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Friday - October 31, 2014
U.S. government agencies may be warming to the cloud, with ambitions to significantly boost investment in the technology over the next four years. However, many millions of dollars in federal cloud projects could be at risk both currently and in the future, as a result of flawed contract procedures. Many agencies have had difficulty in meeting federal requirements and guidance covering cloud contracts with IT vendors, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency reported in September. [More...]

Friday - October 31, 2014
Welcome to another installment of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a weekly look at the treats and horrors revealed as manufacturers pull back their curtains. Behind door number one is a selection of updated activity trackers from one of the oldest dogs in the yard, with the other shiny prizes including a music controller, a smart accessory for police firearms, and the planet's thinnest smartphone. Nary a week goes by without some upstart announcing a new or updated fitness tracker. This time, however, it's one of the pioneers in the field. [More...]

Wednesday - October 29, 2014
Four days after the Shellshock vulnerability was disclosed, Incapsula's Web application firewall deflected more than 217,000 attempted exploits on more than 4,100 domains. The company recorded upwards of 1,970 attacks per hour, from more than 890 IPs around the world. Shellshock was expected to be far worse than the Heartbleed flaw, which was expected to impact about 17 percent of the secure Web servers worldwide. That added up to about 500,000 servers. That's because Shellshock lets the hacker take over -- whereas Heartbleed did not. [More...]

Thursday - October 30, 2014
Apple's debut of Apple Pay has been more than a little bumpy, and the company may be in for some additional negative press about its competitive position before the dust settles. However, there is one major factor in Apple's favor that could help it win the mobile payments tug-of-war in the end: time. Apple Pay's launch was marred somewhat by reports of banks double-billing some consumers. Worse, when the consumers turned to Apple, they were informed that it had no transaction records and therefore could do nothing to help. [More...]

 

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