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postheadericon Qisda signs patent licensing agreement with Microsoft

TAOYUAN, Taiwan, and REDMOND, Wash. — April 24, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. and Qisda Corp. on Friday signed a worldwide patent licensing agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for an array of Qisda and BenQ devices, including smartphones and tablets, running the Android and Chrome operating systems.

“Today’s agreement demonstrates the power of licensing to accelerate innovation, because it will provide Qisda with greater patent protection as it brings new devices to market,” said Nick Psyhogeos, vice president and executive director of Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC. “With this agreement, Microsoft has now entered into patent licensing collaboration agreements with nearly all the top Taiwanese original device manufacturers (ODMs). We are pleased that companies around the world continue to see the value of our patent portfolio, and view mutual respect for patents as an important element of building broader business partnerships.”

“The patent agreement with Microsoft provides additional freedom to innovate as we deliver our very own exceptional products,” said Peter Chen, president of Qisda. “As a leading innovator in the design and manufacture of electronic products, we recognize the value of intellectual property.”

Although the contents of the agreement are confidential, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Qisda under the agreement.

Microsoft’s commitment to licensing intellectual property

The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements. More information about Microsoft Technology Licensing’s programs is available at

Microsoft’s specific patent licensing program for Android device-makers has resulted in signed license agreements with numerous companies including ODMs such as Hon Hai, Pegatron Corp., Quanta Computer Inc., Compal Electronics Inc., Wistron Corp., and OEMs such as Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., LG Electronics, ZTE Corp., and HTC Corp.

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC was formed in 2014 to acquire, manage and license Microsoft’s patent portfolio.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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postheadericon Point-of-Sale vendor has used the same admin password for 25 years

A major vendor of point-of-sale terminals has not changed the default passwords used on its devices in a quarter of a century, researchers have revealed at RSA 2015.

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postheadericon Gun Control Group Urges Maine Residents To Defeat Bill That Would Allow Permitless Concealed Carry By Using Fear

AUGUSTA, MAINE — Are you seeing a trend like I am? Two gun control groups, Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety, have released TV, radio and digital ads Thursday that say the proposal would … Continue reading
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postheadericon Hacker could serve longer jail sentence than the rapists he exposed

A 26-year-old hacker who helped expose the rape of a teenage girl could spend five times longer in jail than the perpetrators he outed.

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postheadericon Router Hacking News Roundup

FlashRouters collects the latest router hacking news.

Router Hacking News Roundup

One of our primary goals at FlashRouters is to provide our customers with the most secure wireless devices that money can buy. In an age where invasive governments and cybercriminals are only becoming more and more bold, we consider it a sacred duty.

And we’re going to keep on keeping on with that aforementioned goal as a guiding principle, especially considering that there seems to be disturbing news about router hacking every other week. In fact, we’ve collected some of the most recent stories, just to give you an idea of the sort of vulnerabilities exist out there.

But before we get to that, we insist on reminding you that with the right FlashRouter and the right VPN service provider on your side, you can avoid losing sleep about the security of your banking information, e-mails, and other sensitive online data. In fact, we have a whole best-sellers list full of terrific choices for the more conscientious online denizen.

Anyway, onto the news…

Router Hacking News

Router DNS Attack Brings Pornography and Game Ads to Popular Websites – Let’s start by looking at a router attack that is particularly mischievous. Hackers have figured out a way to confuse routers into sending incorrect DNS results. Many websites use Google Analytics, and this hack basically bypasses Google Analytics and sends faulty code instead, the result of which is pornography and game ads popping up on your screen that seem to originate from popular websites, but are instead coming from a hacked router.

Routers Provided By ISPs Vulnerable to HacksDon’t assume a router provided by your Internet Service Provider is necessarily safe; in fact, more than 700,000 of the ADSL routers ISPs provide are not. A “directory traversal” flaw in a firmware component called webproc.cgi that exists in these routers has a major vulnerability that allows would-be hackers to find your administrative credentials. Suffice to say, at that point, the router and your network are no longer within your control.

Common Hotel Routers Supremely Hackable – We’re going to get deeper into this one in an upcoming post, but the invaluable security firm Cylance has discovered a flaw in routers used by 8 of the 10 biggest hotel chains in the world. In addition to allowing attackers to download malware to your devices, this flaw gives potential attackers access to your data transmissions, and even the hotel’s keycard and reservation system. Sadly, security experts are pretty certain that most hotels will do little to correct this issue.

12 Million Home and Business Routers Vulnerable to Critical Hijacking HackWhile we’re on the subject of routers that are both common and problematic, here’s a bug, humorously dubbed “Misfortune Cookie”, that has shown up in devices from companies like Linksys, D-Link, Edimax, Huawei, TP-Link, ZTE, and ZyXEL. The issue is in the “RomPager” software, and apparently could allow hackers to gain administrative control and mess with the devices memory.

Feds Warn Airlines to Watch Out for Passengers Hacking Jets – And for our final story in this section, we figured we ought to go ahead and scare the daylights out of you. Terrifyingly, the FBI and the TSA have issued a warning to airlines, asking them to be on the lookout for anyone who might be trying to hack an airplane’s wireless network, and thus commandeer, say, the plane’s navigation system. Reassuringly, the FBI and the TSA claim that these threats are merely theoretical, and as of yet, they have no information that suggests a hacker could actually pull this off.

And Now (Because You’ve Earned It) the Lighter Side of Router News

The Star Trek USS Entepreise WiFi Router

The Star Trek Router (photo from Gizmodo)

Some Guys Decked Out Their Router Like The USS Enterprise (And You Can Too) – A couple of enterprising (forgive us) fellas have figured out a fairly basic way to have their router integrated into a model of Star Trek‘s USS Enterprise. It looks pretty damn cool and not all that hard to arrange for yourself. There. Doesn’t that feel a little better after all of the danger and terror documented in the stories above?

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postheadericon Your Uber Driver Could Be Packing Heat, And It’s Really OK: Uber VS Lyft On Weapons Policy

After the incident in Chicago the other day when an Uber driver successfully stopped an attempted mass shooting, the topic of Uber-type drivers being armed has come up. I know, of course it has. I’m not quite sure why. This … Continue reading
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postheadericon Hackers spy on Kansas family through unsecured baby monitor

A Kansas family are the latest victims of a hacked nanny cam, after noticing the device purchased to monitor their three-month-old baby was also monitoring them.

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postheadericon Oil and gas industry investment in digital technologies shows resilience in oil price downturn, Accenture and Microsoft survey reports

HOUSTON; Apr. 22, 2015 – Despite current lower crude oil prices, most companies in the oil and gas industry plan to invest the same amount or more in digital technologies, according to a new survey by Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Microsoft Corp. released today at the Microsoft Global Energy Forum 2015. Survey respondents included international oil companies (IOCs), national oil companies (NOCs), independents and oilfield services firms.

In the near term during the current low crude price cycle, approximately three out of five respondents said they plan to invest the same amount (32 percent) or more or significantly more (25 percent) in digital technologies.

Over the next three to five years, approximately 80 percent of the oil and gas industry professionals surveyed said they plan to invest the same amount (18 percent), more (44 percent) or significantly more (18 percent) in digital. Respondents from IOCs and NOCs were the most bullish in the same time period.

Mobility, infrastructure and collaboration technologies currently represent the biggest investment areas across the oil and gas industry. Over the next three to five years, investments are expected to increase in big data and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and automation.

The key for continued digital investment in the upstream sector is improving operational efficiency, rather than simply reducing cost, as faster, more informed decision making and a more efficient workforce were seen as the key areas where digital technologies are adding value and creating business efficiencies. However, to get the most value from digital technologies, oil and gas industry leaders say they need to overcome several barriers, with workflows and processes that create bottlenecks and physical and cybersecurity issues topping the list.

Approximately 89 percent noted that leveraging more analytics capabilities would add more business value, 90 percent felt more mobile technologies in the field would increase value, and 86 percent said that leveraging more IIoT and automation would boost value. Collaboration technologies were highlighted as an area that could be increasingly used in upstream to create a more efficient workforce and to make faster decisions.

“Oil and gas industry leaders continue to look to digital technologies as a way to address some of the key challenges the industry faces today in this lower crude oil price cycle,” said Rich Holsman, global head of digital in Accenture’s energy industry group. “Making the most of big data, IIoT and automation are indeed the next big opportunities for energy and oilfield services companies, and many are already starting work in these areas. They are increasing investments in enabling people and assets, with a growing emphasis on developing data supply chains to support analytics projects that can improve efficiencies, manage cost and provide a competitive edge. Our survey tells us that companies who do not continue to invest in digital technologies risk being left behind.”

“Mobility and other digital technologies are gaining traction as oil and gas players learn to use these technologies to make faster and better decisions from the field to the front office,” said Craig Hodges, general manager of the Gulf Coast District at Microsoft. “Predictive capabilities to optimize maintenance and maximize production can create value, and digital technologies also support better use of scarce resources and talent, management of more complex work, cost reduction efforts and innovation to remain competitive and continue operating safely.”

The Microsoft and Accenture “Oil and Gas Digital and Technology Trends Survey 2015,” conducted by PennEnergy Research in partnership with the Oil & Gas Journal, surveyed industry professionals worldwide, including engineers, geologists and mid-level and executive management from the upstream, midstream and downstream segments.

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 323,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$ 30.0 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2014. Its home page is

Accenture Digital, comprised of Accenture Analytics, Accenture Interactive and Accenture Mobility, offers a comprehensive portfolio of business and technology services across digital marketing, mobility and analytics. Learn more about Accenture Digital at

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postheadericon The dirty secrets of webcam-hacking peeping toms and sextortionists

Virtually every computer sold today comes with a dirty little secret. It can spy on you. Learn more, and how to protect yourself.

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postheadericon Ohio Now Recognizes Concealed Carry Permits From All Other States

And let this be the start of an extremely useful bill that will eventually lead to constitutional carry. The Bill, HB 234, allows all non-residents of Ohio to carry within the state if they have a valid concealed carry permit … Continue reading
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