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The scheme, which Yahoo shut down on Monday, worked like this: A group of hackers bought ads across the Internet giant's sports, news and finance sites. When a computer -- in this case, one running Windows -- visited a Yahoo site, it downloaded malware code.
From there, the malware hunted for an out-of-date version of Adobe Flash, which it could use to commandeer the computer -- either holding it for ransom until the hackers were paid off or discreetly directing its browser to websites that paid the hackers for traffic.
Instead of paying your carrier every month, you will pay Apple directly for data, calls, and texts. Apple then provides you with everything you used to get from your carrier, but the Apple SIM switches between carriers to get the best service. The telecoms companies auction capacity to Apple so it can run the service.
Apple sends voice data to company servers, where Siri converts the words spoken into text. iCloud Voicemail will presumably function in the same way, sending the raw voicemails to Apple, and Siri will then transcribe them and make them available on your iPhone.
Simply by virtue of Google's reach, it could quickly attract millions of users to a new service. "It was clear if you looked at the per user metrics, people weren't posting, weren't returning and weren't really engaging with the product," says one former employee. "Six months in, there started to be a feeling that this isn't really working."
Some lay the blame on the top-down structure of the Google+ department and a leadership team that viewed success as the only option for the social network. Failures and disappointing data were not widely discussed.
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A type of firmware-level worm targeted at PCs have been found to also affect Macs. Such a worm is particularly challenging because it sits below the system level were typical software countermeasures can work and generally replicates itself during firmware updates.
Interestingly the worm can be spread through compromised adapters. The article suggests one way of slowly passing the worm is through knock off adapters on eBay.
"Let's say you're running a uranium refining centrifuge plant and you don't have it connected to any networks, but people bring laptops into it and perhaps they share Ethernet adapters or external SSDs to bring data in and out," [Xeno] Kovah notes. "Those SSDs have option ROMs that could potentially carry this sort of infection. Perhaps because it's a secure environment they don't use WiFi, so they have Ethernet adapters. Those adapters also have option ROMs that can carry this malicious firmware."
Over the weekend, Dr. Dre announced on The Pharmacy show on Beats 1 the release of his new album Compton: A Soundtrack. The album will be available August 7th and is currently on pre-order at iTunes.
Linked is a video clip from the Beats 1 broadcast, which was shared by Apple via Twitter. With the relationship between Dre and Apple it seems a given the announcement would have a tie-in to Beats 1 and iTunes. Still, it's interesting to see an arm of Apple working differently on social media.
If you're a MacBook user, you're losing an average of 1 hour of total battery life by using Chrome. Firefox is a little better, but Safari is the clear winner. You'll want to use Safari if you want to get the most battery out of your laptop.
Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW's management board member in charge of the Mini brand as well as digital services declined to comment on possible talks with Apple in an interview earlier this year.
But he said: "Two worlds are colliding here. Our world, focused on hardware and our experience in making complex products, and the world of information technology which is intruding more and more into our life."
The winners will be those companies that understand how to build intelligent hardware, he said, adding it made sense for carmakers and tech firms to cooperate more closely.
"We need to get away from the idea that it will be either us or them ... We cannot offer clients the perfect experience without help from one of these technology companies," Schwarzenbauer said. That dialogue is well underway, he stressed.
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