‘Project Tango’ chip maker Movidius touts faster second-gen visual processor

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By Mark Hachman, PC World | August 12th, 2014 If you thought Project Tango’s image-processing chops were pretty cool, the successor chip, called Myriad 2, is 5 to 25 times faster. Movidius, the company that developed the image processing chip behind Google’s Project Tango, claimed that its second-generation chip will begin sampling to customers next…

Microsoft to speed up Bing with FPGAs next year

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By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | August 12th, 2014 Microsoft moves from experiment to deployment of FPGAs to deliver faster search results. It started off as an experiment, but Microsoft now wants to speed up and return more accurate Bing search results with the help of reconfigurable chips called FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays) in…

Google tightens Gmail spam filtering

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By Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service | August 12th, 2014 The company is tackling scammers’ use of similar Unicode characters for tricking users into going to malicious websites. Google is boosting Gmail’s ability to detect and block malicious emails from spammers and scammers that exploit similarities among Unicode characters to dupe users into clicking…

Microsoft to support fewer IE versions

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By Tim Greene, Network World | August 12th, 2014 Microsoft has started a 17-month campaign to upgrade customers to the newest version of Internet Explorer. Microsoft has started a 17-month campaign to upgrade customers to the newest version of Internet Explorer that their operating systems will support, which should make it simpler for the company…

Microsoft Patch Tuesday focuses on Internet Explorer

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By Joab Jackson, IDG News Service | August 12th, 2014 Microsoft issued 29 patches for its browser, including one that covers a critical vulnerability. Microsoft has issued 29 patches for its Internet Explorer browser, including one fixing a critical vulnerability that would allow a remote attacker to gain access to a computer from over the…

Tipping Point 2.0

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Nine months ago, I wrote about how advances in silicon designs and technologies were going to create a product set that will democratize the networking components in modern data centers. Specifically, that the Trident II family of products will perform the role that Xeon did on the compute side and provide the fulcrum on which…

Tipping Point 2.0

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Nine months ago, I wrote about how advances in silicon designs and technologies were going to create a product set that will democratize the networking components in modern data centers. Specifically, that the Trident II family of products will perform the role that Xeon did on the compute side and provide the fulcrum on which…

3 Cool Google cloud features

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By Brandon Butler, Network World | August 12th, 2014 With competition being as intense as ever, Google is attempting to distinguish its cloud offering by appealing directly to developers. In the increasingly competitive cloud IaaS market Google is attempting to distinguish its platform by arming its cloud with unique features and cutting-edge technology that customers…

Coding platform for IoT could bring data-crunching apps online faster

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By Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service | August 12th, 2014 RacoWireless is using standard software tools to help developers connect with any device. The “Internet of things” won’t be built overnight, but vendors are now stepping in to give enterprises a helping hand. The latest offer comes from RacoWireless, which on Tuesday announced a platform…

Twitter sets the stage for video ads

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By Zach Miners, IDG News Service | August 12th, 2014 A new program, now in beta, allows for paid video content in people’s feeds. Twitter is looking to boost its advertising business by letting more businesses pay to include video in their tweets. The company on Tuesday announced the beta test of a new advertising…

IBM opening two state-of-the-art disaster recovery/resiliency centers

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By Ellen Messmer, Network World | August 12th, 2014 IBM is about to cut the ribbon officially opening two new state-of-the-art data centers intended to provide disaster recovery and resiliency services, one in the Raleigh, N.C. area and other in Mumbai, India. According to Alice Williams, IBM director of strategy and portfolio for global business…

How Yahoo email encryption could help your business

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By Antone Gonsalves, CSO | August 12th, 2014 If Yahoo gets it right, then the end-to-end email encryption the Internet company is promising would be a big help to companies concerned with privacy in the use of webmail, experts say. Alex Stamos, chief information security officer for Yahoo, announced last week at Black Hat that…

Amazon protects its virtual desktops with two-factor authentication

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By Mikael Ricknäs, IDG News Service | August 12th, 2014 The company’s WorkSpaces service can be used with hardware tokens from Gemalto. Amazon Web Services now lets enterprises use two-factor authentication to better protect hosted WorkSpaces virtual desktops. The steady stream of incidents in which hackers have been able to access traditional passwords highlight the…

AMD mulls custom ARM 64-bit server chips

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By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | August 11th, 2014 AMD said it will customize 64-bit ARM server chips for customers, but first needs to see how the market evolves. Advanced Micro Devices may be willing to make custom ARM server chips for customers, much like it made custom chips for the Xbox One and…

Google backs $300 million undersea Internet cable to Japan

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By Zach Miners, IDG News Service | August 11th, 2014 The system will help Google connect its data centers in Asia and the US. Google is joining forces with five Asian telecommunications firms to build and operate an underwater cable system from the U.S. to Japan to support rising bandwidth usage and better link its…

15 technologies changing how developers work

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By Peter Wayner, InfoWorld | August 11th, 2014 A long time ago, developers wrote assembly code that ran fast and light. On good days, they had enough money in their budget to hire someone to toggle all those switches on the front of the machine to input their code. On bad days, they flipped the…

Microsoft pitches Windows for Internet of Things to maker community

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By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | August 11th, 2014 Microsoft has started shipping a Galileo board with custom Windows OS. Hoping to cover all its bases in the emerging Internet-of-Things market, Microsoft is proffering a helping hand to “makers,” DIYers, hardware hackers and other builders of things that may one day end up on…

New security tools from Tenable, HP, Co3 attempt the impossible

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By John Breeden II, Network World | August 11th, 2014 Automated incident response promises total network security by combining threat detection, prevention and response. Automated incident response is one of the fastest growing fields in computer security. Alternatively called threat monitoring, vulnerability management or threat management, it encompasses the seemingly impossible task of defending a…

Mobile chips face lockdown to prevent hacks

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By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | August 11th, 2014 Chip makers are adding more security layers to protect mobile device users from malicious attacks and code injection. Chip makers want to make hardware the first layer of defense against data breaches and other attacks on tablets and smartphones. Mobile devices are becoming increasingly vulnerable,…

Energy harvested from body, environment could power wearables, IOT devices

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By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | August 10th, 2014 Low-power wearables may soon bid adieu to batteries and start drawing energy generated by body heat and movement, and ambient energy from the environment. Consumer electronics devices are getting smaller but conventional batteries are not, and it’s important to start implementing new energy harvesting techniques…