Most of us are already attached at the hip to our smartphones, so why not make them ever more useful in our daily lives? Apple seems intent on doing so by expanding use of near-field communication (NFC) to do more and more things.
NFC was just introduced to the latest iPhone and iPad models to facilitate the launch of Apple Pay, which allows users to charge a credit card or account by placing the device near a payment terminal, and Apple is currently rolling the feature out to more and more places around the world.
In light of recent hacks, you might be interested in the groups that pose the greatest threats to our cybersecurity.
Ironically, the hacker groups that you should be afraid of also have the least intimidating names. Deep Panda, Putter Panda, and Flying Kitten have been listed by security technology firm CrowdStrike as the groups to watch out for. While they may seem cuddly, these hackers continue to be some of the most dangerous in the world.
The Linux OS is likely to become even more popular as 32bit computing becomes a commodity and projects like Yocto make it easier to create, develop and maintain Linux based systems for embedded applications.
One of the advantages of Linux is that it enables OEMs to become more like startups, where agile hardware development teams speed time to market by using an OS to abstract the underlying hardware details. However, despite its benefits, a Linux system can be vulnerable to rootkits unless its embedded processor is booted properly.
Credit cards. You can't live without them.
Of course, some people do try -- but I'm not one of them. My lifestyle has now become virtually cashless in the course of the last ten years.
The FBI has identified an employee of a federal contracting firm suspected of being the so-called "second leaker" who turned over sensitive documents about the U.S. government's terrorist watch list to a journalist closely associated with ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, according to law enforcement and intelligence sources who have been briefed on the case.
The FBI recently executed a search of the suspect's home, and federal prosecutors in Northern Virginia have opened up a criminal investigation into the matter, the sources said.