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Microsoft’s Updates Sway, Adds Paid Features

June 30, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Microsoft’s Updates Sway, Adds Paid Features

After a year on the market, Microsoft’s Sway presentation software has been updated with new functionality available to paying customers. Office 365 subscribers will be able to lock their Sway presentations with passwords, load them up with more multimedia content, and conceal the software they used to make them with an update that Microsoft announced Tuesday. That last feature will be an important change for users who don’t want to have a big banner at the end of their presentations saying they... 

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‘DoNotPay’ Robot Lawyer Helps Challenge Traffic Tickets

June 30, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
‘DoNotPay’ Robot Lawyer Helps Challenge Traffic Tickets

Robots are no strangers to the law and legal matters thanks to tools like LawGeex, but one has emerged recently that appears to be a Robin Hood of the modern world. DoNotPay is the brainchild of 19-year-old Stanford University student Joshua Browder, and it has already successfully contested some 160,000 parking tickets across London and New York. It’s free to use and has reportedly saved its users some $4 million in less than two years. “DoNotPay has launched the UK’s first robot... 

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Cisco Systems, Thales Sign Deal On Cybersecurity

June 30, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Cisco Systems, Thales Sign Deal On Cybersecurity

French electronics group Thales looking to boost its revenues by hundreds of millions of euros in the cybersecurity field through a strategic agreement it has signed with Cisco Systems, it said on Tuesday. “We hope that with this agreement, we will add several hundred millions of euros in the next years,” said Jean-Michel Lagarde, who heads secure communications and information systems at Thales. “It will have a multiplier effect, as this is not only about cybersecurity, but also... 

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Is The Xbox Scorpio A Tactical Move By Microsoft

June 30, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is The Xbox Scorpio A Tactical Move By Microsoft

While Sony wowed gamers at its E3 press conference this year with a barrage of impressive content, some would argue that it was Microsoft that made the biggest splash by choosing its press conference to announce not one, but two distinct console hardware upgrades that would be hitting the market in consecutive years (Xbox One S this year, Scorpio in 2017). Years from now, this may be the grand moment that we all point to as forever changing the evolution of the console business. Sony, too, is preparing... 

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AMD’s Radeon RX 480 Goes On Sale Today For The Cheap

June 30, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD’s Radeon RX 480 Goes On Sale Today For The Cheap

With its aggressive pricing move on the Radeon RX 480, AMD has no choice but to continue the same thing with the lower positioned Radeon RX 470, which should end up with a US $149 MSRP for the 4GB version. Rumored to be based on 14nm Polaris architecture Ellesmere Pro GPU with 32 Compute Units and 2048 Stream Processors, which is a significant drop from 2304 Stream Processors on the Ellesmere XT-based Radeon RX 480, the Radeon RX 470 should end up with US $149 MSRP for the 4GB and US $179 MSRP... 

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Will Intel’s Xeon Phi Rule The HPC Space?

June 30, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel’s Xeon Phi Rule The HPC Space?

Intel, which has begun shipping its new Xeon Phi processors targeted at High Performance Computing (HPC) applications, thinks it is going to flog more than 100,000 of them this year. Hugo Saleh, Director of Marketing and Industry Development, Technical Computing Group Intel said that he already had sold 30,000 of them. “We have interesting sales coming in from each and every country, and these being high performance processors, they can be adopted widely across many sectors. These include geophysics... 

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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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