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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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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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Did Astronomers Correctly Identify A Supernova Explosion?

March 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Astronomers Correctly Identify A Supernova Explosion?

Cosmic detectives are investigating a case of mistaken stellar identity: An exploding star that was once thought to be the oldest recorded nova — a nuclear explosion on the surface of a dead star — was more likely caused by the merger of two stars. In 1670, a bright new star appeared in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan, and stayed there for two years — you can see the location of the new stars in this video. The short-lived star was grouped into the “nova” category, but over... 

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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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Astronomers Find Extrasolar Planets Everywhere

March 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Extrasolar Planets Everywhere

When Captain Cook sailed into Botany Bay in 1770, we did not know how many planets were in our solar system. We only knew about Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Based on the orbits of these planets, 18th century European astronomers invented what is now called the Titius-Bode relation. It’s a simple empirical relation that describes the relative distances between the planets and the sun. It predicted the orbit of another planet beyond Saturn and another planet in the gap between... 

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SAP Mobile App May Have Allowed Hackers To Upload Fake Medical Data

March 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
SAP Mobile App May Have Allowed Hackers To Upload Fake Medical Data

SAP has fixed two security flaws in a mobile medical app, one of which could have allowed an attacker to upload fake patient data. The issues were found in SAP’s Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Unwired, which stores clinical data about patients including lab results and images, said Alexander Polyakov, CTO of ERPScan, a company based in Palo Alto, Calif., that specializes in enterprise application security. Researchers with ERPScan found a local SQL injection flaw that could allow other applications... 

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FAA Speeding Up Process To Define Commercial Drone Use

March 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
FAA Speeding Up Process To Define Commercial Drone Use

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration plans to announcel new rules soon to make it easier for companies to use drone aircraft for specific business operations, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Commercial drone flights are generally banned in the United States, except in a small number of cases where the FAA has granted an exemption. The has agency received more than 750 requests for exemptions to the ban, but has awarded only 48. Now the U.S. aviation regulator intends to streamline... 

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Did Supernovas Create Space Dust?

March 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Supernovas Create Space Dust?

Giant dust clouds seen in the early universe may have been created by exploding stars, a discovery that suggests supernovas were prolific space dust factories for ancient galaxies, scientists say. This finding, which was made by the SOFIA flying observatory, may shed light on how the dust that helped form countless stars and galaxies was created, the scientists added. The elements that make up everything from people to planets are essentially stardust. These elements are forged in stars by nuclear... 

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Medical Data Becoming More Valuable To Hackers

March 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Medical Data Becoming More Valuable To Hackers

The personal information stored in health care records fetches increasingly impressive sums on underground markets, making any company that stores such data a very attractive target for attackers. “Hackers will go after anyone with health care information,” said John Pescatore, director of emerging security trends at the SANS Institute, adding that in recent years hackers have increasingly set their sights on EHRs (electronic health records). With medical data, “there’s a... 

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Self-driving Audi Taking Road Trip From California To New York

March 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Self-driving Audi Taking Road Trip From California To New York

Automotive component-supplier Delphi is about to launch a self-driving Audi SUV on a 3,500-mile cross country road trip from San Francisco to New York. The trip, which will begin March 22 near the Golden Gate Bridge, will end in New York City. It is the first cross-country trip by a fully autonomous vehicle, and arguably the longest anyone has made. The autonomous Audi SQ5 is making the trip in order to test Delphi’s suite of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) vehicle-to-vehicle and... 

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Target Settles Security Breach For A Meager 10M

March 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Target Settles Security Breach For A Meager 10M

Target is reportedly close to paying out $10m to settle a class-action case that was filed after it was hacked and stripped of tens of millions of peoples’ details. Target was smacked by hackers in 2013 in a massive cyber-thwack on its stores and servers that put some 70 million people’s personal information in harm’s way. The hack has had massive repercussions. People are losing faith in industry and its ability to store their personal data, and the Target incident is a very good... 

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Angry Birds Maker Seeks New Profits In Movie Venture

March 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Angry Birds Maker Seeks New Profits In Movie Venture

Finnish mobile games developer Rovio is pinning its hopes on a costly 3D movie project helping it return to growth after a 73 percent profit drop,the latest sign its mainstay Angry Birds brand is waning. A decline in its business licensing the Angry Birds brand on toys, clothing and sweets is adding to the problems of Rovio, which has yet to repeat the success of its original slingshot-based game which became the No.1 paid mobile app of all time after its launch in 2009. Rovio said total sales fell... 

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Microsoft Looking To Replace IE Browser Name

March 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Looking To Replace IE Browser Name

Microsoft has confirmed that the new default browser in Windows 10 will not be named “Internet Explorer,” essentially marking the end of a 20-year reign by the once omnipresent product. A new name was not disclosed, however. “We’re right now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10,” said Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer, during a discussion of branding Monday at the firm’s Convergence conference.... 

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