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Tuesday - August 19, 2014
Traditional attack methods, like those used with the recent mobile online banking Trojan Svpeng, involve the installation of malware on the device to steal information and commit fraud. However, new techniques are emerging that would enable an attacker to compromise a device and steal private information from the owner -- for example, the typical copycat app on a third-party app store. [More...]

Tuesday - August 19, 2014
Facebook has begun labeling some of the satirical news articles that appear in users' news feeds with a tag designed to prevent readers from mistaking the content for genuine news. The social network's "[Satire]" tag is apparently part of an experiment that's been under way for a month or so. The rules for its application don't seem to be entirely clear. [More...]

Monday - August 18, 2014
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A.L.O., the "botlr" that can deliver stuff to hotel rooms, may have very few tricks up its sleeve -- and no arm for a sleeve, for that matter -- but it's undeniably cute. "My first thought is, you have to start somewhere, as in utilizing what might be called 'passive robotics' for simplistic tasks like delivering extra towels or a toothbrush to hotel guests," said tech analyst Charles King. [More...]

Monday - August 18, 2014
As an analyst in a market of experts, I'm known as a generalist, but if I have an area of particular focus, it is how to make customers love you. In the car space, there are two emerging vendors on the world stage: India's Tata, which now owns brands like Jaguar and Land Rover; and Tesla, the dominant provider of electric cars. Both companies are trying to make a dent in the world. [More...]

Saturday - August 16, 2014
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Apple has Dr. Dre and now Intel has 50 Cent. Sort of. The rapper's company is collaborating with Intel on heart-rate monitoring headphones. "This looks like a fun and useful device, but how it does will depend on the branding, the marketing budgets, and how well it works," said Gartner's Brian Blau. Also, "people are waiting to see what Apple will do." [More...]

Friday - August 15, 2014
Apple has begun ramping up for an incursion into the healthcare market, two months after announcing its HealthKit app at WWDC. The app will collate all a user's fitness and health data. Apple reportedly has discussed HealthKit with healthcare providers Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins, along with electronic health records provider Allscripts. [More...]

Friday - August 15, 2014
A deluge of hateful tweets after the suicide of actor Robin Williams earlier this week forced his daughter Zelda to publicly quit Twitter and Instagram. "We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter," Del Harvey, the company's vice president of trust and safety, said in a prepared statement. Twitter has suspended "a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules." [More...]

Thursday - August 14, 2014
Apple on Thursday reiterated its commitment to safe working conditions in its supply chain, and announced stricter rules for the use of benzene and n-hexane, two toxic chemicals. It also published its Regulated Substances Specification, pointing out that it sets occupational exposure limits for the two toxic chemicals that follow standards bodies' recommendations. [More...]

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