• UK official wants police access to WhatsApp messages

    A senior U.K. official is asking that law enforcement should be given access to encrypted messages on WhatsApp and similar services, a demand that is likely to fuel an ongoing debate over whether companies should create backdoors into their encryption technologies for investigators.Khalid Masood, the terrorist who killed four people outside Parliament on Wednesday, had sent a message on WhatsApp a little before the attack, according to reports.“We need to make sure that organizations like
  • IDG Contributor Network: Why smart clothing is the future of smartwear

    Watches and similar gadgets have had a stronghold on the smartwear market for years now, but advancements in Google’s partnership with Levi's mean the future of smart wear may in fact lie in smart clothing.[ Related: Google and Levis are releasing a smart denim jacket this year ]Google’s Project Jacquard presented a new smart jacket made in conjunction with the jean company at SXSW this year. The jacket’s left cuff has conductive fibers woven directly into it which allow wearer
  • 40% off TurboTax Deluxe 2016 Tax Software Federal & State - Deal Alert

    TurboTax coaches you every step of the way and double checks your return as you go to handle even the toughest tax situations, so you can be confident you’re getting every dollar you deserve. Its typical list price of $59.99 has been reduced a generous 40% to $35.79, a deal that is exclusive to Amazon. Learn more, or take advantage of the deal now, on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • How to protect yourself from ATM crime

    The ATM card is dead. Or is it?
    Starting Monday, all 13,000 Wells Fargo ATMs will enable you to withdraw money without using your card, according to Jonathan Velline, head of Wells Fargo ATM and branch strategy.
    It works like this: Open the Wells Fargo app on your phone. Tap a button in the app for a temporary eight-digit code. Then enter the code, followed by your PIN, to access your account.
    Wells Fargo is the first major U.S. bank to offer app-based access to all of its ATMs.
    Citigroup, Chas
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  • Consultant urges never pay ransomware demands

    When ransomware criminals lock up files and demand payment to decrypt them, don’t pay, was the advice a consultant gave to a group at SecureWorld.
    When there’s no risk of losing crucial data, that’s easy to say, and to make is possible requires planning, says Michael Corby, executive consultant for CGI.
    “Plan to have data available in a form that won’t be affected by ransomware – encrypted and stored separately from the production network,” he says. &ld
  • How Trump’s ‘extreme vetting’ hurts science and tech

    Details of President Donald Trump's plans for "extreme vetting" of visa applicants have emerged and they are clearly demanding. Getting a visa will require people from many countries to turn over social media handles, employment history and other information.
    These policies are a concern for technical and academic conferences on issues such as supercomputing and artificial intelligence. These conferences often draw attendees from around the globe.[ To comment on this story, visit Computerworld'
  • Google shuttering Talk, removing SMS support from Hangouts in new messaging shakeup

    Messaging has never been Google’s strong suit. Aside from the various messaging apps from Android phone makers, it also has its own problems, with numerous overlapping apps that all have similar functions: Allo, Android Messages, Hangouts, Duo, Google Voice, and Google Talk. Now, Google is taking some much-needed steps to consolidate its efforts.
    On June 26, Google will finally be closing Google Talk for good. The instant messaging service affectionately known as Gchat is one of Google&rs
  • IDG Contributor Network: The revolution will not be televised - it’ll be computerized

    Imagine that you have millions of supporters eager to help your cause. You only have a few weeks to get organized and hardly any existing systems or budget. How do you harness all the volunteer energy?This was the challenge that the Bernie Sander’s presidential campaign faced. The system developed would be used to make seventy-five million calls, launch eight million text messages, and hold more than one-hundred thousand public meetings.How did they do it? What software was used? What less
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  • Apple: Macs and iPhones are safe from newly revealed CIA exploits

    The Mac and iPhone exploits described in new documents attributed to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency were patched years ago, according to Apple.WikiLeaks released a new set of files Thursday that supposedly came from the CIA. They contain details about the agency’s alleged malware and attack capabilities against iPhones and Mac computers.The documents, dated 2012 and earlier, describe several “implants” that the CIA can install in the low-level extensible firmware interfac
  • IDG Contributor Network: How to successfully outsource software development

    Software development is challenging even in the best of circumstances. When your company is considering hiring an outside firm to do your development, it is incumbent upon you and your entire staff to make sure the project comes together without stumbling over obstacles that shouldn't have become problems in the first place.Key to any technical endeavor is planning and expert analysis of where a project is headed, and how it is going to develop. While management of the process is important, plan
  • Microsoft delays tools for third-party Cortana integrations

    Microsoft has delayed the release of its tools for connecting other services to the Cortana virtual assistant, a decision that could cause it to lose ground in a crowded industry.The tech titan announced the Cortana Skills Kit in December of last year, saying at the time that it would be released to the public in February. As Microsoft watcher Brad Sams noted on Twitter, Microsoft missed that deadline, and the Skills Kit remains locked in a private beta with a select group of partners. Microsoft
  • Google Play faces cat and mouse game with sneaky Android malware

    What’s the best way to avoid Android malware? Downloading all your apps from the Google Play store -- where software is vetted – is perhaps the best advice.  But that doesn’t mean Google Play is perfect.Security researchers do find new Android malware lurking on Google’s official app store. That’s because hackers are coming up with sneaky ways to infiltrate the platform, despite the vetting processes that protect it."Eventually, every wall can be breached," sai
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  • Totem streetlight poles to combine wireless with power on city streets

    Many companies are developing smart streetlights for cities that combine energy-efficient LED lighting with wireless communications and sensors.
    A startup called Totem Power is taking that concept a step farther by adding battery storage to each pole and an electric vehicle charging port.
    Each pole, called a Totem, would also incorporate solar cells for energy generation with LED lighting, and would communicate via 4G LTE wireless -- and eventually -- 5G wireless.
    Totem Power announced the prod
  • To punish Symantec, Google may distrust a third of the web's SSL certificates

    Google is considering a harsh punishment for repeated incidents in which Symantec or its certificate resellers improperly issued SSL certificates. A proposed plan is to force the company to replace all of its customers’ certificates and to stop recognizing the extended validation (EV) status of those that have it.According to a Netcraft survey from 2015, Symantec is responsible for about one in every three SSL certificates used on the web, making it the largest commercial certificate issue
  • Android device updates: A Nougat treat for the Nextbit Robin and T-Mobile HTC One M9

    The big reveal this week in the world of updates was Android O, which gives us a glimpse of the next generation of Google’s operating system. But for so many owners, all they want is their taste of Nougat.
    A lucky few are getting that this week, with the upstart Nextbit Robin and HTC One M9 finally getting their serving.
    Each week, we round up all the major software updates to hit the Android ecosystem, including phones and tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, smartwatches, and Andr
  • Why AI should augment, not replace, humans

    One of the more interesting exchanges from IBM Interconnect 2017 was between IBM CEO Ginny Rometty and Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff [Disclosure: IBM is a client of the author]. Benioff commented that both had recently gone to Washington to address the issue that the U.S. workforce isn’t ready for artificial intelligence (AI). Both companies have platforms that are now partnered, IBM Watson and Salesforce Einstein. The problem is twofold, both firms are currently focused on augmenting people
  • How CIOs are transforming their organizations for the digital era

    Companies are facing a digital imperative to revamp business operations to better serve customers. To accommodate these shifts, CIOs are making sweeping organizational changes, adding new key roles, setting up innovation labs and tapping modern technologies to meet strategic mandates issued by their CEOs and boards.Social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) forms the primary digital fuel for most IT organizations. But most CIOs eager to stay atop trends are also testing new products in artificia
  • IDG Contributor Network: Sync for Genes ignites genomics on FHIR

    Precision medicine has the potential to improve disease treatment and prevention. Health Level Seven International (HL7) has facilitated several standards such as FHIR Genomics that envision improving outcomes by factoring in genetics and environmental context into patient care.Sync for Genes is an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) project to ease clinical genomics into the point of care.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her
  • BrandPost: Lifecycle by the Numbers

    Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are the most common way to establish IT service expectations. However, building the appropriate SLAs is challenge, enforcing such SLA attainment while maintaining associate cost structures is an entirely different discipline that few have mastered. It’s no wonder why SLA management is a hot topic in this quarter’s survey. Here are a few highlights:• Nearly 50% of organizations are examining their SLAs across the board in end-user support, app
  • How to set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID and iCloud account

    If you aren’t using two-factor authentication to protect your Apple ID and iCloud account, you really should do it today. Hackers who claim to have millions of stolen iCloud credentials are demanding Apple pay a ransom or they’ll release them—and ZDNet obtained a sample set of credentials and determined they’re real.
    But guess what? Using two-factor authentication should protect you completely. It’s easy to set up, so take a minute and do it now.To read this articl
  • BrandPost: The Pulse Of Software Trends

    If you’re into all things IT like we are, then I’m sure you’re aware that Microsoft is set to end support for Windows 7 in 2020. To stay ahead of the game—and to take advantage of new business and security features—now is the time to start looking into migration to Windows 10. To help get a better idea of how IT decision makers view their migration projects, Connection recently partnered with research firm IDG to ask them about their goals and challenges related to
  • Three privacy tools that block your Internet provider from tracking you

    It’s on. Recently, the United States Senate saw fit to allow Internet Service Providers to sell your web browsing history and other data to third parties. The action has yet to pass the House, but if it does, it means anyone concerned about privacy will have to protect themselves against over zealous data collection from their ISP.
    Some privacy-conscious folks are already doing that—but many aren’t. If you want to keep your ISP from looking over your shoulder for data to sell
  • Apple’s Product(RED) iPhone and new 9.7-inch iPad now available for purchase

    If Apple’s shiny new red iPhone 7 caught your eye on Tuesday when it was first announced, grab your wallet—it’s now officially on sale, as of 8:01 a.m. Pacific/11:01 a.m Eastern on Friday. Also available now is the new 9.7-inch iPad, which replaces the iPad Air 2. 
    The Product(RED) iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are exactly like the existing iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, just in a new color—an aluminum red backing with a white front bezel—and Apple donates a portion of eac
  • 62% off Anker PowerLine+ Micro USB 6ft Premium Cable - Deal Alert

    With this cable, Anker boasts reinforced stress points with a 10000+ bend lifespan, double-braided nylon exterior and toughened aramid fiber core, laser-welded connectors and a worry-free 18-month warranty. The micro-USB cord is a generous 6 feet in length. Its list price on Amazon is currently discounted to just $10.99. See this deal now on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
  • IDG Contributor Network: If business is great, what’s keeping you up at night?

    Recent years have elevated the profile of IT leaders who have seen their roles at executive tables grow in prominence. Never before has technology — how it’s implemented, managed and engaged — mattered more to business success. The good news for IT leaders is that their businesses are benefiting in big ways from the technology knowledge and insight they bring to business strategy. The challenging news is that their technology remit continues to grow, and fast. The more the busi
  • Amazon undercuts the Moto G5 Plus preorders with unlocked, ad-supported model for $185

    The Moto G5 Plus is already one of the best budget phones of the year, with premium styling, all-day battery life and nearly stock Nougat, all at an eye-popping $230. But if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll be able to get it even cheaper.
    As part of the ad-supported Prime Exclusive program, Amazon will be offering the 5.2-inch G5 Plus in two variants: 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage for $185, or 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of internal for $240, representing discounts of $45 and $60
  • IDG Contributor Network: Microsoft OneDrive slowness irks Linux users; Netflix supports Linux on Firefox

    Is Microsoft degrading OneDrive performance in Linux?Some Microsoft OneDrive users are reporting massive performance degradation on Linux, whereas everything works buttery smooth on Windows. There is no OneDrive client for Linux; you can access it only through a web browser.A user reported on Reddit that if OneDrive detects you are running Linux, the performance goes down but if you change the user-agent settings in the web browser, fooling it into thinking that you are running Windows, the perf
  • IDG Contributor Network: Dell 5220 is a beauty and a beast

    When I reviewed the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, I concluded that it was the ‘best’ Linux laptop ever. I just found the big sister of that laptop — the Dell 5220, one of . five new Linux-powered systems that Dell recently announced. I have been using the Dell 5220 for over a week now and I have totally fallen in love with it.
    And it is not mmerely love at the first sight or just specs deep.
    Before I talk about my hands-on experience with this laptop, let’s get the spec
  • Bitcoin rise fuels social media scams

    The price of a single Bitcoin passed that of an ounce of gold for the first time this month, and scammers were quick to get in on the action with Ponzi schemes and phishing sites spread via social media.
    Victims are lured in with fake Bitcoin wallets, fake Bitcoin search services, fake surveys about Bitcoin, too-good-to-be-true money making offers, and classic pyramid scams now dressed up with Bitcoins, according to a report released this week.
    "The same characteristics that make Bitcoin attrac
  • Blockchain can help secure medical devices, improve patient privacy

    BOSTON -- Blockchain can help secure medical devices and improve patient privacy, but the key is proper implementation, according to a top security pro at Partners Healthcare.
    The downsides would include mistrust of the technology because of blockchain’s potential performance problems, and its association with ransomware and use as payment for illegal items on the Dark Web, Partners’ Deputy CISO Esmond Kane told the SecureWorld audience this week in Boston.
    On the other hand, the de
  • Questions to ask before choosing an automation partner

    As IT service providers increasingly partner with artificial intelligence vendors and automation providers, develop their own proprietary automation toolsets, or make targeted acquisitions in the AI and automation space, outsourcing customers increasingly can pursue intelligent automation in their outsourcing deals.There are a number of considerations for IT and business leaders when deciding which providers to work within the area of automation-enabled transformation. “As customers consid
  • Moto G5 Plus: Economy class that gets you there (with video)

    When I book a plane ticket, I fly economy, but I always cast an eye over the prices in the business class column. For three to four times the cost, I could get better food, more room, a more comfortable seat and more personal attention. What I wouldn't get is a faster trip. So although I'll pay a few extra bucks for a little extra legroom in coach, I forego business class, because the luxuries aren't worth all the added money.
    To an increasing extent, smartphone buyers are being asked to make s
  • How to transform your smartphone into a real-world Star Trek tricorder

    When the first flip-top phones appeared in the ‘90s, prompting amazed gasps of, “Hey, this is just like the communicator in Star Trek!” it felt like we were on the cusp of an amazing sci-fi future. These days, however, James T. Kirk’s handy interstellar mobile device looks a bit clunky—and it’s shamefully low on functionality. With no text or web capability, the communicator’s only uses are voice calls and the occasional deployment as a medium-yield tim
  • Angular 4 reduces footprint, adds features

    Angular 4.0.0, the latest upgrade to the popular JavaScript framework for mobile and desktop framework, was released by Google late yesterday afternoon.
    The upgrade features view engine improvements making Angular smaller and faster and helping developers build smaller applications. "We've made changes under to hood to what AOT-generated (ahead of time) code looks like," Stephen Fluin, a Google developer advocate for Angular, said in a bulletin received by InfoWorld close to press time. "These
  • How to use data scientists and machine learning in the enterprise

    Machine learning has become a buzzword in business technology but the implications of applying it are often overlooked.
    "The major problem is that data science is science itself, and businesses aren't very well accustomed to using scientific methods of decision making," says Jane Zavalishina, CEO of machine learning and data analytics specialists Yandex Data Factory.
    The company emerged as a spin-out from multinational technology corporation Yandex, the operator of the largest search engine in
  • Uber finally agrees to reveal diversity data

    Uber Technologies has agreed to provide next month its diversity data, which it had earlier declined to make public.Representatives of the ride hailing company will disclose the information at the PUSHTech2020 summit on April 19 in Silicon Valley.The move comes at a time when the company has run into a number of controversies, including sexism charges leveled by a former employee, the exit of some key executives and a lawsuit from self-driving car rival Waymo.The announcement follows a meeting T
  • Twitter considers enhanced version of TweetDeck for professionals

    Twitter has started surveying users to check their interest in a new enhanced version of its TweetDeck product, raising the possibility that the company is considering a paid version of its service.The move by Twitter comes in the wake of its almost flat revenue growth and a lackluster increase in the number of its users in the fourth quarter in comparison to the company's social networking peers like Facebook.A subscription-based version of its service would be in line with the strategies of so
  • FCC votes to let phone companies stop robocallers

    After at least six years of on-again, off-again efforts, the Federal Communications Commission has taken a step that will make life a lot tougher for robocallers -- and better for you.
    Yesterday, the commission voted unanimously to allow phone companies to block calls from numbers that appear to be spoofed. Robocallers use fake numbers to fool consumers into answering the call and to defeat software that blocks anonymous calls or numbers the owner of the phone has blocked.Why we hate robocallsR
  • Augmented reality gets a second life in manufacturing

    The ungraceful death of the consumer version of Google Glass in 2015 may have had some grieving the early death of augmented reality. But the technology is being resurrected by companies on the manufacturing floor. 
    Take for example Lockheed Martin. Technicians at the aerospace manufacturer use Microsoft's Hololens headset to design and examine models of spacecraft such as the Mars lander ahead of it's 2018 mission.  Lockheed Martin
    Technicians at Lockheed Martin's Collaborative Human
  • FBI director floats international framework on access to encrypted data

    FBI director James Comey has suggested that an international agreement between governments could ease fears about IT products with government-mandated backdoors, but privacy advocates are doubtful.Speaking on Thursday, Comey suggested that the U.S. might work with other countries on a “framework” for creating legal access to encrypted tech devices.“I could imagine a community of nations committed to the rule of law developing a set of norms, a framework, for when governmen
  • 32% off Nintendo Wii Remote Plus, Toad - Deal Alert

    Simple, intuitive and easy to use. The Wii Remote Plus is a unique controller for the Wii and Wii U video game systems, now with the increased sensitivity of Wii MotionPlus built-in. The button presses of typical controllers are replaced by the natural, fluid motion of your hand. The Wii Remote Plus senses your every action and makes you feel less like a player and more like you're part of the game. This Wii remote is highly rated, and currently discounted 32% on Amazon to just $27.15, savi
  • Microsoft expands connected car push with patent licensing

    Microsoft's push into the connected car space has moved up a gear with a new patent licensing agreement with Toyota. The world's second-largest auto maker will have access to a range of Microsoft patents as part of the deal announced this week.
    Rather than trying to build a high-tech automobile of its own, Microsoft is focusing on providing carmakers with the tools they need to create smarter vehicles and the Toyota deal is the first of what it hopes will be a series of such agreements.
    Microso
  • Instagram adds two-factor authentication, censors photos that are deemed offensive or disturbing

    When in doubt, blur it out. That’s how Instagram is handling any controversial photos that surface on its platform.
    On Thursday, Instagram announced a new policy to blur out “sensitive” content that users have flagged as either offensive or disturbing. The blurred photos and videos do not explicitly violate Instagram’s content guidelines, so they don’t warrant a removal by Instagram standards. However, some users may still find them too sensitive to view. 
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    Step on the deck and go with Razor Hovertrax 2.0, the world’s smartest self-balancing electric scooter. Intelligently-engineered with EverBalance technology, Hovertrax 2.0 is the only board that auto-levels for a safer, easier mount and a smoother ride. Whether you’re coasting, racing, or commuting, Hovertrax 2.0 is always in balance. Indoors or out, Hovertrax 2.0 does the work so you can enjoy the journey. Hovertrax 2.0: technology so advanced, it’s simple. Once you learn how
  • Leaked iCloud credentials obtained from third parties, Apple says

    A group of hackers threatening to wipe data from Apple devices attached to millions of iCloud accounts didn't obtain whatever log-in credentials they have through a breach of the company's services, Apple said."There have not been any breaches in any of Apple's systems including iCloud and Apple ID," an Apple representative said in an emailed statement. "The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services."A group calli
  • Most Android devices lack latest security patches

    Nearly three-quarters of Android devices on the five biggest U.S. carriers are running on security patches that are at least two months old, putting them at greater risk of being hacked.
    That finding was made in an analysisreleased Thursday by Skycure, a mobile threat defense vendor. 
    The report also found that the city of Boston has had the biggest recent increase in smartphone and other wireless device threats — including malicious attacks — among 11 major U.S. cities. Incide
  • IDG Contributor Network: Social determinants: powering the next big leap for healthcare analytics

    Real estate isn’t the only thing that’s all about location. Your ZIP code may be the single biggest predictor of your health and mortality. Healthcare analytics professionals increasingly view ZIP codes as surrogates for income, education, employment status, ethnicity and other related data elements that are collectively referred to as social determinants of health (SDOH). These types of data are beginning to play a critical role in population health management (PHM) practi
  • H-1B lottery’s game of chance is legal, judge rules

    A lawsuit that challenged the fairness and legality of the H-1B lottery system, describing it as a "never ending game of chance," has been thrown out by a federal judge.
    The case was heard by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon in Oregon; in a 31-page opinion, Simon said that the government's random visa distribution method does not violate the law.
    The judge's ruling means that there will no changes to the H-1B distribution system this year.
    On April 1, the U.S. will receive visa petitions
  • Google: Half of Android devices haven’t been patched in a year or more

    Google engineers yesterday acknowledged that half of all Android devices had not received a security update in the past year, even as they argued that the firm has made progress in streamlining the open-source operating system's patching process.
    "About half of devices in use at the end of 2016 had not received a platform security update in the previous year," Adrian Ludwig and Mel Mille, members of the Android security team, said in a post to a company blog.
    Although Google has issued monthly
  • Fable F#-to-JavaScript tool integrates with Microsoft .Net Core SDK

    Fable, a compiler that enables Microsoft's F# "functional first" programming language to emit JavaScript, has reached a 1.0 beta stage, featuring integration with Microsoft's .Net Core SDK.
    Leveraging the Babel JavaScript compiler, Fable makes JavaScript a back end for F# without having to compile to .Net bytecode. The beta release has .Net Core serving as an open source implementation of .Net for Windows, Linux, and Mac.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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