Tech news roundup – 14/05/2014

Aaaand I’m already late the party. I was in Amsterdam yesterday attending a meeting so I didn’t have the time or the Wi-Fi to get a good tech news roundup in.

At any rate I hope you haven’t missed me too much and are ready to dive into some choice news!

Samsung have made a bit of a blunder in revealing the specs and looks of their new tablet the Galaxy Tab 6 in a filing to the FCC in the US.

Facebook has said that it wants to open an office in China despite the company’s social network being banned in the country since 2009.

In a landmark ruling, search engines in Europe will be liable for the data that is shown by their results. Google has been successfully brought to court over failing to remove a man’s credentials.

As always, here’s the rest:

Samsung Galaxy S Tab specs revealed in FFC filing

Apple WWDC 2014: iOS 8, iWatch and OS X 10.10

Security being left in the dust amidst rising cloud adoption

AWS adds professional exams to cloud certification scheme

OpenStack Marketplace aims to clear up open-source confusion

Facebook wants to open an office in China by 2015

Office iPad apps top 27m downloads in 6 weeks

Box to light up General Electric with cloud collaboration

Google has to delete private data, says EU court

Samsung Galaxy S5 ships 10 million units in 25 days

IBM CEO outlines 10-year growth plan for Big Blue

Amazon CTO: focus on the customer to aid cloud adoption

Heartbleed bug still a threat after flawed patches

Apple iPhone 6 release set for August?

Data breach leaves Bitly accounts compromised

Met Police to trial body cameras

Apple waves goodbye to US sales head and PR chief

Is Microsoft planning a smartwatch?


Wednesday technews roundup – 07/05/14

It’s been a while since I did one of these!

But now I’m back with some lovely fresh news for all of you who look to WordPress (and me) for what’s going on in tech.

I’ll hopefully be doing these every Wednesday to keep everyone informed, since it seems to be when the news really peaks for us in the office.

So, without further ado, here we go!

HP have announced their new Helion portfolio, offering enterprise customers an open source solution to their cloud management whilst also protecting them from indemnity.

On the weirder side of cloud, spreadsheets hosted in it are being used to track Mexican immigrants and pregnant goats.

Google has caused a bit of a stir as emails have emerged detailing that they may have been a bit more friendly with the NSA than they claimed.

As always, here’s the lot, below:

HP backs open source cloud computing with Helion launch

Immigrants and goats tracked by cloud-based spreadsheets

Controversial copyright firm sets sights on UK

Cloud storage users accidentally leak vital data

Leaked emails show NSA’s close ties with Google

Oculus Rift headset trialled by Norwegian army

Companies confused by cloud security with encryption on the rise

AMD banks on ARM & x86 merger with Project SkyBridge

Symantec: “Anti-virus software is no moneymaker”

US court orders cloud providers to hand over customer data

Tesco to follow-up Hudl success with Samsung Galaxy S5 “challenger”

OneNote for Mac & iPhone receives functionality boost

Apple, Google & Microsoft set to notify users of government data requests

Apple headphones to feature health monitors in future?

Almost one-fifth of UK theft leads to data loss

“Dark Wallet” bitcoin software aims to keep users anonymous

Drop in data breach fines despite uptick in security leaks

Microsoft reinforces commitment to UK start-ups

Some form of tech roundup!

I’m really losing track of what, who, when or where my news is! My life has been a whirlwind of half-days, trips to London and interviews! The good news is that I have now attained another freelance position at the very snazzy ITProPortal, so effectively my new output will double! On top of that I have a second-stage interview next week with the IT powerhouses of ITPro and CloudPro, where hopefully I can wow them with my tiny blog statistics and (ahem) wit.

This week, last week’s and everything in between roundup will be a slap dash affair I’m afraid, even more so as I’m doing it on a Thursday instead of a Friday, when I should really be doing it!

So what do we have? Tumblr has ramped up security on its site with two-stage authentication, while Google and AWS battle it out in the competition to see who can cut cloud prices the furthest. Facebook, Paypal and Ashton Kutcher (?!) have all invested in a secretive AI firm, while employees are going against company wishes to use commercial cloud services.

Here’s all of the news:

Avatars and exoskeletons to feature in world’s first Bionic Olympics in 2016

Rogue employees filling corporate cloud gap with Dropbox, OneDrive and iCloud

Nokia Lumia 630 specs leaked ahead of release

AWS announce new price cuts in cloud discount war with Google

Exploit in Microsoft Word lets hackers infiltrate systems

Tumblr locks up with two-stage authentication

Enterprise thin client shipments reached new high in 2013

Survey finds four-fifths of businesses unprepared for cyber attacks


Autocorrect is making me lazy

I am a person who has small things in life upon which to pride themselves, unless you count spending more than 1300 hours on Football Manager a life achievement. I therefore have to look to other sources for something to think of as a special talent, or a latent ability. I’ve always been good at writing, and as a byproduct, spelling and grammar.

Now though, a new villain has been engineering a way to separate me from even that simplest of comforts, that I can write well.

I can’t touch type and never have but I nevertheless have quite a fast typing speed, even considering that I still use the plodding index fingers-only method. However, on occasion, when I’m in full flow and when I am typing, for example, from a press release or something on another screen, I can often go long periods without looking at the keyboard.

That occurrence has now moved across to my everyday typing, especially in situations where I am distracted. What was once reserved for speed-writing articles I now use for Google searches and Facebook chats: here the problem lies.

When you try to type fast often you’ll make silly mistakes and words will often turn into a mess of consonants and punctuation. Google doesn’t mind that though and often will interpret what you type quite well, most times finding exactly what you’re looking for.

This type of Pavlovian training may seem useful at first, but I have found myself typing away into the that little search box oftentimes not even trying to write properly. A search for local restaurants becomes ‘restarents in hudnftingn’ and directions to the train station becomes ‘directioj from bruightn statuion to peri’. Google will buzz and spin and come back with “did you mean ‘directions from Brighton station to the pier’?” and I will happily click away, not even noticing the degradation of my own fastidious standards.

I only hope this won’t affect my actual writing, so that my pre-editing articles become massive blocks of squiggly red lines that I can just press a button to fix. I’m fairly sure the great writers of yesteryear never had a helpful hint to tell them their ‘e’ and ‘i’ were the wrong way around. Oscar Wilde would never have penned:

W2e are all in the gutetr, buts ome ofus are loodmign at the stas.

Then, in an editors note underneath:

Did you mean “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”?

This week’s tech news roundup

Once again I’m horribly late to round up the news, but life gets in the way sometimes, and I was enjoying my weekend far too much!

So, here we have an update for the week of the 24th to the 28th. There’re some big goings on at Google, who have peeved more than a few by taking the stance to disable any apps that have not been downloaded from their own app store. I suppose when you start filling your company with ex-Microsoft employees you’re bound to start to turn into a consumer-ignoring super-corp, right? Gartner has also raised a few eyebrows by predicting that 33% of the Fortune 100 companies will have an ‘information crisis’ by 2017. It’s of course only a coincidence that their management convention is around the corner.

Here’s the rest of last week’s news, enjoy!

Acision lights messaging Fuze for telcos with white-label app

Gartner predicts third of major firms will suffer information crisis by 2017

Chrome rubs beta users the wrong way with update

Office 2013 Service Pack 1 outed with stability and security fixes

Kaspersky Lab launches Fraud Prevention Platform

PayPal and Samsung let Galaxy S5 owners shop with a finger tap

Government announces £250 million broadband boost

MWC 2014: EE forges new 4G deal with Nokia Solutions Network

Emporia handsets aim to push the right buttons

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