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New SpaceShipTwo Flies Free For The First Time 'VSS Unity', Newest SpaceShipTwo Make First Solo Flight
New SpaceShipTwo Flies Free For The First Time
by Charles Mohapel

On December 3, 2016, Virgin Galactic's new six-passenger SpaceShipTwo made its first solo flight.  Named "VSS Unity", it is the replacement for the original SpaceShipTwo which was destroyed during a fatal test flight on Oct. 31, 2014.

Cheap and Dangerous: Avoid Risky Tech Purchases Tips - Make Sure Your Smartphone's Battery Doesn't Go Up In Smoke
Cheap and Dangerous: Avoid Risky Tech Purchases
by Charles Mohapel

These days the terms Caveat Emptor and Let The Buyer Beware should be on the minds and tongues of everyone buying consumer electronic products, ESPECIALLY those manufactured in China. Sometimes unscrupulous Chinese factory owners produce extra units of proucts they have been licensed to manufacture, but include inferior components in the extra units. Other times, they defective components and units that were supposed to be destroyed and sell them as "grey market" and "black market" products, especially online or through companies like Amazon (see our previous TechRevu.com article linked to this article).

Fake Apple Chargers Fail Safety Tests Shockingly, More Than 99% Of Fake Apple Chargers Fail Basic Safety Tests
Fake Apple Chargers Fail Safety Tests
by Charles Mohapel

A mark of 99% is normally considered "Excellent" -- EXCEPT when that is the FAILURE RATE!!!  When safety specialists UL (formerly known as 'Underwriters Laboratories') tested 400 fake Apple chargers, a shocking 397 of them failed a basic safety test, an astounding FAILURE RATE of 99.25%!!!  Back in October 2016, Apple complained of a "flood" of fakes being sold on Amazon, with Apple warning that these "alleged" fakes are potentially life-threatening.  Furthermore, according to BBC.com, Apple "is suing one of the vendors rather than Amazon itself."  That particular vendor is New York-based Mobile Star LLC.

Antivirus Firm Kaspersky Launches Its Own Secure Operating System Kaspersky Lab Launches Its Own Secure Non-Linux-Based Operating System
Antivirus Firm Kaspersky Launches Its Own Secure Operating System
by Charles Mohapel

After 14 years in development, Kaspersky Lab finally released their own secure non-Linux-based operating system, designated as Kaspersky OS. To give you an idea of how long ago that was in computer years, the various versions of Windows XP had been released on October 25th, 2001. That was also the same year that Apple released Mac OS X 10.0. No doubt the long development time can be at least partially attributed to the fact that Kaspersky OS was designed from scratch rather than relying on Linux.

Cyber Attack Knocks Nearly A Million Routers Offline Internet of Things (IoT) Devices Cause Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks
Cyber Attack Knocks Nearly A Million Routers Offline
by Charles Mohapel

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the current Flavor-of-the-Day and not surprisingly it resulted in the Mirai botnet commandeering 100,000 of these unsecured devices and launching massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.  First in October 2016, one of these massive DDoS attacks knocked the entire Internet offline for a few hours. Then on the last weekend of November 2016, another massive attack knocked more than 900,000 broadband routers belonging to Deutsche Telekom users in Germany offline.

Researchers Show How To Steal Tesla Car By Hacking Into Owner's Smartphone Android App For Tesla Cars Makes Stealing Them Much Easier Due To Owners Being Tricked
Researchers Show How To Steal Tesla Car By Hacking Into Owner's Smartphone
by Charles Mohapel

In September 2016, Chinese security researchers from Keen Lab managed to hack a Tesla Model S from 12 miles away... On the other hand researchers at Norway-based security firm Promon have tricked gullible Tesla owners into installing malware on their Android devices, thereby allowing them to locate, unlock, and drive off with a Tesla Model S.  

Over 1 Million Google Accounts Hacked by 'Gooligan' Android Malware With More Than 13,000 New Accounts Affected Daily, More Than1 Million Google Accounts Have Been Hacked By 'Gooligan' Android Malware
Over 1 Million Google Accounts Hacked by 'Gooligan' Android Malware
by Charles Mohapel

Open source Android is the most widely used operating system for smartphones and tablets, but that has once again proven to be its greatest Achilles heel.  Discovered by security researchers at Check Point, the 'Gooligan' Android Malware attack campaign is part of the Ghost Push family of malware. According to GAMENGUIDE: "The malware is said to affect those devices with version 4 Android OS such as Ice Cream, Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, and even Lollipop. There was no confirmation yet if the virus may also infect the latest OS version Marshmallow and Nougat."

Press Shift + F10 During Windows 10 Upgrade To Launch Root CLI & Bypass BitLocker Warning All Windows 10 Users -- Windows BitLocker Hard Drive Encryption Is Vulnerable To Attack!
Press Shift + F10 During Windows 10 Upgrade To Launch Root CLI & Bypass BitLocker
by Charles Mohapel

If you're a Windows 10 user who relies on Windows BitLocker Hard Drive Encryption software for the security of your PC, your security has a HUGE vulnerability since  anyone with physical access to it can still circumvent all your security and access your files within seconds.

UPDATE Firefox And Tor To Patch Critical Zero-Day Vulnerability Firefox And Tor Have Patched Newest Critical Zero-Day Vulnerability
UPDATE Firefox And Tor To Patch Critical Zero-Day Vulnerability
by Charles Mohapel

In late November a new Zero-Day Vulnerability affecting users of Firefox and the 

iPhone 6s Program For Unexpected Shutdown Issues Apple Announces Program For Unexpected Shutdown Issues With iPhone 6s
iPhone 6s Program For Unexpected Shutdown Issues
by Charles Mohapel

As of November 20, 2016, Apple has determined that a very small number of iPhone 6s phones may unexpectedly shut down and instituted a program.  Fortunately this is NOT a safety issue and only affects selected devices within a limited serial number range that were manufactured between September and October 2015.  Thanks to loyal reader Robin Poirier for the heads up.

GoPro Recalls Its Brand New Karma Drone
GoPro's Karma Drone Just Came Out -- And Now It's Getting Recalled
by Charles Mohapel

Famous for its industry-leading action cams, GoPro has sold about 2,500 Karma drones in the 16 da...cont

Samsung to Permanently Discontinue Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone
Samsung Kills Off Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone
by Charles Mohapel

When Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone began catching fire, Samsung paid attention and did a...cont

Samsung Issues Worldwide Recall After At Least 35 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone Batteries Explode
The FAA Is Considering a Ban on Samsung's Exploding Smartphones
by Charles Mohapel

While Samsung's Android smartphones don't have the cachet of Apple's iPhones, you kno...cont

SpaceX And NASA Have Released Full Statements About Thursday's Rocket Explosion -- Here's What They Said
SpaceX And NASA Have Released Full Statements About Thursday's Rocket Explosion
by Charles Mohapel

On September 1, 2016, one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets, complete with Facebook's $20...cont

Three Separate 'Zero-Day Vulnerabilities' Mean You Should Update To iOS 9.3.5 IMMEDIATELY
Why You Should Update Your iPhone Right Now
by Charles Mohapel

If you own an iPhone 4s or later, iPad 2or later, or iPod touch (5th generation) or later, you ne...cont

Hackers With Inside Access Can Now Steal Data By Eavesdropping On Your Computer's Hard Drive
Hackers Can Now Steal Data By Listening To The Sound Of A Computer's Hard Drive
by Charles Mohapel

If you thought that isolating a computer from the Internet and air-gapping it would keep it secur...cont

So You Think Your Keyless Automobile Is Secure? Think Again!
A New Wireless Hack Can Unlock 100 Million Volkswagens
by Charles Mohapel

Discovered by researchers from Radboud University in the Netherlands and from the University...cont

Galaxy Note 7 Display With Gorilla Glass 5 Just One Step Above Plastic On Hardness Scale, Test Shows
Galaxy Note 7 Display With Gorilla Glass 5 Just One Step Above Plastic
by Charles Mohapel

If you plan on buying the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it is known to be among the first smartphone...cont

QuadRooter Vulnerability: 5 Things To Know About This Android Security Scare
Qualcomm Quadrooter Bug Affecting 900 Million Android Phones To Be Patched Next Month
by Charles Mohapel

Previously Android users had to worry about the nasty "Stagefright" exploit, but now it's so ...cont

Windows 10 Anniversary Update Coming On Tuesday August 2nd
Microsoft Is Updating Windows 10 Again, In Its Latest Bid To Win You Back
by Charles Mohapel

If you're one of the millions of PC users still running Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 who willfully i...cont

LastPass Password Manager Proves Vulnerable To RCE Attacks
LastPass Password Manager 'Zero-Day' Bug Hits The News
by Charles Mohapel

If you use LastPass Password Manager, you may have already been exposed to attacks ranging from D...cont

BlackBerry's New DTEK50 Touted As The World's Most Secure Android Smartphone
BlackBerry Announces The World's Most Secure Android Smartphone -- DTEK50
by Charles Mohapel

On July 26, 2016, BlackBerry announced the BlackBerry DTEK50, touted as "The World's Most Sec...cont

Apple Releases iOS 9.3.3, El Capitan 10.11.6, watchOS 2.2.2, tvOS 9.2.1, and iTunes 12.4.2 Updates
Apple Releases iOS, El Capitan, watchOS, tvOS, and iTunes Updates
by Charles Mohapel

Reacting to the very real threat of "Stagefright" for Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods, Apple rele...cont

If You Own A Mac, iPhone, iPad, Or iPod, Your Device Is At Risk From 'Stagefright'
Update Now: Macs and iPhones Have A Stagefright-Style Bug!
by Charles Mohapel

If you remember all the fuss about the "Stagefright" hole in Android in the first half of 2016 an...cont

TP-Link Forgets To Register Domain Name, Leaves Config Pages Open To Hijack
TP-Link Forgets To Register Domain Name
by Charles Mohapel

If you own a TP-Link Wi-Fi access point, range extender, or home router that you purchased b...cont

Self-Balancing Scooters / Hoverboards Recalled by 10 Firms Due to Fire Hazard
US Safety Agency: Over 500,000 Hoverboards To Be Recalled
by Charles Mohapel

If you saw a "hoverboard" advertised online and thought of the ones in 1989's "Back to the Fu...cont

From HummingBad To Worse: New In-Depth Details And Analysis Of The HummingBad Android Malware Campaign
New In-Depth Details And Analysis Of The HummingBad Android Malware Campaign
by Charles Mohapel

If you own an Android smartphone or tablet, you may have already had your device infected since a...cont

Intel x86s Hide Another CPU That Can Take Over Your Machine (You Can't Audit It)
Intel x86s Hide Another CPU That Can Take Over Your Machine
by Charles Mohapel

Once again the chip designers at Intel have secretly exposed users to potentially dangerous, near...cont

Latest Version Of Ransomware Is JavaScript, Requires No Download
Ransomware That's 100% Pure JavaScript, No Download Required
by Charles Mohapel

Time was that when it came it to malware and ransomware, you had to concern yourself with things ...cont

Latest Critical Flash Vulnerability Being Exploited In The Wild, Adobe Promises Patch
Critical Flash Vulnerability Is Being Exploited In The Wild
by Charles Mohapel

We love what Adobe Flash does and grit our teeth every time we hear about yet another new exploit...cont

Tech News/Leads

Return Of Incandescent Light Bulbs As MIT Makes Them More Efficient Than LEDs Will MIT's Next Gen Incandescent Light Bulbs Replace Energy-Efficient, But Underperforming LEDS And Fluorescent Bulbs? Return Of Incandescent Light Bulbs As MIT Makes Them More Efficient Than LEDs

Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb of the 20th Century may have been State-of-the-Art at...more

MindShift Gear's New TrailScape is Outdoor Photographers' 'Go To' Backpack MindShift Gear Introduces TrailScape 18L Outdoor Photography Backpack MindShift Gear's New TrailScape is Outdoor Photographers' 'Go To' Backpack

On October 17, 2016, MindShift Gear announced...more

Microsoft's New Surface Studio PC Is A Creative Dream, Wants To Kill The iMac Microsoft's Hot New Surface Studio Takes Dead Aim At The iMac Microsoft's New Surface Studio PC Is A Creative Dream, Wants To Kill The iMac

For many creative people, the 27-inch  iMac is the current tool of choice.  Microsoft i...more

MindShift Gear Introduces New SidePath Outdoor Photography Backpack MindShift Gear's New SidePath Outdoor Photography Backpack Offers Rear-panel Opening for Smaller Camera Gear MindShift Gear Introduces New SidePath Outdoor Photography Backpack

On October 17, 2016, MindShift Gear announced the SidePath, a lightweight outdoor photography bac...more

'Most Serious' Linux Privilege-Escalation Bug Ever Is Under Active Exploit (Updated) Eleven Year Old Linux Vulnerability Finally Fixed In October By Linus Torvalds 'Most Serious' Linux Privilege-Escalation Bug Ever Is Under Active Exploit (Updated)

Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, announced on October 20, 2016 that he had corrected an 11 y...more

New Lightweight Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo Offers Maximum Capacity, Comfort, and Portability Think Tank Photo Introduces New Lightweight Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo New Lightweight Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo Offers Maximum Capacity, Comfort, and Portability

On September 13, 2016, Think Tank Photo released the latest in its product line for drone owners,...more

Leica Sofort Makes Photography Tangible Leica's New Sofort Camera Elevates Instax Instant Photography Leica Sofort Makes Photography Tangible

One would not normally put Leica Camera AG and Instax instant photography in the same sentence bu...more

Airport Advantage Carry On Rolling Camera Bag Fits Commuter and Regional Aircraft Think Tank Photo Releases Airport Advantage Carry On Rolling Camera Bag For Commuter and Regional Aircraft Airport Advantage Carry On Rolling Camera Bag Fits Commuter and Regional Aircraft

On September 13, 2016, Think Tank Photo released the Airport Advantage Carry On Rolling Camera Ba...more

Kodak's Ektra Is A Camera First, Smartphone Second Kodak To Market New Cameraphone In Europe Kodak's Ektra Is A Camera First, Smartphone Second

On October 20, 2016, Eastman Kodak Company and Bullitt Group unveiled the KODAK EKTRA Smartphone,...more

Third Generation of Award-winning Airport Rolling Camera Bags Released Think Tank Photo Releases Pair Of Third Generation Award-winning Airport Rolling Camera Bags Third Generation of Award-winning Airport Rolling Camera Bags Released

Once again Think Tank Photo has taken its outstanding products and introduced improved versi...more

Apple Reinvents The Wireless Headphone With AirPods Apple's New iPhone Doesn't Have A Headphone Jack, Introduces New Proprietary Technology Apple Reinvents The Wireless Headphone With AirPods

When Apple introduced the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on September 7, 2016, the 3.5mm hea...more

Apple Introduces iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus Apple Introduces iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus, The Best, Most Advanced iPhone Ever Apple Introduces iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus

On September 7, 2016 Apple introduced the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, complete with enhanced ...more

Apple Introduces Apple Watch Series 2, The Ultimate Device For A Healthy Life Apple Updates The Apple Watch, Introduces New Apple Watch Series 2 Apple Introduces Apple Watch Series 2, The Ultimate Device For A Healthy Life

For anyone not satisfied with any of the first generation Apple watches, Apple is pleased to anno...more

Product Photos And Full Specs For The Canon 5D Mark IV Leaked Full Specs And Product Photos For The Canon 5D Mark IV Leaked Before August 25th Announcement Product Photos And Full Specs For The Canon 5D Mark IV Leaked

Anyone who has been getting antsy waiting for good product photos and full specs for the upcoming...more

Award-Winning Shape Shifter Expandable Backpack Updated and 'Naked' Option Added Think Tank Photo Introduces 3 New Shape Shifter V2.0 Backpacks Award-Winning Shape Shifter Expandable Backpack Updated and 'Naked' Option Added

Designed by and for serious and professional photographers, Think Tank Photos has taken their awa...more

Datacolor Releases Spyder5CAPTURE PRO, The Complete Color Calibration Solution For Imaging Professionals

Today (August 16, 2016), Datacolor announced the release of Spyder5CAPTURE PRO, the next generati...more

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Announcement Date On 25 August 2016

Most recent full frame Canon DSLRs have had sensors that were 20, 22, or 24 Megapixels, with the ...more

First Test Flight Of Tiny Personal Jet Inspired By Hayao Miyazaki's Anime

Given that Science Fiction has often been the source of inspiration for scientific innovation, it...more

Renowned Photographer Carol M. Highsmith Suing Getty Images for $1 Billion

On July 25, 2016, renowned photographer Carol M. Highsmith filed a lawsuit suing Getty Images for...more

Latest Rumors Now Suggest iPhone 7 Release Date Of September 16th

Earlier this week we wrote that the word on the street was not to expect the iPhone 7 and iPhone ...more

Nikon's Upcoming AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens To Be World's Fastest 105mm Lens

Due to hit store shelves in the U.S. on August 26th, 2016, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED ...more

Linux Creator Linus Torvalds Releases Linux Kernel 4.7, Complete With New Features

When Linux creator and former principal developer of the Linux kernel, Linus Tor...more

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