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SoftLayer founder Lance Crosby launches StackPath: Internet security-as-a-service

SoftLayer founder Lance Crosby launches StackPath: Internet security-as-a-service

Internet security is a hodgepodge of services and hardware appliances that still end up letting all manner of bad guys stealing data from consumers and businesses in one high-profile breach after another. Now, one company is bidding to provide a simpler, broader approach. Dallas, TX-based StackPath LLC today is introducing a new Internet security-as-a-service suite intended to serve as a single, unified platform for fighting cyber-threats. It's designed for the onslaught of Big Data generated by traditional software and services, mobile phones and billions of Internet of Things devices. And all those devices face a growing stream of new threats that current... more »
Ethereum Classic takes off following Ethereum hard fork

Ethereum Classic takes off following Ethereum hard fork

The decision to hard fork the Ethereum network last week in order to fix security issues and refund the ether lost from the raid on Ethereum Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) has split the community, with a number of miners and exchanges now backing an alternative ether currency. Called Ethereum Classic, the platform uses the original Ethereum blockchain pre-hard fork complete with all those who held ether on it still retaining their rights, be it without the funds stolen from investors in the DAO raid. While initially Ethereum Classic did not have much in the way of support, things are changing, particularly following an announcement... more »
Yay! Popular photo editing app Prisma is now available on Android

Yay! Popular photo editing app Prisma is now available on Android

Popular iOS photo editing app Prisma is now available in the Google Play store, giving Android users their first chance to find out what all the fuss is about. The app, which launched on iOS on June 11, allows users can upload or take pictures then select a variety of filters to transform the picture into an artistic effect. While that doesn't sound exciting by itself given that apps providing photo filters are a dime a dozen, Prisma actually uses a combination of machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the photo in the cloud versus the app itself and as a... more »
Microsoft to switch Windows Server team to its Windows & Devices Group

Microsoft to switch Windows Server team to its Windows & Devices Group

There’s a bit of an organizational reshuffle going on over at Microsoft, which has revealed it’s going to switch the engineering team responsible for Windows Server from its Cloud and Enterprise business unit to the Windows and Devices Group, which means that all versions of the Windows operating system are now under the same umbrella. The reshuffle does not affect the leadership of either business group. That means Scott Guthrie retains his role as executive vice president of the Cloud and Enterprise unit, and Terry Myerson continues as executive vice president of the newly expanded Windows and Devices group, ZDNet’s Mary... more »
Perfect fit: Another chance to see Mr. Robot in virtual reality

Perfect fit: Another chance to see Mr. Robot in virtual reality

“Not gonna lie, I thought it was awesome being able to look around his apartment while he sat there dialoguing. I've seen enough of the 360 VR experience to not be automatically wowed by it, but having it tied in with a show I knew and loved was pretty cool.” The above comment was taken from a Reddit thread summarizing a scene after USA Network’s hacker series Mr. Robot took emotional storytelling to the next level last week with a 12 minute virtual reality simulcast episode launched on the Within VR app. The scene was available for a day, and then... more »
Amazon patent reveals "drone docking stations" for its Prime Air service

Amazon patent reveals "drone docking stations" for its Prime Air service

It was almost two and a half years ago that Amazon.com Inc. first put forward the idea of using drones to deliver packages to its customers via its “Prime Air” service. But while the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has been dragging its feet to create legislation that would legally delivery drones to operate, Amazon has been busy working out the practicalities necessary to get its airborne fleet into the skies. Amazon is generally viewed as one of the most secretive of technology companies, but its wall of silence crumbles away when it comes to patents. And so, it can now be... more »
Report: "Cloud shift" to disrupt IT spending to the tune of $1 trillion

Report: "Cloud shift" to disrupt IT spending to the tune of $1 trillion

Gartner Inc. has reinforced something that most readers will already know – that cloud computing is poised to become one of the “most disruptive forces in IT spending” since the early days of the digital age. But the impact is still staggering. In a new report (subscription required), the analyst house forecast more than $1 trillion worth of IT spending will be directly or indirectly impacted by a monumental shift towards cloud services over the next five years. Citing the accelerating momentum of the “cloud-native” movement around distributed applications and other IT infrastructure, Gartner reckons the aggregate total of what it calls “cloud... more »
How to live stream the Samsung Galaxy Note7 launch event & what to expect

How to live stream the Samsung Galaxy Note7 launch event & what to expect

In just over a week, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will launch its latest flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note7 at its Unpacked event in New York. The Note7 is the successor to the Note5 (pictured above), the company has skipped over number six in an attempt to align the Note with the current flagships the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.  We look at how you can live stream the Note7 launch presentation on August 2, as well as the rumored features you can expect to see. How to watch the Galaxy Note7 event? The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event will start at 11... more »
EFF lawsuit argues DRM copyright rules are unconstitutional

EFF lawsuit argues DRM copyright rules are unconstitutional

It has been nearly two decades since the passage of the (DMCA) , which criminalized the act of copying protected digital content such as DVDs or video games. The DMCA also criminalized the act of circumventing the systems put in place to protect that content, such as digital rights management (DRM) software, and this week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has challenged that rule as a violation of the First Amendment in a lawsuit against the US government. Here's an excerpt from the EFF's lawsuit explaining its argument: This lawsuit challenges the “anti-circumvention” and “anti-trafficking” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), 17 U.S.C. §§ 1201(a),... more »
Apple, Facebook and Coinbase involved in takedown of KickassTorrents

Apple, Facebook and Coinbase involved in takedown of KickassTorrents

On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 30-year-old Ukrainian Artem Vaulin, the alleged operator of torrent directory website KickassTorrents (KAT) was arrested in Poland. He has been charged with copyright infringement and money laundering; domain names related to KAT’s operation have also been sized by the United States government. In order to discover and capture Vaulin, the U.S. government used its power of subpoena to compel Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Coinbase Inc. to release information that led to his arrest. KickassTorrents is one of the most used torrent directories on the entire Internet in spite of numerous censorship attempts by world governments—including... more »

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