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Fire Phone Could Pave the Way for Amazon’s Global Takeover

On June 27th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

IDG News Service — Amazon has always been pretty easy to figure out. With the Kindle family of e-readers, Amazon wanted to sell books. When the Kindle Fire tablet came out, the game plan was to increase its Prime member ranks and sell media. Fire TV continued that push, bringing its substantial digital catalogue into..

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Why Are Phishers Targeting Gamers? Because That’s Where the Money is …

On June 27th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

Network World — There’s a story that when the notorious bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton was asked why he robbed banks he replied “Because that’s where the money is”(see Sutton’s Law). As a strategy for maximizing the potential “take home” Sutton was, if you’ll forgive the pun, right on the money even if the risk..

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The Top 10 Windows 8 Questions Everyone Asks

On June 27th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

PC World — You’ve finally made the leap to Windows 8 (or, more probably, Windows 8.1), and a pretty big leap it was. Everything looks different. Everything acts differently. Even a simple task like shutting down your PC suddenly becomes a challenge. We know. We’ve lived through Windows 8, too, and we’ve received many, many..

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Microsoft Admits Communications, Tech Problems During Office 365 Outages

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IDG News Service (Miami Bureau) — A “unique” breakdown coupled with a previously unknown flaw in Exchange Online caused Tuesday’s extensive outage, and to make matters worse, the service disruption alert system also malfunctioned, leaving some affected customers in the dark. So said Rajesh Jha, corporate vice president of Office 365 engineering, in an incident..

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Here Comes The…Uber? Uber Weddings Coming to SF on Saturday

On June 27th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

IDG News Service — If Saturday night is all right for fighting, as Elton John once contended, maybe Saturday afternoon is like Billy Idol says: a nice day for a white wedding. If you and your sweet babboo happen to be in San Francisco this weekend, Uber wants to help you get hitched. Uber’s latest..

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Google Answers Apple’s ‘Continuity’ With Partial Measures

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Computerworld — Google this week announced a partial answer to Apple’s “Continuity” technology that will let Android-powered smartphones interact with Chrome OS, the browser-based operating system that powers inexpensive Chromebook laptops. During Wednesday’s two-and-a-half-hour keynote that kicked off Google I/O, the Mountain View, Calif. company’s annual developer conference, Sundar Pichai, the executive who leads Android..

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Like Other Tech Giants, Facebook is Very White and Very Male

On June 26th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

IDG News Service — Facebook has followed Google and Yahoo in revealing just how diverse its workforce is, and just like the other two tech giants, it’s a whole lot white and a whole lot male. Just over two-thirds of Facebook’s global workforce is male, but that number shoots up to 85 percent when just..

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Supreme Court Cellphone Ruling a Big Win for Digital Privacy

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Computerworld — Privacy and civil rights groups lauded Wednesday’s unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling that police must obtain a search warrant before searching through the contents of an arrested person’s cellphone. “We cannot deny that our decision today will have an impact on the ability of law enforcement to combat crime,” Chief Justice John Roberts..

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Google’s Plan to Fix Email

On June 26th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

CIO — We hold the truth that email sucks to be self-evident, but there’s no agreement on how to fix it. But at this week’s Google I/O conference in San Francisco, Google announced that it’s taking a novel approach to improving email: Opening its immensely popular Gmail up to developers by way of a new,..

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A Security Awareness Success Story

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CSO — The problem with Security Awareness programs is that it is hard to prove their successes. As with all security countermeasures, success is usually that nothing happens. Ideally, success also means that there is a report of the attempted attack, however that is rarely the case. With technical countermeasures however, logs are usually maintained..

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