Author: Rakesh Dogra

A Mechanical Engineer by education, Marine Engineer by profession and Computing enthusiast by passion; tries his best not to be a J.O.A.T. (wont elaborate on the acronym) Has traveled wide and far, gathering diverse experience. Currently exploring a minuscule portion of the immense opportunities E-commerce has to offer. Offers virtual outsourcing solutions under the banner of Abhishek Solutions (yet to be registered as a formal entity) by teaming up with professionals from different fields and experts in their own right. Plans to go back to the oceans for short stints intermittently when exhausted.

Net Neutrality has been a hot topic this year in the wake of the epic FCC vote at the end of February. Facebook had its own vision of how to deliver free Internet to the world with Internet.org, but the project fell under criticism because the participating services were hand-picked by Facebook. In response to the backlash Facebook announced yesterday that it is opening Internet.org to all developers and turning it into an open platform. Facebook has been one of the biggest supporters of Net Neutrality. Facebook, however, took the idea beyond simply preventing ISPs in the United States from…

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My grandpa used to tell me that although you should reach for the clouds you should also always keep your feet firmly on the ground else your success will not last long. He never saw a cellphone in his lifetime let alone the various high-tech gadgets which are a part of our everyday lives now but the wisdom still holds true. Bruce Schneier, CTO of Resilient Systems, echoed the sentiment in a presentation at the RSA Security conference when in a talk about the security tradeoffs made when choosing whether or not to move systems or data to the cloud.…

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Spam is nothing new. In most cases it ends up directly in a spam or junkmail folder. Those unwanted messages that make it through to the Inbox are generally deleted without a second glance. Spammers know how to exploit headlines to capture attention, so the recent confession from Bruce Jenner about transitioning into a woman and the sensational reports of the impact of fallout with the Kardashian family is a spam goldmine. Spam is BIG business. Most of the products and services pitched by spam are dubious—at best. This is especially true of the pharmaceutical industry where non-FDA approved drugs…

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When it comes to high tech security stuff it is no longer the aged, serious looking computer scientists that hold hope for the future. The next generation of security actually rests on the delicate young shoulders of Millennials and beyond according to Juniper CTO Chris Hoff. This thought was reinforced last week at the RSA Security conference in San Francisco. Hoff shared the dais with 9-year old expert Reuben Paul. This might seem as a surprise but those who know about him are well aware of the programming skills of the whiz kid along with his hacking capabilities—which he demonstrated…

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A recent report from FireEye reveals details about a hacker group—APT 30—which has been in existence for nearly a decade now but was never considered a major threat. Reports however suggest that the seemingly insular group which believes in working within its own network without collaborating much with similar external entities is now capable of attacking air-gapped networks too. The group is called Advanced Perceived Threat or APT 30 and has traditionally been considered a low-profile group which mainly uses primitive tools and techniques for attacks. News of the group acquiring air-gapped network attacking techniques is certainly something to worry…

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Cutthroat competition is as old as business in the corporate world offline, and the nothing has changed when it comes to competing online. The days when a company like Facebook or Google could rise to popularity and achieve dominance while flying under the radar are gone. Create something that works and it’s only a matter of time before a larger competitor tries to imitate the idea. Perhaps cyberspace is getting overcrowded and running short of novel ideas. These days an idea hardly gets sufficient time to grow and mature. The moment a company achieves success there’s a long line of…

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Kids are more tech savvy these days as compared to previous generations. The rising use of Internet and social media is creating new behavioral dynamics where teenagers are always using their mobile devices to remain connected 24/7. Yet parents are not happy with the way their children are “interacting but not interacting” as one such parent puts it in a story from USA Today. Hence many parents are refusing to buy smartphones for their kids. Some are buying just the very basic feature phones which help them to keep in touch when they’re away. At the other end of the…

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Having a long and trailblazing track record of launching various products which set the market on fire, Apple has come out with a new gadget once again. The Apple Watch is just a new take on a very old concept, but in no way is it old wine in a new bottle. This is the first completely new product launch since Tim took the reins of the company as CEO. Consumers were eager to get hold of the Apple Watch at the Sydney showroom of the Apple Store when the doors opened on April 10. Of course they can only…

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