Richi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, spam, and other security topics. He's also the main author of Computerworld's The Long View and IT Blogwatch -- for which he has won awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, ABM/Jesse H. Neal, and B2B Magazine.
He was previously CTO for Samsung Contact. Prior to this, he was at Hewlett-Packard for 14 years, working in a wide variety of engineering, marketing and architect roles, mainly on OpenMail and its predecessor products.
Richi lives in England, is an un-professional DJ, rusty scuba diver, and was voted "Most likely to get up first to sing at karaoke" for 13 years in succession. You can follow him as @richi on Twitter, pretend to be Richi's friend on Facebook, Plus him at +richij, or just use boring old email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Location sharing with Facebook notifications.
For anyone using Facebook who has ever felt the need to go off somewhere and be left alone, there is good news! A new Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) feature called Nearby Friends -- which notifies friends of your current location -- is optional (for now).
Crafty hackers hack craft stores -- again.
Michaels Stores (NYSE:MIK) has finally confirmed the details of the point-of-sale hack revealed in January. It's unclear what's taken them so long -- the company claims the hack was "highly sophisticated," but everyone uses a blah-blah phrase like that.
Your humble blogwatcher notes that the problem persisted for more than a month after the news first broke. smh.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are aghast that, for the second time, the company's POS was hacked -- lasting almost nine months.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.]
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.
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).
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.