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UK web users are the most likely targets for phishing scams in the world

UK web users are the most likely targets for phishing scams in the world

Phishing scams are a problem around the world -- and it's likely that one or more was at least partly responsible for the Fappening -- but it seems that it is more of a problem in some places than others.

Just about all of us have received emails that contain malicious links, but analysis by Proofpoint found that web users in the UK are more than two and a half times as likely to receive phishing mail as those in the US. Germany fairs much better, receiving just a fifth of the number of scam emails as the UK. But these numbers are not the whole story -- phishing emails account for just a portion of unwanted emails.

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Microsoft announces new line of accessories for Windows, Android, iOS, and Xbox One


Regardless of your opinion of Microsoft or its venerable Windows operating system, there is one thing that is undeniable; the company makes great hardware. If the world is ever destroyed by a comet or nuclear war, probably the only thing left remaining will be Microsoft mice (they are that tough).

Today, Microsoft announces some brand new accessories designed to improve the lives of consumers. However, the focus is not only on interfacing with its own products like Windows and Xbox One. No, Apple's iOS and Google's Android are invited to the party too.

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PagerDuty delivers advanced reporting and visualization

Data graph report

Monitoring of IT systems is only effective if you're able to interpret the data you collect and act on it in a timely manner. This is especially true when it comes to resolving incidents.

Operations performance management company PagerDuty is launching new advanced analytics tools to provide IT teams with insights into team and system performance. Using operational metrics like incident frequency and time taken to respond and resolve, companies can now drive even faster incident resolution. At the same time it gives managers the opportunity to understand and improve the key factors that drive uptime.

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Ant-sized chip could pave the way for the 'next wave of wireless devices'

Ant sized chip

Engineers at Stanford University have developed a radio the size of ant that they claim could make a big impact on the fledgling Internet of Things (IoT) market.

The computer chip, which is just a few millimeters across, is powered by harvesting radio signals and so requires no external power.

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New Dell partnership strengthens enterprise risk management

Insider threat

In the event of a major problem, whether it's a cyber attack, political unrest or a natural disaster, getting critical information to the right people in a timely manner is crucial.

To address this, Dell Software has formed a partnership with enterprise risk visualization software company, IDV Solutions to integrate Dell's AlertFind enterprise notification solution with IDV's Visual Command Center. The combined product will give companies the ability to monitor and respond to security threats by enabling communication with affected employees when a risk occurs (via email, text, voice, pager or fax) and track real-time status of message recipients to know who has responded and who may require assistance.

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Oculus VR could revolutionize education


Facebook’s Oculus VR wants to transform the school classrooms of the future with a new breed of virtual reality [VR] headset that its creators think will be big part of the education sector.

Brendan Iribe, chief executive of Oculus VR, told The Chronicle of Higher Education that his prototype that secured the $2 billion [£1.2 billion] takeover by Facebook is even more impressive than the current incarnation.

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PaaSLane 2.5 release adds new capabilities for cloud developers


The PaaSLane tool for assessing the cloud-readiness of applications has been available for two years and has helped many organizations transition their software smoothly. It's able to detect outdated architecture, weak security, platform issues and more.

Now Cloud Technology Partners has brought out a new release to allow Java and .Net developers to assess and optimize their source code for the cloud more quickly and efficiently.

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Cisco adds threat focus to its firewall platform

Cisco ASA 5500

The firewall is usually the first line of defense for any network, but most offerings are focused on access policy and application control which makes it hard for them to respond to zero-day and more advanced attacks.

Now networking company Cisco is launching what it calls the first threat-focused Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW). Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services provides the contextual awareness and dynamic controls needed to automatically assess threats, correlate intelligence, and optimize defenses in order to protect networks.

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Cheap handsets in India and China fuel huge global surge in smartphone shipments

Cheap handsets in India and China fuel huge global surge in smartphone shipments

New figures show that global smartphone shipments for 2014 are set to be 19 percent higher than the previous year. Juniper Research reports that handset shipments are forecast to jump from 985 million in 2013 to 1.2 billion this year.

Smartphone popularity continues to rise, and this has been driven -- at least in part -- by the appearance of handsets with bargain basement prices. While the likes of Apple push premium-priced smartphones, emerging markets are lapping up handsets priced at $150 and under.

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Opera Beta 25 arrives, finally adds full bookmark support, debuts Linux build


Opera has released Opera Beta 25, which sees the Opera Next channel renamed as part of what could be a landmark release for the alternative web browser when it hits final release next month. The headline new feature is the overdue implementation of bookmarks into the browser.

It’s also joined by the first Linux beta build since Opera relaunched last year, plus offers a redesigned Start page, integrated PDF viewer and support for web notifications direct from the Windows or Mac desktop.

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Hack your health using fitness technology


I’m a big fan of fitness apps and wearable gadgets -- anything that can help make working out more interesting and fun is a big plus in my book, which is why I love apps like Zombies, Run! and Superhero Workout.

I’m not alone either -- one in four smartphone owners use a device to track health, diet or exercise, and fitness apps are among the fastest growing niches in the app market, rising by 49 percent in 2013.

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Riak Enterprise 2.0 enhances NoSQL database usability

Business database server

For organizations that deal with large quantities of data, the NoSQL database is a popular choice. However, it can present problems for traditional database programmers.

For this reason developers are always on the look out for ways to build applications more easily and unlock the potential of unstructured data. With the release of its latest Riak Enterprise 2.0, NoSQL specialist Basho is addressing these needs.

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Google transforms old oil fields in to a $145m solar project


Google has announced it is investing $145 million into its latest renewable energy project.

The search engine giant is helping to finance the 82 megawatt solar power plan, which will be the company's 17th renewable energy project, alongside SunEdison.

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Meet Samsung's NX1, a 28 megapixel compact system camera


Samsung has launched a new high-end snapper, a fast compact system camera to rival DSLRs for professional usage.

The Samsung NX1 boasts a 28 megapixel APS-C BSI CMOS sensor, supports 4K video recording, and has a new NX Auto Focus System III with 205 Phase Detection AF. The latter delivers an autofocus speed of 0.055 seconds to help ensure you capture the moment with clarity -- and this camera offers 15 fps (frames per second) continuous shooting to cover entire action sequences.

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Andy runs Android on your Mac, Windows 7 and 8 desktop


Almost three years on from its first release, BlueStacks is probably still the easiest way to run Android apps on your Windows desktop. But it also has issues: performance can be a problem, and you don’t get full control over your virtual device.

Andy is a new contender which takes a different approach, running an Android image with VirtualBox. It can be much more awkward to configure, but performance is great, and every aspect of the system can be tweaked to suit your needs.

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