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Is there any stopping the AWS juggernaut?
For those who haven't caught up on Amazon's recent quarterly financial results, they were surprising for a number of reasons. Amazon has long been seen as the perfect example of a company pouring its money back into growth and foregoing profits for growth. This quarter was, however, different for Amazon, with the company posting only its second-ever quarterly profit. Total net sales for the three months ending on June 30 were $23.19 billion, a 19.9% year-on-year gain that blew away financial analysts' estimates.But for those of us who focus on Amazon's Web Services cloud division, the fact that this quarter was only the second time that Amazon broke out AWS revenues was the cause for delicious anticipation. And we were not disappointed. For the quarter, AWS generated $1.82 billion in revenue, a full 81.5% higher than in the second quarter of 2014. The division's operating income was $391 million, a fairly staggering (given its already high level) 400-odd percent annual gain.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Guy who shot down drone actually makes a good point
The news here isn't that a guy in Kentucky shot a drone mid-air as it hovered over his backyard. At this point, that's not much of a surprise. What is notable, however, is the comments the shooter made after being arrested for the incident. William Meredith was charged with first degree criminal mischief and first degree wanton endangerment this past weekend after firing a shotgun at and successfully destroying an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, or drone) as it hovered over his yard in Hillview, Kentucky, according to local news station WDRB.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

iPad loses marketshare as tablet market shrinks
There's something strange going on with Apple iPad. During Apple's most recent earnings report, the company revealed that year over year sales of its iconic tablet dropped by a whopping 18%. Indeed, sales of Apple's iPad have been on the decline for quite some time now, prompting some to wonder if the tablet market as a whole is on a full fledged decline.While some believe the tablet market is poised to bounce back, recently released data from IDC reveals that consumers simply aren't buying tablets the way they used to. Though Apple still remains the market leader, the overall tablet market is, in fact, trending downwards.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Security researchers take aim at Roku streaming media players
If you are sick of your ever-increasing cable bill, have you considered becoming a cord cutter? If you spent a bundle on your TVs but they aren't smart TVs, you likely aren't planning to abandon them. PCMag has a decent cord cutter's guide; for folks without a smart TV, TechHive's media streamer buyers' guide compared Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Nvidia Shield Android TV, and Roku 3 before recommending Roku 3 "as the best all-around option." TechHive explained:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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Security holes in the 3 most popular smart home hubs and Honeywell Tuxedo Touch
At the 2015 Intelligent Defense European Technical Research Conference in June, Tripwire security researcher Craig Young presented Smart Home Invasion and revealed zero-day flaws in the “brains” of Internet of Things platform hubs such as SmartThings hubs, Wink hubs and MiOS Vera. The Wink and Vera products “contained critical remotely exploitable flaws.” Young warned that “if not addressed, smart home flaws can give rise to a new type of ‘smart criminal' able to case victims without being seen. Once a target is chosen, it is possible to unlock doors and disable security monitoring.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Microsoft's new privacy policy and Windows 10 troubleshooter to stop automatic updates
It’s the big Windows 10 launch day and Microsoft has reserved a huge amount of bandwidth for the massive rollout, reportedly “up to 40Tb/s per second of capacity from all of the third-party CDNs combined.” If you haven’t done so yet, then you should review Microsoft’s new privacy and service agreements as well as the privacy dashboard to consider making changes to your settings for Windows and Cortana, as well as Microsoft services such as Office 365, Xbox Live, Groove Music, Office Online, OneDrive, Skype, and Bing Rewards.According to Horatio Gutierrez, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, the company’s updated Privacy Statement and Services Agreement were guided by simplicity, transparency and privacy. Gutierrez said consumers need “clear terms and policies that both respect individual privacy and don’t require a law degree to read.” The new Privacy Statement, which kicks into effect on August 1 – mere days after Windows 10 – is supposed to have “straightforward terms and policies that people can easily understand.” Yet since the new privacy policy is 22 pages long and the service agreement is 23 pages long, the European Digital Rights (EDRi) group said, “So much for clearly understandable and straightforward terms of service.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Yes! Tom Brady's 'Deflategate' suspension has a tech angle!
What? You didn't think I was going to try to find some way to get in on this story?For an all-too-brief recap: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently decided to uphold the four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for destroying his cellphone, and apparently the text messages sent with it, while the league investigated claims that he had footballs deliberately deflated to give his team an advantage in last season's AFC Championship, which the Patriots won handily en route to their fourth Super Bowl championship, which occurred on the best night of my life.Brady isn't too happy with all this, so he took to his Facebook page to issue a statement in response to this seemingly never-ending saga, denying that he destroyed his cellphone in an attempt to withhold evidence, revealing that he offered instead to provide the phone numbers of individuals with whom he communicated on the previously destroyed device, and pointing out that the league has no right to demand an invasion of privacy to a member of the players' union.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Motorola takes aim at Apple and Samsung with new Moto X and Moto G smartphones
Much more than an update to the Moto X line, Motorola's debut of the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and Moto G announced a new age of smartphones. Pure Android, extensive features, top-tier differentiated design at prices below industry leaders Apple and Samsung are intended to tease consumers to look at the line up and consider a direct relationship with Motorola. During the announcement, Motorola mentioned the success of the last Moto X 2nd generation more than once. Announced just last September, the Moto X 2nd generation won the praise of most analysts for its design, unique features like Moto Active Display, solid construction, pure Android, and customizability using the Moto Maker website. Motorola's new smartphones extend this proof point to a broader product family. Here's the new line-up.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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As Citrix CEO is set to retire, product carnage looks ready to begin
Yesterday, Citrix CEO Mark Templeton announced that he plans to retire once a successor is announced. While a CEO retiring is moderately interesting, the subtext to all of this is more so. Elliott Management, the activist shareholder that has a track record of agitating within other technology companies (most notably pushing EMC to spin off its VMware subsidiary) also announced that its partner, Jesse Cohn, is joining the Citrix board and that another independent board member is to be appointed by mutual agreement between Elliott and itself.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Leveraging the Internet of Things to make seaports safer
The IoT is perhaps the biggest source of press-release hyperbole in the IT industry at the moment. I see dozens of press releases a week and at least half of them would include reference to predictions by analyst firms like IDC and Gartner, which have predicted tens of billions of connected devices over the next few years. While the numbers and the timing of these predictions always differ, the volume with which they're articulated is always set to maximum.Unfortunately, despite a plethora of examples of these statistics being used in press releases, there is a sad dearth of great case studies of how the IoT is actually being utilized today. One came over my desk recently that is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, because it is a proof point about this sensor-driven solution but, more importantly, it is a great example of technology being applied to a very old and established industry.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Robots could wipe out the human race, expert says
Robots will become smarter and faster than humans, an Oxford University professor said recently.And not only will robots be better than us at a lot of things, they'll eventually take over and make humans redundant, the professor reckons.Predictions Dr. Stuart Armstrong, of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute, thinks the future relationship between humans and robots is not going to turn out well for the humans.Among the prophecies? Armstrong thinks humans could be wiped out because robots' Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) comprehension is going to be too literal. For example, the robots could interpret an instruction such as "prevent human suffering" as "kill all humans."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Intel, Micron boast 1,000-times faster flash memory
Chip-makers Intel and Micron say they've achieved a breakthrough in flash memory design. They reckon that their new class of memory is 1,000-times faster than current memory.Speedier memory should reduce delays in data reading, which in turn will speed data analysis.Faster is better We've been getting conditioned to whooping at news of faster Internet through better pipes, as well as faster phones, PCs, and tablets through faster processors.We like it. Ever-cheaper memory over the years means we can get more of it, and smaller chips means we can fit more of them in our devices.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Microsoft's Skype Translator has a potty mouth
Microsoft launched Skype Translator, its attempt at real-time voice and text translations, a few months back with much hoopla. It launched with support for Chinese and Italian, with the promise of more languages to come. Well, Microsoft might want to go back to the drawing board on its Chinese translations, because the Chinese publication Global Times reports that normal conversations are being translated with a whole bunch of four-letter words being added.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Harsher punishments sought after drones interfere with firefighters
Many of you probably saw the news reports on Friday of a fire here in the southern California desert area that engulfed dozens of cars and burned thousands of acres. It makes for a good one-day story, especially on a slow news Friday.What many of you may not have heard is that the fire was made significantly worse by a bunch of idiots flying their drones overhead and interfering with water-dropping planes and helicopters. This is not new. It's merely the latest in a string of irresponsible incidents involving drones.They can strike one of these things and one of our aircraft could go down, killing the firefighters in the air. Drones are the latest geeky toy that have rapidly advanced from merely carrying a GoPro camera to now a potential delivery vehicle for Amazon. But like anything else, they can be misused.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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