Category Archives: Technology News

The moon now has a better internet connection than you do

After months of testing, it looks like the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration is ready to be deployed in a real world scenario. Among other things, it likely means that we can send HD video into space at a greater speed than you can stream it to your home. http://www.geek.com/science/the-moon-now-has-a-better-internet-connection-than-you-do-1585053/

The 10 Worst Passwords of 2013

You no longer have to be a security geek to use a password management tool, experts say. Password management tools have matured and contain a wide variety of capabilities to take the strain off of accessing a bank account, website or service with a strong password. Many programs use strong encryption and contain syncing features… Read more »

5 lessons for CIOs in the age of the cloud

Founded in 1899, Chiquita is proof positive that use of cloud — at least in the form of software-as-a-service (SaaS) products — is no longer just the province of startups and web 2.0 companies. The adoption of these technologies is integral to how older, established companies compete. And it’s a big part of how Chiquita… Read more »

Lost in a Snap: How Should We React to Online Security Breaches?

“The way I look at it, there are two kinds of online services — the ones who have been hacked and lost private data and the ones who will be hacked and will lose private data in the future,” Paul Saffo, a technology forecaster and managing director at Discern Analytics, told The Wrap. http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140131175129-1523803-lost-in-a-snap-how-should-we-react-to-online-security-breaches?trk=eml-ced-b-art-Ch-4&midToken=AQF1vFAYZcHuqA&ut=1s1eYPPkufUC41/

NADELLA TO HEAD MICROSOFT; GATES LEAVES CHAIR ROLE

Microsoft has named Satya Nadella, an executive in charge of the company’s small, but growing business of delivering software and services over the Internet, as its new CEO. Company founder Bill Gates is leaving the chairman role for a new role as technology adviser. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/nadella-head-microsoft-gates-leaves-chair-role/

Data Security Is an Art, Not Just a Science

Far too often, the mandate for data security is simply to “secure it,” and people often think of data security as a set of clear choices. This is in contrast to privacy, which is understood as a set of muddy policy issues. But data security is, in fact, quite muddy itself.

Microsoft Joins Open Compute Project

Microsoft is contributing a specification it uses for the cloud servers that run services like Windows Azure, Bing and Office 365. What disruption will this cause and is it an industry game changer? http://www.crn.com/news/data-center/240165744/microsoft-open-sources-cloud-server-designs.htm?cid=nl_alert&elqTrack=true

Google lays $2.7M on the line for Pwnium hacking contest

Google yesterday said it would again host its Pwnium hacking contest at a Canadian security conference in March, putting $2.7 million at stake to draw out researchers who can hack its browser-based operating system, Chrome OS. Dubbed Pwnium 4, the challenge will again pit researchers against Chrome OS, but this year will let them choose… Read more »