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Reddit downgrades technology community after censorship
Social news site Reddit has downgraded the status of its "technology" section after a censorship row. The category is no longer a "default subreddit", meaning it stops being one of two dozen communities promoted to new account holders. It follows a report by the Daily Dot that revealed headlines posted to the area had been secretly deleted if they featured certain words. The subreddit's own moderators now acknowledge that this was a "disaster". Reddit describes itself as "the front page of the internet". [url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27100773]Full Article[/url]
Informatica’s Intelligent Data Platform To Offer ‘Virtual Data Highway’
Informatica’s Intelligent Data Platform To Offer ‘Virtual Data Highway’ for Structured, Unstructured, Machine Data Informatica Corp. is working on an innovative Intelligent Data Platform, designed to spur the delivery of all types of data to apps, people and even devices. The first three next-gen solutions to use this smart “virtual data highway,” which can provide intelligence, visibility and management for data, are due to ship by the end of 2014 and in early 2015.IDN speaks with Informatica execs. by Vance McCarthy Informatica’s IDP creates what the company calls a “virtual data highway,” and will do much more than transport data across an enterprise. It will provide intelligence, visibility and management services that can work with many of today’s popular data types and formats – traditional RDBMS, web, social, big data (Hadoop, etc.), machine data or web logs. IDP’s ability to let companies more easily leverage multiple data types across multiple platforms wi
Microsoft reportedly snags Qualcomm's marketing leader for new gig
By [b]John Callaham[/b] [img]http://www.wpcentral.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/2014/07/peggy-johnson.jpg?itok=IMLGfUD2[/img] A new report claims that [url=http://www.wpcentral.com/microsoft]Microsoft[/url] has hired Peggy Johnson, Qualcomm's executive vice president and its head of global market development, for a new high level executive position. Detail of what Johnson's new role at Microsoft will be have yet to be revealed. [url=http://www.wpcentral.com/microsoft-reportedly-snags-qualcomms-marketing-leader-new-gig]Full Article[/url].
9 signs you should jump ship to a new job
By [url=http://www.infoworld.com/author-bios/bob-violino]Bob Violino[/url] | [url=http://www.infoworld.com]InfoWorld[/url] Posted on June 23, 2014 If leading job indicators are to be believed, many tech workers are enjoying high demand for their services these days, making this the prime time to assess whether your current employer is a good fit for your career goals. "IT managers have had it relatively easy for the last few years as their staff members hunkered down to keep their jobs, let alone look for a new one and run the risk of ending up in a less desirable situation," says Nicholas Colisto, senior vice president and CIO at Xylem, a water technology provider. "With the job market returning, [IT] staff will likely get more aggressive with their job search InforWorld/ full read here/ [url=http://www.infoworld.com/t/information-technology-careers/9-signs-you-should-jump-ship-new-job-244674]http://www.infoworld.com/t/information-technology-careers/9-signs-
B1 Free Archiver is a friendly cross-platform archive manager
By/ Mike Williams/ Posted June 15 2014 Everyone needs a good archive manager, and you've probably chosen one already. We're fans of 7-Zip: the current release may be three years old, but it still performs very well. There is some competition around, though, and B1 Free Archiver is an interesting example which really does stand out from the crowd. The program can be used almost everywhere, for instance. It's available in more than 30 languages, and runs on Windows, OS X, Android and Linux. B1 Free Archiver doesn't have any adware or other hassles, either. It's open source, genuinely free, and – importantly -- still being actively developed. betanews/full read here/ [url=http://betanews.com/2014/06/14/b1-free-archiver-is-a-friendly-cross-platform-archive-manager/]http://betanews.com/2014/06/14/b1-free-archiver-is-a-friendly-cross-platform-archive-manager/[/url] [img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/11158i30BD99D14A269
The Pangu jailbreak for iOS could turn into a sinister attack
By Jeremy KirkJune 25, 2014 09:36 PM ET IDG News Service - A new jailbreak for Apple's iOS software that uses confidential information intended only for security researchers could develop into a more sinister attack, according to security analysts. The "Pangu" jailbreak, believed to be developed in China, was publicized earlier this week on a [url=http://pangu.io/]website[/url]. Applying the software allows Apple mobile devices running iOS 7.1 or higher to run unauthorized applications, which Apple discourages. The jailbreak is notable for two reasons. First, it uses a special code-signing certificate issued by Apple that allows enterprises to install applications on their users' devices that do not come from the company's App Store. ComputerWorld/ full read here/ [url=http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9249391/The_Pangu_jailbreak_for_iOS_could_turn_into_a_sinister_attack]http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9249391/The_Pangu_jailbreak_for_iOS_could_turn_into_a_sinist
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Patent trolls under attack, but not dead yet
By [url=http://www.computerworld.com/s/author/9000320/Steven+Vaughan-Nichols]Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols[/url]August 15, 2014 02:04 PM E The patent wars keep going and going and we keep paying and paying. Computerworld - When I started covering technology in the '80s, the last thing I thought I'd need to learn about was intellectual property law. But as Nicolai Tesla learned in his fight with Thomas Edison in the [url=http://www.pbs.org/tesla/ll/ll_warcur.html]electrical-current patent wars of the 1890s[/url], wherever technology goes, IP law is sure to follow. My moment of revelation came in 2003, when I started covering [url=http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/81690/SCO_s_Sordid_Mess]SCO's copyright assault on Linux[/url]. SCO never really had a case, but I was soon to find out that with software patents, you really don't need a good case to profit. You see, defending yourself against a serious patent attack is expensive -- expensive enough to make not defending yourse
How operating companies can stop patent trolls: Cut off the ammo
[H2]70% of troll suits use patents from real companies. Will "license-on-transfer" fix things?[/H2]by [url=http://arstechnica.com/author/joe-mullin/]Joe Mullin[/url] - July 9 2014 [img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/12432i3BBE60046E51B45B.gif[/img] Six tech companies have kicked off a new program that they hope will put a major dent in patent trolling, even with Congress unable to pass patent reform. It's called the [url=http://www.lotnet.com/index.cfm]License on Transfer (LOT) Network[/url], founded today by Google, Newegg, Canon, Dropbox, SAP, and teamwork-software startup Asana. The idea behind LOT is that members put all their patents in a pool, which is immediately licensed to every other company in the network—if, and only if, they're ever sold (transferred) outside the network. That would include a sale to a patent troll or a hostile non-network competitor. That means that as long as the patents aren't sold, they can be used both d
11 open source security tools catching fire on GitHub
[b]By Paul Krill, [url=http://www.infoworld.com/]InfoWorld[/url], September 4, 2014[/b] [b][img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/15131i23DFBD264977DD71.jpg[/img][/b] The famous tenet "all bugs are shallow" is a cornerstone of open source development. Known as Linus's Law, the idea that open code leads to more effective bug detection in a project is often the first thing IT pros think of when it comes to the security upside of the open source model. Now, thanks to popular code-sharing sites like GitHub, the open source community is increasingly aiding other organizations in securing their own code and systems, offering a wealth of security tools and frameworks for malware analysis, penetration testing, computer forensics, and more. Following are 11 essential security projects showcased on GitHub. Any admin interested in more secure code and systems should check them out. [b]InforWorld/ slide show here/ [url=http://www.infoworld
From Tinder Bots To 'Cuban Twitter', Welcome To 'Cognitive Hacking'
This month saw [url=http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-secretly-created-cuban-twitter-stir-unrest]the exposure[/url] of a U.S. government-funded effort to create a Twitter-like social network in Cuba called ZunZuneo. It was quite a success, shutting down because it became [url=http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2014/04/03/why-the-u-s-governments-fake-cuban-twitter-service-failed/]too big, too fast[/url]. Disregarding the embargo on doing business in Cuba, it would likely not seem so bad, [url=http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/08/spies-like-us-fake-twitter-violated-cubans-privacy-rights/]except[/url] for the secretive front companies, the theft of half a million Cuban cell phone numbers to jump start the network and the covert profiling of users’ political leanings through surveys. The humanitarian agency behind the project — USAID — said it just wanted to create a network where users could talk among themselves (like the networks that helped activists during the Arab Sp
Constantly turned on -- the bleak reality of being permanently connected
[b]By: Mark Wilson/ Posted on 8/16/2014[/b] [b]We expect, and are expected, to be contactable at any given moment -- and indeed we often expect the same of others. Send a text, and you expect a response. Pen an email, and you expect to receive one in return, and fast. Hit someone on Google chat and an all-but-instant reply is all but expected. Maybe this doesn’t sound like you, but I can guarantee that you fit on the spectrum, and also that the people you are in contact with make the same demands of you. When did this change? It used to be that you'd call a landline number and if you didn’t get a reply you might just try again a few hours later. The fact that we now carry mobiles with us virtually 24/7 means that it is [i]weird[/i] if someone doesn't answer the call.[/b] [b]betanews/ full read here/ [url=http://betanews.com/2014/08/16/constantly-turned-on-the-bleak-reality-of-being-permanently-connected/]http://betanews.com/2014/08/16/constantly-turned-on-the-bleak-realit
Microsoft lays out its mobile device management strategy
[b]Microsoft Lays Out Its Mobile Device Management Strategy[/b] by Pedro Hernandez Enterprise Mobility Suite, Azure Active Directory and Intune anchor Microsoft's new "mobile-first, cloud-first" approach to user and device management. Microsoft offered a glimpse of its mobile IT management ambitions during the March 27 launch of Office for iPad. Now, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Windows Server & System Center, is spelling out just how the company plans to make its mark in the sizzling mobile device management (MDM) market. "Our vision is to help organizations enable their users to be productive on the devices they love, while protecting the company", said Anderson in a statement. The long-awaited Office apps for the iPad, the best-selling tablet line from rival device maker Apple, weren't the only products Microsoft announced on March 27. The company also took the wraps off a new MDM solution called Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS). Julia White, corpor
KDE Mover-Sizer brings handy Linux desktop tricks to the PC
[b]By: Mike Williams/ Posted on 8/28/2014[/b] [b]Resizing and repositioning windows on the PC desktop is such a fundamental task that you’ll almost do it without thinking. Move the mouse to the title bar/ border, click, drag, release. Very basic, very simple -- but there might still be room for improvement.[/b] KDE Mover-Sizer is an open source, portable tool which brings a common Linux desktop trick to Windows. Instead of having to move your mouse cursor to the title bar or border, you just hold down the Alt key, then left-click [i]anywhere[/i] inside a window and drag to move it, right-click and drag to resize it. If this sounds incredibly simple, then it is, but in many ways that’s a good thing. There’s no need to check settings or scroll through online help, you already know enough about the program to speed up your window management. [b]betanews/ full article here/ [url=http://betanews.com/2014/08/28/kde-mover-sizer-brings-handy-linux-desktop-tric
Potato chips: Big Brother's next eavesdropping tool?
It is a good job I do not eat many potato chips. by [url=http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/author/nslisavaas/]Lisa Vaas[/url] on August 6, 2014 Imagine sitting in a soundproof room, talking to somebody, a bag of potato chips lying on the floor. Given the vibrations made to all objects by sound waves, that bag of crisps is giving off enough information for a normal video camera to pick up and decipher your conversation, using only visual information. MIT, Adobe and Microsoft researchers have done just that: they've created an algorithm that can [url=http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/algorithm-recovers-speech-from-vibrations-0804]reconstruct sound[/url], including intelligible speech, from the tiny vibrations it creates in objects. [url=http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/08/06/potato-chips-big-brothers-next-eavesdropping-tool/]Full Article.[/url]
Acer announces Chromebook 13 -- world's first Chrome OS laptop with Nvidia Tegra K1
By [url=http://betanews.com/author/brianfagioli/]Brian Fagioli[/url] Posted on 8/11/2014 The concept of a Chromebook is awesome. All of your files are stored in the cloud -- family photos, office documents and videos to name a few. This opens up an entire new way of thinking, where nothing seems impossible. Hell, even most of the apps are web-based and that is enough to blow someone's mind. Since local apps cannot be installed, this makes Chrome OS extremely secure and an ideal platform for accessing sensitive information. Unfortunately, as great as the operating system is, the hardware has been lacking. Most models require the user to make a compromise for the sake of cost. Poor quality screens, not enough RAM and questionable build quality are the issues that are most apparent. For some reason, manufacturers equate Chromebooks with "cheap" and this is not the case. People really do want a midrange Chromebook and not just throwaway, disposable tech. Today, Acer
Internet sharing over Bluetooth comes via GDR1 update for Windows Phone
By [b]Sam Sabri[/b] In the Windows Phone [url=http://www.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-81-update-1]Update 1[/url] Preview, [url=http://www.wpcentral.com/official-update-1-windows-phone-81-next-week-preview]new Bluetooth profiles[/url] are supported in the latest OS update from Microsoft, giving consumers access to new abilities. Those new profiles included PAN (personal area network) 1.0 profile, aptX codec support for A2DP, and browsing support for AVRCP. In regards to PAN, one visible area in which consumers can immediately see the difference is visible under Internet Sharing. [url=http://www.wpcentral.com/internet-sharing-over-bluetooth-comes-gdr1-update-windows-phone]Full Article[/url]. It's a good new feature. But I'm not sure it would be of much use. Wifi is much faster.
Announcing an updated version of Internet Explorer 11
[b]Announcing an updated version of Internet Explorer 11 - available on Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 8.1[/b] [b] [/b] Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7:01 PM Today we’re excited to announce an updated version of Internet Explorer 11 available with the Windows 8.1 Update and for our Windows 7 customers as well as the debut of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone 8.1. The Windows 8.1 Update will be available for download today on [url=http://msdn.microsoft.com/]MSDN[/url] and [url=http://technet.microsoft.com/]TechNet[/url], with automatic updates beginning April 8th for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers. We are also launching two new experiences today – [url=http://t.22tracks.com/]22Tracks[/url] and [url=http://www.3dfishgl.com/]FishGL[/url] – so you can explore what’s new with IE11 across Windows and Windows Phone. [url=http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2014/04/02/announcing-an-updated-version-of-internet-explorer-11-available-on-windows-8-1-windows-7-
Naver raver charged over 25 MEEELLION account breach palaver
A 31-year-old South Korean has been charged with using stolen personal information to hack the online accounts of 25 million users of the country’s popular Naver portal. The Asian nation’s National Police Agency said the suspect purchased the data – including names, addresses, internet IDs and passwords – back in August last year, according to the [url=http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140326001543]Korea Herald[/url]. The man, surnamed Seo, apparently then used the details to hack the accounts and send out spam messages and other “illicit emails”, the content of which is not mentioned in the report. Seo is said to have made 160 million won (£90,000) worth of ill-gotten gains. [url=http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/27/south_korea_naver_hack_arrest_25_million/]Full Article[/url]
BlackBerry Passport: Fat, weird, but CrackBerry addicts might love it
By [b]Roger Cheng[/b] Well, it's certainly different. That was my first thought as I finally got my hands on the BlackBerry Passport, which has a squat, squarish look thanks to the mash-up of a compact physical keyboard with a 4.5-inch-by-4.5-inch (11.4 cmx11.4 cm) display. OK, I didn't exactly get my hands fully [i]around[/i] the Passport -- the BlackBerry rep insisted on holding it at all times -- but I got to touch it, test out the keyboard, and in one awkward moment, have the rep shove the phone down my front jeans pocket. The Passport is BlackBerry's attempt to veer away from the norm with a peculiar design that instantly stands out. Imagine a phablet -- one of those oversized smartphones with jumbo displays -- squished so it almost looks like a square. It's wider than most phablets, and is nearly twice as wide as the [url=http://www.cnet.com/products/apple-iphone-5s/]iPhone 5S[/url]. [url=http://www.cnet.com/products/blackberry-passport/]Full Article[/url].
Microsoft debuts Sharks Cove, a costly Raspberry Pi alternative
By [b]Natalie Gagliordi[/b] [img]http://cdn-static.zdnet.com/i/r/story/70/00/032094/4571-sharks-board-close-440.jpg-550x0-v1-550x401.jpg?hash=ZGL3ZwOzA2&upscale=1[/img] Microsoft has finally joined the mini PC craze, introducing a Windows-compatible development board dubbed Sharks Cove. First teased during its April Build conference, the Raspberry Pi-ish device is the result of the combined efforts of Microsoft, Intel and product manufacturer CircuitCo. It's designed to facilitate development of software and drivers for mobile devices that run Windows, such as phones, tablets and similar SoC platforms, although it can also be used for Android development. [url=http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-debuts-sharks-cove-a-costly-raspberry-pi-alternative-7000032094/]Full Article[/url].
Cynja: A Cybersecurity Superhero
[img]http://www8.pcmag.com/media/images/424637-cynja.jpg?thumb=y[/img] The Internet is under attack. Cyber-criminals and adversaries have a large arsenal of malware and attack techniques to steal passwords, loot bank accounts, and even cause physical damage. We need people with digital skills to keep the Internet safe. Enter the Cynjas. [url=http://www.thecynja.com/]Cynja[/url] is a graphic novel tackling cybersecurity concepts in a way 6-12 year old kids can understand. The goal is admirable. The recent breaches and malware outbreaks are proof that we need a more security-savvy population as we become more and more enmeshed in the digital world. Not everyone can be a security expert, but we need the average user to understand why "password123" is not acceptable, or why we shouldn't have our Facebook profiles with all kinds of information open for strangers to see. [url=http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/322849-cynja-a-cybersecurity-superhero]Full Article[/url]
Microsoft snaps up mobile analytics provider Capptain
[b]Microsoft Snaps Up Mobile Analytics Provider Capptain[/b] by Pedro Hernandez A brief summary: [i]Microsoft is adding Capptain's tech to its Azure cloud services suite to help businesses boost mobile app engagement.[/i] Microsoft announced today that it had acquired Capptain, a Paris-based mobile analytics specialist, for an unspecified sum. Aimed at marketers, Capptain's platform analyzes the behavior of mobile app users, segments those users, and pushes targeted and timely messages to foster greater levels of engagement and provide better customer service. Real-time geofencing support allows customers to target users within a certain area. Organizations can further segment their user base according to device type, network connection type, app version and several other criteria. Messages can be delivered using a mobile device's built-in system notification scheme. Alternately, it can deliver in-app or in-site notifications using the company's PUSH platform, which Capptain cl
DNS Pioneer Founds New Security Startup
By/ [url=http://www.darkreading.com/author-bio.asp?author_id=322]Kelly Jackson Higgins[/url] Posted on June 23 2014 Paul Vixie launches Farsight Security, aimed at catching domain abuse early in the lifecycle. Farsight Security today came out of stealth mode with a service that spots potentially malicious new domain names as a way to fight spam and cybercrime activity. At the helm is DNS pioneer Paul Vixie, the principal author of the pervasive BIND DNS server software and creator of several DNS standards. This is Vixie's first commercial gig after nearly 20 years as founder, chairman, and president of the nonprofit Internet Systems Consortium. Dark Reading/ full read here/ [url=http://www.darkreading.com/analytics/dns-pioneer-founds-new-security-startup/d/d-id/1278777]http://www.darkreading.com/analytics/dns-pioneer-founds-new-security-startup/d/d-id/1278777?[/url]
The Java IQ test: Round 2
[b]By [url=http://www.infoworld.com/author-bios/peter-wayner]Peter Wayner[/url], June 16, 2014[/b] [b] [/b] [b]Can anyone truly get their head around Java? Seven major revisions; untold minor ones; hundreds of official APIs; thousands of third-party libraries, some of which, like the Apache Commons, might as well be part of the language -- given Java's breadth and [url=http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/java-forever-12-keys-javas-enduring-dominance-228504]ongoing dominance[/url], it's entirely possible that no one person knows more than 2 percent of the stack, regardless of what anyone claims during a job interview.[/b] [b] [/b] [b]InfoWorld/ full read here/ [url=http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/the-java-iq-test-round-2-243796]http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/the-java-iq-test-round-2-243796[/url] [/b]
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