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Web Encryption No Match for the NSA

Web Encryption No Match for the NSA

Late last year, Reuters reported that the National Security Agency had struck a secret deal with RSA, one of the world’s leading Internet security providers. According to the Reuters report, the National Security Agency inserted a so-called “back door” into the RSA’s encryption system. This back door compromised the privacy and security of end users, and further allegations claimed that RSA knowingly distributed the unsecure software. It was later revealed that the National Security Agency paid RSA $10 million as part of their clandestine contract. New information suggests that this was not the end of the National Security Agency’s attempts…

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Microsoft Releases Flagship “Office” Software for iPad

Microsoft Releases Flagship “Office” Software for iPad

Microsoft and Apple, two long-standing rival heavyweights of the American tech industry, recently joined forces to launch Office for iPad. The productivity software release features three familiar programs — Word, Excel and PowerPoint — which have been thoroughly revamped for the iPad’s touchscreen interface. Ecommerce analysts believe that Microsoft’s tenuous alliance with Apple is likely influenced by strategic factors. Commentators note that while Microsoft and Apple are fierce competitors, they share a similar business model based on hard sales and licensing fees. Google, whose Android tablets are swallowing up an ever-growing share of the market, is largely fueled by advertising…

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Attack Detection Mode: Your iPhone to the Rescue?

Attack Detection Mode: Your iPhone to the Rescue?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently revealed details of a patent filed by Apple for a mobile device feature capable of automatically summoning emergency assistance. Apple calls the feature a “mobile emergency attack and fail-safe detection” system, and it is comprised of software and hardware additions to smartphones. According to the patent filing, Apple’s new emergency detection system would leverage a range of features, enabling the smartphone to determine whether a user was attacked or faced with another type of serious emergency. The mobile device would then automatically place a call to local emergency services, or use another…

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Doctors Bring Google Glass to the Emergency Room

Doctors Bring Google Glass to the Emergency Room

While the new Google Glass wearable is still in its infancy, it is already proving to be a hit in the medical community. Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston recently completed a test run using Google Glass in its emergency department, and the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. The hospital’s chief information officer, Dr. John Halamka, wrote, “I believe wearable computing will replace tablet-based computing for many clinicians who need their hands free and instant access to information.” During the Beth Israel Deaconess experiment, Google Glass was used to help doctors access internal data while meeting with, assessing and treating…

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25 Years Ago the World Wide Web Was Born

25 Years Ago the World Wide Web Was Born

March 12, 2014 was an important milestone in the history of the Internet, as it marked what is widely being called the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. On March 12, 1989 computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee filed a proposal for a computer information management system. Berners-Lee’s system created the foundation for the network-based exchange of digital information we now know as the World Wide Web. In an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian, Berners-Lee offered his take on what the World Wide Web has become, and where it might be headed. He expressed concern about government and corporate…

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Smartphone “Kill Switch” to Deter Cell Phone Theft?

Smartphone “Kill Switch” to Deter Cell Phone Theft?

There was a time when you could really be in for a major headache if your credit card was stolen. The thief could theoretically tally up hundreds or thousands of dollars in unauthorized purchases, leaving you on the hook for the bill. Then, credit card companies made it possible for customers to cancel stolen cards within minutes. Though the shift didn’t spell an end to credit card theft, it did deter thieves and save consumers untold millions of dollars. If a New York congressman has his way, the same principle could soon be applied to stolen smartphones. Citing a recent…

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Apple Apps and Hardware: Coming Soon to a Car Dashboard Near You

Apple Apps and Hardware: Coming Soon to a Car Dashboard Near You

Apple gave the automotive and tech worlds a special sneak preview of its new CarPlay system at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, and the display dazzled insiders in both industries. In essence, the CarPlay system transforms a compatible vehicle’s dashboard into an iPhone- or iPad-like interface, turning it into a fully functional extension of a smartphone. While the CarPlay system is not a complete standalone OS, it does facilitate more iOS integration than any vehicular informatics system ever built. To use CarPlay, you’ll need an iOS 7 or newer iPhone to go with a vehicle which supports the system….

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Android’s Market Dominance Extends to Tablets

Android’s Market Dominance Extends to Tablets

It’s official: the Android operating system is now the market leader in the world of tablets. Worldwide sales of Android OS-powered tablets rose from 53 million units in 2012 to almost 121 million units in 2013, marking a 68 percent jump. The huge leap forward allowed Android to wrest the top tablet sales position away from Apple, which saw the iPad decline from a 52.8 percent market share in 2012 to just a 36 percent market share in 2013. Tablets are largely a two-horse race, with Microsoft coming in a distant third with a market share of just 2.1 percent….

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Apple Acquires TestFlight, Drops Android Developer Support

Apple Acquires TestFlight, Drops Android Developer Support

Apple, Inc. recently acquired Burstly, the booming tech company behind products like TestFlight and SkyRocket. TestFlight is a popular mobile app beta-testing platform, while SkyRocket is a leading in-app advertising management tool. While terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed, tech industry insiders immediately began speculating that there was more behind the move than a simple acquisition of a valuable up-and-coming company. For a clue as to what might really be going on, consider that a few days before the deal, Burstly announced that it would be discontinuing support for Android-enabled mobile devices effective March 21. The company also…

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Driving Forces Behind Facebook’s WhatsApp Acquisition

Driving Forces Behind Facebook’s WhatsApp Acquisition

  Facebook recently acquired WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion. Anytime a company pays out a big chunk of change to a relative newcomer, the whole tech industry sit up and pays attention. After all, millions of entrepreneurs and iPhone app developers around the world dream about that kind of payday. A close look at the WhatsApp acquisition shows that there’s a lot more than just the usual suspects of earnings, KPIs and multiples in play here. WhatsApp has a great deal going for it — things that make it extremely attractive to a company like Facebook. Here are some…

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