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August 13th, 2015 at 4:09 pm

U.S. gas stations under attack by hackers


Trend Micro researchers Kyle Wilhoit and Stephen Hilt decided to take a closer look at gas station monitoring systems after one was hacked earlier this hear. They set up fake internet-connected systems called “GasPots” — honeypots that mimic the real ones — in several countries to track hackers’ movements.


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August 5th, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Microsoft’s chatbot in China has millions of loyal followers

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Microsoft’s Chinese-language chatbot has captured the attention and affection of millions of people who message it regularly.   Continue Reading »

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August 5th, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Facebook’s plan to bring the world internet access with a solar-powered drone


Facebook has built an actual plane.  The 140-foot, solar-powered, unmanned Aquila will serve as a flying Internet hub that will provide Wi-Fi access to parts of the world where connectivity is lacking.   Continue Reading »


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August 3rd, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Nine popular websites that are still blocked in China


There’s a good chance the Great Firewall of China will shut you down if you don’t comply with the Chinese government’s regulations in censoring politically sensitive information.

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July 31st, 2015 at 9:42 am

The Internet Of Sound is here


Birds communicate by singing. And now it’s the turn of the machines. A new crop of businesses are now creating what’s referred to as the Internet of Sound.


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July 31st, 2015 at 9:31 am

The Search Engine of Things


In the future ordinary devices will be sensor equipped and wifi-connected. But the Internet of Things might be missing a concept that is something like its inverse: Let’s call it the Search Engine of Things. That is, a device or suite of devices that can identify and contextualize the objects that surround us in the physical world, from pills to trees to hamburgers.

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July 30th, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Researchers develop a better, faster Tor


Tor is the world’s largest and most well-known “onion router” network. Tor offers a degree of anonymity that has made it a popular tool of journalists, dissidents, and everyday Internet users who are trying to avoid government or corporate censorship (as well as Internet drug lords and child pornographers). But one thing that it doesn’t offer is speed.

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July 24th, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Internet of Things will transform the insurance industry within the next 5 years

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Over then next five years, the ability to bring internet connection to almost every type of consumer device will be huge implications for the insurance industry. Insurers looking to cut costs, improve business practices, and better assess clients’ risk levels, will increasingly invest in the Internet of Things (IoT).

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July 20th, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Google accidentally leaks ‘right to be forgotten’ request data


Nearly 220,000 individual requests have been made to Google to selectively remove links to online information. Less than 5% of those requests concern criminals, politicians, and high-profile individuals, according the Guardian. More than 95% of the requests have come from everyday people.


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July 7th, 2015 at 3:26 pm

How artificial intelligence will show you the perfect facebook posts


Facebook’s three AI labs are working on a way to understand exactly what you share so it can serve that content to people with matching interests.   Continue Reading »

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July 6th, 2015 at 11:33 am

The vaule of information is declining in our networked society


According to a recent paper published in the Portuguese academic journal, OBS, the single most striking element explaining the difficulty in the discovery and implementation of new business models for the media in the digital age, is the declining value of information in the networked society.   Continue Reading »

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July 2nd, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Roaming surcharges in the EU to disappear in June 2017, deal reached on net neutrality rules


A provisional deal on new rules governing open Internet (net neutrality) and the abolishment of roaming surcharges was reached in the wee hours of 30 June after marathon negotiations between the European Council, Commission and Parliament, led by the Latvian presidency of the Council. Continue Reading »

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