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Google's Bevy of Personal Data Compromises Results in More "Awareness" Tools

Google's Bevy of Personal Data Compromises Results in More "Awareness" Tools

This Tuesday Google settled a lawsuit that accused it of scooping data from unprotected WiFi networks as a part of its Street View mapping initiative, which was banned in Germany and a few other countries for fear that it would violate the privacy of citizens. The case was brought by 38 states after it became public knowledge that Google Maps Camera Cars were doing more than just taking pictures on the road.  The company secretly collected passwords, medical records and everything else that its modified Subaru vechiles could extract from the unencrypted WiFi networks of unsuspecting households. Google agreed to pay a $7... more »
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Anti-Loss Gadgets: Apps + 3 Things to Consider Before Buying

Some of us misplace the car keys.  Others are unlucky with TV remotes.  And what about the dog's leash?  What if we could relieve that feeling of "I wish I could just call my keys" as easily as we page our cars in the parking lot?  Now we can.  Here's some tracking gadgets that will let you actually call up those objects that tend to lose their way.   Linquet Mini . The Internet of Things company, Linquet, launched a crowdsourcing project for the Linquet Mini -  a small device that would help people keep track of their valuables in the hopes of preventing... more »
Russian Love Grabs New Guinness World Record for World of Tanks

Russian Love Grabs New Guinness World Record for World of Tanks

Russians love World of Tanks. Sure, they do. And this is quite evident from the fact that multiplayer vehicular battling game World of Tanks set a new Guinness World Record for the most players simultaneously connected to one server in Russia. Reportedly on January 21, a whopping number of 190,541 players logged on to a single Russian World of Tanks server. Prior to this, World of Tanks also created a record on January 23, 2011 when it hit 91,311 players, less than half of the new record. “It’s an important and exciting milestone for the company,” Wargaming vice president Andrei Yarantsau said... more »
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PaaS Boosts Developer Productivity, Infrastructure Utilization at Chase Bank

PaaS has taken another step towards establishing itself in the enterprise sector, where complex system deployments are often difficult to outsource.  But recent improvements in PaaS technology has earned a big win with one of the finance industry's biggest forces. Apprenda recently released a case study that outlines how over the course of two years, JPMorgan Chase migrated 430 development teams and 2,000 applications to four data centers powered by its platform-as-a-service implementation. The deployment is the single largest private PaaS environment in the world. “JPMorgan Chase needed an enterprise grade private cloud solution to accelerate our time to market for applications,... more »
Content Delivery Win: Amazon Prime Members Spend 2x More

Content Delivery Win: Amazon Prime Members Spend 2x More

Amazon has yet to reveal just how many subscribers it has on Amazon Prime, its subscription-based service.  But thanks to a recent report, we have an idea. Amazon Prime has about 10 million subscribers, according to Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy and surveys conducted by the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.  Amazon's premium customers enjoy free two-day shipping on Prime items, and the unexpected perk of  instant movie and TV streaming.  There's also access to Kindle Books, where you can borrow or purchase e-books.  It's quite a consumer service, spanning seemingly unrelated needs in both online and offline environments. When first introduced, Amazon Prime... more »
SDL Wants To Translate Your Foreign Big Data

SDL Wants To Translate Your Foreign Big Data

Organizations can yield a veritable gold mine of insights and opportunities from their Big Data streams, but what happens when their text-based data comes in a mish-mash of foreign languages? For companies that operate on an international level, there's no doubt that opportunities increase exponentially as the data flows in from all corners of the globe, but with that opportunity comes complex new challenges. Big Data on a global scale represents a Big Language Problem, and with no easy solutions much of that 'foreign' data goes to waste. Even so, these difficulties are well worth overcoming. With almost 175 million new tweets composed... more »
Oracle Acquires Nimbula - Now Part of OpenStack ?

Oracle Acquires Nimbula - Now Part of OpenStack ?

Oracle announced it has agreed to acquire Nimbula, a provider of private cloud infrastructure management software. When megatrends heat up Oracle has no problem stepping up to the plate and buying their way into the market.  Here public and enterprise grade clouds are what the customers want. With Nimbula's technology Oracle can offer managed infrastructure to  deliver service, quality and availability of Oracle and open source workloads in private and hybrid cloud environments. Nimbula's product is complementary to Oracle, and is expected to be integrated with Oracle's cloud offerings. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2013. Many have been... more »
Stop CISPA Gets 100K Signatures - Does it Really Matter?

Stop CISPA Gets 100K Signatures - Does it Really Matter?

Another White House petition hit the 100K mark - Stop CISPA. The petition was launched to stop the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act from being passed and put into action, as Internet activists see it as something that suppresses Internet freedom as well as a violation of people’s privacy.  Freedom fighters argue that the terms in act are too broad, which makes it easy for authorities to abuse it. CISPA has been dubbed as the SOPA replacement but much worse, as the government tries to fight cybercrimes. CISPA gives the Defense Department sharper teeth, which doesn’t help since Department of Homeland... more »
3 Ways Google Now Could Revolutionize the iPhone

3 Ways Google Now Could Revolutionize the iPhone

Google is said to be bringing Google Now, its intuitive personal assistant for Android devices, to iOS devices such as the iPhone and the iPad.  So what would Google Now on iOS offer that's different from the Android-integrated app? Google Now delivers real-time information anticipating a user's future needs, such as their flight details, currency rates when you’re visiting another country, the fastest way to get from point A to B, updated game scores, shopping deals, new movies out in theaters, the weather, and much more. iOS devices get to enjoy the above mentioned features via its own apps, not to mention... more »
Microsoft Brings Back Flash: Should We Be Worried?

Microsoft Brings Back Flash: Should We Be Worried?

This week saw a big reversal from Microsoft as it rolled out a fresh update for the Windows 8 and RT versions of Internet Explorer 10, enabling Flash content to run by default for the first time. According to Microsoft, the move will ensure that websites "just work", vastly improving the Windows experience for its customers. Microsoft explains the changes in depth on its official IE10 blog, but the nuts and bolts are that from now on, Flash will run as default within the Windows 8 and Windows RT "Metro" environment for all sites that are not on a designated "Compatibility... more »

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