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The Brand New Version of App of the Day is Now Available Worldwide for Android – Virtual Press Office (press release)

The Brand New Version of App of the Day is Now Available Worldwide for Android Virtual Press Office (press release) " App of the Day works only with the best app developers. For example, our exclusive partnership with sports app developer Runtastic allows us to offer our community a pro version of a Runtastic app every month," says Guillaume Sztejnberg, founder of ... and more »

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Samsung Galaxy Core Prime coming to Verizon February 26 for $29.99 with two-year contract; 64-bit, quad core 1.2 GHz chipset, 1 GB RAM, 4.5-inch…

While anticipation of the release of the next Samsung flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is high, Samsung is all set to release one of its entry-level devices, the Galaxy Core Prime, on Verizon Wireless, later this week, February 26 to be precise. The phone went on sale in India , back in December, along with two other 4G LTE-enabled handsets, as a part of Samsung’s attempts to counter the competition from local OEMs like Micromax, as well as the Chinese OEM Xiaomi, who seem to be flooding the entry-level market in India. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset, 64 bit, quad-core, clocked at 1.2 GHz, coupled with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory, supporting expansion up to 128 GB via a MicroSD slot. It sports a 4.5-inch 800 x 480 pixel resolution display, with the pixel density coming up to 207, which is far from the sharpest in its class. It runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top, and sports a 5 MP primary, and 2 MP front facing camera. The Verizon listing does state that it will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop with a future update. The price of the device on Verizon will be $29.99, with a two-year contract. Verizon Edge customers get a different pricing, with the device being made available to them at $8 a month. The customers will also get 25 GB cloud storage on Verizon Cloud, free with this device. The device is a very neat looking entry level phone from Samsung. However, for the current generation of smartphones, the screen resolution of 800 x 480 is way too less, even for an entry level device. The device has been priced at approximately $100 in the Indian market, so Verizon’s contract pricing may seem a bit too high for some people, considering the fact that there are quite a few devices with better screens resolutions available in the same segment. Verizon is yet to reveal the off-contract price for the device. Verizon Wireless will begin the online sale of the Galaxy Core Prime on February 26, with its store launch set date set to March 5.

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Education-technology startup Instructure raises $40M Series E round ahead of a looming IPO (Molly Hensley-Clancy/BuzzFeed)

Education-technology startup Instructure has been anything but shy about its pursuit of one of the education industry’s behemoths: Blackboard, whose historically clunky, hard-to-use education software has made it among the most disliked companies in the business. Instructure’s first product, a software system called Canvas, was pitted directly against Blackboard’s wares, and managed to steal away plenty of customers: The company now says Canvas has 18 million users and 1200 customers just four years after its launch. Instructure has also been blunt about its goal to go public, and quickly — a rarity in the education world, where startups are often snapped up by the giant education companies that already have . CEO Josh Coates told BuzzFeed today that the company had raised an additional $40 million in growth funding ahead of a looming IPO, confirming a rumor that was first reported by Tech Crunch yesterday. The company has now raised around $90 million. The Series E round will fuel the company’s launch of a product focused on corporate training markets, called Bridge, Coates said. “Our software was primarily built for academic institutions,” he said. “But there’s a lot of opportunity long after graduation — people want to get better at their craft, and companies want to facilitate that.” Coates called traditional enterprise software “dry, boring and complicated,” with an unnecessarily complicated payment and pricing structure; Instructure’s sleek, clean software, he said, will give Bridge a leg up in the same way that Canvas gained footing against Blackboard, which was known for its antiquated systems. But Coates acknowledged that the corporate market is much more fragmented than the education world, where Blackboard had long dominated. “We’re expecting steady, rapid growth, but maybe not as sharp as in the education market. There’s no 800-pound gorilla for us to take down,” Coates said. Instructure’s self-dubbed “march towards IPO” is notable in the education world, where companies rarely go public . Blackboard has long been acquisition-hungry, buying up competitors before they can grow big enough to navigate a notoriously tricky market in higher education and K12. But Coates said he sees an IPO as a necessity for his company, especially now that they are hoping to win over corporate clients as well as universities.

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WSJ: Hackers still able to access US State Department network three months since email breach (Eric Beech/Reuters)

WASHINGTON Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:33pm EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three months after the U.S. State Department confirmed hackers breached its unclassified email system, the government has still not been able to evict them from the network, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing three people familiar with the investigation. Government officials, assisted by outside contractors and the National Security Agency, have repeatedly scanned the network and taken some systems offline, the Journal reported. But investigators still see signs of the hackers on State Department computers, the people familiar with the matter told the paper. Each time investigators find a hacker tool and block it, the intruders tweak it slightly to attempt to sneak past defenses, the Journal reported. It is not clear how much data the hackers have taken. No official determination has been made about who is behind the breach, which was disclosed in November, the paper said. The Journal reported that five people familiar with the original intrusion said they had seen or been told of links suggesting involvement by the Russian government. The malware, or intrusion software, is similar to other tools linked to Moscow in the past, the paper said. Two of the people said the intruders had taken State Department emails related to the crisis in Ukraine, among other things, the Journal reported. (Reporting by Eric Beech ; Editing by Peter Cooney ) Link this Share this Digg this Email Print Reprints

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NSA-linked "Equation Group" can infect computers repeatedly via spyware inserted in hard disk firmware (Joseph Menn/Reuters)

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO Mon Feb 16, 2015 3:08pm EST 1 of 2. A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 kms) south of Salt Lake City, Utah, December 17, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Jim Urquhart SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives. That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyberespionage operations. Kaspersky said it found personal computers in 30 countries infected with one or more of the spying programs, with the most infections seen in Iran, followed by Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria. The targets included government and military institutions, telecommunication companies, banks, energy companies, nuclear researchers, media, and Islamic activists, Kaspersky said. ( reut.rs/1L5knm0 ) The firm declined to publicly name the country behind the spying campaign, but said it was closely linked to Stuxnet, the NSA-led cyberweapon that was used to attack Iran's uranium enrichment facility. The NSA is the agency responsible for gathering electronic intelligence on behalf of the United States. A former NSA employee told Reuters that Kaspersky's analysis was correct, and that people still in the intelligence agency valued these spying programs as highly as Stuxnet. Another former intelligence operative confirmed that the NSA had developed the prized technique of concealing spyware in hard drives, but said he did not know which spy efforts relied on it. NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines declined to comment. Kaspersky published the technical details of its research on Monday, which should help infected institutions detect the spying programs, some of which trace back as far as 2001

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Report: malware infections on mobiles increased by 25% in 2014, affecting around 16M devices (Leon Spencer/ZDNet)

Summary: ​Around 16 million mobile devices worldwide was hit by malware as at the end of 2014, while attacks on communications networks rose during the year, according to new research by Alcatel-Lucent. French telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent has published a report compiled by its Motive Security Labs division, which found that malware infections in mobile devices increased by 25 percent in 2014, compared to a 20 percent increase in 2013. According to Alcatel-Lucent, the current malware infection rate for mobile devices stand at 0.68 percent, a figure which the company's Motive Labs used to estimate that around 16 million devices worldwide were likely to have been infected by malicious software as at the end of 2014. Mobile spyware was identified as being on the increase, according to the report, with six of the mobile malware top 20 list now made of mobile spyware. These are apps that are used to spy on the phone's owner, and can track a phone's location, monitor incoming and outgoing calls and text messages, monitor email, and track a phone user's web browsing. The Motive Security Labs malware report - H2 2014 , which looked at all popular mobile device platforms, found that Android devices have caught up with Windows laptops in terms of malware attack numbers, with infection rates between Android and Windows devices split 50/50. Android and Windows device malware infection rates are now split 50/50, according to Alcatel-Lucent. (Image: Alcatel-Lucent) Less than 1 percent of infections came from iPhone and Blackberry smartphones. Although, new vulnerabilities, such as the 'Find My iPhone' exploit discovered last year, have emerged in the past 12 months, showing that they are not immune from malware threats. According to Alcatel-Lucent, the growth in malware infections has been aided by mobile device owners not taking "proper" device security precautions. A recent Motive Security Labs survey found that 65 percent of the security platform subscribers expected their service provider to protect both their mobile and home devices. Motive's malware report found that infection rates in residential networks also rose significantly in 2014, with malware found in 13.6 percent of residences, an increase of 5 percent over 2013. The report also found that, somewhat counter-intuitively, consumers who avoid shopping online out of fear their credit or debit card information may be stolen may, in fact, be exposing themselves to greater risk. A spate of retail payment systems security breaches in 2014 showed the result of malware infections were likely to be found on cash registers or point-of-sale terminals, rather than on online store payment portals. Alcatel-Lucent's research found that there was an increase in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks using network infrastructure components such as home routers, DSL modems, cable modems, mobile WiFi hotspots, DNS servers, and NTP servers.

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