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Apple's Hacked Off With iMessage Security Fail

Apple's Hacked Off With iMessage Security Fail

Apple's iMessage, the instant messaging service that was previously said to be unhackable by law enforcement agencies, is apparently not nearly as secure as we first thought, according to new research from the security firm Quarkslab. When the revelations over the NSA’s spying programs first surfaced this summer, Apple moved quickly to cover its tracks, pointing out that its iMessage App was so secure, even it couldn’t decrypt and intercept communication. However, QuarksLab presented a white paper at the Hack in the Box conference in Malaysia on October 17, 2013 in which they claim Apple can, in fact, decrypt iMessages if... more »
Apple Launches New iPads This Week; Microsoft/Nokia Follow Suit With New Windows Tablets

Apple Launches New iPads This Week; Microsoft/Nokia Follow Suit With New Windows Tablets

On Tuesday, three tech giants are expected to unveil new tablets that are said to be potential game changers in the tablet market.  Apple will be hosting an event on Tuesday and is expected to unveil its next-generation iPads.  Microsoft, the software giant, together with Nokia, once regarded as the mobile giant, will be holding an event on the same day, where its expected to unveil the Finnish company’s first tablet powered by Microsoft's Windows OS, in Abu Dhabi. Apple   The late Steve Jobs made it clear before that he doesn’t see smaller tablets dominating the mobile realm, but Samsung has since... more »
ObamaCare 911– All Tech Hands on Deck and To The Rescue

ObamaCare 911– All Tech Hands on Deck and To The Rescue

Today, President Barack Obama is expected to address the numerous technical issues surrounding the technology-challenged healthcare.gov website which has captured headlines stemming from its continued significant failures since launching almost three weeks ago. Reuters reports that the president plans to call out these “glitches” as “unacceptable” in remarks planned for today. He will also outline how people can sign up for the insurance as the systems are being repaired. Bringing in the Best and Brightest To Fix All This On Sunday, the HHS put out a 600 word blog post acknowledging these continued problems, and noted that they have pulled in the... more »
Machine Data Analytics Gets a Boost from Glassbeam's Cutting Edge SCALAR Software

Machine Data Analytics Gets a Boost from Glassbeam's Cutting Edge SCALAR Software

Glassbeam is hoping to carve out a slice of the Splunk-dominated machine data analytics market with a new cloud-based service for tapping operational data. Dubbed SCALAR, the software brings structure to the Internet of Everything with a proprietary language that helps engineers describe information in large-scale data warehouse environments. SCALAR runs Glassbeam’s Semiotic Parsing Language on a stack of open source components that couples Cassandra with Solr to analyze both unstructured and multi-structured machine data. The solution doubles as an application platform that supports several tools and dashboards, including the newly unveiled Explorer log management solution. Explorer features search and visualization capabilities... more »
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Acunu Announces End-User Support for Streaming Data Analytics

Acunu, the pioneer in real-time Casandra-based streaming data analysis, has announced Acunu Analytics 5.0, which provides end-users with direct access to all its features as well as analytics dashboards on virtually any desktop or mobile device. Unlike other self-service BI tools like QlikView, which does not support Cassandra databases, or Tableau, which only provides one-off extracts of data, Acunu Analytics 5.0 provides business users with direct access to high-velosity data streams such as clickstreams in near real-time, combined with historical data in Cassandra. This can allow users for instance to measure the impact of app upgrades on a population of users... more »
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MD Anderson Medical Center Announces Moon Shots Worldiwde Cancer Initiative

The University of Texas MD Anderson Medical Center and IBM Friday announced an ambitious plan to make the latest cancer research results, including ongoing trials, available to doctors worldwide. Anderson and IBM will attack the sometimes decade-long lag time between publication of research and its incorporation into general treatment for patients by making its Oncology Expert Advisor, built on IBM's Watson cognitive computing engine, accessable to clinicians not only in the United States but around the world. It will provide the most advanced cancer treatments, tailored to the individual patient, wherever they may be needed. Beyond that, the Expert Advisor... more »
VMware Spices Up Cloud Wars with DaaS Buy, New Software Releases

VMware Spices Up Cloud Wars with DaaS Buy, New Software Releases

At the VMworld 2013 in Barcelona, Pat Gelsinger’s VMware showed that it’s serious about moving beyond the hypervisor and into value-added services that utilize virtualization to help customers drive tangible business value. The company kicked off the event with the acquisition of Desktone, a Chelmsford, MA-based provider of VDI-as-a-service that is credited with pioneering the delivery of desktop images from multitenant cloud environments. The vendor’s platform leverages a commodity architecture to undercut traditional enterprise solutions while simplifying deployment and management across a wide range of devices. This combination of cost-efficiency and flexibility attracted high-profile clients such as Dell, Fujitsu and NEC,... more »
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Weekly Security Review: Google, NSA At It Again

Security and privacy have been dragged into the limelight once again this week with the revelation that Google Chrome, the browser of choice for over 53 percent of all internet users, fails to adequately protect personal information. Identity Finder claims that there are “dozens of well-known exploits” to access files stored in Chrome, which can contain names, email, phone numbers, bank details, credit card and other sensitive data. To help users better protect themselves from hackers while Google gets around to fixing these vulnerabilities, the research firm published a report containing a few helpful recommendations for safe browsing. Readers are advised... more »
CA Technologies Eliminates DevOps Challenges with LISA 7.1 Release

CA Technologies Eliminates DevOps Challenges with LISA 7.1 Release

CA Technologies is developing the strategy of LISA, an innovative platform that creates virtual environments for automated testing and development of applications even in the cloud. The platform takes care of the necessary services to virtualize applications by simulating their dynamic behavior, their data and their performance. LISA is an end-to-end solution that provides automation for all types of testing: unit testing, functional, integration, regression, load and performance. It also allows you to identify anomalies and defects of applications without requiring manual intervention. Extending the LISA capabilities to the next level, CA Technologies announced the latest version of its suite--CA LISA... more »
Internet of Things Review: Fitness Bands and Phablets

Internet of Things Review: Fitness Bands and Phablets

The Internet of Things keeps getting bigger. Jumping into the fray, sportswear giant Nike is launching a new iteration of its popular fitness band to make it easier for users to check their progress throughout the day. Unveiled during a sold-out company event on Tuesday, the Nike+ FuelBand SE is available in three new colors: yellow, pink and red. More notably, the band introduces support for Bluetooth 4.0 to let you track sessions and see Fuel points earned in real time. The Nike+ platform has also been updated to more accurately track different types of activities, a major improvement that... more »

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