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The Weekly Techno Briefs helps you keep pace with the fascinating and constantly changing world of technology. In this week's technology update we highlight the potential threat of the Shellshock bug, some recent Apple set backs and feature the launch of BlackBerry’s Passport. We also bring to you the incredible story Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba - the Chinese ecommerce site which has the largest IPO in history.
Hackers exploit 'Shellshock' bug with worms in early attacks"Shellshock" is the first major internet threat to emerge since the discovery of "Heartbleed" in April which affected OpenSSL encryption software. Some analysts warn it could be worse than its predecessor and the US government-backed National Vulnerability Database rated Shellshock 10/10 for severity.
Hackers have begun exploiting the newly identified computer bug, using fast-moving worm viruses to scan for vulnerable systems and then infect them. The software at the heart of the "Shellshock" bug, known as “Bash”, is widely used in web servers and other types of computer equipment.
The problem is unlikely to affect as many systems as “Heartbleed” because not all computers running Bash can be exploited, according to security experts. However "Shellshock" could still have the potential to wreak more havoc because it enables hackers to gain complete control of an infected machine, which could allow hackers to destroy data, shut down networks or launch attacks on websites, experts said.
Link : Reuters
BlackBerry PassportMeanwhile this week BlackBerry officially launched its new square form factor smartphone, the Passport. This new handset is the size and shape of most national passports, dubbed by the company as the "international symbol of mobility."
With its three-row physical QWERTY keyboard, the Passport at first glance may seem like Blackberry is taking two steps back. In fact, it is a mix of retro design elements and the latest technology. The handset weighs 196 grams and is just 9.3mm thick. With its large screen, the BlackBerry Passport could fit into the phablet category and be a real productivity device rather than an entertainment device.
BlackBerry also announced that it will release the BlackBerry Classic later this year. The Classic is an updated version of its popular smartphone featuring the traditional keyboard, trackpad and physical navigation keys of earlier BlackBerry devices.
Link : TechNewsWorld
Rejected by Burger King, welcomed by the world: Alibaba's Jack MaAlibaba, the giant soon-to-be €157 billion beast will make headlines for years to come. Its founder Jack Ma used to ride his bike for 45 minutes every morning to a hotel where he could meet Anglophone tourists and learn English. He would give them free tours in exchange for speaking with them and became proficient enough to become an English teacher.
Jack Ma, the soon-to-become richest Chinese billionaire, was even refused a job position at Burger King because he was "too short". In 1999, Jack Ma borrowed money from family and friends, and bundled all his savings to start his first company. With an initial capital of €47,000, Jack went on to build the largest Technology venture in China.
Today Alibaba Group’s (BABA) initial public offering was a success by any measure. At €19.6 billion, it was the largest in history. Investors were so eager to add the Chinese e-commerce giant to their portfolios that the shares soared 38% on their debut, the biggest first-day jump for an IPO of at least €7.9 billion. When trading ended on September 19, the company had a market value of €181 billion, more than Amazon.com’s and EBay’s combined.
Link : Gulf Elite Magazine
Apple set backs
iPhone 6 frailty
On the heels of the release of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets earlier this month has come an unexpected weakness: In short the iPhone 6 Plus bends and doesn't return to its original shape. The subject is fervently being discussed in social media, with more than 57,000 mentions of it online, primarily by male authors (76% compared to 24% female). Some of the more common observations have been that if the phone is in the pocket for too long it is more likely to bend and that it can also be bent with bare hands.
Link : TechNewsWorld
On Thursday Apple announced it’s preparing iOS 8.0.2 and plans to release it within the next few days. The release will include a fix for problems triggered by iOS 8.0.1. In a rare move, Apple suspended downloads of iOS 8.0.1 on Wednesday, in order to fix problems uncovered after the launch of iOS 8.
Apple redoubles efforts to fix iOS 8
Apple recommended a downgrade for owners of Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus who lost their cellular service and use of their phone's Touch ID fingerprint reader due to the flawed iOS 8.0.1 update. The downgrade for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can be downloaded from Apple's iTunes store.
Link : TechNewsWorld
The highlights from our Weekly Techno Briefs above do not necessarily represent the view of Capgemini Group.