Two Samsung Gear S2 versions stop by the FCC, no cellular radio in sight

The Samsung Gear S2 is already out of the bag as Samsung itself revealed its existence. However, there are a lot of details currently up in the air regarding Samsung’s first smartwatch with a rounded display, as the company has yet to fully introduce the digital wrist piece. According to multiple previous reports, at least one version of the Gear S2 will come with cellular connectivity, but it looks like a recent development raises doubts surrounding the claim.

Two versions of the Samsung Gear S2 have stopped by the FCC ahead of their launch. These versions …

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AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot reportedly stuffs extra ads into Web pages

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Stanford University computer scientist Jonathan Mayerwas recently Web browsing at a U.S. airport when he noticed there were too many online advertisements. A partnership between Apple and a credit card processing company could add local retailers — even food The website for Stanford, for example, displayed a pop-up ad for a 60 percent discount on jewelry. The Federal Communications Commission website appeared to be advertising ladies’ boots. An example of an ad said to be injected over the FCC’s website while on an AT&T free airport Wi-Fi hotspot. “The web had sprouted ads,” wrote Mayer on his blog. “Lots of them, in places they didn’t belong.” The Wi-Fi hotspot he was using at Dulles Airport near Washington, D.C., is run by AT&T, he said. Before boarding, Mayer wrote he analyzed the Web traffic to figure out what was happening. The hotspot was interfering with non-encrypted Web traffic and displaying on pages that were not affiliated with the website. It’s often referred to as “injecting” ads and is a somewhat controversial practice. The platform that was injecting the ads comes from a small company called RaGaPa, Mayer wrote. RaGaPa adds an advertising style sheet into HTTP traffic. If a Web browser […]

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John Chen agrees BlackBerry needs more apps on its platform, wants more partnerships

In the latest discussion at the Churchill Club, BlackBerry CEO John Chen discussed the company’s need for more apps, and his desire to gain more partnerships. During his conversation, Chen noted that he feels as though apps are a big part of the problem, and that Amazon’s offering for an app store wasn’t enough to fill the gap.

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Samsung Galaxy Note5 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus

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With the Galaxy Note5, Samsung vows to continue its ongoing crusade in the land of premium design, where it reserved itself a place with the snazzy Galaxy S6 and S6 edge earlier this year. Yet needless to say, there’s more to the brand new Galaxy Note handset. Similar to the previous installments in the Note lineup, the new S Pen-boasting device is quite the well-endowed gadget.

Truth is that the Note5 has one real enemy on the market, and it’s no other than the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. The latter is Apple’s first foray into phablet territory, and, judging from the company’s …

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Thunderstruck: AC/DC clue could identify first Ashley Madison hacker

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The identity of someone with intimate knowledge of the hack on Avid Life Media’s Ashley Madison website may be revealed thanks to a track by AC/DC, the Australian rock band famous for pioneering heavy metal and lead singer Angus Young’s school uniform stage outfit. What has this to do with the highly damaging leak of the Ashley Madison customer database? In a press conference this week the Toronto police department investigating the attack revealed a previously unknown fact about the day the company was breached. Acting staff superintendent Bryce Evans said that when Ashley Madison staff logged on to their PCs on 12 July, they were greeted with the hackers’ manifesto accompanied by the song Thunderstruck by AC/DC. While this may not seem particularly significant, it did strike a chord with the investigative journalist who broke the Ashley Madison story in July. Following the press conference Brian Krebs remembered a mysterious Twitter account he had encountered soon after he published his exclusive story last month. Within hours of Krebs publishing his exclusive story on 19 July, the Thadeus Zu account tweeted a link to the Ashley Madison source code, the same cache of data that had been confidentially shared with […]

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Candy Crush Saga adds 15 ice cream-based levels in latest update

Who doesn’t enjoy ice cream? The folks at publisher King know that most folks love that treat and have added 15 new ice cream-based levels to the popular puzzle-based game Candy Crush Saga for Windows Phone and Windows 10.

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Apple iPhone 6s prices surface: no change, 16/64/128GB versions confirmed

The prices for the upcoming Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have leaked out and there are no surprises: it is the same pricing model that Apple has been using in years past. 

What’s a bit more interesting is that this latest leak once again reiterates that there will be three versions of each iPhone: one with 16GB of internal storage, a 64GB model and a 128GB version.
With this in mind, let’s get right to the pricing:
iPhone 6S
iPhone 6S (Space Grey) 16GB/64GB/128GB (€699/€799/€899)
iPhone 6S …

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Japan PM Abe Requests Investigation Of U.S. NSA Spying

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The NSA spy scandal, based on a trove of secret documents brought to light by ex-intelligence contractor, whistleblower and American hero Edward Snowden, simply will not go away. In the latest ramification from the leaks, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked President Obama to fully investigate alleged spying by the U.S. National Security Agency on Japan in a phone call on Wednesday, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. Several secret NSA documents posted online by WikiLeaks a few weeks ago provided strong proof that multiple conversations involving Japanese government officials, high-level central bank employees and major Japanese firms had been secretly recorded by the NSA. Suga noted that President Obama had made an apology in the Wednesday morning phone call, saying he was sorry that the issue has become a problem for Abe and the Japanese government. In describing the phone call between the two leaders, Suga said that Abe replied that ties between Japan and the U.S. would be damaged if the leaked documents prove to be true. Suga also said that Abe requested that the United States investigate the case and expeditiously provide the results to Japan. Of note, and perhaps tellingly, Suga did not male it […]

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Leaked iPhone 6s packaging slip confirms name, and a 16 GB base model again

There will be many hardware upgrades with the upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets, but storage won’t be one of them, it seems. After spilled schematics confirmed that the iPhone 6s will still come in 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB versions, now a leaked iPhone 6s packaging comes to tell us the same story. 

A thing of equal importance, the packaging seems to confirm the “iPhone 6s” naming scheme, which jibes with Apple’s usual bi-annual upgrade cycle philosophy. Moreover, this titling got corroborated earlier today, when an alleged iPhone 6s Plus box …

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British hacker for Islamic State killed in U.S. drone strike in Syria: sources

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A British hacker who U.S. and European officials said became a top cyber expert for Islamic State in Syria has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, a U.S. source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. It was the second reported killing of a senior Islamic State figure in the last eight days after the group’s second-in-command was killed in a U.S. air strike in Iraq on Aug. 18. The source indicated that the U.S. Defense Department was likely involved in the drone strike that killed British hacker Junaid Hussain, a former Birmingham, England, resident. A CSO Online report said the strike took place on Tuesday near Raqqa, Syria. Hussain, 21, moved to Syria sometime in the last two years. U.S. and European government sources told Reuters earlier this year that they believed Hussain was the leader of CyberCaliphate, a hacking group which in January attacked a Twitter account belonging to the Pentagon, though the sources said they did not know if he was personally involved. While the American sources said they were confident he was killed in the strike, some people disputed that view. Two Twitter accounts that U.S. intelligence experts say are connected to Islamic State reported […]

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