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Russian Hacker Convicted Of Selling More Than 2M Credit Card Numbers

August 30, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Russian Hacker Convicted Of Selling More Than 2M Credit Card Numbers

Jurors in a U.S. federal court have handed down a guilty verdict for a Russian hacker accused of stealing and selling more than two million credit card numbers. A jury in Seattle found Roman Valerevich Seleznev guilty of charges related to his hacking of point-of-sale systems. Seleznev was arrested in 2014 after U.S. authorities accused him of installing malicious software on point-of-sale systems in U.S. restaurants . From 2009 to 2013, Seleznev used this scheme to steal credit card data from... 

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Nutanix Goes On A Shopping Spree, Acquires Two Startups

August 30, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Nutanix Goes On A Shopping Spree, Acquires Two Startups

High-tech computing firm Nutanix has purchased two startups to enhance its data and storage services, as the firm continues to grow its business despite a protracted delay in its initial public offering. San Jose, California-based Nutanix said on Sunday it bought PernixData, a software company that facilitates data storage, and Calm.io, a development and automation startup, both also located in California. Adding the new technologies will enable Nutanix to improve the speed of its cloud computing... 

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Privacy Shield Now Has 200 Companies On Board

August 30, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Privacy Shield Now Has 200 Companies On Board

There are now 200 companies putting their support behind Privacy Shield, the framework agreement allowing businesses to process the personal information of European Union citizens on servers in the U.S. Companies must register with the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce to be covered. It’s a self-certification process, so the ITA is only checking that the forms are filled in correctly, not that companies are necessarily complying with all 13,894 words of... 

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Is AMD Making Gains On nVidia?

August 30, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Is AMD Making Gains On nVidia?

Number crunchers working for Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry’s research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia have noted that during the second quarter AMD gained market share in the add-in board (AIB) market. But while AMD fans might be cheering, and while Nvidia fanboys work out ways they can beat them up after school, JPR says that over all the AIB market decreased. For those who came in late, AIBs using discrete GPUs are found in desktop PCs, workstations, servers, and... 

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Can Remedy Shorten Its Development Cycle?

August 30, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Can Remedy Shorten Its Development Cycle?

Last week, Remedy tapped Tero Virtala to be its new CEO and said he would guide the Quantum Break studio’s move to developing multiple projects simultaneously. Virtala recently spoke with GamesIndustry.biz to flesh that idea out a little more and provide other details about his vision for the company’s future. To start with, Virtala acknowledged that Remedy had intended to make a move into multiproject development for a while. “This idea has lived for such a long time, but naturally,... 

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Are Your Cousins Living On Proxima b?

August 30, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Are Your Cousins Living On Proxima b?

Exoplanet hunters hit a milestone today (Aug. 24) with the discovery of the closest alien world to Earth. Located a mere 4.22 light-years away, the alien planet, dubbed Proxima Centauri b (or just Proxima b), orbits the sun’s nearest neighbor, a red dwarf star known as Proxima Centauri. What makes the discovery even more exciting is that the newfound terrestrial planet is about the size of Earth and lies in Proxima Centauri’s “habitable zone” — the range of distances where... 

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Cloud Services Company Rackspace Being Acquired By Apollo Global Management

August 29, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Cloud Services Company Rackspace Being Acquired By Apollo Global Management

Rackspace announced  that Apollo Global Management, a U.S.-based investment manager, will acquire the company in a deal valued at $4.3 billion. “Our board, with the assistance of independent advisors, determined that this transaction, upon closing, will deliver immediate, significant and certain cash value to our stockholders,” said Graham Weston, co-founder and chairman of Rackspace, in a statement. “We are also excited that this transaction will provide Rackspace with more flexibility... 

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Dropbox Prompts Some Users To Change Passwords

August 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Dropbox Prompts Some Users To Change Passwords

Dropbox is prompting users who signed up before mid-2012 to change their passwords if they haven’t done so already. The cloud storage service said it was asking users to change their passwords as a preventive measure, and not because there is any indication that their accounts were improperly accessed. Dropbox said its security teams learned about an old set of Dropbox user credentials, consisting of email addresses and hashed and salted passwords, which it believes were obtained in 2012 and could... 

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Facebook’s Trending Feature Goes To The Bots

August 29, 2016 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Facebook’s Trending Feature Goes To The Bots

Facebook Inc made updates to its popular “Trending” feature, which shows users the most-talked about topics of the day, to make it more automated and further eliminate the potential for human bias, the company wrote in a blog post. The update is Facebook’s latest attempt in recent months to stress its neutrality as its influence grows. The feature came under scrutiny in May after a news report alleged it suppressed conservative news, which prompted a demand from Republican members... 

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nVidia Updates Its Grid Platform

August 29, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
nVidia Updates Its Grid Platform

Nvidia has updated its Grid software platform with deeper performance profiling and analytics tools for planning, deployment, and support of virtual GPU users. According to the company the improved management tools address both host (server) managment and virtual client monitoring. Nvidia says that with the new Grid software, admins will be able to get information about the number of virtual graphics instances in use and the number they can potentially create. They can also see usage information... 

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Will Google Launch Its Daydream VR Soon?

August 29, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Will Google Launch Its Daydream VR Soon?

Bloomberg claims that Google will be launching its Daydream VR platform in a few weeks. Google is believed to be spending a small fortune getting content ready for the platform, particularly video games and apps, licensing sports leagues and shooting 360-degree videos. Daydream is being hardwired into Android 7.0 which launched this week. Google says that  Samsung, HTC, ZTE, Huawei, Xiaomi, Alcatel, Asus and LG had agreed to make “Daydream ready” smartphones. Google wants the software... 

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Astronomers Find Young Massive Star

August 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Young Massive Star

Astronomers have caught a rare glimpse of an extremely massive star in the early stages of its life, gaining new insight into the way large stellar bodies like this form and evolve. The star, located almost 11,000 light-years from Earth, has a mass 30 times that of the sun, and it’s still growing. Astronomers found that this star is still in the process of collecting material from its parent cloud of gas and dust, which means it is only a baby in cosmic terms and is expected to be even more... 

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Android Malware Using Twitter To Communicate With Infected Phones

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Android Malware Using Twitter To Communicate With Infected Phones

Twitter users aren’t the only ones getting updates from the micro-blogging social media site. One maker of Android malware is also using Twitter to communicate with infected smartphones, according to security firm ESET. The company uncovered the feature in a malicious app called Android/Twitoor. It runs as a backdoor virus that can secretly install other malware on a phone. Typically, the makers of Android malware control their infected smartphones from servers. Commands sent from those servers... 

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Driverless Taxis Debut On Singpaore Streets

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Driverless Taxis Debut On Singpaore Streets

The world’s first driverless taxi debuted Thursday in a limited public trial on the streets of Singapore. Developer nuTonomy invited a select group of people to download their app and ride for free in its “robo-taxi” in a western Singapore hi-tech business district, hoping to get feedback ahead of a planned dull launch of the service in 2018. “This is really a moment in history that’s going to change how cities are built, how we really look at our surroundings,”... 

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Drones Take On Pizza Delivery

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net

A New Zealand pizza chain wants to be the world’s first company to offer a commercial drone delivery service, a milestone in the quest to save time and money with an air-borne supply chain dispensing with people. Some of the world’s biggest companies including Amazon.com Inc and Google, or Alphabet Inc as it is known, have plans to make deliveries by drone and aviation authorities in the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand have been relaxing rules to allow air deliveries. Last... 

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