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|This is the Daily Tech News for Tuesday, November 17th I'm Tom Merritt|
|t||Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke on the state of his company’s security today at an event in Washington DC. Nadella said organizations need to improve not only the technology but, “but the security posture you have around the basics.” He used Microsoft products as examples of what he meant of course. Windows Hello and Microsoft Passport reduce password reliance. Credential Guard combats pass-the-has attacks. Windows 10 Device Guard prevents malicious code installation. And Microsoft is building a Cyber Defense Operations Center to house its efforts.||http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/11/17/enterprise-security-for-our-mobile-first-cloud-first-world/|
|p||Google and ASUS launched the $85 Chromebit Chrome OS PC on a stick today.|
The HDMI stick has 6GB of onboard storage, 2GB of RAM, bluetooth 4.0 and a USB 2.0 port.
Chomebit will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK.
|t||Tech Crunch reports that Google Photos will offer an update today that allows Android users to bulk delete photos that have been backed up to Google's cloud photo storage service. On Wednesday, Google Photos for the web will also allow users to downgrade stored photos from full resolution to a the lower quality "high resolution," which doesn't count against your storage quota. Google says similar features are coming to iOS soon.||http://techcrunch.com/2015/11/17/google-photos-will-now-help-you-free-up-space-on-your-phone/|
|p||Parrot announced it’s new Bebop 2 quadcopter in San Francisco today. |
It weighs 500 grams has 6-inch propellors and can reach 100 meters in 18 seconds.
Bebop 2’s battery life has more than doubled to 25 minutes from a 2,700mAh battery.
It also has an amplified WiFi radio allowing up to 2 km of flying distance.
The Parrott Bebop 2 goes on sale December 14 for $550 or $800 with the Skycontroller.
|t||After recalling the Shield Tablet due to potential battery fires, Nvidia has put the gaming tablet back on sale. Nvidia has rectified the problem, issued replacements to affected owners, and dropped the price by a $100 to $199. Only the 16GB Wi-Fi model has been reintroduced. No word if the 32GB LTE model will make a return. Nvidia will also be updating the tablet to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the “coming months”. ||http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/17/9748456/nvidia-shield-tablet-available-again|
|p||d2phillips wanted us to discuss a report from The Information today that Google’s Project Aura, responsible for developing Google Glass, has three prototypes for new products. |
One model has no screen but relies on audio and is referred to as a sport model.
The other two with screens are aimed at businesses.
The team is reportedly targeting release for next year.
|t||Oxford Dictionaries selected the “Face with tears of joy” emoji as word of the year. The principal effect of this will be to have many people realize it’s a joy emoji not just a crying emoji. It was picked because it “best reflected the ethos, mood and preoccupations of 2015”. Actual words considered included: ad blocker, sharing economy, refugee, dark web and lumbersexual. ||http://fortune.com/2015/11/17/oxford-word-of-the-year-emoji/|
|p||Recode reports Gogoro, the makers of electric scooters and ATM-like battery swapping station has announced Amsterdam will be its next test city. |
The company hopes to have scooters hit the streets there in the first half of 2016.
Gogoro has 2,000 scooters and 90 battery swapping stations in its first test city of Taipei.
|t||Ars Technica reports that Google will contest a ruling by Russian authorities that the search company broke Russian anti-trust laws by bundling its services with its Android platform. The Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service ruled that Google would have to sell its phone with only the Google Play Store pre-loaded. Russian search engine Yandex initiatiated the complaint.||http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/11/google-will-contest-russian-antitrust-regulators-unfounded-android-decision/|
|p||The new Nest thermostat introduced two months ago is now available in Europe and includes an extra feature. |
Shoppers in the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the Republic of Ireland can pay €249 for a digital thermostat that controls heaters, air conditioners AND has remote hot water control plus OpenTherm protocol compatibility.
This allows finer control of boilers.
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|How does IS communicate securely? - BBC News||http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34842854|
|Encrypted Messaging Apps Face New Scrutiny Over Possible Role in Paris Attacks - The New York Times||http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/17/world/europe/encrypted-messaging-apps-face-new-scrutiny-over-possible-role-in-paris-attacks.html?_r=0|
|Paris Attacks Reignite Debate Over Encryption Practices by Apple, Google, Facebook — Basically, All Tech Companies | Re/code||http://recode.net/2015/11/17/paris-attacks-reignite-debate-over-encryption-technology/|
|[vlc-devel] [PATCH 0/1] freetype: handle non-Latin family names and non-English style names in Windows||https://mailman.videolan.org/pipermail/vlc-devel/2015-November/105002.html|
|Times Pulls Article Blaming Encryption in Paris Terror Attack||http://www.insidesources.com/new-york-times-article-blaming-encryption-paris-attacks/|
|After Paris, Encryption Will Be a Key Issue in the 2016 Race | WIRED||http://www.wired.com/2015/11/after-paris-encryption-will-be-a-key-issue-in-the-2016-race/|
|There’s no evidence ISIS used PS4 to plan Paris attacks | Ars Technica||http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/11/despite-what-the-papers-say-theres-no-evidence-isis-used-ps4-to-plan-paris-attacks/|
|U.S. Mass Surveillance Has No Record of Thwarting Large Terror Attacks, Regardless of Snowden Leaks||https://theintercept.com/2015/11/17/u-s-mass-surveillance-has-no-record-of-thwarting-large-terror-attacks-regardless-of-snowden-leaks/|
|I was held hostage by Isis. They fear our unity more than our airstrikes Nicolas Hénin||http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/16/isis-bombs-hostage-syria-islamic-state-paris-attacks?CMP=share_btn_tw|
|Governments call for back doors|
- Bad actors DO use encryption
- Bad actors don’t use big company products often
- 14 top cryptographers convinced US exec. branch that weakening encryption would make gen. consumers more vulnerable and push bad actors to adopt other modes of communication
- Back door in Apple iMessage or WhatsApp wouldn’t affect SureSpot, Telegram, Signal Wickr etc.
- Open source OTR protocol (plugins for AIM, Pidgin, Java library
- Encrypted products leave metadata trail. This has led to arrests (link analysis)
- Face to face communication often used
- Better results from malware on suspect computers (anecdote about Skype scam using pretty girl)
|Claims without or with little evidence|
- Used encryption. No definitive evidence.
- Used WhatsApp. No evidence.
- Used PS4. No evidence
- PS4 has end-to-end encryption. Party Chat does have encryption
- Militants to launch cyberattack against Britain.
- Claims that intelligence has “gone dark” with encryption
- Claims that bad actors use encryption and train others to use it.
Chancellor George Osborne will double funding to £1.9b by 2020 to fight cybercrime
1. Is it the right thing to do to let the government have a door into encryption for all in order to attempt to catch some?
2. Is it possible to make it so bad actors do not have secure encryption?
3. Can surveillance of otherwise encrypted channels make a significant difference in prevention?
4. Isn’t this what they want?
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|Being dyslexic, I often find it easier to listen to information than read it. I was therefore happy to find the service Narro http://www.narro.co/ which converts web pages to spoken audio, and also provides a podcast feed for the files.|
It works via bookmarklets or a Chrome extension, and they currently have an iOS app in beta. The developer Josh Beckman @NarroApp on Twitter has been very quick to respond when I have emailed them about the service too, which is nice.
If you would like to check out my feed, subscribe to http://on.narro.co/ed
Thanks for all you do,
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