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There’s a good chance ripping apart Sony’s Alpha A99 isn’t on the to-do list of those who own the freshly released $ 2,800 camera — even if they are curious about the hardware’s guts. Luckily for such inquiring minds, Sony’s taken matters into its own hands and torn the DSLR apart. While it’s not your conventional play-by-play video teardown, Hirai and Co. came prepared with the camera already split into layers that showcase its major parts such as its magnesium alloy body, 35mm full-frame sensor and main circuit board. For the grand tour of the A99′s innards, hit the jump to catch the footage.
Now that the Microsoft Surface is in the wild and we’ve probed it from the outside, the tool-toters at iFixit have opened it up to see what makes it tick — and whether you dare attempt a repair yourself. The first thing they noticed was how tricky it was to remove the plastic camera cover to access the Torx screws holding it together. When they finally got it off, it also caused unavoidable damage to the tamper-evident label, tipping Microsoft’s repair depots that you’ve been rummaging about, and likely rendering your warranty moot. Other black marks included the LCD and glass being fused together, increasing repair costs, along with a keyboard connector that’s impossible to get out without pulling the display off first. On the plus side, the iFixit team found the battery easy to remove despite being glued to the case, and many un-soldered components that were also easy to replace. All that added up to a score of four on the repairability scale — meaning that fixing one probably isn’t a great DIY project, especially if you’re the impatient type.
In the biggest data compromise of the year, Social Security Numbers belonging to about 3.6 million residents in South Carolina have been exposed in an intrusion into a computer at the state’s Department of Revenue.
It’s a rite of passage – or a terrible torture – for every high profile gadget, and the iPhone 5 is no different: teardown time. The plucky dismantlers over at iFixit have wielded their spudgers and screwdrivers and stripped Apple’s new wünderslab down to its component parts, revealing the Qualcomm LTE radio and the brand spanking new Apple
Lucas123 writes “Over the past three years, about 21 million patients have had their unencrypted medical records exposed in data security breaches that were big enough to require they be reported to the federal government. Each of the 477 breaches that were reported to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) involved 500 or more patients, which the government posts on what the industry calls ‘The Wall of Shame.’ About 55,000 other breach reports involving fewer than 500 records where also reported to the OCR. Among the largest breaches reported was TRICARE Management Activity, the Department of Defense’s health care program, which reported 4.9 million records lost when backup tapes went missing. Another five breaches involved 1 million or more records each. Yet, only two of the organizations involved in the breaches have been fined by the federal government.”
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A while back we wrote about a flaw in Groupon’s email link encryption, which revealed the emails of some Groupon users when “addx” was added into a Google search of Groupon’s site. We’ve been alerted that is still happening, with about 170 emails coming up when we searched (last time around it was less than 80).
The last time around, Groupon director of engineering Shinji Kuwayama told us that the emails were made public because some subscribers had “pasted their deals into publicly-crawlable pages around the Web,” but also that it was working on a solution to exclude those results. So why these are appearing now is unclear. We’re contacting Groupon to see if there is an explanation.
The personal information of over 100,000 federal employees — including at least 25 members of Congress — may have been exposed after a cyber attack last July on the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), Fox News confirmed Friday.
Apple's latest update to OS X contains a dangerous programming error that reveals the passwords for material stored in the first version of FileVault, the company's encryption technology, a software consultant said.
A Washington state corrections officer has been charged with bigamy after Facebook discovered two women were connected to him and suggested they might want to “friend.”
Like most hacks, this discovery of a way to find an Android phone’s Google Wallet PIN requires a lot of initial access but is disturbing nonetheless. Google knows about the hack and is repairing it. Discovered by Joshua Rubin of Zvelo, the hack is one of the most interesting attacks on Google Wallet so far.
In short, this hack allows access to credit card data and purchase history and could, in theory, allow a hacker to use a Google Wallet freely in the wild. However, it does require the hacker to have unfettered root access to the phone. Using a small program, the exploit simply brute-forces a file found in the phone, thereby revealing the PIN and unlocking the wallet.
Experts are warning parents about their kids doing a define Google search, given a quirk in the search engine giant’s algorithm that has been exploited to return dirty words — a problem Google says it’s working to correct.
Presto Vivace writes “Carlton Purvis of Security Management News reports that a tip from an amateur UAV enthusiast ‘is what led Texas authorities to open a major criminal investigation into the waste practices of a Dallas meat packing plant.’ The photo shows a river of blood.”
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