Monday, October 5, 2015



Link to TechEye

Pink iPhone turkey switches itself off

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 01:37 AM PDT

pink-turkeyThe pink "iPhone 6S" is turning out to be a real turkey and packed full of bugs… er features.

The latest bug is one which turns off the phone for no apparent reason.

Owners have been reporting that the iPhones are turning off randomly when left alone . It happens when the phones have a ton of battery life and no particular reason to switch off.

This odd behavior has been talked about on reddit and the official Apple Support Communities. "New Phone 6s 128GB turned off for no reason the last two nights," wrote Joachim Frey in an Apple discussion thread. "In the morning you then have to push the power-on button for a long time to get it started."

"I've had my phone since Friday and it has powered off/refused to come out of sleep at least once a day since," added Todd Sizemore. "I set mine up from scratch so I at least know its not a problem stemming from an iCloud backup."

There have been a few problems with the phone running a little hot too. The Home/Touch ID button on the iPhones felt hot when experiencing the power-off issues and that it takes a longer than expected amount of time to awake the iPhone from its deep sleep.

Apple has not said anything about the problem. Those who do contact Apple support are being told to bring their iPhones in to have them looked at. We guess after a few months Jobs Mob will pretend that the problem only affects a " small number of users".

There have been a number of bug reports associated with the phone, but it is not clear if these are caused by the phone or the equally buggy new operating system..

Reporting of the problem in the Tame Apple Press is about what you would expect. A small mention of the problem with a cut and paste advert for the iPhone slapped in high up the story.

Linux vigilante fixes your router

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 01:36 AM PDT

golscan1A new form of "malware" appears to have been set up by a Linux vigilante who wants to improve your security.

Software called Linux.Wifatch compromises routers and other Internet of Things devices and appears to try and improve infected devices' security.

Wifatch appeared in 2014, when an independent security researcher noticed something unusual happening on his home router. The researcher identified running processes that didn't seem to be part of the legitimate router software. During his analysis he discovered a sophisticated piece of code that had turned his home router into a zombie connected to a peer-to-peer network of infected devices.

In April of this year a new variant appeared. Once a device is infected with the Wifatch, it connects to a peer-to-peer network that is used to distribute threat updates.

Wifatch's code does not ship any payloads used for malicious activities, such as carrying out DDoS attacks, in fact all the hardcoded routines seem to have been implemented in order to harden compromised devices.

Wifatch has a module that attempts to fix other malware infections present on the compromised device. Some of the threats it tries to remove are well known families of malware targeting embedded devices.

Microsoft refreshes its Exchange Server

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 01:35 AM PDT


Microsoft campusMicrosoft has refreshed its Exchange Server with a 2016 revamp for other Office products.

The software is a mainstay for many businesses running and control their own email servers.  This version of the software with the name Exchange Serve 2016 is supposed to simplify the architecture while still adding more features and play nice with other Office products.

Users can use links from Sharepoint 2016 and OneDrive for Business as email attachments, instead of having to upload the actual file which means better file sharing and editing.

The Outlook web app has been greatly improved, with new features, such as new themes and emojis, inline replies, better HTML rendering and more.

Search has been improved to make it both faster and more intelligent. You can also search across the many Microsoft services you use beyond email, such as People and Calendar.

There are add-ins to allow developers to add their own custom elements to the UI or code their own solutions on top of the functionality provided by Outlook.

Vole is adopting an update model similar to the way it now handles Windows. In otherwords cumulative updates featuring bug fixes and improvements to the core service will be released every three months.

Microsoft provides a 180 days trial for free.

Google allows itself to be evil

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 01:35 AM PDT


blofeldThe search engine outfit Google is allowing its umbrella company Alphabet to be evil – after all alphabets have the potential to be evil.

Alphabet posted a new code of conduct for its employees after Google completed its transformation into a holding company.

Google's code of conduct was famous for its first line "Don't be evil" and the act did spawn a lot of comment when the search engine started to behave a "bit evil". Some of this evil involved cheating the tax system so that it did not have to help pay for health, welfare and education.

Alphabet's code doesn't include that phrase. Instead, it says employees of Alphabet and its subsidiaries "should do the right thing – follow the law, act honourably, and treat each other with respect".

This change is telling.  Sometimes Google can argue that doing the right thing can mean doing the evil thing.  For example, and we don't mean to harp on about this, doing the right thing for profits and share prices means paying as little tax as possible and exploiting any legal loopholes you can find.

The vast majority of Alphabet employees will still be Google employees, part of the core search-and-advertising unit that is the new holding company's biggest division. Those workers are still covered by Google's code of conduct and the "Don't be evil" motto.

Google's code of conduct is much longer than Alphabet's.  It includes things like drinking alcohol at work is OK, but not too much. Dogs are allowed in the office but cats are discouraged.  This makes it very difficult to be an evil overlord as everyone knows you are supposed to have a white cat to stroke.

A Google spokesman said that Alphabet companies may of course have their own codes to ensure they continue to promote compliance and great values.

"But if they start bringing cats to work, there's gonna be trouble with a capital T."


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