Listening to HD Music with an Android Device

Hello I put together a video to setup your Android device to play HD music formats.

Let me know what you think and if you are interested in more detail on HD music formats.

Dave

Android Help

Looking for a little self help with your android devices? Check out my videos on YouTube

-Dave

Upcoming CHESS Workshops

We are offering 2 workshops this month, a Dropbox-Drop-In (FREE) and a Dragon 13 Refresher($25). You can register for the workshops at davidandelicia.com

CHESS Workshops Calendar Feb 2015

-Dave

Nvidia Announces Tegra X1 With Maxwell GPU

The specs on this chip are awesome, I may be looking for this chip in my next phone. the article has all the specs for us nerdy types.
-Dave

TechCrunch

At a press conference in Las Vegas, Nvidia today announced an update to its highly successful Tegra K1 mobile processor. The X1 combines a 64-bit ARM_based processor with a graphics chip based on the company’s Maxwell architecture. The K1 used Nvidia’s older Kepler GPU technology. The X1 will feature a 256-core Maxwell GPU and an eight-core 64bit CPU. That, the company says, makes it the first teraflop mobile processor.

The original Tegra K1, Nvidia noted, was the first mobile processor that brought together a strong mobile CPU with a very powerful GPU. Bringing Kepler to the K1 took Nvidia two years.

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Nvidia unveiled the original K1 exactly a year ago at CES. It has since found a home in a number of products, including a number of Chromebooks from manufacturers like Acer and HP. Nvidia’s own Shield tablet and Google’s Nexus 9 also used the chip.

The Kepler…

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Google Wants Access to Utility Poles

Google filed a motion with the FCC to get access to the utility poles. From Brad Reed at BGR news: full article can be read here.

Google this week told the FCC that reclassifying broadband providers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act would have a big side benefit for Google Fiber because it would give Google Fiber the same access to utility poles and other key infrastructure currently enjoyed by Comcast, AT&T and other big-name ISPs.

This would speed up Google’s rollout of fiber cable for Internet service. This would be great for us consumers as it will put more pressure on the current ISPs to increase speed and lower cost. Some of the ISPs are currently blocking not only Google but any company that wants access to those utility poles.

Here’s hoping Google gets what it wants for the new year!

-Dave

More information on the the LizardSquad

Krebs post at Krebsonsecurity.com has plenty of details on the LizardSquad, from his article:

The Lizard Squad, a band of young hooligans that recently became Internet famous for launching crippling distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against the largest online gaming networks, is now advertising own Lizard-branded DDoS-for-hire service…Last, but certainly not least, it appears that Vinnie Omari — the young man I identified earlier this week as being a self-proclaimed member of of the Lizard kids — has apparently just been arrested by the police in the United Kingdom (see screen shot below). Sources tell KrebsOnSecurity that Vinnie is one of many individuals associated with this sad little club who are being rounded up and questioned.

I am always interested in how these types of hacks get carried out. You can read the full article from Krebs here. He has plenty of information on the hack.

It looks like the authorities are catching up with the novice hackers.

-Dave

LizardSquad?

LizardSquad sounds like a name from a video game. Unfortunately they are a hacking group that attacked Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox networks over Christmas. They were indeed successful at taking both networks down on Christmas day.

So who are these guys?

Of course we don’t really know because anonymity is their best defense. Two people that claim to be the LizardSquad did an interview with BBC. You can read about the interview over at Krebs. But what we do know is that the attack was not a very sophisticated one. It was a simple DDoS attack, the surprising thing is that the PlayStation network in the Xbox network was so vulnerable to a common or basic type of attack. It appears the group was really looking for fame and perhaps some money – which they got in the form of $300,000 worth of vouchers from Megaupload.

It seems unlikely we will hear from this group again as one person has been arrested in Finland and there are reports that a second person is being sought at this time.

Hopefully they did not interrupt your Christmas plans – although we have a PlayStation and an Xbox here they are rarely used so they did not interfere with my Christmas.

Happy new year!

– Dave

Are Finger Prints Secure?

According to welivesecurity.com

…Jan Krissler, claims to have ‘copied’ the thumbprint of Germany’s Defense Minister from standard photos, in machine-readable form.

Does this mean that fingerprints are not a secure biometric method?

We can expect that as more devices rely on fingerprints to secure them, the evil hackers will be working on ways to overcome fingerprint readers. 2 Factor authentication is the best method for keeping your information safe.

You can read my blog on 2 factor authentication here, or watch a video of how to use with gmail here:

-Dave

Anonymous Leaked A Massive List Of Passwords And Credit Card Numbers

If you have an Amazon, Xbox Live, or Playstation network account, you will want to at the very least change your passwords and monitor the credit card linked to the account.
-Dave

TechCrunch

Following through on threats of a Christmas hack, a Twitter account claiming affiliation with Anonymous released a list of what it says are usernames and passwords for 13,000 accounts on Amazon, PlayStation, XBox Live, Hulu Plus, Walmart and other retail and entertainment services.

The hack additionally included credit card numbers, security codes and expiration dates.The trove was linked to in a Friday tweet.

Update:CyberGhost CEO Robert Knapp says the group did not list user credentials from his service, but free activation keys. He said there is no security vulnerability for CyberGhost users.  

In addition to providing account information for online retailer, gaming and video services, the cache also includes information for a variety of pornography sites. The Daily Dot has compiled a full list…

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Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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-Dave