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GNC #1121 Back in the Studio



Back from my trip to Michigan and back in the studio. One extra episodes missed but when there is no news not a lot you can do about it. I have a lot to share and an action packed show.

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TeamViewer Has Been Hacked



TeamViewer LogoSometimes, you just need to do a quick remote log in to someone else’s computer. There are plenty of tools available for doing this. But most of them are either expensive to purchase or difficult to set up. Remote desktop app TeamViewer changed all that with a series of free cross-platform, lightweight apps that require only a couple of numeric codes in order to connect to a remote machine. This has made TeamViewer very popular, and in turn, an inevitable target for hackers.

Last week, threads began surfacing on Reddit written by TeamViewer users claiming they had been hacked thru the app. Most of the hacking claims had common points. Users who were initially away from their computers came back to find their machines were being remotely controlled and directed to website like PayPal, eBay, and Amazon. This instance was reported by Reddit user psiren66:

I was sitting on my couch at 12am and all of a sudden my machine light up.
It opened an eBay page ans started trying to buy iTunes cards. I noticed that teamviewer was running as it’s access. as soon as i touched my mouse they disconnected. I opened my teamviewer and roughly 50 accounts had been added to it.
Changed all my passwords instantly. and added two step verification to my email and teamviewer accounts.

At first, TeamViewer was denying that its platform had been hacked, blaming these issues on user error. But the company has since stated that it knows about the hacks and that they are “significant”:

TeamViewer spokesman Axel Schmidt acknowledged to Ars that the number of takeovers was “significant,” but he continued to maintain that the compromises are the result of user passwords that were compromised through a cluster of recently exposed megabreaches involving more than 642 million passwords belonging to users of LinkedIn, MySpace, and other services.

If you’re a regular TeamViewer user, you should consider changing your password and possibly adding two-factor authentication to your account. If you use the application sparingly, you may just want to remove it completely from your computer until you need it again. The application is a quick download and it’d only take a few minutes to reinstall.


GNC #1120 Google wins Big



Google wins big over Oracle and sent their lawyers home to work on their appeal. Wrapping up 6 years of litigation and a big win for fair use advocates. This case was a big deal and if upheld by appeals court should help programmers worldwide. I have another monster show for you so enjoy and have a great holiday this coming weekend.

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GNC #1119 Facebook says it’s Innocent!



This is a monster show with a massive amount of critical content and news stories you are not going to want to miss. We have news on Facebook who is saying that they are innocent and not guilty of manipulating the news.. Some conservative voices have weighed in on meetings that.

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GNC #1118 Military Tech Toys



Still dealing with Jet lag bad but the show had a bunch of great tech in it tonight. Lot’s of Military Tech articles covered as well. The studio has lost some weight, cable weight that is, with lots of streamlining in progress.

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LetGo Buys Wallapop, Consolidates Online Classifieds Apps



LetGoPosting classified ads can be an annoying but unavoidable aspect of modern life. It used to be, the only way to get a classified ad out into the world was to call up your local newspaper or other circular and pay an inflated rate for a few lines of text, followed by a phone number. This process has improved somewhat in the digital age. Sites like Craigslist make it relatively easy to post classified ads. But there may still be some room to improve the classified ad experience.

Earlier this year, I downloaded a free classified-ad app for iOS called Wallapop. The app was easy to use, allowing me to quickly take photos and post descriptions of items I wanted to sell. By default, Wallapop would make my ads available to other local Wallapop users. But my ads could also be found by out-of-area users as well. I managed a few successful sales thanks to Wallapop’s built-in “bargaining” tools that allowed me to get firm commitments from prospective buyers. And while I didn’t buy anything thru Wallapop, I did enjoy browsing its local ads to see what others were listing for sale.

I received an e-mail last week notifying me that Wallapop was becoming LetGo. This is apparently the result of Wallapop being bought out by LetGo. As part of the deal, the new combined company will raise over $100 million from existing investors. Wallapop’s assets will be completely absorbed by LetGo.

I haven’t tried selling anything thru the new LetGo app yet. But I have registered an account and spent some time browsing ads on the service. It’s very similar to Wallapop in overall design. I’m sure most users won’t be too confused by the change. However, it will be necessary to delete the existing Wallapop app and install the new LetGo app on all devices that were previously used with Wallapop. Wallapop has been sending friendly reminder notifications about this for days.


Spotify rival SoundCloud arrives in the UK and Ireland



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Music streaming has become a big deal with many major players like Google, Apple and Amazon in the game. However, the biggest player in the game these days seems to be Spotify, but it’s tough competition in a crowded market.

Now SoundCloud is trying impinge on its territory and it announces availability in both the UK and Ireland. The name may not be as familiar, but the streaming service is becoming a major player in this market.

This is a bit different, as it features up and coming unsigned artists as opposed to established acts. However, there are 125 million tracks available.Don’t worry though, there are top 40 songs as well.

“And just like in the US, we are sharing part of that advertising revenue with a growing number of creators. When you hear an ad, artists get paid”, the service claims.

There is also paid plans available, which run £9.99 per month in the UK or €9.99 in Ireland on Android and £12.99 / €12.99 on iOS.


272 million emails and passwords leaked from Gmail, Hotmail and more



It seems that not a day goes by without some security news, usually in the form of a breach. There have been some big ones too, from Target to Home Depot, as well as online ones, including the embarrassing Ashley Madison one.

Now we have the latest news, and it’s up there with the largest in history. 272 million emails and passwords from the likes of Gmail, Hotmail and others have been leaked.

Before you panic too much, realize that the data obtained consisted largely of data that had been seen before. Hold Security, which broke this news, claims that “Only 0.45 percent is new, meaning that only 1 out of 200 credentials are ones we have never seen before”.

The hacker was simply trying to unload the data and contacted the security firm asking only 50 rubles, which is less than $1 US. Not wanting to contribute anything to this cause the Hold Security company negotiated and received the information for free.

Hold claims “When we peel back the layers and dig deeper, we find that the hacker is holding something back from us. Within several days of communication and after a couple more strategically timed votes on his social media pages, he shared more useful information. At the end, this kid from a small town in Russia collected an incredible 1.17 Billion stolen credentials from numerous breaches that we are still working on identifying. 272 million of those credentials turned out to be unique, which in turn, translated to 42.5 million credentials — 15 percent of the total, that we have never seen before”.

Yes, this has the potential to be very bad, but right now we just don’t know. We also don’t know why the hacker was trying to unload it so quickly and then ended up giving it away. Stay tuned as this unfolds.


Startup Sleepbus Offers Comfortable, Affordable Overnight Rides From L.A. to San Francisco



Sleepbus LogoI live on California’s Central Coast, just about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. You’d think being in a location like this would make it easy to get to either of these urban centers. Unfortunately, that just isn’t true. The process is somewhat manageable by car, but that’s not always an option. There’s a local bus service that does limited shuttle service to L.A. Institutions like Greyhound and Amtrak are available but they can be costly and slow. Many solutions have been proposed to try and make transiting across California easier, with the most recent being a bullet-train style rail system that may never see the light of day. Fortunately, there is a new startup taking this challenge head on.

Sleepbus is a new company that carries passengers between San Francisco and L.A. Sleepbus gets its name from the overnight timeframe the bus operates. The Sleepbus coach comes with sleeping berths for passengers, as well as onboard Wi-Fi, snacks, and assorted beverages. A Sleepbus ticket currently costs $48 but is expected to go up to $65 in the near future.

Sleebus is such a smart idea, it almost seems like a no-brainer. Make it affordable and convenient to travel between two of the Golden State’s biggest cities. Hopefully, Sleepbus will be a great success and add a stop or two between L.A. and San Francisco. Even tho I’d only need to ride for half of a typical Sleepbus trip, I’d gladly pay the full fair for such an easy way to travel.


BikeDeck Stores and Transports Bicycles for Modern Living at Gadget Show Live



BikeDeck LogoToday’s apartments and smaller houses aren’t always conducive to bicycle ownership. Bikes don’t stay upright, handlebars mark walls and transporting them can be awkward. They’re all wheels and finger-nips. Mark and Julie’s BikeDeck looks to solve these problems and I chat with him as part of the British Inventors’ Project at Gadget Show Live.

The BikeDeck is a free-standing bicycle storage and transport platform. It holds the bike in a upright, free-standing position or the BikeDeck can be hung on a wall (from a suitably strong hook). BikeDeck keeps the bike ready for transport as it can be wheeled it along like a trolley suitcase or lifted easily into a car.

It works with any bike which has quick release wheels, and with practice, an owner can get the bike onto the BikeDeck in around a minute. Almost any frame size can be accommodated as the BikeDeck’s sliding system adjusts to length.

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Currently in the prototype stage, BikeDeck is looking for partners to bring the product to the market.