Samantha Forbis

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Wolfram Alpha Launches Problem Generator To Help Students Learn Math

If you’re studying math or science, you are probably pretty familiar with Wolfram Alpha as a tool for figuring out complicated equations. That makes it a pretty good tool for cheating, but not necessarily for learning. Today, the Wolfram Alpha team is launching a new service for learners, the …

How to manage ridiculous amounts of data and traffic without falling down

We’ve wrapped up another Structure: Europe conference and, just like last year’s inaugural event, it was full of insights into the state of cloud …

This is how the fear of government snooping takes its toll on tech companies

Two very different technology offerings were dropped on Thursday because of fears that the US and China might be trying to spy on the customers using them.<p>In Baltimore, Maryland—just down the road from the headquarters of the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade—a US company called CyberPoint …

Surveillance

Guardian Editors Debate a Former NSA Lawyer on PRISM, Snowden and Surveillance

Last night, I attended a pretty good debate in New York about the surveillance by the National Security Agency, PRISM, Edward Snowden, and exactly …

Calico: How Google’s stab at the fountain of youth could transform health care

Google is back in the health business with a mysterious new initiative to combat death itself.<p>Google’s top executives didn’t say much about the biotech venture, called Calico, when they announced it on Sept. 18, except to say that it would focus on health, wellness, and the challenge of aging and …

One Insight Of Nintendo's Hiroshi Yamauchi That Changed Your Life, Gamer Or Not

After finishing my class yesterday, a student who is usually active in discussion approached to apologize for falling asleep … and he had an excuse. I assumed it would be cramming for a test or some work issue.<p>“I just got Grand Theft Auto V,” he said, “and I couldn’t stop playing last …

There are 629 words you won’t be allowed to register as a web address

For the past year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit entity that runs the web’s naming system, has been wading through proposals for over 1,400 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). These are the end bits of a web address, such as the .com in qz.com. …

Red Cross

Microsoft May Pay Up To $200M For SF’s Secretive Osterhout Design Group In A Wearables Bet

Google may have glasses and Apple may be rumored to be making a smart watch. Now Microsoft may be effectively buying itself a wearables play by paying up to $200 million for a trove of assets and patents from San Francisco’s quiet Osterhout Design Group, a longtime U.S. military contractor.<p>The deal …

Valve and Sony both tease buzzy new consoles

The gaming community is buzzing about two big up-and-coming consoles, Valve’s Steam Box and Sony’s PlayStation Vita TV. Executives from both …

Made in America: a look inside Motorola's Moto X factory

Vodafone Hacked: Bank Details for 2 Million Customers in Germany Taken

One of Vodafone’s servers has been hacked in Germany, giving those responsible access to personal information for 2 million people who had applied for a new contract or account with the network operator.<p>Spotted by Engadget (via Bloomberg) Vodafone says the attack appears to have been carried out by …

Marissa Mayer Says Turning Yahoo Around Begins With Hiring The Right People

Since she joined Yahoo last July, the company has seen its stock price nearly double, traffic grow to more than 800 million monthly visitors, and 12,000 resumes coming in each week.<p>Steering Yahoo on the right course hasn’t been easy, but with Marissa Mayer at the helm, there’s excitement around the …

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Buyer beware, new health insurance exchanges create opportunity for scammers

As Americans prepare to purchase health insurance on the new exchanges opening up next month, state and consumer protection officials say they should …

Evernote Web Clipper for Chrome Gets Skitch Markup Tools and More

Until now, it’s been pretty easy to save individual webpages, PDFs and text selections to your Evernote account using the Web Clipper. The feature set was limited, but the tool was lightweight and saved you opening and closing the full-blown Evernote app every 10 minutes.<p>Today, the Web Clipper for …

The top 15 American cities for social media jobs (study)

Sure, San Francisco is one of the top American cities for social media jobs. And New York is hot for Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn marketers.<p>But some of the cities on the list might surprise you.<p>Indeed.com, the world’s biggest job site, has quite a bit of insight into which …

A Gaming Ultrabook Grudge Match -- Razer Blade Pro Versus MSI GS70 STEALTH

The next-gen marriage of Intel‘s Haswell CPUs and NVIDIA’s GTX 765M mobile graphics card in tandem with some genius design chops has created an entirely new class of product: the gaming ultrabook. In the 17″ class, Razer’s Blade Pro signaled a bold shift away from bulky 2-inch tall monsters, …

Xbox One vs PS4: All you need to know

Ahead of their release later this year, see how the launch titles, bundles and hardware for the Xbox One and PS4 compare.<p>Techradar takes a look at the latest information on the Playstation 4 and XBox One following the Gamescom gaming convention, including launch titles and bundles.<p>From the design …

Tools To Hack Android Phones Are Getting Easier To Use

Security researchers have long maintained that malware is a problem on Android, the Google operating system that’s on 80% of the world’s smartphones. In extreme cases, hackers with malicious intent can do more than send premium text messages – they can turn a phone into a spying tool too. The …

Smile! Hackers Can Silently Access Your Webcam Right Through The Browser (Again)

You know those people who put tape over their laptop’s webcam to keep digital peeping toms at bay? They’re not crazy.<p>A new proof of concept is making the rounds today that demonstrates how a hacker can snap pics off your webcam, right through the browser, with no consent required.<p>Well, technically, …

Your Smart TV Could Be Hacked to Spy On You

LAS VEGAS — The next time you watch something on your Smart TV, beware, the television might be watching you too.<p>As in turns out, just like …

There Is No Such Thing As NSA-Proof Email

Since last June, when Edward Snowden tore the veil off the National Security Agency's vast data dragnet, Americans have been flocking to ultrasecure …

Secure E-Mail Companies Say There’s No Such Thing Anymore

When President Obama held a news conference on Friday to reassure Americans about the National Security Agency’s hi-tech spying, he focused primarily …

What Are Rootkits and Why They Are Dangerous?

Imagine if someone informed you that a stealthy burglar has been wandering in your house every night. You would feel anything but relaxed. Your heart …

Every second on the internet, these things happen

Every second, an incredible number of interactions take place on the internet, and "One Second on the Internet" gives you a real sense of their scale. It's a website which displays an icon for every single Facebook like, Google search, YouTube video watched, email sent, and so on, over the course …

Want to see this $80 million super yacht sink? With GPS spoofing, now you can!

On Monday, reports revealed some shocking news: A small group located off the south coast of Italy successfully took control of an $80 million …

The Biggest Data Thefts In Recent History [Infographic]

It's a big-data look at the loss of lots of big data. That's pretty big.<p>The internet is a giant vault where people store some of their most private information, trusting that the company holding on to it can keep it all safe. That's not always the case, as this infographic of data breaches in …

The Facebook likes you should dislike

Back in January, I wrote about what I call the Facebook "sharing trap" where you are persuaded to like a seemingly harmless photo that is part of a scam. It was one of my most shared columns, probably because so many people were surprised there's evil lurking behind a cute puppy. If anything, the …

Seven Questions to Ask Your Data Geeks

Using data to manage is nothing new. But using big data to manage IS new, offering unprecedented challenges, opportunity, and risk. Senior executives need to learn and learn quickly. They must be prepared to ask penetrating questions when their data scientists bring them a new idea. Those who ask …

In Media, Big Data Is Booming but Big Results Are Lacking

The New York Times named 2012 the crossover year for Big Data: As a term and as a concept, Big Data broke through from the tech circle and into …

Top Chef

The Value of Big Data Isn’t the Data

It is clear that a new age is upon us. Evidence-based decision-making (aka Big Data) is not just the latest fad, it’s the future of how we are going to guide and grow business. But let’s be very clear: There is a huge distinction to be made between “evidence” and “data.” The former is the end game …