Hot Topics at Blackhat USA 2013

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Our government’s admitted spying activities have made this year’s blackhat conference more relevant than ever. There are several security training courses being offered at the week long event.

With more than three weeks before the course, the following sessions are already sold out:

ADVANCED C/C++ SOURCE CODE ANALYSIS
ADVANCED WINDOWS EXPLOITATION TECHNIQUES
HANDS-ON HARDWARE HACKING AND REVERSE ENGINEERING
PENTESTING SMART GRID AND SCADA WITH SAMURAISTFU
PENTESTING WITH KALI LINUX
PRACTICAL ARM EXPLOITATION
SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO
VISUAL ANALYTICS – DELIVERING ACTIONABLE SECURITY INTELLIGENCE

From that list its apparent that mobile/wireless devices are super Continue reading “Hot Topics at Blackhat USA 2013”

On Windows Phone Failing

Brian Hall outlines the reasons Windows Phone has been losing out to iPhone and Android, in his ReadWrite Mobile article. He covers missteps by management at the start, but midway through gets to what I think is the heart of it, referencing a 2012 study of common phone use…

Microsoft has designed a smartphone operating system that might be better, maybe even much better, for those things that Microsoft is good at – such as Word, Outlook, Xbox Play. The problem is, those do not seem to be the things that smartphone users want or need.

So, in many instances, desired apps are two clicks away from what the user wants–not good.

The Real Reason Windows Phone Is Failing

the NFL iPhone and iPad app experience in 2011 — still crappy

Maybe football fans should just consider themselves lucky that there’s going to be pro football played at all this year. The chance to watch football on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch hasn’t improved all that much. Same goes for listening to radio simulcasts.

It’s been almost a year since I posted about the lack of a decent app for NFL Football. I contrasted that with what the MLB’s done with their At Bat 2010 and now At Bat 2011 apps.

Not much has changed at this point, mid-way through pre-season 2011.

If you happen to be a dish customer (only ~15% of us are), DirecTV offers NFL Sunday Ticket on iTunes. They have free apps for iPhone or iPad, however you’ll have to subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket and pay a little extra still to get the “To-Go” version.

If you’re a cable TV customer, as mos of us are, this app does us little good.

In any case I read through the reviews and downloaded the app to see what I could get it to do, not being a directv customer. The experience was ridiculous. Look at the screenshots I encountered… Continue reading “the NFL iPhone and iPad app experience in 2011 — still crappy”