Vulnerability traces back to Netgear's Genie application
A security researcher has discovered a vulnerability in several wireless routers made by Netgear that could give an attacker unauthenticated access, both locally and remotely. The vulnerability relates to a service that communicates with Netgear's Genie software, an accompanying program that provides a desktop (or mobile) dashboard so you can easily manage and monitor your router's settings and activity.
Privacy's a hot topic, especially since our innocence was shattered when former NSA subcontractor Edward Snowden confirmed that we can't even pass gas without the government knowing what we ate for lunch. Like it or not, it's the world we live in, though it doesn't mean we have to wave the white flag. To thwart more casual snoopers, Cherry's JD-0400EU Encrypted Wireless Keyboard and Mouse combo might do the trick.
I haven't spoken with every individual at Maximum PC about net neutrality and asked what their stances all, though I'm fairly confident we all agree it's a good thing. Certainly our new Editor-in-Chief Tuan Nguyen does, as evidenced by his recent articles on the topic here and here. And obviously so does Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, who recently proposed reclassifying the Internet as a public utility. But not everyone does. Among the comments to some of the articles we've posted on the subject are arguments opposed to treating the Internet like a public utility, which would thereby give the government increased oversight. The CTIA also opposes reclassifying the Internet as such, but I'm not sure their video on the topic will do them any favors.
The science and testing behind Logitech’s gaming mice
While Logitech is generally viewed as a peripheral manufacturer, the company views itself as a technology company. In an attempt to show PC gamers that it uses cutting-edge design methodologies, Logitech invited us to its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland to show us how the company designs and tests it gaming mice.
People don’t just buy desktop keyboards, they have long-term monogamous relationships with them that last years. Hell, some editors we know just celebrated their fifth-year anniversary with their desktop keyboard (the traditional gift is wood, by the way).
We fancy ourselves to be keyboard snobs these days, and Cherry is partially responsible for that. After all, Cherry's MX key switches are found on a number of mechanical keyboards, which helped revitalize a somewhat stagnant market for planks. So, it was with (short lived) interest when we saw Cherry introduce a new wireless keyboard and mouse combo (JD-0700EU-2) intended for the workplace.
As we approach an era that will be dominated by the Internet of Things (IoT), the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced the new Bluetooth 4.2 specification with several promising new features and updates. It comes a year after SIG certified Bluetooth 4.1, and with this latest update, Bluetooth sees improvements in several different areas, including a new direct Internet access feature.
In what might be the boldest move yet by a wireless carrier, Sprint today announced it will cut in half the monthly rate plan for Verizon and AT&T customers if they jump ship and swim to Sprint beginning Friday, December 5. It's called the "Cut Your Bill in Half Event," and customers who make the switch will get unlimited talk and text in the U.S., regardless of their current plan, plus the same data allowance that they're currently receiving, for half of whatever they're paying.
TP-Link is pitching its new Archer C8 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router as its first premium model in its 802.11ac family of networking gear. Aimed at digitally connected homes with multiple devices, the Archer C8 offers up to 1.3Gbps of transfer performance over the 5GHz channel and up to 450Mbps over the 2.4GHz channel. That's a combined 1.75Gbps of total bandwidth over the two channels, hence the AC1750 rating, though you can't actually morph the two connections into one.
Want faster Wi-Fi? Well hang onto your shorts because Samsung just announced the development of a 60GHz Wi-Fi technology that it claims will improve today's speeds by a factor of five. Under ideal conditions, you would be able to transfer a 1GB movie between devices in under three seconds. The technology would also allow for uncompressed high-definition videos to stream from mobile devices to TVs in real-time.