Daily Tech Briefing: April 23, 2014

 
 
By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-04-23 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

After Heartbleed, OpenSSL is forked into LibreSSL; Google Trends lets users 'subscribe' to search updates; AT&T investing in, launching over-the-top video services; and more.

 
Qualcomm Develops Wireless Charging Tech for Devices Encased in Metal

DAILY VIDEO: Qualcomm enables wireless charging of devices wrapped in metal; Dell considers spinning...

Motorola Introduces Three New Unlocked Moto X Smartphone Models

DAILY VIDEO: Motorola freshens its smartphone line with 3 new models; U.S. Census Bureau gets hacked,...

Samsung Gears Up to Intro New Mobile Devices at Mid-August Event

DAILY VIDEO: Samsung to unveil its latest flagship mobile devices on Aug. 13; Intel, Micron unveil...

Stagefright Flaw Poses Security Risk for Millions of Android Users

DAILY VIDEO: Android Stagefright flaw puts hundreds of millions of users at risk; Apple Watch to be...

Remote Hacking Fears Force Fiat Chrysler to Recall 1.4 Million Autos

DAILY VIDEO: Fiat Chrysler recalling 1.4 million autos over remote hacking fears; OpenDaylight Summit...

Cars Are Vulnerable to Remote Attacks, Researchers to Prove

DAILY VIDEO: Researchers will show how hackers might access cars remotely; Qualcomm plans to cut 15...

Five Arrested on Federal Charges Possibly Tied to JPMorgan Hack

DAILY VIDEO: The FBI brings charges against five with possible links to the JPMorgan hack; Microsoft...

Qualcomm Considering Job Cuts, Restructuring Options

DAILY VIDEO: Qualcomm reportedly considering job cuts, restructuring; Leak shows that hacking team...

Samsung 8-Inch, 9.7-Inch Galaxy Tab S2 Tablets to Launch This Summer

DAILY VIDEO: Samsung unveils 8-inch and 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S2 tablets; Microsoft ships Visual Studio...

Dell, HP, Lenovo, Others Ready Windows 10 PC Models

DAILY VIDEO: HP, Dell, Lenovo, others prep PCs for Windows 10 Launch; Adobe secures flash, with help...



Read more about the stories in today's news:

 
 
 

In response to the highly publicized Heartbleed flaw, the OpenSSL project has come under intense scrutiny. As is common with the open-source development model, the open-source OpenBSD operating system community has forked the OpenSSL code and is creating a different version of an open-source cryptographic library, known as LibreSSL.

OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt explained that he was not notified of the Heartbleed flaw when it happened, and rather than waiting for the OpenSSL project to resolve the problem itself, OpenBSD plans to handle the situation itself by creating LibreSSL for inclusion in OpenBSD 5.6, with other operating systems to follow.

People who want to keep up with the latest online updates about any topic that interests them can now use new subscription tools from Google Trends to do so. Gavri Smith, a Google software engineer, explained that the new subscribe feature for Google Trends will allow users to see custom search information on any topic and get mail notifications about searches for any topics they want to follow.

AT&T is working with The Chernin Group to invest in and launch their own "over-the-top" video services. According to a recent announcement, the companies have committed $500 million to fund the project. Some examples of popular over-the-top video services already running over wireless networks to AT&T-supported handsets include Netflix, Hulu and Amazon's Video on Demand.

AT&T Chief Strategy Officer John Stankey explained in a statement that the two companies want to combine their skills to help meet the growing demand from consumers to be able to access content when and how they want it.

Finally, according to a recent survey from Nielsen, one in six consumers who has heard about wearable technology, also known as wearables, is also using them. Specifically, 61 percent are wearing fitness bands, and consumers between ages 18-34 account for 49 percent of owners of these bands.

The report also discovered that many people are turning to smartphone apps to help them meet their fitness goals and women are actually driving the growth in fitness and health apps.

 
 
 

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
 
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters























 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for your registration, follow us on our social networks to keep up-to-date
Rocket Fuel