24 November 2013

Microsoft Azure Cloud Problems; NSA infects Networks

Availability and Stability are Cloud "musts" --

Microsoft adds load balancing as Azure availability stutters
PCWorld
Microsoft struggled this week with multiple performance problems on its Azure cloud platform, while it also made the hosted load balancing service Traffic ...(read more at link above)

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NSA infected 50,000 computer networks with malicious software - nrc.nl: "The American intelligence service - NSA - infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information. Documents provided by former NSA-employee Edward Snowden and seen by this newspaper, prove this..."(read more at link above)

Obama Administration knew Healthcare.gov had serious problems in August -- went ahead anyway -- Tension and Flaws Before Health Website Crash - NYTimes.com: "...Interviews with current and former Obama administration officials and specialists involved in the project, as well as a review of hundreds of pages of government and contractor documents, offer new details into how tensions between the government and its contractors, questionable decisions and weak leadership within the Medicare agency turned the rollout of the president’s signature program into a major humiliation...."
Wall Street Journal
In a sign the eyeware industry and Google see a broader market for the technology, the Internet search giant is exploring ideas with at least one eyewear ...

Android Headlines - Android News

Amazon, rivals adapt to shorter holiday shopping season
USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO -- This holiday shopping season will be the shortest in at least a decade, forcing e-commerce companies, including Amazon.com and eBay, ...

Google doodle celebrates 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary
New York Daily News
The interactive "Whoodle," available on Google's British, Australian, and New Zealand sites, allows users to choose any one of the eleven Doctors that have ...

New York Daily News

Google Simplifies Android Tablet App Shopping
InformationWeek
Hundreds of thousands of applications in the iTunes App Store have been optimized for the iPad, and Apple likes to make a point of needlingGoogle with this ...

Christian Science Monitor

Graphene: The quest for supercarbon : Nature News & Comment: "Graphene's dazzling properties promise a technological revolution, but Europe may have to spend a billion euros to overcome some fundamental problems."

Washington Post
Apple is putting a record $10.5 billion to work in new technology — from assembly ... The spending, which Apple outlined in its fiscal 2014 capital-expenditure ...

Washington Post

Google Apps admins get more control over Hangouts
PCWorld
Google Apps now offers administrators more IT controls over Hangouts, the ... Competing email and collaboration suites from IBM and Microsoft, as well as ...

Microsoft updates remote desktop apps for iOS, Android and Mac OS X
ZDNet
I will never allow any Microsoft app or IIP onto my iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, Mac mini, Apple TV or iPod. Yes, sometimes I have to ...

Amazon Original Series, 'Betas,' Tackles the Startup Life
PC Magazine
Amazon is doing just fine as the leading online retailer, with a popular lineup of branded ... Amazon's original content experiment started in the spring, when the ...

Independent Online

Microsoft's Nokia Devices Buyout: What the Deal Means for Both Sides
eWeek
The deal also allows Microsoft to license mobile technology patents from Nokia. ... When Google acquired Motorola Mobility, the search company made ...

Gizbot

Google Wallet lets you capture credit card info with your smartphone ...
Christopher Trout
Earlier this month Coin swept in threatening to eliminate the need for all of your beloved non-cash payment methods and now Google Wallet is making it even ...
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Google Doodle 50th Anniversary Doctor Who - Business Insider
Caroline Moss
Google launched its largest doodle ever today: a game, all in the name of the ... Apple Design God Jony Ive Has An Auction At Sotheby's — And The Items Are ...
Business Insider

Get ready for more Chromecast apps: Google to release SDK soon ...
Janko Roettgers
Users of Google's Chromecast streaming stick could soon get access to ... Chromecast rumor roundup: HBO Go, international launch, strong sales on Amazon.
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Blake Stimac
CTech is reporting from an insider tip that Apple is set to launch the iPhone 6 with a 4.9 inch display. That's not all, though. ... Recommend IntoMobile on Google.
IntoMobile - iPhone News

How to Install and Use the Google Experience Launcher on Any ...
Chris Hoffman
Google's working on a new launcher for Android, one that seamlessly ... The Google Experience Launcher is officially exclusive to the Nexus 5, but you can ...
How-To Geek

AOL May Sell Winamp to Microsoft... - Digital Music News
Nina Ulloa ... AOL May Sell Winamp to Microsoft…
Digital Music News

25 Google Doodles We Want to See Next | Cracked.com
While some Google doodles are pretty awesome, we think they can do just a little bit better.
Cracked: All Posts

This Week's Apple Rumors, Ranked From Dumbest to Most ... - Wired
With New Debit Card, Google Admits Digital Isn't Everything .... Each week, there are dozens ofApple rumors, reports, and patent filings that hint at what's ... We know Apple is exploring various sizes for its next iPhone, but the latest is that ...
www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/.../apple-rumors-of-the-week/

Google Glass may have found a prescription lens partner | Internet ...
Google is in talks with VSP Global -- a nationwide eye care insurer that also make lenses ...Microsoft launches Xbox One SmartGlass app · Google Glass throws open its doors to ... battle against Amazon, and some early Xbox One owners have defective systems. ... Samsung owesApple $290M more in damages, jury says.
news.cnet.com/.../google-glass-may-have-found-a-prescription...

Twitter Enables Perfect Forward Secrecy Across Sites To Protect User Data ...
TechCrunch
Twitter has enabled Perfect Forward Secrecy across its mobile site, website and API feeds in order to protect against future cracking of the service's encryption. The PFS method ensures that, if the encryption key Twitter uses is cracked in the future, all of the ...

Four things to know about Xbox One
USA TODAY
It's official: PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are part of the "last generation." Microsoft launched its $499 Xbox One video game console during a series of midnight events Friday, one week after Sony performed the same feat with its PlayStation 4. Here are four ...

Mount Etna erupts, showers volcanic ash on towns
Washington Post
MILAN — Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, has erupted again, showering volcanic ash on towns dotting the mountain's slopes and nearby Taormina. The eruption Saturday did not force any evacuations, but a highway was closed for half an hour as ...

Apple Wins Another Patent Fight Against Samsung in Germany, but Samsung ...
The Mac Observer
Apple vs. Samsung US$290 million here, another failed patent accusation there, and pretty soon it adds up to Samsung looking like a copycat with bad lawyers and/or a bad intellectual property strategy. I'm going with both. Florian Mueller reported that the ...

UN Plan Charts Path to Climate Agreement Limiting Pollution (1)
Businessweek
Envoys from almost 190 nations endorsed a program that sets out steps toward the next agreement aimed at reducing global warming, after accepting a compromise that watered down the responsibilities of developing nations such as India and China.

Move Over Tyrannosaurus Rex! Giant Meat Eating Dinosaur Ruled Before T Rex
American Live Wire
The fossil of another massive meat eating dinosaur that ruled before Tyrannosaurus rex has been discovered in Utah. This giant meat eating dinosaur is a part of the allosaurid theropod family which were deemed “megapredators.” This dinosaur, fortunately ...

Very Well Aged: Archaeologists Say Ancient Wine Cellar Found
Wall Street Journal
These 3,700-year-old jars were discovered in an ancient palatial wine cellar in July 2013. The team excavated a total of 40 intact vessels during its six-week dig. Eric H. Cline, George Washington University. Archaeologists say they have discovered a ...

Google Eyes Glass for Prescription Eyewear
Wall Street Journal
Google is in discussions with the nationwide eyewear company VSP Global about developing prescription lenses and making more fashionable frames for Google Glass. WSJ's Rolfe Winkler reports. (Photo: Getty Images). Up Next ...

Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T to Stop Charging for Spam Texts
PC Magazine
AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have pledged to stop charging for spam or "premium" texts. The announcement was made by Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell, who has been working with dozen of other state AGs to stop mobile cramming, or unauthorized ...

John Carmack Just Left id Software to Focus on Oculus VR
Tom's Hardware Guide
Polygon received an official statement from Bethesda announcing that id software co-founder and technical director John Carmack has handed in his resignation. According to the statement, Carmack will now focus all his attention on the role of chief technical ...
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