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Survey Reveals Workers Using Personal Devices For Job-related Tasks

October 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Survey Reveals Workers Using Personal Devices For Job-related Tasks

Many workers use their personally owned smartphones and other technology devices for job tasks, but a new survey reveals a big percentage are doing so without their employer’s knowledge. Market research firm Gartner surveyed 4,300 U.S. consumers in June who work at large companies (with more than 1,000 employees) and found 40% used personally owned smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktops as a primary or supplemental business device. That 40% might not be unusual, but more surprisingly, Gartner... 

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U.S. Government Investigating Medical Device Hacking Threats

October 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
U.S. Government Investigating Medical Device Hacking Threats

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is looking into about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials believe could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters. The products under review by the agency’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT, include an infusion pump from Hospira Inc and implantable heart devices from Medtronic Inc and St Jude Medical Inc, according... 

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Microsoft Releases First Windows 10 Update

October 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Releases First Windows 10 Update

Microsoft has issued the first update for Windows 10 Technical Preview, launching its fast-paced release strategy. The update, designated as Build 9860, followed the Oct. 1 release of the preview, which Microsoft has offered businesses and technology enthusiasts to give potential customers a look at the work in progress and collect feedback during development. The Oct. 1 version of Windows 10 was labeled Build 9841. “Sometimes [updates] will be more frequent and sometimes there will be longer... 

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Mobile Phone Growth In U.S. Continues To Slow Down

October 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mobile Phone Growth In U.S. Continues To Slow Down

The overall mobile phone market in the U.S. will fall off this year by 1% even as many emerging countries around the world see robust growth. After several years of accelerated growth, the U.S. market is feeling the effects of market saturation and smartphone ownership that’s lasting longer than once expected, Ramon Llamas, an analyst IDC, said in an updated forecast. IDC’s five-year forecast issued for October significantly undercuts its April forecast, dropping expectations for U.S.... 

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Sprint Cuts Jobs At Its Headquarters, More To Follow

October 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Cuts Jobs At Its Headquarters, More To Follow

Sprint recently eliminated more than 400 jobs from its headquarters in Overland Park, Kan., an amount that equals about 6% of the 7,500 workers there. The company is expected to make more job cuts this month, including from other locations in the U.S., further lowering the ranks of its 33,000-person work force. Since January, the company has cut its ranks by about 5,000, from 38,000. The latest headquarters cuts were in IT and portfolio management and Sprint’s network, technology and product areas,... 

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Amazon, Simon & Schuster Sign Deal Over E-books

October 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon, Simon & Schuster Sign Deal Over E-books

Online book retailer Amazon.com Inc revealed that it has signed a multi-year deal with Simon & Schuster Inc, the second Big-Five book publisher, on the future price of e-books. Amazon, which had been in discussions with Simon & Schuster since July over pricing, confirmed the deal first reported by the Business Insider news blog that the two had reached an agreement. Amazon had been locked in a months-long standoff with publisher Hachette Book Group, the fourth-largest U.S. book publisher... 

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Google’s Nexus 6 Unlocked Device To Cost Significantly More

October 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google’s Nexus 6 Unlocked Device To Cost Significantly More

Google’s new Nexus 6 smartphone will be offered at $649, unlocked, when pre-orders begin on Oct. 29. The price is almost twice the $349 starting price charged for the Nexus 5 a year ago. Google didn’t elaborate on the price increase after announcing the Nexus 6, but several analysts said Google may be intending to push the Nexus as a premium brand that can compete with the iPhone 6 and other high-end phones. Google originally developed Android to be inclusive and global, and indeed,... 

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Twitter To Allow Users To Stream Music

October 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter To Allow Users To Stream Music

Twitter Inc  will allow users to play podcasts, music and other audio clips direct from their timelines, or message feeds, by using a  new feature designed in partnership with Berlin-based audio-streaming service SoundCloud. The online messaging service introduced what it dubbed “Audio Card,” through which users can listen to a variety of content whilst browsing their timelines. For starters, Twitter has promised audio from SoundCloud’s partners, which include such diverse sources... 

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Yahoo To Lay Out Cost-cutting Efforts

October 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo To Lay Out Cost-cutting Efforts

Yahoo Inc is expected today  to reveal cost-cutting efforts and give details of how it is evaluating possible acquisitions as it faces mounting pressure from an activist investor, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person who was briefed on the plan. Yahoo is considering purchasing one or more large technology startups with some of the $5.8 billion it made from the initial public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the newspaper said. Representatives at Yahoo did not immediately respond... 

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MasterCard Testing A New Card With Fingerprint Reader

October 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
MasterCard Testing A New Card With Fingerprint Reader

MasterCard is trying out a contactless payment card with a built-in fingerprint reader that can authorize high-value payments without requiring the user to enter a PIN. The credit-card company showed a prototype of the card in London on Friday along with Zwipe, the Norwegian company that developed the fingerprint recognition technology. The contactless payment card has an integrated fingerprint sensor and a secure data store for the cardholder’s biometric data, which is held only on the card... 

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Amazon Expands Grocery Delivery Service

October 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Expands Grocery Delivery Service

Amazon.com Inc is add more territory to its online grocery delivery program to Brooklyn’s well-heeled Park Slope neighborhood, giving the No. 1 U.S. online retailer a foothold in one of the wealthiest and densest markets in the United States. The AmazonFresh program, which offers same-day or next-day delivery on more than 500,000 items including fresh and frozen groceries, will soon expand to other areas in Brooklyn. The move is part of Amazon’s slow build-out of its “Fresh”... 

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FCC To Explore Next-Generation Wireless Networks

October 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
FCC To Explore Next-Generation Wireless Networks

U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, on Friday, stated that U.S. regulators will look “to infinity and beyond” to harness new technology that can help build a new generation of mobile wireless connections. The FCC on Friday voted unanimously to open a so-called “notice of inquiry” into what it and the industry can do to turn a new swath of very high-frequency airwaves, previously deemed unusable for mobile networks, into mobile-friendly frequencies. The... 

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Tablet Sales Growth Dropped Drastically

October 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Tablet Sales Growth Dropped Drastically

The news about tablet sales isn’t good. Gartner and IDC both recently dramatically lowered their tablet shipment and sales estimates for 2014 and coming years, citing primarily the longer-than-expected time customers keep their existing tablets. (That phenomenon is called the “refresh rate.”) Gartner said it had originally expected 13% tablet sales growth for the year globally; it has now lowered that growth rate to 11%. IDC’s forecast change was even more dire: In June, it... 

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Facebook Doubling Reward For It’s Ad Based Bugs

October 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Doubling Reward For It’s Ad Based Bugs

Facebook is doubling the bounty it will pay for security vulnerabilities related to code that runs its advertising system, the company announced. A comprehensive security audit of its ads code was recently completed, but Facebook “would like to encourage additional scrutiny from whitehats to see what we may have missed,” wrote Collin Greene, a security engineer, in a blog post. “Whitehats” refers to ethical security researchers, as opposed to “blackhats” who take... 

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Google Exploring Ultra Fast Wireless Internet

October 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Exploring Ultra Fast Wireless Internet

Google Inc is gearing up to test new technology that may provide the foundation for a wireless version of its high-speed “Fiber” Internet service, according to telecommunication experts who scrutinized the company’s regulatory filings. In a public but little-noticed application with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday, Google asked the agency for permission to conduct tests in California across different wireless spectrums, including a rarely-used millimeter-wave... 

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