Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for August 28, 2013:
- A phishing attack successfully gained access to a resellers admin controls of domain-name registrar MelbourneIT yesterday. Attackers were able to redirect The New York Times domain name to a site reportedly infected with malware. Other domains registered with MelbourneIT were similarly infected including twimg.com the domain for Twitter's image hosting service. Twitter.com itself had a registry lock in place so was not affected. As Domain Name servers refresh their caches which sometimes last up to 24 hours, proper redirection is being restored. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- HTC may be working on a China-specific mobile OS, reports The Wall Street Journal. The publication also says Cher Wang is closely overseeing the project and is working directly with the state authorities to see it meets approval. All this points to a completely new OS and not an Android fork, one that's tightly integrated with China specific services, such as Weibo. Read more at engadget.com.
- Apple just purchased another company - this time it's a Swedish company called AlgoTrim. AlgoTrim technology includes lossless compression algorithms that also reduce the amount of memory a phone would need needed to perform tasks. For the past few years, AlgoTrim was focused on Android-based phones, but that'll probably stop since Apple doesn't seem to be Android-friendly. Read more at engadget.com.
- The Nexus 4 phone just got really inexpensive. The 8GB model is on sale through the US Google Play Store for $199, while the 16GB model is $249. Doesn't sound cheap to you? Those are prices without a contract. Similar price drops of about 25% apply in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Korea, and the UK. Read more at theverge.com.
- Parallels is bringing its virtualization software to the iPad - the first one dedicated specifically to making software and documents from Windows and Mac machines work in a “native” way on the iPad, complete with iOS gestures. The new app, which is priced at $79.99 for a one-year subscription covering one device (each subsequent device that gets virtualized costs another $79.99), comes with a number of features like an app launcher, app switcher, and dedicated keyboard. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- Facebook released its first "Global Government Requests Report" on Tuesday. It details official requests from 74 countries covering the first six months of 2013. Facebook didn't explain why the requests were made, but disclosed the number of total requests for each country. The U.S. led the pack by asking for information on over 20,000 users. Facebook said it hopes to publish similar reports every six months from now on and hopes future reports will contain more information about requests they receive from law enforcement. Read more at bbc.co.uk.
- Andy Palmer, Nissan’s executive vice president, told reporters yesterday that Nissan will be able to bring multiple, affordable fully autonomous vehicles to the market by 2020. Nissan demonstrated the cars which they have developed in-house, although they say they don't preclude the possibility of working with Google or others. Nissan's system does not have to be connected to the Internet. Read more at bloomberg.com.
- Nintendo is releasing a new version of the 3DS, the Nintendo 2DS, a cheaper 2D-only handheld console compatible with 3DS and DS games. At $129.99, it is $50 cheaper than the 3DS. The company also announced a $50 price cut for the Wii U, ahead of the releases of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The 2DS will retain the same features as the 3DS, except of course, the 3D display. It has the same stylus, Wi-Fi and comes with a 4GB SD card. 3DS games are still more expensive than iOS or Android games, but Nintendo is betting on that $130 price tag being worth it. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- Vic Gundotra announced on Google Plus that Google Hangouts is switching to 720p HD video. A select group of users may already have access. Google will drop H.264 for its own VP8. The new codec will require less processing power, which should enable most computers to handle 10 720p video streams at once as well as higher-quality, lower-bit-rate streams across the board. The H.264 plugin will still be supported for browsers that do not support VP8. The next step is an upgrade to WebRTC Read more at arstechnica.com.
- PublicIntelligence published an unclassified document designed for EMS, police, and security personnel that says the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are aware that Android is a "primary target for malware attacks…" The report says 79% of malware threats are on Android and that SMS trojans "represent nearly half of the malicious applications circulating today on older Android OS." Read more at zdnet.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for August 28, 2013.