Friday, February 28, 2014

Google's "Project Macaw": A cell phone for Lego fans - STERN.DE

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K using the camera to bad memory too small, rechargeable battery to weak? That meant mostly been: A new smartphone must be found. But Google wants to change that. As the magazine “Time” reports, the Group is working on a smartphone for mating. Its individual components are easy to replace easily, like a Lego kit -. Equal without the entire unit must be sent in retirement

The smartphone will come on the market in early 2015, a working prototype will be ready in a few weeks, according to “The Verge”. The idea comes from the mobile phone maker Motorola, which Google has actually sold long since. “Project Macaw” but remained in the Group and is now being developed by the same department as the 3D scanner phone codenamed “Tango”.


Low entry, expensive upgrades

The basic version of the “Ara” is only $ 50 cost (the equivalent of about 36 euros), but only a WLAN receiver is included. The ability to go Internet via mobile phones, there is only an upgrade. This is exactly what Google is: That the user with growing needs – and if his budget allows – the smartphone to ever new modules added. And so might end up spending more money than for a fully equipped from the outset device.

The so-called endoskeleton of the “Ara” will be available in three sizes: mini, medium and jumbo. This core is nothing more than an aluminum frame with circuits and slots, to which all other modules are mounted. From the display of the processor and battery up to the camera. In the medium variant, which corresponds to about the size of a conventional smartphones, will be space for ten components.


For Economical and hobbyists

critics always kept the modular phone for a fantasy, because it breaks with the principle to pack as many components of a smartphone on the narrowest possible space. However, Google now wants to make apparently serious about the idea. At a developer conference in April, new details announced and the prototype are shown. With its low entry price targets the “Ara” primarily to customers with little money, for example in developing countries. But even hobbyists are likely to have on the phone blocks their joy.

Digital Currency: Bitcoin Chaos: World's largest stock exchange Mt.Gox is broke - ABC Online

It had already become apparent: Earlier this week, is Mt.Gox disappeared from the Internet. Now the oldest Bitcoin Stock Exchange reported, according to media reports to the bankruptcy. Users tremble now to their credit.

The largest trade platform for the digital currency Bitcoin, Mt.Gox, has filed for insolvency. Mt.Gox have debts of around 6.5 billion yen (approximately 46 million euros), it said on Friday at a press conference in Tokyo, as the Japanese news agency Kyodo reported. Rumors of a bankruptcy appear to have been confirmed. Also, stay the speculation about a gigantic theft of client funds exist.

Bitcoin Stock Exchange had previously discontinued until further operation. Since the beginning of February, investors no longer come to their stored there deposits. On Tuesday morning Mt.Gox had suddenly disappeared from the Internet. At the web address www.mtgox.com appeared in the meantime only a blank white page. Then released CEO Mark Karpeles there a few lines in which he promised to work on a solution and denied rumors of a flight from Japan.


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Bitcoins, also referred to as “hacking currency” has been around since 2009. They are generated in complex computing processes on the users’ computers, but can also be purchased on the internet with established currencies such as the dollar or euro. They are primarily for payments on the Internet to use. Last year the course was temporarily risen above $ 1,000 per Bitcoin. Finally, the price was quoted at $ 570. The closure of Mt.Gox crashed the currency in a crisis of confidence.

users of Mt.Gox fear all the more for their money, as well as rumors of a scam that should have taken place over the years on the page do not tear. According to a paper published on the Internet may have disappeared to the current value of over 300 million dollars more than 740,000 Bitcoins. In a chat log, which published, among others, “Fox Business” Karpeles had acknowledged that the document was “more or less” serious.


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in Japan have already been initiated investigations into Mt.Gox. “The government will take action if necessary, once we have analyzed the situation,” a government official said on Wednesday. According to “Wall Street Journal” investigate the case and U.S. authorities. U.S. federal prosecutors in New York are said to have requested subpoena documents from the company.

The new Fed chief Janet Yellen considers it difficult to exert control over the ailing digital currency Bitcoin. The Fed had no authority to regulate, Yellen said on Thursday evening before the Banking Committee of the U.S. Senate. She called the Bitcoin as an innovation, the abspiele outside the banking sector. It is but appropriate that the U.S. Congress dealing with legal questions about digital currencies.


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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Incident at ISS outdoor use - Almost drowned in the universe - Süddeutsche.de

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Because his helmet full of water ran, the Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano almost drowned during a space walk. An investigation shows that NASA knew of a defect – and ignored the warning signs

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a hair the European Astronaut Luca Parmitano would come last year killed when his space suit slowly filled with water. But the near-disaster could have been avoided – if engineers had not ignored warning signs earlier. This is the conclusion an investigation report that the U.S. space agency Nasa has published on Wednesday.

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had already Parmitano 44 minutes outside the International Space Station ISS stopped , when he noticed fluid on the back of his head. The ground crew came from a malfunction of the drinking bag – a supposedly well-known problem, which had never had worse consequences. Parmitano went on unfazed. When, however, more and more fluid accumulated in the helmet, the ground control to cancel the exit decided.

At this time, had the water that wafts in zero gravity in large bubbles in the space suit around, already placed over Parmitanos nose, mouth, ears and eyes. The Italians started having problems breathing, he was only able to shimmy blind to the airlock back, his radio link had dropouts. Inside the station, the other astronauts had Parmitano rid as soon as possible from his broken suit. Video images of Nasa showed a clearly battered astronauts.


one and a half liters of water in the helmet

“Of all the problems that have been encountered in field work, which was probably the most serious,” said Christopher Hansen, ISS, chief technical officer at NASA and Director of the Committee of Inquiry. “I’m at least aware of any other incidents, one of which ran a similar great danger.” Together with four colleagues Hansen presented the preliminary results of its investigation on Wednesday. The 222 page report provides the Nasa no good report.

Clogged holes in the pump system the water-cooled space suit led, therefore, to the fact that the fluid could not drain. They dammed up, went into a ventilation system and escaped to the interior of the suit and at the end of Parmitanos exit had 1.5 gallons of water accumulated in the helmet. Hansen admits that the problem was unexpected and difficult to detect. Even the investigating committee took weeks to determine the cause of the leakage.

is unforgivable in the eyes of the chief investigator, however, that the same problem had previously occurred one week at a previous use Parmitanos and largely ignored. Even then complained about the astronaut suit in the water, and already there it had the ground crew pushed on problems with the water bladder: Small amounts of liquid were simply considered normal. An official troubleshooting failed to materialize. This would only have meant that the regular experimentation would be left lying on the space station, they also had the ground crew brought a lot of bureaucratic work

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“It is on the one hand saying that the water bladder has been considered by the teams as the most likely source of error,” said William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s director of human spaceflight. “But just when we are familiar with systems we have to always dig deeper and deeper for possible mistakes.” His boss, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, is more explicit: In a letter to employees he laments the lack of safety culture, which has contributed to the incident. “In our exuberance to do the job, we have minor irregularities seems to be acceptable,” he writes. “But we have an obligation to never tick unusual situations before we have not fully understood and prevent future.”

Exactly this behavior had already conducted several times in the history of NASA to disasters -. least eleven years ago, when problems with the heat shield of the shuttle were ignored and led to the crash of the space shuttle Columbia

the actual cause of Parmitanos problem is not fully understood. Still can not tell where the aluminum silicate came that has clogged the holes in the suit, the U.S. space agency. No later than July when the next exit coming up, NASA engineers want to have however clarified this question. Then the German astronaut Alexander Gerst will be on board the ISS most likely already currently training for his first outdoor use.


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Stiftung Warentest tested Notice: WhatsApp alternatives in the test - n-tv.de NEWS

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Threema is the safest WhatsApp alternative. Threema is the safest WhatsApp alternative (Photo: rts / kwe).

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After Facebook WhatsApp has bought, many users are looking for the messenger a replacement. There are many offers, but which service is really safe? Stiftung Warentest checked WhatsApp and known alternatives and come to a clear conclusion.

Even before the sale to Facebook, there were good reasons to be cautious in the use of WhatsApp or not to pass up. So encryption is insufficient and the complete customer address books are synchronized on U.S. servers. But there has been no real mood for change, simply because almost all use WhatsApp and there is little help to install a messenger, no one communicates via the. Alternatives could prevail only in small groups, no app reached the critical mass to as Whatsapp to be self-perpetuating.

But the reluctance of many users against Facebook could now change everything. WhatsApp competitors shoot in the download charts at the top, among colleagues and in schoolyards is discussed about possible exchange candidates. But before one comes from bad to worse, one should look at not only their features and design closely.

Stiftung Warentest has four popular WhatsApp Alternatives considered accurate and checked as carefully the Messenger handle the data of their users, which betray the Terms and Conditions and how transparent the functioning of the apps.

WhatsApp without Facebook “very critical”

the privacy of WhatsApp even Stiftung Warentest rated as “very critical”. The Messenger does not end encryption on transfers your contacts without asking and gives phone numbers to third parties. WhatsApp allows to change the Terms at any time disclose information to law enforcement – to notify without the users thereof. The programming of the app is not transparent (open source), so the tester could not determine what further information they may transfer information in encrypted form. You can but – as with all test candidates – exclude that WhatsApp more data communicates unencrypted

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from Japan derived Line is also classified as “highly critical,” although Directory entries are transferred with the consent of the user and the app can also be used without this information. The service does not provide end-to-end encryption, the provider could therefore read along chats. The Android app sends the serial number unencrypted to a third party, the iPhone app sends in older iOS versions are not modifiable WLAN address in encrypted form to the provider. The line-Conditions are subject to change at any time without having to inform users and the code is not open source.


Blackberry but not a security expert?

“very critical” estimate the testers also data protection for BlackBerrys BBM . The tester could not determine whether an end encryption exists. At least the iOS version transfers data partially unencrypted, are first and last name to any third party and sent in encrypted form, the email addresses of the users. The Android app transmits encrypted user name and password, first and last name, date of birth, country of origin, the email address and security question and its answer. Positives: The Messenger is also used when the user does not agree to the reading of his address book

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In the Conditions, the Canadian company to combine the information collected via the messenger with the knowledge about the user from other sources is allowed. In this way, the company can create accurate personality profiles and tailor advertising specifically to the users. The right to forward data to third parties is very spacious. Blackberry leaves which information must pass it to whom.


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The Russian Telegram recorded in recent days record growth and is currently probably the most popular WhatsApp replacement. The testers evaluate the Messenger Line and slightly better than BlackBerry, judge dealing with the Privacy Policy of telegrams but still considered “critical”. While offering the app to request an end-to-end encryption, but it saves without asking all the contacts and in the Conditions of missing an Imprint and a contact address for privacy questions. As the only test candidate Telegram is at least partially open, Stiftung Warentest not a complete analysis of the data transmission was nevertheless possible.

The clear winner of the test is made in Switzerland. Threema provides a very good, solid encryption and address books are used only on the user’s request for adjustment. Are stored in this case, no real names, but pseudonyms. Anyone who wants can add IDs other Threema users only manually. The only limitation of Stiftung Warentest: Since Threema is not open source, the tester can not exclude that data is encrypted. Although the app next WhatsApp is in the test field is the only paid Messenger. The price for so much security, however, is relatively low. The Android app costs just 1.60 euros, the iOS App 1,79 EUR.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"Kepler" discovered 715 planets - Frankfurter Rundschau

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The space telescope ‘Kepler’ has discovered 715 new planets. Photo: NASA / dpa

The space telescope ‘Kepler’ has indeed set the service for a good six months, but the data are only gradually analyzed. 715 planets around 305 stars, the researchers have now discovered data using the “Kepler”, on four of the planets could exist liquid water.

Nasa space telescope ‘Kepler’ has discovered more than 700 planets around other stars. It is the largest planet discovery of the story of how the U.S. space agency announced in its Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, on Wednesday. Thus, the number of so-called exoplanets known rises to around the 1700s.

Overall, the “Kepler” researchers confirmed 715 previously unknown planet at 305 stars, as NASA planetary scientist Jack Lissauer reported. 94 percent of the newly discovered planets are smaller than Neptune, four planets orbiting their star in the so-called habitable zone where liquid water could exist. Signs of life, the researchers have not found there.

The Fund was possible to be quickly confirmed by a new analysis technique, with the planetary candidates. The planet hunters “Kepler” was launched in March 2009 and had searched around for four years almost 200 000 stars in the constellation Cygnus for planets. Middle of last year failed one part of the control of the telescope and the observation has ceased operations. The “Kepler” data are not completely evaluated. (AP)

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This handout artist conception provided by NASA Depicts multiple-transiting planet system, Which are stars with more than one planet. The planets eclipse or transit Their hoststar from the vantage point of the observer. This angle is called edge-on. Our galaxy is looking far more crowded as NASA Wednesday confirmed a bonanza of 715 newly Discovered planets circling stars other than our sun. Four Of Those new planets are in the habitable zones where it is not too hot or not cold. NASA's Kepler planet-hunting telescope nearly doubled the number of planets scientists have Discovered in the galaxy, pushing the figure to about 1,700. Twenty years ago, astronomers had not found any planets outside our solar System. (AP Photo / NASA)

Nasa telescope ‘Kepler’ discovered 715 new planet It is the express most extensive planetary Fund of the story: With the help of the space telescope ‘Kepler’ the space agency Nasa has discovered more than 700 new planets

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It is the largest planet Fund of the story: With the help of the space telescope ‘Kepler’ the space agency Nasa has discovered more than 700 new planets

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Nasa space telescope ‘Kepler’ has discovered more than 700 planets around other stars. It is the largest planet discovery of the story of how the U.S. space agency announced in its Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, on Wednesday. Thus, the number of so-called exoplanets known rises to around the 1700s.

Overall, the “Kepler” researchers confirmed 715 previously unknown planet at 305 stars, as NASA planetary scientist Jack Lissauer reported. 94 percent of the newly discovered planets are smaller than Neptune, four planets orbiting their star in the so-called habitable zone where liquid water could exist. Signs of life, the researchers have not found there.

The Fund was possible to be quickly confirmed by a new analysis technique, with the planetary candidates. The planet hunters “Kepler” was launched in March 2009 and had searched around for four years almost 200 000 stars in the constellation Cygnus for planets. Middle of last year failed one part of the control of the telescope and the observation has ceased operations. The “Kepler” data are not completely evaluated.

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Physics: the quantum droplets - TIME ONLINE

A newly discovered “quasiparticles” shows how physics has become the spiritual science

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anything’s different in the quantum world. At the lowest level of physical scale, where dissolve seemingly entrenched objects into atoms and subatomic particles, crumble many ideas cherished. The supposedly solid “building blocks of matter” turn out to be shadowy structure, half wave, half particles which may be present in multiple places at once. Their properties can not be more clearly describe, but only capture probabilities. The atoms themselves are mostly empty space. Even the so-called reality is by no means clear, but shows – depending on the type of observation – sometimes this and sometimes that face. In short: the very basis of our material world image is anything but stable

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Given such shaky conditions it is not surprising that physicists already cheer when they have just discovered a new “quasi-particles” (quasi, according to Duden, “as it were, in a sense, as good as”). This week, such a pseudo nature is celebrated on the cover of the magazine Nature : From now onwards, the “Dropleton” the physical vocabulary, an object that represents the properties of a liquid droplet (English: droplet ) and at the same time obeys the typical laws of the quantum world (and therefore as a real electron, neutron or muon gets the suffix-on). For the first time physicists from Marburg and Boulder have described in the U.S. state of Colorado this Dropleton.

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Like most residents of the bizarre particle zoo is the “quantum droplets” an extremely volatile structure. Its typical lifetime is 25 billionths of a second, its size corresponds to about 2.000 times of a single hydrogen atom. However, the Dropleton is also no real particles, but only a temporary merger of five negatively charged electrons and five positive “electron holes” – which energetically similar but behaves like a “real” elementary

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That sounds as bizarre as it is in truth also. For a correct explanation would require the Dropleton a longer excursion into the semiconductor physics, because the quantum droplets arises only when the semiconductor material gallium arsenide is bombarded with high-energy, pulsed laser light.

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may help the understanding a comparison from the world of financial fraud. Because there is nothing unusual if a few negatively charged Fieslinge willing zeros around himself, to form a seemingly stable union. In bright pulsating light of the public, it may look as if it were a legitimate unit, even if actually behind it only a quasi-like shell company with no real substance. Also, such structures a certain fluidity and intangibility is often its own. Nevertheless, they can briefly develop substantial energy.

Important difference: The Dropleton has – unlike a letter box – no foreseeable practical use. “No one will build any quantum droplet whatnot,” says the physicist Steven Cundiff clear with gratifying clarity. The value of the discovery is currently alone in a better understanding of optoelectronic processes.

the Dropleton is a strong evidence for the hypothesis that the particle is the true spiritual science of our time: they treated volatile things that do not actually exist, are free of any practical use, and only enrich our intellectual imagination. How beautiful!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"Video not available in your country": Gema-naming prohibited: YouTube ... - ABC Online

Gema has successfully fought against the practice of YouTube to make the collecting society for closures of videos on the internet video platform jointly responsible. The District Court of Munich I forbade YouTube to continue using formulations which both expressly advised of the Gema. The YouTube parent Google announced that it would study the ruling now exactly. Yet the verdict of the Munich judge is not final.

mostly with sentences like “This video is not available in your country” initiated barrier panels were extremely annoying for many users of the platform. According to the Gema they aroused at the same time the impression that the Gema Auto-lock the videos. This is wrong. The judges gave the recycling company based in Munich right. In the verdict, the judge states, inter alia, the lyrics were “incomplete and misleading.”


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The average user understand the instructions so that the Gema could for the locked Videos indeed grant rights, but does not do. “This statement is objectively false but in this sobriety,” the judges. “For nearly three years, YouTube leads the public with these locking plates astray and influenced unlawful public opinion on one side at the expense of Gema,” said Gema CEO Harald Heker.

A Google spokesman said: “We need to examine the reasons for the judgment, before we can make a decision about what to do next.” It is also still unclear how YouTube will apply the ruling technically and whether the group is appealing

Gema requires just 0.4 cents per call

the dispute before the Munich District Court for years running dispute had gone into another round. Google and the Gema, which represents about copyrights of composers or lyricists in Germany, can already since 2009 unable to agree on a minimum remuneration for videos on YouTube, after a preliminary contract expired. The collecting society wants to 0.375 cents per call. Google declined the call from the past.

From the perspective of Gema would have to pay compensation to the Group, as he erwirtschafte advertising revenues with the music in videos. Beginning of February YouTube stresses to be more interested in an agreement with the Gema. In the interrupted negotiations since December, they had already agreed in principle to the level of so-called compensation rule, a spokeswoman said at the time. It will specify, which must pay fixed percentage of net sales to the YouTube Gema if it is due to the use of the musical pieces.


damages of 1.6 million euros required

YouTube and Gema are involved in various legal disputes. Thus, calls for the development company 1.6 million euros in damages in a suit to the arbitration board at the German Patent and Trademark Office. The latest point of contention was the lock panels.

early February the YouTube spokeswoman had said the company would lock songs because the Gema have for a multi-longs and their companies do not have access to a list of the GEMA repertoire and otherwise a great legal and financial risk eingehe .

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“This video is not available in your country”: This phrase not only annoys many Youtube users, but also the Gema. Because for many it sounds as if the lock collecting society even the videos. The Gema has resisted – and won an important stage victory

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Time and again, Youtube and Gema are (Society for musical performing and mechanical reproduction rights) against in court. The Gema has now successfully defended against the practice of Youtube to make the collecting society for closures of videos on the internet video platform jointly responsible. The District Court of Munich I forbade Youtube to continue using formulations which both expressly advised of the Gema.

mostly with sentences like “This video is not available in your country” initiated barrier panels were extremely annoying for many users of the platform. According to the Gema they aroused at the same time the impression that the Gema Auto-lock the videos. This is wrong. The judges gave the recycling company based in Munich right. In the court’s opinion states, inter alia, the lyrics were “incomplete and misleading.”

The average user understand the instructions so that the Gema could for the locked Videos indeed grant rights, but does not do. “This statement is objectively false but in this sobriety,” the judges. “For nearly three years Youtube leads the public with these locking plates astray and influenced unlawful public opinion on one side at the expense of Gema,” said Gema CEO Harald Heker.


dispute over minimum remuneration since 2009

The Youtube nut Google announced that it would examine the judgment carefully. Yet the verdict of the Munich judge is not final. A Google spokesman said: “We need to examine the reasons for the judgment, before we can make a decision about what to do next.” It is also still unclear how Youtube will apply the ruling technically and whether the consolidated appeals brought. With the dispute before the Munich District Court for years running dispute had gone into another round.

Google and Gema, which represents about copyrights of composers or lyricists in Germany, can been 2009 unable to agree on a minimum remuneration for videos on Youtube, after a preliminary contract expired. The collecting society wants 0,375 cents per call. Google declined the call from the past. From the perspective of Gema, the Group would have to pay fees, since he erwirtschafte with the music in video advertising revenues.

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Youtube, this is not the platform for nonsense and slapstick? In Germany, unfortunately, elsewhere, however, the page is a quick lively pop and cultural network real-time Museum. This shows a view of the blocked in Germany videos.

early February Youtube had stressed to continue to be interested in an agreement with the Gema. In the interrupted negotiations since December, they had already agreed in principle to the level of so-called compensation rule, a spokeswoman said at the time. It will specify what fixed proportion Youtube must pay from the net revenues of the Gema if it is due to the use of the musical pieces.

Youtube and Gema are involved in various legal disputes. So asks the collecting society 1.6 million euros in damages in a suit to the arbitration board at the German Patent and Trademark Office. The latest point of contention was the lock panels. In early February had said the company would lock songs because the Gema have for a multi-longs the YouTube spokeswoman. Your company has no insight into a list with the Gema repertoire and go otherwise a great legal and financial risk.

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Goto Fail: Apple closes security hole in Mac - TIME ONLINE

Apple has now fixed the SSL security hole in its operating system on your Mac. Users can now download a software update.

Apple Goto Fail vulnerability has closed in the Macintosh operating system by its own account. The error had allowed attackers to plug into supposedly secure SSL connections and to read their contents and manipulate. To fix the bug, Mac users need to apply a software update of Mac OS X 10.9.2, which is available now.

The security bug affects the current operating system Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. In older Mac OS X versions apparently the mistake was not. Previously, Apple had already released a patch for its mobile devices iPhone and iPad. There had been a similar vulnerability in the SSL system of the mobile operating system iOS.

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secure communication over SSL is used for example in online banking or used for payment at online stores and to protect the exchange of data from third parties. So far there is no information as to whether and to what extent the hole is actually exploited.

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about the origin of the bug is not yet known. The network is suspected, the vulnerability could have something to do with the NSA program Prism. The SSL bug first appeared in iOS 6.0, which was released in late September 2012. In October 2012 Apple has been added, according to a leaked NSA PowerPoint presentation to the Prism program.

Apple expert and blogger John Gruber lists five ways. At best, the NSA has not known about the vulnerability, in the worst case, the gap in agreement with Apple was placed in the source code. Gruber believes that while the NSA knew about the gap and abused her, the bow itself was not a deliberate leak. Google’s SSL expert Adam Lengley writes that he could be so in insufficient Code Review, that is an insufficient manual review of the source code, go back.

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"Goto fail": Mac OS X 10.9.2 eliminated SSL vulnerability - Heise Newsticker

The newly released OS X update to remove the serious SSL problem which makes encrypted connections vulnerable. Version 10.9.2 also brings minor improvements.

Apple Mac OS X 10.9.2 released – the fix can be purchased through the Mac App Store. It eliminates a fatal error while establishing SSL connections – the lack of validation steps were restored, writes the Mac maker

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  • SSL bug in Mac OS X
  • Security Update for iOS 6 and 7
  • The problem has existed since 10.9 allow an attacker on the same network itself encrypted connections, for example for online banking spy. A bug in Apple’s SSL implementation leads to OS X 10.9.1 to the fact that the Mac in the safe connection setup, the certificate of the other side is not verified, as the security researcher Stefan Esser said in an interview with Mac & i – a seated between client and server attacker can use this to spy on the connection and change it. In older Mac OS X versions apparently the error is not.

    Apple had the problem that also affects iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV, this past Friday with the updates to iOS 7.0.6 iOS 6.1.6 respectively (touch only for iPhone 3GS and iPod fourth generation) as well as the Apple TV software 6.0.2 fixed – users should install the appropriate updates necessarily. For developers who are already using the beta of iOS 7.1, still there is no update available.

    Further details on the origin and discovery of serious vulnerability that apparently existed in iOS for over a year, Apple did not mention so far.

    In the release notes for OS X 10.9.2 SSL vulnerability remains unmentioned
    OS X 10.9.2 can be purchased through the Mac App Store  Click to enlarge
    Mac OS X 10.9.2 provides in addition to the SSL Fix also some new features and bug fixes. So the update FaceTime audio calls and the user can allow unwanted FaceTime and iMessage caller block -. Both functions that have already been introduced with iOS 7 last fall

    addition, Safari should not have any more problems in the automatic form filling. An audio bug that could lead to distortions in the sound output has been fixed and VPN and SMB2 connections are more reliable. In addition, VoiceOver with the built-in OS X screen reader better in the Finder and navigate in Apple Mail.

    [Update 02.25.2014 20:00 clock] In addition to the SSL-gap OS X 10.9.2 eliminates a number of other vulnerabilities. For users of Mac OS X 10.8.5 and 10.7.5 Lion Mountain Lion a stand-alone security update 2014-001 is available for download. The updates stuff, among other vulnerabilities of Apache and PHP, and various ways to circumvent the app sandbox.

    Apple also has the root certificates updated and fixes multiple vulnerabilities in Core Animation, Core Text, Quick Look, QuickTime, and File Bookmark dispelled, may allow the execution of malicious code. Through a Secure Transport flaw, an attacker on OS X 10.8.5 Lion Mountain is sometimes able to decrypt SSL-encrypted data, writes Apple – the update should fix this

    version 10.9. .2 also includes Safari in new version 7.0.2 – the new version of the browser includes several vulnerabilities in WebKit, which may allow the injection of malicious code when calling a web page. Users of OS X 10.8.5 and 10.7.5 should Safari 6.0.2 upload, there is this gap, according to Apple also fixed.
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    Monday, February 24, 2014

    Galaxy S5 strong, but no surprise: Samsung plays it safe - n-tv.de NEWS

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    Monday 24 February 2014

    By Klaus Wedekind, Barcelona

    Samsung presents in Barcelona the highly anticipated Galaxy S5. The smartphone offers great technology and the expected fingerprint sensor. But can you wanting the device.

    No other upcoming smartphone at Mobile World Congress has been discussed so hot in advance how Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S 5. It should be quite different than its predecessor, offering a new design and maybe a metal housing. In fact, Samsung has introduced a great device, the very strong hardware and the supposed fingerprint sensor in the home button has. But overall, the S5, which will be on sale from April, only a logical development of the Galaxy S4.

    The SmartWatch Gear Fit is chic and sporty. The SmartWatch Gear Fit is chic and sporty.

    In particular, the expected new design can not offer Samsung. The Galaxy S5 looks a lot like its predecessor. However, it is 8.1 mm x greater with minimum 142 x 72.5 and shows a little more context to the 5.1-inch display, which is only 0.1 inches larger than the Galaxy S4. The resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is the same, whereby the again excellent AMOLED screen of the Galaxy S5 even has a lower dot density of 432 pixels. The back is made of plastic as usual. Samsung has but the shell matt fluted, which it feels better than the greasy piano finish of the Galaxy S4. Samsung will offer the device in black, white, blue and gold.

    As previously circulated, the Galaxy S5 like Sony’s Xperia-Z devices is actually waterproof and dustproof. Since this prediction was true, could also agree that Samsung in the coming months actually still subsequently files a larger premium model with metal back. The robust design of the Galaxy S5, however, has serious consequences: With 145 grams brings Samsung’s new flagship 15 grams more than its predecessor on the scale. However, the stronger battery may have contributed to weight gain. It has a capacity of 2800 mAh, 200 more than the battery of its predecessor. A particularly effective saving mode to extend the battery life in addition.


    amateur photographers can rejoice

    The fingerprint sensor on the Home button can by its design not be as comfortable to use. But apparently Samsung has brought out the best in no time the device is unlocked, when stroking over the sensor and delays or malfunctions seem to be rare. The front nose has Samsung in the functions of the scanner. So you can assign a finger safe mode where private data and apps to be protected. In addition, you can complete fingerprint Paypal payments.

    Samsung yet another additional sensor is placed in the housing. On the back sitting next to the LED flash a heart rate monitor that supports together with the health app S Health users in fitness programs. We Also Samsung has introduced in addition to the Smart Watches Gear 2 and Gear Neo the Gear Fit, which has a slightly curved, narrow display and much sportier looks than the normal Gear models. The Gear Fit weighs only 27 grams, because it is completely made of plastic.

    A highlight of the Galaxy S5 is likely to be the 16-megapixel camera, but tests have yet to confirm. According to Samsung, the autofocus has fixed his goal after just 0.3 seconds and the display will show in the HDR mode, a real-time preview – which may otherwise no smartphone camera. As usual with Samsung, the photo app is excellent and provides for hobby photographers plenty of filters and settings. Is almost taken for granted that the camera can record video in 4K resolution.


    Probably the best Android Smartphone

    Who wants to buy the most powerful of all new smartphones, is likely to be disappointed with the Galaxy S5 in any case. Samsung has built the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 latest high-performance engine, expect the four cores up to 2.5 GHz. The processor can access two gigabytes of RAM, the internal memory is 16 or 32 gigabytes in size, which can be replenished by microSD cards. Like the Galaxy Note 3, the S5 for high-speed data transfer USB 3.0 port – beautiful is not, but very effective. Even otherwise, the unit offers everything you may expect from a flagship smartphone.

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    something Samsung is discouraged or not consistently gone in the new interface Sense to work. Much of the Koreans have purified and design and functionality are extremely successful, but especially on the home screen, Samsung could not quite separate from the playful, old Touchwiz.

    All in all, the Galaxy S5 again one of the best Android smartphones – possibly the best. The slight disappointment stems perhaps from the fact that the expectations were too high. But probably it is for a manufacturer anything but simple, a completely new approach to go or they do only to be found. The risk to fail with a radically altered design, Samsung was probably just too high. But maybe that was not the only Galaxy S5, what was presented.

    Source: n-tv.de