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”

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”

What’s up with the NFL iPhone app?

I’m trying to figure out what the National Football League’s (NFL) strategy is with their iPhone app?  The reviews are not pretty. As I look at the iTunes page now, there’s not one review that rates more than a star. The written reviews are even worse and I’m sure many who gave one star were trying to figure out if Apple would allow no stars or negative stars.

Fortunately for the NFL, iTunes doesn’t let me copy and paste, but they’re along the lines of “Shame on you, NFL,” “Worst sports app,” “Fails to deliver,” “Fire the developers.” I could keep going.

I wonder what’s happening behind the scenes? At NFL headquarters? Around the conference table when they’re discussing the strategy, features, marketing of this app? Continue reading “What’s up with the NFL iPhone app?”

Initial Thoughts About the iPad’s Target Market

During Apple’s media event today, there was discussion around the new device and who’d use it.

I can see some appeal for use in the medical field, although medical apps or device connections were not covered at all today. With a large screen, it’s better at charts, photos, graphics (x-rays) than an iPhone ever could be. See also Upcoming Apple Tablet is Generating Significant Hype — Will it affect Healthcare? on MedPage Today.

What about home use? The iPad was designed for games, iBooks, movies, etc. So, the home user is in the sweet spot of the iPad’s target user.

iPad vs Kindle. With a $499 entry level iPad, the prices are close enough to make potential Kindle purchasers consider an iPad. Current prices are $259 for the 6″ Kindle and $489 for the 9.7″ Kindle DX (a match for the iPad screen size). I think the answer pretty clear here; the iPad wins. For me its as simple as “Color” vs “Black and White” TV.

Business Users? The iPad makes a great presentation device thanks to Continue reading “Initial Thoughts About the iPad’s Target Market”