Daily Tech Briefing: July 9, 2013

 
 
By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-07-09 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BlackBerry shows off square Passport hone, shrugs off secrecy; Google Project Zero strengthens Apple OS X; LG, Samsung launch Android wear smartwatches; and more.

 
Google Launches Its 'Project Fi' Wireless Phone Services

Google launches its 'Project Fi' wireless phone services; House finally passes cyber-networks...

Daily Video: Apple Lures Developers With Special Apple Watch Offer

Apple lures developers with special Apple Watch offer; smartwatch ownership to reach 9 percent of...

Daily Video: Alcatel-Lucent Launches Cloud Communications Platform

Alcatel-Lucent launches cloud-based communications platform; Google's Android Wear gains WiFi...

Daily Video: Contest Challenges Users to Bring Their Malware to RSA

A contest challenges users to bring their own malware to RSA; Broadcom's latest switch SoC will help...

Daily Video: Microsoft Pulls Open-Source Unit Back Into the Fold

Microsoft pulls open-source unit back into the fold; Microsoft's SharePoint Server 2016 beta to...

Daily Video: Microsoft Halts SQL Server 2014 SP1 Downloads

Microsoft halts SQL Server 2014 SP1 downloads; Airlines are at risk of being hacked, GAO warns; FCC...

Daily Video: Google Denies It Harms Rivals as EU Starts Antitrust Case

Google denies it harms rivals after EU files antitrust charges; Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent to create...

Daily Video: Microsoft Launches Skype for Business

Microsoft launches Skype for Business; Nokia is in talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent; Project Spartan shows...

Daily Video: Sprint Will Send Someone to Set Up Your Smartphone

Sprint will send someone to you to set up your smartphone; LG G4smartphone images inadvertently...

Daily Video: Google Android Wear App Could Be Coming to iPhones

Google's Android Wear app could be coming to iPhones; China unlimbers 'Great Cannon' to block Web...



Read more about the stories in today's news:

 
 
 

Blackberry is shrugging off the concept of secrecy and is offering the public an early look at the Passport, a smartphone it planned to introduce at a September event in London. CEO John Chen explained that a great deal of information about the phone has already been leaked on the Internet.

He added that the Passport will be followed by the Classic—another widely discussed device—in November. One thing that makes the Passport stand out from other devices is its shape, which is squarer than it is rectangular. It's similar to the shape of an actual travel passport. While the average rectangular smartphone shows 40 characters per line, the Passport's shape allows it to show 60.

Google continues to be one of Apple's biggest benefactors on the security front. Proof of this can be seen in the Apple Mac OS X 10.9.4 and iOS 7.1.2 updates. The Mac OS X 10.9.4 update provides fixes for 21 security vulnerabilities, nine of which were reported to Apple by a researcher identified as Ian Beer of Google Project Zero.

What's more, the IOS 7.1.2 security update benefits from the same four security disclosures that Google Project Zero made for Apple's Launched application agent manager in OS X 10.9.4.

The Samsung Gear Live and LG G Android Wear smartwatches are now available through Google Play, with the black Samsung Gear Live retailing for $199 and the LG G smartwatch priced at $229. Both watches include always-on displays and are compatible with a variety of smartphones and tablets.

The last users of the dynamic domain-name system known as No-IP are back online and able to reach their servers through the service.

This is nearly a week after technical glitches knocked many users off the service after Microsoft legally seized 23 domain names belonging to company. Microsoft seized the domains under a restraining order issued by federal district court in Nevada in an attempt to dismantle cyber-criminals' use of the service to infect and steal data from more than 7.4 million Windows users.

While Microsoft intended to filter out malicious traffic and allow legitimate users to access their systems, a glitch led to millions being disconnected.

 
 
 

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