 2013 2:13 am

On Oct. 24, Google began to flag PHP.net as being a site hosting malware, i.e., potentially a watering hole.

PHP.net is the community home for the open-source PHP programming language that powers hundreds of millions of Websites around the world (including this one). Initially, PHP.net administrators claimed that Google was wrong and that it was some kind of false-positive scan for malware.

Within hours, PHP.net administrators realized that in fact multiple PHP servers and domains were compromised. Among the compromised sites are www.php.net, static.php.net, git.php.net and bugs.php.net.

Read the full story at eWeek:
Is PHP Secure?

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Apple Stems Its iPad Decline

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Monday 28 October 2013 2:12 pm

Apple Stems Its iPad Decline

After two straight quarters of drooping profits, Apple is on the defensive for the first time in recent history. Today, the company reported the results of its fourth fiscal quarterA few months ago, Tim Cook and company seemed confident about the unannounced product line stashed up the company’s sleeve. But how do things look now that Cupertino has shown its hand?

The iPad Slump Eases; iPhones Charge Ahead

It’s important to bear in mind that Apple’s July-September quarter results only reflect 10 days worth of sales of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, which hit shelves on September 20. 

In the fourth fiscal quarter, Apple sold 33.8 million iPhones, up from 31.2 million in the last quarter. Sales of the iPad remain flat—no surprise, considering that this report doesn’t account for Apple’s recent iPad event—at 14.1 million units sold, up from 14.6 million in the last quarter. In the same quarter last year, Apple sold 14 million iPads. In the April-June quarter, iPad sales dropped 14% to 14.3 million units, down from 17 million a year earlier.

In its fiscal Q4, Apple generated $37.5 billion in revenue and a profit of $7.5 billion, a slight boost from $35.3 billion in revenue and $6.9 billion in profits respectively in Apple’s 2013 Q3.

Criticism Remains With New Products In The Wild

Moving into the holiday season, Apple’s products are as solid and polished as ever, but Apple’s hardware strategy has faced criticism and investor backlash for its recent phase of consistent iteration rather than flashy from-scratch product innovation. Sales of the iPhone 5C have been lackluster to date, with major retailers like Best Buy slashing prices to move units within a few weeks. The iPhone 5S—particularly the elusive gold 5S—also suffered from supply constraints from launch. 

Apple’s new mobile operating system has suffered from plenty of bugs and bumps along the way, but iOS 7 is shaking things up way more than any of the company’s hardware in 2013. Still, it’s not easy to get next-big-thing-hungry consumers buzzed about something that they can’t hold in their hands.

Looking Forward To Apple’s Next Quarter

Given its fleet of new products at the ready for the 2013 holiday season, next quarter should be where the real action is. Apple anticipates revenue to perk up significantly to between $55 billion and $58 billion next quarter, but of course we’ll need to stay tuned to see what really happens after the new iPhones and iPads have a little more time out in the wild.

Apple Improves OS X Security with Mavericks Release

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Monday 28 October 2013 1:37 am

Most of the security components in the Mavericks release are not currently available in the most recent OS X 10.8 update, which provides a good reason for users of older OS X versions to update as soon as possible. The last OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion release prior to this week’s 10.9 Mavericks update is the 10.8.5 release which debuted in September.

One of the new updates in 10.9 is a fix for a vulnerability in OS X’s application firewall. The flaw is identified as CVE-2013-5165 and has an exploitability score of 10, meaning it can be remotely exploited by an attacker without authentication. Apple’s security notification on the issue explains that “the –blockApp option did not properly block applications from receiving network connections.”

Read the full story at eSecurityPlanet:
Apple Secures Mac OS X with Mavericks Release

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

SAP has no interest in BlackBerry buy, CFO says

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Monday 28 October 2013 1:36 am


(Credit:
CNET)

Business software company SAP has no plans to acquire BlackBerry.

Speaking to Reuters in an interview published over the weekend, SAP CFO Werner Brandt said that “BlackBerry doesn’t fit with our strategy.”

BlackBerry is in the middle of fielding possible buyout offers from any number of companies. Reuters had previously reported that SAP was interested in acquiring BlackBerry, but could also participate in a partial buy with other companies. That appears to not be the case.

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