Showing posts with label tech. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tech. Show all posts

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Service Unavailable In Facebook

The Facebook servers are down leading to this problem.

This problem started on 17th September, 2015 around 11:30 pm.

 As I get clearly, you are unable to make connection to facebook and get error, also internet is slow. Let us attempt fixing the question under discussion. Before we go on (forward), I would like to keep (self, thoughts) in order, under control some information.

1. were there any nearby changes to the system before to the question under discussion?

2. which net of an web  browser are you using? careful way
 1: Follow this link Cannot connect to some websites perform the troubleshooting steps.. check if it helps. Note: Please note that internet will  start running again  one making discovery in new country gold frames will start again all userdefined gold frames including those put by put in additions made, toolbars and other add-ons to IE defaults. This includes all thing of value kept for payment of debt, right not to be public and band gold frames. Also this will clear taking grass for food history, take out all for a (short) time internet records, small records put by internet, form facts and especially all stored secret words. careful way 2: move after this connection internet Connection is slow and act the steps. check if it helps. careful way 3: move after this connection, bring to the current state driver and bring to the current state the network thing making adjustment. check if it helps. For added information, say something about: connection answer us with the outcomes. I would be pleased, happy to help you farther. 
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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Twitter Chaos as Sundar Pichai CEO of Google calls Indians Strangers

After Sundar Pichai became the CEO of Google, there were celebrations in India,the whole country is proud of  him, people started congratulating him on this great achievement. In reply to this Sundar on his Twitter account wrote:
Its been overwhelming to see such generous and warm responses from many dear friends, colleagues and strangers - heartfelt thanks.
The Indian people seemed unhappy from this response by the Google CEO and asked why he used the word stranger? 


Maybe he wasn't aware that this could hurt the sentiments of people and will come with a sorry tweet.













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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Indian Entrepreneur, Film Maker and Author Varun Agarwal invests in Bevy.is

Varun Aggarwal
Varun Agarwal , the author of How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded a Million Dollar Company and the founder of ALMA MATER, has recently posted on the social media that he is going to become an angel investor and invest in Bevy.is . His Facebook status posted this :


Glad to announce that I've also decided to become an angel investor. My first investment is in a company called Bevy. When I started off 10 years back I never thought I'd ever invest in a company one day. But like they say, nothing is impossible.
Bevy basically connects job seekers with companies in the most efficient and economical way using a new technology. Its already gotten over 70,000 users and over 595 companies signed up within a few months of its release. If you're looking for a job, then Bevy would definitely be a good place to start.

A Screenshot From  Bevy.IS
Bevy.is is all about finding jobs -- The Easiest Way to Start Your Future. Create a Profile, Apply for Jobs, Get Recruited. 
Varun is an inspiration for the youth of the nation  for the success he achieved in a very short age, for he urges his fans and the youth to follow their heart and believing in themselves.

A short paragraph from Wikipedia about Varun:

After dropping his BE (Bachelor of Engineering) graduation in Telecommunication, at 22 years, he co-founded his second business venture, Alma Mater, with his friend Rohn Malhotra. Alma Mater has successfully partnered with educational institutions across India in being able to make and supply customized sweatshirts to alumni. It is now India's largest company for providing merchandise to students of schools and colleges.Besides these two companies he also co-founded Reticular. Varun has been featured on the cover of India Today as well as on the CNBC Young Turks Show.
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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Google creates company Alphabet, names new CEO

In a sweeping overhaul of how one of the world's most powerful technology companies operates, Google is creating a new publicly traded parent company called Alphabet Inc. to house all of its disparate businesses.

Alphabet will be run by Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Google will become a subsidiary of Alphabet with a new CEO: top Google executive Sundar Pichai.

"Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable," Page wrote in a letter included in a regulatory filing on Monday afternoon.

Sundar Pichai


The news announced after the close of trading on Monday took Wall Street by surprise. Google GOOG shares rose 6% in after-hours trading.

Alphabet will be a conglomerate, or "collection" of companies, the largest of which is Google. But Google itself will be "slimmed down," excluding companies that are not part of its core Internet business.

Google will encompass the businesses that people typically associate with the brand, such as the Android and Chrome operating systems, YouTube and search.

What will fall outside the slimmer Google: newer, more experimental businesses such as the Internet of Things gadget maker Nest, the high-speed fiber-optic Internet project Fiber and Google's effort to extend human life with Calico.

There will also be two financial businesses: Google Ventures, the venture capital arm, and Capital, which invests in private equity deals. Google X, which is the company's experimental laboratory, will be run separately by Brin.

BERKSHIRE SIMILARITY

The structure is similar to Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett's massive empire that has a portfolio of disparate businesses that specialize in everything from real estate to underwear. It also gives Page the opportunity to step back from the day-to-day drudgery and focus on the bigger picture. Page told the Financial Times last year that he aspired to be like Buffett, overseeing a group of semi-independent leaders building new businesses under the Google umbrella.

"Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more management scale, as we can run things independently that aren't very related," Page said.

Page has long sought to reinvigorate the entrepreneurial culture inside Google. He also has taken steps with the hiring of new Google Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat to be more transparent with investors. And, bottom line: Page appears ready to turn his attention to the next wave of technologies that Google is exploring while leaving the online advertising business in the capable hands of Pichai.

Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano declined to comment.

"I think this sets up Google to be a much more diversified company," said longtime Google observer Danny Sullivan, founding editor of MarketingLand.com. "It certainly allows Google to expand its mission. ... It's an excellent way to have multiple companies underneath that run as independent entities."

What's more, Google may be delivering on its promise of an era of greater transparency which was ushered in by Porat's appointment.

Investors have been increasingly rattled by Google's spending on its "moonshots," those experimental projects such as driverless cars and delivering Internet access from high-altitude balloons. Now Google will keep those speculative businesses separate from the core Internet advertising business.

"We will see Alphabet and we will see Google as a business line. We can do the math. That's good, more disclosure," said BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis. "That will put to rest some of the concerns that Google is overspending in non-productive areas."

Google is also building a framework to give investors greater insight into its other businesses such as YouTube down the road, Gillis said.

But Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser cautioned that he's not sure investors will get much more transparency from the new structure.

"On balance, incremental transparency into Google’s business is positive, although we remain uncertain as to exactly how much transparency will be provided, and therefore remain cautious on the degree to which this news should be viewed favorably," Wieser wrote in a research note late Monday.

On the positive side of the ledger, Page is making room for talented executives to move up within Google, rather than leave, Sullivan said.

"It's a smart way to ensure that you can keep talented executives," he said.

NEW STRUCTURE

Page will be CEO of Alphabet, Brin will be president and Eric Schmidt will be executive chairman. Porat will become CFO of Alphabet and Google's current directors will become directors of Alphabet.

A "strong" CEO will run each of the Alphabet businesses with assistance from Page and Brin, Page said. That includes Google, which will be run by Pichai, Page's top lieutenant.

"We will rigorously handle capital allocation and work to make sure each business is executing well," Page said.

As part of the business reorganization, Alphabet will begin "segment" reporting for its fourth-quarter financial results. Google financials will be broken out from the rest of the Alphabet businesses.

"This new structure will allow us to keep tremendous focus on the extraordinary opportunities we have inside of Google," Page said.

Google will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphabet. The two share classes will remain GOOGL and GOOG.

PICHAI'S NEW ROLE

S&P Capital IQ analyst Scott Kessler praised the selection of Pichai, who has been a rising star at the Internet giant, leading to speculation in recent years that he would eventually succeed Page as CEO.

"Sundar Pichai as CEO is big for a variety of reasons," Kessler said. "I am sure he has been offered a number of things at other places. To keep him is key."

Page said Pichai was the natural choice to lead Google. Pichai has been running Google's products. Now he will add YouTube to his responsibilities, with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki reporting to him.

"Sergey and I have been super excited about his progress and dedication to the company," Page said. "I feel very fortunate to have someone as talented as him to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to continue to scale our aspirations. I have been spending quite a bit of time with Sundar, helping him and the company in any way I can, and I will of course continue to do that."

Other Google executives will be displaced in the restructuring. Google's chief business officer Omid Kordestani will now become an adviser to Alphabet and Google.

As for the Alphabet name?

“It’s very powerful in its simplicity,” said Allen Adamson, North American chairman of Landor Associates, a major branding identity firm. “And it relates to Google’s mission. They’re going to have a collection of companies, just like an alphabet has a collection of letters.”

Once you hear it, you’ll always remember it. You won’t have to ask how to pronounce it,” said Adamson.

sOURCE usa today
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Thursday, 6 August 2015

ITUNES IS ILLEGAL UNDER UK COPYRIGHT LAW

Apple’s iTunes installer offers ripping advice
The High Court recently overturned private copying exceptions introduced last year by the UK Government, once again outlawing the habits of millions of citizens. The Intellectual Property Office today explains that ripping a CD in iTunes is no longer permitted, and neither is backing up your computer if it contains copyrighted content.

uk-flagLate last year the UK Government legalized copying for private use, a practice which many citizens already believed to be legal.

The UK Intellectual Property Office noted that the changes were “in the best interest” of consumers and that they would bring copyright law into the 21st century.

However, the new regulation was short-lived. Fearing a loss of income several music groups objected at the High Court, which subsequently agreed that the new legislation is unlawful.

As a result the changes were overturned last month and the previous limitations were reinstated. To find out what the public can and can’t do under the law, TF reached out to the UK Intellectual Property Office, which provided some very clear answers.

“It is now unlawful to make private copies of copyright works you own, without permission from the copyright holder – this includes format shifting from one medium to another,” a spokesperson informed us.

The IPO specifically notes that copying a CD to an MP3 player is not permitted. This means that iTunes’ popular ripping feature, which Apple actively promotes during the software’s installation, is illegal.

Also, under the current law iTunes is actively facilitating copyright infringement by promoting their CD-ripping functionality. This means that the company could face significant claims for damages.

Apple’s iTunes installer offers ripping advice

iTunespromo
There is more though, as the law affects much more than just ripping CDs. Simply copying a song in an automated computer backup or storing a copy on a private cloud hosting service is also against the law.

“…it includes creating back-ups without permission from the copyright holder as this necessarily involves an act of copying,” we were informed by the Government spokesperson.

Strictly speaking this means that UK citizens are not allowed to make a backup of their computer. After all, pretty much every computer contains copyrighted media. Needless to say, this turns almost the entire country into ‘outlaws’.

The Government is not happy with the High Court decision but it hasn’t decided whether it will propose revised private copying exceptions in the future. Copyright holders previously suggested allowing private copying in exchange for a tax on blank CDs and hard drives.

“As this is a complex area of law, the Government is carefully considering the implications of the ruling and the available options, before deciding any future course of action.”

As reassurance, the Government notes that that people shouldn’t be too concerned because copyright holders are not known to come after people who make a backup of their computers.

“The Government is not aware of any cases of copyright holders having prosecuted individuals for format shifting music solely for their own personal use,” the IPO spokesperson says.

However, copyright holders can take people to court over both CD-ripping and computer backups, if they want to.

Source TorrentFreak
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Intel's new 'Skylake' chip scores high marks for gaming

Coming right on the heels of Intel's Broadwell line of processors, the new 6th generation of Core i-series CPUs, known by the code name Skylake, has officially debuted at the Gamescom video game trade show in Germany.

But before you toss your current-gen laptop, keep in mind that the first wave of new Skylake processors includes only a pair of very high-end chips for performance desktops, the Core i5-6600K and the Core i7-6700K. These K-series models are going to be found in expensive, high-end desktops from boutique PC makers such as Origin PC, Velocity Micro and Digital Storm. These companies are best known for making built-to-order desktops and laptops primarily for PC gamers.

Within the next couple of months, those initial Skylake chips should be joined by a wider range of options for mainstream desktops, laptop, tablets and hybrids. But for now, we've been able to benchmark a series of desktop gaming PCs with the both the new Core i5-6600K and Core i7-6700K processors, all paired with the new Intel Z170 chipset.

Intel claims you'll see about a 10 percent boost in overall performance over the previous generation of high-end desktop CPUs, along with easier overclocking, and native support for newer DDR4 RAM. More details on Skylake chips and the new features they offer can be found in our Intel Skylake FAQ.

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The Velocity Micro Raptor Z55 ($2,699) includes a Core i7-6700K processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 GPU.
Sarah Tew/CNET
In our hands-on testing with three Skylake-powered gaming desktops, ranging in price from $1,799 to $4,500 in the US, we found excellent overall performance, even in our challenging new Multimedia Multitasking 3.0 test, which transcodes an HD video while both HD and 4K videos play in the background.

Gaming scores were excellent as well, although that relies primarily on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 cards in these systems (in both single and double-card configurations).

The Origin PC Millennium ($4,532) uses an overclocked Core i7-6700K CPU and two Nvidia GeForce GTX 980Ti graphics cards.


Looking at the three Skylake desktops profiled here, consider these benchmark scores not as a head-to-head comparison, as each is configured differently and some of the CPUs are overclocked, but as a general idea of what the new high-end 6th-generation Core i-series CPUs are capable of. For comparison, we've included a previous-generation desktop from Maingear, with a high-end "Extreme Edition" Core i7-5690X, which is even higher in the CPU food chain than these new Skylake chips.

Skylake represents the "tock" of Intel's tick-tock update cycle. The "tick" represents a major physical, structural change, such as moving to a 14nm (which refers to the size of a transistor on the chip) manufacturing process, while the "tock" represents new features on top of the previous generation's size change, which is the case for this 6th generation of Core i-series processors.

More interesting will be the upcoming mainstream and mobile chips later in 2015, which will show whether this represents a major change despite the relatively short time period between the releases of Broadwell and Skylake, or if recent PC buyers can feel comfortable sticking with what they've got for now.

Source CNET
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How to open the blocked sites including Torrents (Kickass, Torrentz, piratebay, filestream) in college WIFI that has a PROXY Server?

Today I will be telling you how to open the websites which are blocked in College Wifi. Torrents , porn, gaming and hacking sites are mostly blocked by the college authorities.The following methods will help you to open any blocked site you want to open.

1. Add .hidennet.com at the end of any Website URL you want to open:

     For Example:
                       Torrentz.in will become torrentz.in.hidennet.com
                        kickass.to will become kickass.to.hidennet.com
                       FileStream.me will become filestream.me.hidennet.com

2. You can use TOR Browser

Click here to download TOR Browser

These methods work in most of the colleges including University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, IIT, NIT , SRM , VIT, LPU , ETC.


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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Airbus patents hypersonic jet that could fly four and a half times the speed of sound



European aerospace manufacturer Airbus has secured a new patent for an “ultra-rapid air vehicle” that the company says could travel over four and a half times faster than the speed of sound. This would allow the jet to travel from London to New York in just one hour instead of the 7 to 8 hours it takes a conventional airliner to cross the Atlantic.
The patent describes the craft as "an air vehicle including a fuselage, a gothic delta wing distributed on either side of the fuselage, and a system of motors able to propel the air vehicle." The jet uses three hydrogen-powered engines that work in sequential order to allow the vehicle to reach speeds of 3425 mph.


The craft will use two turbojets mounted under the fuselage to get off the ground. As it lifts off the runway, the jet will climb vertically until it nears the speed of sound. At this point, the turbojets will shut down and retract into the fuselage, leaving the rocket motor to take it up to an altitude of 100,000 feet. Once the Airbus reaches its cruising altitude, the rocket motor will shut down and retract into the plane. The wing-mounted ramjets would then take control to push the jet to its final speed of Mach 4.5.


Airbus says it has designed the craft’s aerodynamics to limit sonic boom and noise pollution. The now retired Mach 2 Concorde was prevented from operating over land due to complaints over sonic booms. Even at subsonic speeds, Concorde was much louder than other planes.


Airbus believes the jet could have military applications, allowing soldiers, equipment or weaponry to be transported great distances at speeds not possible using today’s aircraft. The company has also proposed a variant armed with high-power electromagnetic pulse weapons to conduct precision strikes on high-value targets.


The number of passengers on the aircraft will be limited to 20, meaning tickets for commercial flights are likely to be very expensive. "In the case of civil applications, the market envisaged is principally that of business travel and VIP passengers, who require transcontinental return journeys within one day," the patent states.

Deepak Gupta, owner of PatentYogi, explained that the new Airbus could make it possible to complete trips like Paris to San Francisco or Tokyo to Los Angeles in just three hours. For more information from Patent Yogi regarding the jet, see the video below.
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Monday, 3 August 2015

Turing , the most highly encrypted Android smartphone, opens reservation for its liquid-metal Turing Phone

Turing Phone, the most unconventional smartphone design in recent times is now available for reservation. It was slated to be available for pre-order starting July 31st.
New Turing Phone

According to Android Police, Turing Phone is not yet available for pre-order but users can select their color scheme and storage option and get confirmation for reservation mail. 

The Turing phone doesn’t have a headphone jack, doesn’t have micro-USB port for charging but its made of Liquidmorphium which is claimed to be tougher than titanium or steel. The Turing phone features 3GB RAM, a relatively older 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, 5.5-inch Full HD display, 13MP rear camera and 8MP secondary camera. It has a 3000 mAh non-removable battery and is IPx8 certified. Turing phone also has a fingerprint sensor, which has been placed on device’s left side unlike Apple/Samsung’s home button idea. 

The Turing phone isn’t about specs, its about security. The smartphone is end to end encrypted and features an Imitation Key that encrypts data aimed at enterprises to build their apps and transfer confidential data. Turing phone is priced at $610 for 16GB, $740 for 64GB or $870 for 128GB and is slated for a September launch.

Source Indian Express
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It is game of thrones in China as Xiaomi, Huawei fight for top spot

Apple still had a 12.2 per cent market share, but this declined during the quarter. However, China continues to top priority for Apple with revenues more than doubling (112% YoY) during the quarter.

The race for the smartphone throne in China, the world’s largest market for mobile phones, is turning out to be more intriguing than Game of Thrones itself. According to latest figures from research firm Canalys, Xiaomi regained its crown as the largest smart phone vendor with 15.9% market share, but only to find Huawei nipping on its heels with a 15.7% share. But thankfully for both of them, Apple is now in third place followed by Samsung and Vivo.

 “As market consolidation continues in China, one in three smart phones shipped were from Huawei or Xiaomi in Q2 2015,” the report said, adding that Huawei was the fastest growing vendor in the top ten growing 48% sequentially.

 “The China smart phone market continues to mature, remaining stagnant quarter-on-quarter. Competition among major brands has never been so intense. Huawei recorded the highest smart phone shipments in its history without compromising its product margin or profitability. Apple and Samsung have both increased their sales activities in the China market, expanding rapidly in channel coverage through flagship stores and small to medium size phone retailers respectively. Xiaomi is under immense pressure to maintain its top position in the quarters to come,” said Jingwen Wang, Analyst at Canalys. 

Couterpoint research substantiated these findings, while giving Xiaomi a slightly better lead of 0.4 per cent over Huawei. The report attributeed Xiaomi’s performance, after a two quarter dip, to the startup clearing out some older inventory left in the market and the release of new LTE models.

 “Redmi 2 and Mi Note were Xiaomi’s best-selling models during the quarter, global rollout and performance in other key markets such as India is helping Xiaomi to build some scale,” it said. However, the overall China smartphone market declined 2 per cent Year over Year while increasing 4 per cent sequentially, it said. “The weak growth was a result of muted economic environment, smartphone market saturation and lack of product related catalysts,” Counterpoint research said. The research firm said Huawei’s rise was mainly due strong demand for the Honor sub-brand and models such as the latest Ascend Mate and G series. 

Apple still had a 12.2 per cent market share, but this declined during the quarter. However, China continues to top priority for Apple with revenues more than doubling (112% YoY) during the quarter. The country could end up contributing almost US$60 Billion in revenues to the Apple’s total revenues and almost US$15 Billion in Operating income during CY2015. during the same quarter. 

Source Indian Express
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Thursday, 23 July 2015

New WhatsApp feature lets you mark messages as ‘unread’


HALLELUJAH

Finally, WhatsApp is letting users mark their messages as ‘unread’.
All you need to do is tap and hold the conversation and the app will add a little green spot to show the message as ‘unread’.

This of course makes it easier to work out who you have replied to and who you haven’t.
But the read message status inside the message will remain unaffected…. so there’s no pretending you haven’t read it yet.

The update will also allow users to mute conversations for eight hours, a week or even a year.
Tones, vibrations and pop-up notifications can also be customised. Google Drive backup could also be returning as well as a ‘low data’ option for WhatsApp voice calls.s

The downside? This feature is only available for Android phones at the moment and has to be downloaded manually.

But still. This is awesome news.

Source Metro


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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Bleacher Report banned in India ? How to open Bleacher Report in India even if it is blocked by Indian Government

“Your requested URL has been blocked as per the directions received from Department of Telecommunications, Government of India. Please contact administrator for more information.”

This is the message you will receive if you try to open Bleacherreport.com in India, as sources confirm that Department of Telecommunications has banned BR in India, since Bleacher Report is not opening in India we provide a Bleacher Report proxy to access it in India.



If you still wish to open BleacherReport.com , you must 


1.You can use the link below, it uses a VPN  proxy server to open BleacherReport and unblock it , it will provide you access to BR:


Link 1 Click here to open Bleacher Report

Link 2 Click here to open Bleacher Report

Link 3 Click here to go to BleacherReport using proxy







2.Download TOR Browser.Using TOR Browser , you can access any website in the world, irrespective of whether it is available in your country or not.

Click here to download TOR BROWSER


3.Refreshing the page a number of times may also open the link.


Share this page to help your friends access the BleacherReport
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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Symantec in talks to sell Veritas storage unit to Carlyle: source

Carlyle Group co-founder and CEO David Rubenstein participates in the Washington Ideas Forum, in Washington October 29, 2014.
Software security company Symantec Corp (SYMC.O) is in talks to sell its Veritas data storage business to private equity firm Carlyle Group LP (CG.O), a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

The exact status of the talks could not be learned. Bloomberg News reported earlier that Symantec was nearing a deal to sell Veritas to Carlyle for between $7 billion and $8 billion, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

The Reuters source asked not to be identified because the negotiations are confidential. Symantec did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while Carlyle declined to comment.

Symantec shares rose 2.64 percent in after-hours trading, after closing up 0.5 percent, at $22.79, in regular trade on the Nasdaq.

Symantec has been seeking buyers for Veritas for several months but interest from potential buyers had been limited because of a tax burden associated with splitting the company.

Symantec had been planning separate its business focused on corporate and consumer security software, which had $4.2 billion in revenue last year, from Veritas, which has about $2.5 billion in revenue. It announced the tax-free spinoff last October.

Investor pressure has been building on legacy technology companies such as Symantec to become more agile and capitalize on faster-growing businesses, whether it's through corporate breakups or divestitures.

In addition to Symantec, Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N) and eBay Inc (EBAY.O) have announced major breakups and spinoffs, and more could be on the way. Activist investor Elliott Management has been pressuring EMC Corp (EMC.N) to sell its stake in VMWare (VMW.N) and has urged Citrix Systems (CTXS.O) to create more shareholder value and sell some of its businesses.
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Microsoft plans major job cuts: NYT

Microsoft Corp, the world's largest software company, plans to announce a new round of layoffs as early as Wednesday as it tries to cut costs further, the New York Times reported.
The latest job cuts are in addition to the 18,000 jobs Microsoft said it planned to cut a year ago, the newspaper said, citing sources familiar with the matter.
The layoffs are expected to affect employees at the hardware group and other parts of the company, including the smartphone business that Microsoft acquired from Nokia last year, the newspaper said.
Reuters could not immediately reach Microsoft for comment outside regular U.S. business hours.
Last July, Microsoft kicked off one of the largest layoffs in tech history, saying it would slash up to 18,000 jobs, or 14 percent of its workforce, as it tries to become a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company.
In June, Microsoft said Stephen Elop, the former top boss at phone-maker Nokia, and three other high-level executives were leaving the company.
Microsoft is set to launch Windows 10 on July 29, the first operating system designed to run across PCs, tablets and phones.

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China's parliament publishes draft cybersecurity law

China's parliament has published a draft cybersecurity law that consolidates Beijing's control over data, with potentially significant consequences for internet service providers and multinational firms doing business in the country.

The document, dated Monday but picked up by state media on Wednesday, strengthens user privacy protection from hackers and data resellers but simultaneously elevates the government's powers to access, obtain records and block dissemination of private information deemed illegal under Chinese law.

The law has been under discussion in China for months.

Citing the need "to safeguard national cyberspace sovereignty, security and development," the proposed legislation is a milestone in China's effort to bolster its network against threats to the country's stability.

It will also enable the government to better regulate the flow of information in China.

Earlier in July, China's largely rubber stamp parliament passed a sweeping national security law that tightened government control in politics, culture, the military, the economy, technology and the environment.

But cybersecurity has been a particularly irksome area in relations with economic partners like the United States, which sees many recently proposed rules as burdensome or unfair to Silicon Valley firms.

Under the draft law, internet service providers must store data collected within China on Chinese territory; data stored overseas for business purposes must be government-approved. Network equipment must also be approved under testing standards issued by China's cabinet.

The government also reiterated its longstanding objective of requiring internet users to log in with their real names to services like messaging apps - though such drives have failed in the past.

The parliament said government agencies would issue additional guidelines for network security in "critical industries" such as telecoms, energy, transport, finance, national defence and military matters, government administration and other sensitive fields.

Parliament will take feedback on the proposed legislation until Aug. 5.

Source Reuters
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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Car dashboards that act like smart phones raise safety issues

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smart phones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them.

But are they really a good idea?

Car companies answer with an emphatic yes. They say outsized dashboard displays that behave more like smart phones will boost revenue and attract buyers. And they also insist the new screens will make driving less dangerous, because of well-integrated voice controls and large touch screens that will keep drivers from fumbling with more dangerous mobile phones.

But the increasingly elaborate screens have also sparked a broad debate about how much technology is appropriate in a car.

"I think they (the screens) raise serious public safety questions," said Joe Simitian, the former California lawmaker who spearheaded the state's laws on phone use while driving. "From a legislative standpoint, this is going to be something legislators struggle with for years to come."

“You can’t be looking at a screen and be looking at the road at the same time,” said David Strayer, a professor of cognition and neural science at the University of Utah, who has written several studies on distracted driving. The screens “are enabling activities that take your eyes off the road for longer than most safety advocates would say is safe.”

His research shows that reading the average text message—a function some of the screens support—takes four seconds, far longer than what he considers safe.

But for automakers and their customers, the souped-up screens are proving irresistible.

In an Audi A3, for example, drivers who sync their phones with their cars can check for mentions of themselves on Twitter and see those tweets on their dashboards—although not their full Twitter streams. They can upload photos taken on smart phones and request mapping to the place the photo was taken. Text messages pop up on the dashboard, in addition to being read out loud.

“If you don’t provide something that is useful, people will just use their smartphones, and we all know that’s the biggest driver distraction there is,” said Mark Dahncke, a spokesman for Audi.

Up to now, dashboard technology hasn’t factored highly into most car buying decisions, but carmakers expect it to become increasingly important over the next 3-5 years.

A recent study by the market research company J.D. Power found that about 15 percent of consumers rule out buying a car if it lacks the latest technology, compared with just 4 percent a year ago.

LITTLE REGULATION

Currently, dashboard displays are only lightly regulated. Many states forbid the airing of non-navigational videos by drivers while cars are in motion, except for safety video systems designed to help with backing up and other tasks.

Federal motor vehicle standards stipulate only a few rules, including that the brightness on displays be adjustable.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued driver-distraction guidelines for dashboard displays in moving cars. They advise against displays that include photographs or moving images unrelated to driving, and suggest that drivers shouldn’t need to tap a button or key more than six times to complete a task. But so far, the guidelines are voluntary, with automakers under no obligation to comply.

The auto industry has issued voluntary guidelines of its own. But in many cases, industry standards fall short of the government's. For example, the industry guidelines say that drivers should be able to complete tasks on the displays in a series of single glances that generally take no more than 2 seconds each, for a total of 20 seconds. But the government guidelines advise that drivers should be able to complete tasks in a series of 1.5 or 2 second glances, for a total of no more than 12 seconds.

Some critics find even that standard too lax.

"It should be set up so people can do it in just four glances," says Henry Jasny, vice president of the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a Washington, D.C.-based group funded by insurers and others. His group has asked for the government guidelines to become law, figuring that even imperfect mandatory rules would be better than no requirements, and that during the rulemaking process, the organization can fight for more stringent regulation.

Auto manufacturers are incorporating popular smartphone features into displays in different ways.

Some, such as Hyundai, are simply making their displays compatible with Android and iOS, the smartphone software from Google (GOOGL.O) and Apple (AAPL.O), so drivers can see a bare-bones version of their phone on the screen. Other companies, including Tesla, are creating elaborate systems that don’t rely on syncing with phones, but replicate many of the things consumers might use their phones to do, such as checking for nearby restaurants.

Making the in-dash displays as responsive as possible with minimal glances away from the road is a major goal, says Danny Shapiro, senior director of automotive for Nvidia, (NVDA.O) a company that makes hardware and software for displays featured in Audis and Teslas.

“What we’re doing is developing graphics that are intuitive, so you can gesture or swipe or zoom,” he said. “Something that responds like that, and is big, is much safer than a smartphone.”

So far, insurers haven’t taken a stand on the new souped-up displays. A large, interactive display on the dashboard would neither increase nor decrease policy rates, said a spokeswoman for the Insurance Information Institute, unless it was considered valuable enough to increase the risk of theft.

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Buffett donates record $2.84 billion to Gates, family charities

Warren Buffett meets young finalists in his Secret Millionaires Club 'Grow Your Own Business Challenge' in Omaha, Nebraska, United States, May 18, 2015.
 Warren Buffett on Monday donated about $2.84 billion of Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and four family charities, as part of the billionaire's plan to give away nearly all of his wealth.

The 10th annual donation, Buffett's largest, comprised 20.64 million Class "B" shares of Berkshire, and increased Buffett's total contributions to the charities to more than $21.5 billion.

The Gates Foundation, which focuses on improving education and health and reducing poverty, received about 15.76 million shares, or 76 percent of the total donated.

Also receiving donations were the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, named for Buffett's late first wife, and the Howard G. Buffett, Sherwood and NoVo Foundations, respectively overseen by his children Howard, Susan and Peter.

Buffett, 84, still owns 18.8 percent of Berkshire's stock. Forbes magazine on Monday estimated that would give him a net worth exceeding $64 billion, ranking fourth worldwide.

Bill Gates, the Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) co-founder, ranked first, at $78.7 billion, Forbes said after U.S. markets closed. Gates is also a Berkshire director, and a close friend and bridge partner of Buffett's.

Most of Buffett's holdings are in Class "A" stock, which gives him 32.9 percent of Berkshire's voting power.

Buffett typically makes his donations in July, reducing the number of shares by 5 percent from the prior year. Dollar amounts often rise because of increases in Berkshire's stock price.

The charities typically sell donated shares to finance their activities, reflecting Buffett's desire that the money be spent. Buffett also makes smaller donations to other charities.

Buffett has run Berkshire since 1965. The Omaha, Nebraska-based company has more than 80 businesses in such areas as insurance, railroads, energy and chemicals, and as of March 31 had more than $143 billion of stock and bond investments.

Berkshire also owns more than 325.4 million shares, or nearly 27 percent, of food and beverage company Kraft Heinz Co (KHC.O), which began trading on Monday. That stake is worth nearly $24 billion.

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Is Google's job ads algorithm sexist? New research hints so

Companies such as Google and Facebook generate revenue by tracking user behaviour around the Web and delivering targeted ads. How exactly this information is used remains a mystery, but a new research paper suggests some algorithmic judgments from Google’s ad system may be a little skewed.

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the International Computer Science Institute built a tool called AdFisher to probe the targeting of advertisements served up by Google on third party websites. 

According to a report presented last week by the MIT Technology Review, the researchers found that fake web users believed by Google to be male job seekers were much more likely than equivalent female job seekers to be shown a pair of ads for high paying executive jobs when they visited a news website.

AdFisher showed that a Google transparency tool called “ads settings”, which lets users view and edit the “interests” the company has inferred for them, does not always reflect potentially sensitive information being used to target the users.

Browsing sites aimed at people with substance abuse problems, for example, triggered a rash of ads for rehab programmes but there was no change to Google’s transparency page.

The researchers said what caused these specific patterns is unclear because Google’s ad-serving system is very complex.

Google uses its data to target ads but ad buyers can make some decisions about demographics of interest and also use their own data sources on people’s online activity to do additional targeting for certain kinds of ads.

The examples do not breach any specific privacy rules – although Google policy forbids targeting on the basis of “health conditions”.

Still, said Anupam Datta, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University who helped develop AdFisher, the research findings show the need for tools that uncover how online ad companies differentiate between people.

Google’s algorithms had got the firm into hot water last week when an African-American man looked in his Google Photos collection and discovered an automatically generated album of him and his black female friend labelled “gorillas”.

Google apologised, saying it was "appalled" that its new Photos app mistakenly labelled the black couple.

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

U.S. Intelligence Chief Points Finger at China for Data Hack

James Clapper


Large data breach left millions of Social Security numbers exposed

The most senior U.S. intelligence official has openly implicated China in a large hack of U.S. government data.

James Clapper, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, said Thursday that China was a “leading suspect” in a recent security breach that saw millions of personnel records of Americans stolen from government computers.

Previously, U.S. officials hadn’t named a suspect for the breach, which was disclosed in early June. Clapper mentioned China at an intelligence conference in Washington, D.C. “You have to kind of salute the Chinese for what they did,” he said, noting the difficulty of the attack.

Earlier this year Barack Obama signed an executive order that grants the Treasury greater ability to impose sanctions on countries who conduct cyberattacks against the U.S. China has denied involvement in the attack, which may have exposed as many as 18 million Social Security numbers.

Source Time 
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Saturday, 27 June 2015

The Secret Sites Cord Cutters Use to Stream Pay TV and Movies for Free

Piracy is a tricky subject, especially when it comes to pay TV. On one hand, there is little question that stealing is wrong, and streaming pay TV channels without paying for them is, without question, stealing. But on the other hand, television networks and pay TV service providers have created an industry that couldn’t possibly be more anti-consumer. Bundles force subscribers to pay for content they’ll never watch, customer service is atrocious, and shady deals prevent competition in each region so consumers rarely have choices.

At this point, cutting the cord is the only way consumers can fight back, but it obviously comes at a cost — most programming is no longer available as it airs. Beyond that, the networks might feel the sting but pay TV providers still win, since they also supply the country with high-speed Internet service.

Is piracy the answer?

People who steal content have different reasons for doing so, but “protest” is rarely among them. Money is typically the motivation — people don’t want to pay for things if they don’t have to. And the irony is more often than not, people who pirate content like movies and TV shows likely wouldn’t pay for that content even if they had no other choice.

Well, I can’t condone piracy. I wouldn’t even if I could — and I have admittedly pirated digital content myself. People who create content deserve to be paid for their work, and piracy steals money out of their pockets. Period.

But the pay TV market has to change. Thanks to networks like HBO and ESPN that are spearheading a shift toward online-only options, the market finally is changing. And of course, services like Netflix are playing a major role as well. But it’s not happening fast enough. Maybe, just maybe, losing customers more quickly will help networks realize that streaming their content independent of cable and satellite bundles is a big step in the right direction.

So let’s talk about the sites and services that cord cutters use to stream pay TV and movies for free.

In a recent article, I shared the news that pirate TV service cCloud TV had amassed more than 500 pay TV channels. The service doesn’t create pirate TV streams, but instead hunts them down around the web and provides access to them all in a single free interface available on nearly any computer, iPhone, Android phone, game console or set-top box.

Having all of those feeds in one place is nice, but service interruptions are common as feeds are shut down and new ones pop up.

Since publishing that article, a number of people have contacted me with recommendations for alternatives they believe to be better. I’ve combed through them all and come away with two in particular that seem to provide the best available experience for people looking to stream pay TV and movies for free.

More advanced users seem to flock to a piece of software called Kodi. The app is the next generation of the popular XBMC platform and the latest stable version is 14.1 “Helix.”

With Kodi, users can easily set up a very capable system that streams more than 1,000 channels for free. Kodi also facilitates DVR-like functionality, and some users even steal pay per view events with the software. Kodi itself isn’t necessarily intended to be used to pirate pay TV or steal movies, but it certainly puts the gun in the user’s hand, even if it doesn’t pull the trigger.

The second service that popped up in many emails is called Stream2Watch. This is a web app similar to cCloud TV that you access in your browser, and it provides multiple streams for each channel it offers. Available pay TV channels include HBO, Starz, Showtime, AMC, FX, TBS and many more, along with more than 100 international channels.

There are plenty of other websites, desktop apps and mobile apps out there that get the job done, but these seem to be among the more common ones among people who pirate pay TV. Perhaps as they grow more popular and as even more alternatives pop up, networks will finally realize that it’s time for the decades-old cable TV model to be rebuilt from the ground up.

You can only slap a fresh coat of paint on a rickety old shack so many times before it crumbles.

Source BGR
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