Rethinking security for the Internet of Things

Many people scoffed in January 2014 when Cisco CEO John Chambers pegged the “Internet of Everything” as a potential $17 trillion market, five to 10 times more impactful on society than the Internet itself. Two years later, it seems that Chambers’ prediction for the phenomenon more commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT) could be on the conservative side.

There’s no question that IoT is ushering in a new era of innovation, connecting the digital and machine worlds to bring greater speed and efficiency to diverse sectors, including automotive, aviation, energy and healthcare. But with sensitive data increasingly accessible online — … Read more

What’s new in Microsoft’s SQL Server 2016? Linux, Stretch Database, enhanced security and more

Microsoft promises that its latest database platform will be faster and more secure

What’s new in SQL Server 2016? ComputerworldUK speaks to Microsoft about its latest database platform…

The decision to bring SQL Server 2016 to Linux has grabbed headlines recently, but Microsoft has also announced a host of new capabilities to lure businesses to the latest version of its database platform. This includes improvements to security, advanced analytics and the ability to move data into the Azure cloud.

SQL Server 2016 went into public preview last summer and is now on its third release candidate version – meaning its features are close … Read more

Amazon Oasis: Premium E-Reader For A Premium Price


The Kindle Oasis — the thinnest, lightest, and most expensive Kindle yet — is a premium e-reader for those who demand the best reading experience possible.Amazon hopes its latest Kindle e-reader will appeal to hardcore readers. The company took a new approach in designing this e-reader to make it more comfortable to hold and use. It includes a leather cover that doubles as a portable battery to extend reading time. The only thing holding it back may be the price point.

The most striking aspect of the Kindle Oasis is the tapered design. The e-reader measures 0.13 inches at its … Read more

Japan government, Toyota, Nissan to step up efforts on intelligent maps: Nikkei

Toyota Motor Corp's self-driving technology "Mobility Teammate Concept" prototype car changes lane on the Metropolitan Expressway during the Toyota Advanced Technologies media preview in Tokyo

Japan’s government and auto giants Toyota Motor Corp Nissan Motor Co will join in an effort to develop intelligent maps by 2018, the Nikkei daily said, as competition heats up to improve the technology key for autonomous driving.

Japanese automakers, map-making companies, and the government will get together to generate standardized intelligent maps, with plans to incorporate driving data gathered by the automakers, the paper said on Sunday.

A Toyota spokesman declined to comment, while officials at Nissan could not be reached immediately for comment.

Intelligent mapping systems supply information to control self-driving cars, which are equipped with street-scanning sensors … Read more

Ohlala, An Uber For Escorts, Launches Its ‘Paid Dating’ Service In NYC


New Yorkers sick of the uncertainties of the urban dating scene can now turn to a new app designed to reduce the complexities of dating to dollars and cents.

Ohlala, a controversial dating app popular in Germany, is launching its services today in its first American market, New York City.

It was no sooner than Ohlala’s CEO and co-founder Pia Poppenreiter had begun describing her app as one that “connects people to go on instant, paid dates,” that she began listing a cavalcade of caveats. “But what happens on the date is actually a private matter,” Poppenreiter said. “And you … Read more

Microsoft rallies partners around cloud, mobile, Windows 10

Chief operating officer Kevin Turner condemned cloud-service competitors like Google for not respecting customers’ privacy as they chase profits.

Following what has become a tradition for Microsoft’s Worldwide Partners Conference, chief operating officer Kevin Turner did some old-fashioned fiery preaching in his closing keynote, this year condemning cloud-service competitors like Google for not respecting customers’ privacy as they chase profits.

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“Our business model is to sell cloud services and devices to consumers and the enterprise. We don’t sell your data, don’t snoop your data. We don’t read your email. We’re not listening to conversations in your house, driving cars up … Read more

IoT Shows Its Worth To Businesses

The Internet of Things (IoT) can be used for a diverse set of tasks, including opening up new business models. A recent Forrester report explores how businesses are embracing IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses so many different aspects of technology that it defies easy explanation. To achieve some measure of clarity, research consultancy Forrester in a recent report advises businesses to focus on specific use cases that relate to their strategy and goals.

hows Its Worth To Businesses

The Internet of Things (IoT) can be used for a diverse set of tasks, including opening up new business models.

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6 Machine Learning, AI, Analytics Trends To Watch


Big data and analytics are set for a big 2016, as more devices and types of software are connected and exchange information. Here are some considerations for businesses as they look to maximize the value of all this data.

2015 was a strong one for big data and analytics, and the trend will continue in 2016 with a few twists. Like 2015, organizations will continue to scramble for talent while universities adjust their curriculums to help produce that talent. Also expect to see more hardware and software innovations that change the ways in which organizations leverage data.

On the hardware … Read more

Synergy’s $110B Cloud Spending Report Smashes Other Estimates


Synergy says $110 billion was spent on the cloud in 2015, 300% more than IDC’s estimate. Why the difference?

For the 12 months that ended Sept. 30, spending on cloud computing amounted to$110 billion, according to Synergy Research Group, an amount substantially higher than many other cloud spending estimates.

For example, another noted research firm,IDC, reported Oct. 5 that cloud IT spending will reach $53.1 billion — but not until 2019. For 2015, the figure was $32.6 billion, counting IT spending on both public cloud services and private cloud installations.

Many observers regard 2015 as the … Read more

Microsoft to flag state-sponsored hacking of its users’ accounts

If you’re using Microsoft’s online email and file-storage services, you’ll now get a special heads-up if your accounts are hit by state-sponsored hackers, a warning that you should take additional steps to secure your accounts.

The world’s biggest software company had already been telling people using email and OneDrive storage if they’d been targeted or hacked. Now it will specifically say if it looks like a nation state might be involved.

Microsoft announced the policy change in a blog post Wednesday and explained it by saying such attacks can be especially problematic.

“We’re taking this additional step of specifically … Read more