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Why Chinese firm might get record $35M FCC fine

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Why Chinese firm might get record $35M FCC fine
A Chinese electronics vendor accused of selling signal jammers to U.S. consumers could end up leading the market in one dubious measure: the largest fine ever imposed by the Federal Communications Commission.The agency wants to fine CTS Technology US$34,912,500 for allegedly marketing 285 models of jammers over more than two years. CTS boldly—and falsely—claimed that some of its jammers were approved by the FCC, according to the agency's enforcement action released Thursday. Conveniently, CTS' product detail pages also include a button to "report suspicious activity."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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10 countries that pay you what you're worth
"Image by REUTERS/Ruben Sprich Are you a software developer wondering in which country your skills would be most rewarded? Good news: Bloomberg recently published data about the median annual income (based on cash earning, e.g. salary, bonuses, profit sharing) for software engineers in 50 nations. They also compared the median software engineer income to each country's per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP), to provide a comparison to the national average annual income. Here are the 10 countries with the highest median annual income for software engineers, including the ratio of their income to the country's per capita GDP.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


Cisco takes early lead in SDN thought leadership
Everyone is vying to become the leader is the world of Software Defined Networking, but according to Network World's 2014 survey of nearly 300 IT execs, the race is extremely wide open.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story) Read More


Katherine the White Shark crashes research site's servers
Like the real star of the movie Jaws, another White Shark has taken on celebrity status along with dozens of others tagged with electronic tracking devices - so much so that visitors to a research site are crashing its servers.The celebrity's name is Katherine, a 14-foot, 2,300 pound White Shark (Latin name: carcharodon carcharias) who was tagged off of Cape Cod last August; She was named by researchers from OCEARCH after Katherine Lee Bates, a Cape Cod native and writer of America the Beautiful." OCEARCH OCEARCH is a non-profit, global shark tracking project that uses four different tagging technologies to create a three-dimensional image of a shark's activities. OCEARCH is hoping to develop successful conservation and management strategies by studying shark habits in granular detail.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

How I live cellphone-free in a cellphone world
The cellphone-free lifestyle is becoming less common by the day, but it's not impossible. Read More

New iPhone iOS 8 notifications to bring changes, annoyances
The new interactive notifications in Apple's iOS 8 promise to change how you use your iPhone. But some of the changes, at least at first, may not be ones you like.Interactive notifications will give end users and developers entirely new ways of interacting with apps, and of being aware of what's going on in your digital world and responding to it. But it also means that you could be hit with a surge of intrusive, importunate, cajoling, promoting, demanding interactions from businesses trying to leverage their iOS apps. The good news: they may finally be wising up to the fact that less is more.+ Also on NetworkWorld:Apple's iBeacon turns location sensing inside out|Slideshow - iOS 8: Way more open to your world+To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

3 steps for moving Cisco's Catalyst 6500 to the Nexus 9000
When Cisco launched the Insieme product line last fall, it said it had an aggressive migration program on tap for customers of its 15-year-old Catalyst 6500 to the new Nexus 9000 data center switches.The company is recommending a three step migration from the old switches to the new, according to this page on the Cisco website. The three steps include:• Plan, design, and build a Nexus 9000 series data center switching system (DCSS);To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Intel ventures into 3D mobile chat app that tracks faces, moods
Intel wants to inject passion and excitement into mobile chat through a new app that relies on face-tracking technology to assess facial expressions and mood.With Pocket Avatars, users can chat with friends using animated three-dimensional avatars, but there's a twist. A camera on a mobile device tracks a user's face and expressions, and those emotions are reflected on the avatar during a chat.The avatar serves as an alter-ego for those who don't to put their real face on screen, said Mike Bell, vice president and general manager of the New Devices Group at Intel."It's just a fun thing on top of standard messaging," Bell said.Emoticons have been a standard tool for expressions in text messaging. An animated chat that reflects a real person's mood is more engaging, Bell said, adding that if a user is angry or happy, the avatar will show it, Bell said.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Microsoft kills off plan to pay people to write good things about Internet Explorer
It was only a couple days ago when Microsoft released its Internet Explorer Developer Channel, "a fully functioning browser designed to give Web developers and early adopters a sneak peek at the Web platform features we're working on." Any chance IE might have gotten some long-term social media love was dashed after a clueless "social strategist on behalf of Microsoft" invited the wrong person to write something positive about Internet Explorer.The "wrong" person was TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington who posted the unsolicited blog-for-pay letter on Uncrunched. The "strategist" was from the advocate marketing firm SocialChorus, which lists on Bing as a customer. In part, the message stated:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Oregon closer to suing Oracle over Obamacare website woes
Oregon is taking more steps toward suing Oracle over its work on the state's disastrous health-insurance exchange website, Cover Oregon.State Department of Justice officials this week sent a number of civil investigative demand letters seeking documents connected to the case, as first reported by the Oregonian newspaper. The move follows Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's recent request to Ellen Rosenblum, the state's attorney general, to initiate a lawsuit against Oracle.While Rosenblum responded to Kitzhaber's request in a neutral tone, saying her office was performing legwork and developing potential legal strategies, the document demands could mean a lawsuit is coming sooner rather than later.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Facebook reveals its "Wedge" open data-center switch
Facebook has taken networking into its own hands, building a switch to link servers inside its data centers, and wants to make the platform available to others. The sprawling social network provider needs maximum flexibility to keep up with user growth and roll out new services, said Jay Parikh, the company's vice president of infrastructure engineering. He announced the switch, code-named Wedge, at the Gigaom Structure conference in San Francisco. Facebook had said in May of last year that it was working on a switch with the Open Compute Project (OCP).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


IT grads get to know GE
At GE, a global IT recruiting program helps bring new computer science graduates into the company and expose them to different facets of the business.Computer science graduates rotate through four different IT assignments during a two-year program at General Electric. Read More




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