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BlackBerry to buy WatchDox to bolster data security
The Blackberry sign is pictured in WaterlooBlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it is acquiring privately-held U.S. tech company WatchDox, which makes software that secures files, in a bid to further bolster its security credentials. The WatchDox software, which is being used by some of the world's largest federal agencies, private equity firms, and a slew of major Hollywood studios, gives clients full visibility and control over how their files are edited, copied, printed or forwarded. Earlier this year, BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen said he saw a part of the company's targeted software revenue growth in the current fiscal year coming from acquisitions of companies that will allow it to sell more value-added services. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry made a couple of strategic acquisitions last year that have allowed it to sell such value-added services.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:32:37 -0400
Exclusive: Huawei CEO says Chinese cybersecurity rules could backfire
Journalists attend the presentation of the Huawei's new smartphone, the Ascend P7, launched by China's Huawei Technologies in ParisBy Gerry Shih SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - China can only ensure its information security in the long run if it keeps its market open to the best technology products, be they foreign or domestic, Huawei's rotating chief executive Eric Xu told Reuters on Tuesday. Xu's remarks are a rare example of a top Chinese CEO openly questioning the direction of Beijing's information security policy, already a source of concern for countries who fear it will limit opportunities for their technology firms. In recent months Chinese leaders have advanced, albeit fitfully, several technology "localization" measures to minimize the threat of foreign cyberspying, by encouraging or requiring use of domestic products in important systems. "If we're not open, if we don't bring in the world's best technology, we'll never have true information security," Xu said, comparing China's enterprise (corporate) computing industry to primary school students competing against foreign rivals at university level.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:26:15 -0400
Some tech firms being 'friendly to terrorists' says UK police chief
News ImageSome technology and communication firms are helping militants avoid detection by developing systems that are "friendly to terrorists", Britain's top anti-terrorism police officer said on Tuesday. Mark Rowley, the national police lead for counter-terrorism, said companies needed to think about their "corporate social responsibility" in creating products that made it hard for the authorities to access material during investigations. "It can be set up in a way which is friendly to terrorists and helps them ... and creates challenges for law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Or it can be set up in a way which doesn't do that." Ever since former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosed the extent of surveillance by U.S. and British security agencies in 2013, intelligence chiefs have said the authorities' ability to monitor terrorism suspects had been severely degraded.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:41:41 -0400
HP says to sell photo sharing service Snapfish
News Image(Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co said it would sell its web-based photo sharing service Snapfish to digital imaging company District Photo. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. HP, the world's No. 2 PC maker, bought Snapfish for more than $300 million in 2005 and made the company a part of its printing and personal systems group. Reuters had reported in September that HP was exploring a sale of Snapfish. HP said in October it would separate its computer and printer businesses from its corporate hardware and services operations this year. ...
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:10:31 -0400
Verizon profit beats estimates as more users sign up
News Image(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc's quarterly profit beat analysts' expectations, helped by higher net addition of postpaid subscribers as users added more devices to data plans. Shares of Verizon rose 0.6 percent to $49.65 in premarket trading. The largest U.S wireless company added a net 565,000 retail postpaid subscribers in the first quarter ended March 31. Customer defections, known as churn, in postpaid accounts fell to 1.03 percent from 1.07 percent a year earlier. Total revenue in the company's wireless business rose 6.9 percent to $22.33 billion. ...
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:20:14 -0400
Yahoo, Microsoft add termination clause in search deal: filing
News Image(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc and Microsoft Corp added a termination clause to the terms of their search partnership agreement under which either company can end the deal on or after Oct. 1, 2015, according to a regulatory filing by Yahoo on Monday. (http://1.usa.gov/1En0U0y) The 10-year search partnership, crafted by former Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer and former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, allowed the companies to amend or terminate the agreement five years after its commencement on Feb. 23, 2015. (Reporting by Rama Venkat Raman in Bengaluru; Editing by Anupama Dwivedi)
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:50:26 -0400
MakerBot's Thingiverse 3D printing library is getting a print-on-demand button
News ImageIf you own a 3D printer and are looking for designs, there's a good chance you've come across the Thingiverse library. Run by MakerBot, the company behind the Replicator line of 3D printers, it's estimated to have over 700,000 user-created designs. It's easier to get actual objects from an online market like Shapeways, which lets designers make their projects on high-end 3D printers and sell finished items to customers. Files are free, but designers can ask for a tipFounded in 2013, 3D Hubs lets people who own 3D printers offer their services to local customers, taking a cut of their sales.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:24:40 -0400
1,500 iPhone apps have a serious flaw that hackers can easily exploit
While security companies usually detail vulnerabilities in Android that hackers can use for malicious purposes, analytics service SourceDNA uncovered an encryption flaw that mayaffect as many as 1,500 applications, Ars Technica reports. Among them, youll find some popular titles, including Citrix OpenVoice Audio Conferencing, the Alibaba.com mobile app, Movies by Flixster with Rotten Tomatoes, KYBankAgent 3.0, and Revo Restaurant Point of Sale. DONT MISS: Finally, a sensible explanation of why you cant buy the Apple Watch this Friday The company looked at a specific vulnerability in open-source AFNetworking, a resource thats widely used by app developers to drop networking capabilities into their apps. Since being discovered, the issue has already been corrected, with various iOS apps having beenupdated to also Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:20:40 -0400
A chip card doesnt guarantee greater security
News ImageSo you think your electronic payments are now more secure because your bank sent you a credit card or debit card that has a computer chip in it? Think again.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:16:51 -0400
Open data on criminals and teachers is a-okay, say most US citizens
News ImageUS citizens are in favor of sharing government information on individual criminals and teachers, but are less happy when such "open data" schemes apply to more personal matters. These figures, from a survey of attitudes towards government data by Pew Research, reflect the fact that while a slim majority of Americans (53 percent) believe that open data schemes can make the government more accountable, many citizens are distrustful of officials' ability to handle the data. For example, of the 77 percent of Americans who don't generally trust the federal government, only 38 percent said that opening up government data to the public would result in better decisions by officials. These attitudes towards the benefits of open data also broadly follow individuals' political alignment.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:00:02 -0400
How to download your entire Google search history in 2 easy steps
Have you ever wondered what you were searching for on this day 10 years ago? Probably not but we bet you are right now. People dont often stop to consider just how much personal data Google really stores. Think about how many things you search for each day alone. Now, consider this: unless youve disabled your search history, every single thing youve ever searched for while logged into your Google account on any device is stored on Googles servers. Curious to see just how much data that really is? Now, Google will let you download your entire search history in two easy steps. DONT MISS:Theres now a wireless carrier that will pay you for your unused data First things first Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:55:28 -0400
Check out the sci-fi weaponry in the new Tomorrowland trailer
News ImageEvery trailer forTomorrowland has teased elements of its inventive sci-fi world, andits latest gives a long look at what a fight is like with some of its unreal weaponry. The trailer culminates in a big battle sequence between George Clooney's character and some dudes with guns as he tries to escape with Britt Robertson's character to the film's titular hidden world. Tomorrowland is directed by Brad Bird, who previously madeThe Incredibles, and has a screenplay co-written by him and Damon Lindelof, one of the showrunners of Lost.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:54:00 -0400
Apple is leading the way on corporate environmentalism
News ImageThe iPhone-maker has released its 2015 Environmental Responsibility Report, outlining its progress in keeping green.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:53:49 -0400
The Apple Watch I don't even have already has dozens of quality apps
News ImageMonths after Android Wear launched, the number of top-tier apps is already lacking when compared to a watch you can't even wear yet. Is it still an iOS-first world?
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:47:22 -0400
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