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One-fourth of corporate data now in the cloud

One-fourth of corporate data is now in the cloud. It appears we’ve crossed the chasm when it comes to cloud, and there is growing confidence among enterprise managers that their data is safe and readily accessible from cloud providers. At the same time, there are many challenges ahead in making it all work — especially in terms of integrating cloud… Read more →

Google reveals the wonders of being Home Alone

Happy alone. (Screenshot by ZDNet) Who needs people? They annoy us. They cheat us. They lie to us. And the number of times they let us down? Oh, don’t get me started. Thankfully, we now have technology that can pretend it’s human. And, in Google‘s case, pretend very well. Also: Google Home review: A great smart speaker  CNET It’s well known that… Read more →

Law enforcement shut down DDoS booters ahead of annual Christmas DDoS attacks

Image: NCA, Politie, DOJ Law enforcement from the US, the UK, and the Netherlands, have seized the domains of 15 DDoS-for-hire services, ZDNet has learned. The domain seizures come days before the Christmas holiday, a period of the year when hacker groups have historically targeted gaming providers with DDoS attacks. The tradition started in 2013, with DerpTrolling’s attacks, and then… Read more →

Autodesk buys BuildingConnected for $275 million

Autodesk on Thursday announced plans to acquire BuildingConnected for $275 million in a effort to bolster its construction technology offering. BuildingConnected makes a bid management platform that generates project-specific risk mitigation recommendations based on subcontractor qualification data. The software is meant to help contractors efficiently vet and make more informed decisions when selecting subcontractors. In addition to the portfolio boost,… Read more →

US charges two Chinese nationals for hacking cloud providers, NASA, the US Navy

Image: ZDNet US prosecutors have unsealed charges today against two Chinese nationals who they say are part of China’s state-sponsored hacking units. According to an indictment published by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) the suspects have been accused of carrying out cyber-attacks against more than 45 US companies, US government agencies, and several unnamed managed service providers. Intrusions were… Read more →

Latin America suffers 1 billion malware attacks in 2018

Latin America sees an average 3,7 million malware attacks a day and about 1 billion occurrences a year, according to a report by Kaspersky Lab. The numbers mean a 14,5 percent increase in malware attacks in the region between November 2017 and November 2018, says the research. Latin countries that have been targeted the most are Argentina, where there has… Read more →

An insanely useful Alexa trick for all you Christmas cooks

Ah, the holidays. It’s a time of warmth, coziness, food, pushy marketing, demanding social obligations, food, decorations, glitz, glitter, sales, Christmas movies, food, Santa, pretty lights, and, oh yeah, food. There will be a lot of cooking this holiday season. In this article, I’ll share with you an Alexa feature that will make that easier. Before I do, in the… Read more →

Linux Mint 19.1: The better-than-ever Linux desktop

I was just reminded again why I use Linux desktops. Two-and-a-half months after its release, the Windows 10 October 2018 Update is finally recommending “advanced users” can install it. Personally, I like running operating systems that don’t destroy my data or come with Blue Screens of Death. It also doesn’t hurt any that the latest long-term support (LTS) release of Linux… Read more →

RFID tag arrays can be used to track a person’s movement

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags have become a key component of global commerce, enabling stakeholders to track physical assets quickly and reliably. Deployed properly, the tags could be used in a new class of wearable designed to track physical movement and shape change. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have figured out how RFID tags could be used do things like control… Read more →

RFID tag arrays can be used to track a person’s movement

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags have become a key component of global commerce, enabling stakeholders to track physical assets quickly and reliably. Deployed properly, the tags could be used in a new class of wearable designed to track physical movement and shape change. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have figured out how RFID tags could be used do things like control… Read more →

Amazon Alexa, why aren’t more people doing voice commerce?

Voice commerce will total $2.1 billion in 2018, or 0.4 percent of the total e-commerce pie, according to eMarketer. Should Amazon be worried about Alexa as a shopping medium? eMarketer’s voice commerce stats are worth noting since Amazon’s Alexa-powered devices and ecosystem are dominant in market share even though the research firm expects the e-commerce giant’s market share to fall…. Read more →

Amazon Alexa, why aren’t more people doing voice commerce?

Voice commerce will total $2.1 billion in 2018, or 0.4 percent of the total e-commerce pie, according to eMarketer. Should Amazon be worried about Alexa as a shopping medium? eMarketer’s voice commerce stats are worth noting since Amazon’s Alexa-powered devices and ecosystem are dominant in market share even though the research firm expects the e-commerce giant’s market share to fall…. Read more →