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LAST_UPDATEFri, 01 Aug 2014 3pm

New malware can live inside any USB device undetected

USBIt turns out that the stalwart USB thumbstick, or any universal serial bus device, isn't as trustworthy as once thought.

A pair of security researchers has found we need to worry about more than just malware-infected files that are stored portable drives, and now need to guard against hacks built into our geek-stick's firmware according to Wired.

The proof-of-concept malware Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell have created is invisible and installable on a USB device and can do everything from taking over a user's PC to hijacking the DNS settings for your browser.

Or, if it's installed on a mobile device it can spy on your communications and send them to a remote location, similar to the NSA's Cottonmouth gadgets. If those don't worry you, perhaps that the "BadUSB" malware can infect any USB device -- including keyboards -- and wreak havoc, will. What's more, a simple reformat isn't enough to disinfect either, and the solution that Lell and Nohl suggest goes against the core of what many of us are used to doing.

The duo says that the only way around BadUSB is to more or less treat devices like hypodermic needles; trusting only those that have been used within our personal ecosystem and throwing away any that've come in contact with other computers. Hopefully you don't have a ton of untrustworthy Porsche sticks laying around.

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/31/badUSB-malware/

Wherever You Are; Google is Next To You.


google binocularsCalifornia-- Let us go back and think of the spooky world of intelligent mechanical species spying on us ala HAL (Space Odysey: 2001, a phenomenal flick directed by Stanley Kubrick) or AI (a film mooted by Kubrick, who passed on, and later was picked up by maverick filmaker Steven Spielberg).

It doesn't matter if you are happy or worried, let us welcome Google's latest innovation which another travel-related feature that will allow mobile users to find restaurants and directions around their hotel without having to key in their location. Alas technology still help you, not finding your worst fate.

There is a hitch, though: For the service to work, Google will troll your Gmail account and find the hotel confirmation.

But let us follow further on what this site (www.firstpost.com) tells you:

Here’s how it works: On the Google search app, tap the mic and make your request. Users can ask questions like “Show me restaurants around my hotel” or “Give me directions to my hotel from here.” It’s the latest travel-related feature from the search engine giant aimed at making it an indispensable tool for globetrotters.

Google Maps recently added transit information for 15,000 towns and cities around the world including public transit routes and schedules. In cities like Vancouver and Chicago, commuters can also look up real-time updates and the fastest modes of transportations.


Google also offers a flight search comparison tool and a mapping program that allows travelers to virtually visit theme parks, landmarks and iconic travel sites.

-- AFP

--http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/google-can-now-tell-see-hotel-228309.html

This Disastrous Family Discussion In Belfast Is Going Viral, And It’s Hilarious

Facebook Photos

THIS IS A video of two sisters (we’re guessing) in Belfast discussing this age-old question:

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Sure Enough, You Can Play 'Doom' On An ATM

The quest to play Doom on just about everything won't be over any time soon, it seems. A team of Australians has torn open and modified an ATM to play id Software's classic first-person shooter using some of the bank machine's built-in controls.

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Apple iPhone 6 May Not Be Released Until October 14th

4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 mockups compared to iPhone 5s

In general, we've been assuming that Apple would be sticking to the usual timeline and releasing the new iPhone in September like it has been for the past couple of years. But, this is now the fourth time in the past two months that we've seen a rumor pointing to October as the release time for the iPhone 6.

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Did You Know What Was The First Smartphone Ever?

Smartphones are on their way to becoming ubiquitous – everyone seems to have one already. What's more, there are no signs indicating that their popularity is to decline anytime soon.

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PlayStation Now Open Beta – Our Journey Begins

As we announced back at CES, PlayStation Now (PS Now) is the first-ever game streaming service available on a game console, where you can quickly access a rich and expanding library of PlayStation 3 (PS3) games from our cloud servers.

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Modbook Pro X Kickstarter Is A 15.4-Inch Mac OS X Tablet With Retina Display

Modbook used to be a small time company that modified Macbooks into tablets. This was long before the Apple iPad came along and spoiled the party for them. Now running as Modbook Inc, they are attempting to keep the ball rolling by building the first ever Mac OS X tablet; and they have turned to Kickstarter to get the project going.

Read more: Modbook Pro X Kickstarter Is A 15.4-Inch Mac OS X Tablet With Retina Display

Sony: EA Access Doesn't 'Represent Good Value To The PlayStation Gamer'

Following EA’s announcement of the company’s new subscription program, Access, we were curious about it being tied only to Xbox One. We reached out to Sony for clarification, and it seems like PlayStation 4 owners shouldn’t hold their breath for the program.

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You Can Play Game Boy Advance Games On Your iPhone Right Now

The original Game Boy turns 25 today. But short of owning an original device or buying the games again on the 3DS eShop, your best bet for reliving Super Mario Land or Pokémon Red is to use emulators.

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