INo matter how secure you think a computer is, there’s always a vulnerability somewhere that a remote attacker can utilize if they’re determined enough. To reduce the chance of sensitive material being stolen, many government and industrial computer systems are not connected to outside networks. This practice is called air-gapping, but even that might not be enough. The Stuxnet worm from several years ago spread to isolated networks via USB flash drives, and now researchers at Ben Gurion University in Israel have shown that it’s possible to rigup two-way communication with an air-gapped computer via heat exchange.

 Researchers call this technique of harvesting sensitive data “BitWhisper.” It was developed and tested in a standard office environment with two systems sitting side-by-side on a desk.

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A new Android app from Facebook called Phone might be coming out soon, as a notification was sent out to many users yesterday about it.

Facebook has been working hard to improve its mobile presence and engagement with users for quite some time. It already has multiple projects that cater specifically to mobile users and it also provides App Store and Play Store suggestions in its mobile ads. Now, the company could be working on an app for controlling the way users make and take their phone calls as a notification about it accidentally went out yesterday.

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Amazon has announced a restructuring of its Cloud Drive storage service, with two new plans - both of which offer unlimited storage at a pretty affordable price. The difference between the two plans - aside from cost, of course - is what each one allows you to store in Amazon's  cloud.

Customers on the lookout for a low-cost backup solution for their photos might be best served by the Unlimited Photos Plan. For $11.99 a year, you can "store an infinite number of photos in Cloud Drive", and you'll also get an extra 5GB of storage thrown in for any other documents, videos and other files you might want to keep online.

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Late in January, Bank of America (BoA) announced that it would soon be dropping support for its apps on Windows devices. No specific reason was revealed but the store listing was updated to state that "we'll no long support this app for this device. We're sorry for the inconvenience. You can access mobile banking with us through your browser. Just go to www.bankofamerica.com."

Today, the inevitable has finally happened and BoA has flipped the kill switch for its app on Windows devices. The app has been unpublished from both the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store. Moreover, opening the previously installed app on a Windows Phone results in the following error message:

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Reports are coming in that Samsung, leading technology giant from South Korea has allegedly attempted to buy out AMD to compete head-on with Intel. With the buyout, Samsung will attempt to merge it with one of its subsidiaries. The logic behind this is to secure both CPU and GPU IP from AMD, then use that information to fuel future growth for the company. This will all add up to one super giant taking on Intel and Qualcomm head on.

This isn’t the first time Samsung has shown interest in AMD, back in 2007, Samsung’s head of telecommunications stated “it is necessary to consider the AMD acquisition in order to secure a new growth engine”.

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Since Apple's acquisition of Beats last year, persistent rumors have hinted at the company's plans to relaunch the subscription music service, to align it more closely with its existing iTunes offering. Indeed, a report in late November claimed that Apple would actually introduce the new service this month, but it was a no-show at its media event this week.

That's done nothing to stop the rumor mill from continuing to grind, of course, and another new report - this time from Billboard - has popped up with more details.

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Late in 2013, a major breach of security occurred within the database of Target as someone managed to make off with 40 million credit card numbers from customers that had shopped with the retailer in the past. A year and a half later, a court settlement looks to have been found for the class-action lawsuit that took place in the wake of the hacks which will pay out a total of $10 million to affected Target shoppers.

The settlement will pay out varied amounts to the victims of the cyber attack, with some able to receive as much as $10,000.

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There's no honor amongst thieves. At least, that's the perception given off with the latest version of the bittorrent client uTorrent, which is a bittorrent client used for download files, many files of which can be of the pirated variety. uTorrent recently had an update to the platform released. Within the latest update lies a little secret that many users of the application are likely completely unaware of, and that secret is using your computing resources for its own personal gains.

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After its launch in 2009, Angry Birds went on to become one of the biggest success stories in mobile gaming, riding high as the top paid mobile app of all time. But as another ornithologically themed game (Flappy Bird - remember that?) shows, what's über-cool in gaming today can quickly be forgotten tomorrow.

Rovio, the Finnish developers behind the Angry Birds series, is learning that lesson the hard way, as interest in the franchise continues to decline. Its profits have fallen 73% in the last year, on the back of a 9% drop in sales revenue, and weakening sales of Angry Birds merchandise, such as branded t-shirts and plush toys.

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Twitter has stated a number of times now that it wants to clamp down on trolls and those who abuse other users on the social network. Seemingly as part of that effort, the company is now asking Tor users for a phone number when signing up for a new account.

Twitter allows signing up with a phone number, or adding it to be used in two factor authentication, but regular users aren’t actually required to provide a phone number if they don’t want to. Unless they use Tor, where an identifiable phone number is now a pre-requisite of opening up a new account.

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