IT Blogwatch

Our neighbors to the north get their man, allegedly.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) says it arrested the perp behind the recent hack of the country's tax agency. The allegedly-Heartbleed-mediated alleged hacker, one Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes, is charged with "mischief in relation to data." Oh, Canada!

In other news, nasty new implications of the OpenSSL bug continue to come to light.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers hold their heads in their hands and weep. Not to mention sleeping all night and working all day...

April 17, 2014 6:10 AM EDT
James Duncan Davidson (cc:by)

Rumor confirmed! (Or at least, triangulated.)

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is expected to release its 'Duke' 3D smartphone in the summer. The rumors are rife, reaching us from many sources. All agree there are four tracking cameras that permit a "true" parallax effect, without glasses or the cruddy lenticular nonsense of a Nintendo 3DS.

However, there's some debate whether the "3D" is done by eye-tracking or head-tracking.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers drop several F-words, including FireOS and Fragmentation.

April 16, 2014 6:04 AM EDT
Microsoft

No need to be a developer developer developer developer.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is allowing anyone to download the near-final Preview build of Windows Phone 8.1. Although it's billed as a developer-only release, it's easy to get.

The reviews are positively glowing: WinPho8.1 is really pushing their (capacitive) buttons.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ignore the dire warnings and install the released update anyway.

April 15, 2014 6:05 AM EDT
Wikimedia

Amazon 3D phone: A bungle in the jungle?

For more than three years, rumors of Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) smartphones have pricked up bloggy ears. Never tiring of never-ending tales of unreleased phones, bloggers have trampled through dense Amazonian foliage to return with The Legend of the 3D Smartphone.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers switch on their Nooks.

April 12, 2014 1:23 PM EDT
flickr.com/worldeconomicforum (cc)

Dr. Rice simmers as the Web boils.

Dropbox is making Condoleezza Rice a director on its board. Predictably, the technorati are up in arms over the appointment.

Why? Well, the GWB-era secretary of state is... umm... let's just say she's a "controversial" figure, OK?

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers consider waging holy war against Dropbox. [You're fired -Ed.]

April 11, 2014 6:15 AM EDT
HP

DoJ and SEC get their pound of flesh.

HP (NYSE:HPQ) has, err, "resolved" several allegations that it bribed officials in Mexico and Eastern Europe. The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission don't take kindly to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, you see.

Oh. Wait. Did I say "HP"? Of course I actually meant "HP subsidiaries." So that's all right then.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers watch Bill and Dave roll in their respective graves.

April 10, 2014 6:21 AM EDT
Lam Eason (cc)

Chicken Little says you can't rely on open sores.

OpenSSL's TLS and DTLS implementations are badly broken -- testing our faith in open source. Last month it was GnuTLS that fell victim to an old crypto flaw, now it's OpenSSL's turn to give the lie to the "all bugs are shallow in the bazar" bizarre mantra.

The snappily-named CVE-2014-0160 bug, aka Heartbleed, is a truly epic vulnerability, which has been silently widespread on the net for two years. Naturally, there's much speculation that the NSA and GCHQ have been exploiting the bug for some time.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers duck and cover from falling skies (and small poultry).

April 09, 2014 6:18 AM EDT

Samsung fettles a successful recipe.

The S. Korean smartphone engine churns again, to bring us the Galaxy S5. Here's all you need to know in ITBW-roundup stylee. TL;DR: It's waterproof (ish), bigger (ish), faster, grippier, with an ecosystem-busting fingerprint sensor.

But is it any good? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers pour cold water over it and find out.

April 08, 2014 6:07 AM EDT
Twitter

Twitter: Additional ads a plus?

Like a homing pigeon flying towards profitability, social media company Twitter (NASDAQ:TWTR) has decided to roll out new types of ads in the coming few weeks. That is, according to anonymous posters feeding close to the paragraph streaming specialists. The move will likely feather a larger nest for Twitter, but at what cost?

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers keep it short and tweet.

April 05, 2014 1:12 PM EDT

But WWWBCD? [Updated with more commentary]

Brendan Eich, beleaguered Firefox luminary, has stepped down from his position as CEO of Mozilla. The heat over his 2008 contribution to an anti-gay-marriage fund got too much (or so it seems).

But now, some gay-marriage supporters are coming out of the woodwork to decry the 'hounding' and 'firing' of the poor innocent chap for claiming his 'free-speech rights.' (Wow, not everyone holds the same opinion -- who knew?)

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are careful what they wish for.

April 04, 2014 6:02 AM EDT
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