"Cosmos," Carl Segan's epic PBS science television series about the universe returns to TV tonight on Fox at 9pm and Leo's very excited about it because with Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson as it's new host.
This Week in Tech News
Bitcoin's Satoshi Nakamoto found, and his name is...Satoshi Nakamoto! Reporters from Newsweek Magazine claim to have found the Satoshi Nakamoto, the founder of Bitcoin, and he's been hiding in plain site in Southern California. Some believe it's a made up story and can't believe that a man who was obsessed with privacy enough to create an anonymous digital currency would keep his own name. Leo says that Nakamoto is in hiding and may be at risk since the last president of BitCoin was found dead in Singapore. Other BitCoin companies have been going bankrupt due to theft.
News is out that the 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy SV is so filled with software pre-loaded by Samsung that it only has 8GB of usable space on it. Leo thought that Samsung was going to have to offer a Google Play edition like they did with the Galaxy SIV, and that they would be moving the other way. That apparently isn't the case, however.
An analysis of all the patches that Microsoft released in 2013 shows that nearly 100% of all exploits and vulnerabilities could be removed if administrator rights were revoked, and users ran as a limited user.
Admin rights key to mitigating vulnerabilities, study shows (ZDNet)…
We talked last week about a flaw in iOS and OS X Mavericks called "Goto Fail" that would allow a malicious user to intercept the traffic of any secure transaction. Apple patched the bug on iOS with iOS 7.0.6 quickly, and just earlier this week they patched Mac OS X Mavericks. Make sure to update both iOS and OS X so that your computers and mobile devices are secure.
Leo bought a Mac Pro and it's a great machine, but it suffered from an intermittent problem. After hours on the phone with Apple Care, he finally gave it to his techs at Tech Guy Labs to troubleshoot. It turned out to be a bad memory module.
A few days after Facebook spent $19 billion on the smartphone app WhatsApp, a possible denial of service attack (DDoS) threw it off line for several hours. Leo says that the cost of WhatsApp is "stupid money" that Facebook has, and they can spend on dumb acquisitions and not suffer for it. Meanwhile, former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich said the deal is "everything that is wrong with our economy." Leo says that Reich really doesn't understand technology or the Internet.
Users of all iDevices should update to iOS 7 immediately, as Apple just released an emergency update to prevent "man in the middle" attacks that could compromise your data. It's also a vulnerability with OS X, but a fix isn't out for that just yet.
In one of the largest tech acquisitions of all time, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $16 Billion. $4 Billion in cash now, $3 Billion later and $12 Billion in Facebook stock. Leo says that's more than HP paid for Ross Perot's EDS and makes it one of the most valued tech companies in America...for an app! WhatsApp has 450 million international users, but it isn't really that popular in the US -- yet. It focuses on mobile phone numbers. So there's a reason why it was so attractive.
There's a flaw in iOS and OS X that allows a "man in the middle" to intercept your credit card information. Apple just put out an emergency update to iOS to patch this. The update is OS version 7.0.6 and users should install it immediately to all iPhones and iPads. Hopefully, the OS X patch will be coming soon as well.