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SWIFT To Implement New Security Program After Recent Hacking

May 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized

The SWIFT secure messaging service that underpins international banking announced that it will launch a new security program as it fights to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the Bangladesh Bank heist. The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT)’s chief executive, Gottfried Leibbrandt, told a financial services conference in Brussels that SWIFT will launch a five-point plan later this week. Banks send payment instructions to one another via SWIFT messages. In... 

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Chromebook Outpacing Mac Notebook In U.S. Sales

May 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Chromebook Outpacing Mac Notebook In U.S. Sales

More personal computers powered by Google’s Chrome OS shipped in the U.S. during the first quarter than those built on Apple’s OS X in the same period, IDC  has confirmed. “Chrome PCs overall, including Chrome desktop units like the Chromebox, out-shipped all Apple personal computers, desktop plus notebook, in the U.S. for Q1,” said Jay Chou, one of several IDC analysts who track device shipments, in an email reply to questions. Chromebooks, the inexpensive notebooks that... 

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Facebook Implement Changes To ‘Trending Topics’ Amid Criticism

May 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Implement Changes To ‘Trending Topics’ Amid Criticism

Facebook Inc said that it had made some tweaks to the procedures for its “Trending Topics” section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency. The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias in the selection of news stories for Trending Topics, a feature that is separate from the main “news feed” where most Facebook users get their news. But the world’s largest social... 

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Can eSport Be Used A Promo Tool?

May 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Can eSport Be Used A Promo Tool?

While some publishers establish their own eSports divisions and appoint chief competition officers, Take-Two is approaching the competitive gaming trend with a bit more caution. Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz in advance of the company’s financial earnings report today, CEO and chairman Strauss Zelnick said the field was promising, but still unproven. “eSports we find very interesting,” Zelnick said. “It is, however, still more a promotional tool than anything else. And most... 

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Are Transparent Displays On The Horizon?

May 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Are Transparent Displays On The Horizon?

Almost every sci-fi telivision program has tablets and monitors which are transparent and it seems that Samsung has finally build them. The only problem is that they are not that great to use. Samsung unveiled the first commercial installation of its cutting-edge mirror display at an upscale hair salon in Seoul, South Korea. The 55-inch display units act as a mirror while playing media over the mirrored image. The display represents a (90%) transparent layer over an underlying mirror, and is a genuinely... 

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Astronomers See Young Stars Develop In Cloud Of Gas

May 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers See Young Stars Develop In Cloud Of Gas

A glowing gas cloud full of young stars shines brightly in a new picture from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. The gas cloud, a nebula called LHA 120-N55, is about 163,000 light-years away from Earth and is situated in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby dwarf galaxy that’s one of the Milky Way’s satellites. The image was taken by the VLT’s FOcal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph (FORS2), and its location in space is pinpointed... 

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Microsoft To Make Switching Between IE11 And Edge Browsers Easier

May 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft To Make Switching Between IE11 And Edge Browsers Easier

Microsoft announced that it will introduce changes in this summer’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update to simplify switching from Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) to Edge, and back. The changes will be aimed at enterprises, the only customer group Microsoft recommends running IE11 in the new operating system. “We recognize that some enterprise customers have line-of-business applications built specifically for older web technologies, which require Internet Explorer 11,” the company said in... 

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In-Home Tech Support Companies HelloTech, Geekatoo Merging

May 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
In-Home Tech Support Companies HelloTech, Geekatoo Merging

Los Angeles-based startup HelloTech and rival in-home tech support company Geekatoo announced that they have merged, in a sign of consolidation in the hotly competitive on-demand sector. HelloTech will combine its network of about 150 college students who provide on-demand tech repair to Southern California consumers with Geekatoo’s U.S. network of about 5,000 technicians, the companies said in a joint statement. The merger connects HelloTech with Geekatoo’s national market and provides... 

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SWIFT Asks Customers To Help Fight Bank Fraud

May 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
SWIFT Asks Customers To Help Fight Bank Fraud

Financial transaction network SWIFT is asking its customers to help it end a string of high-profile banking frauds perpetrated using its network. The SWIFT network itself is still secure, it insisted in a letter to banks and financial institutions. However, some of its customers have suffered security breaches in their own infrastructure, allowing attackers to fraudulently authorize transactions and send them over the SWIFT network, it said. That’s the best explanation so far for how authenticated... 

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Is Qualcomm Getting Into Drones?

May 24, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Qualcomm Getting Into Drones?

It looks like that Qualcomm wants to make drones smarter and the company plans to use the Snapdragon developer board to do so. We had a chance to see the proof of concept drones that are capable of knowing and mapping environment. Hugo Swart, Sr Director, Head IoE-consumer electronics at Qualcomm, has explained that the general direction in smart drone market at this time is the consumer electronic. Swart confirmed that the first drones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight drone platform technology... 

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How Often Does Jupiter Get Whacked?

May 24, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
How Often Does Jupiter Get Whacked?

Jupiter doesn’t get whacked by asteroids and comets quite as often as scientists had thought. Objects big enough to generate a fireball visible from Earth — such as the spectacular one that occurred on March 17 — slam into Jupiter about 6.5 times per year, according to a new study based on the pooled observations of amateur astronomers around the world. “In three years since our program started, amateur contributors from Europe, the U.S. and Australia have analyzed the equivalent... 

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nVidia Outs The Tesla M10

May 24, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
nVidia Outs The Tesla M10

Nvidia has been talking about its Tesla M10 GPU designed to run on the latest version of the company’s GRID technology. For those who came in late, GRID technology is supposed to give servers a kick in the graphics back-end. It powers virtual desktops and support cloud-powered gaming. Nvidia says the Tesla M10 GPU can support up to 64 desktops per board and 128 per server with two boards. This means shedloads of virtual machines  which are potentially dead and alive. The new graphics card... 

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Nokia Slashes Another 1,000 Jobs

May 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Slashes Another 1,000 Jobs

Nokia is eliminating 1,032 jobs in Finland as part of a cost-cutting plan following its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, the telecom network equipment maker said in a statement last Friday. Finland’s biggest company has cut thousands of jobs in its home country over the past decade as its once-dominant phone business was eclipsed by the rise of smartphone rivals. Nokia started the latest cost cutting program in April and is targeting 900 million euros ($1 billion) of operating cost synergies... 

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Google’s Tensor Processing Unit Improves Machine Learning

May 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Google’s Tensor Processing Unit Improves Machine Learning

Google has taken a giant step forward with the speed of its machine learning systems by developing its own custom chip that it’s been using for over a year. The company was rumored to have been designing its own chip, based partly on job ads it posted in recent years. But until today it had kept the effort largely under wraps. It calls the chip a Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU, named after the TensorFlow software it uses for its machine learning programs. In a blog post, Google engineer Norm... 

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UPS And SAP To Offer On-demand 3D Printing Service

May 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
UPS And SAP To Offer On-demand 3D Printing Service

UPS and SAP announced plans to offer a distributed, on-demand manufacturing network based on 3D printing that will be available through The UPS Store in more than 60 locations around the U.S. 3D printed goods will also be available through UPS’ Fast Radius on-demand production platform and its 3D printing factory in Louisville, KY. “The integration into one additive manufacturing and logistics solution this summer will make 3D printing accessible to more potential users, enabling them... 

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