Pope Benedict XVI has given a tentative thumbs-up to micro-blogging sites such as Twitter, but explained to his followers that they may reap more spiritual reward by just piping down a bit online.
In his annual message ahead of the Catholic church’s World Communications Day, the Pontiff chose to focus on the virtue of silence in the modern world - but proved he can also mix with Web 2.0 trendies in a thinly veiled reference to Twitter and its ilk.
“Attention should be paid to the various types of websites, applications and social networks which can help people today to find time for reflection and authentic questioning, as well as making space for silence and occasions for prayer, meditation or sharing of the word of God,” he said. Read more...
It has been a little over a year since Google first showed off ChromeOS, and around six months since the first commercial systems were released for sale by Samsung and Acer. There’s new hardware scheduled for later this year, but the operating system – indeed the very notion of a browser-based operating system – appears to have found little traction in the wider industry.
However, according to Caesar Sengupta, product management director at Google, the company is playing the long game with ChromeOS, making steady improvements in the system as it stands and letting it find its market.
“As Google we haven’t really pushed these devices yet,” he told The Register. “This is so important to us, we can’t rush it.” Read more...
Nvidia lowered its revenue forecast Tuesday for the quarter ending Jan. 29, citing the impact of the hard disk drive (HDD) shortage caused by the Thailand floods on its mainstream GPU business.
Competitors Intel and Advanced Micro Devices also reported that they were affected by the floods, as HDD manufacturers like Western Digital start to bring their operations back to normal in Thailand.
Research firm Gartner however warned earlier this month that the major impact of the HDD shortage after the floods will be felt in the first half of this year, and even potentially continue through the year. The shortage had a limited impact on fourth quarter PC shipments and prices, but PC shipment growth could be temporarily affected during 2012, it said. Read more...
In his State of the Union Speech, President Barack Obama Tuesday night attacked offshoring, urged businesses to bring jobs back to the U.S., and renewed his appeal for visa reforms to keep foreign students from returning home after earning advanced degrees.
Obama Tuesday made many references to tech, to business start-ups and to innovation in the speech.
He urged Congress to back policies that help "every risk-taker and entrepreneur who aspires to become the next Steve Jobs."
Laurene Powell Jobs, his widow, was among the invited guests.
Obama to date has had mixed record in the IT sector, especially in returning tech manufacturing jobs from offshore.
Obama has had no success in persuading Congress to undertake employment-based immigration reform and last year also appealed to Congress to give green cards to foreign students earning advanced degrees. Read more...
Amazon Web Services has launched a public beta test of AWS Storage Gateway, which allows enterprises to back up application data in Amazon's cloud using a software appliance, the company said on Tuesday.
The Storage Gateway appliance is a virtual machine that runs on VMware's virtualization software. It uses an iSCSI interface to integrate with applications.
The appliance stores data on local storage hardware, while uploading backup snapshots to Amazon's cloud. This provides low-latency access to data and off-site backups in the cloud, Amazon wrote in a blog post.
There is no limit to the amount of storage that a single gateway can upload to Amazon's S3 (Simple Storage Service). But each gateway can handle up to 12TB of local storage and up to 12 storage volumes. Those that need more local capacity can ask Amazon for special permission, according to a FAQ that details the service. Read more...
There's a war underway throughout our networks, with carriers and ISPs in the thick of it. But for fear of network disruptions or increased cost of service, many ISPs and carriers have shied away from securing the traffic that flows through their wires.
Network security and analytics firm Kindsight hopes to get ISPs more engaged on that front. Today, the company -- a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent rolls out its Kindsight Security Analytics platform, designed to help service providers analyze network traffic for malware and aggregate network security statistics. According to Kevin McNamee, security architect and director of Kindsight Security Labs, the platform provides insight into subscriber infections so Internet service providers and mobile operators can identify and mitigate malicious activity.
It's no surprise that malware on ISP and mobile networks is growing. What does raise an eyebrow is how many end users are infected at any given time and how high that percentage spikes during new outbreaks.
McNamee says, as measured by Kindsight Security Labs, approximately nine to 14 percent of home networks are infected on a typical day. The number of infected home users can spike to 30 percent during outbreaks. Mobile malware is also escalating, having increased 400 percent over a three-month period in late 2011.
"It's become increasingly difficult for home users, enterprises and ISPs to keep up with the threat," says McNamee. "Malware is getting better at shutting down anti-malware defenses during infection, and end users don't always have it running. What's needed is analysis of the network traffic to understand the extent and specific types of malware among subscribers so appropriate action can be taken."
Kindsight aims to catch malware such as spambots, banking Trojans and spyware based on the activity they create on the network. Kindsight works by deploying sensors that tap on the carrier network, including peering points, that analyze traffic using its own custom-developed sensors, as well as those it acquires from other security vendors. For botnets and mobile (as well as other forms of) malware, Kindsight also attempts to identify the command-and-control protocol used by these applications to "phone home" their reports on stolen data.
Analysts believe there is more carriers could do to keep their pipes cleaner. "It makes great sense for service providers to be performing monitoring," says Pete Lindstrom, research director at Spire Security. "For instance, looking for botnet command-and-control is clearly one area that is problematic, and which they have an ideal view for rapid identification.
SAP said Wednesday that it had exceeded its guidance for revenue and profit in 2011, its best year in its 40-year history, and was positioned to exceed its revenue target of €20 billion ($26 billion) in 2015.
The company said it expects full-year 2012 non-IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) software and software-related service revenue to grow in the range of 10 to 12 percent at constant currencies, with its proposed acquisition of SuccessFactors contributing up to two percentage points.
SAP said it had significant momentum going into 2012.
The $3.4 billion acquisition of SuccessFactors, announced in December, will bring to SAP a range of cloud-based human resources software as well as expertise in the cloud market. The company expects to close the transaction in the first quarter. Read more...
Before being a geek was the ‘it’ thing, we had to conceal our true identities in fear of being made fun of, outcast and pointed at. Things have now changed and we are able to proudly shout that we are geeks. People have gone to great lengths to prove how great we are and have even made attempts to define us as sexy, trendy and generally awesome.
No matter how far back in my life I think about, I have always been a geek. From trying to figure out how to program our VCR when I was 3, to spending hours playing Oil Panic and using my small toolkit to disassemble anything I could get my hands on (from toy car to Walkman). I have to say that I was lucky, my family accepted who I am and never pushed me into sports or anything I wouldn’t enjoy. Instead they signed me up for programming lessons when I was 10, and the rest is history. Read more...
Security researchers who noted the slip-up did not know whether the bogus app contained malware because they had been unable to grab a copy before Apple yanked it from the App Store.
On Saturday, the iPhoneography blog announced that a new App Store entry was fake.
The App Store listing touted Camera+ version 4.0, and listed the price at $0.99.
Although the real Camera+ -- created by Tap Tap Tap -- is sold for the same price, it's only at version 2.4. Read more...
A Russian man who was accused Monday by Microsoft of creating the Kelihos botnet worked for a pair of security-related firms from 2005 to 2011, according to evidence on the Web.
In an amended complaint filed yesterday in federal court, Microsoft identified the man as Andrey Sabelnikov of St. Petersburg.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Sabelnikov worked for two Russian companies that specialize in security, including the antivirus firm Agnitum, for the last six years.
Agnitum, which is based in St. Petersburg, develops and sells a Windows antivirus product called OutPost Antivirus Pro as well as a personal firewall for Windows PCs. A company spokesman confirmed today that Sabelnikov worked for the firm from September 2005 until November 2008. Read more...