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People More Concerned About Privacy, Study Reveals

January 31, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
People More Concerned About Privacy, Study Reveals

A recent IDC survey has revealed 84% of U.S. consumers are concerned about the privacy of their personal information, with 70% saying their concern is greater today than it was a few years ago. These concerns of consumers should also alarm businesses: Consumers are willing to switch to another bank, medical center or retailer if they feel their personal information is threatened, the survey found. “Consumers can exact punishment for data breaches or mishandled data by changing buyer behavior... 

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Facebook Revamps Password Recovery

January 31, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Revamps Password Recovery

Facebook wants you to re-think password recovery. The company is releasing an open source protocol that will let third-party sites recover user accounts through Facebook. Typically, when people forget their password to a site, they’re forced to answer a security question or send a password reset request to their email. But these methods of account recovery can be vulnerable to hacking, said Facebook security engineer Brad Hill. He recalled a time when he was granted permission to break into an... 

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Dropbox Debuts Two New Products, Focuses On Enterprise Growth

January 31, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Dropbox Debuts Two New Products, Focuses On Enterprise Growth

Dropbox, the highly valued digital storage firm has debuted two new products – file synch and content collaboration tools – as part of a years-long effort to build up its business offerings. The effort appears to have bolstered the company’s bottom line. Dropbox Chief Executive Officer Drew Houston said on Monday the company is projected to surpass $1 billion in annual revenue. “We fundamentally redesigned Dropbox from the ground up,” Houston said. Dropbox started... 

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Is Apple Losing In Some Aspects Of The Hardware Space?

January 31, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Apple Losing In Some Aspects Of The Hardware Space?

Apple has really dropped the ball when it comes to hardware and is rapidly losing ground to rivals. Jobs’ Mob’s Mac sales dropped roughly 10 per cent amid a declining market which fell 5.7 per cent for the year. But Apple’s rivals seem to have benefited from Apple’s failure. Bloomberg analysts Anand Srinivasan and Wei Mok noted that Apple’s rivals grew. Dell saw the most growth at just over 10 per cent. Apple was pushed to number by with ASUS overtaking it. The top four vendors are now... 

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Are Voice Assistants The Big Thing On Smartphones?

January 31, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Are Voice Assistants The Big Thing On Smartphones?

This year, several smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, Samsung Electronics, Huawei, LG and Xiaomi are expected to introduce new devices that feature better AI-based assistants in an effort to increase overall market share, according to industry reports. Apple developing “enhanced Siri” this year Apple acquired Seattle-based learning startup Turi in August 2016 in an effort to further strengthen the functionality and usefulness of its Siri personal assistant. The company promised to build... 

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Can Virtual Reality Help Dementia Suffers

January 31, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Can Virtual Reality Help Dementia Suffers

Here’s a truism for you: dementia is a god-awful thing. A savage and remorseless condition, it strips away a lifetime of accumulated experience and personality, eradicating memory and emotional attachment, sometimes seeming to erase a person entirely. It’s a heart-rending process to witness, watching somebody vanish by degrees in this way, seeing them become angry, depressed or violent, and losing all recognition for the people they’ve loved for their entire lives. Sometimes, the... 

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Apple, Other Rivals Team Up On A.I. Research

January 30, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Apple, Other Rivals Team Up On A.I. Research

Apple has teamed up rivals as it looks to advance research and development of artificial intelligence technologies. After months of collaborating, Apple is joining the Partnership on A.I., with other founding members including Google, IBM, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon. The Partnership on A.I. was founded in September last year to also steer debate on best practices on A.I. The group believes A.I. could help in the areas of health care, transportation, and automation in factories. Apple’s... 

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Microsoft Passes The $500B Market Capitalization Mark Again

January 30, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Passes The $500B Market Capitalization Mark Again

Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) market capitalization surpassed $500 billion for the first time since 2000 last week, after the technology giant’s stock rose following another quarter of results that beat Wall Street’s expectations. Shares of the world’s biggest software company rose as much as 2.1 percent to $65.64, an all-time high, in early trading last Friday, valuing the company at $510.37 billion. The last time Microsoft was valued more was in March 2000, during the heyday... 

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Cisco Rolls Out Fix For WebEx Vulnerability

January 30, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Cisco Rolls Out Fix For WebEx Vulnerability

Cisco Systems began rolling out a patch for a critical vulnerability in its WebEx collaboration and conferencing browser extension that could allow attackers to remotely execute malicious code on computers. The company released a patched version of the extension — 1.0.7 — for Google Chrome and is working on similar patches for the Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox versions. The vulnerability was found by Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy and stemmed from the fact that the... 

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Can Foxcomm Really Come To The U.S.?

January 30, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Can Foxcomm Really Come To The U.S.?

While the press has made much of Foxconn’s plans to co-operate with Sharp to build a new panel plant in the US, the deal is so far from being done and dusted it is increasingly looking unlikely. Foxconn Electronics chairman Terry Guo has indicated that the company is considering establishing a display panel factory in the US through cooperation with Sharp, which is expected to provide advanced panel technology. The deal was heralded as a way that more US jobs would be created by Donald (Prince... 

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Qualcomm Gives Samsung Exclusivity

January 30, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Gives Samsung Exclusivity

According to the latest report, it appears that Samsung managed to secure an exclusive deal with Qualcomm, scoring the latest and fastest Snapdragon 835 SoC for its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, which means that other flagships will have to settle for Snapdragon 821. According to a report from Forbes, citing industry insiders in Asia, Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 SoC “won’t be available in large quantities until after the Galaxy S8 launches”. This means that flagships... 

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Can Nearby Alien Planet Rapid Climate Change Support Life?

January 30, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Can Nearby Alien Planet Rapid Climate Change Support Life?

One of the closest rocky planets to Earth could have a wild climate that oscillates quickly between hot and cool periods, a new study reports.  This planet, known as Wolf 1061c, resides in the “habitable zone” of its host star, that just-right range of distances where liquid water could theoretically exist on a world’s surface. But it’s far from clear if Wolf 1061c could actually support life as we know it, study team members said. For starters, Wolf 1061c — which circles... 

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IBM Merging Google’s AI With It’s Own Cognitive Tools

January 27, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
IBM Merging Google’s AI With It’s Own Cognitive Tools

Google has innovative technology capable of recognizing images and speech, and IBM’s hardware can diagnose diseases. Combine the two, and you get a powerful computer with serious brains. IBM is merging Google’s artificial intelligence tools with its own cognitive computing technologies, allowing deep-learning systems to more accurately find answers to complex questions or recognize images or voices. Google’s open-source TensorFlow machine-learning tools are being packed into IBM’s... 

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Microsoft Continues Cybersecurity R&D To The Tune Of $1B Annually

January 27, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Continues Cybersecurity R&D To The Tune Of $1B Annually

Software technology giant Microsoft Corp will continue to invest over $1 billion annually on cyber security research and development in the coming years, a senior executive said. This amount does not include acquisitions Microsoft may make in the sector, Bharat Shah, Microsoft vice president of security, told Reuters on the sidelines of the firm’s BlueHat cyber security conference in Tel Aviv. “As more and more people use cloud, that spending has to go up,” Shah said.  While the... 

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Qualcomm Legal Woes Continue As Apple Files Lawsuit

January 27, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Qualcomm Legal Woes Continue As Apple Files Lawsuit

Apple Inc has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm Inc in Beijing, accusing the chip supplier of abusing its clout in the chip industry and seeking 1 billion yuan ($145.32 million) in damages, Beijing’s Intellectual Property Court said in a statement on Wednesday. Apple also filed a second lawsuit against Qualcomm which accused it of failing to live up to promises made to license “standard essential patents” broadly and inexpensively. Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and... 

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