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IE Users Targeted In New Zero-Day Exploit

Microsoft is trying to resolve a zero-day exploit that enabled hackers to target Windows users, the company disclosed over the weekend. The loophole only concerns users of IE 6, 7 and 8, and was apparently used to target individuals who visited the Council on Foreign Relations’ website, which harbored the malware. AlienVault security pro Jaime Blasco says that the malicious code taps into memory that should have been properly freed by IE, and uses it as a beach head to hijack the user’s PC. The malware also leverages Adobe Flash Player, but a second zero-day exploit has not yet been identified... more »
Tech Products to Watch in 2013

Tech Products to Watch in 2013

There sure are a lot of "best of" lists out there this time of the year and they are going to vary wildly. SiliconAngle is all about the evolution of technology and emerging technology, so we’re taking a look ahead at some tech devices we are most anticipating in 2013. So here are my top five products on the horizon that we can predict will be making big news in the year ahead, good or bad.. Xbox 720 – There is a lot of speculation on just what the new Xbox will be. We have been doing quite a bit of... more »
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Facebook Privacy Loophole Minor Compared to Other Fails

Facebook’s newest service lets you schedule a private greeting for your friends that will be delivered exactly on midnight, sparing you the choir of deciding on an acceptable timeframe before or after the New Year. The app is fairly straight-forward, but it appears that it launched with a rather inconvenient and undocumented feature. A blogger by the name of Jack Jenkins discovered a loophole that allowed anyone with the URL to a Midnight Deliver confirmation message view the recipients and the greeting itself, which they could also delete. Facebook quickly pulled the plug on the service after the bug was picked... more »
The State of Augmented Reality in 2012: Heads Up, Metadata, and Mapping

The State of Augmented Reality in 2012: Heads Up, Metadata, and Mapping

Cameras. They’re everywhere and in everything, usually as a person on the street we connect cameras with the idea that someone is watching us—but in our hands, they have a secondary purpose: they allow us to record and translate our own experience through a device. That’s a long way of saying, “My smartphone can use its camera to give me more information about what I can see—and at the same time share my experience.” Right now, augmented reality is still in its infancy. It’s the stuff of video games and a slapped-on surface added to applications questing for a purchase in... more »
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Dell President Weighs in on Enterprise Clientele, Focus on Cloud Analytics

Steve Felice, Dell’s president and chief commercial enterprise, stopped by theCube during his company’s conference earlier this month to discuss the key aspects of his business: client trends,  technology and services. He starts out with the former: customers want simplicity, and Dell is more than happy to deliver. Felice says that the focus here is data, and how the cloud can be used to tap into it, and adds that Dell offers solutions for remote backup, desktop virtualization and holistic data center monitoring. He credits the latter product to a combination of technologies that his firm gained through recent acquisitions. He goes... more »
Winning the Talent War

Winning the Talent War

Employers in Silicon Valley and beyond are used to fighting the talent war – especially for qualified engineers. Stock options, free food and dog-friendly environments have become the norm. Attractive hiring packages are a must. Retention efforts are aggressive – think of Google’s $150 million payout to retain two top product managers. The talent war rages on, complete with warnings like “Top 10 Reasons Your Talent Will Leave You.” But recruiters are not helpless in this matter. They can win an unfair share of battles to hire brilliant people by focusing on the following fundamentals. Understand Motivation 3.0 Companies with the best... more »
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The Best of Mobile 2012: Products, Lawsuits and Bump Offs

The year is almost at its end, and 2012 has been a big year for mobile.  We've seen some great products released on the market, some interesting developments in the BYOD space, and some amazing apps that have taken the world by storm.  As we prepare to ring in 2013, let's take a look at the top News stories in the Mobile space from this year, broken down into segments so you don't get too overwhelmed. Top Product Releases Apple: Introduced and released the “New iPad” or iPad 3 in March, followed by the release of the iOS 6, iPhone 5, 5th... more »
Where Sputnik Meets the Cloud, Open Source and Big Data

Where Sputnik Meets the Cloud, Open Source and Big Data

Barton George, Dell’s Director of Web Vertical, and cloud strategy director Michael Cote sat down in theCube at Dell World 2012 to discuss the hottest topics in the developer community. George kicks off the session by tackling Project Sputnik, a recently launched developer solution that he and his unit created. Sputnik is a thin, Dell ultrabook running on the Ubuntu distribution of Linux, the OS of choice for most developers. It connects to the cloud natively, giving developers direct means of deploying their applications and underscoring the main goal of DevOps - boosting productivity. George goes on to provide some background info on... more »
The Secret Business of Behavioral Marketing from Social Widget Tools Like AddThis

The Secret Business of Behavioral Marketing from Social Widget Tools Like AddThis

Sharing content has become easier than ever these days.  Pull up any online publication and you've likely seen a "share" button from one of a handful of offerings that have dominated this space in recent years, like AddThis, AddToAny and ShareThis.  They offer a simple, free widget that publishers can add to their site, giving visitors a number of bookmarking options for a variety of web content.  The emergence of content sharing as a business has provided some very unique data sets for the companies behind these tools, as well as site publishers and advertisers.  But what's the cost to web users... more »
The Cloud Review: Netflix Outage, Backup and New Zealand

The Cloud Review: Netflix Outage, Backup and New Zealand

Earlier this year Netflix enthusiastically announced plans to migrate the bulk of its operations to Amazon Web Services, which it also uses to power its content streaming service.  But its subscribers probably don’t share this optimism, or at least not anymore, in light of the borderline-cataclysmic ‘Christmas Eve outage of 2012’, which left millions of people without convenient entertainment at the worst possible time. The cause of this outage was traced back to Amazon’s Northern Virginia data center, which apparently encountered some very serious technical difficulties that couldn’t be fixed before Netflix implemented its own workaround. The downtime affected end users... more »

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