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Hacker Offering 10M Medical Records For Sale

June 29, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Hacker Offering 10M Medical Records For Sale

A hacker claims to have stolen nearly 10 million patient records and is now offering them for sell for about $820,000. This past weekend, the hacker, called thedarkoverlord, began posting the sale of the records on TheRealDeal, a black market found on the deep Web. (It can be visited through a Tor browser.) The data includes names, addresses, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers – all of which could be used to commit identity theft or access the patient’s bank accounts. These records... 

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Added Benefit Of Cloud Computing: Less Energy Usage

June 29, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Added Benefit Of Cloud Computing: Less Energy Usage

Just a decade ago, power usage at data centers was growing at an unsustainable rate, soaring 24% from 2005 to 2010. But a shift to virtualization, cloud computing and improved data center management is reducing energy demand. According to a new study, data center energy use is expected to increase just 4% from 2014 to 2020, despite growing demand for computing resources. Total data center electricity usage in the U.S., which includes powering servers, storage, networking and the infrastructure to... 

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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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Can Licensing Save Blackberry?

June 29, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Can Licensing Save Blackberry?

Blackberry is hoping to pull its nadgers out of the fire by licencing its mobile software to other outfits. However BlackBerry CEO John Chen had to admit that there has been zero revenue from the endeavour, which he started off last month. Chen said he’s been in discussions with some phone manufacturers and set-top box operators who have expressed interest and “anything was possible.” He added he’s not opposed to licensing BlackBerry’s security software either if the... 

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Is It Smart To Use SETI To Eavesdrop On Near By Star?

June 29, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is It Smart To Use SETI To Eavesdrop On Near By Star?

Astronomers seeking out extraterrestrial intelligence have used a powerful radio telescope to eavesdrop on a star system that is relatively close to Earth in the hope of hearing the faint radio whisper of an alien civilization. Using the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) located in California (pictured top), members of the SETI Institute chose Trappist 1 as they know the red dwarf-type star plays host to at least 3 exoplanets. Traditional SETI searches have looked to random stars in the sky in the hope... 

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Messaging App Line To Set IPO Price After Delay

June 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Messaging App Line To Set IPO Price After Delay

Japanese messaging app firm Line Corp has held off on setting a tentative price range for its initial public offering (IPO) by one day, until Tuesday, the company said in a regulatory filing, citing the “market environment”. The IPO price range was originally scheduled to be announced on Monday. Line still plans to list in New York on July 14 and in Tokyo the following day, the filing showed. On Friday, the S&P 500 fell 3.6 percent, its biggest one-day drop in 10 months, and Japan’s... 

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EU, USA Reach Deal On Data-transfer Pact

June 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
EU, USA Reach Deal On Data-transfer Pact

The U.S. and the European Union have reportedly come to an agreement on the language of a key data transfer pact, including limits on U.S. surveillance. The revamped EU-U.S. Privacy Shield was sent to EU member states overnight, according to a report from Reuters. Privacy Shield would govern how multinational companies handle the private data of EU residents. Member states are expected to vote on the proposal in July, unnamed sources told Reuters. Representatives of the EU and the U.S. Department... 

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Intel May Get Rid Of Its Security Business

June 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Intel May Get Rid Of Its Security Business

Intel is contemplating shedding  its security business as the company tries to focus on delivering chips for cloud computing and connected devices, according to a news report. The Intel Security business came largely from the company’s acquisition for $7.7 billion of security software company McAfee. Intel announced plans to bake some of the security technology into its chips to ensure higher security for its customers. With the surge in cyberthreats, providing protection to the variety of... 

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IBM Going After Chinese Supercomputer

June 28, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Going After Chinese Supercomputer

The US is clearly embarrassed the Chinese Sunway TiahuLight system is leading the supercomputer arms race. Now the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced that is having a new IBM system, named Summit, delivered in early 2018 that will now be capable of 200 peak petaflops. That would make it almost twice as fast as TaihuLight.  The Summit will be based around IBM Power9 and Nvidia Volta GPUs. Summit use only about 3,400 nodes. Each node will have “over half a... 

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Intel And Nokia Joining Forces

June 28, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Intel And Nokia Joining Forces

Nokia is teaming up with Intel to make its carrier-grade AirFrame Data Center Solution hardware available for an Open Platform Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV) Lab. Basically this means that the hardware can be used by the OPNFV collaborative open source community to accelerate the delivery of cloud-enabled networks and applications. Nokia said the OPNFV Lab will be a testbed for NFV developers and accelerates the introduction of commercial open source NFV products and services. Developers... 

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Is Pluto Harboring H2O?

June 28, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Pluto Harboring H2O?

The underground ocean that produced some of the stunning features on Pluto’s surface may still be splashing around beneath the crust today. If Pluto’s subsurface ocean had frozen over completely, it would have formed highly pressurized ice that would have caused the dwarf planet to shrink, according to new research. The canyons and valleys on Pluto seem to have formed as the dwarf planet swelled up, rather than as it shrank, indicating that a liquid ocean most likely sits beneath the... 

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Apple Pulls The Plug On Thunderbolt Display

June 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics

Apple announced that is will discontinue its Thunderbolt Display, the high-resolution external display that users of the MacBook and other Macs could use to get a better picture and work with more apps. The company said Thursday that the 27-inch widescreen display with LED backlight technology will be available on Apple’s online store, in Apple retail stores and from authorized resellers while supplies last. The Thunderbolt Display currently retails on the Apple online store at $999. It has a 2560... 

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Apple Begins Testing Of Safari 10 Browser

June 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Apple Begins Testing Of Safari 10 Browser

Apple has begun testing Safari 10 with developers running the 2014 and 2015 editions of macOS, gearing up for a fall release of the updated browser to users of Yosemite and El Capitan. Safari 10 was introduced earlier this month as part of macOS Sierra, this year’s operating system upgrade. Apple typically supports its newest browser on three editions of macOS: The latest version and its two predecessors. The now-current Safari 9, for example, receives updates, including security patches, on... 

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Interest Grows In Collaborative Robots

June 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Interest Grows In Collaborative Robots

Robots that work as assistants in unison with people are set to upend the world of industrial robotics by putting automation within reach of many small and medium-sized companies for the first time, according to industry experts. Collaborative robots, or “cobots”, tend to be inexpensive, easy to use and safe to be around. They can easily be adapted to new tasks, making them well-suited to small-batch manufacturing and ever-shortening product cycles. Cobots can typically lift loads of... 

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