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Alexa for Business now works with third-party devices

Amazon on Wednesday announced that Alexa for Business, the office integration of Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, now works with any device with Alexa built in, including third-party devices. Previously, organizations had to use Alexa for Business via the Amazon Echo. The update “represents a significant opportunity for device makers,” Pete Thompson, VP of the Alexa Voice Service, said in a statement…. Read more →

Hacker Guccifer, who exposed Clinton private email server, ready for US prison sentence

Marcel Lazăr Lehel, aka Guccifer Image: Symantec Guccifer, the Romanian hacker whose shenanigans exposed the existence of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, has been released this week from a Romanian prison and can now be extradited to the US to serve a 52-month prison sentence for hacking multiple US government officials between 2012 and 2014. The 46-year-old hacker, real name… Read more →

New Windows 10 19H1 test build expands search to all folders and drives

Microsoft is rolling out to Fast Ring Insider testers a new Windows 10 19H1 test build. That build, No. 18267, includes a number of fixes and minor features, plus a new enhanced mode for search indexer. Credit: Microsoft The new search indexer mode will allow Windows to search all of a user’s folders and drives, not just documents, pictures, video… Read more →

AMD’s Q3 sales, Q4 outlook disappoint

AMD shares are down more than 23 percent in after market trading after the company missed third quarter revenue targets and issued lower-than-expected fourth quarter guidance. The semiconductor maker posted a net income of $102 million, or nine cents per share. Non-GAAP earnings were 13 cents per share on revenue of $1.65 billion, up four percent year-over-year. Wall Street was… Read more →

Citrix, ServiceNow beat Q3 expectations

Citrix Systems published its third quarter financial results Wednesday, easily beating market expectations. Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter was $197 million, or $1.40 per share. Revenue was $732 million, up 6 percent year-over-year. Wall Street was looking for earnings of $1.25 per share on revenue of $721.89 million. Subscription revenue increased 37 percent to $112 million, accounting for… Read more →

NetApp makes its cloud, ‘data authority’ pivot

NetApp, best known as a storage system provider, is pivoting to be cloud first with a series of product launches aimed at managing data across the data center and cloud. Indeed, NetApp is the only storage vendor with integration across the three big public cloud providers. Historically, NetApp has provided storage and data management tools across on-premise environments, but in… Read more →

Google makes it easier clear your recent Search activity

Google on Wednesday rolled out new privacy controls in Search, enabling users to review and clear their recent search history directly from the tool. To review their history, a user just has to go to the menu in the top left corner of the Search page and click on “Your data in Search.” Google is also making it easier to… Read more →

Meet the malware which turns your smartphone into a mobile proxy

Researchers have uncovered an active phishing campaign which targets Android devices in order to turn them into mobile proxies. On Wednesday, cybersecurity firm McAfee said the campaign is spreading Android/TimpDoor, a malicious .APK which masquerades as a voice application. TimpDoor circumvents the security procedures and protections offered by Google’s Play Store. The attackers behind the malware have not sought to… Read more →

​What’s the deal with Microsoft’s open-source friendly patents?

From robotics to analytics, why NASA is offering startups over 1,000 patents for ‘free’ Startups could get a major lift from NASA if they can find a technology at the space agency that fits their commercial ambitions. Read More By joining the Open Invention Network (OIN), Microsoft is offering its entire patent portfolio to the open-source patent consortium’s members. Immediately… Read more →

On the dangers of DNA data: Genealogy tests, Elizabeth Warren, and the end of privacy

Last year, I found out I had a very small amount of Native American DNA. Now, I’ve learned that I actually don’t. Why? The short answer is analytics and big data are getting more accurate. The long answer is this article. Read on. cnet directory Best DNA Ancestry Testing Kits Looking for the best DNA test kits for 2018? Here… Read more →

Pocket iNet ISP exposed 73GB of data including secret keys, plain text passwords

Internet Service Provider Pocket iNet exposed 73GB of corporate information online, including AWS secret keys and internal data. Cybersecurity firm UpGuard revealed on Tuesday that the data leak was caused by a misconfigured Amazon S3 storage bucket which permitted the access and download of information without the need for authorization. Washington-based Pocket iNet offers customers a broadband Internet service, video… Read more →

Finally, an unpowered device that can make you a better runner

A team of Iranian biomedical engineers has made an unpowered exoskeleton that reduces metabolic rate while running. The news is a major milestone in the science of human augmentation, where researchers have long been unable to craft a lightweight wearable device that improves on human metabolic rate during exercise. Even powered exoskeletons have had difficulty improving on metabolic rate. In… Read more →