LG Teases High-End Home Appliances Line-Up Ahead of CES 2016

With CES 2016 just around the corner, LG has decided to give us a small insight into their latest product range, mysteriously named, LG Signature. As you can see from the captured image, it looks like a new line-up of home appliances which adopt a sleek, minimalistic design philosophy. So far this includes a television, a refrigerator, an air purifier and some washing machines. Unfortunately, that’s all the information we currently have but the official launch reveal is just over two weeks away! Rest assured, we will be providing extensive coverage of the product announcements during CES.

This is an interesting move from LG, as I don’t usually associate them with subtle, luxury designs on household applications. Perhaps, they want to appeal to higher end customers and sell products with a very hefty price tag. However, this is all pure speculation and the devices might still be affordable. If you’re interested in seeing the confusing trailer, please visit this website.

I’ve personally used an LG washing machine before and it’s been reliable. LG recently hired a highly skilled design team to innovate on upcoming products. It seems likely that they were directed to producing the Signature range.

Dells Security Affects More Than Just Your PC!

Recently Dell has received a lot of attention regarding their security, to be more precise it was due to a digital certificate. These are small pieces of code that are used to encrypt the traffic between your system and any website or online system you use, remember that little padlock in your URL bar on the browser? That means that it’s used a certificate to verify that this is a legitimate website and not a fake website.

The problems started when Dell shipped their systems with a certificate, private encryption key included, on their systems. This is like giving somebody the mold to create their own keys, or even conduct man-in-the-middle attacks, where you are able to act as a midway point for communication, and with the encryption details you could easily read the information being sent.

When Duo Security, a digital security company, continued to search they found at least 24 IP addresses which had certificates with the a different digital fingerprint but the same name, eDellRoot. Different lock, same name.

The problem with this is that some of the systems appear to be SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), a system seen as pretty important given it is often used in energy and manufacturing industries. While these systems are normally closed off from the internet, no access = minimal risk, the systems could have been misconfigured but still have a potential risk.

Dell has posted stating that they would post instructions on how to fix the eDellRoot problem, which can be found here.

With problems like this, public knowledge and learning from the mistake are the best ways to prevent this affecting both companies and the public in the future.

Popcorn Time Attempts a new P2P Approach to Slip Past Legal Action

‘Free’ movie sharing service, Popcorn Time, has gone through a number of lawsuits in the past for its attempt to provide its users with pirated movies. However, the service is attempting another comeback and by adopting peer-to-peer based services.

Popcorn Time believes that hosting data directly with its users and no longer relying on domains and centralised servers might slip past legal action that can be taken against them. Reports say that the approach is similar to what BitTorrent is currently using, allowing the service to work even if the main servers are down.

The application is said to also be getting a security update, more specifically, encrypted updates. This is said to prevent malicious code slipping into the community by using a series of cryptographic signatures for its software updates.

While P2P has been used by others in the past and proven to be unsuccessful, the service states that it will be its “sweetest revenge” and “biggest victory” yet.

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