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Thursday - September 25, 2014
iOS 8
Apple perhaps was a tad overeager to fix some of the problems reported soon after iOS 8 launched. It rushed out an update, iOS 8.0.1, which turned out to make matters worse for some users of its brand spanking new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple pulled the plug on the update and promised it would get things right in iOS 8.0.2, which is expected within the next few days. [More...]

Thursday - September 25, 2014
bash-shellshock
The BASH Shellshock bug won't die easily. "Fixing Shellshock will be difficult, because the exploit builds upon a key extension to BASH command line functionality, specifically for remote invocation of commands, scripts and other applications," said Black Duck Consulting's Bill Weinberg. "Shutting down the exploitable functionality will hobble some of the most useful BASH capabilities." [More...]

Thursday - September 25, 2014
iphone-6-plus-bendgate
Imagine hearing this when you tried to return a defective fishing rod: "Oh, well, you bought the Fishing Rod 6 Plus, and you're using it wrong. If you expect it to get wet while you're out fishing on the water, you should have bought a waterproof case for it before you abused it. We can't accept responsibility for this situation. Sorry." I'm sure the class-action lawsuit attorneys are salivating. [More...]

Wednesday - September 24, 2014
iphone-6-plus-bendgate
Apple is famous for enlightening consumers as to what they want before they know it. With the dazzling, ginormous iPhone 6 Plus, they may want more than a big phone. They also may want big, sloppy clothing with roomy pockets for the phablet to swim around in, so as to avoid getting bent out of shape. Stuffing an iPhone 6 Plus into tight jeans has led to Apple's latest PR headache, Bendgate. [More...]

Wednesday - September 24, 2014
blackberry-passport
No one's going to be suing BlackBerry for ripping off their design features in its new Passport. The squarish phone may be too wide to hold comfortably in one hand -- but then phablets in landscape mode are even wider. "These devices are not really phones first," noted IDC analyst Ryan Reith. "Users are sending more content through text and email than making phone calls. A bigger screen helps." [More...]

Wednesday - September 24, 2014
iphone-6-touch-id
Although Apple's Touch ID isn't impenetrable, the amount of time and effort required to steal data from a single iPhone probably wouldn't attract your average cybercrook's interest. Apple is tempting hackers by tying Apple Pay to Touch ID, but it's no substitute for mass credit card fraud, noted Neohapsis' Catherine Pearce. "It's not something you can easily do on a mass scale." [More...]

Wednesday - September 24, 2014
pi-top-raspberry-pi-3d-printed-laptop
One of the most valuable things about the Pi-Top process is that its assembly leads users to appreciate computing more viscerally and intimately than a simple trip to Best Buy or Amazon does, noted Charles King, principal analyst for Pund-IT. "Just because personal computing has become commoditized doesn't mean that users need to limit themselves to being mere consumers." [More...]

Tuesday - September 23, 2014
With the People's Climate March in New York fresh in the public's memory and Apple CEO Tim Cook making the rounds to emphasize the importance of taking climate action, Chairman Eric Schmidt perhaps was feeling a bit embarrassed over Google's association with a conservative group that has lobbied to weaken clean energy regulations. Schmidt accused the group of lying about climate change issues. [More...]

Tuesday - September 23, 2014
The pernicious program Citadel has been around for awhile, but it's using some new tricks on new targets. From its humble origins as a "man in the browser" thief of banking credentials, Citadel has become a knave of all trades. Once it lands on a computer, it can be configured in a number of ways with a file from a server operated by Web predators. [More...]

Monday - September 22, 2014
sony-playstation-tv
The PlayStation TV will make its North American debut next month, but in spite of having been available in Japan for almost a year, it's still developing its gadget identity. Is it designed to stand alone, or is it meant to support a console system? Is it strictly for gaming, or will it stream movies and other content, not only to the TV, but perhaps to non-Sony smartphones and tablets as well? [More...]

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