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Sean Kalinich

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:20

Apple Pay Competing with Walmart, not Google

When Apple announced their new NFC payment system it seemed the press and analysts were in nirvana. You could not open up a news site without seeing a headline on how Apple pay was going to change your life. Most of these failed to acknowledge that mobile payments (even through NFC) have existed for decades and that Google Wallet was and still is accepted at a number of locations. They were convinced that Apple pay was the way to go and they (Apple) had the future in their hands.

It would seem that the guys over at the Recording Industry Artists of America have lost their collective minds. In a recent rant they are actually trying to claim that sites like The Pirate Bay are an “assault on our humanity”. To (intentionally) quote a great line from The Princess Bride: “I do not think it means what you think it means”. The last time I checked copyright law was not a protected “right” in any form of the constitution. Freedom of speech/expression is as it the right against unlawful search and seizure (which the blind copyright letters violate).

If you are in the information security field then the latest “news” that Cisco fixed a flaw in a protocol that should not be used will probably give you a chuckle. I am talking about Telnet which is not exactly what you would call a secure means of communicating with any device. In most cases Telnet is one of those options that you turn off right out of the box. Still it is nice to know that Cisco is patching it.

There appear to be developments in the way that Shellshock is used to push malware around. According to new information the Bash Bug is now being used to send malware out through the use of compromised SMTP gateways. The clever attackers are trying to use altered headers (from, to, subject) to force the SMTP gateway to pull down additional code that contains the Shellshock attack.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:54

Patriot FUEL ion Wireless Charger Review

Everyone owns a mobile phone these days, it is just one of those things that you have. If you were to ask people what they like about their phone you might hear about this or that app, the display or a few other things. What you won’t hear about is the charging system or how much they love the cable they have to use. There really is not much exciting about charging a mobile device. However, there are a few companies that are trying to change all of that. One of these is Patriot. They have been working on a magnetic charging system that is intended to help make keeping your phone running easier. So let’s take a look at Patriot’s FUEL ion charging system.

Kim Dotcom has faced a series of setbacks in his defense against the US copyright lobby. Incensed that the original suit did not impoverish Dotcom as they had hoped the US copyright industry has continually sought to identify where Dotcom has been getting the money that he appears to throw around. Their thinking is that this money had to be from Mega Upload and therefore they are entitled to seize it as part of their continued siege campaign that has been hidden as a copyright lawsuit.

Social Media can be a great thing if used properly. However, lately people tend to use it for… well let’s call it ranting. I cannot count the number of rants and tantrums I have seen on Twitter, Facebook and even Google+. It seems that some people feel that social media sites are their own personal forums to share every thought they have no matter how positive or negative it is. When you point this out to the ranters, you are likely to be told that it is their page and you do not have to read it. Well… that is the problem, you never really know just who might be reading your rant and what they might do about it.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:03

AMD Posts Lackluster Q3 Results

If you were to look back over the years and pick one seriously mismanaged tech company it would probably be AMD. Even going back into the K6 days we find that AMD just did not know what it wanted to do or what direction it intended to go. The marketing message was confused both internally and to the market as a whole. This confusion hit “Office Space” like proportions in the late 90’s when it was rumored that there were more managers and project leaders than they were actual people doing the work.

Yesterday morning we told you about a rumored bug in an older encryption protocol, SSL 3.0. Today the details of this bug were released and although it looks bad, it might not be as big as first hinted. The bug has been called Poodle (Padding Oracle On Downloaded Legacy Encryption) and has sparked many articles with clever lines about dogs and biting people… For all of that nonsense this is not something that is going to go away and highlights a major issue in how we communicate over the internet.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 11:11

8k is the Next Golden Age of Gaming

When I first started covering the computer world the most common resolution was 640x680 with the hard core gamers getting 800x600. The dream of the day, which some called the golden age of gaming, was 1600x1200 with around 30Fps. Now the dream is “photo realistic” resolutions without the need for heavy anti-aliasing and texture filtering. Even in the mobile world this is becoming a bigger issue with retina displays on the Apple side of the world and 3 and 4k screens on the PC side.

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