Adobe source code breach; it’s bad, real bad


The theft of source code for Adobe(s adbe) Acrobat, Cold Fusion and other products poses a wide-spread threat given the installed base of these products, particularly Acrobat, security specialists said. Adobe disclosed the issue in a blog post on Thursday.

In the post, Adobe Chief Security Officer Brad Arkin wrote:

“Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems. We also believe the attackers removed from our systems certain information relating to 2.9 million Adobe customers, including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders. At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems.”

Not good at all. This may be the biggest compromise of a software vendor’s security since the RSA Security(s emc) stolen token meltdown two years ago.  While that was extremely…

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Apple adds new iPhone tips and tricks guides to its site


If you poke around the iPhone section on Apple’s(s aapl) site, you might notice a few new pages. MacRumors has spotted three new guides add by Apple to share tips and tricks for the iPhone 4s, the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s.

Long a blogging staple (I’ve admittedly been working on a guide of my own), these are Apple’s first guides for phones running its new iOS 7. Though not nearly as in-depth as its much longer iPhone user guide, these pages have useful tips about better ways to use AirPlay and wireless, your calendar, compass, FaceTime, Find My iPhone, mail, Maps, music, photography, settings, Siri and swipe gestures.

You can find the new pages at the bottom of iPhone marketing pages on Apple’s site. Though these tips aren’t detailed enough to stop countless bloggers from compiling their own, they’re not a bad place to start…

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Galaxy Note 3 review: To ink or not to ink? That is the question.


Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 arrives in stores this Friday, where customers can decide if the large handset with digital inking is worth the purchase. Now in its third iteration, the Galaxy Note line has defined the category of a stylus-enabled phone. Based on using a Note 3 for the past week, it’s surely better than its predecessors, but will it and its $299 (with contract) price appeal to a widespread audience?

Hardware: A potent package

Make no mistake about it: The 5.7-inch display makes the Note 3 a large phone, measuring in at 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 millimeters (5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches). Here’s a size comparison of the Note 3 with a Galaxy S 4, Moto X and iPhone(s aapl) 5.

galaxy note 3 size

Like the Galaxy S4, however, Samsung has done a great job fitting a big screen into as little a phone as possible; there’s very little bezel around…

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Picking Up The Crumbs

Simply awesome…


A few days ago a new feature landed in Firefox Nightly that makes closing multiple tabs easier than it was before.

I often find myself in situations where I have multiple tabs that I opened only to look at for short periods of time. Sometimes I reach this state while reading articles on Hacker News or looking at funny pictures on Reddit. At the end of looking at the tabs, it would be nice if Firefox had a way to close these ephemeral tabs so you can get back to your previous work quicker.

Close Tabs to The Right

Well, Firefox now does! If you open lots of tabs from Reddit and then want to close all of the tabs to the right of Reddit, just right-click on the Reddit tab and choose “Close Tabs to the Right”. It’s easy and quick!

Why “close tabs to the right” and not “close tabs to the left”?…

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Taking on Twitter, Facebook will send TV networks more data

That’s a point right there.


Facebook (s FB) is going to start sharing weekly data reports with ABC (s DIS), NBC (s GE), Fox (s NWS) and CBS (s CBS). The Wall Street Journal‘s Digits notes that the reports will include how many likes, comments and shares TV episodes get on the social network. They will also include some data from private posts:

“The new television data report will tally all posts, including private ones, but Facebook says the data is collected anonymously and will only be shown in aggregate to protect users’ privacy.

The new Facebook reports are fairly limited. They show, for example, that a recent episode of ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ generated more than 1 million interactions from some 750 thousand people.”

The move is seen in part as an attempt to compete with Twitter, which has actively wooed TV networks with data on tweets about their shows. As my…

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Analytics for ERP: the benefits of big data in the cloud


Traditional ERP systems were designed to support in-house, vertically integrated processes and supply chains that rarely changed. The analytics that supported those systems were equally stubborn. Modern logistics are far more fluid, and partners, suppliers and customers demand personalized service. Moving ERP to the cloud can bring flexibility to your back office. Cloud-based analytics can add real-time decision support that allows you convert flexibility into efficiency, shortening production cycles, adapting to disruptions, and responding to customer demand before the customer even asks.

In this webinar, our panel will discuss these topics:

  • How have machine-generated data and other emerging data inputs strained existing ERP systems and analytics?
  • How have shorter production cycles and the supply chains that support them affected traditional ERP systems?
  • Which ERP applications will see the most benefit from the cloud?
  • What efficiencies can businesses realistically expect from cloud-based analytics?
  • How can businesses transition to the cloud…

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The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are coming to Virgin Mobile October 1


Starting next week, you’ll be able to pick up a new iPhone 5s(s aapl) or iPhone 5c on Virgin Mobile (if it can keep them in stock, that is). The contract-free carrier will be offering Apple’s latest iPhones with unlimited data for the full retail price upfront.

Virgin’s data plans start as low as $35 and included unlimited 3G and 4G data (though speeds are throttled significantly once you reach a monthly cap of 2.5GB). If you sign up for Auto Pay, Virgin is currently offering iPhone users a $5 monthly discount, which might make this the least expensive iPhone plan you’ll find. You’ll have to pay full retail price for the phone upfront, though, which starts at a whopping $549 for the iPhone 5c and $649 for the iPhone 5s. But those low monthly rates are incentive enough for many buyers.

Earlier this week Kevin Fitchard reported that…

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