Apple Loses Half $ Billion Patent Case to Small Texas Firm
Author: John Duckgeischel on February 26, 2015 - 12:02 AM
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A federal jury favorable decision in a patent case toward a small Texas firm named Smartflash may end up costing Apple $532.9 million.  For its part, Apple is already making plans to appeal the decision.  Smartflash is a little known company that licenses seven patents, although the company does not make any products.  The jury determined that Apple infringed upon three patents owned by Smartflash, and did not agree with the Apple legal team that the patents were invalid. “Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented,” stated Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman. “We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system.”
 
Gemalto Chip Maker Investigates Possible U.S. & British Intelligence Hacking
Author: John Duckgeischel on February 22, 2015 - 10:48 PM
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A French-Dutch digital security company stated Friday that it was taking steps to investigate a possible a possible hack by U.S. and British intelligence which would open global mobile phone communications.   News reports surface on Thursday that hacking by the United States National Security Agency (NSA)  U.S .and Government Communications Headquarters in Britain had stolen the companies SIM card encryption codes.


 
What About “The Dropbox Problem”
Author: Michael Osterman on February 19, 2015 - 10:08 PM
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“The Dropbox problem” is the term applied to the widespread and problematic use of consumer-focused file sync and share tools that was popularized by Dropbox, the most commonly used tool in this space. In fact, a search for “the Dropbox problem” in Google returns nearly 4,000 results.

To be fair, however, there are a large and growing number of tools similar to Dropbox that are offered by a wide variety of cloud providers. Moreover, most of these tools work as advertised – most provide users with several gigabytes of cloud storage and allow them to synchronize any file across all of their desktop, laptop and mobile platforms automatically.


 
Apple Readies Electric Car for 2020 Launch
Author: John Duckgeischel on February 19, 2015 - 9:59 PM
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According to a Bloomberg report, the Cupertino, California company is pushing its development team to prepare for a production version of its electric car by 2020.  It is estimated that Apple currently has about 200 employees dedicated towards building the company’s first electric car. Apple has been hiring notable talented individuals such as Johann Jungwirth, former CEO of Mercedes-Benz R&D North America. Meanwhile Massachusetts battery maker A123 System has filed a lawsuit that claims that  "Apple is currently developing a large-scale battery division to compete in the very same field as A123."  Elon Musk has acknowledged holding meetings with Apple, but did not disclose if they involved acquisition talks.
 
Equation espionage group mimics NSA Techniques
Author: John Duckgeischel on February 17, 2015 - 9:23 PM
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A Kaspersky Lab report that came out on Monday stated that tools utilized by the “Equation” group uses NSA-like cyberespionage techniques to go after key targets in Russia, Iran, Afganistan, China, India and Pakistan.   The targets include major institutions in telecommunications, government, embassies, research institutes and the military. The malware used is able to reprogram the hard drive’s firmware creating hidden sectors on the drive that are only accessible through a secret API.  "Theoretically, we were aware of this possibility, but as far as I know this is the only case ever that we have seen of an attacker having such an incredibly advanced capability," stated Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab's global research and analysis team, on a Monday phone interview.   The drives made by Seagate, Western Digital, Hitachi, Samsung and Toshiba can be modified by using the “Equationdrug” and “Grayfish” hard disk malware platforms.
 
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