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How Microsoft Is Using LinkedIn To Take On Salesforce.com And Transform The Science Of Sales

<i>(Note: After an award-winning career in the media business covering the tech industry, Bob Evans was VP of Strategic Communications at SAP in 2011, and Chief Communications Officer at Oracle from 2012 to 2016. He now runs his own firm, Evans Strategic Communications LLC.)</i><p>CLOUD WARS — Eighteen …

CRM

Billions of video site visitors unwittingly mine cryptocurrency as they watch – report

Popular sites Openload, Streamango, Rapidvideo and OnlineVideoConverter allegedly force users to mine tokens for cryptocurrency Monero<p>Almost one billion visitors a month to four popular video sites are being unwittingly forced to mine cryptocurrency, according to a report on the practice of so …

Cryptocurrency

Japanese firm to send overworking employees home by nagging them with music-blaring office drones

How much Auld Lang Syne can you listen to before you can’t take it anymore?<p>Since World War II, Japan has struggled with a work culture that consists of excessive overtime. To curb that behavior, one firm is planning to use drones that fly around the office blasting Auld Lang Syne to get employees …

The Workplace

Samsung working on world's first truly bezel-less phone

Samsung's major focus has been on the design of their phones in the past few years. The Note Edge, Galaxy S7, S8 and Note 8 are proof of the …

Samsung

Samsung's graphene batteries could charge your phone in 12 minutes

While persistent efforts in phone design and software optimization have got us to the point where our handsets can now last a day on a single charge, there’s work to be done yet if we’re heading for a future rife with VR and AR apps.<p>To that end, Samsung says it’s inching closer to making better …

Samsung

How Google is powering the world’s AI

After helping to define the modern internet era with Search and Android, Google is already at the forefront of the next wave in computing research and development: AI. Many consider artificial intelligence and neural network computers to be the next step in computing, enabling new use cases and …

Machine Learning

Flashlight Apps Snuck Malware Into Google's Play Store, Targeting Bank Accounts

Active on Google Play Store as recently as last Friday, a mobile banking trojan infected thousands of users who thought they downloading games or …

Google

Stolen Tesla is recovered after owner’s lawyer guides police with mobile app

Tesla’s vehicles are rarely stolen thanks to its always-on advanced GPS tracking feature. However, there are always a few non-techie thieves or joyriders who make the mistake and it can result in some satisfying justice, like when a Model S was briefly stolen in Vancouver and the owner gave …

Lamborghini and MIT team up on battery-free electric supercar

Lamborghini is working with engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a new all-electric supercar that won't have batteries.<p>Instead, the body of the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio concept car, made from exotic carbon nanotubes, would be used as a supercapacitor. Supercapacitors store …

Engineering

A doctor was asked to test an iPhone gadget and ended up diagnosing his own cancer

Earlier this year a vascular surgeon diagnosed his own cancer while testing out a new ultrasound gadget for his smartphone.<p>Dr. John Martin, who is not an oncologist, was tapped to test out the Butterfly iQ, a tiny ultrasound device designed to replace several bulkier, more expensive machines. When …

Medicine

DeepMind’s Go-playing AI doesn’t need human help to beat us anymore

The company’s latest AlphaGo AI learned superhuman skills by playing itself over and over<p>Google’s AI subsidiary DeepMind has unveiled the latest version of its Go-playing software, AlphaGo Zero. The new program is a significantly better player than the version that beat the game’s world champion …

Artificial Intelligence

Mastercard Will Now Let You Pay With Blockchain—But Not Bitcoin

For the first time, Mastercard is offering the ability to send money over a blockchain rather than by swiping a credit card.<p>After developing its own …

Grant Ecker on LinkedIn: “Bad Rabbit ransomware: If a…

Bad Rabbit ransomware: If a site tries to install a Flash update either leave or download from Adobe.com. Quick facts on the Bad Rabbit ransomware …

Square, the Twitter Boss’s Other Company, Could Pass It in Value

SAN FRANCISCO — Jack Dorsey has become a household name in Silicon Valley thanks to his role as the chief executive and co-founder of Twitter, President Trump’s favorite megaphone.<p>People will sometimes mention, as an afterthought, that Mr. Dorsey also runs another start-up he helped found, the …

Banking

When protecting medical devices from hacks, is the cure worse than the disease?

Medical technology, like other tech, has become increasingly connected in recent years. Even devices such as pacemakers are now connected to the …

Medicine

Every Wi-Fi network at risk of unprecedented 'Krack' hacking attack

Every Wi-Fi connection is potentially vulnerable to an unprecedented security flaw that allows hackers to snoop on internet traffic, researchers have revealed.<p>The vulnerability is the first to be found in the modern encryption techniques that have been used to secure Wi-Fi networks for the last 14 …

Wi-Fi

Airbus flying taxi concept on track to make first flight in 2018

It's 2017, and yes, the flying car might be coming -- but you probably won't drive it. European aviation giant Airbus claimed that the company's flying taxi concept is on track to make its first flight by the end of next year. While the first tests will be unmanned, the company plans to have humans …

Aerospace

Inside Alibaba's smart warehouse staffed by robots

Woman films her internet-connected camera whispering ‘Hola señorita’

This is not an episode of <i>Black Mirror</i>. A couple of months ago, Rilana Hamer from the Netherlands bought a small internet-connected camera from a local convenience store. She wanted to use the device to keep an eye on her puppy while away from the house. But it wasn’t only the puppy that was being …

Internet

A Month with the Note 8: Can Samsung's Phablet Replace a Laptop?

For the better part of the past two decades, my job and life have revolved around always having a phone, a tablet or a notebook or two at hand for …

Senate approves self-driving cars for US roadways

The US Senate today announced it had reached an agreement internally concerning self-driving car technology. The Senate is expected to pass legislation on October 4th that would clear regulations and restrictions for manufacturers, in essence providing a clear path to putting driverless cars on the …

John Thune

Microsoft and Facebook just laid a 160-terabits-per-second cable 4,100 miles across the Atlantic

Enough bandwidth to stream 71 million HD videos at the same time<p>Microsoft, Facebook, and the telecoms infrastructure company Telxius have announced the completion of the highest capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. The cable is capable of transmitting 160 terabits of data per …

Internet

Amazon just made a major move into the restaurant food delivery business

Amazon’s (AMZN) June announcement that it would purchase Whole Foods for $14 billion marked just the beginning of its efforts to dominate the food …

Equifax has been directing victims to a fake phishing site for weeks

In failing to correctly patch a known vulnerability and exposing the personal data of potentially 143 million Americans to hackers, Equifax made a …

Identity Theft

Secret Ultrasonic Commands Can Control Your Smartphone, Say Researchers - MIT Technology Review

Voice-controlled digital assistants are increasingly common and sophisticated. Google, Apple, Amazon, numerous car manufacturers, and others all …

Automation

RED's Wild Holographic Phone Screen Looks Like This

Earlier this year, high-end camera maker RED said that it's working on a new Hydrogen smartphone that would come with a holographic display. And now, …

Augmented Reality

Semi-automated truck convoys get green light for UK trials

Government allocates £8.1m to trials of ‘platooning’ which proponents say could cut congestion and hauliers’ fuel costs<p>The government has given the go-ahead for the first trials of convoys of semi-automated trucks on UK motorways.<p>Up to three wirelessly connected HGVs will travel in convoy, with …

Transportation

Samsung topples Intel as world’s largest chipmaker

Samsung registered a record profit of $12.6 billion in its second quarter earnings report, but hidden in those numbers lies another milestone. Of its $54 billion in revenue, $15 billion came solely from Samsung Semiconductors -- pushing it above the $14.8 billion that all of Intel brought in. In …

Samsung

We spoke to the vigilante hackers who stole $85 million in ether to save it

Deciding to steal $85 million worth of cryptocurrency isn't something to take lightly.<p>For the members of the White Hat Group, however, it seemed to …

Cryptocurrency