Asus settles charges over insecure routers and cloud services

Critical security flaws in routers and cloud computing services offered by Asus put hundreds of thousands of customers at risk, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has charged.

Taiwan-based Asus has agreed to settle an FTC complaint that it failed to take reasonable steps to secure the software on its routers, the agency said Tuesday. 

In addition to well-documented vulnerabilities in the routers, its cloud services led to thousands of customers’ storage devices being compromised and exposed their personal information, the agency said.

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Microsoft pursues JavaScript developers with TypeScript 1.8

Microsoft has made TypeScript 1.8 available and is hoping to entice developers to migrate their JavaScript projects.

In version 1.8, .js JavaScript files now can output to .tsc, accessing the TypeScript compiler and allowing developers to convert JavaScript to TypeScript. “The TypeScript compiler checks the input .js files for syntax errors, and emits valid output based on the --target and --module flags,” the release notes state. “The output can be combined with other .ts (TypeScript) files as well.”

The upgrade also features a module augmentation capability that lets developers design more modular libraries. “This allows library authors to distribute their libraries in a piecemeal fashion,” Bowden Kelly, program manager for Visual Studio and .Net at Microsoft, said in a blog post. “Previously, TypeScript made the assumption that modules wouldn’t change. With module augmentation, users have the ability to extend existing modules such that consumers can specify if they want to import the whole module or just a subset.”

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Microsoft pursues JavaScript developers with Typescript 1.8

Microsoft has made TypeScript 1.8 available and is hoping to entice developers to migrate their JavaScript projects.

In version 1.8, .js JavaScript files now can output to .tsc, accessing the TypeScript compiler and allowing developers to convert JavaScript to TypeScript. “The TypeScript compiler checks the input .js files for syntax errors, and emits valid output based on the –target and –module flags,” release notes state. “The output can be combined with other .ts (TypeScript) files as well.”

The upgrade also features a module augmentation capability that lets developers design more modular libraries. “This allows library authors to distribute their libraries in a piecemeal fashion,” Bowden Kelly, program manager for Visual Studio and .Net at Microsoft, said in a blog post. “Previously, TypeScript made the assumption that modules wouldn’t change. With module augmentation, users have the ability to extend existing modules such that consumers can specify if they want to import the whole module or just a subset.”

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Here’s what tech leaders have said about the Apple-FBI dispute

In the week since Apple said it would do battle with the FBI over the agency’s request for access to a smartphone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists, tech industry leaders have been weighing in with their views.

Most have come down in support of Apple, though others, including Bill Gates and Simon Segars, CEO of UK chip company ARM, have leaned more towards the FBI’s position.

Here’s a roundup of what tech leaders have said so far, starting with some of the most recent views expressed.

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Red Hat’s Ansible brings networking to DevOps

A new release issued this week from Red Hat Ansible – an open source project and commercial product for creating a DevOps environment – is helping developers control network infrastructure.

The DevOps movement is focused on how to create a better IT environment for developers to provision their own infrastructure to create applications faster. Much of that work has focused on provisioning compute and storage resources. But now networking has officially been invited to the DevOps party.

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Ouch! Apple’s free publicity could backfire

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3.2 billion people worldwide now use the Internet

The number of worldwide Internet users grew by 200 million in 2015 to 3.2 billion, according to a report from Facebook.

The growth is consistent with previous years. Facebook said the number of Internet users has increased by 200 million to 300 million every year for the past 10 years.

Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group, said he sees the consistent growth in connectivity numbers as a strong trend.

“I think it’s amazing that in 30 years, nearly half of the world’s population is now online and able to access the vast amounts of information available on the Web,” said Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group. “If you asked a technologist back in 1995 to predict the breadth of reach and richness of content of today’s web, they would have significantly underestimated both. We’ve come a very long way in a very little amount of time.”

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