The NSA has denied knowledge of the Heartbleed bug, following allegations that not only did the security agency discover the exploit two years ago, but that it opted to keep it secret so as to use it in its spy tool arsenal. Anonymous insiders claimed earlier that the National Security Agency had identified Heartbleed - which left as many as two-thirds of websites vulnerable to password and data theft - as part of its regular efforts at hunting down potentially useful bugs and hacks.
The NSA has not only known about the Heartbleed bug for at least two years, but exploited it in regular surveillance attacks, insider sources have alleged, opting to keep the security flaw a secret because of its value to intelligence gathering. Heartbleed, which has forced companies big and small to update the security of their sites after a flaw in the SSL believed to be keeping users' details safe, has prompted a mass change in passwords over the past week.
Google is reportedly preparing to throw open membership to its Glass Explorer Program for one day only, with leaked documents suggesting invitation-free sales of the Android wearable in what would be its broadest deployment to-date. So far, Google has relied on invitations to purchase Glass units for $1,500 after initially offering it to Google I/O developers back in 2012, but the so-called Explorer Program Expansion will potentially increase its public footprint considerably beyond the current roughly 10,000 wearers.
Earlier this morning we talked a bit about some rumors having to do with new iPad tablets that would be landing this year sourced from an analyst with KGI Securities named Ming Chi Kuo. The research notes that the analyst put together from details gleaned from sources also talks a bit about Apple's plans for future MacBook and iMac computers.
New rumors are circulating that have to do with the iPads that Apple is expected to launch this year. The source of these new rumors is analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI and they are based on details that the analyst gleaned from sources in the industry. According to these rumors, Apple will use price adjustments and product refreshes to drive what the analyst terms "modest growth" in its tablet sales in 2014.
Apple is reportedly poaching Broadcom engineers as it develops its own baseband processors, the complex chips responsible for the wireless connectivity in iPhones and iPads, as the iOS company tries to take further control of the future of its hardware. Two high-profile hires this year, most recently former Broadcom principle engineer and chip lead Paul Chang, join a roughly 30-strong Apple team made up of ex-Broadcom and Qualcomm experts, insiders claim.
Some new iPhone 6 rumors are making the rounds today. According to theses new rumors, the mass production dates for the two iPhone 6 screen sizes will be later than the rumor earlier this month suggested. That previous rumor claimed that the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 would both begin mass production in May.
Some new Apple iWatch rumors are making the rounds this week including one that suggest that the device could have a UV light exposure sensors inside. That sensor would allow the watch to monitor the UV exposure of the wearer and warn them when the potential for sunburn was high. Reports indicate that the sensor used in the watch could come from Silicon Labs.
Nikon is always working on new digital cameras and some rumored specifications for a camera set to launch soon have now surfaced. The camera in question is the Nikon P700 compact ultra zoom. This camera isn’t to be confused with the Coolpix P7000 camera that Nikon launched back in 2010. The biggest feature that the rumored specs highlight is a big 1-inch Aptina made image sensor.