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IoT can't save you from Big Brother

IoT can't save you from Big Brother

If there was any doubt that the Internet of Things could be used to spy on people, the head of National Intelligence has admitted that it can. As part of the assessment with regards to threats faced by the U.S., James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, delivered a testimony to the Senate revealing that connected devices can be used for surveillance. “In the future, intelligence services might use the [Internet of Things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper said. Clapper did not specify which agencies could be involved... more »
Bell Canada, IBM partner on hybrid cloud services

Bell Canada, IBM partner on hybrid cloud services

Canadian businesses have a simpler way to adopt and build out hybrid clouds thanks to a partnership between BCE Inc. (Bell Canada), Canada’s largest telecommunications company, and IBM. The partnership, which expands the cloud computing services available through Bell Business Cloud, will give businesses across Canada access to the IBM Cloud via a secure, high-speed private connection from Bell Canada. “IBM Cloud supports Bell’s new client offerings to help companies gain more control of their data, improve application performance and efficiencies with enhanced collaboration, centralize IT management, reduce costs and achieve greater efficiencies,” said Nevil Knupp, Vice President of Cloud at IBM... more »
Google plays catch-up as it rolls out cloud triggers

Google plays catch-up as it rolls out cloud triggers

In an effort to work its way back into the top tier of cloud providers and match Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS) features, Google yesterday rolled out Google Cloud Functions. The new Google Cloud Platform tool, which is similar to AWS’ Lambda, lets developers set up functions that get triggered in response to certain events. “Google Cloud Functions is a lightweight, event-based, asynchronous compute solution that allows you to create small, single-purpose functions that respond to cloud events without the need to manage a server or a runtime environment,” according to Google’s documentation for the tool. Google Cloud Functions run as Node.js modules.... more »
Pre-order Oculus Rift PC bundles touchdown February 16: Are you VR ready?

Pre-order Oculus Rift PC bundles touchdown February 16: Are you VR ready?

February 16, pre-order bundles including the Oculus Rift VR headset and PCs capable of running the overwhelming entertainment peripheral, will touchdown at retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon and the Microsoft Store. These bundles feature the powerful PC hardware needed to run a VR headset as well everything needed for the VR experience: the Rift headset, sensor, remote, Xbox One controller and games EVE: Valkyrie Founder’s Pack and Lucky’s Tale. The moniker “Oculus Ready PC” has been coined because PC hardware requires a particular minimum spec in order to drive a VR experience. The minimum specs, as listed on Oculus’s website require at... more »
100K taxpayers compromised in latest IRS hack

100K taxpayers compromised in latest IRS hack

Some changes are clearly in order at the cybersecurity department of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Less than six months after admitting that hackers pilfered personal information about more than 300,000 individuals from its website, the agency has revealed that another 101,000 accounts were compromised in a similar attack a few weeks ago. The breach occurred shortly before a mysterious outage disabled electronic tax return filing for two days. To dispel potential concerns, the IRS clarified in a statement that the two incidents are believed to be unrelated. The alert goes on to detail that the hackers employed Social Security Numbers... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2016 February 10: Steam getting Bitcoin payments, Simplex $7m Series A, Coin Center raises $1m, Hyperledger expands membership

Bitcoin Weekly 2016 February 10: Steam getting Bitcoin payments, Simplex $7m Series A, Coin Center raises $1m, Hyperledger expands membership

Bitcoin may be getting a boost with a potential unfolding partnership between Valve Corporation and BitPay, Inc.! Redditors have discovered payment code in Valve’s video game distribution platform Steam that will allow bitcoin payments for US customers. In Bitcoin finance, credit card processing company Simplex announced $7 million in Series A funding to assist Bitcoin exchanges with accepting credit cards without fear of back charges. The Linux Foundation Hyperledger Project, a blockchain project with a number of large banks on board, announced new members increasing the count to 28. In Bitcoin regulation and law news, Coin Center announced $1 million raised for... more »
Snapchat, a precarious obsession

Snapchat, a precarious obsession

Why are we so obsessed with Snapchat (Snapchat, Inc.), and are there risks to our obsession? Unfortunately, humans are all a little narcissistic -- we love to talk about ourselves and compare our lives, often competitively, with our peers. So when given the opportunity to use an application that promotes taking of “selfies” and encourages its users to advertise their entire life to their friends, it is no wonder more than 200 million users are doing just that despite the inherent risks involved. In a study administered by Sumpto, Inc., a company working with approximately 50,000 college-age social media users reported... more »
Mad Catz lays off a third of its staff after lackluster Rock Band 4 sales

Mad Catz lays off a third of its staff after lackluster Rock Band 4 sales

Things already looked bleak for game peripheral maker Mad Catz Interactive Inc after its CEO and two other top staff resigned the day before the company's financials were released, but now the future of Mad Catz seems even more uncertain, as the company has announced that it is laying off 37 percent of its workforce. "Today, we are announcing a restructuring plan that we strongly believe will enable Mad Catz to be more competitive and increase our focus on operational, technological and commercial actions that will help us achieve our long-term vision," newly appointed CEO Karen Mcginnis, who had served as the... more »
VMware unleashes vSAN 6.2 on the hyperconverged infrastructure world

VMware unleashes vSAN 6.2 on the hyperconverged infrastructure world

The competition in the hyperconverged infrastructure market kicked up a notch this morning after VMware Inc. debuted a major new version of its Virtual SAN (vSAN) software for managing server-attached storage. The release promises to increase the amount of data that can be kept on a given machine by up to ten times using a set of capacity-optimization capabilities borrowed from the world of traditional standalone arrays. The most significant addition is new homegrown deduplication and compression functionality that the company says can reduce the typical enterprise workload to about seventh of its original size right off the bat. Every time... more »
9 Chrome extensions to pimp your Facebook page

9 Chrome extensions to pimp your Facebook page

To customize your Facebook page and add new features, Google’s Chrome browser offers a variety of Facebook-themed extensions to suit your needs. From changing colors and background images to zooming in on photos or blocking ads, there is an extension for everyone. Here is just a handful of the Facebook-inspired extensions that are available. Zoom in on Facebook photos When you are scrolling through your News Feed, Photo Zoom makes it much easier to view photos on a larger scale. Once you install the Photo Zoom extension, you can simply hover over any Facebook profile picture or a specific photo in an album with... more »
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