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.

 
Daily Tech Briefing: Sept. 16, 2014

Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus preorders top 4 million; WordPress resets 100,000 passwords after...

Daily Tech Briefing: Sept. 15, 2014

Feds threatened Yahoo with $250K-a-day fine over user data; How to get an iPhone 6 from the Big 4...

Daily Tech Briefing: Sept. 12, 2014

T-Mobile to use WiFi to supplement its Cellular Network; The Google password hack that wasn't; Dell...

Daily Tech Briefing: Sept. 11, 2014

Intel says Skylake PC chips to launch in second half of 2015; Red Hat renews server management...

Daily Tech Briefing: Sept. 10, 2014

Why Apple's most important news was about a new service; Home Depot confirms data breach, but gives...

Daily Tech Briefing: Sept. 9, 2014

Microsoft revamps MSN for 'mobile-first, cloud-first' era; LinkedIn improves user security; Intel...

Daily Tech Briefing: Sept. 8, 2014

Verizon must pay a $7.4 million fine to settle a privacy probe; Healthcare.gov was breached in a...

Daily Tech Briefing: Sept. 5, 2014

AT&T launches cloud storage for federal government agencies; Cisco, Red Hat partner on OpenStack...

Daily Tech Briefing: Sept. 4, 2014

Samsung throws a curve with galaxy note edge; What Apple needs to do to Secure Its Users; Lenovo...

Daily Tech Briefing: Sept. 3, 2014

Celebrity photo hack exposes dark cloud risk; T-Mobile argues against AT&T, Verizon roaming...


Read more about the stories in today's news:

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

Submit a Comment

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























 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rocket Fuel