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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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Samsung Shows Off 20nm DDR4

October 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Samsung Shows Off 20nm DDR4

Samsung has started shipping its first 8Gbit DDR4 memory chips and 32GB dual in-line memory modules (Dimms) for servers manufactured using a 20nm process technology. The Korean chip maker said the 20nm production process had been expanded from its PC and mobile memory markets to the enterprise server market with these fresh components, which it began producing earlier this month. The new 32GB module offers a data transfer rate per pin of up to 2,400Mbps, equating to a 29 percent performance increase... 

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Google Launches Two-Factor Security Key

October 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Google Launches Two-Factor Security Key

Google has added account authentication via USB stick to its two-step verification process, offering users a more convenient way to sign in to their accounts in a secure manner. As detailed in a Google security blog post, a compatible USB Security Key can now be used to log-in to Google accounts with two-step authentication. The addition of the USB Security Key, Google claims, ensures that the log-in website is an actual Google website and not a fake. Two-step authentication normally asks the user... 

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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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EMC Buys More Of VCE

October 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
EMC Buys More Of VCE

Data storage products maker EMC is buying much of Cisco’s stake in their joint venture VCE. The VCE joint venture, set up in 2009 as a one-stop shop for data centres, bundles Cisco’s networking equipment and servers with EMC’s storage gear and software from EMC’s VMware subsidiary. EMC is expected to merge VCE into its business and consolidate its sales into its quarterly results and an announcement will be made later today. EMC on Tuesday said it would make an announcement... 

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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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The Xbox One Goes Social Next Month

October 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
The Xbox One Goes Social Next Month

November Xbox One update, explaining that it will throw a bucketful of new features into the console. The firm polishes the console experience on a monthly basis and this month sees it swathe the device in tweaks and social networking positives. Whether you use the console to browse the internet, talk to people, do social networking, watch television, or even play games, you will see some sort of improvement, according to spokeschap Major Nelson. “We’re bringing you new and exciting ways... 

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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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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Goes WiGi

October 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Goes WiGi

The WiGig standard has been around since 2009, but we haven’t really seen it hitting that many retail devices. Back at IDF 2014, Intel demonstrated WiGig 802.11ad video, peripherals, 4K video transfer and it promised that Skylake based laptops will come out of the box with the technology. WiGig will let you transfer up to 7Gbpps of audio, video or data via 2.4, 5 or 6GHz bands and is as fast as eight-antenna 802.11ac and nearly 50 times faster than highest 802.11n rate. It is backward compatible... 

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Will Google’s Algorithm Change Stop Piracy?

October 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will Google’s Algorithm Change Stop Piracy?

Nosey Google has updated its search engine algorithms in an attempt to restrict piracy web sites appearing high in its search rankings. The update will mean piracy sites are less likely to appear when people search for music, films and other copyrighted content. The decision to roll out the search changes was announced in a refreshed version of a How Google Fights Piracy report, which was originally published in September 2013. However, this year’s updated report features a couple of developments,... 

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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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nVidia Shield To Get Android Update

October 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
nVidia Shield To Get Android Update

Although has not been publicly confirmed that Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lolipop will be coming to its Nvidia Shield tablet, Nvidia was pretty quiet about the Shield Portable handheld console, so we asked around. It appears that the update will indeed be coming to Shield Portable as well. The first devices on the list to receive the Android 5.0 Lolipop update will be Google’s own Nexus devices, starting with the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 10 as the oldest devices, followed by Google... 

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