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McAfee’s Biometric Authentication Software Coming By End Of The Year

November 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
McAfee’s Biometric Authentication Software Coming By End Of The Year

A McAfee security product that will use biometric technology to authenticate users will be available for download by the end of the year, said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, last week. “Your biometrics basically eliminate the need for you to enter passwords for Windows log in and eventually all your websites ever again,” Skaugen said. Further product details were not immediately available. But one of the major inconveniences in... 

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StoreDot Says It Can Recharge Mobile Phone In 30 Seconds

November 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
StoreDot Says It Can Recharge Mobile Phone In 30 Seconds

An Israeli firm claims it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world’s most dynamic consumer industries. Using nano-technology to synthesize artificial molecules, Tel Aviv-based StoreDot says it has developed a battery that can store a much higher charge more quickly, in effect acting like a super-dense sponge to soak up power and retain it. While the prototype is currently far too bulky... 

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Sony To Slash Mobile Phone, TV Product Lines

November 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony To Slash Mobile Phone, TV Product Lines

Japan’s hemorrhaging technology giant Sony Corp plans to slice its TV and mobile phone product line-ups to cut costs, counting on multi-billion dollar revenue surges for its buoyant PlayStation 4 and image sensor businesses over the next three years. Having lost ground to nimbler rivals like Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in consumer electronics, Sony said on Tuesday its goal for TV and smartphones is to turn a profit, even if sales slide as much as 30 percent. “We’re... 

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NSA Warns Several Countries Have Ability To Shutdown U.S. Infrastructure

November 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NSA Warns Several Countries Have Ability To Shutdown U.S. Infrastructure

China and “probably one or two” other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency said. Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform “reconnaissance” missions to determine how the networks... 

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4K Monitors Fall Below $500

November 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
4K Monitors Fall Below $500

Prices for 4K monitors have fallen below $500, bringing them within the reach of cost-conscious buyers looking to replace 1080p displays. The prices have been falling steadily from $700 or more earlier this year. 4K monitors are available from Samsung, Sharp, Dell, Asus, Acer, Monoprice and small vendors. 4K gives a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, or four times deeper than conventional 1080p resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Dell is selling its 28 Ultra HD P2815Q monitor for $449.99, down from... 

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Symantec Uncovers Advanced Spying Malware

November 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Symantec Uncovers Advanced Spying Malware

An advanced malicious software application has been discovered that since 2008 was used to spy on private companies, governments, research institutes and individuals in 10 countries, anti virus software maker Symantec Corp said in a report on Sunday. The Mountain View, California-based maker of Norton anti virus products said its research showed that a “nation state” was likely the developer of the malware called Regin, or Backdoor. Regin, but Symantec did not identify any countries... 

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Will The EU Push To Break Up Google?

November 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Will The EU Push To Break Up Google?

Members of the European Parliament are preparing a motion calling for the break-up of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services, according to news reports. A draft resolution calling for the break-up should be finalized early next week, with a vote potentially on Thursday, according to a report from The Financial Times. While the European Parliament has no formal power to break up the company, a vote to split Google could put pressure on the European Commission,... 

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Government Officials Warns Consumers To Secure Their Web Cams

November 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Government Officials Warns Consumers To Secure Their Web Cams

Government officials in the U.S. and the UK are warning consumers to secure their webcams after websites that broadcast the contents of those cameras have sprung up online. One of the better-known sites, Insecam, appeared to have gone offline after the warnings, but at least one site that publishes similar content was still available. The websites show footage from security cameras used by businesses and in people’s homes, including CCTV networks that secure buildings and even cameras built... 

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Apple Pay Enjoys Success As More Retailers Jump Onboard

November 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Pay Enjoys Success As More Retailers Jump Onboard

U.S. consumers have been leery of in-store mobile payments for years, but Apple Pay is making gains in that area just a month after the service launched Oct. 20. Apple’s latest success with Apple Pay includes the addition of support from hundreds of grocery stores within six major chains in the past week: BiLo Holding, 830 stores; Harvey’s and Winn-Dixie, 530; Albertson’s and Jewel-Osco, 180; Shaws and Star Markets, 150; United Food Stores, 60; and Associated Food Stores, 135. Wegmans... 

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Microsoft Announces Office 365 Video, Streaming Service For The Enterprise

November 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Announces Office 365 Video, Streaming Service For The Enterprise

Microsoft unveiled Office 365 Video, a YouTube-like streaming service where enterprises and large organizations can post in-house video content for communication and training. “Office 365 Video provides organizations with a secure, company-wide destination for posting, sharing and discovering video content,” said Mark Kashman, a senior product manager with the Office 365 team, in a blog posting. Kashman touted Video as a tool for internal communications, citing the examples of new-employee... 

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eBay Re-vamping Its Local Delivery Program

November 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
eBay Re-vamping Its Local Delivery Program

EBay Inc is making over its local delivery program and extending more logistics options to smaller merchants that make up the bulk of the e-commerce giant’s sprawling base of marketplace sellers, according to one of its executives. More of eBay’s smaller sellers, including some with annual sales under $100,000, will allow shoppers to buy items online that can be picked up in stores, an option now used by big companies such as Best Buy Co Inc and Toys ‘R’ Us. EBay also plans... 

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Apple To Bundle Beats Music Into iOS

November 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple To Bundle Beats Music Into iOS

Apple Inc will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, according to an article by the Financial Times. The inclusion of the paid-for Beats service in an iOS software update, which would instantly make it available on millions of iPhones and iPads, could happen as early as March, the daily reported, citing people familiar with the situation. The move will mark the company’s first big push into subscription music, at a time... 

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Nokia Launches N1 Tablet

November 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Nokia Launches N1 Tablet

Finland’s Nokia unveiled a new brand-licensed tablet computer which is designed to rival Apple’s iPad Mini, just six months after the company sold its underperforming phones and devices business to Microsoft for over $7 billion. Nokia, a name which was once synonymous with mobile phones until first Apple and then Samsung Electronics eclipsed the Finnish company with the advent of smart phones, said the manufacturing, distribution and sales of the new N1 tablet, will be handled under... 

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WhatsApp Adds End-to-End Encryption

November 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
WhatsApp Adds End-to-End Encryption

Stepping up efforts to keep its users messages safe from prying eyes, WhatsApp announced that it now supports end-to-end encryption for messages sent between users. The end-to-end encryption comes thanks to a collaboration between WhatsApp and Open Whisper Systems, an open-source development company focused on secure communications. Facebook-owned WhatsApp has more than 600 million users who log in monthly, making Open Whisper’s encryption deployment the largest ever in the area of end-to-end... 

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IBM Unveils Verse, New Enterprise Email Product

November 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
IBM Unveils Verse, New Enterprise Email Product

IBM is going up against cloud-app juggernauts Google and Microsoft with its next generation e-mail client, called Verse, designed to enrich email with social media and analysis. “We felt we could leverage analytics to build an experience that understands your priorities,” said Jeff Schick, general manager of IBM social solutions, of the app that launched as a private beta on Tuesday. “We had the opportunity to reduce clutter and create priority, and to help people be more efficient... 

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