Author: Chinmoy Kanjilal Google Profile for Chinmoy Kanjilal
Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. He rants occasionally at Techarraz.com. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.

Chinmoy Kanjilal has written and can be contacted at chinmoy@techie-buzz.com.
PengPod Brings a true Linux Tablet with Dual Boot

This dual boot tablet is powered by an ARM Cortex A8 processor and has a MALI 400 GPU with OpenGL support. It runs on an 800 MHz DDR3 RAM extendable up to 1 GB.

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Freebsd-logo

Although the rogue developer had no access to the FreeBSD base systems, he did have access enough to compromise the third party packages. FreeBSD.org is conducting security audits and will come out with news of possible breaches if any.

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user data

If the Government wants user data so badly, there has to be proper accountability. This is exactly the kind of big-brother surveillance that people resent, and guess what! It has never been easier for the Governments, with all these online services curating more data than ever available earlier.

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patent-troll

Spangenberg has over 247 companies, that do nothing other than owning certain patents and filing lawsuits, but this SSL patent has to be the golden goose. The patent has already faced re-examination once but has not been revoked.

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adobe-reader-security-flaw

The exploit works on Microsoft Windows, and starts only after the user closes his web-browser or Reader application. For now, it would be safer to switch to an alternative to Adobe Reader.

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Of Voting Machines and Accurate Miscalibrations

There are three manufacturers involved in making voting machines for this election, and one of them has links to Bain Capital, which has links to Romney. However, this is not the first incident of voting machines behaving badly.

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mega-megaupload

Besides Megaupload, Dotcom also launched a music service called MegaBox, back in July. Dotcom is having a busy after his arrest, and perhaps this arrest has provided his Megaupload business the much needed reboot.

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live-tiles

A company called SurfCast that claims to design operating systems is suing Microsoft for the use of Live Tiles.

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hsbc-bank

Although the data breach took place last Saturday, HSBC Bank did not report it before this Tuesday. As remedial measures, HSBC Bank is offering one year of subscription to ITAC Sentinel.

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google-play-logo

I am not very pleased with the prospects of Play Store reaching 700,00 apps even if it did. Google needs to put better quality control in place for the Play Store, something that Apple has perfected over the years.

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RapidShare

RapidShare has been responsible in its dealing with copyright owners. It will be interesting to see what alternative measures it implements to curb piracy, after lifting off the download-speed cap.

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trend-micro

Clearly, the openness and regulation free nature of the Android platform is taking a toll on security. Android developers need to address this issue and come up with a secure solution.

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uds-valve-ubuntu

The summit has started today, and it is a four-day event full of exciting announcements, especially on Ubuntu 13.04 and on Ubuntu as a game development platform. Head over to the UDS page to know about Ubuntu Developer Summit.

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update-avast

A quick search revealed that the problem was not with Windows 8, but with Avast Antivirus. Now, many people have had the same problem, and they have removed Avast Antivirus altogether to fix this issue but this is not a good solution.

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Jailbreaking of phones was already legal according to the DMCA. However, according to this revised law, phones cannot be jailbroken anymore without the permission of the carrier.

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