The prices for James Bond-style hacks keep growing, especially for those that hijack iPhones and secure messaging apps. It's the latest sign that governments and police forces around the world are as eager as ever to exploit software that's becoming ever more difficult to compromise. On Monday, market-leading exploit broker Zerodium said it would pay up to $2 million for zero-click jailbreaks of Apple's iOS, $1.5 million for one-click iOS jailbreaks, and $1 million for exploits that take over secure messaging apps WhatsApp and iMessage. Previously, Zerodium was offering $1.5 million, $1 million, and $500,000 for the same types of exploits respectively. The steeper prices indicate not only that the demand for these exploits continues to grow, but also that reliably compromising these targets is becoming increasingly hard. "I think one conclusion is that targets are getting harder to exploit," Patrick Wardle, a former hacker for the National Security Agency and now a cofounder of Digital … [Read more...] about Zeroday exploit prices continue to soar, especially for iOS and messaging apps
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Acer is no stranger to Chromebooks. It probably leads the pack in market saturation. Chromebooks are typically cheap, making them great solutions for education. However, a few trickle out each year targeting professionals with premium price tags. Enter the Acer Chromebook 13. With this model, Acer is targeting businesses with a dark, all-aluminum design, a powerful processor, and a high screen resolution. It’s beautiful to behold and cool to the touch. Let’s examine Acer’s Chromebook from all angles and give it a thorough beating.The model provided for this review is CB713-1W-56VY. It’s based on Intel’s eighth-generation Core i5-8250U four-core processor, 8GB of LPDDR3 system memory, and 64GB of storage. You’ll also find an embedded 720p webcam, integrated graphics, and a decent 13.5-inch IPS screen. This model sells for $800. Display The Acer Chromebook 13 has a 13.5-inch screen. That sounds small compared to typically larger laptops, but you … [Read more...] about Acer Chromebook 13 review: A premium Chrome OS laptop for a premium price
In 2007, Drew Houston, Dropbox's CEO, got sick and tired of misplacing his USB drive, so he created the first personal and small business cloud storage service. It was a radical one in its day. Today, everyone and their uncle seems to be offering cheap or free cloud storage.Also: How to sync multiple cloud storage services for free TechRepublicThat's great! Except, well, how do you choose which one is right for you? It used to be that most people decided simply on the basis of how much free storage space they got. That's simple, but it only tells part of the story.The real value from a cloud storage service comes from how well it works for you. As you'll see, some work much better with some operating systems and business plans than others.It's odd. Amazon does a great job with its cloud storage service Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for developers and IT. But Amazon Drive for personal and business users has never been a first-tier storage service. Mind you, it has gotten … [Read more...] about What’s the best cloud storage for you?
Want the best of all Chromebooks? Then get Google's Pixelbook.Now, I've liked Chromebooks since the experimental Cr-48 rolled out in late 2010. And, when Google released its first high-end Chromebook, 2013's Pixel, I was sold. I slowly but surely put away my Linux-powered Lenovo ThinkPads and started replacing them with Google's high-end Chromebooks. Why? Because they're better than any other laptop out there.What's that? You can't do as much with a Chromebook that you can do with, say, a MacBook Pro 13 or a Lenovo Yoga 920. Oh please!Yes, you need the internet to get the most from a Chromebook, but tell me, when was the last time you did any serious work with macOS or Windows without an internet connection? That's right. Sometime in the 2000s. Sure, if you're doing video editing, you need a powerful PC. But for most of us, our work lives and dies with the internet. Besides, as my tech buddy Mike Elgan points out, today's high-end Chromebooks "run more apps without dual- or … [Read more...] about The Killer Chromebook: Google’s i7 Pixelbook
Google announced today it is integrating its Chrome OS Enterprise device management suite with four leading mobility management vendors to offer unified end-point management (UEM) capabilities.Last year, Google introduced its Chrome Enterprise suite and offered integration with VMware Workspace ONE's UEM cloud portal, allowing IT shops to manage Chrome OS devices using both native Chrome Enterprise and VMware tools from a single console.Google charges $50 per device annually for the Chrome Enterprise management service. Today, Google said it has partnered with Cisco Meraki, IBM MaaS360, Citrix XenMobile and Zoho to further integrate management tools for Chrome OS with popular EMM vendors.Cisco Meraki offers security features and endpoint management through a web-based dashboard interface. IBM MaaS360 with Watson offers the management of smartphones, tablets, laptops and IoT devices from a single console. Citrix XenMobile provides mobile device and application management, … [Read more...] about Google unites Chrome OS tools and EMM vendors for single console control