Bandwidth demand is on the rise, SDN and 40 Gb adoption rates are climbing, deploying UC and handling application performance requirements are all challenges that IT is facing. This Infographic highlights key findings from the 7th Annual State of the Network Global Study. read more
Microsoft Adding ‘Star Trek’-Like Translator to Skype
Skype, Microsoft’s online communications service, will soon be able to translate voice calls in “near real time” between people who speak different languages, much like the legendary universal communicator used in the Star Trek series.
The technology was developed by Microsoft’s Skype and Translator team, said Nadella, before showing off a development version of the software. The feature already works to translate back and forth from English to German, and Microsoft plans to get it working with numerous other languages. read more
Twitter’s ‘Mute’ Allows You Silence the People You Follow
Twitter is officially rolling out the oft-requested “mute” option. After testing the feature with a small group of users, the company today announced it’s in the process of rolling out mute, which lets you silence a particular user in your timeline, to everyone using its Android and iOS apps. Mute will also appear as an option on Twitter.com. “Muting a user on Twitter means their tweets and retweets will no longer be visible in your home timeline, and you will no longer receive push or SMS notifications from that user,” Twitter explains. Muting someone obviously won’t prevent them from favoriting, replying to, or retweeting your tweets. But if someone’s annoying you, you’ll at least no longer be bothered by any of that activity in your main timeline. read more
Google’s products are constantly tested behind the scenes for potential new features, and since Gmail is just about as high as you can get on that list it makes sense that there’s no shortage of potential updates being explored at any given time. Recently we explored a series of new features for the mobile Gmail client, and now we have images of what those same feature look like on a desktop browser. No matter who you are, email clients are difficult to adjust. There’s a certain comfort level found in the rhythm of performing one of the most boring and routine tasks in our digital lives. Doing anything to upset that rhythm — even if it is for the name of improving the overall experience — can often be frustrating for users. read more
Attention, IE users: it’s over. You can ditch your alternative browsers and return to Microsoft’s sweet, sweet embrace.
At 10:00 AM, Pacific Time this morning, Microsoft released a patch for the zero-day Internet Explorer security hole that made headlines earlier this week. The patch applies to “all affected version of the browser”—that is, versions 6 through 11—and it’s available via Windows Update. read more
AOL user data compromised due to cyberattack. Time to reset your password.
AOL Inc urged its tens of millions of email account holders to change their passwords and security questions after a cyber attack compromised about 2 percent of its accounts. The company said it was working with federal authorities to investigate the attack, in which hackers obtained email addresses, postal addresses, encrypted passwords and answers to security questions used to reset passwords. read more
The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).
The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users. read more
Vuzix and Vision Smarts release hands free barcode scanning application for M100 Smart Glasses
Vuzix Corporation, a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, commercial and entertainment markets, and Vision Smarts, a Belgian company that develops, distributes, and supports software libraries for image recognition and real-time video analysis, today announced that a custom built version of the ‘pic2shop’ application has been created specifically for use with the M100 Smart Glasses.
Designed for scanning QR codes, EAN and UPC barcodes, the customized M100 version now enables complete hands free scanning, providing users with real time data including product names, images and potentially vital shopping information when connected to the internet via the M100 through Wi-Fi link or tethered to a smartphone. read more
Samsung Galaxy S5: It Is ‘The Fastest Device Around’!!
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the fifth-generation version of the company’s Galaxy S series smartphones. The new handset, which largely seems to be an evolution of the Galaxy Note 3 with a slightly bigger 5.1-inch display, will be available starting April 11 in 150 countries in four different colors — “Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold.”
As far as the specs for the handset go, there are not many surprises as most of the rumors about the device turned out to be spot on. However, there are some added features that make the device stand out — the Galaxy S5 is water-resistant and features a fingerprint scanner similar to that of the Apple iPhone 5s.