10 robots changing the world

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Driverless cars are just the beginning. Take a look at the robots we will depend on for health, work, and entertainment

Self-driving cars get all the press. But there are lots of autonomous systems navigating the physical world, and more to come.

“The smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT,” David Cearley, vice president & Gartner Fellow, declared recently. One in three jobs will be converted to software, robots, and smart machines by 2025, Gartner predicts.

Driving this phenomenon are improvements in hardware and software, including a profusion of fast and affordable sensors, wireless … Read more

Germany Warns Google Over User Profiling Privacy Violations

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Google has been warned it needs to rein in its user profiling activities in Germany because its current practice of joining the dots across multiple services is in violation of local privacy laws.

The Hamburg Data Protection Authority warned Google yesterday that its user profiling activities are violating Germany’s Telemedia Act & Federal Data Protection Act, owing to the lack of explicit user consent to how the data is processed.

The watchdog said significant changes are necessary to bring Google into legal compliance in Germany — specifying that it must gain user consent for the profiling, and allow users to … Read more

Panasonic unveils pin-sized battery for wearables

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The capacity will limit power, but Panasonic plans more pin batteries

Power-sipping wearable devices could become smaller with a new rechargeable battery from Panasonic.

The electronics maker on Friday announced a “pin-shaped” lithium-ion battery that’s 20 millimeters long with a diameter of 3.5 mm, about one-twentieth the size of AAA batteries. Panasonic said it’s the smallest in the industry in terms of capacity by volume.

The CG-320 battery has a nominal capacity of 13 mAh and voltage of 3.75 V, which allows for Bluetooth and NFC (near-field communication) links with smartphones.

Its compact form factor and low weight make it … Read more

Three Years Later, Clinkle Launches Less Than Impressive App

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Mobile-payment company Clinkle officially launched its app this week, following months of scrutiny and well-documented upheaval. And it is a bit underwhelming.

The San Francisco-based startup was founded three years ago by its now 23-year-old CEO Lucas Duplan, a Stanford University grad who raised $30.5 million from 22 investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Accel Partners, Diane Greene, Intel, Marc Benioff, Peter Thiel and Richard Branson, according to CrunchBase.

At the time, Duplan didn’t have a working prototype but instead focused on the potential of what the Clinkle app would be able to do. The investors took the bait. (His original seed … Read more

More than 75 percent of mobile applications will fail basic security tests through 2015: Gartner

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The research firm predicts that 75 percent of mobile security breaches by 2017 will be the result of mobile application misconfigurations, rather than the outcome of deeply technical attacks on mobile devices

Through 2015, more than 75 percent of mobile applications will fail basic security tests, according to Gartner, Inc. Enterprise employees download from app stores and use mobile applications that can access enterprise assets or perform business functions, and these applications have little or no security assurances. These applications are exposed to attacks and violations of enterprise security policies.
“Enterprises that embrace mobile computing and bring your own device

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How Hackers Could Get Around Apple Pay Security

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When CEO Tim Cook touted Apple’s new mobile payments service as “easy, secure and private,” he was at least partially addressing public concerns over the company’s security infrastructure in light of recent high-profile hacks.

And while Apple Pay has yet to be put to a real-world test, some security experts–despite generally praising Apple’s move as a step in the right direction–have already identified some potential risks inherent in the system.

“If correctly implemented it could add security benefits, but there could also be some gaping security flaws,” said Chris Carlis, a security consultant for Trustwave. “We will see how it … Read more

UK manufacturing firm outsourcing spend increases to £130 million

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Value of deals up 132 percent in first half of 2014

UK manufacturing firms increased spending on outsourced IT services to £130 million during the first half of this year, research has shown.

The UK Outsourcing Index report, compiled by business process outsourcing (BPO) provider arvato and industry analyst NelsonHall, revealed that the value of deals in the first six months of 2014 increased 132 percent year on year, driven by wider growth within the sector. A recent British Chamber of Commerce survey found that 42 percent of manufacturers reported a rise in domestic sales in the second quarter – … Read more

3 Fun Apps That Will Make You Feel Epic

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Looking around the app stores for your iPhone or Android can feel a little like taking a drink out of a firehose. With so much variety, it can be overwhelming to decide which apps are really worth your time and money.

Sure, there are reviews, but will that app work for your life? Some apps feel like one more thing to keep track of in your already over-tapped schedule. However, the right app in the right hands can streamline your day and make you uber effective. So to help, here are three fun apps that will actually help you be … Read more

Innovative Cloud: Creative Uses Of The Cloud

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Innovative Cloud: Creative Uses Of The Cloud

For many, the cloud removes processing power constraints from the equation, allowing to think freely and creatively. The costs don’t increase much, or at all: using a single computer for 1000 hours costs the same as using 1000 for an hour. So cloud computing allows tackling big ideas and data, even for those without the proper infrastructure. Pharmaceutical companies, large enterprises and even the layman benefit from the availability of the cloud, already pushing the available technology to its limits.

But there is, you’d probably agree, the difference between a company that merely … Read more

How Indian enterprises are leveraging integrated infrastructure solutions to drive their business

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From a multinational conglomerate, real estate major, tobacco manufacturer to an IaaS service provider, Indian businesses have started implementing integrated infrastructure solutions with an aim to drive specific business functions and draw tangible business benefits. Here, we take a detailed look at 14 such enterprises, which have benefited significantly due to the implementation of integrated infrastructure solutions

Sprawl of technology silos within IT infrastructure of a business is one of the major headaches of a CIO as this brings in underutilization of available resources, inefficiency and unnecessary expenditure on the ballooning IT infrastructure. Developed by the convergence of storage, networking … Read more