Daily Tech Briefing: May 16, 2014

 
 
By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-05-16 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FCC Approves New Proposal to Craft Net Neutrality Rules; Galaxy Tab 4 Education Is Samsung's First Tablet for Schools; Ransomware a Growing Threat on Mobile Phones, Security Firms Say; and more.

 
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In a vote on May 15, the Federal Communications Commission approved Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to establish new rules regulating network neutrality. The approval of Wheeler's "Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" in a 3-2 vote is just the first step toward creating new rules regarding net neutrality.

This most controversial question in the debate on Net Neutrality is whether ISPs should be allowed to offer faster-than-average service for a fee, a move that many fear will reduce equal access to Internet service. In his closing remarks, Wheeler denounced the idea of an Internet fast lane, stating that the Internet should not be divided into haves and have-nots.

Samsung recently introduced its first tablet dedicated to K-12 education environments. The Galaxy Tab 4 Education is based on the 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Note and is a web console-based, interactive classroom system meant to address provisioning and other pain points that have become common in the modern education market.

What's more, the tablet integrates with Google Play for Education, which allows educators to search for applications by grade level, subject and more.

By 2020, NASA is hoping to send humans into space to capture and redirect small asteroids so they can be studied more closely. In order to accomplish this, they need to create specialized equipment.

Currently, NASA is experimenting with how to repurpose and modify gear they already have to see if it could be used as part of the asteroid mission. Jonathan Bowie, the project manager for the Asteroid Re-direct Crewed Mission Extra-Vehicular Activity project, explained that NASA has been testing equipment underwater in a special 40-foot-deep swimming pool.

Finally, security firms are reporting that ransomware is a growing threat to smartphones. Dozens of ransomware programs have targeted Android phones in Asia, and there's evidence to suggest that it may be spreading to the U.S.

With ransomware, cyber attackers infiltrate a PC or smartphone and temporarily disable the devices to keep people from being able to use them until they pay a ransom. This highlights why mobile device users have to be careful about what they download from the Internet.

 
 
 

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