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More Than Half The World Remains Off The Internet

July 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
More Than Half The World Remains Off The Internet

About 3.9 billion people, or 53 percent of the population still remains offline at the end of this year, according to the International Telecommunication Union estimates. Even in Europe, the most connected region, 20.9 percent of all people aren’t online. In Africa, the least connected continent, 74.9 percent are offline. Those figures are part of the annual statistical report from the agency, which is part of the United Nations. The report also showed there’s still a huge divide between rich... 

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Microsoft’s Updates Sway, Adds Paid Features

June 30, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Microsoft’s Updates Sway, Adds Paid Features

After a year on the market, Microsoft’s Sway presentation software has been updated with new functionality available to paying customers. Office 365 subscribers will be able to lock their Sway presentations with passwords, load them up with more multimedia content, and conceal the software they used to make them with an update that Microsoft announced Tuesday. That last feature will be an important change for users who don’t want to have a big banner at the end of their presentations saying they... 

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Airbnb Sues San Francisco, Claims Free Speech Violated

June 29, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Airbnb Sues San Francisco, Claims Free Speech Violated

Airbnb has filed suit against the city of San Francisco, claiming that a recent ordinance which requires hosts to register with the city violates the online home-sharing company’s free speech rights. A San Francisco law slated to take effect next month requires companies like Airbnb to verify that rentals have a valid registration number issued by the city. The ordinance would impose on the company fines of up to $1,000 per day for each offense. Airbnb’s lawsuit claims that the ordinance... 

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Is Intel Going To Dump McAfee

June 29, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Is Intel Going To Dump McAfee

Intel has run out of ideas about what it is going to do with it its security business and is apparently planning to flog it off. Five years ago Intel bought McAfee for $7.7bn acquisition. Two years ago it re-branded it as Intel Security. There was talk about chip based security and how important this would be as the world moved to the Internet of Things. Now the company has discussed the future of Intel Security with bankers, including potentially the outfit. The semiconductor company has been... 

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MIT Develops Swarm Chip For Increased Performance

June 24, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
MIT Develops Swarm Chip For Increased Performance

Researchers at MIT have figured out how to make chips faster without piling on more code. They have managed this with a chip design called Swarm that makes running programs across processors with multiple cores more efficient and easier to write. It involved some pretty complex stuff, so grab a tea, pop some Aspirins and drown out your colleagues’ chatter as we try to explain. MIT said that a program running on 64-core processors should, in theory, be 64 times faster than it would be on a single-core... 

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Has The Bubble Busted For Smartphones?

June 13, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Has The Bubble Busted For Smartphones?

After sliding its slide-rules, flicking its abacus, and counting its toes, the bean counters at Gartner have decided that the smartphone business bubble has burst splattering in the face of those who depend on it. Big G says the market will shrink from 14.4 per cent growth in 2015 to just 7 per cent in 2016 — with only 1.5 billion smartphone units being shipped globally this year. Compair this with 2010, when Gartner notes the market grew 73 per cent. However the signs have been obvious for about... 

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Google’s DeepMind Working On ‘Kill Switch’ For Robots, AI Systems

June 9, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Google’s DeepMind Working On ‘Kill Switch’ For Robots, AI Systems

Google DeepMind, a London-based artificial intelligence firm that Google purchased in 2014, is working on what will be a kill switch for robots and other A.I. systems. The idea is that one day a smart machine might be able to override its own off button. If that’s the case, then humans would need another way to gain the upper hand. “If an agent is operating in real-time under human supervision, now and then it may be necessary for a human operator to press the big red button to prevent the agent... 

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SWIFT To Implement New Security Program After Recent Hacking

May 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized

The SWIFT secure messaging service that underpins international banking announced that it will launch a new security program as it fights to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the Bangladesh Bank heist. The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT)’s chief executive, Gottfried Leibbrandt, told a financial services conference in Brussels that SWIFT will launch a five-point plan later this week. Banks send payment instructions to one another via SWIFT messages. In... 

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Twitter Blocks Intelligence Agencies Access To Tweet Analytics

May 10, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Twitter Blocks Intelligence Agencies Access To Tweet Analytics

Twitter has prohibited a data-mining firm from providing analytics of real-time tweets to U.S. intelligence agencies, according to a Wall Street Journal report, quoting a person familiar with the matter. Twitter, which provides Dataminr with real-time access to public tweets, seems to be trying to distance itself from appearing to aid government surveillance, a controversial issue after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the government was collecting information... 

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Twitter Troubles Continue, Misses Revenue Estimates

April 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Twitter Troubles Continue, Misses Revenue Estimates

Twitter Inc  disappointed investors once again with first-quarter results that revealed stagnant revenue growth as the microblogging service struggles to grab new users amid efforts to improve its complicated interface with several new features. Twitter’s user base grew modestly to 310 million monthly active users in the quarter ended March 31 from 305 million in the fourth quarter, above analysts’ expectations. But investors were let down by the revenue miss since outlining a turnaround... 

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New Point-of-Sale Malware Steals Credit Card Data, Sends Over DNS

April 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
New Point-of-Sale Malware Steals Credit Card Data, Sends Over DNS

Security researchers have uncovered a new memory-scraping malware program that steals payment card data from point-of-sale (PoS) terminals and forwards to attackers using the Domain Name System (DNS). Dubbed Multigrain, the threat is part of a family of malware programs known as NewPosThings, with which it shares some code. However, this variant was designed to target specific environments. That’s because unlike other PoS malware programs that look for card data in the memory of many processes,... 

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Priceline’s Booking.com To Allow Hotel Reservations For Cuba

March 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Priceline’s Booking.com To Allow Hotel Reservations For Cuba

Priceline Group has agreed with Cuba to make Cuban hotel rooms available to U.S. customers through subsidiary Booking.com, becoming the first U.S. online travel agency to sign a deal with the island, a Booking.com executive said. The deal comes on the first full day of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba and on the heels of U.S. hotel firm Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide’s agreement with the Cuban government to manage and market three Havana hotel properties. Booking.com would... 

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Samsung 4K Blu-ray Players Already Hit The Streets

February 10, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Samsung 4K Blu-ray Players Already Hit The Streets

According to a post by USA Today, the Los Angeles area retailer began selling the Samsung UBDK8500 on February 5th for $397.99. The device is available in-store only, so we are expecting locals to rush in over the weekend and grab the player quickly as retailers are not expected to begin selling them for another few weeks. In January, we wrote that Samsung’s UBDK8500 would begin arriving early to New York City-based Internet retailer B&H Photo Video as well as Crutchfield.com. Both sites are... 

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Mobile Shopping Scores Big During Holiday Season

January 11, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Mobile Shopping Scores Big During Holiday Season

Shopping from mobile devices increased by a whopping 59 percent during the U.S. holiday shopping season, data from analytics firm Comscore Inc showed, as consumers were lured by attractive deals and shipping options. Shoppers spent a total of $12.7 billion through smartphones and tablets beating Comscore’s forecast of $11.7 billion, the company said. “If there is an underlying takeaway from this holiday season, I think it will be remembered as the one where ‘mobile ate brick-and-mortar,”... 

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Justice Department Investigating Uber Data Breach

December 22, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Justice Department Investigating Uber Data Breach

The U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing a criminal investigation of a May 2014 data breach at ride service Uber, including an reviewing whether any employees at competitor Lyft were involved in the episode, sources familiar with the situation said. Earlier this year, Uber revealed that as many as 50,000 of its drivers’ names and their licence numbers had been improperly downloaded. An investigation by Uber determined that an Internet address potentially associated with the breach can be... 

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