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Twitter crackdown sees 235,000 accounts suspended

24 Aug, 2016 02:51 pm
Twitter announced that it has suspended 235,000 accounts of users who allegedly used the social networking platform to promote terrorism.

Could this novel technology better protect enterprise networks?

23 Aug, 2016 12:00 pm
A number of security service providers are offering solutions that teach networks how to protect data and communications themselves without human intervention...

New computer can serve as the brains of robots

22 Aug, 2016 03:25 pm
Intel has unveiled a miniature PC that serves as a robot's "brain and eyes," which the chipmaker says will help to advance the commercialization of robots...

World faces cybersecurity skills shortage

29 Jul, 2016 11:48 am
Organisations around the world face a talent shortage when seeking to security workers with cyber security skills, according to a worldwide survey.

Facebook lasers target high-speed data delivery to remote homes

27 Jul, 2016 02:54 pm
Facebook says it has developed a laser detector that could allow high-speed data to be transferred without using the wireless spectrum.

Beyond data: why CISOs must pay attention to physical security

26 Jul, 2016 05:17 pm
Best security practices that can protect data from over-the-Internet attacks are of little use when the physical network is threatened,...

Microsoft launches Stream, a 'YouTube' for companies

22 Jul, 2016 02:04 pm
Microsoft has unveiled a new service to upload, share and organise videos for streaming in business.

Questions over Facebook's Safety Check after Nice attack

21 Jul, 2016 03:18 pm
While almost everyone acknowledges the usefulness of Facebook's Safety Check, used recently during the Nice attack of 14 July,...

Open-source forum hack puts users at risk

20 Jul, 2016 10:42 am
Ubuntu, an open source operating system from Linux Debian, has fallen victim to a large-scale piracy attack. While names and addresses have been stolen...

Pokémon Go was never able to read your email

19 Jul, 2016 08:01 am
Security firm Red Owl Analytics has backtracked from its claims that the widely successful Pokémon Go had full access to users' Gmail, Calendar,...

Vexed Privacy Shield defended by European Commission as deal is inked

18 Jul, 2016 02:49 pm
The controversial Privacy Shield agreement reached between the European Commission (EC) and the United States does not go far enough to protect European...

Machine learning is redefining the enterprise In 2016

15 Jul, 2016 07:01 am
Developers are creating powerful apps that teach machines how to analyse information in a way that can boost enterprises' sales and profits.

Hacker group behind DNC breach, claims security firm

13 Jul, 2016 08:01 am
Doubts about the reported origins of a US Democratic National Committee data breach reflect the inherent difficulty in tracing sophisticated network attacks...

Developers united in their focus on IoT and AI

12 Jul, 2016 04:55 pm
Apps for the Internet of Things (IoT) are among the top-ranked applications for data analytics, according to an Evans Data Corp. survey.

The Brexit Effect: 8 Ways Tech Will Feel the Pain

11 Jul, 2016 08:00 am
Brexit is sending shock waves throughout Europe's IT industry in preparation of Britain's departure from the European Union.

Blockchain enhances privacy, security and conveyance of data

8 Jul, 2016 08:00 am
Blockchain, the technology for the digital currency bitcoin, is expected to offer companies cost savings as a more transparent and secure way to make purchases...

Finland prison system goes cashless for inmates

7 Jul, 2016 08:04 am
Recently ranked as one of the most stable political and economic nations on the planet, Finland is about to introduce a cashless payment system for its...

US authorities consider social media scanning for visitors

6 Jul, 2016 10:35 am
The US Department of Homeland Security has tabled proposals that could see federal powers introduced to scan all visitors' social media accounts.

BMW adopts vorsprung durch IoT technik

6 Jul, 2016 09:00 am
BMW has taken a progressive stance in terms of bringing in Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to its car repairs business and seen positive results...

Investor memo from Lyft hints at profits slowdown

5 Jul, 2016 12:08 pm
Ride-hailing startup Lyft has enjoyed a meteoric rise as an 'also ran' with a new approach to obvious competitor Uber. New internal information suggests...

Snowden dismisses new Russian spy laws as 'unworkable'

4 Jul, 2016 12:03 pm
A new set of online surveillance measures has been approved by the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament. Whistleblower Edward Snowden has called...

FBI face-recognition database has your mugshot, probably

1 Jul, 2016 07:00 am
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has stored millions of images of faces in a database it fills for what appears to be knowledge insurance purposes...

Norwegian startup sector set to heat up

30 Jun, 2016 10:00 am
Classed by some as something of an underdog on the European business landscape, Norway could be about to exert some Scandinavian muscle.

Bluetooth 5 standard unveiled

29 Jun, 2016 09:00 am
The standard so many of our modern computers, tablets and smartphones depends upon for inter-device communication has updated to its next version.

How computer brains learn 'data experiences'

28 Jun, 2016 03:06 pm
A new breed of cognitive computing and the rise of so-called neural networks now sees computer brains experiencing learning patterns close to that witnessed...

Trend Micro VP: IoT connection points are under attack

27 Jun, 2016 04:01 pm
The internal software connectors known as Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are the new attack threat on the Internet of Things (IoT) device landscape...

Twitter opens up data streams intelligence

24 Jun, 2016 08:00 am
The throughput of data flowing across social networks is immense; Twitter has shared some of the intelligence behind its data engines.

Travel industry embraces digital transformation

23 Jun, 2016 08:00 am
Connectivity of data across the full breadth of the travel journey is essential.

Web travel booking firm overhauls search backbone

22 Jun, 2016 03:17 pm
A well-known booking website has updated to a distributed full-text search server; meanwhile the trend for 'deeper and more language-aware search' continues...

The Internet of Things needs 'decoupling'

21 Jun, 2016 10:00 am
The huge number of incongruent standards, communications channels and computing platforms now developing inside the Internet of Things (IoT) has created...

Biometric identification must rise to protect us

20 Jun, 2016 04:18 pm
The current 'weaknesses' in one, two and even three-factor authentication techniques are not enough to keep us safe.

Facebook and Twitter promote freedom of speech

17 Jun, 2016 09:00 am
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are among a group of firms who have this summer worked with the European Commission to develop a code of conduct...

New operating systems for cloud datacentres

16 Jun, 2016 05:38 pm
A new breed of datacentre operating systems (DC/OS) are emerging to serve our requirements for always-on continuous online applications.

3D touch technology to replace 'old' touch

15 Jun, 2016 09:00 am
The ability to use fingertip technology that takes into account the amount of pressure applied with the touch will soon become a standard across all devices...

Companies in every industry to deploy AI

14 Jun, 2016 10:00 am
The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and so-called 'cognitive computing' will impact firms of every size both large and small across every industry...

Open source at the core of big data storage

13 Jun, 2016 03:26 pm
Major networking vendor EMC is launching a dedicated data management approach under the libStorage label to bring new open source freedoms to the storage...

Business managers embrace the importance of APIs

10 Jun, 2016 10:00 am
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are the glue that connect different apps, services and data together.

What shape are digital transformation tools?

9 Jun, 2016 11:00 am
Many of the real world physical software tools actually used in the process of so-called digital transformation fall into the category of Business Process...

Major UK retailer reshuffles data operations

8 Jun, 2016 10:00 am
With a significant high street presence and an increasing online business, major UK retailer John Lewis is reshuffling its IT stack to form a more data...

It's time to take cloud computing more seriously

7 Jun, 2016 10:00 am
Digital transformation towards the new opportunities offered by cloud computing requires a more considered approach to security and Return on Investment...

Major IT vendors collaborate on data & telecoms

6 Jun, 2016 10:02 am
No major enterprise-level IT strategy for growth is complete without a strong data analytics quotient and an integrated telecommunications element.

Mobile apps need more device/browser testing

3 Jun, 2016 10:00 am
An increasing number of software vendors are focusing on mobile applications and the testing tools needed to ensure their smooth performance.

EU council calls for open research data

2 Jun, 2016 10:00 am
The European Union Competitiveness Council has championed open standards and freedom of information at a level never previously achieved.

Could technology kill off smaller retailers?

1 Jun, 2016 10:00 am
As traditional high street merchants now eye the e-retail opportunity, could the weight of new technology actually kill off those who fail to advance?

Bitcoin fails to cash in

31 May, 2016 03:26 pm
The so-called crytocurrency Bitcoin has failed to penetrate financial spheres to the degree it was initially hoped, but there is still hope for the future...

Heathrow Airport: blockchain, robots, and tomorrow's customer experience

30 May, 2016 11:18 am
Handling 75 million passengers annually, Heathrow Airport is the busiest in Europe. It's the size of a small city, and has the IT challenges to match...

The quantum computing brain wakes up

30 May, 2016 11:13 am
Tech giants are working to provide us with a previously unimaginable charge of new computing power.

It's time for 'bitemporal' data

27 May, 2016 10:32 am
As firms now look to grasp the new world of big data analytics, they must also understand how the time-related 'temporal' aspect of data is important.

Smartphones to accept human gesture control

26 May, 2016 12:17 pm
As the development of wearable devices increases and their screen sizes shrink, calls have been made for the technology industry to develop new User Interface...

Citizen 'makers' should help shape future society

25 May, 2016 03:25 pm
Citizens should regard themselves as more than individual consumers and feel empowered to be part of society and government through our own actions...

Robots to create less labour-intensive future industries

24 May, 2016 10:20 am
There has been much talk of the impending robot apocalypse that could overwhelm the human workforce as intelligent automation starts to be implemented...

Bitcoin wallet security starts to add up

23 May, 2016 02:28 pm
As the interest and adoption of virtual currencies now reaches a new level of tangible implementation, there is new discussion and analysis relating to...

Silicon Valley leaders call for computer science as a 'foundational subject'

20 May, 2016 02:35 pm
A group of prominent Silicon Valley executives have urged the US Congress to drive an increased amount of computer science training into schools.

Healthcare technology combats legacy format challenges

18 May, 2016 03:25 pm
A series of new data-centric healthcare initiatives are being rolled out by major technology vendors who are aiming to combat the challenge thrown up by...

Government-as-a-platform emerging as key digital trend

15 May, 2016 03:50 pm
The UK Society of Information Technology Management has published guidelines on how the concept of Government-as-a-Platform (GaaP) could be extended.

Swedish banking group cashes in on intelligent assistants

12 May, 2016 03:43 pm
Stockholm-headquartered Swedbank has enjoyed new operational success through the use of intelligent assistant technology using Natural Language Understanding...

All applications to feature 'contextual communications' inside

10 May, 2016 03:30 pm
When we talk about monolithic disconnected applications, these are simply the perfectly functional legacy apps that we have been quite happy with for the...

The Internet of Things needs 'time series' intelligence

9 May, 2016 03:27 pm
A burgeoning number of new (and increasingly open source) technologies are coming forward to provide 'time series' intelligence for the Internet of Things...

Monitoring controls to sharpen the industrial Internet

8 May, 2016 02:33 pm
We are witnessing a new era of industrial-level analytics for connected machinery on the factory floor (and out in the field) due to the arrival of the...

Digital transformation to big data is a Zen-like art

5 May, 2016 04:28 pm
Given the complexity of big data and the intricacies of building globally connected data engineering teams, getting real business value to arise out of...

Digital learning platforms displace traditional education methods

4 May, 2016 04:25 pm
As many as half of adults surveyed in a recent study say they have turned to digital technology such as mobile applications and online social communities...

The rising industrial application of Artificial Intelligence

3 May, 2016 04:17 pm
Artificial Intelligence (AI) can reduce the burden of base-level functions and roles that every business structures itself around.....

Smart cities harbour 'dumb' malicious hacking risks

2 May, 2016 04:08 pm
The root of the security problem with smart cities lies in the fact that industrial sensors very typically collect 'raw' data and then merely pass it on...