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Google Details September Patches to Fix Dozens of Bugs, Includes Oreo

Google Details September Patches to Fix Dozens of Bugs, Includes Oreo

Google has announced that it will be addressing several issues on Android, the Linux kernel, Broadcom, Qualcomm, and MediaTek components in this month’s patch. The patch will also address a severe issue with Android’s media framework which has a total of 24 vulnerabilities, 10 of which are critical. Android Oreo is currently affected by 11 of these bugs which Google reveals, has not yet been exploited. Nexus and Pixel devices will also receive the patch which will be included in the Oreo upgrade. The fixes will also address Broadcom’s WiFi driver, and Qualcomm’s drivers and libraries.   Source: ZDNet

Patients with Abbott Pacemakers Urged to Visit Doctor for Security Update     

Patients with Abbott Pacemakers Urged to Visit Doctor for Security Update     

A new security update has been release for pacemakers made by Abbot, formerly St. Jude’s Medical. The update will address three vulnerabilities that can be exploited by attackers to interfere with the function of the device. The security update was detailed in an alert by the Department of Homeland Security’s CERT team. The vulnerabilities were identified by MedSec, a security company that Abbott had previously sued. The flaws however, are very difficult to exploit, according to US Cert. Patients with the following pacemakers are advised to go to their doctor to get the update: Accent, Anthem, Accent MRI, Accent ST, […]

Adobe Campaign May Soon Harness AI Power

Adobe Campaign May Soon Harness AI Power

A tech publication source reported that Adobe is planning to use machine learning-powered features to all of their products, including email marketing tool Adobe Campaign. Though nothing has been confirmed, it has been revealed that Adobe’s Sensei AI platform will make Campaign capable of suggesting the best subject lines or the right image to use on the right person. Adobe Campaign will also have a number of predictive features such as determining user churn based on engagement, predicting when a customer is likely to unsubscribe from a service, and creating an accurate user profile. Source: TechCrunch

Pivotal, VMware, Google Joins on Containerization Project

Pivotal, VMware, Google Joins on Containerization Project

Pivotal, VMware and Google have recently announced a joint effort on a containerization project that promises to simplify the creation, deployment and management of container projects at scale. Tech website TechCrunch outlined the participation of each company to the project, which will include a set of open-source products. They expect that Google will be contributing container orchestration tool Kubernetes, Pivotal will bring the Cloud Foundry platform, while VMware will provide the management layer. The product of the project is scheduled to be available sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.    Source: TechCrunch

Voice Activated Assistants Can be Attacked Using ‘Mangled Words’

Voice Activated Assistants Can be Attacked Using ‘Mangled Words’

Earlier this week, Princeton University researchers have found that voice activated assistants such as Amazon Echo and Google Assistant can be controlled using inaudible commands. It was previously explained in a 2015 paper that the assistants can be activated using voice commands that sound similar to the original activation word or phrase. However, it is a mode of attack that can draw attention. In their paper entitled “Inaudible Voice Commands”, the researchers have found a way to activate the device with sounds that people cannot hear. The study was able to achieve a 100% success rate with an Android phone […]

Users May Soon be Able to Permanently Mute Audio on Annoying Websites on Chrome

Users May Soon be Able to Permanently Mute Audio on Annoying Websites on Chrome

Reports say that the Google Chrome team is currently testing a feature that will allow users to mute audio permanently on websites of their choosing. The feature is currently only available in Chrome Canary, and it is uncertain if and when it will be included in stable builds. It is also not available by default. To enable it, open the properties of Google Canary and in the Target Field, add “–enable-features=SoundContentSetting” then save the changes. After these steps, the option to mute website audio should be available by clicking on the exclamation button to the left of the URL. Source: […]

Microsoft to Stop Pushing Updates on German Users

Microsoft to Stop Pushing Updates on German Users

Last Monday, Germany’s Baden-Würtenberg consumer rights center announced that Microsoft has admitted to wrongdoing with regards to pushing large amounts of upgrade data on its users. The 18-month legal battle started when Baden-Würtenberg began investigating the tech giant due to complaints from German users and organizations who said that their storages were unnecessarily being filled with 6GB worth of Windows 10 upgrade. A number of other complaints were filed against Microsoft, including breaking user privacy and not giving users the option to disable the download process. Baden-Würtenberg added that Microsoft purposely dragged out the investigation which could have otherwise been […]

Android Oreo Introduces Per-App Permissions Feature for Better Security

Android Oreo Introduces Per-App Permissions Feature for Better Security

The latest version of the Android OS now uses a more secure procedure when installing third-party apps, thus protecting the device from possible malicious app activity.   In the previous Android versions, users were given an option to ‘Install from unknown sources’. However, this feature did not protect the device from malicious installations even when activated. Google has opted to drop the procedure in Android 8.0, where users will now need to grant permissions to apps individually. Experts say that the new feature should help prevent an ‘all or nothing’ permission scenario that increases the likelihood of hostile takeovers. Source: […]

Spanish Researchers Develop Technology That Can Spot Pirated, Forged Images

Spanish Researchers Develop Technology That Can Spot Pirated, Forged Images

Researchers from the Barcelona’s Universitat Oberta de Catalunya are currently developing a watermarking system that can help identify doctored video and images. Mehdi Fallahpour and David Megías of the Kriptography and Information Security for Open Networks (KISON) group has revealed that their method can embed more information per second compared to similar existing technologies. However, what makes it groundbreaking is its reversibility, which allows the media to be restored to its original state. Yolanda Pena, a digital-rights lawyer says that while the technology will be a big help in determining fraudulent use of digital content should copyright owners want to […]

Taxi-hailing Smartphone App Now Available in Manila

Taxi-hailing Smartphone App Now Available in Manila

A taxi booking app similar to Uber and Grab has been launched last week for use in areas around Metro Manila. The app called “MiCab” was developed in Cebu by developer Eddie Ybanez, where it is already being used by around 600 accredited taxis. The Micab company says that the main advantage their app has over the competition is that it doesn’t have a surge pricing scheme. Micab also features a proprietary communication system that allows the passenger and driver to communicate in real time, in addition a customer support ticketing system, credit/debit payment options, and a rider reward system. […]