Erik Lau

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THE SOCIAL-COMMERCE REPORT: Social Networks Are Driving More Online Sales And Influencing Offline Purchases

Today only a fraction of retailer's online sales are actually generated directly through a referral from a social network. But the volume of social commerce is growing quickly, in the triple digits in many cases. Overall, social commerce sales grew at three times the rate of overall e-commerce last …

Small businesses have their own social network today in Brazzlebox

Do small businesses need their own social network? A new online community, launching today, is betting they do.<p>Called Brazzlebox, the new environment is designed specifically for the needs of Mom and Pop stores and other businesses that often have to plan carefully just to buy a new office …

There's a Social Network That Costs $9,000 to Join

James Touchi-Peters, the former conductor of the Minnesota Philharmonic, started a social network for wealthy socialites. Membership costs $9,000, plus an annual fee of $3,000.<p>If there’s one thing rich people love more than having money, it’s talking about money with other people who also have …

3-D Games and Social Networks Are Coming. 3-D Condos Are Here Now.

The tech that powers Oculus Rift isn't mainstream yet, but if you're looking at a new condo or office, you may have already seen it.<p>Immersive 3-D worlds could be a big deal in the future, which is why Facebook was willing to bet $2 billion on Oculus Rift this year: Imagine the possibilities for …

7 Free Ways for Boosting Your Social Media Engagement

Did you know that there are over 1.82 billion social network users worldwide? That number is expected to increase to approximately 2.33 by 2017. Needless to say, being active on social media is an essential part of your marketing plan. But, how can you reach your audience more effectively than your …

AT&T Disaster Recovery Drill in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Floods, violent storms, tornadoes, man-made disasters: the world has seen its share. To keep …

Intellectual Property

7 Ways To Get More From Your Cloud Disaster Recovery Investment

<i>By Vasu Subbiah</i><p>So you’ve got cloud disaster recovery in place. Your business is protected, and that is your number one priority for business continuity and resiliency. But – let’s face it – that was a big investment you just made. Is it really only good in a crisis? Or can you leverage your …

Why Disaster Recovery for Networking and IT Matters

Information Technology (IT) professionals have recognized the importance of <b>disaster recovery</b> for decades. High-profile Internet worms, natural …

[encrypted] Takes the Deepest Video Game Genre Into Elusive New Realities

Niall Moody reimagines roguelike gaming with decryption, generative sound.<p>In the gaming world, "roguelikes" are role-playing video games featuring tile-based mechanics and turn-based gameplay. Typically occupying the space of high fantasy, they seek to explore the labyrinths of the mind. But a new …

Stealing encryption keys through the power of touch

Researchers pilfer decryption keys through Ethernet and human touch side channel.<p>Researchers from Tel Aviv University have demonstrated an attack …

Open-Xchange launches open-source OX Guard encryption tool for its mail and storage apps

Germany’s Open-Xchange, a provider of web apps for renaming by service providers and deployment in the enterprise, has released an encryption tool …

Associated Press News

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Associated Press News

Ralph Lauren biometric smart shirt debuts at US Open

The tennis courts at the US Open this year will be hosting more than just competitors lofting high-tech rackets. Ralph Lauren is using the event to debut the Polo Tech, a compression shirt with biometric sensors that acts like an extremely sophisticated fitness band without having anything around …

Report: Microsoft’s smartwatch will be packed full of biometric sensors

It appears that Microsoft(s msft) is planning to launch a smartwatch platform later this year. Last month, we heard that Microsoft was planning a …

Apple to go big on biometric devices, bigger on iPhone

Not content with dominating the market for digital music, smartphones and tablets, Apple is about to outline a future in which wearable devices monitor everything from our heart rate and caffeine intake to saturated fats, blood sugar and oxygen levels.<p>At its biggest launch event yet, on 9 September …

The world’s largest biometric identification programme is riddled with fictional names

India runs the world’s largest program for collecting biometric information of its citizens under its Unified Identification Authority programme. Its eventual aim is to provide Indians with an Aadhaar card, which has a unique identification number, to help them access government services.<p>The …

West Bengal

San Francisco, San Jose combine their Wi-Fi networks using Hotspot 2.0

The cities of San Francisco and San Jose are merging their two municipal Wi-Fi networks; at least on the virtual level. The two cities are using a …

Google wants to turn NYC’s archaic pay-phone kiosks into useful Wi-Fi hotspots

Google has expressed an interest in turning New York City’s public pay-phone kiosks into free Wi-Fi hotspots, it emerged Monday, with the Web giant …

Google may win the contract to turn NYC pay phones into free Wi-Fi hotspots

New York City has over 9,000 public pay phones that are slowly decaying. So it’s little wonder that the city wants to find a new purpose for these ubiquitous devices.<p>The plan so far, is to get a private company to step in and turn the entire fleet of pay phones into free Wi-Fi hotspots.<p>Free? Yup, …

Wi-Fi hotspot speeds are still faster than 4G in the U.S., but that could soon change

OpenSignal’s newest report on U.S. Wi-Fi speeds contains a particularly interesting nugget of information: the network measurement firm found that …

8 of the Biggest Data Breaches Ever and How They Happened (Infographic)

We live an overwhelming percentage of our lives on the Internet. And that means a lot of our personal information is stored there.<p>Unfortunately, it also means a lot of our personal information can be stolen. This week alone, Apple confirmed that the accounts of several A-list celebrities were …

Credit Cards

Prepare for the Attack of the Data-Sucking Cyber Zombies

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The data-sucking cyber zombies have attacked again! This time, the nation’s fourth largest retailer, Home Depot, possibly fell victim to malicious and vengeful acts of sophisticated hackers who exposed customer information that could …

Cybersecurity

This Week In Credit Card News: More Major Data Breaches, Helping You Stop Card Fraud

<i>Home Depot’s Credit Cards May Have Been Hacked</i><p>A massive batch of credit and debit card information that went on sale on a criminal Internet site Tuesday may be from Home Depot stores and could be linked to hackers responsible for breaches at Target and P.F. Chang’s. [USA Today]<p><i>New Services Help You</i> …

Data Breach: Ways To Win If Hackers Have Your Number

There have been several high-profile data breaches impacting millions of consumers in the past year. And along with the details comes the constant reminder to be vigilant. Consumer security expert Gerry Egan says awareness is key, but so is understanding what the thieves are after, so you can make …

Hackers Mount Denial-of-Service Attack With Computer Clock Tool

Hackers used a weakness in the Internet system that sets the time on computers’ clocks in order to overload a victim’s servers with traffic, in what is reportedly the largest-ever such cyberattack.<p>The common hacking method is called a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, in which Web …

Evernote slammed by denial of service attack

Evernote was resuming operations early Wednesday following a denial of service attack.<p>The archiving software and services company said its online services had been unavailable and that users may experience problems accessing their accounts.<p>“We’re actively working to neutralize a denial of service …

Move, Inc. Hit By Major Denial Of Service Attack

Move, Inc., which runs realtor.com, the official site of the nation’s realtors, and other big listing properties, was hit by a major distributed denial of service attack at midday on Tuesday, June 17. Most of its sites are still down as of 10:42 p.m. ET on Wednesday. [<i>Update as of 15:00 ET June 19:</i> …