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Bad News For Lenovo Continues As Website Is Hacked

February 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Bad News For Lenovo Continues As Website Is Hacked

Chinese PC and mobile phone maker Lenovo Group Ltd acknowledged that its website was hacked, its second security blemish days after the U.S. government advised consumers to remove software called “Superfish” pre-installed on its laptops. Hacking group Lizard Squad claimed credit for the attacks on microblogging service Twitter. Lenovo said attackers breached the domain name system associated with Lenovo and redirected visitors to lenovo.com to another address, while also intercepting... 

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Astronomers Discover Monster Black Hole

February 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover Monster Black Hole

Astronomers have discovered the largest and most luminous black hole ever seen — an ancient monster with a mass about 12 billion times that of the sun — that dates back to when the universe was less than 1 billion years old. It remains a mystery how black holes could have grown so huge in such a relatively brief time after the dawn of the universe, researchers say. Supermassive black holes are thought to lurk in the hearts of most, if not all, large galaxies. The largest black holes found so... 

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Anthem Says Nearly 79M Records Were Exposed In Data Breach

February 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Anthem Says Nearly 79M Records Were Exposed In Data Breach

The Anthem data breach may have exposed 78.8 million records, according to deeper analysis provided in an estimate by the health insurance company, but Anthem is still investigating exactly how many records hackers captured from a database. Hackers accessed a database at Anthem that contained customer and employee records with names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and member IDs, the health insurance company said on Feb. 4. Some records included employment... 

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More Lawyers, Lawsuits Descend On Lenovo Over Superfish

February 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
More Lawyers, Lawsuits Descend On Lenovo Over Superfish

Lenovo and adware maker Superfish were subjected to more legal action as two new lawsuits were filed in California federal courts taking the firms to task for putting consumers at risk of hacker spying and information theft. The two complaints — the second and third since the China-based computer OEM (original equipment manufacturer) admitted it had pre-loaded adware on its consumer PCs in the second half of 2014 — named both Lenovo and Superfish, and each lawsuit requested class-action... 

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IBM, ARM Team Up To Offer IoT Starter Kit

February 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
IBM, ARM Team Up To Offer IoT Starter Kit

ARM and IBM want Internet of Things (IoT) enthusiasts to make their own connected devices in a matter of minutes with a new development kit that they have unveiled. The ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit — Ethernet Edition will allow users to make cloud-ready Internet of Things products that could receive or transmit data for analysis or alerts. The development kit will come with ARM’s mbed OS and connect into IBM’s BlueMix cloud, which will help in the development of applications and services. The... 

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Should We Really Reach Out To E.T.?

February 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Should We Really Reach Out To E.T.?

Is it time to take the search for intelligent aliens to the next level? For more than half a century, scientists have been scanning the heavens for signals generated by intelligent alien life. They haven’t found anything conclusive yet, so some researchers are advocating adding an element called “active SETI” (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) — not just listening, but also beaming out transmissions of our own designed to catch aliens’ eyes. Active SETI “may... 

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Chrome Browser Now Has Early Warning Alert

February 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Chrome Browser Now Has Early Warning Alert

Google has added an early warning alert to Chrome that appears when users try to access a website that the search giant believes will try to trick users into downloading suspicious software. The new alert pops up in Chrome when a user aims the browser at a suspect site but before the domain is displayed. “The site ahead contains harmful programs,” the warning states. Google emphasized tricksters that “harm your browsing experience,” and cited those that silently change the... 

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Are Health Companies Tracking You?

February 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Are Health Companies Tracking You?

US sites which offer medical advice are tracking queries, sending the sensitive data to third party corporations, even shipping the information directly to the insurance brokers who monitor credit scores. Tim Libert, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, custom-built software called webXray to analyze the top 50 search results for nearly 2,000 common diseases (over 80,000 pages total). He found the results startling: a full 91 percent of the pages made what are known as third-party requests... 

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YouTube Releasing New Kids App

February 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
YouTube Releasing New Kids App

YouTube is rolling out a new app for children next week, called YouTube Kids, which will run on smartphones and tablets and focus on kid-appropriate content. The free app from Google Inc’s online video service will be available for download as of today, February 23rd, and will feature kid-friendly design, with big icons and minimal scrolling, according to details seen by Reuters. The app, which will be separate from the mainstream YouTube mobile app, will also feature parental controls such... 

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Star Explosions Help Solve Lithium MysteryOf The Universe

February 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Star Explosions Help Solve Lithium MysteryOf The Universe

An explosion on the surface of a dying star has is helping to clear up a mystery behind copious amounts of lithium seen in the universe. By studying Nova Delphini 2013 (V339 Del), astronomers were able to detect a precursor to lithium, making the first direct detection of the third lightest element whose abundance had long remained in the theoretical realm. “There have been no direct observational evidence for lithium production in novae before our result,” lead author Akito Tajitsu,... 

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Cox Communications Developing Digital In-home Health Service

February 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Cox Communications Developing Digital In-home Health Service

Cable TV and internet service provider Cox Communications Inc, working alongside the Cleveland Clinic medical center announced a new venture to develop in-home healthcare services, stepping into a market that is poised to grow as medical care goes digital. The joint venture in Atlanta called Vivre Health is designed to help Cox expand its reach into healthcare beyond its current services such as providing broadband for hospitals. The plan is to foster in-home monitoring and treatment, such as video... 

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Yahoo Hosting First Ever Mobile Development Conference

February 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Hosting First Ever Mobile Development Conference

Yahoo, one of Silicon Valley’s legacy technology giants, wants to show it’s got the goods for today’s mobile app developers. Today the company is hosting its first-ever mobile developer conference. The daylong event in San Francisco shows the company wants to develop lucrative relationships with developers and put mobile at the center of its turnaround effort. The event will feature talks by top Yahoo executives, including CEO Marissa Mayer, and deep dives into Yahoo’s technology... 

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Do Red Dwarfs Harbor The Best Chances For Alien Life?

February 19, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Do Red Dwarfs Harbor The Best Chances For Alien Life?

Small, cold stars known as red dwarfs are the most common type of star in the Universe, and the sheer number of planets that may exist around them potentially make them valuable places to hunt for signs of extraterrestrial life. However, previous research into planets around red dwarfs suggested that while they may be warm enough to host life, they might also completely dry out, with any water they possess locked away permanently as ice. New research published on the topic finds that these planets... 

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Does Apple Pay Have A Problem?

February 18, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Does Apple Pay Have A Problem?

“Apple Pay is a product that has thus far seemed to mirror many successful products Apple has launched before it,” whinged Tame Apple Press “As was the case with the iPod, iPhone and iPad, Apple was not the first company to enter this emerging category.” However even BCM has to admit that Apple Pay has hit its “the first major hurdle” which is somewhat of a an understatement. With the US wavering on Apple Pay. Jobs’ Mob needs to convince the Chinese to use... 

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Apple Wooing Windows Users With Free iWork For iCloud

February 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Apple Wooing Windows Users With Free iWork For iCloud

Apple has opened the beta of its iWork for iCloud application suite to Windows-only users, letting people without an iOS device or OS X-powered Mac create an Apple ID needed to access the Web apps. Apple in mid-2013 launched iWork for iCloud — the browser-based versions of its productivity apps Pages, Numbers and Keynote — requiring an Apple ID for access. Apple IDs are normally associated with an Apple-made device, such as an iPhone, iPad or Mac. Consumers who owned a Windows PC but... 

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