Author: Rahul Dasgupta

Another month and another new cyber-attack, and this time the victim is the media server company, Plex. The company revealed that its forum and blog server were compromised and the attacker gained access to personal information such as email addresses, IPs, forum private messages, and encrypted (hashed and salted) passwords of the forum users. However, the company confirmed that no credit card or other payment data was compromised. “We have no reason to believe that any other parts of our system were compromised, and we never store credit card or other payment data on our systems,” said Chris Curtis, a…

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Here’s some good news for the selfie generation! MasterCard is initiating a pilot program to test the viability of facial recognition for approving transactions. This new app would allow people to verify their transactions by simply holding their phones up to their face, and approving transactions. While speaking to CNN Money about their new application, Ajay Bhalla, MasterCard President of Enterprise Security, said, “The new generation, which is into selfies… I think they’ll find it cool.” One of the biggest challenges with the current SecureCode technology that MasterCard customers use nowadays is that passwords are easily forgotten, and not that…

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Self-published authors who make their works available through Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited or Kindle Owners Lending Library, will now be paid per page read and not per copy downloaded as they were previously paid. Amazon unveiled a new policy which started in July. “We’re making this switch in response to the great feedback we received from authors,” Amazon said on its self-publishing portal. How Will It Impact Independent Authors? The way Amazon determines the payments for self-published authors is complex. Payout made to every independent author is based on a fund, the size of which is set by the company. But,…

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With the drastic increase of sophisticated cyberattacks and email remaining the number one threat vector for these attacks, email security gateways have become even more of a necessity for every organization. As more people access email on multiple devices from numerous locations outside the traditional corporate network, this can leave users vulnerable to security gaps and creates more opportunity for attacks. Spear-phishing has now become hyper-focused with attackers no longer simply sending mass emails; today it’s not uncommon for attackers to research targets within an organization through their social media presence in order to better tailor email messages and increase…

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The rollout of one of the most eagerly awaited operating systems, Windows 10 is just around the corner. While some users are cautious about it, Microsoft will be rolling out the upgrade to millions of devices globally on July 29, 2015. However, while you may have reserved your copy of Windows 10 already, you might have to wait a few days more to install and use the new OS. To manage the high demand for the new operating system, Microsoft will “roll-out Windows 10 in phases.” However, this may be a good thing as even though the Insider Preview has…

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Apple’s next flagship product iPhone 6S reportedly will come with a redesigned wireless system featuring a Qualcomm MDM9635M LTE chip. It claims to be capable of delivering up to twice the theoretical LTE download speeds and better battery life as compared to the “9X25″ chip of the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, according to 9to5Mac. The chip available in the current generation iPhones is built using 28nm process, but the new Qualcomm chip, also known as the ‘9X35′ Gobi modem platform, is more condensed as it is built using a new 20nm production process. Qualcomm launched this new…

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Cloud computing has really taken the world by storm. Not only is it redefining how business work now, it is also redefining the age-old revenue stream that governments have been using for years. As an increasing number of businesses move towards virtual infrastructure and consumers who used to purchase movies and music from brick-and-mortar stores shift to streaming content online, governments are finding it harder to generate the tax revenue figures they were used to. To counter that, the city of Chicago has come up with a new type of tax, dubbed the “Cloud Tax,” that is aimed at virtual…

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A group of researchers at the University of California, San Diego have discovered a technique to double the capacity of fiber-optic circuits which will help carry more data over longer distances at a lower cost. The research has been jointly supported by fiber-optic cable manufacturer Sumitomo Electric Industries and Google. How Does It Work? In the report, the researchers have mentioned about a technique to “predistort” the transmitted data so that it can be decoded easily, over longer distances. The best part is, there is no need to regenerate the signal, greatly reducing the need for repeaters. This can be…

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If you’re a Kindle user you’ll appreciate that Amazon has announced a new private sharing feature. This will allow you to share book recommendations, highlights and quotes with specific friends using popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, as well as text messages, email and more. If in turn you receive a share with a single tap you can immediately start reading a free book preview right from your PC, phone or tablet. This does not require you to install an app, sign in or signup. It is pretty similar to how links to videos and articles work on…

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Facebook has officially announced that users based in the U.S., Canada, Peru and Venezuela will no longer need a Facebook account to use Facebook Messenger and can message without signing into their Facebook account. The users will be able to send photos and videos, do group chats, enable voice or video calling, send stickers and much more with simply a phone number and a name. “With Messenger, we’ve been focused on creating the best messaging experience possible by giving people a fun and easy way to connect and express themselves with friends and contacts. If you’re in Canada, the United…

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