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Wed
19
Dec
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IBM: Future Computers to Detect Smell, Taste, Sound

IBM says the next wave of computing devices will address areas never before associated with technology, including the ability to see, smell, taste, and hear. If the report's predictions prove accurate, such new computer capabilities could ... dramatically change human society. IBM made these predictions in its recent "IBM 5 in 5" report. It's the seventh straight year that IBM has released the report, which discusses innovations expected to affect the technology industry during the next five years. This year, the "5 in 5" report's predominant theme was human senses, and the way future computers ... (view more)

Wed
05
Dec
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Microsoft Drastically Cuts Surface Orders: Report

Facing slower than anticipated sales of its new Surface tablet, Microsoft is reportedly slashing orders from its Asian manufacturers of the device. According to a new report, the cutbacks are drastic, with orders being reduced from four million ... units to just two million units. Microsoft says the report isn't true and that it's pleased with Surface sales thus far. The same report indicates that disappointing sales of Microsoft's current version of the Surface -- which is equipped with an ARM-based processor supporting a slimmed-down version of Windows 8 called Windows RT -- have prompted the ... (view more)

Fri
16
Nov
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Government Snooping Increasing, Google Says

Google says that national governments are demanding access to its user data more than ever before. The search giant also says governments are making more requests for it to take controversial information offline. These revelations come in the latest ... edition of Google's Transparency Index, a semi-annual report designed to shed light on the state of online censorship. It takes Google several months to compile the data, so the new information covers 20,939 requests for user data and other demands made only between January and June 2012. Compare that to Google's 2009 Transparency Index, which ... (view more)

Mon
15
Oct
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Microsoft Bing Users Exposed to Malware: Report

Be careful when using Bing, Microsoft's search engine, says a security expert. According to the expert's report, Bing is more likely than other search engines to offer users links to malicious websites. The report comes from Fraser Howard, a ... computer security researcher with SophosLabs. In the report, Howard suggests that users of Bing are twice as likely as users of Google to find malicious links on their results pages. Bing Bad, Google Less Bad That's a startling number, given that Google has more than four times the market share of Bing. However, it remains unclear how accurate and ... (view more)

Wed
15
Aug
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Microsoft Surface Tablet to Sell for $199: Report

A new report suggests that Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 RT-based tablet computer, Surface , will retail for $199. Observers expect that such a price point is more likely to place Microsoft in direct competition with Google than with Apple. The ... report comes from the prominent tech blog Engadget. It states that the basic version of the 10.6-inch Surface, running on Microsoft's bare-bones Windows 8 RT (or runtime) operating system (OS), will cost $199. (Source: engadget.com ) That's the same price as Google's recently released 7-inch Nexus 7 and the similarly-sized Kindle Fire from Amazon. It' ... (view more)

Thu
21
Jun
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US, Israel Use Flame Virus to Target Iran: Report

According to a new report, the governments of the United States and Israel were jointly responsible for crafting and turning loose the new Flame virus . The apparent goal of the project: to disrupt Iran's nuclear weapons program. The report about ... the origins of Flame was published in the Washington Post, which indicates that Flame was originally designed to act as a cyber weapon that could help its creators acquire "sensitive" information from the Middle East region. Flame Project Known as "Olympic Games" The overarching project that ultimately yielded Flame, known as "Olympic Games ... (view more)

Tue
19
Jun
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Google Rejects Most Gov't Censorship Requests

Google has revealed that last year it refused to comply with most US government requests to remove controversial content from its websites. The company also discussed its behavior in removing terrorism videos and its response to a particularly ... unusual request from the Canadian government. Google explored these issues in its latest Transparency Report, which provides information about private and public requests that Google receives to censor specific Internet content. According to the report, between July and December 2011 Google received US court orders to take down a total of 3,851 items. ... (view more)

Wed
02
May
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Google's WiFi Snooping: More Details Emerge

A recent report concerning Google's unauthorized collection of data from wireless networks has raised new questions about the company's behavior. Curiously, though, Google itself has released the report. Google had been accused of foul play after ... inadvertently collecting personal data from people's home WiFi networks. The problem stems from the company's vehicles which, busy taking photographs for its Street View maps system, also scanned for local networks. The networks were to be part of a database intended to aid Google's navigational offerings to consumers. A year-long investigation by ... (view more)

Tue
01
May
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Adult Sites More Secure Than Blogs: Report

In a new report released by prominent security firm Symantec, research shows that adult websites are not the most dangerous on the web. Instead, blogs associated with religion or ideologies offer a far greater chance of infecting a visitor's ... computer with some form of malware. Called the Internet Security Threat Report, Symantec's information includes a list of the ten most dangerous types of websites. Surprisingly, adult sites -- which many have long associated with malware and viruses -- are included as number ten. Adult Sites Don't Need Malware Money According to the report, religious and ... (view more)

Fri
20
Apr
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Apple, Microsoft Targeted for Use of 'Dirty' Power

Environmental organization Greenpeace has issued a widespread warning about the technology used to host the Internet. According to Greenpeace, much of the online space is dependent on 'dirty' power. The group says that some of the largest web firms ... are intentionally moving their servers and other power-hungry facilities to geographical areas that can provide cheaper, although more environmentally harmful sources of electricity. The criticisms were recently published in a report titled: "How Clean Is Your Cloud?" The title is a reference to the current emphasis on cloud computing , ... (view more)

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