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Could protecting your data be a good reason to move to the cloud?

Wait? You want to put data on the cloud to protect it? Isn’t worries about securing your data on the cloud one of the big reasons why companies are …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Facebook's "Free Basics" internet service has been shut down in Egypt.</b> Over 3 million people had been using the cheap internet service in the country.<p><b>2. Microsoft wants to build a slimmed-down version of the Xbox.</b> It considered the idea back in 2013 but didn't proceed with it.<p><b>3. Gaming platform</b> …

Taxes

Can you download me now? NY payphones become Wi-Fi hot spots

NEW YORK (AP) — Operator, won't you help me replace this call?<p>A 9-foot-tall, narrow structure installed this past week on a Manhattan sidewalk is signaling a plan to turn payphones into what's billed as the world's biggest and fastest municipal Wi-Fi network.<p>The first of at least 7,500 planned hot …

Telecoms

Amazon announces its 20 best-selling books of 2015

Amazon just released a list of its top-selling books for 2015 — and it's full of treasures.<p>From fast-paced thrillers to comic memoirs to young adult …

Redshift ETL

All the data everyone wants, in Redshift.<p>How do we consolidate our analytics data?<p>Have we combined marketing and sales data yet?<p>Can we run queries on …

Databases

Facebook open sources its artificial intelligence server

Facebook today is announcing that its researchers have developed hardware for a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning, which can be used inside several of the company’s applications. Facebook is publishing the hardware designs for anyone to explore through the Open Compute …

Amazon Web Services debuts its slowest server yet

There is good news for fans of slow computers. Yesterday (Dec. 15) Amazon announced the availability of a new “t2.nano” server type for its Amazon Web Services cloud business. With only 512 MB of memory and a single “virtual CPU,” it is Amazon’s slowest performing offering yet.<p>It is also the …

Cloud Computing

Why the NSA moving away from Suite B cryptography due to quantum computers makes total sense

TL;DR — Even though the Snowden files released in 2013 showed limited progress from the NSA on quantum computers, the last 2 years since have been a …

Quantum Computing

The End of Internet Advertising as We’ve Known It - MIT Technology Review

My sister, a retired U.S. Navy commander, has a perfect military expression for what she does with her Sunday newspaper when it arrives: she …

Digital Advertising

6 Predictions For Big Data Analytics And Cognitive Computing In 2016

Big data analytics is the next trillion-dollar market, says Michael Dell. IDC has a more modest and specific prediction, forecasting the market for big data technology and services to grow at a 23.1% compound annual growth rate, reaching $48.6 billion in 2019.<p>The larger market for business …

Big Data

Microsoft twins Edge with Office 365 to encourage adoption

Although keeping all of your software up to date is perhaps the best way to remain safe online, the most important of the lot is arguably the …

Software

Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts: Pros And Cons

If you're a bit confused by what a dedicated host cloud service can do for you, rest assured you're not alone. We'll help you figure out when your IT …

Cloud Computing

Here’s what the world will be like in 2045, according to DARPA’s top scientists

Predicting the future is fraught with challenges, but when it comes to technological advances and forward thinking, experts working at the Pentagon's research agency may be the best people to ask.<p>Launched in 1958, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is behind some of the biggest …

Singularity

The Internet crisis coming January 1, 2016 is way worse than Y2K

Those of us who remember the days leading up to the year 2000 remember that basically all anyone could talk about was Y2K, and how this Millennium …

Microsoft officially launches Cortana on Android

After a few months of beta testing, Microsoft has finally launched its Cortana digital assistant application on Android. Microsoft launched a closed beta test for the app back in July, then opened it up to the public later in August. Now the voice assistant is available for all to download from the …

Cortana

MIT’s Amazing New App Lets You Program Any Object

The Reality Editor is a Minority Report style AR app that makes programming your smart home as easy as connecting the dots.<p>The end goal of the Internet of Things is to make every object in your life programmable. But our smart objects are still pretty dumb. They don’t talk to each other, and most …

Augmented Reality

One of Google Chrome's best features is coming to Microsoft's new web browser

The official release date for browser extensions is, according to Microsoft, sometime in early 2016 but the website shows that the company is working at an accelerated rate.<p>Twitter user @h0x0d, who previously unearthed Microsoft's PowerApps website, found a page that referenced extensions for …

Google Chrome

The best way to check your internet speed is dropping Adobe Flash

Ookla Speedtest is moving to HTML5<p>Ookla's Speedtest tool is the fastest and easiest way to check your internet speed, and it's about to get even better when it stops relying on Adobe's all-but-dead Flash platform and moves entirely to HTML5. Ookla is in the process of beta testing the new version …

Software

Amazon explained why it gives away apps for free

The model costs Amazon a lot of money, but the company hopes it will put it ahead of the offerings from Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store.<p>Aaron Rubenson, the director of Amazon's App Store, told The Inquirer how the model works.<p>"We heard [from customers] that there are so many apps and …

Apps

New Firefox App Makes Websites Load Like Lightning

The maker of the Firefox web browser released its second app for iPhones and iPads on Tuesday as it tries to gain a foothold on Apple’s mobile …

Digital Advertising

Flickr Comes To Gear VR With 360 Degree Photo Viewing Experience

Flickr’s 15 billion photos are there for our consumption at any time, but beyond seeing static photos there hasn’t been much of an experience upgrade over the years for diving into the world around you.<p>Today, Yahoo has announced a new Flickr experience powered by Oculus for Samsung Gear VR. The …

Gear VR

FBI: Yes, we exploit unpatched security holes

It's no secret that the FBI uses tech tools like Stingray phone trackers to investigate suspects, but it's now clear that the bureau is willing to go even further than that. Operational Technology Division lead Amy Hess (above) tells the <i>Washington Post</i> that the FBI uses zero-day (that is, unknown …

NFL free agent tweets at coach to sign him, gets signed a week later

Free advice: Next time you see a job you want, just tweet at the person doing the hiring.<p>At least, it worked for one NFL player.<p>Shiloh Keo is a …

Walmart Will Launch Its Own Mobile Payments Service

Mega-chain Walmart announced today that it plans to offer mobile payments to its shoppers. Called Walmart Pay, the service will launch next year as a feature in Walmart’s existing smartphone app. The company accounts for about 10 percent of retail sales in the U.S., so Walmart Pay can potentially …

FinTech

The best place to work in America? Why, Airbnb

Technically Incorrect: Glassdoor releases its Employees Choice Awards and tech companies dominate.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Remember that misguided ad campaign that tried to tell San Francisco how to spend the taxes Airbnb pays to …

San Francisco

Want Tesla's home battery soon? Go to Vermont

Tesla's upcoming Powerwall battery might be sold out through mid-2016, but you might get one as soon as January... if you live in the right state, that is. Vermont's Green Mountain Power will offer the home energy pack to residents who want to save the environment (and lighten the load on the …

Walmart wants you to pay through its mobile app

Never mind Android Pay and Apple Pay -- Walmart would rather you use its own mobile payment service. It's launching Walmart Pay (how creative!), a payment system that has you scanning QR codes within its app to make purchases. It's not the most elegant method as a result, but the upshot is an …

How You Can Use Big Data in Your Small Business

According to reports, approximately 90% of all data in the world was created in the last two year. This total amount is expected to double yearly – …

The 10 Coolest Big Data Startups Of 2015

<b>Domo Technologies</b><p><b>CEO:</b> Josh James<p>Domo Technologies was in stealth mode between its 2010 founding and earlier this year. But in April the startup …