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“Cellular phone notifications alone significantly disrupt performance on an attention-demanding task."
You might think the push notifications on your phone are easily ignored, but new research suggests they could have an unexpected impact on the quality of your work.
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"This could make a huge difference for Android security because the platform has been incredibly vulnerable."
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"Consumerization of IT and BYOD are accelerating the rate at which traditional endpoint and network solutions are becoming blind to the kinds of threats that are out there. Our Man-in-the-Cloud analysis is a perfect example of that."
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"If the ad networks don't control this, then there will be a backlash that will turn into lost revenue."
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"Unless Google says it's not going to mine the data, consumers should be concerned about privacy."
Google has unveiled OnHub -- a router that is not only good looking but also fast, secure and easy-to-use. It developed the router in partnership with TP-Link. "Many of us keep our router on the floor and out of sight, where it doesn't work as well," said Google Group Product Manager Trond Wuellner. "We replaced unruly cords and blinking lights with internal antennas and subtle, useful lighting."
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"An ineffective engineer doesn't embrace the awesomeness of testing."
These seven bad habits of highly ineffective software engineers aren't just costly, they could be career ending.
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"Apple can't remove the infection from the phones because they're jailbroken."
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"Think about the people who buy treadmills in January and put them up for sale on eBay or Craigslist in February. Fitness bands are the treadmill you wear on your wrist. "
Despite disparaging sales reports, the Apple Watch is closing in on market leader Fitbit, according to a new IDC report. During the second quarter, Apple shipped 3.6 million watches -- 800,000 units behind Fitbit's shipments for the period. Shipments for all wearables during the quarter increased 223 percent from the same period a year ago, IDC reported, to 18.1 million units from 5.6 million.
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 "Eight out of 10 breaches happen at the application layer. The reason that happens is because there are so many applications out there, and it's a new attack vector for hackers."
Download the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing (AST), including analysis on top products, tools, and vendors like HP and IBM.
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"In this case, the hackers seemed to have taken all necessary precautions to protect their anonymity while utilizing the Dark Web via Tor."
The Ashley Madison hacker gang will be tough to apprehend. The hackers this week dumped nearly 10 gigabytes of stolen personal data onto the Web -- details gleaned from accounts established on the site, which is dedicated to matching up people who want to engage in extramarital affairs. It's "nearly impossible" to track down attackers, noted Bit9 + Carbon Black's Ben Johnson.
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"If the story is true, it's horrendous. It could be a catastrophe for their ability to hire."
CEO Jeff Bezo on Sunday refuted contentions that Amazon has a draconian workplace culture. "The <em>NYT</em> article prominently features anecdotes describing shockingly callous management practices, including people being treated without empathy while enduring family tragedies and serious health problems," Bezos wrote in an email sent to Amazon employees following the article's publication.
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"A lot of these more sophisticated groups will use malware initially but as quickly as they can, they get rid of the malware and use stolen credentials, Web shells or things that are much less likely to be detected by endpoint security controls."
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