Tech News 2Night 75 (Transcript)


Download and watch the episode here:
Tech News 2Night 75

[Top TN2 Animation ]

Tonight, why Homeland Security says stop using Internet Explorer, Adobe's Flash also has a problem, and we’re not done- Apple had big security breach too?

Tech News 2Night is Next!

[TWiT Open]

[Main TN2 Open]

This is Tech News 2Night Episode 75, for Monday April 28, 2014

This episode of Tech News 2Night is brought to you by lynda.com. Learn what you want, when you want, with access to over 2,400 high-quality online courses--all for one low monthly price. To try it free for 7 days, visit lynda.com/tn2. That’s L-Y-N-D-A dot com slash T-N-2.

/

I'm Sarah Lane, Let's get right to the Tech Feed!

Today The US Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team said in an advisory that the vulnerability in versions 6 to 11 of Internet Explorer could lead to "the complete compromise" of an affected system. The UK National Computer Emergency Response Team issued similar advice in Britain, advising users to consider alternative browsers, and be sure their antivirus software is current and regularly updated. The Internet Explorer bug was disclosed over the weekend by Cybersecurity software maker FireEye Inc, which warned that hackers are exploiting the bug in a campaign dubbed "Operation Clandestine Fox.". This is the first, and very likely not the last, big threat since Microsoft stopped providing security updates for Windows XP earlier this month.

/

Oh, but that's not all the security bad news. Researchers from antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab have warned of a separate active campaign targeting a critical vulnerability in fully patched versions of Adobe's Flash player. The attacks were hosted on the Syrian Ministry of Justice website and were detected on seven computers located in Syria, and exploited a previously unknown vulnerability in Flash when people used the Firefox browser to access a page trap. Adobe has updated all three versions of Flash to fix the hole, people using IE 10 and 11 on Windowws 8 and Chrome browser users will receive the update automatically. But Windows users running Firefox must run a separate update for both IE and the Mozilla browser.

/

Security is not having a good day today. Apple has patched a security breach discovered over the weekend that allowed access the personal contact information for every registered iOS, Mac, or Safari developer; plus every Apple Retail and corporate employee; and some key partners through Apple's developer Center. The company has not yet released a public statement on the bug, but did confirm to developer Jesse Järvi, who discovered the bug, that it had been resolved.

/

How about some good news? Skype has made group video calling free for all Windows/Mac desktop users, along with Xbox One Live Gold subscribers. The feature was previously limited to Skype Premium subscribers who for $9.99 per month plan had access to group chatting, group screen sharing, live-chat customer support, unlimited phone calls to a single nation, and an advertising-free experience. In light of the change, Microsoft has temporarily removed its Skype Premium sign-up page in order to "to give it a refresh." At this point it's not clear if Skype premium will come down in price or get more features.

/

AT&T Chief Strategy Officer John Stanke said in a statement tha company is planning an in-flight Internet access business by building a new air-to-ground technology based on its LTE wireless service, which would compete with existing airline internet participants including Gogo and Global Eagle, whose Row 44 subsidiary powers Southwest’s in-flight service. AT&T hasn't announced pricing deals, but said it would be available for both commercial airlines and business jets upon launch. ATT also said it “does not expect additional capital expenditures required for this initiative to be material, nor will it have any impact on the company’s previously-announced financial guidance."

/

Netflix just confirmed that it will pay Verizon for direct access through the carrier's network to allow improved streaming video for customers. The announcement follows a similar deal from earlier this year made by Netflix and Comcast, and comes only days after the FCC announced new rules that would allow companies like Verizon to charge for preferential treatment.

Coming up, the worst video game is history is unearthed from a landfill in New Mexico!

Next, I'll chat with Dana Wollman from Engadget about advancements Google has made with their self-driving cars.

[AD]

This episode of Tech News 2Night is brought to you by lynda.com. Want to start programming interactive objects with Arduino, enhance your images with Photoshop, or learn the basics of 3D printing? lynda.com offers thousands of online video courses in software, creative, and business skills across a wide variety of subjects. With a lynda.com subscription, members receive unlimited access to the entire course library. lynda.com works with software companies to provide you updated training the same day new versions hit the market—so you’ll always have the very latest skills. Learn from top experts, and all of the courses are produced at the highest quality--not like the homemade videos you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you have 15 minutes or 15 hours, you can learn at your own pace, on your own terms. [[Call to Action/Offer (Verbatim)]] It’s only $25 a month for access to the entire lynda.com course library. Or for $37.50 a month, you can subscribe to the premium plan, which also includes exercise files. And you can try lynda.com right now, with a free seven-day trial. Visit lynda.com/TN2 to access the entire library—that’s over 2,400 courses—free, for 7 days. That’s L-Y-N-D-A dot com slash T-N-2.

[Segment #2]

Joining me now is Dana Wollman, Managing Editor at Engadget.

Dana, Google just announced their self-driving cars have clocked over 700-thousand miles and now can navigate city streets. That’s a shift from the highway driving this car was originally designed for. What are some advancements Google has made with their cars over the past year or so? What type of objects or conditions can the cars recognize?

Google says they have 24 sensor-loaded Lexus SUV's. Can you tell us about the defensive driving aspects they've built-in to these cars?

By Google’s own admission, they have a lot to figure out, yet we all want to know “when”. When do you think we’ll be seeing production cars like this on the road- what will happen next?

[Kicker!]

Yesterday a Microsoft-backed documentary crew went to a landfill in the desert town of Alamogordo, New Mexico, to prove that Atari had buried thousands of copies of one of the most poorly received video games in history. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial cartridges there. It's unclear how many cartridges the team discovered but Microsoft's Xbox Wire says, "We can safely report that those long-buried cartridges are actually, 100 percent there." The excavation will appear in an Xbox-exclusive documentary produced by Fuel Entertainment, tentatively titled Atari: Game Over.

[good bye] That's it for this edition of Tech News 2Night.

Subscribe to this show at Twit.tv/tn2, and write us at tn2@twit.tv

Don't miss our morning news program, Tech News Today, tomorrow and every weekday at 10am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern. I'm Sarah Lane, thanks for watching.

[Close, Cache Fly BB, Credits]

[Bandwidth Billboard]
[Top TN2 Animation ]

Tonight, why Homeland Security says stop using Internet Explorer, Adobe's Flash also has a problem, and we’re not done- Apple had big security breach too?

Tech News 2Night is Next!

[TWiT Open]

[Main TN2 Open]

This is Tech News 2Night Episode 75, for Monday April 28, 2014

This episode of Tech News 2Night is brought to you by lynda.com. Learn what you want, when you want, with access to over 2,400 high-quality online courses--all for one low monthly price. To try it free for 7 days, visit lynda.com/tn2. That’s L-Y-N-D-A dot com slash T-N-2.

/

I'm Sarah Lane, Let's get right to the Tech Feed!

Today The US Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team said in an advisory that the vulnerability in versions 6 to 11 of Internet Explorer could lead to "the complete compromise" of an affected system. The UK National Computer Emergency Response Team issued similar advice in Britain, advising users to consider alternative browsers, and be sure their antivirus software is current and regularly updated. The Internet Explorer bug was disclosed over the weekend by Cybersecurity software maker FireEye Inc, which warned that hackers are exploiting the bug in a campaign dubbed "Operation Clandestine Fox.". This is the first, and very likely not the last, big threat since Microsoft stopped providing security updates for Windows XP earlier this month.

/

Oh, but that's not all the security bad news. Researchers from antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab have warned of a separate active campaign targeting a critical vulnerability in fully patched versions of Adobe's Flash player. The attacks were hosted on the Syrian Ministry of Justice website and were detected on seven computers located in Syria, and exploited a previously unknown vulnerability in Flash when people used the Firefox browser to access a page trap. Adobe has updated all three versions of Flash to fix the hole, people using IE 10 and 11 on Windowws 8 and Chrome browser users will receive the update automatically. But Windows users running Firefox must run a separate update for both IE and the Mozilla browser.

/

Security is not having a good day today. Apple has patched a security breach discovered over the weekend that allowed access the personal contact information for every registered iOS, Mac, or Safari developer; plus every Apple Retail and corporate employee; and some key partners through Apple's developer Center. The company has not yet released a public statement on the bug, but did confirm to developer Jesse Järvi, who discovered the bug, that it had been resolved.

/

How about some good news? Skype has made group video calling free for all Windows/Mac desktop users, along with Xbox One Live Gold subscribers. The feature was previously limited to Skype Premium subscribers who for $9.99 per month plan had access to group chatting, group screen sharing, live-chat customer support, unlimited phone calls to a single nation, and an advertising-free experience. In light of the change, Microsoft has temporarily removed its Skype Premium sign-up page in order to "to give it a refresh." At this point it's not clear if Skype premium will come down in price or get more features.

/

AT&T Chief Strategy Officer John Stanke said in a statement tha company is planning an in-flight Internet access business by building a new air-to-ground technology based on its LTE wireless service, which would compete with existing airline internet participants including Gogo and Global Eagle, whose Row 44 subsidiary powers Southwest’s in-flight service. AT&T hasn't announced pricing deals, but said it would be available for both commercial airlines and business jets upon launch. ATT also said it “does not expect additional capital expenditures required for this initiative to be material, nor will it have any impact on the company’s previously-announced financial guidance."

/

Netflix just confirmed that it will pay Verizon for direct access through the carrier's network to allow improved streaming video for customers. The announcement follows a similar deal from earlier this year made by Netflix and Comcast, and comes only days after the FCC announced new rules that would allow companies like Verizon to charge for preferential treatment.

Coming up, the worst video game is history is unearthed from a landfill in New Mexico!

Next, I'll chat with Dana Wollman from Engadget about advancements Google has made with their self-driving cars.

[AD]

This episode of Tech News 2Night is brought to you by lynda.com. Want to start programming interactive objects with Arduino, enhance your images with Photoshop, or learn the basics of 3D printing? lynda.com offers thousands of online video courses in software, creative, and business skills across a wide variety of subjects. With a lynda.com subscription, members receive unlimited access to the entire course library. lynda.com works with software companies to provide you updated training the same day new versions hit the market—so you’ll always have the very latest skills. Learn from top experts, and all of the courses are produced at the highest quality--not like the homemade videos you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you have 15 minutes or 15 hours, you can learn at your own pace, on your own terms. [[Call to Action/Offer (Verbatim)]] It’s only $25 a month for access to the entire lynda.com course library. Or for $37.50 a month, you can subscribe to the premium plan, which also includes exercise files. And you can try lynda.com right now, with a free seven-day trial. Visit lynda.com/TN2 to access the entire library—that’s over 2,400 courses—free, for 7 days. That’s L-Y-N-D-A dot com slash T-N-2.

[Segment #2]

Joining me now is Dana Wollman, Managing Editor at Engadget.

Dana, Google just announced their self-driving cars have clocked over 700-thousand miles and now can navigate city streets. That’s a shift from the highway driving this car was originally designed for. What are some advancements Google has made with their cars over the past year or so? What type of objects or conditions can the cars recognize?

Google says they have 24 sensor-loaded Lexus SUV's. Can you tell us about the defensive driving aspects they've built-in to these cars?

By Google’s own admission, they have a lot to figure out, yet we all want to know “when”. When do you think we’ll be seeing production cars like this on the road- what will happen next?

[Kicker!]

Yesterday a Microsoft-backed documentary crew went to a landfill in the desert town of Alamogordo, New Mexico, to prove that Atari had buried thousands of copies of one of the most poorly received video games in history. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial cartridges there. It's unclear how many cartridges the team discovered but Microsoft's Xbox Wire says, "We can safely report that those long-buried cartridges are actually, 100 percent there." The excavation will appear in an Xbox-exclusive documentary produced by Fuel Entertainment, tentatively titled Atari: Game Over.

[good bye] That's it for this edition of Tech News 2Night.

Subscribe to this show at Twit.tv/tn2, and write us at tn2@twit.tv

Don't miss our morning news program, Tech News Today, tomorrow and every weekday at 10am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern. I'm Sarah Lane, thanks for watching.

[Close, Cache Fly BB, Credits]

[Bandwidth Billboard]