Apple zero-days mark a new era of mobile hacking

cyber-security-data-phone Krstic announced that Apple was launching a bug bounty program, offering $50,000 for zero-day vulnerabilities that allow malicious code exploits in the kernel, among other rewards. The thinking behind the bug bounty, according to Apple, is that discovering zero-day vulnerabilities — security problems that are unknown by a company but exploited by an attacker — has become more… Read More

Thrive Market thinks it can be an affordable online Whole Foods

thrivemarket   TechCrunch recently took a trip down to Los Angeles for our meetup and to check in on the growing startup scene there. One of the fast-growing businesses that’s been on our radar is Thrive Market. The online Costco-meets-Whole Foods recently raised $111 million from venture firms like Greycroft and celebrities like Demi Moore and John Legend to grow their organic foods business. We… Read More

Dropbox is resetting passwords for accounts that haven’t changed them since mid-2012

dropbox-blueprint Dropbox is requiring users that have not changed their passwords since mid-2012 to reset their passwords this afternoon. The action appears to be related to continue fallout over the massive hack on LinkedIn in 2012 where credentials for 117 million accounts were posted online. In recent months, treasure troves of user credentials and passwords — in addition to a large MySpace hack… Read More

2017 Audi A4 driver assistance review

audi-a4-thumb The 2017 Audi A4 has an all-new suite of advanced driver assistance systems, joining Volvo, Honda, Ford and others in making semi-autonomous safety features available in cars we can buy today. Activating the adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping systems isn’t intuitive; there’s a second stalk under the turn signal stalk where the driver can control these features. But once… Read More

Garmin releases its first luxury smartwatch, the Fenix Chronos

scaled-5863 Garmin has just announced the Fenix Chronos, an amazingly elegant smartwatch with all the features of their standard GPS exercise watches – the Vivoactve, for example – with a case and aesthetic that would be at home in a fine watch shop. That’s right: this is the first fancy smartwatch that you could wear in the boardroom, bedroom, and gym. Oh, and it costs $1,499.99 for… Read More

Navisens raises $2.6 million to power its crazy accurate inertial smartphone/AR tracking

navisens-name-with-logo Whether you’re clumsily attempting to find where your Uber is parked or trying to find your friend at a crowded venue, it’s clear that GPS has some major limitations that need to be fixed. Navisens wants to gather reliable mapping data from users’ smartphones without even touching GPS, instead relying on sensors like the gyroscope and accelerometer to track the… Read More