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  • E-paper display gives payment cards a changing security code

    By embedding an e-paper display in the back of credit and debit cards, payment specialist Oberthur Technologies hopes to make online fraud a lot more difficult. An upcoming test in France will show if the underlying technology can cut it.

  • EU Parliament votes for tougher rules on use of conflict minerals

    The European Parliament wants to apply strict disclosure requirements on companies whose products contain so-called conflict materials, often used in laptops, tablets and smartphones and other consumer electronics.

  • Verizon (probably) dominates U.S. wireless service providers

    The numbers filed with the SEC seem pretty inarguable. Verizon dominates the U.S. wireless carrier industry, both in terms of total subscribers and in a key metric called ARPU, or average revenue per user. AT&T is maintaining its position in second place, Sprint is headed south in a hurry, and T-Mobile is making some un-profits in its new role as the un-carrier, but showing signs of a recovery.

  • Android stock browser vulnerable to URL spoofing

    A vulnerability in Android's default Web browser lets attackers spoof the URL shown in the address bar, allowing for more credible phishing attacks.

  • Microsoft wraps up alt platform Office run with app previews for Android smartphones

    Microsoft today opened a public preview of the three core Office apps -- Excel, PowerPoint and Word -- for Android smartphones, following a similar sneak peak in January for Android-powered tablets.

  • 'Attack of the Data Silos 2': Coming soon to an enterprise near you

    Information silos are the scourge whose downfall has been foretold ever since the rise of enterprise resource planning platforms in the 1990s, but today, their demise remains far from assured.

  • Windows goes Node for Microsoft's Internet of Things

    Microsoft is linking Node.js to Windows 10 and the Internet of things, leveraging its Chakra JavaScript engine to get Node.js running on Windows on ARM.

  • How astronauts 3D printed a wrench they needed in space

    There's a major supply chain issue in space.

  • Patent trolls may be preparing to target 3D printing

    LONG BEACH, CALIF. -- While patent litigation has been on the rise for a number of years, it hasn't been between competing companies but from patent trolls who seek to buy up patent portfolios in order to sue industry players for infringement.

  • LTE smartphones are becoming faster and cheaper

    High-end smartphones offer high-speed wireless connections -- but few mobile operators have made the infrastructure investments required to keep up with them. The arrival of cheaper phones with 300Mbps LTE capabilities may encourage that investment.

  • Huawei launches its own OS for the Internet of Things

    China's Huawei Technologies is targeting smart homes, cars, wearables and more with its own operating system, Liteos, intended for the international market.

  • First software update for Apple Watch includes security fixes

    You might not be used to the idea of a watch endangering your digital life, but you should: Apple's first update for Watch OS includes 14 security patches, and they're not trivial.

  • The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Wednesday, May 20

    Six from China charged in US IP theft... ARM teams with Unicef on wearables... Microsoft previewing new Office for Android apps... and more tech news.

  • No encryption back doors, says EU digital commissioner

    There are no plans to require back doors in communications encryption in Europe, according to European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip. Proposals for mandatory encryption workarounds for mobile devices in the U.S. are the subject of a heated debate.

  • Chinese university skeptical that professors stole U.S. trade secrets

    A Chinese university is investigating allegations that its professors stole tech secrets from the U.S., but the school is so far skeptical of the claims.

  • Did spammers exploit ICAC's website?

    There is evidence that the public website of New South Wales' anti-corruption watchdog, the Independent Commission Against Corruption, may have suffered an embarrassing security breach.

  • Google Tone broadcasts URLs to any device within earshot

    A new Chrome extension can instantly share URLs among nearby devices, using sound to broadcast the information to microphones.

  • Telstra reveals Pacnet security breach

    An SQL injection attack allowed third party access to Pacnet’s corporate IT network on 3 April, less than a fortnight before the company's sale to Telstra was finalised on 16 April, the telco revealed today.

  • Tech companies ask Senate to pass NSA reform bill

    Reform Government Surveillance, an organization that represents large technology companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft, on Tuesday pressed the U.S. Senate not to delay reform of National Security Agency surveillance by extending expiring provisions of the Patriot Act.

  • Coding education key to Australia's competitiveness, says Shorten

    Bill Shorten has continued spruiking Labor's proposal to beef up software development skills in Australia.