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Microsoft Appears To Be Beefing Up Azure

February 12, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Appears To Be Beefing Up Azure

Microsoft beefed up its Azure Stack cloud platform, just a week after releasing the first Technical Preview of the hybrid cloud enabler. Microsoft’s Azure Stack offers the same capabilities as the firm’s Azure public cloud but delivered from a customer’s own infrastructure. The thinking behind this is that greater consistency between the private and public cloud platforms will make it easier for enterprises to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy. Microsoft has now made extra capabilities... 

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Qualcomm Introduces New LTE Platform For Wearables

February 12, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Qualcomm Introduces New LTE Platform For Wearables

Wearables today, by necessity, are mostly tethered to smartwatches. Qualcomm wants to change that by bringing LTE connectivity to wearables with its new Snapdragon Wear platform. With the Wear platform, Qualcomm wants to drive the development of sleek wearables like smartwatches, smartbands and smartglasses that offer long battery life. With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE, Qualcomm is enabling more ways for wearables to connect and transfer data over the Internet, other than using the smartphone as an... 

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AlienSpy RAT Capturing Many Victims

February 12, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AlienSpy RAT Capturing Many Victims

Kaspersky Lab has warned of a new remote access trojan (RAT) malware-as-a-service problem called AlienSpy, or Adwind. The warning was issued at a security show in Tenerife, so we are blaming the name on sangria and sun. There are some other names that it goes by, including Frutas, Unrecom, Sockrat, JSocket and jRat, so take your pick. We are not currently in Tenerife, but we have access to the report. Kaspersky said that the attack has bagged over 400,000 victims, and in a very bad way indeed. This... 

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LG’s New G5 Smartphone To Debut ‘Always On’ Display

February 12, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
LG’s New G5 Smartphone To Debut ‘Always On’ Display

LG’s next flagship Android smartphone, the G5, will come with an “always on” screen, according to a teaser posted  the LG Facebook page. The full reveal of the G5 is expected on Feb. 21, just prior to the start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. LG hasn’t given many other hints about the G5, although it tagged an animation on the Facebook page with the line, “Never go asleep while others do.” The G5 is also rumored to have a removable battery that is pulled... 

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Yahoo Announces First Round Of Layoffs

February 12, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Announces First Round Of Layoffs

Yahoo Inc  announced Wednesday it will terminate 107 employees in the first of what is expected to be more than 1,500 job eliminations. The layoffs take effect April 11 and affected employees received 60-day advance notice of the move, Yahoo said in a notice filed with the California Employment Development Department. The layoffs were spread across a range of departments and job titles. Yahoo shares closed up 1 percent at $27.10 on Wednesday and are down about 18.5 percent so far this year. Yahoo... 

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ARM Profits Not Impacted By iPhone Slump

February 12, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
ARM Profits Not Impacted By iPhone Slump

Chip-designer ARM appears to have shrugged off a slump in smartphone sales that damaged everyone, even Apple and is reporting profits up 17 per cent on last year. The UK outfit said net profit for the three months to December 31 rose to $132.7 million. Pretax profit adjusted for exceptional items rose 17 per cent year-on-year to $201.16 million, slightly higher than what analysts predicted. Revenue, also adjusted, in dollar terms rose 14 per cent to $407.9 million, higher than a forecast of $402.5... 

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IRS Says Hackers Tax Filers E-Filing PIN Numbers In Latest Attack

February 11, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
IRS Says Hackers Tax Filers E-Filing PIN Numbers In Latest Attack

The Internal Revenue Service was the target of an illegal network intrusion that used stolen Social Security numbers and other taxpayer data to obtain PINs that can be used to file tax returns electronically. The attack occurred in January and targeted an IRS Web application that taxpayers use to obtain their so-called Electronic Filing (E-file) PINs. The app requires taxpayer information such as name, Social Security number, date of birth and full address. Attackers attempted to obtain E-file PINs... 

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Google Sinks Teeth Deeper Into Virtual Reality

February 11, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Google Sinks Teeth Deeper Into Virtual Reality

Google is researching into a more virtual realtiy technology which will probably just end up in the beta stage before the search engine gives up on the whole project. Google is apparently developing a new virtual-reality headset for smartphones, and adding extra support for the technology to Android in a cunning plan to give Oculus a run for its money. We are not holding our breath, we keep getting announcements like this from Google and they always turn to be vapourware like Google Glass.. Anyway... 

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Are 3D TVs Dead Again?

February 11, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Are 3D TVs Dead Again?

It is looking like 3D technology is dead in the water with both Samsung and LG phasing it out in new TVs. This confirms what we noticed at CES where there were few people even showing 3D as a feature and one of them was LG. Speaking to ET News in Korea, an LG representative stated that only its premium sets this year will be 3D capable, slashing the number of supporting TVs by half. “Although 40 per cent of all TVs last year had 3D functions, only 20 per cent this year will. There are still... 

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Oracle Issues An Emergency Patch For Java

February 11, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Issues An Emergency Patch For Java

Oracle has bestowed the gift of an out-of-band security patch on its customers following problems with Java and Windows. You should manage the passage of Security Alert CVE-2016-0603 with some urgency. Oracle gave this to you over the weekend, but the weekend is the weekend and no-one expects out-of-band patches anyway. An Oracler called Eric Maurice is the giver of the bad news, depending on how you approach security updates, saying that application of the patch will prevent vulnerabilities with... 

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World’s Largest Solar Plant Finally Goes Live

February 11, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
World’s Largest Solar Plant Finally Goes Live

The world’s largest solar power plant has finally gone live in Morocco. It will eventually provide 1.1 million people with power and cut carbon emissions by 760,000 tons a year. The $9 billion Noor Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant could eventually start exporting energy to the European market. The Noor Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), paid for with funds approved by The World Bank, is located in the Souss-Massa-Drâa area in Morocco, about 6 miles from Ouarzazate town. It began operation... 

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Regulators Deem Google Car’s Computer As A Legal ‘Driver’

February 11, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Regulators Deem Google Car’s Computer As A Legal ‘Driver’

U.S. vehicle safety regulators have stated the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car may be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, of its decision in a previously unreported Feb. 4 letter to the company posted on the agency’s website this week. Google’s self-driving car unit on Nov. 12... 

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Federal Government Wants Big Increase On Cybersecurity Spending

February 10, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Federal Government Wants Big Increase On Cybersecurity Spending

President Barack Obama has proposed a large increase in cybersecurity spending for next year’s budget, to improve outdated government software and promote better online security for consumers. The plan calls for a $3.1 billion fund to replace outdated IT infrastructure; a new position of federal chief information security officer; a commission to study cybersecurity problems, and a program to recruit cybersecurity experts into government roles. The U.S has been working since 2009 to improve... 

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Kingston Announces Acquisition Of USB Technology Maker IronKey

February 10, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Kingston Announces Acquisition Of USB Technology Maker IronKey

Kingston Technology has announced that it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation Corp. Imation, which purchased the then privately-held IronKey in 2011, did not disclose the financial details of the sale to Kingston. IronKey is perhaps best known for its highly secure USB flash drives, which use 256-bit AES encryption algorithm to secure data and a stainless steel case with no seams so it cannot be pried open. The secure storage devices are validated by the National... 

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Will Nintendo Get Into Virtual Reality Gaming?

February 10, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Nintendo Get Into Virtual Reality Gaming?

Nintendo’s earnings report and briefing earlier this week were a bit of a damp squib for anyone hoping for more information on the company’s future plans; on NX and on smartphone games alike, the company remained utterly silent. We found out that you’ll be able to pre-register for the Miitomo smartphone app on the 17th of February, with the app itself to launch in March, but you’d have to be a truly ardent follower of Nintendo’s fortunes for that to create more than... 

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