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Hackers are waging 'asymmetric warfare' against big companies

Grace Cassy, cofounder of CyLon, told Business Insider UK: "There are increasing numbers of quite sophisticated hacking groups and individuals who realise they have can have a disproportionate impact.<p>"It's a classic asymmetric warfare — you've got a large body that's got to somehow got to protect …

Amazon discloses transparency report for first time

Amazon for the first time has released a report on the number of government data requests it receives, offering the public more information on how often it hands over its customers' data to judges and law enforcement agencies.<p>The e-commerce company, which runs the largest public …

Surveillance

L.A. School District Cancels iPad Pearson Curriculum, Asks Apple for Refund

Following the end of the $1.3 billion education initiative that would have seen all students in the Los Angeles school district outfitted with an iPad, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has notified Apple that it will no longer be using or paying for the Pearson Education curriculum …

Pilot: US Government Claims Of Plane Wi-Fi Hacking Wrong And Irresponsible

The US government released a report yesterday warning of security threats facing modern aircraft, leading to stories from major publications claiming in-flght Wi-Fi could be hacked to take control of a passenger plane. But according to Dr Phil Polstra, a qualified pilot and professor of digital …

Security

2K Australia closes its doors

2K Australia -- the game development studio that brought us the BioShock series, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified and, most recently, Borderlands: The Pre Sequel -- has officially confirmed that it will be permanently closing the doors of its Canberra, Australia office.<p>2K was the last major game …

Australia

Netflix tops 60 million subscribers as international growth continues to surge

The company's original content is finding a global audience<p>Netflix reached a new milestone today, announcing that it now has 60 million subscribers. As it has been for the last several quarters, the company's international expansion was the biggest driver of its customer growth. The Los Gatos, …

Markets

Nokia to buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6B, eyeing global market

After increasing speculation on a possible buyout, Finnish communications and IT giant Nokia has confirmed that it has finalised a deal to buy Alcatel-Lucent in a share deal worth 15.6 billion Euros ($16.6 billion). If shareholders offer their tick of approval, the deal is set to be finalised by …

Mobile

After comparing Apple to Hitler, Chinese company reveals Le Superphone

'Hello US'<p>Two weeks ago, to build buzz for the Android smartphone it announced today, Chinese tech company Letv turned to Hitler. A poster teasing the phone shows Hitler giving the Nazi salute while wearing an armband marked with the Apple logo. Apple, explained Letv CEO Jia Yueting in an …

Read the letter Bill Gates sent to Microsoft employees for the company's 40th anniversary

On April 4th, 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen started a little company named Microsoft. You probably know the story from there: Gates went on to become the wealthiest man in the world, and then gradually pulled back from his company to focus on broad philanthropic efforts through the Bill & Melinda …

Commercial Supercomputing Heats Up As Cray Sells One Of The World's Fastest Systems

Last week, Cray announced that it had entered into a contract for one of its XC40 supercomputer systems to Petroleum Geo-Services, a company that provides data analysis and exploration services for energy companies to find the locations of oil and gas reserves.<p>PGS will be using the new system as …

Restaurant Owner Sues Google for 'Sabotaging' Weekend Sales

The proprietor of D.C. eatery claims that an incorrect—and unvetted—listing on Google Places drove him out of business.<p>The owner of the 'Serbian Crown' restaurant is taking Google to court. The eatery suffered a 75 percent drop in customers over weekends in early 2012, and for a long time, owner …

Apple, Sharp said to spar over displays: 'Don't supply to Samsung'

Apple and Sharp are sparring over production equipment, providing a window into Apple's sizable role in manufacturing the components it uses. And Samsung is part of the bickering, according to a Japan-based report.<p>Sharp is seeking to buy production equipment back from Apple at Sharp's Kameyama …

Mobile Technology

ISIS Wants a Truce

In the new edition of its magazine, ISIS floats the idea of a truce. Is the group flagging—or is this just another trick?<p>After months of being …

Steve Jobs: “I Just Don’t Like Television. Apple Will Never Make A TV Again”

In an exclusive excerpt from Becoming Steve Jobs, the late Apple cofounder revealed his disdain for television.<p>The year was 1997. Steve Jobs had just returned to the company from which he had been fired, and Apple designer Jony Ive still wasn’t a member of Steve’s inner circle of decision-makers, …

Watch This Film About Why Aaron Swartz Matters More Than Ever

Aaron Swartz was a young, bright genius who believed in the open Internet. A self-made millionaire by the age of 19, he co-founded Reddit, was part of the creation of RSS and became a political organizer and Internet hacktivist who was instrumental in the fight against SOPA.<p>The Internet’s Own Boy, …

Blast in brothel in northeast Nigeria kills 11: police | Reuters

KADUNA Nigeria (Reuters) - An explosion overnight in a brothel in the northeastern Nigerian city of Bauchi killed 11 people and wounded 28, police said on Saturday, with suspicion likely to fall on the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.<p>The initial statement sent by text message said the cause of …

NASA Is Helping To Build Supersonic Passenger Planes

NASA scientists are working on the next-generation of supersonic jets, that hopefully will one day carry passengers.<p>Ever since Concorde was …

Real-time ECG from your fingertips

Smartphones and apps are commonplace, but they’re not just for our entertainment— they can be important tools to help manage healthcare. While there are many regulatory challenges with mass market medical smartphone applications, the benefits for patients can be enormous. Moreover, if simple, …

Google Is Now Watching To See If You Have Kids

Google just added a "parental status" tab to its AdWords dashboard, allowing advertisers to use that as a criteria for ad campaigns, a WordStream data scientist has discovered. WordStream helps businesses manage their Google advertising campaigns, so it watches for every change that Google …

Encrypted To The Last Drop

Everything is for sale in the dark web marketplaces. Anonymous buyers can procure everything from prescription painkillers to exotic designer drugs. You can hire sex workers and buy weapons in the same exchange. Danger lurks around every corner and Satoshis flow like water while whales make it rain …

Add taxi medallion investors to the list of Uber's enemies

When taxi drivers went on strike across Europe last week, one of the things they were protesting was the lack of regulation of one of their most significant competitors: Uber.<p>The taxi strike was ill-thought-out, since it drove many potential customers right into Uber’s arms. But the protest was …

Why Apple switched from Yahoo to Weather Channel for Weather data in iOS 8

When Apple unveiled iOS 8 earlier this month, it didn’t take long for beta testers to notice it had replaced Yahoo with The Weather Channel as the source of data in the stock iOS Weather app. While recent reports suggested Yahoo was trying to get Apple to put even more of its services on the iPhone …

What you need to know about 3D-printed organs

Sure, 3D printers that can spit out chocolates, create shoes, handcraft cars and help astronauts sound fun and magical, but a lot of scientists are working to make models that aren't just fun. They're developing 3D printers that can also save and change lives by printing out functional human …

A Cooking Machine That Lets You Make Dinner In Your Kitchen–From Anywhere

Forget picking up takeout on your way home from work. Loaded up with 35 ingredients, the Collaborative Cooking machine will cook up the meal of your choice.<p>You no longer need to be anywhere near a kitchen–or even food–to cook dinner. A new cooking machine, loaded up with 35 ingredients, can be …

The rise of the super-fast industrial 3D printer

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Cincinnati Inc.<p>3D printers are slow; so slow that in the time it would take to print a screwdriver, you could just …

We could travel to new worlds in NASA's starship Enterprise

NASA announced in 2012 that it was working to build a "warp drive" that could enable "faster-than-light" travel. Two years later and the space agency hasn't built a spaceship capable of such speeds yet — but thanks to artist Mark Rademaker, we now know what one could look like. The result is the …

Dreadnought offers tactical battles with Battlestar Galactica-inspired spaceships

<i>Dreadnought</i> is the recently announced aerial armada action game for PC from <i>Spec Ops: The Line</i> developer Yager. Players are thrust into the role of a mercenary spaceship captain, commanding their massive crafts in a futuristic battle up against other epic battleships.<p>Players are charged with looking …