Today’s topics include the launch of Galaxy Tab S2 tablets, the release of Visual Studio 2015, details on the Ashley Madison dating site breach and more on a minor accident involving Google’s self-driving cars.
Samsung is launching Galaxy Tab S2 tablets in August, 13 months after launching its original Tab S devices in June 2014. The new 9.7-inch and 8-inch tablets get eight-core processors this time around, which is a jump from the quad-core processors used in the original versions.
Each model will be offered in WiFi or LTE cellular versions, while both will also include Bluetooth 4.1 BLE connectivity.
Microsoft announced the release of Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6, the latest version of its flagship developer toolset and framework that deliver on the company’s cross-platform aspirations. To celebrate the releases, Microsoft yesterday hosted a virtual Visual Studio 2015 Release Event. Developers can download Visual Studio 2015 now.
The risk from any breach is that personally identifiable information is exposed, enabling an attacker to cause damage to victims. In the case of the newly disclosed breach of the Ashley Madison Website, the potential damage can be as much social as financial. The site claims to have 37 million subscribers, the vast majority of whom are married people who face the threat of being exposed as cheating spouses.
The Ashley Madison site, which is owned and operated by Toronto-based Avid Life Media, has the tag line, “Life is short, have an affair.” Avid Life Media has secured the services of security vendor Cycura to help secure the Ashley Madison site.
For the first time, one of Google’s self-driving cars was involved in a minor crash that caused minor injuries. However, Google said the crash was not the fault of the self-driving vehicle. Google cars have been in minor crashes previously, but never with injuries.
The incident, which occurred July 1 during the evening rush hour near Google’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters, happened when one of the Google fleet’s Lexus self-driving cars was waiting behind stopped traffic at a green light, according to a blog post about the incident by Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving car project.