Episode 318 – Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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Gangnam Style becomes YouTube’s most-viewed video

It has notched up more than 808m views since it was posted in July.
The video pokes fun at the consumerism of Gangnam, an affluent suburb of the South Korean capital Seoul.

Gangnam Style, which won best video at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards, has also been number one in 28 countries.

It holds the Guinness World Record for the most “liked” song ever – currently with a little under 5.4m likes on YouTube.

Previously, Justin Bieber’s 2010 teenybopper hit Baby held the record for the most YouTube views.

Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun was the first person in the US to tweet a link to the Gangnam Style video.

Missing child app welcomed

The application helps users safely store and update photographs and vital information about children on their phone.

It also allows international information to be shared.

Available at no cost for Android and iPhone users, the application can be downloaded now:

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Facebook deletes picture of bathing woman’s elbow as indecent

The photograph showing a woman in a bath with her elbow resting on the rim was posted to Facebook by online magazine Theories of the Deep Understanding of Things as an experiment to test the social media network’s censorship policies.

While the photo did not depict any actual nudity, the position of the woman’s elbow made it appear at first glance as though her breast and nipple were showing.

As reported by the magazine this morning on its Facebook page, site moderators quickly removed the picture for violation of content guidelines.
“FB moderators can’t tell an elbow from a dangerous, filthy, uncanny and violent female breast,” they wrote.

In September, prominent US magazine the New Yorker was temporarily banned from Facebook after a cartoon line drawing of a topless Adam and Eve was deemed to violate the site’s community standards on “nudity and sex”.

Friday 30 September 2011  Facebook refuses to take down rape joke pages


02 October 12  Facebook refuses to take down ‘hate’ page targeting alleged murderer


August 21, 2012  Facebook Refuses to Take Down Pedophile Page


Online retail sales hit $12.3b

Online sales hit $12.3 billion in Australia in the 12 months to October 2012, according to the NAB Online Retail Sales Index.

However, online sales accounted for just 5.6 per cent of total retail spending.

Online sales increased 26 per cent for the year ended October following a slowdown in sales in the first half of this year.

Residents in the Australian Capital Territory are the most active in online buying, followed by the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Online auctions, department store websites, fashion, cosmetics and variety stores make up the bulk of online sales (48 per cent).

Home, furniture, appliances and electronics made up 19 per cent of online retail sales.

“Those aged in their 30s and 40s remain the key demographic for online spending, with the under 30s age group lagging on a per capita basis

The smartphone is 20 years old, believe it or not

according to some estimates, the smartphone is actually all of 20 years old, as of last Friday.

The IBM Simon was rolled out on Nov. 23, 1992, at COMDEX, though it was code-named “Angler” at the time

it was about the size of today’s Nexus 7 around 510 grams

16MHz processor, 1MB of memory and 1MB of storage. Its operating system was a variant of DOS.
Its external app ecosystem consisted of exactly one program — a PC-to-Simon texting tool called DispatchIt, which cost $3,000 for the PC software and an additional $300 for every Simon client.

it could do some things modern smartphones can’t, like accept fax transmissions.

it used an app drawer, had touch-screen input (admittedly, in monochrome and with a stylus) and was even sold via the same subsidized pricing scheme commonly used today, at $900 with a new two-year deal from BellSouth Cellular.

Simon wasn’t a commercial success — according to Bloomberg, it was plagued by half-hearted marketing, short battery life and a host of other problems, and spent a total of six months on the market before being yanked.

Australians gripe about negative top-level domain proposals

Governments around the world have lodged complaints about a wide variety of proposals for new top-level Internet domains. Australia is the biggest complainer and has issues with proposed domains including “gripe,” “fail” and “sucks”: It says they are too negative.

Australia is the country behind the largest number of them, by a wide margin. It took offense to “sucks” because “the string has an overtly negative or critical connotation,” and gave the same reason why it thinks “wtf,” “gripe” and “fail” should not be allowed to become a top level domain.

It also warned that “casino” should be denied because the applicants for the domain name do “not appear to have proposed sufficient mechanisms to minimize potential consumer harm.”

A company that probably isn’t too happy about the warnings is Amazon, because “app;” “book,” “cloud,” “game,” “movie” and a number of its other suggested domains have all drawn the ire of the Australians.

The disputed domains were among the 1930 for which applications were revealed in June



Outrage over fake Jetstar Facebook page


JETSTAR has landed in the middle of a PR disaster after an internet hoaxer hijacked its Facebook page and started snapping at customers.  Customers of the budget airline were left confused and angry when an anonymous prankster registered on Facebook under the name “Jetstar Australia”, and using the airline’s official logo, began rudely responding to their queries on the company’s official page.   “This is a ‘comment box’, not a ‘write a long story box’. Please shorten it and send it to someone who cares,” the hoaxer replied to one woman’s lengthy query.  Another who inquired about sale prices on a flight to the Gold Coast received the reply: “Don’t be such a tight ass, and pay the full price. It’s cheap anyway.”

Nintendo’s Wii U tipped to sell out when it goes on sale at midnight


THE first new games console in six years will go on sale in Australia at midnight, and retailers are already predicting widespread sell-outs and pre-Christmas scrambling to start this weekend.  Nintendo’s Wii U console, which features a new tablet-like controller and high-definition graphics, will be feted at midnight launches around the country in stores including EB Games, K-Mart and JB Hi-Fi.  But EB Games managing director Steve Wilson says the ability to purchase one of the new consoles is already limited as the game chain has been filling pre-orders for months.  “We’re going to be pre-ordered out by the time it launches,” he said.  “We’ll have a few left for walk-in customers but there will be sell-outs in different locations. By the end of the week they’ll be hard to find.”

High-speed internet plans for Adelaide’s public areas


FREE outdoor wi-fi is set to be rolled out across Adelaide city centre by the end of next year in an Australian first.  The State Government and Adelaide City Council will today unveil plans to provide the free high-speed internet access in public areas such as Rundle Mall and Victoria Square and ranging from Gouger Street to the riverbank and West Terrace to East Terrace, by the end of 2013.   It would also be at city festivals and events.
Under the plan, aimed at driving business and enticing visitors to the city, Adelaide would become the first capital city in Australia to offer blanket wi-fi coverage across the central business district including streets, parks and shopping malls as opposed to selected areas.  Premier Jay Weatherill said the Adelaide City Wireless Broadband project would encourage shoppers, diners, students and tourists to spend more time in the city.

Samsung printers contain hard coded backdoor account, US-CERT warns


Printers manufactured by Samsung have a backdoor administrator account hard coded in their firmware that could enable attackers to change their configuration, read their network information or stored credentials and access sensitive information passed to them by users.  The hardcoded account does not require authentication and can be accessed over the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) interface of the affected printers, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) said Monday in a security advisory.  SNMP is an Internet protocol commonly used to monitor and read statistics from network-attached devices.  The SNMP account found in Samsung printers has full read and write permissions and remains accessible even if SNMP is disabled using the printer’s management utility, US-CERT said.  “Secondary impacts include: the ability to make changes to the device configuration, access to sensitive information (e.g., device and network information, credentials, and information passed to the printer), and the ability to leverage further attacks through arbitrary code execution,” the organization said.
It’s not just Samsung-branded printers that contain the administrative account, but also some Dell-branded printers manufactured by Samsung.

iTnews – Researchers use Exchange for smartphone mayhem

An attacker can steal your contacts, snoop on your email and erase all data from your iPhone or Android device using Microsoft Exchange, a Perth university lecturer has revealed.  Peter Hannay discovered that by pushing policy to phones he could wipe the devices clean and likely steal data and sniff outgoing emails.  “There is nothing technically difficult to this – it’s really easy and really lame, and that’s a problem,” the Edith Cowan researcher told delegates at the Kiwicon security conference.   


“We can set a minimum length for device passwords, demand as the server that a 65,500-long character password be set … and set the screen lock to a one second timeout and give one password attempt.”  “And we pushed a wifi [ban] out to a wifi-only iPad.”
In a proof-of-concept demonstration also shown at Defcon, Hannay used a wifi Pineapple with DNS spoofing plus a fake certificate to which victim phones would connect.
Victim iPhones would flag a connection warning of which “nine out of 10 CEOs will click through” before the devices would be wiped.  “The problem is that we are giving users … the ability to turn off security measures and they have been trained for years to bypass these sorts of errors,” Hannay said.  Microsoft’s Windows Phone was not vulnerable to the attack.  Hannay, along with a crew of Edith Cowan university students, were further developing the research to include a protocol library to emulate the ActiveSync Protocol.
“We may be able to get the phones to sync address books, contacts and so on. We could … push a new outgoing mail server to devices so that from now on whenever you send an email, it comes through us.”  He said the attack would gather a lot of victims in public areas such as airports.  Hannay also said when analysing a recent iteration of Android, he discovered Google Apps for business could also push policies following fallible reverse DNS checks.

RAA offers hi-tech solution to block motorists using mobile phones

TECHNOLOGY that blocks mobile phone signals should be fitted to the cars of motorists caught repeatedly talking and texting while driving.  That’s the call from the head of the Motor Accident Commission as latest figures show more than 12,000 drivers – 33 a day – were fined more than $4 million for using their mobiles last year.  MAC chair Roger Cook said there was a culture of motorists using their phones while driving, putting themselves and others at risk.  “If we don’t make a cultural change then the State Government will have to consider legislating and getting repeat offenders’ phones scrambled,” the former chair of the National Road Safety Council said.  The phone-blocking technology, priced at about $230, is already being sold in the UK.

HTTP Strict Transport Security becomes Internet standard

A Web security policy mechanism that promises to make HTTPS-enabled websites more resilient to various types of attacks has been approved and released as an Internet standard — but despite support from some high-profile websites, adoption elsewhere is still low.  HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) allows websites to declare themselves accessible only over HTTPS (HTTP Secure) and was designed to prevent hackers from forcing user connections over HTTP or abusing mistakes in HTTPS implementations to compromise content integrity.  The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the body responsible for developing and promoting Internet standards, published the HSTS specification as an official standards document, RFC 6797, on Monday. IETF’s Web Security Working Group had been working on it since 2010, when it was first submitted as a draft by Jeff Hodges from PayPal, Collin Jackson from Carnegie Mellon University and Adam Barth from Google.  HSTS prevents so-called mixed content issues from affecting the security and integrity of HTTPS websites. Mixed content situations occur when scripts or other resources embedded into an HTTPS-enabled website are loaded from a third-party location over an insecure connection. This can be the result of a development error or it can be intentional.


google http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2012/11/28/gmail_users_can_now_send_attachments_up_to_10gb
google http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2012/11/27/google_clearly_does_not_know_how_to_prepare_for_selling_a_phone
Microsoft http://www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/Microsoft-Sells-40-Million-Windows-8-Licenses-First-Month
apple http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20121127PD207.html
apple http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-27/apple-said-to-fire-maps-manager-after-flaws-hurt-iphone-5-debut.html
angry birds http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2012/11/25/angry_birds_soda_beats_out_coke_and_pepsi_in_finland

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