Google nixes real-name policy for Google+

By Zach Miners, IDG News Service | July 15th, 2014 The company apologized for ‘unnecessarily difficult experiences’. Google+ may attract some new — and mysterious — users after Google announced Tuesday it was abolishing its real-names policy for the profiles in the service. Since its inception, Google’s social network has required that people use their …

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NASA: Finding life on other planets is within our grasp

By Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld | July 15th, 2014 Scientists say we may be closer than most think to finding life beyond our own planet. Many scientists believe we’re not alone in the universe, and NASA researchers say discovering if that’s true is within their reach. NASA held a panel discussion at the space agency’s headquarters …

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U.S. malware share rising, Amazon service No.1 in hosting it

By Ellen Messmer, Network World | July 15th, 2014 Solutionary’s Top 10 list also includes Google and Akamai. In its quarterly report on global malware distribution and threats, security firm Solutionary Tuesday said that 56% of the malware it captured via sensors and other means was hosted in the U.S.– a 12% increase from six …

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FCC swamped with last-minute comments on net neutrality

By Grant Gross, IDG News Service | July 15th, 2014 The agency has received 677,000 comments on its proposed net neutrality rules. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s Web comments form crashed Tuesday morning in the hours before the agency’s first deadline for submitting comments on its net neutrality proposal. The FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System …

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Intel to ship Galileo Gen2 open-source computer in August for $60

By Agam Shah, IDG News Service | July 15th, 2014 Intel’s competitor to the Raspberry Pi could be used to create robots, 3D printers, wearables. Intel’s answer to the popular US$25 Raspberry Pi credit-card sized PC, the Galileo Gen2, is set to be available in August for around US$60. Like the Pi, the Galileo Gen2 …

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England’s National Parks Agree to Better Mobile Broadband Coverage

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 15th, 2014 The National Parks England (NPE) and UK Mobile Operators Association (MOA) have reached a new “landmark agreement” that aims to boost the coverage of mobile phone and Mobile Broadband connectivity in protected rural areas, albeit while also “minimising any adverse environmental impacts” and working “proactively and …

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Rackspace rolls out new hosted computing tier: Managed cloud

By Brandon Butler, Network World | July 15th, 2014 We’ve had collocation, managed services and cloud. Welcome managed cloud to the party now. Rackspace Tuesday announced a Managed Cloud offering, which combines the benefits of a managed service with the elastic scalability of a cloud. The San Antonio company’s move represents an attempt to differentiate …

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Scotland Reveals Next BT Fibre Broadband Rollout Areas – H2 2014

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 15th, 2014 The £410m Digital Scotland project, which aims to ensure that 85% of premises in Scotland can access BT’s “fibre broadband infrastructure” (FTTC/P) services by the end of 2015 (rising to around 95% by the end of 2017), has today announced the next batch of telephone exchange …

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Alternative Superfast Broadband Plan for South Yorkshire UK Picks BT

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 15th, 2014 The South Yorkshire (England) councils of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield appear to have progressed a proposal to roll-out superfast broadband (24Mbps+) connectivity across the region by matching an investment offer of £10.4 million from the Broadband Delivery UK programme, which will help to replace the …

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Arista targets at Big Data, IP storage with 100G to leaf switches

By Jim Duffy, Network World | July 15th, 2014 Also, extensions to its switch operating system lets users deploy 40G Ethernet over single or multimode fiber. Arista Networks this week unveiled a fixed configuration top-of-rack switch with 100G Ethernet uplinks for congestion-sensitive big data, streaming video and IP storage workloads. Arista also rolled out extensions …

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Seagate aims to make a splash in small-business NAS by announcing 5 new products

By Michael Brown, PC World | July 15, 2014 Hard-drive manufacturer introduces 2-, 4-, and 6-bay NAS boxes with up to 30TB of storage. Seagate announced five all-new network-attached storage (NAS) boxes today–the biggest product launch the company has ever mounted in this space, according to a company spokesperson. Seagate is targeting the home office …

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Say goodbye to desktop phones

By John Cox, Network World | July 15th, 2014 VoIP apps and a high-density 11ac Wi-Fi network let an Oklahoma insurer scrap its desktop phones. “When are we going to get rid of these things?” said Ken Henderson’s boss as he pointed at the corded desktop telephone that has been emblematic of the American office …

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Email Migration Woes Cause Headaches for BT Mail Users

By Mark Jackson, ISPreview UK | July 15th, 2014 Several thousand customers of BT’s Mail (email) service have experienced difficulties accessing their inboxes over the weekend after a fault with the migration from their old Yahoo! platform to the new Openwave Messaging (formerly Critical Path) based service prevented access, with some customers even being told …

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Samsung, Arm and Nest launch Thread Group to tie home IoT devices together

By Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service | July 15th, 2014 Products based on the networking specification are due next year. Google’s Nest subsidiary and heavy hitters including Samsung Electronics and Arm Holdings are launching the latest bid to make sensors, cameras, appliances and other devices in homes easily talk to each other. Machines are already …

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The future of net neutrality looks shakier in 2015

By Laura Bradley, PC World | July 14th, 2014 Both sides of the debate are getting lobbying money. But if the Republicans take Congress, regulation will likely be blocked. Net neutrality–the concept that all data should be treated the same by Internet broadband carriers–could face a shakier future after the mid-term elections. The Republicans will …

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