Monday, June 08, 2015

iOS 9 rumor roundup, part deux

How Cisco's Piston acquisition will improve Intercloud | What apps sell or steal your data or take over your phone? PrivacyHawk can tell you

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iOS 9 rumor roundup, part deux
While we already covered a few items we can expect to see in Apple's next-iteration of iOS, we're back with a second round of iOS 9 rumors to keep you in-the-know ahead of what are bound to be some exciting Apple announcements come Monday. Read More

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Make Your Data Center as Cost Effective as AWS
The average datacenter is 50% more costly than Amazon Web Services. As cloud economics threaten the viability of on premise data centers, the survival of IT organizations rests solely in the ability to maximize the returns of existing infrastructure. Learn More

How Cisco's Piston acquisition will improve Intercloud
Digital transformation has become a hot topic with business and IT leaders. Unleashing the power of a digital business requires IT to think and operate differently, which is why so many organizations have turned to the cloud. The cloud has fundamentally changed technology by making IT more agile at a much lower cost.When it comes to the cloud, though, few organizations are going to be "all in" with either public or private cloud. In fact, the 2015 ZK Research Infrastructure Spending Survey revealed that about 80% of organizations will shift to a hybrid cloud model where private and public clouds will be integrated together and co-exist (disclosure: I am an employee of ZK Research).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

What apps sell or steal your data or take over your phone? PrivacyHawk can tell you
Did you know "the U.S. accounts for more than 42% of the world's most dangerous mobile apps targeting non-jailbroken and non-rooted devices? These apps aren't found on shady third-party stores—they're found right in the trusted Apple App Store and Google Play—putting the everyday consumer at higher risk for privacy violation than they likely realize." That's just one nugget from Marble Security's threat stats after the firm's analysts, cryptographers, and cybercrime specialists analyzed over 3.5 million iOS and Android apps from more than 650,000 publishers. They scored each app "against 1,000 potentially malicious and privacy-leaking behaviors to determine whether it is risky or safe."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Ransomware creator apologizes for 'sleeper' attack, releases decryption keys
Last week, a new strain of ransomware called Locker was activated after having been sitting silently on infected PCs. Security firm KnowBe4 called Locker a "sleeper" campaign that, when the malware's creator "woke it up," encrypted the infected devices' files and charged roughly $24 in exchange for the decryption keys.See also: 'Sleeper' ransomware laid dormant on infected PCs until this week This week, an internet user claiming to be the creator of Locker publicly apologized for the campaign and appears to have released the decryption keys for all the devices that fell victim to it, KnowBe4 reported in an alert issued today. Locker's creator released this message in a PasteBin post:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

IDG Contributor Network: Home heating provided by cloud servers is now a reality
One of the problems with traditional data centers has always been that the servers create a lot of heat. And that waste heat needs to be disposed of to prevent server components, switches, and other parts from overheating and malfunctioning.Various solutions have been tried over the years, including building data centers near the sea so cold sea water can be used for cooling. Facebook built a site in Sweden near the Arctic Circle to take advantage of ambient cooing—it's cold up there.And of course, expensive grid-powered air conditioning is the default solution.Data furnaces Dutch company Nerdalize reckons it's got a better answer. It suggests getting rid of data centers, distributing servers throughout communities, and using them to heat homes.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Woman loses out on $100,000 by mistakenly dropping off an Apple I computer to be recycled
A recycling company is on the look out for a woman who, this past April, dropped off a few boxes of electronic equipment that belonged to her late husband. As it turns out, one such box contained an original Apple I computer that the recycling firm ultimately sold to a collector for a cool $200,000.With the transaction now complete, the San Jose Mercury News is reporting that the firm is hoping to locate the mystery donator so that they can give her a 50% share of the cut.Apparently the woman in question provided no form of identification nor did she request a tax receipt. According to the report, the woman strolled in on a Friday, boxes in hand, and simply said, 'I want to get rid of this stuff and clean up my garage."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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Digital Financial Transactions Flying High in the Clouds
This webinar will review cloud infrastructure trends and solutions for the financial services industry. Learn More.

Video: This isn't your father's Microsoft, or is it?
Last week at the Velocity conference in Santa Clara, California, a pair of Microsofties gave a 10-minute sponsored keynote presentation entitled "Not Your Parents' Microsoft." The talk seemed intended to convince the dev and ops folks in attendance that Microsoft has shed its long-time reputation as an "evil empire" and is now "the biggest startup on the planet."The effort by "recovering sysadmin" Jessica DeVita and technology evangelist Jennelle Crothers was fast-paced, clever, and occasionally pretty funny. This take on the company's old org chart slide (below) got a big laugh, for example.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Ahead of the Cisco Live curve: Avi Networks announces Cisco ACI integration
Next week Cisco holds its annual user conference, Cisco Live, in San Diego. Cisco Live is a great show for customers to get educated on the latest and greatest Cisco technology available to them and how it can fit into their environment. Another benefit of Cisco Live is that customers can find technology partners that have developed solutions that work in conjunction with Cisco solutions.One vendor that jumped the gun and announced a solution early is the application delivery controller start up Avi Networks. I actually wrote about Avi earlier this year in this blog. I'm guessing that Avi Networks wanted to get ahead of the flurry of press releases that I'm expecting next week, and I'm glad they did as this seems like a compelling solution.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

New projected smartphone display could make device size irrelevant
As regular TechWatch readers (hi Mom!) readers know, I'm a big "phan" of giant phablet devices. That's not because I like to tote around comically large slabs of metal and plastic, but because I find smartphones more useful the more screen real estate they present.Last week, Chinese tech manufacturer Lenovo showed off its Smart Cast concept phone at its own Tech World conference in Beijing. Like a concept car, it's not clear if the Smart Cast phone will ever make it to production, but the technology has the potential to eventually shatter the connection between device size and screen size. By projecting the device's touch screen on to any convenient surface, smartphones may one day be able to have displays of any size. Critically, the Smart Cast technology lets you interact with the projected screen, so you can use it as a keyboard or other input channel, as well as a monitor. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

More of Google's Project Loon internet balloons will crash into U.S. backyards soon
The Washington Post pointed out this week that the head of Google's Project Loon, the initiative that sends large balloons flying around the world to beam internet signals to people on the ground, admitted in an MIT Review interview published earlier this week that the company is planning to launch the project in the U.S.From the MIT Review article:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade, download available on July 29
Good news, parts of Patriot Act expired! Good news, Microsoft is taking reservation for Windows 10 which will be released for PCs and tablets on July 29; the upgrade is free for folks running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.Microsoft’s Terry Myerson said: On July 29, you can get Windows 10 for PCs and tablets by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer, or on a new Windows 10 PC from your favorite retailer. If you purchase a new Windows 8.1 device between now and then, the Windows 10 upgrade will be available to you and many retail stores will upgrade your new device for you.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

WEBCAST: Alcatel-Lucent

The Three Industry Trends Changing Enterprise IT
This webinar will look at how CIOs can leverage three intersecting trends – cloud, new technologies, and web-scale IT – to help their companies respond rapidly to new business opportunities. Learn More

Magic Leap wants developers to mix the virtual with reality
Ultra-secret mixed-reality company Magic Leap hinted at the company's plans to change how people perceive a world where virtual elements merge with reality at the MIT Technology Review's recent EmTech Digital conference. It is hard to keep a secret when in less than two years the company has raised $592 million from first-tier venture capital firms, including Google and Andreessen Horowitz. Right now, Magic Leap has raised its public profile to attract the attention of developers who can create reality-transforming software experiences.   During the 45 minutes they spent on stage with Tech Review editor Jason Pontin, Magic Leap's CEO and founder Roni Abovitz, Chief Creative Officer Graeme Devine, and Chief Futurist Neal Stephenson discussed more about the company's plans in an entertaining and sometimes zany, but carefully practiced, performance. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Cisco Cybersecurity Renaissance and Opportunity
A few short years ago Cisco was deep in the cybersecurity doldrums.  In spite of years of market leadership with products like Cisco PIX firewalls, IronPort (email security) and IDS/IPS blades on Catalyst switches, the company seemed to have squandered its enviable market position.  Alas, Cisco had swung and missed on security management (MARS) and endpoint (Okena) and had fallen behind companies like Fortinet, Juniper, and Palo Alto in its own network security backyard.There was no question that Cisco needed to make a bold move to stay relevant and to its credit, the company did just that.  In 2013, Cisco scooped up Sourcefire and did a good job of blending the two companies, retaining key employees, and maintaining the goodwill of the open source SNORT community. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Users of free VPN Hola vulnerable to hacking, researchers warn
The Hola free peer-to-peer service claims to have “47 million users worldwide” running either the Chrome extension Hola Better Internet or the Firefox add-on Hola Unblocker. The VPN service pointed out that “while on the Internet you are constantly being tracked, probed and sniffed. You are tracked by the sites that you are looking at (which products are you browsing? which articles are you reading?), and possibly by your government, ISP and corporation.” Hola claimed it could make users more secure, but researchers warn that “in reality, it operates like a poorly secured botnet with serious consequences.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Big fat FAIL: TSA unable to find Red Teams' fake bombs and weapons 67 of 70 times
Security theater implies fake security and the TSA, one of the biggest fake security agencies in the US, failed 67 out of 70 times to find fake bombs smuggled through airport security checkpoints by fake terrorists.While posing as passengers, Homeland Security Red Teams conducted covert tests at “dozens” of the nation’s busiest airports. They were able to get mock explosives or banned weapons through TSA security checkpoints a whopping 95% of the time.In one case, an undercover agent was stopped after the fake explosive device taped to his back set off an alarm; during the pat down however, the TSA screener managed to completely miss the fake bomb.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

IDG Contributor Network: Projecting the Internet of Things' massive potential impact on business
Often, when we hear about Internet of Things (IoT), we think of it in terms of consumer-oriented scenarios—home security, switching lights on, fitness bands, and so on.But in fact, the IoT has room to completely transform business too. Telematics isn't just consumer-oriented.Gartner analyst Daryl Plummer presented a webinar on digital innovation recently, and in it he provided a synopsis on where he thinks IoT and business is headed.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


Windows 10: Which classic Microsoft default apps should be killed?

Based on what we've seen in Microsoft's Windows 10 preview editions, here's our take on which classic apps should be kept and which should be killed when the final version of Windows 10 ships.


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1. Intel Security scares ransomware script kiddie out of business

2. Cisco announces new CEO's executive team, more departures

3. Yahoo does Spring Cleaning: Shuts down Maps, Pipes & more

4. US reports massive breach of government personnel data

5. What apps sell or steal your data or take over your phone? PrivacyHawk can tell you

6. Does Fortinet's Meru buy mean we're in for even more Wi-Fi industry consolidation?

7. Google kicks Google+ off its homepage

8. 7 free Wi-Fi stumbling and surveying tools for Windows and Macs

9. Shopping for 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi? Don't rush into it

10. Reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade, download available on July 29

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