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Extortion emails carrying bomb threats cause panic across the US

US law enforcement authorities are urging Americans to remain calm after a massive spam campaign carrying bomb threats has scared people and caused building evacuations all day across the country. The source of all problems is a spam campaign that got underway today, and which was sent to millions of email inboxes, primarily in the US. The emails had different… Read more →

Adobe reports mixed Q4 results, updates outlook to include Marketo

Adobe released fourth quarter and fiscal 2018 financial results after the bell on Thursday. As usual, the Photoshop maker said its results broke corporate records for quarterly and annual revenue, but some of the numbers fell short of Wall Street expectations. The software giant reported Q4 net income of $678 million, or $1.37 a share. Non-GAAP earnings in the quarter… Read more →

Google says it limits sales of facial recognition tools for ethical reasons

In a blog post promoting Google’s “AI for social good” initiative, Google SVP of Global Affairs Kent Walker on Thursday outlined various ways Google’s AI tools are being used to solve problems — as well as one way Google is trying to keep its tools from creating problems. “Unlike some other companies, Google Cloud has chosen not to offer general-purpose… Read more →

Amazon brings Alexa to home security systems via Security Panel Controller API

Amazon on Thursday introduced a new API that will let providers of home security systems offer voice controls on their devices via Alexa. With the Security Panel Controller API implemented on a security system, users can arm, disarm, and query their systems by asking Alexa. Security system providers such as ADT, Ring, Honeywell Home, abode, and Scout Alarm are already… Read more →

Salesforce adds JavaScript support to Lightning platform

Salesforce on Thursday announced it’s adding JavaScript support to the Lightning Platform, its app development platform. The new Lightning Web Components Is a standards-based programming model that enables developers to build reusable components using JavaScript. JavaScript is the most popular programming language, used in 95 percent of all websites. Lightning Web Components includes a standards-based component authoring format, compiler and… Read more →

Brazilian mobile users hit with banking malware

More than 2,000 mobile banking users in Brazil have unknowingly downloaded an Android-based malware that controlled devices and stole their confidential data. According to virus specialists Doctor Web, cybercriminals were distributing the Android.BankBot.495.origin trojan on Google Play under the guise of applications that supposedly allowed WhatsApp monitoring of Android-based devices. What is malware? Everything you need to know about viruses,… Read more →

What makes Microsoft tick?

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s interesting to watch various parties attempting to analyze the reasons behind Microsoft’s “comeback.” It’s the change in culture, some argue. It’s the focus on open source, say others. It’s because Microsoft is (or isn’t) the next IBM, armchair pundits pundicize. My take: Microsoft has evolved into an interesting blend of practicality and aspiration…. Read more →

​What is the Kubernetes hybrid cloud and why it matters

Over 8,000 people are at KubeCon in Seattle. Every major tech company and businesses I’ve never even heard of are here and trumpeting their Kubenetes distros — about 80 of them. IBM recently bought Red Hat for a cool $34-billion. I, and others, think they did it to get Red Hat’s Kubernetes expertise. Why? To answer this question we need… Read more →

Twitter says it receives half a million of spam reports per month

Twitter said today that its staff receives over half a million spam reports per month, a number that while considerable has actually fallen from previous numbers reported at the start of the year. Also: Twitter says it receives half a million of spam reports per month The company revealed this information as part of its bi-annual Transparency Report, which it… Read more →

More bad news for Apple: iPhone is weakening overseas, claims analyst

When Apple announced during its earnings conference all back at the beginning of November that it would no longer provide unit sales data for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, analysts and investors took the news pretty badly. Since November 1, $250 billion has been wiped off Apple’s market cap, more than the entire value of Verizon or Procter & Gamble. Also… Read more →

Razer faces backlash after asking gamers to mine cryptocurrency for rewards

Razer has launched a new scheme touting store rewards in return for cryptocurrency mining, but the payoff may not be as good as you think. Cryptocurrency mining is a means to gain virtual coins in return for power, made possible through a PC’s GPU. In the early days, this was how Bitcoin, one of the most well-known forms of cryptocurrency,… Read more →

AriseBank execs forced to pay $2.7 million to settle SEC charges of cryptocurrency fraud

AriseBank’s CEO and a co-conspirator have been ordered to pay $2.7 million to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to settle charges relating to a cryptocurrency banking scam and ICO. On Wednesday, the US regulator announced the ruling in the case, which revolved around AriseBank, a now-defunct blockchain startup. The organization claimed to be “the first decentralized bank to… Read more →