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iPad 5 Launching on October 15: Here's What it Looks Like

iPad 5 Launching on October 15: Here's What it Looks Like

With Apple launching its new iPhones last week, the focus has already switched to what other new products the Cupertino-based firm will be rolling out next. And now it looks like we might soon see legions of fanbois camping outside Apple stores once again in the very near future, as leaks of a new iPad have just surfaced on the interwebs. Chinese parts supplier sw-box.com posted an almost 6-minute-long video comparing the device, dubbed as the iPad 5, to the iPad 4 and the iPad mini. The video shows a new iPad that’s looking thinner and smaller without the usual tapered edges,... more »
Symantec Sinkholes Part Of ZeroAccess, One Of The Largest Known Botnets

Symantec Sinkholes Part Of ZeroAccess, One Of The Largest Known Botnets

The security firm Symantec may have dealt a devastating blow to the cybercrimimal gang behind ZeroAccess, one of the largest known botnets in existence, removing their access to over a quarter of machines within its grasp following a special operation to liberate them, reports the IDG News Service. Symantec says that at its height the ZeroAccess botnet consisted of over 1.9 million infected computers, which are deployed by cybercriminals in Bitcoin mining and click fraud operations to generate cash. The botnet is said to be built on peer-to-peer architecture, meaning that each machine in the network is capable of communicating with... more »
BitTorrent Chat Promises "Private, Secure & Free" Instant Messages

BitTorrent Chat Promises "Private, Secure & Free" Instant Messages

What with the extent of the NSA's spying now public knowledge, both individuals and organizations are keen to find ways to keep their communications secure. That's led BitTorrent to launch a new experiment called BitTorrent Chat, a server-less chat system that follows its basic principles of decentralized data transfer. As of today, BitTorrent is inviting users to sign up for its private alpha available at labs.bittorrent.com. It's not clear how many applicants will be accepted, but most likely it'll be no more than a few hundred at the most. BitTorrent says that it isn't entirely sure what this experiment will lead too,... more »
Missing Worlds Media Announces Kickstarter Date for City of Heroes Spiritual Successor City of Titans

Missing Worlds Media Announces Kickstarter Date for City of Heroes Spiritual Successor City of Titans

The much-anticipated spiritual successor to Paragon Studios’ doomed superhero MMORPG City of Heroes has had its developer announce the official Kickstarter date after a little delay. Previously set for September 8th the project is now back on track for October 2nd. The City of Titans Kickstarter is now live. This should come as a comfort to the thousands of CoH fans who have been looking at the current crop of superpowered massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs) that just can’t hold a cape to the old MMO. Along with the Kicksarter date announcement, Missing Worlds Media has also announced the name... more »
Good Technology Expands the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform - More Dev Support and Ecosystem Integration

Good Technology Expands the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform - More Dev Support and Ecosystem Integration

News out of Good Technology just keeps rolling out.  The Sunnyvale-based company is a leader in mobile enterprise technology.  Their comprehensive line of secure mobility solutions and ongoing innovations designed for the enterprise have been joined by the announcement of support for the IBM MobileFirst Application platform- IBM Worklight 6.0. IBM Worklight provides app developers with support across multiple mobile operating environments and devices with the simplicity of a shared code base.  With Worklight, developers can efficiently build, run and manage HTML5, hybrid and native apps and and integrate them with the growing ecosystem of third-party tools, libraries, and frameworks, including... more »
Oracle OpenWorld DevOps Round Up: Automation is Needed in Key Areas of IT Innovation | #oow13

Oracle OpenWorld DevOps Round Up: Automation is Needed in Key Areas of IT Innovation | #oow13

Open source plays a key role in IT innovation strategy this year and it's obvious from watching Oracle do its thing. In fact, Recent years have seen the emergence of a system in which the open source and free software are keeping innovation in IT world. This system takes root in some large web companies that do not consider their core system as the owner, but as technologies that they can share with others and pool. At the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 held from September 22 to 26 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA, the company offered IT organizations with... more »
Alternative Cloud-Hosting Sites Offering Migration to Nirvanix Users After Its Closure

Alternative Cloud-Hosting Sites Offering Migration to Nirvanix Users After Its Closure

Last week, San Jose, California based Nirvanix caught the industry by surprise when it announced it was shutting down its cloud services. The company has given short notice to its customers so that they can retrieve their data and move it to some other cloud service provider. Nirvanix has told customers they must stop replicating data to its cloud service and download any data they wish to save by Oct. 15, although it still hasn’t made a public statement or changed any of the marketing or other information on its website till the time the article is written. With the spread... more »
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Newest Smart Home Solutions for You + Pets

This week’s SmartHome roundup features a new way to intuitively control home appliances, a smart thermostat maker that's expanding its product line to more smart devices, and a smart doorbell for your pets. WigWag   This device helps you control your automated devices at home, such as lights and switches, and even helps you gets organized with your activities and appointments.  WigWag comes with a QR code on the back that you scan to connect it to your smartphone. After that, controlling things is as simple as a few taps on your mobile screen.  You can set conditions that, when met, automatically perform actions.... more »
NSA Goes Social - Collecting Social Network Data of US Citizens

NSA Goes Social - Collecting Social Network Data of US Citizens

Another week, another revelation about the NSA.  This time the New York Times has reported that the NSA is collecting social networking data about US citizens.  Here’s what they’re collecting: Who your friends are, who your contacts are, location information, and more.  This isn’t a spreadsheet, but a massive sophisticated graph of all this social information about you, your family, and everyone you may know.  The revelation comes from interviews with various officials and a batch of newly revealed documents. The policy shift was intended to help the agency “discover and track” connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the... more »
Weatherproofing The Data Center: Early Innovators Look for Warning Protection Systems

Weatherproofing The Data Center: Early Innovators Look for Warning Protection Systems

Today you can find data centers in the most unusual places, from an old military base at the South Pole to a Spanish chapel. McMurdo is a scientific research center for the U.S. and it's located at the South Pole, ideal to keep data center cooling. An old Japanese coal mine, 100 meters underground, is home to 30 containers with 250 servers each. The containers can withstand an earthquake of 6.7 on the Richter scale. That data center is cooled by groundwater. These centers survive odd and harsh conditions, but if an extremely powerful tornado or hurricane drops down a datacenter... more »

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