Venomous Snakeoil | Tech Talk Today 170

Venomous Snakeoil | Tech Talk Today 170

Venom is claimed to be the new Heartbleed threatening datacenters around the world but is it legit?

The new 4k Blu-Ray spec is revealed & the YotaPhone 2 with an E-ink display back is coming to a country near you!

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‘Venom’ Security Vulnerability Threatens Most Datacenters

A new vulnerability found in open source virtualization software QEMU, which is run on hardware in datacenters around the world (CVE-2015-3456). “The cause is a widely-ignored, legacy virtual floppy disk controller that, if sent specially crafted code, can crash the entire hypervisor. That can allow a hacker to break out of their own virtual machine to access other machines — including those owned by other people or companies.” The vulnerable code is used in Xen, KVM, and VirtualBox, while VMware, Hyper-V, and Bochs are unaffected. “Dan Kaminsky, a veteran security expert and researcher, said in an email that the bug went unnoticed for more than a decade because almost nobody looked at the legacy disk drive system, which happens to be in almost every virtualization software.” The vulnerability has been dubbed “Venom,” for “Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation.”

Ultra HD Blu-ray specification now complete, logo unveiled – CNET

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has announced the Ultra HD Blu-ray (4K) specification is now complete and has also revealed the next-gen format’s official logo.

The BDA says the format incorporates a 3,840×2,160-pixel resolution, expanded color range support, high dynamic range (HDR) and high frame rate content (read 60fps). As well as the promise of up-to-date video, UHD Blu-ray will also support “next-generation immersive, object-based sound formats.”

YotaPhone 2 adds white color option to AMOLED + E-ink display hardware, Lollipop update rolling out

YotaPhone 2

YotaPhone 2 sports a completely functional 4.7-inch E-ink display with always-on capabilities on its back.

As for the planned North American debut of the unique YotaPhone 2, the company says its Indiegogo campaign to help bring it to the US will kick off on May 19th with early bird pricing for the first backers ahead of its summer release.

ASUS confirms next-gen Android Wear ZenWatch coming early Q3, improved 4-day battery life

ASUS reportedly confirmed that the device will feature improved battery life, up from 2 days on the first-gen ZenWatch to 4 days on the upcoming version. That still falls short of the company’s goal to offer 7-days battery life, according to the report.

The company added that it expects to sell less than a million units of its smartwatch this year.

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