March 05, 2014

Pre-installed malware found on new Android phones
After taking a close look at the suspicious application, Jevans said they found it wasn't the real Netflix app. "We're like, yeah, this isn't the real Netflix," Jevans said "You've got one that has been tampered with and is sending passwords and credit card information to Russia." Security experts have long warned that downloading applications from third-party marketplaces for the Android platform is risky since the applications have often not undergone a security review. Google patrols Android apps in its Play store, but malicious ones occasionally sneak in. Apple's App Store is less affected due to the company's strict reviews.

Creating cool animations and transitions in HTML5 app for Intel Android devices
One of the most exciting features of HTML5 is the <canvas> element that can be used to draw vector graphics and engender astonishing effects, interactive games, and animations. The HTML5 Canvas is picture-perfect for creating great visual material that augments UIs, diagrams, photo albums, charts, graphs, animations, and embedded drawing applications. HTML5 Canvas works with JavaScript libraries and CSS3 allowing you to create interactive web-predicated games and animations.

A .NET Developer Primer for Single-Page Applications
... a lot of .NET developers (especially in the enterprise) are dealing with an extreme amount of anxiety about JavaScript best practices, architecture, unit testing, maintainability and the recent explosion of different kinds of JavaScript libraries. Part of the trend of moving to the client side is the increasing use of single-page applications (SPAs). To say that SPA development is the future is an extreme understatement. SPAs are how some of the best applications on the Web offer fluid UX and responsiveness, while minimizing payloads (traffic) and round-trips to the server.

Treating healthcare data as an asset
One of the most challenging things any chief information officer (CIO) or chief medical information officer (CMIO) faces is getting support from across constituencies to transform the culture in IT and lines of business, not only to be more data-driven, but to recognize the value of combining data across silos to get greater insights. So, what is the catalyst to help get things started? ... when the executive leadership in an organization isn’t getting the reports and insights they need to make strategic decisions that make or break the business

Microsoft Tries to Relieve Security Fears with Office 365 Makeover
This kind of authentication was introduced to the Azure Cloud platform last September. Its introduction to Office 365 is the extension of a feature that has been available to administrators since the middle of last year, but clearly the level of risk for cloud services now is so great that Microsoft is offering it to everyone. This addition of multi-factor authentication is part of Microsoft ongoing effort to enhance security for Office 365, Andrew says, but it is not the only new step that is being introduced. The Office 365 team is already working on improving Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365 from Office 2013 client applications.

The next wave of cars may use Ethernet
Currently, however, there are as many as nine proprietary auto networking specifications, including LIN, CAN/CAN-FD, MOST and FlexRay. FlexRay, for example, has a 10Mbps transmission rate. Ethernet could increase that 10 fold or more. The effort to create a single vehicle Ethernet standard is being lead by Open Alliance and the IEEE 802.3 working group. The groups are working to establish 100Mbps and 1Gbps Ethernet as de facto standards.

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently
Research has suggested that creativity involves the coming together of a multitude of traits, behaviors and social influences in a single person. "It's actually hard for creative people to know themselves because the creative self is more complex than the non-creative self," Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at New York University who has spent years researching creativity, told The Huffington Post. "The things that stand out the most are the paradoxes of the creative self ... Imaginative people have messier minds."

How this one innocous tweet could hack a bank account
Based on just his name and his employer, would that be enough to steal his identity and take over his life? The bet was laid and the plan we formulated was simple enough: To gather enough intelligence about Alex to convince his call center operator at his bank that I was him. Like something out of a Mission Impossible film, I would have to bypass the automated phone system, steer through the security questions, and — armed with a fictional and empathy-driven sob story — socially engineer my way into his bank account.

Managing and Developing the Extraordinary
Let’s face it, some people are graced with an extra gear that the rest of us don’t have. Whether it’s remarkable creativity or ingenuity, or incredible technical skills, it’s exciting to manage and support extraordinary individuals. It’s also very challenging. Good managers and leaders tailor their approach for individuals, however, when presented with someone who is light-years beyond their peers in certain areas, many managers stumble and struggle when it comes to daily management and on-going support and development. Here are some suggestions for strengthening your support of these unique individuals.

Internet Of Things: What About Data Storage?
The impact on storage at first seems fairly obvious: There is more data to store. The less obvious part is that machine-generated data comes in two distinct types, creating two entirely different challenges. First, there is large-file data, such as images and videos captured from smartphones and other devices. This data type is typically accessed sequentially. The second data type is very small, for example, log-file data captured from sensors. These sensors, while small in size, can create billions of files that must be accessed randomly.

Quote for the day:

"In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins:cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later." -- Harold Geneen

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