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  • Unable to target Apple Pay, criminals unsurprisingly stick to bank fraud, identity theft

    03/04/2015 6:50:47 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    iMore ^ | March 3, 2015 | By Rene Ritchie
    Apple Pay is so secure criminals so far have only been able take advantage of it by taking advantage of the banks behind it. Sadly, identity theft and credit card fraud are nothing new. While Apple Pay does an enormous amount to secure the transaction process itself — merchants are given a one-time number instead of the card number to prevent expose in the case of data breach, for example — securing the banking process against basic social engineering attacks is something else entirely. When reached for comment, Apple told me: "Apple Pay is designed to be extremely secure and...
  • Tomorrowland: How Silicon Valley Shapes Our Future (Spiegel: government must control them)

    03/04/2015 5:25:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | March 04, 2015 – 06:57 PM | Thomas Schultz
    In the Silicon Valley, a new elite is forming that wants to determine not only what we consume, but also the way we live. They want to change the world, but they don’t want to accept any rules. Do they need to be reined in? […] It doesn’t take someone sounding the alarm like (novelist David) Eggers or a prophet like the Valley’s protagonists to realize how much is at stake here. It’s about the freedom of the individual. The freedom to not be hyper-effective. The right to community. The right to not do something just because it is possible....
  • How do I post a picture

    03/04/2015 4:57:18 PM PST · by Rumplemeyer · 65 replies
    3-4-2015 | rumplemeyer
    How do I post PDF's or Pictures?
  • Old Blackberry LG-A275

    03/04/2015 4:37:01 PM PST · by VA Voter · 13 replies
    My wife is going to Italy Sat 3/7 for one week and I am trying to set up a simple unlocked cell phone for her use there. She is definitely not tech savvy. I am beginning to doubt my own rudimentary skills. I got an unlocked new but older Blackberry LG-A275. I set up one contact name using multitap but now I've pushed something that I think activated something called T9. In anycase the multitap won't provide anything resembling the names I am trying to set up in the contact list. The users guide is nearly useless. User friendly has...
  • Apple iPhone takes smartphone market share from Android around the world

    03/04/2015 3:15:16 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | Kantar Worldpanel ComTech
    The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months ending in January 2015, show that Apple’s iOS reached its highest ever share in urban China with one in every four smartphones sold being an iPhone. “Leading into Chinese New Year, Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus drove sales to an unprecedented high in urban China with iOS’ share of the smartphone market reaching 25.4% – a 4.5 percentage point increase over the same period in 2014,” reported Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “Across key global markets Apple’s momentum generally continued from last...
  • What would the Dow look like if it included Apple?

    03/04/2015 2:18:22 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 2, 2015 10:41am EST | BY RODRIGO CAMPOS AND CHUCK MIKOLAJCZAK
    The Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Applestore at a shopping district in Tokyo June 26, 2014. Picture taken June CREDIT: REUTERS/YUYA SHINO (Reuters) - It may be by far the most valuable American company but Apple Inc still can’t get into at least one exclusive club – the 30-member Dow Jones Industrial Average. That may not be a problem for the company behind the iPhone and the iPad, after all Apple shares recently hit record highs. It is, though, hurting those who tie their investments to the performance of the venerable Dow, which was first calculated...
  • Regulating Like Its 1934: The FCC’s Decision to Reclassify the Internet as a Public Utility

    03/04/2015 2:05:24 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-4-15 | Jonathon Hauenschild
    Why should the Internet—a “modern technology”—be subject to regulations originally drafted in the mid-1930s? The Federal Communications Commission’s recent vote was less an adoption of “Net Neutrality” regulations and more a carte blanche redefining of Internet services. In redefining the Internet as a “public utility,” the FCC exposes Internet and broadband service providers to regulatory schemes crafted when rotary phones and switchboards were the norm. We can only guess what the actual regulations will say for the next couple weeks, since FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler crafted them behind closed doors and has yet to release them. While we wait for...
  • FREAK OpenSSL Bug: What Apple Users Need to Know

    03/04/2015 11:38:13 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Intego.com ^ | March 3rd, 2015 | by Derek Erwin
    Security researchers have discovered a crippling OpenSSL bug in Apple and Google devices, as well as many high profile websites, which could allow “man in the middle” attacks. These attacks can occur when Apple users are on public Wi-Fi networks, where they can be fooled into connecting to rogue servers claiming to belong to someone else. The “FREAK” vulnerability (CVE-2015-0204), short for Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys, makes it possible for attackers to decrypt and monitor HTTPS-protected traffic. A FREAK attack is possible when someone with a vulnerable device—Mac OS X computers, iOS and Android devices—connects to an HTTPS-protected website...
  • VANITY: Why I believe the Clinton E-Mail scandal is her doom

    03/04/2015 9:05:59 AM PST · by Buckeye Battle Cry · 46 replies
    That the New York Times broke this story on Hillary running State through off-the-record e-mail systems/servers is quite telling. Team Obama does not want Hillary succeeding Barack. He sees Elizabeth Warren as a much more worthy successor to his revolution. Besides Obama detests Sid Vicious Blumenthal. That Hillary was using him as her de facto deputy at State must enrage Obama since Obama specifically dictated that Blumenthal is to have ZERO official dealings with HIS administration. This scandal has legs specifically because El Jefe Obama wants it to. Hillary is in DEEP Kim Chee. Your thoughts?
  • MAYBE THEY SHOULD DO THAT ZOT THING OR WHATEVER

    03/04/2015 1:06:02 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 27 replies
    03/04/15 | ME
    I almost shed a tear but it was the garlic.They haven't heard about the RACIST Nobel Prize Committee yet.
  • Curt Schilling Goes Full Dad Mode, Gets Revenge When His 17-Year-Old Daughter Is Bullied Online

    03/03/2015 4:28:01 PM PST · by lowbridge · 50 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | march 3, 2015 | oliver darcy
    Baseball legend Curt Schilling penned a scathing column Sunday targeting a group of individuals who sent sexually derogatory tweets to his daughter over the weekend. It started when Schilling tweeted a simple congratulatory message to his 17-year-old daughter Gabby for getting accepted into college. Moments later, Schilling and Gabby’s Twitter accounts were flooded with vulgar, sexually-explicit messages that TheBlaze has chosen not to reprint. Being a father, Schilling could not stand by and do nothing. The legendary pitcher penned a blistering columnon his blog. -snip In his blog post, Shilling particularly targeted two individuals and published screen shots of the comments...
  • The evolution of Apple: in pictures

    03/03/2015 3:13:40 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 3, 2015
    The evolution of Apple: in pictures
  • “FREAK” flaw undermines security for Apple and Google users, researchers discover

    03/03/2015 1:22:01 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 3 at 12:42 PM | By Craig Timberg
    Technology companies are scrambling to fix a major security flaw that for more than a decade left users of Apple and Google devices vulnerable to hacking when they visited millions of supposedly secure Web sites, including Whitehouse.gov, NSA.gov and FBI.gov. The flaw resulted from a former U.S. government policy that once forbid the export of strong encryption and required that weaker “export-grade” products be shipped to customers in other countries, say the researchers who discovered the problem. These restrictions were lifted in the late 1990s, but the weaker encryption got baked into widely used software that proliferated around the world...
  • The Reason Why Everyone Who Bought ALIBABA Stock And Held, Is Now Losing Money

    03/03/2015 1:05:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/03/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Back in September, when it first went public, and when it quickly became the talk of the TV studio currently located on the obsolete NYSE floor in New York, a constant source of China buzz, not to mention making Jack Ma China's richest man, Alibaba's market cap soared as high as $250 billion, making it one of the top 10 most valuable companies by market cap. ... and then the headaches began, following news that China's government may crack down on what was dubbed Alibaba's "illegal operations", which sent its stock sliding to the point where not even one CNBC...
  • Audible ads on web pages......

    03/03/2015 11:27:56 AM PST · by leopardseal · 39 replies
    This is turning into a curse. I'm getting ads which come up making all kinds of noise and racket ten or twenty minutes after I've had a website open and if I've had ten or fifteen sites open, it can be all but impossible to figure out which one is even causing the trouble. Do any of the current browsers offer any way to block audible ads?
  • How to make your Unix prompts more useful and interesting

    03/03/2015 4:27:50 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 9 replies
    IT World ^ | 1 March 2015 | By Sandra Henry-Stocker
    Had enough of $ and #? You can make your bash prompts far more interesting and likely a lot more useful by customizing them. You can even change the font color or set up your prompt to change depending on where you're sitting in the file system, what system you're working on, or what time it is.A customized prompt can serve as a gentle reminder of what system you're working on -- especially helpful if you often find yourself logged into 3-4 systems at a time, window hopping to get several things done at the same time. or if...
  • Pizza delivery guy gets insulted, internet gets revenge

    03/02/2015 9:36:15 PM PST · by Utilizer · 16 replies
    CNN/YouTube ^ | Jan 15, 2015 | Jeanne Moos
    A pizza delivery guy's tip causes an uproar. But CNN's Jeanne Moos reports he may end up making a bundle.
  • Apple adds vehicles to its list of company activities in Swiss legal filing

    03/02/2015 4:40:31 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | March 2, 2015 | Ben Lovejoy
    Apple has officially added vehicles to the corporate documents describing the company’s activities, at least in Switzerland. The company’s lawyers added the following paragraph, reports Swiss site ApfelBlog. Vehicles; Apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water; electronic hardware components for motor vehicles, rail cars and locomotives, ships and aircraft; Anti-theft devices; Theft alarms for vehicles; Bicycles; Golf carts; Wheelchairs; Air pumps; Motorcycles; Aftermarket parts (after-market parts) and accessories for the aforesaid goods. It’s common to add catch-all terminology to company activities, so nothing should be read into the inclusion of ships and aircraft, though we’re sure there will be...
  • Vanity - Former US Atty Joe DiGenova: Net Neutrality will not survive court challenge

    03/02/2015 9:15:42 AM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Speaking on WMAL this morning former US Atty and high powered DC lawyer Joe DiGenova said the FCC Net Neutrality rules will never come to be since they will never survive a court challenge. He added that "standing will never be an issue." He also believes that Gowdy's committe has damaging emails on HRC over Benghazi.
  • 20 of Apple’s Favorite Photos Shot with the iPhone 6

    03/01/2015 9:11:42 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 46 replies
    Petapixel ^ | March 1, 2015 | by Michael Zhang
    Apple tells us that it’s launching a new global advertising campaign called “Shot on iPhone 6.” Starting this week, billboards in 70 cities in 24 countries around the world will feature photos captured by iPhone 6 owners. 77 iPhone photographers will be featured in the campaign after Apple selected their images as its favorites. The worldwide nature of this effort makes this possibly the largest mobile photo gallery ever put together, featuring the work of a group that spans a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities, ages, professions, cultures and photography experience. The photographs in the campaign were not commissioned...
  • The computer of the future

    03/01/2015 8:28:02 PM PST · by leopardseal · 47 replies
    It might actually be that something like this would be possible with today's technology or it may be more like five or ten years out, but this is the computer I'd like to have. The thing would look like two Iphones held together face to face with magnets or snaps of some sort and fit in a shirt pocket. You'd take it out of your pocket, take the two halves of the thing apart, and set the one half on any flat surface to be the mouse. The other half would sit on the same surface and somehow generate a...
  • How Photoshop’s Sharpening Tools Work and How to Best Use Them (tutorial video)

    03/01/2015 7:16:28 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 03/01/15 | Michael Zhang
    Want a better understanding of how Photoshop’s sharpening filters work and how to best use them? Here’s a tutorial in which Photoshop expert Deke McClelland discusses using Photoshop’s features to bring out clearer details in your digital photographs. McClelland discusses all the sharpening filters found in the Sharpen menu in Photoshop (e.g. the one-click sharpening filters, Unsharp Mask, and Smart Sharpen), as well as the Sharpening panel found in Adobe Camera Raw.
  • Matt DeHart's quest for asylum is over: Canada delivers alleged hacker to U.S. agents

    03/01/2015 5:03:58 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | March 1, 2015 | Adrian Humphreys
    Matt DeHart, a former American soldier who sought asylum in Canada claiming torture by U.S. agents probing Anonymous hackers and WikiLeaks, was taken from his Ontario prison cell Sunday morning and delivered to U.S. agents at the border. Mr. DeHart, 30, was allowed to make a quick phone call en route to his parents, who are living in Toronto facing their own removal order, said his father, Paul. “He was peaceful and in good health,” Paul DeHart said in an interview but the family remains deeply worried. “We are concerned about Matt’s safety as he transits,” he said. “We said...
  • Here's everything we know about Project Titan, Apple's rumoured electric car

    03/01/2015 3:58:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/28/2015 | Rob Price
    Just a few weeks ago, the idea that Apple might make a car seemed like an outlandish rumour. Today, it's accepted by many as gospel. Numerous reports have filtered through in recent days, providing more detail on Apple's automotive ambitions. Of course, nothing has been confirmed yet. The Apple Car would be a massive, multi-year undertaking. But here's what we've heard so far: It's called Project Titan. The detail comes via a report from the Wall Street Journal. It's an electric car. This puts the company in competition with Tesla, which develops cutting edge electric-powered vehicles. VC and entrepreneur Jason...
  • Those Google mapping chaps at it again

    03/01/2015 9:19:11 AM PST · by Scooter100 · 18 replies
    Scooter100
    Silly me. I thought the Google street-view mapping chaps used bullet-proof vans. Maybe I'm thinking of Texas. No second-guessing the Brits, of course. If he's only at Stonehenge, no need to rush that Faraday cage project just yet. BTW, with the right tracking gear and attachments, you could make this guy's life pretty miserable with a few drones and some water balloons. Nice pants.
  • VLC gets first major release across Windows, Mac, Linux... (shortened)

    02/28/2015 5:12:17 PM PST · by Utilizer · 31 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | February 27, 2015 6:00 AM | Emil Protalinski
    (Full Title) VLC gets first major release across Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows RT, and Android TV VideoLAN today launched what is arguably the biggest release of VLC to date: an update for the desktop coordinated with new versions across all major mobile platforms. The world’s most used media player just got massive a cross-platform push. The company told VentureBeat that the releases are the result of more than a year of volunteer work on the VLC engine and the libVLC library. As a result, VLC has gained numerous new features, has seen more than 1,000 bugs...
  • Amazon shuttering Unbox on March 29th; download your movies now

    02/28/2015 3:06:06 PM PST · by ducttape45 · 18 replies
    Amazon shuttering Unbox on March 29th; download your movies now Once upon a time, Amazon had a product called Unbox that let its customers download rented and purchased movies to their desktop and play them, even when offline. It was a convenient way for travelers to consume content when on the go since you usually can't stream video on a plane or train. Then last month, Amazon seemed to start shifting away from Unbox and over to it's Instant Video platform. Links to download Unbox vanished from the website, and CSRs provided conflicting information on whether it was available or...
  • Star Trek Online Announces In-Game Memorial For Leonard Nimoy

    02/28/2015 9:38:21 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    ComicBook.com ^ | 2-28-2015 | Russ Burlingame
    Following in the footsteps of World of Warcraft's magical tribute to the late Robin Williams, Star Trek Online will feature an in-game tribute to veteran Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, who passed away yesterday at age 83. "I want to once again express my heartfelt condolences to the friends, family, and fans of Leonard Nimoy," said executive producer Steve Ricossa in a statement. "Everyone at Cryptic Studios was saddened to hear of his passing and we want to make sure we never forget the cultural impact of the man or the character he played. To that end, the Star...
  • How Apple lost $533 million to an 8th-grade dropout patent troll

    02/28/2015 12:56:07 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    Fortune ^ | FEBRUARY 27, 2015, 12:22 PM EST | by Philip Elmer-DeWitt
    One of its mistakes was to make a fuss about Patrick Racz’ education in front of a Texas jury. Tyler Texas Federal District Court House—The Rocket Docket Apple rarely comments on legal matters, and when it does it chooses its words carefully. So I read with interest the statement it issued after it was ordered to pay $532.9 million to Smartflash LLC for willful infringement of three U.S. patents. It’s a classic of the genre: Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology...
  • Apple faces second suit from victorious patent firm

    02/28/2015 12:38:54 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:01am EST | BY ANDREW CHUNG
    (Reuters) - Fresh off a $532.9 million jury win against Apple Inc (AAPL.O), a Texas company is again suing the tech giant, this time over the same patents' use in devices introduced after the original case was underway. Smartflash LLC aims to make Apple pay for using the patent licensing firm's technology without permission in devices not be included in the previous case, such as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the iPad Air 2. The trial covered older Apple devices. On Tuesday, a jury in federal court in Tyler, Texas found that Apple willfully violated three Smartflash patents...
  • Apple Watch will replace your car keys, says Tim Cook

    02/27/2015 9:03:54 PM PST · by fireman15 · 65 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02/27/2015 | Allister Heath
    Apple Watch will replace your car keys, says Tim Cook Exclusive interview: The Apple chief executive reveals to Allister Heath how the revolutionary features in the company's smartwatch could forever alter our daily lives. Like millions of people, Tim Cook stopped wearing a watch a while back. The Apple boss no longer needed one: his iPhone told the time just fine. There was just one problem, as he readily acknowledges in his interview with The Telegraph: glancing at one's wrist can be a very useful way to find out information. It is less rude and less intrusive. So Apple now...
  • Free Copy of the $60 Perfect Effects 9 by onOne Software

    02/27/2015 7:59:00 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 30 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 02/27/15 | Michael Zhang
    Heads up: you can currently download a free copy of onOne Software’s Perfect Effects 9. It’s a $60 program that can be used as a Photoshop or Lightroom plugin or as a standalone tool. Inside are customizable filters and hundreds of presets that allow you to quickly apply custom looks to your photos.
  • I hate texting !!

    02/27/2015 6:10:40 PM PST · by Zeneta · 204 replies
    Me | Today | Vanity
    I hate texting. I hate the way it restricts me. It's great that I can stay in touch while on the road, but it's a pain in the butt. I can't reference my thoughts with links that would generally be a few "copy and paste" clicks away. I can't stand the screen size of my "Smart Phone" and I have one of the largest available. I hate using the pop up key board that tries to "Help" me. Ever try to search for and paste a link to something that wasn't already planned for? Good luck. I love my PC....
  • Ericsson sues Apple for patent infringement; seeks to ban iPhone sales in U.S.

    02/27/2015 4:32:31 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Friday, February 27, 2015 · 8:50 am
    “Ericsson AB said Friday it is suing Apple Inc. for infringing technology patents it says are critical to many aspects of the U.S. tech giant’s popular mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads,” Dominic Chopping and Juhana Rossi report for The Wall Street Journal. “The Swedish telecom equipment supplier said Apple had declined a licensing deal and refused an offer to have a court determine fair licensing terms by which both companies would be bound. ‘Our last offer was to have this determination either in [a federal court in] Texas or in a court selected by Apple in California. They...
  • Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Could Replace Your Car Keys, And That’s Just The Start

    02/27/2015 9:49:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 02/27/2015 | Darrell Etherington
    Apple CEO Tim Cook is doing a tour in part to help prepare the world for the launch of the Apple Watch, which is likely going to be the start of the show at a special even on Monday March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. He spoke to The Telegraph about the company’s first smart wearable, and in that interview he talked about what will motivate a purchase decision for the Apple Watch now, and why it’ll only get more attractive as time goes on. Cook told the Telegraph that he suspects an initial driver for...
  • Samsung Kicks Off 14nm FinFET Fabrication With New Exynos 7 Octa

    02/27/2015 9:32:23 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    gadgets.ndtv.com ^ | 16 February 2015 | by NDTV Correspondent
    Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of mobile application processors on its 14nm FinFET process technology, which the company states is an industry first. Compared to the company's existing 20nm process technology, 14nm FinFET is said to enable up to 20 percent higher speeds and 35 percent less power consumption. As the industry moves towards smaller manufacturing processes, the physical limitations of transistor design have become more apparent. 3D FinFETs allow the electronic Field-Effect Transistor "gate" to wrap around three sides of a raised "fin" in order to provide adequate insulation against current leakage, which has...
  • Samsung shows off 10nm FinFET

    02/27/2015 9:04:56 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    fudzilla.com ^ | 25 February 2015 | Nick Farrell
    Beating the worldSamsung has shocked the tech press by showing off the world's first 10nm FinFET chip at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Samsung Electronics Semiconductor Business chief, Kim Ki-nam teased the future for Samsung when he took the stage and provided a sneak peak at its 3D V NAND technology.Samsung wants its 10nm chips to power more than smartphones, there are plans to put them in data centers and power the Internet of Things. The new chips will be more power efficient and produce less heat, vital for phones and other battery-powered devices.Kim said that he expects that...
  • Only 40 Percent of World's Population Has Ever Gone Online

    02/27/2015 12:13:57 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    PC Mag | FEBRUARY 26, 2015 12:40PM | BY ANGELA MOSCARITOLO
    Due to copyright restrictions, Link only to article: Only 40 Percent of World's Population Has Ever Gone Online
  • Comrades for Net Neutrality

    02/26/2015 7:58:27 PM PST · by Yardstick · 23 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 26, 2015 | John Fund
    The powers behind the FCC’s muscling of the Internet Today’s vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through “net neutrality,” or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet. The final push involved unprecedented political pressure exerted by the Obama White House on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, head of an ostensibly independent regulatory body. “Net...
  • These Are the Darkroom Techniques Photoshop’s Tools Are Based On

    02/26/2015 7:23:30 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 30 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 02/26/15 | Michael Zhang
    As a tribute to Photoshop for its recent 25th birthday, Lynda created this “before there was Photoshop” video that shows the darkroom tools and techniques that were used by film photographers before Photoshop and digital photography arrived on the scene. Photographer Konrad Eek works on a print by dodging, burning, adding gradients, using masks, feathering, and more. If you’ve never made a print in a darkroom before, this video could be quite illuminating.
  • FCC Shreds Authority of States in New Decision

    02/26/2015 1:34:15 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 19 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-26-15 | Bartlett Cleland
    Overtly political acts are often breathtaking, usually for the arrogance, ignorance and desperation they bring to light. They are made even more so when appointed officials of a so-called independent agency who should be concerned with public policy and technical standards act politically. Today, one’s breath is taken away by the actions of the FCC and its chairman Tom Wheeler. In addition to seizing control of the Internet, in a purely partisan vote and flying in the face of a Supreme Court ruling (In 2004, the Supreme Court in Nixon v. Missouri Municipal League rejected federal pre-emption of a state...
  • FireEye: Breach detection time is dropping, averages 205 days

    02/26/2015 11:34:35 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    tweaktown.com ^ | Posted: 3 hours, 11 mins ago | By: Michael Hatamoto
    FireEye's Mandiant found that the average data breach was discovered in 205 days, dropping from 229 days (2013) and 243 days (2012). Enterprises were only able to self-detect 31 percent of breaches, with third-parties and the government helping identify cybersecurity incidents.    Companies are becoming more vigilant in detecting cybercrime-related activity, such as credit card companies noticing fraudulent behavior.  "Over the last several years, organizations like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have gotten increasingly involved in notifying US businesses that they have been identified as being compromised," said Ryan Kazanciyan, technical director at Mandiant, in a statement to eWEEK....
  • Apple Took 89% Of Q4 Smartphone Profits With Android OEMs In A Race To The Bottom

    02/26/2015 7:06:24 AM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 46 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 2/26/15 | Ingrid Lunden
    Google’s Android has gobbled up market share world wide, now accounting for over 80% of all smartphone shipped globally. But when it comes to actually making money, Apple is eating all the profits as it continues its focus on premium devices. Today Strategy Analytics said that Apple in Q4 last year accounted for 89% of all smartphone profits, equating to $18.8 billion, with Android taking only 11%, or $2.4 billion. The blow for Android is softened only slightly less so only by the fact that other platform players like Microsoft, Blackberry and Firefox seemingly made no profit at all.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Israel, meets with President Reuven Rivlin

    02/25/2015 10:50:52 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Wednesday, February 25, 2015, | By Katie Marsal
    Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was in Israel on Wednesday, and had a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin, as Apple is prepared to open a new office in the country. There was much speculation for weeks about an impending visit from Cook to Israel, and that was confirmed on Wednesday when the Apple CEO sat down with Israel's president. Photos of a discussion between Cook and Rivlin were shared by Inbal Orpaz. Cook's appearance coincides with the opening of a new research and development office in Herzliya Pituach, about 20 minutes north of Tel Aviv. The building will house 800...
  • Lenovo website breached, hacker group Lizard Squad claims responsibility

    02/25/2015 9:28:45 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    fortune.com / Reuters ^ | 2-25-2015 | Bobby Yip
    Chinese computer and smartphone firm Lenovo Group said its website was hacked on Wednesday, its second security blemish days after the U.S. government advised consumers to remove software called “Superfish” pre-installed on its laptops. Hacking group Lizard Squad claimed credit for the attacks on microblogging service Twitter. Lenovo said attackers breached the domain name system associated with Lenovo and redirected visitors to lenovo.com to another address, while also intercepting internal company emails. Lizard Squad posted an email exchange between Lenovo employees discussing Superfish. The software was at the centre of public uproar in the United States last week when security...
  • How to handle an employee's offensive social media post

    02/25/2015 1:02:10 PM PST · by tbw2 · 48 replies
    AP ^ | 2/18/25 | JOYCE M. ROSENBERG
    This article has an employment lawyer as saying you have to fire people who post inappropriate things - including non-PC opinions.
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott Proposes $470 Million in Communications Services Tax Relief

    02/25/2015 12:38:51 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-25-15 | Kati Siconolfi
    Great news for consumers in Florida: Governor Rick Scott has proposed $470 million in communications services tax relief. Governor Scott’s proposed budget would reduce the communications services tax for mobile, cable services and non-residential landlines by 39 percent. Furthermore, his proposed budget would also reduce the communications services tax for satellite services by 27 percent. Under the governor’s budget proposal, a family spending an average of $100 a month on cell phone, cable and satellite television services could save about $43 a year. Currently, Florida’s state and local communications services tax is one of the highest in the nation, with...
  • Apple Is Now More Than Double the Size of Exxon—And Everyone Else

    02/23/2015 11:55:40 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 245 replies
    Wall Street Journal Moneybeat ^ | By KEVIN KINGSBURY | By KEVIN KINGSBURY
    Just how ginormous is Apple Inc. now? As the iPhone-maker’s shares continue to set fresh record highs, its market cap is now above $765 billion. Combined with Exxon Mobil Corp.'s pullback over the past six months, Apple has pulled off the rare occurrence of being worth at least double any other publicly traded U.S. company. No. 2 Exxon’s market cap has eased to $374 billion.
  • Apple to invest €1.7 billion to build two new european data centers

    02/23/2015 10:20:09 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 2 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Monday, February 23, 2015 · 8:25 am
    Apple today announced a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centers in Europe, each powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland, will power Apple’s online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe. “We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date. We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating...
  • Language Quiz: Are You on Fleek?

    02/23/2015 2:39:19 AM PST · by iowamark · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | FEB. 22, 2015 | WILSON ANDREWS and JOSH KATZ
    Yolo. Rekt. Bae. Xans. Lordt. Every era has its own version of emerging language, and the new words and phrases of our time tend to spring from the Internet – from emails, texts, tweets and other rapid-fire, written communication. They’re often acronyms or abbreviations. Some become enduring parts of communication – as O.K., P.S. and R.S.V.P. did, from earlier times – while others flare briefly and then fade. To get a sense for which of today’s emerging terms are on the rise, which are fading and which may have longevity, Jack Grieve, a linguist at Aston University in England, analyzed...