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Chat Tool Slack Admits To Being Hacked

March 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Chat Tool Slack Admits To Being Hacked

The popular group chat tool Slack had its central database hacked in February, according to the company, potentially compromising users’ profile information like log-on data, email addresses and phone numbers. The database also holds any additional information users may have added to their profiles like their Skype IDs. The passwords were encrypted using a hashing technique. There was no indication the hackers were able to decrypt the passwords, Slack Technologies said in a blog post. No financial... 

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Phone Movements, Gestures May Be Key To Fighting Mobile Malware

March 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Phone Movements, Gestures May Be Key To Fighting Mobile Malware

Mobile malware is a growing problem, but researchers from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have developed a new way of detecting when suspicious mobile apps start trouble, such as trying to call premium-rate numbers unbeknowst to a phone’s owner. The technique relies on using the phone’s motion, position and ambient sensors to learn the gestures that users typically make when they initiate phone calls, take pictures or use the phone’s NFC reader to scan credit cards. Some... 

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Alibaba, BMG Sign Music Distribution Deal

March 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Alibaba, BMG Sign Music Distribution Deal

Germany’s BMG music rights company announced that it has signed a music digital distribution deal with China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, as the world’s largest e-commerce giant firms up its bid to become a digital media empire. The deal, one of the first in China made by a major music publisher rather than a label, will bring more than 2.5 million copyrights to Alibaba, whose music platforms already had many of the songs from artists including Kylie Minogue, the Rolling Stones... 

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GPS To Become Obsolete?

March 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
GPS To Become Obsolete?

Finding GPS unreliable in certain situations, the U.S. government is focusing on developing a more reliable real-time position tracking technology whose signals won’t disappear in blind spots and can’t be jammed. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing “radically” new technologies to deliver a more advanced position- and navigation-tracking system that is more reliable and accurate than GPS, according to a document on DARPA research projects recently released. DARPA... 

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Amazon Unleashes Unlimited Storage For $5 A Month

March 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Unleashes Unlimited Storage For $5 A Month

Amazon upped the ante: Unlimited cloud storage for individuals for $5 a month ($59.99 per year). Amazon’s Unlimited Everything Plan allows users to store an infinite number of  photos, videos, files, documents, movies and music in its Cloud Drive. The site also announced a separate $12 per year plan for unlimited photos. People who subscribe to Amazon Prime already get unlimited capacity for photos. Both the Unlimited Everything Plan and the Photos Plan have three-month free trial periods. Online... 

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Amazon Rumored To Be Pursuing Net-a-Porter

March 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Rumored To Be Pursuing Net-a-Porter

Amazon.com is holding discussions to acquire online luxury retailer Net-a-porter in what could be the biggest acquisition yet for the e-commerce giant, but the negotiations are in early stages and could fall apart, Forbes reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. The potential deal, first reported by Women’s Wear Daily, could value Net-a-Porter lower than the valuation of 2 billion euros ($2.16 billion) reported by the fashion industry trade journal, Forbes reported last Thursday,... 

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Panasonic On The Hunt For Acquisition Targets

March 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Panasonic On The Hunt For Acquisition Targets

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp said it is gearing up to spend 1 trillion yen ($8.4 billion) on acquisitions over the next four years, bolstered by a stronger profit outlook for its automotive and housing technology businesses. Chief Executive Kazuhiro Tsuga said at a briefing on Thursday that Panasonic doesn’t have specific acquisition targets in mind for now. But he said the firm will spend around 200 billion yen on M&A in the fiscal year that kicks off in April alone, and pledged... 

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USB 3.1 To Arrive With New Desktops Later This Year

March 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
USB 3.1 To Arrive With New Desktops Later This Year

The emerging USB 3.1 standard is on track to reach desktops as hardware companies release motherboards with ports that can transfer data twice as fast as the previous USB technology. MSI recently announced a 970A SLI Krait motherboard that will support the AMD processors and the USB 3.1 protocol. Motherboards with USB 3.1 ports have also been released by Gigabyte, ASRock and Asus, but those boards support Intel chips. USB 3.1 can shuffle data between a host device and peripheral at 10Gbps, which... 

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Facebook Opening Parse For IoT Development

March 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Opening Parse For IoT Development

Facebook is opening up Parse, its suite of back-end software development tools, to create Internet of Things apps for items like smart home appliances and activity trackers. By making Parse available for IoT, Facebook hopes to strengthen its ties to a wider group of developers in a growing industry via three new software development kits aimed specifically at IoT, unveiled Wednesday at the company’s F8 developer conference in San Francisco. The tools are aimed at making it easier for outside... 

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Verizon To Bolster 100G Metro Fiber-optic Network

March 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Verizon To Bolster 100G Metro Fiber-optic Network

Verizon has announced new technology to bolster its super-fast 100 Gbps fiber-optic network serving metro areas, but didn’t reveal where the work will be done or other details. The vague announcement raised the question of whether Verizon is simply trying to show its competitive value against Google and AT&T, which have both announced fiber Internet services in a number of cities. “I think Verizon is trying to play catch up to the others without saying it that way,” said independent... 

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Google Said To Be Devolping Bill Payment Service For Gmail

March 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Said To Be Devolping Bill Payment Service For Gmail

Google reportedly is working on a service to allow that will allow users to pay their bills from their Gmail accounts. The service, dubbed Pony Express, would ask users to provide personal information, including credit card and Social Security numbers, to a third-party company that would verify their identity, according to a Re/code report on Tuesday. Google also would work with vendors that distribute bills on behalf of service providers like insurance companies, telecom carriers and utilities,... 

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Lexmark Scoops Up Kofax For Nearly $1B

March 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Lexmark Scoops Up Kofax For Nearly $1B

Lexmark International Inc, known for its printers, said it plans to acquire Kofax Ltd in an about $1 billion deal that would double the size of its enterprise software business. PC and printer makers have struggled in the recent past as companies reduced printing to cut costs and consumers shifted to mobile devices from PCs. Hewlett-Packard Co plans to separate its computer and printer businesses from its corporate hardware and services operations this year. Xerox Corp has also increasingly focused... 

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Facebook To Open Messenger App To Third-Party Developers

March 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook To Open Messenger App To Third-Party Developers

Facebook’s Messenger app mostly been used for keeping in touch with friends. Now people can also use it to send each other money. In the future, it could become a platform which other apps could use, if recent rumors prove true. This Wednesday and Thursday at its F8 conference in San Francisco, Facebook will show off new tools to help third-party developers build apps, deploy them on Facebook and monetize them through Facebook advertising. Among those tools might be a new service for developers... 

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Broadband Providers File Suit Against FCC

March 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Broadband Providers File Suit Against FCC

Several U.S. broadband providers have filed lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission’s recently approved net neutrality rules, launching what is a expected to be a series of legal entanglements. Broadband industry trade group USTelecom filed a lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which has in the past twice rejected the FCC’s net neutrality regulations. The group argues the new rules are “arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse... 

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Vessel Launches Early Access, Paid Subcription Video Service

March 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Vessel Launches Early Access, Paid Subcription Video Service

Online video platform Vessel officially debuted its paid subscription service on Tuesday, offering programming at least three days before other websites in a bid to reshape an industry dominated by free content on Google Inc’s YouTube. Vessel, which costs viewers $3 a month, was founded by former Hulu Chief Executive Jason Kilar and Chief Technology Officer Richard Tom. They aim to create an early window for a selection of web video, similar to the way movies are released in theaters before... 

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