Archive | March 2012

ASUS VP promises to be the first to Jelly Bean

With the continuous updates of Android coming out, several manufacturers especially for mobile phones are quick to adopt the greatest and latest version while others are taking so long. ASUS is one of those listed as part of the quick manufacturers when it comes to device updates. Asus was able to
related stories

update its first Transformer device to the Honeycomb version. It was also fast to upgrade its ASUS Prime to the ICS Android 4.0 OS especially during the time when many devices still had earlier versions. And at the moment, it is talking about updating its devices to the upcoming mobile operating system of Google, the Jelly Bean or Android 5.0.

TechRadar said that the close relationship of ASUS to Google particularly in the past several months place them in the best position to have the next Android version. That version will surely be known as the Jelly Bean but it has not been confirmed yet if it will be called Android 4.1 or something else.

Corporate Vice President of Asus Mr Benson Lin told TechRadar that Asus is quite close with Google that is why it is somehow sure that when Android 5.0 becomes available, there is a very high chance that the company will be the first one to offer the update to the Jelly Bean OS.

Among the devices of ASUS, the Transformer is considered to be one of the hot selling tablets together with the recent Transformer Prime. When this is combined with the recently launched ASUS Padfone during the Mobile World Congress which becomes available in April, there is a great chance that the company will once again be the first unless if Google decides to unveil another Nexus device.

As the ASUS Padfone manifests a great showing of what the ICS OS is capable of in combining the latest operating systems from Google, the next Jelly Bean version should bring them together even further and be great devices. Since having the ICS, the ASUS Prime has obtained several updates in the last several months for bug repairs. As such, several users want to wait for the next 4 to 6 months to obtain the most recent and greatest operating system update.



Kardashians named in $5 million QuickTrim lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Reality TV star Kim Kardashian and two of her sisters have been slapped with a $5 million lawsuit alleging they and the makers of QuickTrim diet pills falsely touted the product’s effectiveness for losing weight.

The proposed class action lawsuit takes aim at the sisters’ endorsement deal with the weight loss company. It was filed on Thursday in federal court in New York on behalf of four plaintiffs who used the product.

The plaintiffs, who live in New York, California and Florida, stated in their lawsuit that the claims made by QuickTrim and by the Kardashians marketing it were “false, misleading, and unsubstantiated.”

They added there was “no competent and reliable scientific evidence supporting any of these claims.”

The main ingredient in the pills is a large dose of caffeine, mixed with herbal ingredients never clinically proven as effective, the lawsuit stated.

The lawsuit, which was filed by the law firm of Bursor & Fisher, must be certified by a judge as a class action complaint before it can cover a wider field of consumers than the four plaintiffs. The suit seeks over $5 million in damages.

A representative for the Kardashians and officials from QuickTrim could not be reached for comment about the lawsuit.

This is not the first time the stars of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” on cable network E! have been at the center of litigation over their marketing endorsements.

Those deals account for a substantial chunk of the family’s net worth, last estimated at $65 million in 2010 by industry trade magazine The Hollywood Reporter.

Kim Kardashian, 31, is one of the highest paid reality stars on U.S. television, with her 2010 earnings estimated at $6 million from her TV show, clothing line and numerous fitness, beauty and other product endorsements.

Her sisters, Khloe and Kourtney, have also gained fame alongside Kim, who first caught public attention when she appeared in a 2007 sex tape.

Early last year, all three Kardashian sisters and their mother Kris Jenner successfully fended off a $75 million lawsuit from a credit card company after they walked away from a debit card endorsement, “Kardashian Kard,” amid complaints about high consumer fees.


NASA says was hacked 13 times last year

(Reuters) – NASA said hackers stole employee credentials and gained access to mission-critical projects last year in 13 major network breaches that could compromise U.S. national security.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Inspector General Paul Martin testified before Congress this week on the breaches, which appear to be among the more significant in a string of security problems for federal agencies.

The space agency discovered in November that hackers working through an Internet Protocol address in China broke into the -network of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Martin said in testimony released on Wednesday. One of NASA’s key labs, JPL manages 23 spacecraft conducting active space missions, including missions to Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

He said the hackers gained full system access, which allowed them to modify, copy, or delete sensitive files, create new user accounts and upload hacking tools to steal user credentials and compromise other NASA systems. They were also able to modify system logs to conceal their actions.

“Our review disclosed that the intruders had compromised the accounts of the most privileged JPL users, giving the intruders access to most of JPL’s networks,” he said. (

In another attack last year, intruders stole credentials for accessing NASA systems from more than 150 employees. Martin said the his office identified thousands of computer security lapses at the agency in 2010 and 2011.

He also said NASA has moved too slowly to encrypt or scramble the data on its laptop computers to protect information from falling into the wrong hands.

Unencrypted notebook computers that have been lost or stolen include ones containing codes for controlling the International Space Station, as well as sensitive data on NASA’s Constellation and Orion programs, Martin said.

A NASA spokesman told Reuters on Friday the agency was implementing recommendations made by the Inspector General’s Office.

“NASA takes the issue of IT security very seriously, and at no point in time have operations of the International Space Station been in jeopardy due to a data breach,” said NASA spokesman Michael Cabbagehe.


In a separate development, the U.S. Air Force said on Friday

it had scrapped a plan to outfit thousands of personnel with second-generation iPad tablet computers from Apple Inc, but denied the reversal was because some of the software it wanted on the devices had been written in Russia.

Two days ago, news website Nextgov raised questions about a requirement that the 2,861 iPad2s come equipped with GoodReader, an electronic document display program written by an independent Russian developer.

The devices were to be used to store and update flight information, regulations and orders, according to procurement documents.

“The cancellation was not the result of any concern about GoodReader,” said Matt Durham, a spokesman at the Air Force Special Operations Command.

He said the cancellation of the six-week-old order followed a decision that the procurement should not have been reserved for small businesses.

The military and other branches of government have been putting an increased emphasis on “supply-chain security” as they try to make sure that hardware, software and other components have not been tampered with by other nations.

This has proved challenging because so many parts come from overseas. Even American companies often contract for programming work abroad.

Mike Jacobs, who headed the National Security Agency’s program for defending U.S. equipment, said in an interview he had killed a major procurement of encryption software within seconds after learning that a U.S. supplier had included a small amount of Russian-made code.


Facebook adding banks for IPO: sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc will add banks in coming weeks to help underwrite its initial public offering, two sources familiar with its plans said on Friday.

Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Citigroup are among the banks that will likely be added, said the sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Last September, Facebook increased its credit line to $2.5 billion.

One of the sources said that the credit line may be increased to about $5 billion in the future.

In February 2011, Facebook set up a $1.5 billion credit agreement with affiliates of Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Barclays Capital, the leading underwriters of the company’s IPO.

Facebook plans to increase its credit line to help cover a tax bill related to employee stock awards that will vest soon after it goes public.

On February 1, Facebook filed regulatory documents for an IPO.

Bloomberg reported earlier on Friday that Facebook would add banks to its roster of IPO underwriters.

A spokesman for Facebook declined to comment. Representatives for Deutsche Bank, Citigroup and Credit Suisse also declined to comment.