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DOD doesn’t keep track of duplicate or obsolete software

The US Marine Corps, the Navy, and the Air Force are not keeping track of their software inventories, according to a report released today by the US Department of Defense Inspector General (DOD IG). Auditors said management at many services part of these three military branches “did not consistently rationalize their software applications” leading to situations where they acquired duplicate… Read more →

Will your Facebook profile live longer than you?

It would be rare to find a modern day adult without at least a couple of online assets. Email accounts, social media, shopping, online photo and video storage, digital money, or cryptocurrencies are just some of the assets we accrue whilst online. Also: Facebook bug exposed private photos of 6.8 million users Our information stored electronically (either on the cloud, online,… Read more →

Big round for robotics company picking up where Kiva left off

RightHand Robotics, a Boston-based robotics company tackling a particularly vexing technical challenge for ecommerce fulfillment centers, has secured $23 million in Series B funding. The Round was led by Menlo Ventures with participation from GV (formerly Google Ventures). RightHand’s rapid growth is a testament to the mounting challenges faced by ecommerce fulfillment centers, which are confronting higher throughput and a… Read more →

Remove yourself from the internet and erase your online presence

There is now a very thin line, easily broken, which separates our physical and digital identities. Social networks have evolved from the days of MySpace to valuable, data-slurping machines that have information on everything from our friends and family to our voting habits. When you apply for a new job, many employers will try to find and evaluate your social… Read more →

What’s next for 2019? 9 tech and innovation trends

Constant disruption — from politics to the environment — has affected our attitudes and behaviors, and 2019 looks to throw a few more surprises according to a new trend report. The Innovation Group’s annual trend report, Future 100 outlines the trends and changes to watch in 2019. It shows a glimpse of what is to come and what is important… Read more →

New machine learning algorithm breaks text CAPTCHAs easier than ever

Academics from UK and China have developed a new machine learning algorithm that can break text-based CAPTCHA systems with less effort, faster, and with higher accuracy than all previous methods. This new algorithm -developed by scientists from Lancaster University (UK), Northwest University (China), and Peking University (China)- is based on the concept of GAN, which stands for “Generative Adversarial Network.”… Read more →

Google announces crackdown on Play Store ratings and reviews

Image: ZDNet Google announced today a crackdown on app developers who buy ratings and reviews to deceive users or ruin competitors’ reputation. The crackdown will also target those app makers who use in-app tactics to reward users for ratings and reviews, such as providing access to in-game coins, extra levels, or even real-world money. Besides app devs, the crackdown will… Read more →

WSJ website defaced by PewDiePie fan in ongoing YouTube subscribers battle

Image: ZDNet An overzealous fan has defaced a section of the Wall Street Journal website to post a message of support for Swedish YouTube personality Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg. The defacement was live only for a few hours earlier today, before being taken down by the news publication’s IT staff. The message was not posted on the WSJ’s news section, but… Read more →

Twitter discloses suspected state-sponsored attack

Social networking site Twitter announced today another data leak that occurred on its platform, which the company said it is investigating as a suspected state-sponsored attack. In a support page published earlier today, Twitter said that it detected the attack on November 15 when it “observed a large number of inquiries coming from individual IP addresses located in China and… Read more →

Red Hat sales softer than expected ahead of IBM purchase

Red Hat is seeing softer sales relative to expectations as it preps to become part of IBM. The company reported third quarter earnings of $94 million, or 51 cents a share, on revenue of $847 million, up 13 percent from a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings for the third quarter were 96 cents a share. Wall Street was looking for non-GAAP… Read more →