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Archive for August 2012

4G or not 4G… Superfast broadband in a mobile world

28 Aug 2012

Nick Ballard at Geo writes: So after many years of speculation, debate and bandwidth envy, there seems like a genuine chance that the UK will at last move forward and begin to catch up the rest of the technology world with the launch of 4G services in 2013.

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From the Device to the Server: Google Wallet Simplifies Approach to Mobile Payments

22 Aug 2012

Jose Diaz, Technical and Strategic Business Development, Thales writes: Earlier this month, Google announced that consumers would have the ability to enlist their own financial card information onto their Google Wallet instead of waiting for their bank to board their card credentials. This approach supports the ‘consumer centric’ model for mobile payments vs. having interested parties such as banks, mobile network operators, etc. in control.

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Woz is Worried About “Everything Going to the Cloud” — the Real Issue is Giving Up Control

14 Aug 2012

Nati Shalom, Gigaspaces writes: In a recent article, Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs, predicted "horrible problems" in the coming years as cloud-based computing takes hold. 

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Designing Cloud Data Centers: Unearthing Hidden Truths And Potentials

09 Aug 2012

James Young at CommScope writes: It is official: the cloud is impacting data center design. More than just a facelift, the changes are occurring right at the infrastructure design and implementation process–and it is about time.

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Lessons Learned from Mat Honan’s Epic Hacking

09 Aug 2012

Rob Sobers at Varonis writes: “Password-based security mechanisms — which can be cracked, reset, and socially engineered — no longer suffice in the era of cloud computing.”

If you haven’t read Gizmodo writer Mat Honan’s gut-wrenching play-by-play of how his entire digital life was evaporated in the matter of hours, do yourself a favor and Instapaper it. Or, if you’re too busy to read the whole article, I’ve created a quick-and-dirty summary that retraces the hacker’s steps and highlights some steps we can take to protect ourselves from similar attacks.

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Dropbox – Please Reset Everyone’s Password

02 Aug 2012

Rob Sobers, technical manager at Varonis writes:  This week, Dropbox confirmed that they were indeed hacked.  They issued a blog post explaining:

"Our investigation found that usernames and passwords recently stolen from other websites were used to sign in to a small number of Dropbox accounts. We’ve contacted these users and have helped them protect their accounts."

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