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From: Fossbytes - Is Microsoft Still Secretly Running “Windows 10 Free Upgrade” Offer? Windows 7 Copy Still Upgradeable

t’s almost 11 months since Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 free upgrade won’t be available to the existing users of Windows 7 and 8.1 anymore. The ones wanting to upgrade had to purchase a new license key. However, the users who already switched to Windows 10 during the offer period had the privilege of reinstalling […]

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From: Fossbytes - Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” Will Ship With New Digital Forensics Tools

ast week, we told you about the announcement of the release date of Debian 9.0 Stretch GNU/Linux distro. According to the announcement, Debian 9.0 is slated to arrive on June 17, 2017. Prior to that, another exciting development was made in the Debian world in the form of release of systemd-free Devuan 1.0.0 distro. Debian […]

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From: Fossbytes - Judy Malware Attacks 36.5 Million Phones — One Of The Largest Malware Campaigns on Google Play

Short Bytes: A notorious adware named Judy had managed to break Google Play Store’s security mechanism, affecting about 36.5 million users. Judy malware was spread via 41 popular apps created by a Korean company and tricked users into clicking banner ads to generate illegal revenue. After Check Point reached out to Google, the company removed […]

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From: Fossbytes - ARM Plans 50x AI Performance Boost In 5 Years With DynamIQ Processors

Short Bytes: The British semiconductor giant, ARM, has recently announced their new processors, Cortex-A55 and Cortex-A72, based on their DynamIQ technology. The company aims to improve their chips’ AI performance numbers by 50 times over the next five years. The devices having new processors would ship by 2018. t’s not just Apple who is having plans […]

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From: BGR - Laptop and tablet ban may soon include international flights from the U.S.

Amid concerns that terrorists are actively looking to hide explosive devices inside of tablets and laptops on international flights, the U.S. earlier this year issued a travel ban restricting passengers on select inbound U.S. flights from traveling with electronic devices bigger than a smartphone. The travel ban, which went live this past March, impacts travelers from a number of countries, including Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

Now comes word via Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that the aforementioned laptop and tablet ban might soon become more expansive. In remarks made to CNN this past Friday, Kelly confirmed that there have been discussions about extending the ban to include overseas flights departing from the United States.

When asked whether it is true that he has hinted the laptop ban could expand to US soil, Kelly said that those characterizations of his thinking are accurate.

“No, they didn’t misread me,” he answered. “I would tell you that the threats against passenger aviation worldwide are constant. The good news is that we have great intelligence collection overseas — US intelligence collection. We also have great sharing with partners overseas. So, we are doing everything we can to get after these threats — but they are real.”

As it stands now, there’s no indication as to when a more expansive travel ban might be implemented, if at all. Kelly has remained rather coy on the matter, and for the time being, he seems intent on simply relaying the idea that such a ban may become a reality later on down the line.

“We will make a decision when the time is right,” Kelly said.

From: Fossbytes - Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” Will Be Released On June 17, 2017

fter much anticipation, the Debian Release Team has finally announced the release date of Debian 9.0 “Stretch” GNU/Linux distribution. As per their announcement, the distro is slated to arrive on June 17. “We plan to release on 2017-06-17. If you want to celebrate it, please consider attending a Debian release party, or hosting your own,” […]

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From: Blog – Hackaday - Radio Controlled Pacemakers Are Easily Hacked

Doctors use RF signals to adjust pacemakers so that instead of slicing a patient open, they can change the pacemakers parameters which in turn avoids unnecessary surgery. A study on security weaknesses of pacemakers (highlights) or full Report (PDF) has found that pacemakers from the main manufacturers contain security vulnerabilities that make it possible for the devices to be adjusted by anyone with a programmer and proximity. Of course, it shouldn’t be possible for anyone other than medical professionals to acquire a pacemaker programmer. The authors bought their examples on eBay.

They discovered over 8,000 known vulnerabilities in third-party libraries …read more