Latest Windows 10 Build Supports One-Handed Phone Operation

Today's topics include Microsoft's release of another test build of Windows 10 for mobile, Salesforce.com is getting ready to manage Internet of Things data, How Cisco routers were compromised by a code injection attack, and HP is planning to cut another 30, 000 jobs.

Windows 10 Mobile, successor to Windows Phone 8.1, is inching closer to release with a new preview build that irons out some lingering issues.

One improvement, "one-handed mode" makes it easier for a person to operate a large mobile handset model with one hand when the other hand is full.

One handed mode is enabled by pressing and holding the Start button. When users do this the screen will slide down so they can reach items at the top of the screen.

Salesforce.com wants to use its massive cloud computing capabilities to make it easier for businesses to gain useful, real-time information from the massive amounts of data being generated by the devices connected to the Internet of things.

At the company's Dreamforce 2015 event in San Francisco on Sept. 15, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff unveiled the Salesforce IoT Cloud, a new service that will enable businesses to not only store the data from the billions of IoT devices and applications, but also analyze that data in real time and send it back to Salesforce's CRM software.

FireEye's Mandiant division reported this week that it found at least 14 incidents in which a so-called "SYNful Knock" attack compromised the security of Cisco routers in Ukraine, the Philippines, Mexico and India.

In at least 14 known cases around the world, Cisco routers were hacked using a SYN (pronounced "sin"), which is short for a TCP packet synchronization component.

With the SYNful Knock, the default Cisco IOS router firmware is somehow replaced or tampered with, enabling an attacker to implant a backdoor.

The brutal string of job cuts over the past several years at Hewlett-Packard will continue after the company splits in two in November.

At a meeting with analysts in San Jose, Calif., Sept. 15, HP executives said that once the tech vendor splits up the two companies that come out of the split—Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.—will undergo more layoffs as they look to reduce expenses.

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