BadUSB: Karsten Nohl and friends set up us the bomb.
USB gadgets are unsafe safe. That's the stark warning from Security Research Labs, to be given at Black Hat in Lost Wages. Basically, any USB device can do anything it wants to your PC or Mac, and there's nothing you can do to stop it, detect it, or remediate it.
tl;dr: We're screwed. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers panic like it's 2038.
Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) says tablet sales are "crashing." Makes for a great headline, but what's really going on? The company's CEO tells us that the tablet market is saturated, but people are again buying new PCs -- especially convertibles. The problem seems to be a lack of tablet innovation, preventing replacement sales.
BlackBerry Ltd. (TSE:BB) is buying a German security company, Secusmart GmbH. We're told that this allows the Canadian company to offer super-secure voice and data -- as used by German government honcha, Angela Merkel.
We're also told that this move will reverse BlackBerry's catastrophic market-share decline: Yeah, right. (BTW, did I tell you about this bridge I have on eBay?) In IT Blogwatch, bloggers dimly remember BlackBerry.
Christian Rudder, cofounder of dating site OKCupid, believes experimenting on users and outright lies about dating compatibility are hunky dory -- because OKCupid is a web site! All the fuss about Facebook's mood experiments is overblown, and he has the data to prove it!
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers meet people in the real world.
IBM (NYSE:IBM) is putting its resident game show champ -- a computer named Watson -- back to work. Not on another game show, this time Watson is on an important mission: Assisting armed service personnel transition back to civilian life.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers pack their gear and return home.
Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.
If you are a gamer, odds are good you've heard of Twitch. For those that don't know, Twitch is the go-to destination for watching live streaming videogame play online. It also happens to consume a higher percentage of Internet bandwidth than Hulu or Facebook. Bandwidth? Enter Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), which has reportedly decided to purchase Twitch for one beeeelion dollars.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers welcome their new primary colored overlord.
Sense: A Kickstarter hit -- after a screwball pitch.
Sense is a new device that monitors sleep patterns, receiving over $350,000 in startup funds on Kickstarter. But this dreamy success story may take a turn for the worse: parent company Hello Inc., also received VC funding for Sense prior to "Kickstarting." This is surprising news -- and the stuff bad dreams are made of -- for some Kickstarter investors.
Fire Phone reviews: Is Jeff Bezos fired up or steaming mad?
Reviews are in for the Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Fire Phone. How are prospective perceptions of dynamic perspective? (Try saying that three times fast.) Is this phone going to catch the world on fire, or sputter and die out? Read on and find out!
Have you ever wanted to be able to magically hack mobile phones like hackers do in the movies? If recent claims are true that security holes, backdoors, and packet sniffers are present in every iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device -- you can!
In-app purchases: Like stealing candy from a baby.
Silent sentinel, tireless champion, (and BFF!) of consumers everywhere -- the European Commission -- has put its foot down once again. Its notion that an anything-is-OK-as-long-as-I-make-a-buck attitude regarding in-app purchases -- especially those labelled "free" on the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) app stores -- is now especially irksome to our Brussels-based friends.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers start uninstalling apps.