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InternetWalmart Experiments With iPhone App Checkout System

Submitted Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 10:26 AM
pcworld.com — Walmart is testing a new system that not only would save the company money but reduce the amount of time customers have to interact with the world’s largest retailer’s self-checkout machines, an experience some people find annoying. See the complete story here.

InternetHackers claim proof the FBI is tracking Apple mobile devices

Submitted Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 10:12 AM
tech.fortune.cnn.com — During the second week of March 2012, a Dell Vostro notebook, used by Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team was breached using the AtomicReferenceArray vulnerability on Java, during the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder one of them with the name of "NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv" turned to be a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc. the personal details fields referring to people appears many times empty leaving the whole list incompleted on many parts. no other file on the same folder makes mention about this list or its purpose. See the complete story here.

PhoneSony to exit CD, DVD, Blu-ray PC drive businesss, as wireless netbooks,...

Submitted Tuesday, August 28, 2012 @ 06:46 AM
computerworld.comSony will close its once-proud optical PC drive subsidiary by early next year, as part of its efforts to refocus on the connected world of smartphones, tablets and netbooks, a spokesman said Tuesday. See the complete story here.

InternetPaper Suggests Letting The Government Use Your Router In An Emergency

Submitted Tuesday, August 28, 2012 @ 06:45 AM
techdirt.com — Jon Brodkin, over at Ars Technica, has an interesting discussion about a paper from some researchers suggesting that we could augment first responder communications efforts by letting them make use of the public's WiFi routers. Basically, if I understand the proposal correctly, if turned on, it would make use of your router to try to form an ad hoc mesh network with other, similar routers in the area that, in theory would only be used by those public safety first responders. It's no secret that there are efforts underway to make sure that emergency personnel have better access to communications spectrum, and this is, at the very least, a creative way of attacking the problem. See the complete story here.

InternetIBM goes big on new mainframe with fastest chip, flash memory

Submitted Tuesday, August 28, 2012 @ 06:44 AM
computerworld.com — This system, announced Tuesday, includes a new 5.5-GHz, six-core processor, versus the 5.2-GHz, quad-core processor that shipped with the zEnterprise 196, announced two years ago last month. See the complete story here.

VirusCyberattacks Carried Out Against Forces In Afghanistan, U.S. General Sa...

Submitted Tuesday, August 28, 2012 @ 06:43 AM
darkreading.com — According to an account of U.S. Marine Corps Lt. General Richard Mills' comments at the TechNet Land Forces East conference in Baltimore on Aug. 15, the Afghanistan campaign in 2010 contained a significant cyber component. See the complete story here.

InternetIBM buys Kenexa for $1.3 billion, eyes social HR software

Submitted Monday, August 27, 2012 @ 07:40 AM
zdnet.comIBM on Monday said it will buy Kenexa, which provides recruiting and talent management software, for $46 a share, or $1.3 billion. See the complete story here.

VirusSaudi Aramco oil giant recovers from virus attack

Submitted Monday, August 27, 2012 @ 07:36 AM
bbc.com — About 30,000 workstation computers are back online at Saudi Aramco after a virus hit the world's largest oil producer. See the complete story here.

InternetThis Man Made $28,000 A Month Writing Fake Book Reviews Online

Submitted Monday, August 27, 2012 @ 07:34 AM
businessinsider.com — It turns out all those fake-sounding reviews on Amazon.com probably are. Bing Liu, a data-mining expert tells the New York Times that about one in three online reviews are fake. See the complete story here.

LinuxThe 5 most popular Linux distributions

Submitted Monday, August 27, 2012 @ 07:33 AM
zdnet.com — It's hard to say what the most popular Linux distributions are. There are no good surveys. But, these are the ones that have been getting the most buzz in recent months. See the complete story here.

VirusHacking a $1 trillion industry

Submitted Sunday, August 26, 2012 @ 07:26 AM
businesstech.co.za — The industrialization of hacking means that everyone is a potential target in an industry estimated at a $1 trillion, according to Shlomo Kramer, president & CEO at US based security company, Imperva. See the complete story here.

VirusAMD Blog Site Hacked, Usernames, Encrypted Passwords Stolen

Submitted Sunday, August 26, 2012 @ 07:25 AM
eweek.com — Advanced Micro Devices is the latest major company to be victimized by hackers, shutting down its blog site Aug. 19 after a group calling itself r00tbeer apparently defaced the site and stole a database containing information of AMD staff. See the complete story here.

LinuxTwitter Joins the Linux Foundation

Submitted Sunday, August 26, 2012 @ 07:24 AM
pcworld.com — Following in the footsteps of Broadcom, Nvidia, and Samsung--all of which joined the nonprofit consortium recently--none other than Twitter will announce on Tuesday that it is joining the foundation as well. See the complete story here.

InternetTim Cook Completes First Year as Apple CEO

Submitted Sunday, August 26, 2012 @ 07:24 AM
pcworld.com — On August 24 2011, Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs resigned. One year later and Apple is going from strength to strength, with its share price closing last night at $663.22, compared to $372.12 a year ago, and the news last week that Apple had beat Microsoft to become the most valuable company in history with a market cap of $623.5 billion on 20 August. See the complete story here.

VirusPhishing Attack Targets Users With Fake BlackBerry ID Email

Submitted Sunday, August 26, 2012 @ 07:23 AM
pcworld.com — Security vendors say they've spotted phishing attacks trying to fool BlackBerry users into opening email on their Windows machines that launches malware for taking over the system. See the complete story here.

ComputerA hero for all mankind, Neil Armstrong passes at age 82

Submitted Sunday, August 26, 2012 @ 07:22 AM
arstechnica.com — At 10:56 p.m. EDT on July 20, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human being to ever step foot on any extraterrestrial body. His initial words of "that's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" were heard around the world and have echoed through time ever since. Earlier today—43 years after his historic mission, a few weeks after he turned 82 years old and underwent heart surgery to relieve blocked arteries—Neil Armstrong passed away. See the complete story here.

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