• With Watson Element, Apple and IBM aim to transform education

    Apple and IBM this week merged strengths in a new way to target the education market. IBM Watson Element for Educators, a new iPad app from the companies, is designed to provide teachers with a more holistic view of students' academic progress, accomplishments, interests and learning activities in grades K-12. 
    IBM began working on the initiative in 2013 and accelerated development following its 2014 partnership with Apple, which led to the creation of the MobileFirst for iOS program. The
  • Always-on group video chat arrives

    Question: Why not launch video sessions with family, friends or co-workers and leave them running all the time?
    Answer: Because if feels weird to be on camera all day.
    Now, a new generation of video chat apps offers flexible new ways to maintain always-ready video chat sessions without making people feel like they're always on display.
    The secret is to be "always on" and available, but not "always live."
    Always-on video chat is perfect for digital nomads like me, as well as work-from-home telec
  • U.S. indicts Russian for hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox, Formspring

    The U.S. has charged a suspected Russian hacker with breaking into computers at LinkedIn, Dropbox and a question-and-answer site formerly known as Formspring.On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted 29-year-old Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin following his arrest by Czech police in Prague on Oct. 5.LinkedIn has said that Nikulin was involved in the 2012 breach of the company that stole details from over 167 million accounts. However, a U.S. court filing unsealed on Friday only g
  • How the Dyn DDoS attack unfolded

    Today's attacks that overwhelmed the internet-address lookup service provided by Dyn were well coordinated and carefully plotted to take down data centers all over the globe, preventing customers from reaching more than 1,200 domains Dyn was in charge of.
    The attacks were still going on at 7 p.m. Eastern time, according to ThousandEye, a network monitoring service.
    Dyn’s service takes human-language internet addresses such as www.networkworld.com and delivers the IP addresses associated w
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  • An IoT botnet is partly behind Friday's massive DDOS attack

    Malware that can build botnets out of IoT devices is at least partly responsible for a massive distributed denial-of-service attack that disrupted U.S. internet traffic on Friday, according to network security companies.Since Friday morning, the assault has been disrupting access to popular websites by flooding a DNS service provider called Dyn with an overwhelming amount of internet traffic.Some of that traffic has been observed coming from botnets created with the Mirai malware that
  • Windows: When no growth is an improvement

    Microsoft yesterday said that revenue in the September quarter for the More Personal Computing group was down 2%, the second consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines and the fifth contraction in the last six quarters.
    Windows revenue, which accounts for the bulk of More Personal Computing's (MPC) total, was flat. But that was an improvement over the prior quarter, when sales of the operating system were down 4%.
    "Our total [Windows] OEM business was flat this quarter, more in line with th
  • Capital One CIO finds tech talent at Grace Hopper conference

    Capital One’s CIO Rob Alexander knows that CIOs can’t afford to sit on the sidelines as the war for technology talent in the digital age rages around them. That’s why Alexander is attending Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Technology in Houston this week.With a reported 15,000, mostly women attendees this year, the event was full of both experienced and blossoming software programmers, product managers and other IT staff, making it a can’t miss event for Alexander, wh
  • Extensive DDoS attack against Dyn restarts, could indicate a new use of old criminal tech

    Attacks against DNS service provider Dyn resumed today after a two and a half hour lull, and could indicate a new application of an old criminal technology, experts say.
    Dyn hasn’t shared details on the type of DDoS attacks used nor the size of those attacks that have affected access to sites including Amazon, Etsy, GitHub, Shopify, Twitter and the New York Times.
    +More on Network World: Gartner Top 10 strategic technology trends you should know for 2017To read this article in full or to
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  • Target passes Walmart as top corporate solar customer

    Target has surpassed perennial champion Walmart as the U.S.'s top corporate user of solar power, according to a new report.
    Target has installed 147 megawatts (million watts or MW) of solar capacity on 300 stores, according to the 2016 Solar Means Business Report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
    "We're incredibly proud of the progress we've made in improving building efficiencies and reducing environmental impact. Our commitment to installing solar panels on 500 stores and d
  • iPads and Apple TV aimed at transforming patient care

    No one looks forward to a hospital stay, but the tech amenities at Jacobs Medical Center could make visits more comfortable for patients.
    With an iPad and Apple TV in every room, patients will be able to control room settings such as temperature, lighting and window shades. They can access games, log into their own social and entertainment apps, and control the TV. The iPad also provides access to a patient’s electronic medical records, including information such as medications, care
  • BrandPost: 2016 CEO Mandate: Develop Data Analytics

    It is a crucial time for organizations across multiple industries, as CEOs work to help their companies navigate critical disruptors, unique challenges and powerful external forces.According to KPMG’s 2016 CEO Outlook survey, in fact, two-thirds of chief executive officers believe that the next three years will be more critical than the last 50 years. “CEOs have a clear goal, to create a more intelligent, data-driven experience for their customers, their innovators, and their partner
  • Bankers plan to give Corda blockchain code to Hyperledger project

    Corda, a distributed ledger platform developed by a finance industry consortium, will go open source next month when its developers donate the code to the Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Project.The move was reported by Reuters on Thursday and the story subsequently reposted to the websites of Corda backer R3 and the Hyperledger Project.A distributed ledger, sometimes referred to as a blockchain, is a database shared across a number of servers and that relies on a consensus among those servers to
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  • Why Patriots coach tossed Microsoft’s Surface

    If there was ever a better argument for focusing more on the deployment of a technology than on the technology itself it was when Bill Belichick tossed out his tablet and went back to using hard copy pictures. Boy can I relate. I’ve been there myself. I don’t care how good the technology is, if the deployment is bad it doesn’t matter what the hardware is, your experience will suck. While moving back to paper is perhaps a tad extreme, sometimes you just want to slap the related
  • 75% off DKnight MagicBox II Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless speaker, 10W Output Power with Enhanced Bass - Deal Alert

    The DKnightMagicBox II Bluetooth speaker offers great quality sound with the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology. It features two highly powerful 40mm total 10W acoustic drivers for excellent sound. With the ultra-compact size and the soft touch rubber design, it can be easily fitted into a backpack, suitcase, or a travel bag. The built-in 2000 mAh rechargeable battery enables an 10-12 hours of playtime on a single charge. This speaker is strong enough to fill up a kitchen, living room, or clas
  • Easy-to-exploit rooting flaw puts Linux computers at risk

    The maintainers of Linux distributions are rushing to patch a privilege escalation vulnerability that's already being exploited in the wild and poses a serious risk to servers, desktops and other devices that run the OS.The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2016-5195, has existed in the Linux kernel for the past nine years. This means that many kernel versions that are used in a variety of computers, servers, routers, embedded devices and hardware appliances are affected.The Red Hat security team de
  • IDG Contributor Network: Just Thinking Cloud? You're Already Too Late!

    Just Thinking Cloud? You’re Already Too Late! Many of us today are thinking about the cloud and what it might mean to the future.  Yet as we’ve pondered cloud technology, it has gone from an intriguing concept to an absolute inevitability.  In fact, it has gotten to the point that if by 2020, an IT leader is not an expert in leveraging the cloud, that person may not have a job. When we step back and take a look at the past decade, it has been an avalanche in terms
  • IDG Contributor Network: Why offshoring doesn't matter

    Recently, an enterprise client was debating whether the offshoring ratio — the percentage of resources located off versus on shore — proposed by a service provider was too high, too low or just right. About a half-hour into the conversation, I realized we were asking the wrong question altogether.Trying to discern what constitutes too much risk when it comes to offshoring has been a common exercise for years. After all, the cost implications are significant. Service providers tend to
  • IDG Contributor Network: We can't afford quality!

    A client recently made a statement to me that roughly translated as I am concerned about the high cost of doing a quality job. Wow! Talk about not understanding the impact of quality. The organization was hemorrhaging from the consequences of low-quality work in a major software implementation. One of several root causes of that situation was a complete lack of quality management in the software build.
    Unfortunately, they were contemplating the same ineffective approach the second time around.
  • Major DDoS attack on Dyn DNS knocks Spotify, Twitter, Github, Etsy, and more offline

    Update: Dyn says services were restored at 9:36 A.M. Eastern time, and I can now connect to the affected websites again—which indicates the two events were indeed related. Every morning, I sit down at my PC with a cup of coffee, crank some tunes on Spotify, and scour r/techsupportgore for gnarly PC disaster pics to tweet out. Not this morning, because it appears a massive Distributed Denial of Service attack targeting DNS host Dyn has knocked a big chunk of the Internet offline.
  • Cloud services lift IT outsourcing market higher than expected

    Companies signed IT and business process outsourcing deals worth a record $9.5 billion in annual contract value, according to the quarterly outsourcing index produced Information Services Group (ISG). Traditional outsourcing contracts were up 5 percent to $5.8 billion, while the fast-growing as-a-service segment leapt 20 percent to $3.7 billion, according to ISG.
    “Most conversations we’re having with clients are cloud-led,” says John Keppel, ISG president, for Europe, Middle E
  • Competition in gigabit internet market can significantly reduce prices

    Americans have long put up with expensive broadband service that's slower and more expensive than what is enjoyed in much of Europe and parts of Asia. Even when big ISPs announce that they deployed gigabit broadband in a new market, all too often the claims are exaggerated or restricted to just a few neighborhoods.
    In the last few years, however, a number of ISPs, Google, and a few U.S. cities made ultra-fast connections available via a technology called "Fiber to the Home" (FTTH). When there's
  • IBM says Macs save up to $543 per user

    By the end of 2016, roughly one in four IBM employees will use a Macintosh computer. The tech giant, which employs 400,000 people, bought and provisioned 90,000 Macs since it started to support Apple laptops in June 2015. It expects to have at least 100,000 Macs deployed by 2017.IBM now has the largest enterprise Mac deployment in the world, and it is Apple's biggest business customer for Macs, according to Mac maker. Apple declined to provide details on the other leading enterprise Mac customer
  • 13 travel bags for the discerning techie

    The best travel bags and backpacks for techiesWould you use a rolling suitcase with a built-in laptop tray? How about a backpack designed specifically for GoPro fans, or a purse that recharges your iPhone? Bag makers, including startups and more established brands, clearly think you would. During the past year or so, a variety of bags hit the market that aim to make the life of the gadget-laden traveler a little easier, often in clever or unusual ways. These 13 bags range in style, size, fe
  • Windows GDI flaw leads to PowerShell attacks

    A critical vulnerability in the Windows GDI (graphics device interface) that Microsoft patched in its latest round of security updates was exploited by a sophisticated attack group to escape browser-based sandboxes and remotely execute malicious code, according to Kaspersky Lab.
    Windows GDI is an API that helps applications work with graphics and formatted text on video displays and printers. The remote code execution flaw stemmed from how GDI handled objects in memory (CVE-2016-3393), and the
  • MIT ports Tesseract OCR to JavaScript

    With their JavaScript port of the Tesseract optical character recognition engine, developers at MIT are looking to provide convenience and lower costs in building image-processing applications.
    Tesseract.js, released this month, supports more than 60 languages, automatic text orientation, and script detection. Running in either a browser or a server via Node.js, it features a simple interface for reading paragraph, word, and character bounding boxes.[ Use JavaScript in your dev shop? InfoWorld
  • Deep dive: The Apple Watch Series 2 delivers on last year’s promise

    This year’s Apple Watch Series 2 surpasses the previous model by addressing many first-generation flaws.
  • Men need to do more to support gender diversity, says Dell EMC exec

    Men need to do more to encourage and support gender diversity within technology companies, according to Stephane Reboud, EMEA director of services sales for Dell EMC.
    The proportion of women going into technical roles is actually on the decline, he said. "When I did engineering studies, 22 percent of my class at French engineering school were women. Twenty years later it's only 12 percent," Reboud told ComputerworldUK in an interview.
    "We need to continue to engage - especially men - on those d
  • 'Please think of Dell EMC as one company,' pleads CEO Michael Dell

    Just six weeks since the record-breaking $67 billion merger of Dell and EMC, the overriding official message at Dell EMC World in Austin this week is one of unity.
    "We're not two companies anymore. It's one company. Please think of us as one company as that's what we are now," CEO Michael Dell told press.
    However there are confusions. It's unclear if the new company is called Dell Techologies or Dell EMC (both have been used interchangably throughout).
    Far more importantly, it's not clear what
  • Intel asserts its trademark rights against John McAfee

    Intel does not object to John McAfee using his personal name in connection with his business, but it objects to the use by the maverick entrepreneur and security expert of the McAfee trade name and trademark in a way that could confuse or deceive consumers or dilute the brand.The issue came up when John McAfee teamed with MGT Capital Investments, which had been until recently mainly into gaming sites, and announced in May that it is in the process of acquiring a diverse portfolio of cybersecurit
  • Privacy groups target kids advertising disguised as YouTube content

    Marketing companies are targeting children on YouTube with advertising disguised as other content, an "unfair and deceptive" business practice, three privacy groups said in a complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.The companies, including Disney's Maker Studios and DreamWorks' AwesomenessTV, use popular "influencers" on YouTube to pitch products, aimed at children worldwide, with videos that "masquerade" as unsponsored content, said the complaint, filed Friday by the Center for Digital D
  • Ex-NSA contractor hoarded two decades' worth of secrets

    The former National Security Agency contractor suspected of stealing U.S. hacking tools allegedly was found hoarding two decades' worth of classified materials.In a Thursday court filing, federal investigators provided new details on their case against 51-year-old Harold Martin, who was arrested in late August. Investigators have seized 50 terabytes of information from Martin, in addition to thousands of pages of documents, the filing said. Among them are classified operational plans against a k
  • Cloud growth continues to be the name of the game for Microsoft

    Microsoft's ongoing move to the cloud paid off once again over the past quarter, as strong growth from Azure and Office 365 offset declines in the PC market.
    The company announced on Thursday that its quarterly revenue for the three-month period ending in September was flat overall at US $20.5 billion. The company's net profit was down 4 percent year-over-year from $4.9 billion to $4.7 billion.
    Those results were driven by quarterly revenue from the company's Intelligent Cloud segment, whi
  • 32% off Asus 15.6-Inch Laptop, 2.1GHz Core i3, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, Windows 10 - Deal Alert

    Housing multiple USB 3.0 ports for fast data transfer and the latest 802.11ac wireless for fast Internet connectivity, Asus promises it'll be fast and easy to get things done with their F555 laptop. It comes loaded up with Windows 10, Intel's 5th generation Core i3 processor, a 15.6-Inch Full HD (1920*1080) display, 4GB RAM, a 500GB hard drive, an HD camera, and much more. It averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 1,600 people, and its typical list price of $499.99 has been redu
  • Apple sues Amazon supplier over fake iPhone chargers

    In a federal lawsuit filed this week, Apple asserted that nearly all the iPhones, chargers and cables it surreptitiously purchased from online retailer Amazon were fakes.
    "As part of its ongoing brand protection efforts, [Apple] has purchased well over 100 iPhone devices, Apple power products, and Lightning cables sold as genuine by sellers on Amazon.com and delivered through Amazon's 'Fulfillment by Amazon' program," Apple's complaint said of a nine-month operation. "Apple's internal examinati
  • Apple lays out plans for Swift 4.0

    Fresh from releasing version 3.0 of its Swift language, Apple is elaborating further on plans for Swift 4.0, which is expected late next year.
    The upgrade will range from resilience to memory ownership model to strings, with particular focus on source stability for code and ABI stability for the standard library, according to documentation in GitHub.[ Find out how to get ahead with our career development guide for developers. | The art of programming is changing rapidly. We help you navigate wh
  • Celebrating 12 years of Ubuntu

    Happy birthdayImage by Thinkstock/UbuntuFounder Mark Shuttleworth announced the first public release of Ubuntu – version 4.10, or “Warty Warthog” – on Oct. 20, 2004. The idea behind what would become the most recognizable and widely used Linux distributions ever was simple – create a Linux operating system that anybody could use. Here’s a look back at Ubuntu’s history.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • Samsung releases super-high-capacity 8GB DRAM

    Samsung today introduced the world's first 8GB LPDDR4 DRAM package, a memory chip with twice the capacity and twice the speed of typical DRAM used in PCs.
    The new LPDDR4 (low power, double data rate 4) DRAM uses new 10-nanometer-class process technology, which gives it twice the capacity of previous 20-nanometer (nm) process chips. The DRAM package is 15mm x 15mm x 1.0mm in size. Samsung now plans to expand its use of 10nm process technology across its fabrication plants.
    While many high-end, u
  • Microsoft rescues disheveled lady Skypers with its TeleBeauty virtual makeup app

    I hate to say it, but this sounds like the solution a man would come up with to solve the problem of makeup: a new Skype overlay applies “virtual makeup” to women conducting Microsoft Skype calls.
    Microsoft Japan, in conjunction with cosmetics supplier Shiseido, has developed TeleBeauty, an app that applies virtual makeup—with styles ranging from “cool” to “trendy”—over a face. TeleBeauty uses the laptop’s camera to superimpose the make
  • Mars lander goes silent, but scientists remain hopeful

    All was well as the European Space Agency's robotic explorer Schiaparelli closed in on its Mars landing on Wednesday.
    Data coming back to Earth showed that the robotic lander entered the Martian atmosphere as expected. Its parachute opened to slow its descent.
    And then it went silent as the lander's signal stopped.
    At the point that Schiaparelli, which was launched with the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter on March 14, should have been about to touch down on the Martian surface, it was lost.
    The Europ
  • IDG Contributor Network: The apps you need to run a business

    “There’s an app for that” may be cliché nowadays, but there’s also some truth to it — if you need it for your business, chances are good there really is an app that covers that service. In fact, today's business owners can virtually run their entire business using these software and mobile applications.Organization
    Document Sharing
    Services like Dropbox, Google Drive and Box have become ubiquitous office features for businesses of all sizes, and with good rea
  • Gartner: By 2020, you'll say more to a machine than to your spouse

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- The message at Gartner's Symposium/ITxpo is to prepare for a fast move to augmented reality, the decline of mobile apps, and a major shift away from web browsing to voice interaction.
    Many users will expect businesses, universities and governments to respond to these shifts, the market research firm said at its annual conference.
    Here's what Gartner sees arriving soon:
    1. By 2020, 100 million consumers will shop in augmented reality environments.
    AR will be "overlaying data on
  • RASP rings in a new Java application security paradigm

    Runtime Application Self Protection (RASP) is a next-generation cyber security technology designed to redress some of the weak points of application security. Unlike firewalls or code analysis, runtime-based technologies contain application data and contextual awareness, enabling them to be both precise and preemptive.
    In this article I introduce RASP. I'll briefly compare RASP to other cyber security techniques and explain the factors that enable a runtime-based security solution to fend off c
  • Apple to host event next week, probably to strut new Macs

    Apple yesterday issued invitations to reporters and analysts to an Oct. 27 presentation at its California headquarters, where it's expected to unveil new Mac personal computers.
    The event will be live-streamed from Apple's website.
    As it has regularly over the years, Apple made only the vaguest reference to the content of the presentation: "Hello again" was all the invite read.
    The last time Apple bothered to host a Mac-specific event was March 2015, when it unveiled the new MacBook, a notebook
  • How switching to Macs is paying off for IBM

    Last year, IBM made a bold decision. The company let its employees choose between a Windows PC or a Mac for their own work machines. IBM staffers prefer Macs, so the company bought up 30,000 of them. This year, IBM has 90,000 Macs in use. But Macs are expensive, as we all know, so IBM must be spending a fortune on making the switch…right? Apparently not.
    IBM said Wednesday at the Jamf Nation User Conference that it’s actually saving money on each Mac: $273 to $543 per Mac over four
  • 19% off HooToo Shuttle Type C Hub With Charging, HDMI Output, Card Reader, 3 USB 3.0 Ports - Deal Alert

    Here's an adapter you might want to have on hand. This highly rated all-in-one style adapter from HooToo charges and powers your laptop, while allowing you to connect multiple peripherals, transfer data, and even extend/mirror your screen to an external display in 4k. Ports include USB Type-C, HDMI, 3 x USB 3.0 Ports, and an SD Memory Card slot. Its display port is capable of outputting 4K UHD or Full HD 1080p video to HDTV, monitor or projector.  Its Mac-inspired design features
  • Tesla ratchets up fully autonomous cars; watchdog group wants tighter safety regs

    A non-profit consumer advocacy group yesterday called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to keep robotic cars off the road until the federal government enacts "enforceable" safety standards.
    Consumer Watchdog made its announcement on the same day that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk revealed all new Tesla models will be equipped with hardware that could enable fully robotic driving.
    The Santa Monica-based, non-partisan consumer rights group said Tesla has been irresponsible in depl
  • TravelBank uses machine learning to save businesses money on travel

    Figuring out how much a business trip will cost can be a hassle. Employees are often put in the position of figuring out how to get somewhere, and once they get there, they don't have an incentive to keep their spending to a minimum.A new startup called TravelBank is aiming to help by providing a predictive budget for a trip, based on when someone is traveling and where they're going. After that, it helps them document their spending and file an expense report that shows how much money they've s
  • IDG Contributor Network: Tips for using images to enhance your website

    To attract today’s customers, every business needs an attractive, brand-enhancing website. Whether the site is designed by internal employees or an outside firm, as an IT department you may be brought in as an advisor. Without the right planning on the front end, you may find yourself answering questions about issues at the server level, even when problems have everything to do with design.Complicating matters is today’s attention to image-based website content. A business can’
  • IDG Contributor Network: Dreamforce 2016 was all about getting through giving

    Co-authored by Ahsan Awan.More than 170,000 people from an estimated 83 plus countries descended on San Francisco recently for Salesforce.com’s annual Dreamforce event, Oct. 4 to 7. The annual conference featured thousands of thought leaders, industry pioneers and executives focused on customer relations management (CRM), artificial intelligence (A.I.), monetization of social capital and service differentiation. It has rapidly become one of the largest technology conferences in the wo
  • Puppet tightens links to Docker, Jenkins, VMware

    Puppet is forging tight links between its devops platform and Docker containers, Jenkins continuous integration, and VMware virtual machines. These improvements are part of a series of product unveilings Thursday that also includes the latest version of the Puppet Enterprise data center orchestration platform.For Docker, Puppet is offering its Docker Image Build tool for automating the container build process. "What this allows people to do is reuse their existing Puppet code," Tim Zonca, Puppet

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