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California Governor Signs Law for Electronic Search Warrants

California Governor Jerry Brown rebooted his thoughts on protecting personal data that is digital for searches from law enforcement. After similar proposals had been rejected a number of times by Brown in the past, on Thursday the Governor signed sweeping Senate Bill 178 into law. The measure requires agencies in law enforcement to obtain search warrants prior to accessing the electronic devices of someone, or requesting private communications stored on the same, such as text messages, e-mail and data on geo-location. Senator Mark Leno from San... 
 

Malware Allows Illegal Poker Players Online to Look at Cards

Gamblers have been warned about a poker scam online that allows perpetrators to cheat their way to win. Hackers are using a malicious spyware that sneaks a look at the virtual poker hand of a player on popular poker sites. They are then signing into games that the player is playing and betting against that player to increase the stakes and steal all their money. The online scam was first spotted by experts at Eset a security firm based in San Diego and it affects people that have accounts on Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars. The spyware is named Win32/Spy.Odlanor. Like... 
 

Why is SaaS Proving So Popular with Floridian SMEs?

Software as a Service, or SaaS as it is more commonly referred to, is fast becoming the go-to way for businesses to solve their software problems. Gone are the days of stray discs and lengthy contracts, SaaS is taking over. On-demand software is revolutionising the way that businesses adopt new technology. Since its arrival in the late nineties, SaaS has taken the world by storm, but why is this the case? We dug a little deeper to find out. Keeping up with the ever changing landscape As represented by Moore’s law, computing power is growing at... 
 

Blood Test Reveals All Viruses Ever to Enter Body

Each time a person is infected with a virus, the body’s immune system produces a set of antibodies that are meant to specifically combat that particular virus. The antibodies often far outlive the infection and can provide a type of catalog of the different viruses a person was exposed to. This footprint of the immune system has been used often to identify the history of viral infections of people, but the tests that exist today are limited to testing just one type or at the most a couple of virus strains each time. The tests are primarily used... 
 

Levi’s and Google Making Smart Clothing to Interact with Devices

Well known companies Levi’s and Google have agreed to team up to make clothing that is digitally connected. Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, referred to as ATAP, is working with fabric that is able to sense touch. Using a new form of conductive yarn as well as woven multi-touch panels, they are able to turn normal clothes into devices that are interactive. While wearing the clothing that is made from the special fabric, the wearer can swipe his or her hand over the sleeve of her jacket or side of a pair of pants to silence a... 
 

Sony Turns All Glasses Into Smart Ones

If you are not a really big fan of the Google Glass just yet, Sony looks forward to you considering its completely new detachable display and giving it a chance. The tech giant and manufacturer based in Japan has just announced the prototype for a head mounted display, which can easily attach to any kind of eyewear, to display data and information on the small HD OLED display. The device is more like Glass than the previous wearable by Sony, which was just a normal pair of glasses that were able to project graphics and green text onto the lenses. Sony’s... 
 

Passwords Are Now Closer to Disappearing Than Ever Before

Will passwords and usernames soon be something of days gone by? It is possible that the answer to that question is yes, as long as the advancements in encryption proceed as they currently are. An alliance in California is trying to find new and advanced ways to access websites without using password and username logins. This week they published their final details of new a standard for logging in that is more secure and universal. Using help from companies like eBay, PayPal and Google, the alliance would like to create an easier way to login to... 
 

Pre-Order Demand for iPhone 6 Causes Networks to Crash

The phone networks in the UK and even at Apple, are struggling under the heavy demand for the pre-orders of the new next generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As of Friday, pre-orders can be taken for the newest phone by Apple, but the stores online and brick and mortar must fix the snags in the process so the consumer can reserve their smartphone. Today the pre-orders opened for the new larger screen iPhones prior to the official launch scheduled for Friday September 19, which is the date the phones that are pre-ordered should be set for delivery. The... 
 

Pokemon Rumor Helps Nintendo Rise

Nintendo Co jumped in trading in Tokyo after its new video game Mario Kart 8 passed the 1 million sales mark in the U.S. and its affiliate The Pokemon Co. said a trading card game online would be released as an app for the iPad by Apple, Inc, the Cupertino, Californian technology behemoth. Nintendo was up 4% to 11,739 yen, which is the most in over four months helping it to par its decline to 16% this year. Mario Kart 8 is just the second title under Wii U to sell over 1 million units. It joins New Super Mario Bros, U, said the company. The Pokemon... 
 

Power Shifting in Technology Business

The contrasting news and financial results from three of the world’s tech giants last week illustrates how there has been a shift in power in the industry the last couple of years. The three companies included Microsoft, IBM and Google. Internet advertising and search giant Google posted results for the second quarter that were better than had been expected, but in direct contrast with IBM’s financial results. Google’s second quarter growth in revenue was 22% and the company enjoyed one of its biggest in head count for a quarter increase this... 
 

Apple Teams Up With IBM

Apple first introduced its Macintosh computer back in 1984 with an ad during the Super Bowl portraying IBM its rival as Big Brother. However, now IBM is a partner with Apple in the Cupertino, California based company’s first major jump into corporate sales. The former bitter rivals have teamed up to tackle what the two believe to be the next wave in computing in the workplace: mobile devices. The match is sensible, Apple dominates the market of tablets, while IBM maintains a strong reputation with companies for its services and most importantly... 
 

Apple Acquires Spotsetter for Competing Against Google Maps

Late last week it was reported that Apple quietly purchased Spotsetter, a map service that is personalized and that will be to help the Cupertino, California based tech giant complete with search engine Google Maps. A report from a technology news site says that the deal was completed mainly to take the technology created and now utilized by the start-up Spotsetter and its co-founders, both of whom have a great deal of experience in the industry. Stephen Tse once an engineer with Google Maps was joined by Johnny Lee a former Siemens consultant and... 
 

Google Acquires Quest Visual

Google has acquired Quest Visual a translation startup. On Friday, Google confirmed it bought the startup that specializes in using smartphones for translating billboards, signs as well as other written words all in real time. Quest Visual along with the technology in its Word Lens app will be a part of the team at Google devoted to developing services and features for translation. The terms of Google’s acquisition were not released and no official comment was made by the tech behemoth. Quest however said in one of its blog posts that Word Lens... 
 

New Version of Android’s Best Phone is Leaked

The HTC One is thus far in the year, one of the year’s best phones. The phone has changed everything once again, but it will not be the only smartphone from HTC’s One family during 2014. The company, says Industry insiders, is expected to launch in the near future, a new HTC One mini 2 device, which is slightly less expensive and smaller than the version of the top handset. After specs on the new device were leaked a couple of months ago, a new leak is back for the HTC One mini 2. This leaker has had an accurate record when reporting leaks on... 
 

Smartphone Bill with Kill Switch Legislation DOA in California

Legislation was voted down this week by lawmakers in California that would have made it law for cell phone makers to have a “kill switch” preinstalled on each phone sold in California. The measure was initiated by supporters who deemed it an attempt at curbing identity and smartphone theft. Senator Mark Leno sponsored the Senate legislation. Leno is a Democrat who represents San Francisco. Only a vote of 19-17 in favor on Thursday was received, failing to reach the 21 votes that are mandatory. The legislation would have forced all smartphone... 
 

Heartbleed Bug Exposes Data on Internet

A recently discovered security bug dubbed Heartbleed has been able to expose millions of passwords, usernames as well as credit cards, a huge problem that computer hackers could have taken advantage of over the past two years that it was undetected. This new breach is unlike the majority of others reported over the last few years, where one Internet site or another was hacked or had let its guard down. This time the flaw is in a code designed to make sure servers are secure – the tens of thousands of different servers on which information is stored... 
 

Silk Road 2 Hacked for Allegedly $2.7 Million

Silk Road 2 the anonymous marketplace online said it was hacked which resulted in the loss of every bitcoins its customers had. A site administrator said the hackers were able to manipulate the computer code, which enabled them to withdraw more than $2.7 million worth of the online currency. This follows attacks that were similar on two individual exchanges earlier in the week. Both of those exchanges trade in bitcoins. The Silk Road 2 site has been known for its sale of illegal items including drugs. It is only accessible by using Tor, a network... 
 
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