Weekly tech bulletin for week ending 2015-06-07. Office of Personnel Management data breach serious.
Published: Sun, 07 Jun 2015 by Rad
Published: Jun 07, 2015 tech
A revolutionary game for PCs
Amazon is in the works of developing a revolutionary game for PCS that shall integrate Twitch and AWS cloud together for creating something unique. Although, Twitch has already been integrate in PS4 and Xbox One, but integration of AWS cloud and Twitch together would be unprecedented. Amazon§s stated goal in using AWS cloud and Twitch in the game is to provide a more immersive gameplay and unite players and viewers across all platforms.
Amazon itself has made it plain and clear that it is hiring the best talent among the gaming industry. It has already posted job postings and Amazon Game Studios has made it clear that it will only hire those who are the best in game design and technology. Amazon's team for games already has hot-shot former designers and developers who have got their hands christened with big titles like World of Warcraft, BioShock, Portal, Halo and Half-Life 2.
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Published: Jun 05, 2015 tech
Stiff competition from Android
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Published: Jun 07, 2015 software
Feature deprecation section - Windows Media Center cut
- If you have Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center and you install Windows 10, Windows Media Center will be removed.
- Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
- Windows 7 desktop gadgets will be removed as part of installing Windows 10.
- Windows 10 Home users will have updates from Windows Update automatically available. Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise users will have the ability to defer updates.
- Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts Games that come pre-installed on Windows 7 will be removed as part of installing the Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft has released our version of Solitaire and Minesweeper called the "Microsoft Solitaire Collection" and "Microsoft Minesweeper."
- If you have a USB floppy drive, you will need to download the latest driver from Windows Update or from the manufacturer's website.
- If you have Windows Live Essentials installed on your system, the OneDrive application is removed and replaced with the inbox version of OneDrive.
Windows 10 minimum system requirements: For running Windows 10 you will need 1 GHz processor or faster, 2GB RAM for 64-bit system, 20GB of hard disk space for 64-bit OS, DirectX9 graphics cardSource: Windows 10 specification page
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Published: Jun 04, 2015 legal
Curbing abusive lawsuits
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Published: Jun 02, 2015 tech
Mysterious algorithm error
For a time, anyone typing Google into Google from an Egyptian computer got a page belonging to Mr Saber El-Toony as the first result despite the fact that his business doesn't include the keyword and is in no way related.
When contacted Mr El-Toony said that he had not done anything to promote his page. In fact, other than a vast increase in the number of phone calls he had received, he seemed unaware of his new high ranking.
However, why would Google think that this HVAC technician's page is the most relevant thing to show when people search for Google's exact-match brand keyword?!
"Google" should be the most difficult keyword to rank for. Nobody should be able to outrank Google for their own name on their own search engine. It is like the only thing that holds "the matrix" from falling apart. At least for SEOs.
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Published: Jun 03, 2015 tech
Warnings from technical experts
"So let me be crystal clear: Weakening encryption or taking it away harms good people who are using it for the right reason,"Apple CEO Tim Cook
Cook said that adding encryption backdoors for law enforcement would weaken the security of all devices and "is incredibly dangerous". The audience at the Electronic Privacy Information Center awards dinner, which was honoring a variety of privacy experts and activists, reportedly responded warmly to Cook's words.
First, forcing American companies to weaken encryption would fundamentally change the relationship between government, the private sector, and citizens for the worse. How could you trust Apple to protect your privacy if its primary privacy tool is broken?
Second, any intentional backdoor meant for law enforcement can also be accessed by hackers. "It is important to remember that computer code and encryption algorithms are neutral and have no idea if they're being accessed by an FBI agent, a terrorist, or a hacker," the congressmen wrote.
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Published: Jun 04, 2015 tech
Management capabilities are a vital differentiator
For public, private and hybrid clouds, management capabilities are a vital differentiator and something that becomes even more important as CIOs decide to move large IT systems from traditional on-site installations.
OpenStack has in the last couple of years become the go-to choice for vendors, including IBM and Cisco, that want to offer a private cloud platform. But the software is still maturing and the development of better management capabilities and tools is a key part of that process.
The Cisco and IBM acquisitions are part of the vendors' efforts to speed up OpenStack development. Whether the IBM and Cisco acquisitions help spur enterprises to implement OpenStack on a larger scale than they have so far remains to be seen. Not everyone is convinced that the market for OpenStack implementations will rapidly pick up anytime soon. OpenStack vendor Nebula, for example, shut down in April, saying: "We are deeply disappointed that the market will likely take another several years to mature."
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Published: Jun 05, 2015 security
Foreign government player suspected
According to the OPM's official announcement it first became aware of the incident in April of this year. The OPM says that as a result of the incident it will begin sending out notifications to around four million individuals starting on Monday.
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