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How has Google dodged data privacy issue? It’s the ROI

Google’s demonstration of Google Assistant making a call via a system called Duplex and conversing with a human showed us the future. Yet also raised a few issues about data privacy and disclosure. What’s being lost is the cost-benefit analysis of allowing Google to access data to save you time. Enter the data privacy angst and natural questions. Two important… Read more →

iPhone users hit with iOS iMessage emoji bug

iOS users, brace yourself for yet another bug that pranksters and other ne’er-do-wells can use to crash your iPhone and make life miserable. See also : Don’t buy these Apple products (May 2018 edition) This latest bug involves sending a text string containing the black dot emoji to the victim (don’t do it, don’t be that person). When received it… Read more →

FAA drone testing program takes off in 10 cities

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is moving forward with its plans to accelerate drone testing in the US — with help from technology companies including Alphabet, FedEx and Intel. The agency announced 10 states that will participate in the the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program, an effort that aims to study the potential uses of drones in agriculture,… Read more →

Microsoft repositions Cortana from an ‘assistant’ to an ‘assistance’ aide

Video: Google’s Assistant gets an AI upgrade with Duplex There’s a subtle, but key difference between “assistant” and “assistance” (beyond the letters at the end of each word). Microsoft is looking to highlight that distinction with Cortana, its personal digital assistant that rivals Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant and Apple’s Siri. Starting with Microsoft’s Build 2018 developer conference this week, “we… Read more →

Botnets ‘competing’ to attack vulnerable GPON fiber routers

A fiber router. (Image: file photo) Several botnet operators are targeting a popular but vulnerable fiber router, which can be easily hijacked thanks to two authentication bypass and command injection bugs. ZDNet first reported the bugs last week. In case you missed it: two bugs allowed anyone to bypass the router’s login page and access pages within — simply by… Read more →

Researchers say a breathalyzer has flaws, casting doubt on countless convictions

The source code behind a police breathalyzer widely used in multiple states — and millions of drunk driving arrests — is under fire. It’s the latest case of technology and the real world colliding — one that revolves around source code, calibration of equipment, two researchers and legal maneuvering, state law enforcement agencies, and Draeger, the breathalyzer’s manufacturer. This most… Read more →

Ready for Windows 10 April 2018 Update? How to take control

Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Here’s what you can expect [This article was originally published in August 2016 for the release of the Anniversary Update. It has been revised completely for the April 2018 Update. The current version was published May 8, 2018.] The Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, will begin arriving automatically on some PCs beginning on… Read more →

SAP data management startup Winshuttle snapped up by Symphony Technology Group

Winshuttle, a startup focused on SAP-based automaton and data management in the enterprise, has been acquired by private equity firm Symphony Technology Group (STG). STG, which holds roughly $2 billion in assets, says the acquisition will assist the startup in moving from a high-potential technology vendor to a “definitive market leader” in the robotic process automation and data management space…. Read more →

​Match vs. Facebook dating: Focus, monetization may trump scale

Facebook is launching a dating venture and the primary storyline is that Match and its Tinder money machine is going to suffer. Enter one interesting digital business case study going forward. The current Match vs. Facebook narrative is a bit too simplistic. After all, Match just posted its best quarter as a public company. Simply put, Match customers–especially Tinder users–are… Read more →

Google acquires enterprise cloud migration specialist Velostrata

Google has acquired enterprise cloud services company Velostrata to take advantage of the firm’s cloud migration and automaton portfolio. Financial details were not disclosed. On Wednesday, Eyal Manor, Google VP of Engineering revealed the acquisition in a blog post. According to the executive, as more enterprises sign up for cloud services, a niche has appeared in the market for simple… Read more →

​Here’s what happens to CoreOS now that Red Hat owns it

special feature Integrating the Hybrid Cloud As far and fast as cloud computing is embedding itself into the enterprise, there remain many cloud-resistant applications and services. Read More One of the biggest questions at Red Hat Summit in San Francisco was “What will Red Hat be doing with its recent CoreOS acquisition?” Now we know. In a presentation, Ben Breard,… Read more →