The truth about Samsung Knox for Android security

The truth about Samsung Knox for Android security

Credit: Alexander Shirokov

It was February 2013 when Samsung announced Knox, its containerization technology for higher-end Samsung Android devices. Knox is meant to create a virtual partition on Android devices that would insulate corporate-managed apps and data from attack, an approach pioneered by smaller companies such as Divide but not generally used in mainstream companies.

Knox is Samsung’s way to get past IT’s legitimate concerns over Android’s generally weak security and join Apple’s iOS and BlackBerry in the golden circle of trustworthy mobile devices. iOS is a sandboxed operating system, so it’s natively designed to prevent interapplication malware and data leaks; the BlackBerry 10 OS goes further, with an explicit containerization technology called Balance that the company’s proprietary management server can enable.

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Fast-forward nine months. Though Samsung regularly touts Knox, the U.S. Defense Dept. certified it for government use, several vendors tout their support of it, and there’ve been many stories in the technology press describing it as a here-and-now option, the truth is it doesn’t fully exist. When it does finally become available later this fall, enterprises will discover an unpleasant fact: You have to pay to use it, on top of the subscription fees charged by your mobile device management vendor.

What you need to actually use Knox
To use Knox, your device must support its virtualization technology at the hardware level, which restricts Knox to these Samsung devices: the Galaxy Note 3 “phablet,” the Galaxy S III smartphone, the Galaxy S 4 smartphone, and the 2014 model of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. Today, the Note 3 and S4 can run Knox, but only on some carriers’ models: Sprint and Verizon for the S 4; AT&T and Verizon for the Note 3, if you install their Premier Suite updates. The Wi-Fi-only Note 10.1 also runs Knox.

Samsung says it will deliver updates to make Knox work on the S III and on other carriers’ S 4 and Note 3 versions, but it also notes that each carrier decides when and if Knox compatibility is made available for the devices on its network. Not only do few devices support Knox, the carrier you use determines when or if those devices will actually be able to work with Knox. (Welcome to the fractured mess that is Android!)

You also need the Knox application and its included set of client apps, such as for email. That’s only recently been made available in the Google Play store for download.

You need a Knox-compatible mobile management server, for which you pay a monthly fee per user to manage Android and iOS devices; the fee depends on the management features you select. You cannot use Knox with Microsoft’s Exchange server, though it supports a base set of MDM protocols used by Apple and Google and is thus the “free” approach to MDM.

Source: http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/the-truth-about-samsung-knox-android-security-229994?source=rss_mobile_technology
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[VIDEO] UFC Primetime: Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

Episode 1 of the documentary serial, UFC Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks, premiered Wednesday night and took fans inside the lives and camps of both welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and challenger Johny Hendricks as they head into their UFC 167 main event bout next month. Watch the full episode above to see what kinds of training St. Pierre is doing in Montreal and Hendricks has been doing in Dallas.

A couple things stood out to Cagewriter while watching UFC Primetime. First off, St. Pierre seems completely focused on motivated to fight Hendricks.

When you’re champ as long as the Canadian has been, there’s always the question of if you can stay motivated to keep doing what you’ve been doing. In St. Pierre’s case, there’s been indication that he’s already thinking of retirement.

In episode 1 of Primetime, however, we see a St. Pierre who is either a really good actor or that he is truly obsessed with Hendricks. Unfortunately, we’d already seen enough commercials and “films” that he’s appeared in to know the former isn’t the case.

But take two examples from last night’s UFC Primetime to let the point sink in. St. Pierre talks about learning recently during a media tour to promote the fight that Hendricks was planning to get to Las Vegas – the site of the bout – three weeks early in order to train in and acclimate himself to the regulation-sized Octagon.

St. Pierre lost his mind thinking that his opponent might have even the smallest advantage there and so says he purchased and and had constructed a full-sized UFC Octagon replica in the Tri-Star gym in Montreal where he trains.

Also, Primetime shows that St. Pierre and his coach Firas Zihabi have brought in Rick Story to train with the champ in preparation for Hendricks and UFC 167. Now, Rick Story is an excellent fighter but he’s certainly not red-hot or appearing to be at his all-time sharpest of late.

Story has lost two out of his last three bouts and four out of his last six. However, Story is the only person to have ever beaten Hendricks in an MMA bout, back in 2010. Therein lies his true value to the Hendricks-obsessed St. Pierre.

There’s lots of fun intimate, family time and training footage in episode 1 of Primetime, but the main other take away for us was simply this – Johny Hendricks may have been the most adorable little kid in America.

While learning about Hendricks’ life growing up in a tough, wrestling family, we’re treated to photo after photo of Hendricks being way too cute for anyone’s good. As fearsome as he looks now as a grown man and knockout specialist, it is hilarious to see pictures of a chubby-cheeked and wide-smiling little Johny in Primetime.


(Lil’ Johny Hendricks. Cutest. Baby. Ever.)

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Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/video-ufc-primetime-georges-st-pierre-vs-johny-161702593–mma.html
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The argument for AirPlay as Apple’s gaming console (and Apple TV SDK)

The argument for AirPlay as Apple's gaming console (and Apple TV SDK)

If there’s an Apple TV software developer kit (SDK) at Apple – something they intend to release to the public, akin to the existing iPhone and iPad SDK – then it’s currently sitting the winter out up on blocks in the Cupertino driveway. Long rumored, it hasn’t been announced to date, and it’s unclear exactly what form it would take if that ever changes. (Partnership only? Games and entertainment only?). What has been released by Apple, and continues to be improved in both iOS and OS X is AirPlay. It uses your existing Apple devices to power the apps, and your Apple TV to stream the screen to your HDTV. And soon, it’ll work with MFi game controllers. Is that enough? Kyle Richter argues it may well be, and more:

I have spent the last few months tinkering with the system which I had previously described, as well as watching the progression across multiple iOS updates as well as an Apple TV update, and it without any doubt that I can say Apple is indeed working on this approach while waiting on two remaining items before they begin to promote or acknowledge it. With iOS 7.0.3 (11b511) and Apple TV 6.0 (6646.65) running on a 3rd Generation Apple TV Rev A(MD199LL/A) and an iPhone 5s I can safely say that most games are very playable, albeit can be hard to control. I would say that the current system running the latest hardware is well within the Alpha, if not Beta, range of software development. Before I dig into where things are currently at, and where they need to go, I first want to recap what discussing for those who are new to the conversation.

Apple isn’t like Samsung or Sony or LG, they don’t make everything from phones to tablets to TV sets to refrigerators. Nor do they license out iOS to third party manufacturers. With AirPlay, and more tantalizingly, iOS in the Car, which is akin to bi-directional AirPlay, Apple can make only the specific, focused devices they want to make, and then project interface and apps to any screen, or any appliance, that’s either open or for which they have an agreement in place. It’s the iPhone and iPad as brain strategy. It’s the nexus in the internet of things.

Richter paints an interesting picture for how the living room, and home entertainment, could better fit within just that type scenario. Even more interesting will be watching to see how it plays out.

Flagship iOS devices now have Apple A7 chipsets that are insanely powerful. Apple TV hasn’t been updated since spring of 2012. 4K is on the horizon. The next generation of consoles are about to launch. Where does all this come together? What’s Apple’s play?

Check out Richter’s piece and then let me know what you think.

Source: Kyle Richter via The Loop

    



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Official: Egypt to look beyond U.S. for arms

By Samia Nakhoul and Michael Georgy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said on Saturday that Egypt would look beyond the United States to meet its security needs and warned Washington that it could no longer ignore popular demands in a changed Arab world.

Speaking ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Fahmy said the United States must take a long-term view of its relations with Egypt and understand that in the wake of the Arab Spring, “it would have to deal now with the Arab peoples, not only with Arab governments”.

Emphasizing the “turbulent” state of Washington’s ties with its longtime Arab ally after U.S. military aid curbs in response to the army’s overthrow in July of President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, Fahmy said Egypt would have to develop “multiple choices, multiple options” to chart its way forward – including military relationships.

Fahmy, in a rare interview, also sent this message to the United States: “If you’re going to have interests in the Middle East, you need to have either good relations with the country that is the focus of the Middle East, or at the very least well-managed relations”.

“This is going to be a frank, honest dialogue between friends,” he told Reuters about his meeting with Kerry on Sunday.

“We will work in that constructive fashion to develop the relationship but there is no question in our mind that we will fulfil our national security needs as they are required from whatever source we need”.

The minister, a broadly pro-American figure in the interim military-backed government, made his first significant foreign trip to Russia in September rather than the United States, which has suspended key parts of its aid to the Egyptian army, pending progress on democracy.

The military receives an annual $1.3 billion in arms and cash from the United States since Egypt signed a peace agreement with Israel in 1979.

‘COLD WAR MENTALITY’

The message Cairo will convey to Kerry is that “the U.S.-Egypt relationship is very important, but that the relationship is much deeper than aid or no aid, and it has to be looked at as a strategic relationship rather than a tactical one”.

Fahmy, a former ambassador to Washington and long a top strategist in Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, stressed that this was not a pivot back to Moscow, Cairo’s Soviet-era ally before then-President Anwar Sadat pulled Egypt into the Western camp and made peace with Israel.

“That’s Cold War mentality. I’m not trying to bring in Russia vis-a-vis America. I’m trying to bring in 10, 20, 30 new partners for Egypt”, he said.

“The Egyptian government is committed to diversifying its relationship, not at the expense of our friends but over and above … . This is not a position against an American policy, it’s a position that is consistent with Egypt’s interests.”

He said Egypt, the No. 2 recipient of U.S. military aid and where a quarter of the Middle East population lives, was disturbed by the disruption of American aid, particularly the withholding of military deliveries, which requires “sustainability, continuity and a long-term consistency.”

Last month’s decision by Washington to freeze some military aid and $260 million in cash aid, following a crackdown on the Brotherhood, has angered the Egyptian authorities and their Arab allies.

The military said it responded to huge mass protests against Mursi’s rule when it toppled him. But it then carried out one of the most brutal crackdowns on Egypt’s oldest and most powerful Islamist group.

In August it crushed pro-Mursi camps, killing hundreds of people and arresting the leadership along with thousands of their supporters.

‘WE WILL STUMBLE’

Kerry arrives a day before Mursi and 14 other top Brotherhood leaders go on trial on charges of inciting violence.

Fahmy said Egypt, where long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak was toppled in popular protests in 2011, is passing through a challenging transition but the only way forward was democracy.

Success or failure of the Egyptian model, he added, will shape the Middle East, especially the countries that went through similar popular uprisings to topple dictators.

“We are trying to determine our political identity and it is a difficult process … . There will be push back and forth and as we do this we will stumble … . It is going to take time.”

Fahmy said it would take Egypt up to five years to have a mature democracy.

For that to happen, Egypt must restore security and prosperity to the country of 85 million, whose economy and tourism industry have been severely hit by turmoil.

He said his government’s mandate was to prepare for new parliamentary and presidential elections, vote on a new constitution in a referendum, start a reconciliation process and establish the democratic institutions for modern Egypt.

Responding to critics who say that Egypt was again in the clutches of the military, he said: “The more we take steps to implement the roadmap, the more you will see a civilian face to this process.”

Democracy in Egypt is irreversible, said Fahmy.

“Why in the world would people come out twice in 2-1/2 years and change their president? This is not about whether we have it or not, it’s about how long it takes us and what the cost is.

“The strongest voice in Egypt today is the Egyptian people … . I caution against again ignoring the Egyptian people.”

(Writing by Samia Nakhoul and Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Xavier Briand)

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/egypt-look-beyond-u-arms-foreign-minister-004447703–sector.html
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Minecraft players can soon directly livestream their world building through Twitch

Minecraft players on Macs and PCs can soon livestream their world building through Twitch

Minecraft players who want to share their elaborate creations through internet video won’t need special broadcasting tools for much longer — Mojang and Twitch have revealed plans for native livestreaming support in Mac and Windows versions of the game. Twitch tells us that it’s a standard implementation with chat. The relevant updates should reach users “soon;” while the two companies aren’t being more specific, it shouldn’t be long before you can show off your more ambitious projects.

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/02/minecraft-players-can-soon-livestream-with-twitch/?ncid=rss_truncated
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Gunman kills TSA agent at LAX, injures 2 others

In this aerial video frame grab provided by CBS-LA, fire and rescue personnel gather at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday Nov. 1, 2013. Shots were fired Friday at Los Angeles International Airport, prompting authorities to evacuate a terminal and stop flights headed for the city from taking off from other airports. (AP Photo/CBS-LA)

In this aerial video frame grab provided by CBS-LA, fire and rescue personnel gather at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday Nov. 1, 2013. Shots were fired Friday at Los Angeles International Airport, prompting authorities to evacuate a terminal and stop flights headed for the city from taking off from other airports. (AP Photo/CBS-LA)

In this photo provided by Tory Belleci which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, people wait in Los Angeles International Airport, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Shots were fired Friday at Los Angeles International Airport, prompting authorities to evacuate a terminal and stop flights headed for the city from taking off from other airports. (AP Photo/Tory Belleci)

In this photo provided by Natalie Morin, people stand on the tarmac after being evacuated from Los Angeles International Airport, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in Los Angeles, after shots were fired at Terminal 3, prompting authorities to evacuate the terminal and stop flights headed for the city from taking off from other airports. (AP Photo/Natalie Morin)

Passengers walk with their luggage on a city street outside Los Angeles International Airport on Friday Nov. 1, 2013 after shots were fired in Terminal 3, prompting authorities to evacuate terminals and stop flights headed for the city from taking off from other airports. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

In this photo provided by John Forstrom, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, people wait on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Shots were fired Friday at Los Angeles International Airport, prompting authorities to evacuate a terminal and stop flights headed for the city from taking off from other airports.(AP Photo/John Forstrom)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, killing a Transportation Security Administration employee and wounding two other people in an attack that frightened passengers and disrupted flights nationwide, officials said.

Los Angeles police Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger said the unidentified suspect, who was apparently injured following an exchange of gunfire with officers, was in custody.

Tim Kauffman, a spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees in Washington, confirmed Friday that a TSA officer was killed. Kauffman said the union’s information comes from their local officials in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon said the gunman pulled what he described as an “assault rifle” from a bag and began firing. “As you can imagine, a large amount of chaos took place in this entire incident,” he said.

Some passengers who already had cleared security rushed onto the tarmac to evacuate, while others were locked down in airport restaurants and lounges. The airport was being swept for precautionary measures and the bomb unit was on scene.

Air traffic was affected nationwide as the FAA grounded flights that had not yet departed for LAX.

Witness Brian Keech said he heard “about a dozen gunshots” from inside a security gate at the terminal, which has been evacuated.

Ben Rosen was sitting at the Starbucks in Terminal 3 eating oatmeal at about 9:20 a.m. when he heard gunfire erupt and people start running in all directions and others crouching on the ground. Rosen got on the ground and another passenger said “don’t worry we’re safe.”

Then more gunshots erupted. He grabbed his phone and tried to lie down as flat on the ground as he could. Police showed up with their guns drawn, shouting, “This is not a drill, hands up.”

Everyone put their hands up and then were led out of the airport terminal to the international terminal, Rosen said.

As they were led out they saw broken glass from a window that looked like it’d been shot out. Rosen left his bag behind.

“It was scary I’ve never experienced anything like this before,” he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a “ground stop” was in affect for all flights heading to Los Angeles, meaning planes in any other airport in the country can’t take off for the city, although some flights already in the air were allowed to land.

LAX air traffic controller Michael Foote said some flights were still being allowed to depart.

Foote said his colleagues in the control tower saw passengers spilling from the terminal onto the tarmac, “evacuating the building, getting out as fast as they could.” Officers eventually corralled them.

Other travelers described a chaotic scene as airport security staff evacuated terminals, including onto to the tarmac. Hundreds of people remained gathered outside next to airplanes as authorities investigated what happened.

“People started saying there’s a shooter, there’s a shooter,” said Natalie Morin, a senior at USC who was heading to San Francisco for a graduate school interview.

Emergency crews responded to a multi-patient incident, Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. Terminal 3 is home to Virgin America and other airlines.

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