Tech Q&A: Trick to detect skimmers, hide Amazon.com orders, buying used phones and more

ATM and gas pump skimmers are so devious. Is there a telltale clue we should be on the lookout for so hackers don’t get our money?

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ExxonMobil launches Apple Pay at the pump at 6,000 stations, only through in-app purchase

Article Image Apple Pay users can now pay at the pump at 6,000 ExxonMobil gas stations, though it’s through the official Speedpass+ app, instead of a tap-to-pay transaction.

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Intel to invest $50 million in quantum computer research

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Intel has announced that it intends to pump more than $50 million into quantum computing research, in partnership with TU Delft, the Netherlands largest technical university.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/213420-intel-to-invest-50-million-in-quantum-computer-research

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Gas Stations Are Hackable Too, It Turns Out

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Auto fans have spent the past couple of weeks thinking about hackers. As our cars become increasingly networked — not just through telematics systems like Uconnect and OnStar, but also through vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-grid communications — the risk of bad guys and gals tinkering with those networks goes up.

Well, if you’re one of those folks who truly fears the havoc that hackers can wreak, we have some bad news: they’re now targeting gas stations.

But wait, it gets worse: the gas stations aren’t really fighting back.

Following some mischief at a gas stations monitoring system in February, tech researchers Stephen Hilt and Kyle Wilhoit set up dummy systems to see if hackers would take the bait. They did. Repeatedly — especially on the systems that appeared to be in the U.S.

Some weren’t attacked, per se, just “pinged” so that hackers could verify that they were there. If the baddies found a use for them in the future, they could come back.

Others forays were more intrusive. On at least two occasions, hackers changed the names of Hilt and Wilhoit’s systems entirely. Based on the new names, it’s believed that the two groups of hackers belonged to the Iranian Dark Coders Team and the Syrian Electronic Army.

The good news is, gas station monitoring systems can’t be used to do anything that’s directly disruptive. For example, hackers can’t take control of a system and blow up a gas station.

The bad news is, hackers can still cause a lot of headaches by messing with these systems. For example, they could alter the readings on a particular station so that a fuel truck delivering refills could cause a tank to overflow, creating a fire hazard. The hackers could also keep tabs on delivery schedules and plan attacks that way. They could also burrow in and insert their own safety systems, locking fuel companies out until they’d paid a ransom.

The worse news? There’s not a lot of security on many of these systems, mostly because the companies that own them don’t see the potential for danger. Hilt and Wilhoit have published a whitepaper encouraging companies to take their systems offline or beef up security dramatically.

Oh well: one more thing to worry about. Or maybe another reason to consider that electric car you’ve had your eye on.

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The original article can be found here: http://www.popsci.com/oh-great-hackers-are-after-our-gas-stations-now

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Review: Bose's SoundLink Mini is an exceptional Bluetooth speaker

Bluetooth speakers are one of the most popular accessories for mobile devices, helping pump up the volume from audio-limited smartphones and tablets. AppleInsider took a look at Bose’s SoundLink Mini to see how it fares in this crowded space.



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Glass update brings World Cup notifications, improved photo sharing

Google is continuing to pump out updates for Glass prior to its full-scale commercial release. New features include notifications for the soon-to-start World Cup, improved photo sharing, and a low-battery notification.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/06/11/glass-update-brings-world-cup-notifications-improved-photo-sharing-and-more/

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