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The PC Ain't Dead Yet : A Rebuttal to Weiss’ Blog

SiliconAngle’s founding Editor Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins sat with Kristin Feledy on this morning's NewsDesk show with his Breaking Analysis on Scott Weiss’ recent blog post called “The Building is the New Server.” In a nutshell, Weiss’ polemical critique speaks of the death of PCs and how an entire ecosystem dies with it. Hopkins does not agree with Weiss for the most part, and said that the PC is not dead yet. While there is an increase in SaaS, we still use a lot of the same applications that we knew are for PCs, such as gaming, image editing, and video editing. “I... more »
We Love Evernote, So Does Malware

We Love Evernote, So Does Malware

Evernote is a much loved note-taking tool for several users, but looks like malware too has fallen for it. Harnessing Evernote’s rich functionality, some malware has been discovered using Evernote as a communication and control (C&C) server. Detected as BKDR_VERNOT.A, this malware attempts to connect to Evernote via https://evernote.com/intl/zh-cn, which is a legitimate URL. The malware has been discovered by security researchers at Trend Micro, and is delivered via an executable file that installs the malware as a dynamic-link library (DLL). Once the malware ties the DLL and starts running, it starts collecting information about the system, such computer's name, registered... more »
Need Free VPN Access? Check Out this Japanese University Project

Need Free VPN Access? Check Out this Japanese University Project

We all endure Internet censorship in one of another way, in our respective countries. Like people in Iran or China are blocked from using YouTube, Twitter or Facebook, UK users cannot access The Pirate Bay, KAT or H33T. While authorities in every nation try to control and limit the web access, a Japanese University has taken initiative to play it other way. The Graduate School of University of Tsukuba, Japan is developing a new project where a new tool from researchers gives instant access to dozens of VPN services. Not only is the system simple to use, but it’s also... more »
Five Questions CIOs Should Ask Cloud Service Providers

Five Questions CIOs Should Ask Cloud Service Providers

“IT services are becoming more about risk management than technical ability, particularly as organizations adopt cloud services,” writes Scott Lowe in his latest Professional Alert. In line with that thought, and as a follow on to his last Alert defining five important questions CIOs should ask internally before adopting cloud services, Lowe discusses five vital questions that CIOs should ask any prospective Cloud service providers before signing a contract: The first focuses on one of the main issues of using the Cloud -- SLAs: "What is your service level interruption and restoration history and how were root cause defects identified and... more »
Nuance Launches Voice Ads For Mobile, But How Annoying Will They Be?

Nuance Launches Voice Ads For Mobile, But How Annoying Will They Be?

If adverts could talk, would you be more likely to pay attention to them? Most people would probably say no, but Nuance Communications, known for making some of the best voice recognition around, begs to differ. It’s no secret that mobile advertising is a bit of a problem for ad agencies. Indeed, it’s fair to say that mobile ads are pretty damn terrible. Fact is, they don’t make that much money because most people don’t click on them that often, and even if they do, there’s a good chance that they did so by mistake. So what can be done to remedy... more »
Cloud Review: Amazon and its Competition

Cloud Review: Amazon and its Competition

This past week both Amazon and its rivals announced major product updates. The public cloud provider is tweaking its portfolio in order to increase its presence in the enterprise market, while competing vendors are doing everything they can to make sure that they won’t get stomped on in the process. Amazon launched a new security service for EC2 subscribers. Dubbed CloudHSM, the new offering gives organizations the option of storing their encryption keys in a temper-proof appliance that cannot be accessed by other customers who are tapping into the same data center. The appliance buries the cryptographic data so that it... more »
The Real Tech Behind Google's Nose Prank : Smells Funny

The Real Tech Behind Google's Nose Prank : Smells Funny

We all got pretty excited about Google's latest Beta product, Google Nose, until we found out that it was just a part of Google’s notorious and regularly-schedule April Fools’ Day series of pranks.  But would you believe that the technology for Google Nose is already in the works, and a product like Google Nose could very well become part of our future? Cyrano Sciences, a California-based company, has developed a technology called the electronic nose, which makes machines capable of smelling.  With the use of chemical sensors, the electronic nose is capable of sniffing out explosives, food contaminants, identify or verify... more »
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Facebook's Q&A Project Could be Bad News for Reddit, Quora

Last week Facebook rolled out threaded comments, a work-in-progress feature that lets you respond to comments directly. This much-needed addition ensures that replies reach the intended recipient instead of getting lost in the comment chain, an obstacle that made it fairly difficult to participate in conversations prior to the launch.  Here with his analysis on Facebook's latest development is Contributing Editor John Casaretto, who appeared on this morning's NewsDesk show with Kristin Feledy: At first glance the sole purpose behind threaded comments is to make it easier for users to socialize with one another, but Facebook has grander plans for this... more »
A Look at NVIDIA's Project SHIELD from GDC 2013

A Look at NVIDIA's Project SHIELD from GDC 2013

If you are a lover of The Conduit HD, the good news is that NVIDIA is going to make your playing experience even better and wilder with its Project SHIELD. This fast-paces shooter game from Nintendo Wii is coming up with a TEGRA-4 enhanced version on Project SHIELD, and has been designed to give players ultimate fun and thrill. NVIDIA unveiled this version at Game Developers Conference 2013 at San Francisco. The USP of the game is that it comes with practically endless customization options, as you can customize and tailor the game play to fit your style. The game is... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 1, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 1, 2013

Project Runway Stays with HP, Intel for Fifth Season The popular Lifetime show “Project Runway” showcased HP’s innovative technology as it started its new season at the end of March. This is the fifth consecutive season that it has used HP and Intel technology, demonstrating the role that technology can play in the creative arts. With a heavy focus on pattern making, “The Art of Fashion” episode began at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s exhibit, “Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949-1960”. The Project Runway teams were instructed to use the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum, its exhibits,... more »

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