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BlackBerry and NantHealth develop the Medical Smartphone!

The new device will supposedly be released either at the end of 2014 or early 2015, and will specialize in viewing 3D images and CT scans. On top of that, it will still have all the normal functions of a typical smartphone, such as playing different forms of media and games, as well as downloading consumer applications.

We reached out to BlackBerry for confirmation on this story and they had the following comment:

“This investment and planned collaboration aligns with the reliability, security, and versatility of BlackBerry’s end-to-end solutions – from the embedded QNX operating system powering complex medical devices to secure cloud-based networks to instantaneous information sharing over BBM Protected and will include a device as well.”

Stay glued to N4BB for more on this story as it develops, and don’t forget to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

via BlackBerry and NantHealth to Jointly Develop New Smartphone – N4BB.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Hack!

Fingerprint Scanner Flaw in the Samsung Galaxy S5…Great work Samsung. (If you like security….buy a Blackberry!)

This video demonstrates how flaws in the implementation of fingerprint authentication in the Samsung Galaxy S5 expose users’ devices, data, and even bank accounts to thieves or other attackers.

via Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner also susceptible to ordinary spoofs – YouTube.

BlackBerry Z30 Review Update, Using 10.2.1

The Blackberry 10 Software update to 10.2.1 Reviewed by DadDoes!

Shortly after we released that video review, we were told that Verizon would be pushing an BB OS Upgrade to 10.2.1 that would deal with the “app gap” issue we had. Sure enough, we did get 10.2.1 and it was a significant enough update that we felt we needed to do a follow-up video.

via BlackBerry Z30 Review Update, Using 10.2.1 And Android Apps – YouTube.

BlackBerry Challenge: BlackBerry Z30 vs The iPhone 5. Full Review – YouTube

The Blackberry Z30…a Good Review thanx to DadDoes.com!

Today we have the results of a challenge. The folks at BlackBerry challenged us to swap out our iPhone 5 for a BlackBerry Z30 and record our experience for 7 days. We are always up for a good challenge and knew nothing about BlackBerry phones, so we gave it a shot.

In truth, I was not expecting things to go well. I am a huge iPhone fan. I have had various iPhones for the last 5 years and really didn’t think the BlackBerry Z30 had anything to offer me. Apparently I was wrong. As the video shows, there are plenty of cool features in BlackBerry OS 10 and the Z30.

via BlackBerry Challenge: BlackBerry Z30 vs The iPhone 5. Full Review – YouTube.

How BlackBerry addresses the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability |

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BlackBerry is currently investigating the customer impact of the recently announced OpenSSL vulnerability. BlackBerry customers can rest assured that while BlackBerry continues to investigate, we have determined that BlackBerry smartphones, BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5 and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 are not affected and are fully protected from the OpenSSL issue. A list of known affected and unaffected products is supplied in this notice, and may be updated as we complete our investigation.

The OpenSSL heartbeat extension read overflow is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows an attacker to steal the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. This issue was addressed in OpenSSL 1.0.1g and a fix is available for integration into affected BlackBerry products. The vulnerability is detailed in CVE-2014-0160.

Further investigation into affected products is ongoing, and BlackBerry is working to determine the full impact of the issue and confirm the best approach for protecting customers. As fixes become available, this notice will be updated.

Non-Affected Software :-) 

  • BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5
  • BlackBerry Universal Device Server
  • BlackBerry® 10 OS
  • BlackBerry® 7.1 OS and earlier
  • BBM for BlackBerry smartphones

via BlackBerry addresses OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability | CrackBerry.com.

Android SMS Trojan goes digital wallets

Not satisfied with the money earned via mobile Trojans sending out text messages to premium numbers, cyber crooks have begun adding other money-stealing functionalities to the malware.

Kaspersky Lab experts have recently spotted and analyzed an SMS Trojan for Android devices that is currently mostly targeting Russian users, and which along with the premium SMS-sending also attempts to steal money by emptying the victims’ QIWI digital wallet.

QIWI is a electronic payment service popular in Russia and many other countries of the former Soviet Union, and can be used for payments and money transfers, to pay fines, telephone services and ISPs. The service also operates in the US, Brazil, Romania and several other countries. In November 2012 QIWI and Visa entered into a global partnership, and the QIWI Wallet was transformed into a co-branded Visa QIWI Wallet product.

Waller – as the Trojan has been named – is spread via SMS spam and third-party Android app markets where it is offered for download disguised as firmware, media players, and so on.

Once installed on a device, it contacts a C&C server to receive commands, and it is capable of doing much more than just sending pricy text messages. It can also update itself, download additional malware, intercept SMSes, and open specific web pages.

As noted before, it can also empty the victims’ Visa QIWI Wallets.

“It does this by sending an SMS request to the number 7494. The message sent in response is intercepted by the Trojan and forwarded to its owners,” researchers explain.

“If the owner of an infected smartphone has a QIWI account and Waller receives information that there is money in the e-wallet, then the Trojan can transfer the money from the user’s account to the QIWI account of the cybercriminals. To do this a command is given to the Trojan to send an SMS to the number 7494 that includes the wallet number of the criminals and the sum to be transferred. Up to 15,000 rubles (approximately $430) can be transferred per day.”

The one good news is that the Android has not (yet) spread far, but it easily happen.

Users can defend themselves against this threat by installing security software, being careful which apps they install and from where, and by not activating (or de-activating) the “Developer mode” and the “Install applications from third-party sources” option.

via SMS Trojan goes after digital wallets.

Microsoft, its time for a Change…and you better do it Quick!

Tough times for Microsoft….

There was a time when Microsoft’s vise-like grip on the microcomputer software market was unchallenged.

Right from the early days of MSDOS, Microsoft’s dominance of the market was the key to massive revenues and and endless stream of profits.

Once Windows became cemented as “the standard” for desktop computing it began to look as if nobody could challenge Bill’s boys for any significant market share and that Microsoft was now the only real player in the game.

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But my, how times change.

Right now it’s starting to look a lot like the beginning of the end for that dominance, and Microsoft knows it.

Firstly, the desktop is losing ground to portable devices.

For decades, most people’s computer use was limited to sitting in front of a beige box with a screen, keyboard and mouse wired to it. Such computers invariably ran one of Microsoft’s operating systems and was loaded with at least a few of the company’s Office applications.

Laptops represented a small share of the market but they too were loaded up with code from Redmond so were no threat to this dominance.

Okay… to appease the Apple users –yes, there was an alternative but even after the wonderful success of the Macintosh and subsequent products from the Jobs empire, their share of the market was still no challenge to Microsoft.

Today however, the uses to which we’re putting our computing devices has changed dramatically with web-browsing, video watching and tweeting being taking up far more of people’s time than “balancing your chequebook” or writing weighty tomes with MS Word.

People just don’t want to sit at a desk, in front of their beige boxes and keyboards to do something as relaxing as browsing a website, updating the Facebook status or watching a video. These activities are often far more enjoyable when reclining on a sofa or perhaps serve as a way of recovering some commuting time on the bus or train.

Now Microsoft’s big problem is that they’ve been pretty much a one-trick-pony.

Yes, they’ve dominated the desktop and the laptop — but when it comes to tablets and smartphones, they’re very much an “also ran” when compared to Apple and Google.

Microsoft’s Surface tablet has bombed, as have their attempts to get various flavours of Windows into the smartphone market.

Latest figures also suggest that even laptops are losing favour to Chromebooks, powered by Google’s software.

In the USA, Microsoft has embarked on a marketing campaign criticising the Chromebook as being underpowered and too limited in its application — but the market doesn’t seem to be listening. In fact, Chromebooks accounted for over 20% of all notebook sales last year — perhaps because people are far more net-centric today than they were a few years ago.

Why bother buying and using your own copy of MS Office on your notebook when a Chromebook gives you access to Google’s delightful cloud-based alternatives?

Even in the smartphone market, Microsoft seems to have become so desperate and lacking in innovation that it has opted to simply buy Nokia than to come up with a suitably competitive software offering to Android or iOS.

I suspect that Microsoft today is very much like IBM was back in the early 1980s. It is the unchallenged dominant force in its industry but it is facing a precipitous decline in the face of competition to which it has no answer.

Good luck Microsoft — I fear you are going to need it.

Source: http://aardvark.co.nz/daily/2014/0314.shtml