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The Camera Bag of a Professional Traveler

“Travel is the best teacher.”

Have you ever heard this saying? As a photographer, travel teaches you more than you could ever imagine. It requires a lot of preparation and attention to details. Yet, it also requires you to be open, ready for the unexpected, and willing to take risks sometimes to get the best shots!

Whether you are traveling into your backyard or across the globe, knowing what to put in your camera bag can be daunting. There are so many great gadgets out there.

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How do you know what’s most important to bring? How do you know what not to bring?

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Storing secret crypto keys in the Amazon cloud? New attack can steal them

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Piercing a key selling point of commercial cloud computing services, computer scientists have devised a hack that allows an attacker using Amazon’s EC2 platform to steal the secret cryptographic keys of other users.

The proof-of-concept attack is significant because Amazon Web Services and many other cloud service providers already blocked a previous key-recovery attack on co-located virtual machines that was unveiled in 2009. The paper was one of the first to highlight the security risks that come when someone uses the same physical piece of hardware as an advanced attacker. Cloud providers and makers of cryptography and virtual-machine software patched many of the weaknesses that made the attack possible. As a result, many of the techniques that gave the 2009 attack a high degree of accuracy are no longer possible.

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Storing secret crypto keys in the Amazon cloud? New attack can steal them

(credit: martinak15)

Piercing a key selling point of commercial cloud computing services, computer scientists have devised a hack that allows an attacker using Amazon’s EC2 platform to steal the secret cryptographic keys of other users.

The proof-of-concept attack is significant because Amazon Web Services and many other cloud service providers already blocked a previous key-recovery attack on co-located virtual machines that was unveiled in 2009. The paper was one of the first to highlight the security risks that come when someone uses the same physical piece of hardware as an advanced attacker. Cloud providers and makers of cryptography and virtual-machine software patched many of the weaknesses that made the attack possible. As a result, many of the techniques that gave the 2009 attack a high degree of accuracy are no longer possible.

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Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM will get extended to the Web after new acquisition

Microsoft announced Monday that it has agreed to acquire the product assets from Adxstudio, a longtime partner of its Dynamics business. The deal will give Microsoft access to tools that extend Dynamics to the Web, which the company will integrate directly into its CRM product.

The product that Microsoft bought allows businesses to connect their Dynamics system to a Web portal that can then be used for partner relationship management, technical support solutions and more. It’s an important step to make Dynamics more useful when businesses buy it, rather than require them to work with a partner in order to do the same things. 

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Last-minute Nexus rumors: $379 for the 5X, $499 for the 6P

How cheap will the new Nexuses be? (credit: Ron Amadeo)

We’re less than 24 hours away from Google’s September 29 Nexus launch, but the intrepid Android watchers over at Android Police haven’t let that stop them from releasing a flurry of Nexus spoilers all morning. The biggest news is that the site claims it has the pricing for the Nexus 5X and 6P nailed down. According to Android Police, the Nexus 5X by LG will go for $379.99 and the Nexus 6P by Huawei will go for $499.99.

This would mark a big drop from the disappointingly expensive 2014 Nexus 6, which went for $649.99. $379.99 for the Nexus 5X is a nearly as cheap as the 2013 Nexus 5, which went for $349. At that time, the Nexus 5 was the best bang-for-your-buck out there, but competition is a little tougher today. For $399.99 you can get a 2015 Moto X—a 5.7-inch device that seems like a better deal. There’s also the myriad of value-oriented Xiaomi devices, but they’re a little harder to get in the US. So while we know the how much the “buck” is in the Nexus 5X equation, the jury is still out on how much “bang” you’ll be getting. (What if the camera is really good? We can dream…)

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