mercredi 23 août 2017

DDoS attacks increase by 28 percent in Q2 2017

DDoS attacks are seeing a major rise as hackers seek more diverse threats, according to new research. The latest State of the Internet/Security Report from Akamai reveals that the number of DDoS attacks increased by 28 percent in the second quarter of 2017, following three consecutive quarters of activity decline, as attacks from the PBot malware hit a new high. This growth in DDoS was bad news for UK businesses, which were the second most targeted during Q2 2017, suffering over 32.5 million attacks. The US took the unfortunate top spot, being subjected to over 122.4 million attacks in just three months.… [Continue Reading]

Samsung announces Galaxy Note8 -- here's what you need to know

The Galaxy Note8 is the most important smartphone that Samsung launches this year. Its predecessor nearly killed the high-end series, which is why Samsung cannot afford to make any mistakes with its latest flagship: the Galaxy Note8 has to be great. No pressure there, right? The good news is that the Galaxy Note8 does not disappoint: it has all the right features that you expect from a high-end smartphone and a clear edge over the Galaxy S8, which is unquestionably the best smartphone Samsung sells today. The Galaxy Note8 packs a massive screen, a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a… [Continue Reading]

AI-powered analytics unlock commercial relationship data

Details of the deals that a business has with other organizations are usually locked up in contracts or other documents such that valuable information is either not readily available or easily overlooked. California-based Pramata is launching a suite of analytic applications that can identify critical information in existing contracts and combine it with data from business systems such as CRM and billing to benefit commercial relationships. "Most software products give you tools and then ask you and your teams to do all the work populating the tools with your data," says Justin Schweisberger, Pramata's chief product officer. "Pramata is the… [Continue Reading]

What is Google Chrome Enterprise?

Chromebooks are gaining traction because they are simple, easy to use and offer great value. For consumers, they can be fantastic options. For enterprises, however, Chrome OS needs to go the extra mile in order to become more attractive. Google is well aware of the longer list of needs that enterprises have, as compared to consumers, which is why it has introduced a new plan, called Chrome Enterprise, that adds a whole host of new features designed specifically with business customers in mind. Chrome Enterprise builds upon Chrome OS by adding the following extras into the mix: Managed Google Play(beta) Managed Chrome… [Continue Reading]

Microsoft will never again sneakily force Windows downloads on users

There have been various controversies with Windows 10, from issues with privacy and telemetry, to ads and forced upgrades. Following a court case, Microsoft has vowed to never force upgrade files onto users again. Windows users in Germany were particularly unimpressed when Microsoft forcibly downloaded many gigabytes of files to upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10. Having held out for 18 months, and losing its case twice, Microsoft has finally agreed to stop its nefarious tactics. After a lengthy battle with Germany's Baden-Würtenberg consumer rights center, Microsoft made the announcement to avoid the continuation of legal action.… [Continue Reading]

New portal helps developers integrate payment solutions

One of the keys to monetizing apps is to have an effective and easy to use payments solution built in. Payment solutions company Qualpay is aiming to make this process easier by offering a portal to make the selection of systems easier. Qualpay for Developers allows developers looking for easy-to-implement payment APIs to use the portal to evaluate and deploy multiple payment solutions or work with Qualpay to tailor the platform for specific environments. Qualpay's payments platform accommodates a variety of solutions, from marketplaces, shopping carts, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, to invoicing and accounting solutions. Qualpay offers a personalized… [Continue Reading]

Watch the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launch event here -- live!

After the disastrous launch of the Galaxy Note7, Samsung is surely hoping that the Galaxy Note 8 will be rather more successful and rather less fire-prone. The handset is due to be revealed later on today, and you can watch the event live so you get the news as soon as it breaks. As is usual for any major phone launch, there have been the normal round of leaks and rumors surrounding the Galaxy Note 8 (or Galaxy Note8, if Samsung retains the previous naming scheme), and we're expecting to see a Bixby-loving 6.3-inch phone with dual camera and optical… [Continue Reading]

Is Facebook down? Sort of... and there's a simple fix

Some online events unite people -- such as the recent solar eclipse which was streamed online by millions of people unable to see the spectacle in person. Another uniting event occurs when a major website goes down... like Facebook. If you've tried to visit the social network today, you may well have found that the site doesn't load. "Is Facebook down?" you may ask, and you're not alone. Take a look at the website monitoring service Down Detector and you'll notice that Facebook is indeed experiencing problems. If you can't access the site, you are in good company. There are… [Continue Reading]

IPVanish: A versatile VPN that doesn't log your traffic or sell your browsing data [Review]

VPNs (Virtual Private Network) work by routing all of your web traffic to a VPN server through a secure, encrypted tunnel. Their usage has grown substantially in recent years as web users seek not only to circumvent geoblocking, censorship and ISP blocks, but also simply to enjoy a degree of anonymity online. There are number of free and paid VPNs to choose from. While free might seem like the way to go, the truth is these tend to have restrictions, such as a limited amount of free traffic each month, fewer servers to choose from, and throttled speeds. They’re fine… [Continue Reading]

Casio Edifice EQB-501: a semi-smartwatch with clout [Review]

Smartwatches. I'm not a fan. People may fawn over the likes of the Apple Watch, but I'm yet to be convinced by timepieces of this ilk. To be honest, I'm not -- or at least haven't been for a while -- much of a fan of watches in general. But that could be about to change. The Casio Edifice EQB-501 is a chunky, stainless steel bracelet watch that's hard to ignore; it is big, bold and striking. It is also Bluetooth enabled so it can, via a connection to your phone, automatically set the time (both locally and for a… [Continue Reading]

Enterprises not confident security can keep up with digital transformation

Businesses are increasingly turning to digital transformation to accelerate their online presence, to enrich products, deepen customer relationships, and boost their brand. But the bad guys have gone digital too, taking advantage of the digital ecosystem and user trust to make more sophisticated attacks. A new study sponsored by digital threat management company RiskIQ finds that for many businesses digital transformation and the changing external threat landscape are outpacing enterprise security capacity. The research conducted by IDG Connect finds that an average of 40 percent of organizations experienced five or more significant security incidents in the past 12 months. Among most… [Continue Reading]

There's a new speed record over a 4G LTE network

Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies have managed to exceed the Gigabit speed barrier over LTE. Together the companies were able to reach download speeds of 1.07 Gbps during an Ericsson lab trial using the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem which is the first modem to support Category 18 LTE speeds. Verizon recently announced that it had reached Gigabit LTE speeds earlier this month and the new milestone builds on the previous achievement. Ericsson provided the Radio System and LTE software that ran in conjunction with a mobile test device based on the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem. The speed of 1.07 Gbps was… [Continue Reading]

Western Digital My Book Duo external USB-C HDD features up to 20TB storage capacity

There is no shortage of diminutive bus-powered portable USB storage drives on the market nowadays -- both SSD and 2.5-inch HDD variants. Unfortunately, these drives typically offer relatively small capacities. Some professionals (and home users) need an external drive with much higher storage possibilities and being portable doesn't always matter. In these cases, a 3.5-inch-based USB drive is preferable, as plugging into a wall outlet for power is not an issue, and more importantly, it is available in higher capacities. Today, Western Digital unveils a new external desktop drive line that should meet the needs of many. Called "My Book Duo," it actually leverages two… [Continue Reading]

mardi 22 août 2017

Elon Musk and other tech leaders form The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

Business leaders and artificial intelligence experts have come together to sign an open letter to the governments of the world warning them of the potential risks of autonomous weapons. The CEOs from 115 different technology companies, including SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk and DeepMind's Mustafa Suleyman, have joined forces to form The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. The group's letter voices its concerns over developing and using fully autonomous weapons on the battlefield, and demands that urgent action be taken to prevent killer robots from being produced or used by the armies of the world. It adds that doing so would fundamentally change… [Continue Reading]

HyperX unveils Cloud Alpha gaming headset with special dual chamber technology

HyperX makes excellent hardware. While the company's RAM (memory) is already legendary, it has also branched out to other gear like keyboards, mice, and headsets. So far, anything that carries the company's branding has proven to be of high quality. In other words, you really can't go wrong when buying a HyperX product. Today, HyperX unveils a new gaming headset and it looks amazing. It is compatible with multiple platforms, such as Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, smartphones, tablets, and of course, PC. It features a removable microphone for when you just need to listen, which you can… [Continue Reading]

Parallels Desktop 13 promises performance boost, extended Touch Bar support

Parallels IP Holdings GmbH has released Parallels Desktop 13, a major new release of its popular Mac virtualization tool. Parallels Desktop, which allows macOS users to run virtual versions of Windows, macOS and Linux, is fully compatible with the forthcoming releases of Windows 10 Fall Update and macOS High Sierra (10.13). It also adds several new features and promises significant performance improvement in key areas. Performance improvements include faster access to Windows files and documents (a speed increase of just under 50 percent), plus quicker transfers for large files over USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt -- in the case of external Thunderbolt SSD… [Continue Reading]

Microsoft releases Windows Server Insider Preview Build 16267, but forgets to add new features

The Windows Insiders program is both cool and annoying. It is cool because it lets enthusiast users experience new Windows features and contribute feedback to make the operating system better. It is a bit annoying, as these testers aren't paid for their volunteer efforts. Even worse, the Insider builds will seemingly never end, meaning some users will forever be using an unstable operating system. Yes, that is their choice, but sometimes people can't help themselves. Hell, it can be argued that their feedback is tainted, as they are maybe never really experiencing the stable releases. Microsoft has chosen to expand the… [Continue Reading]