North Korean authorities have reportedly blocked access to Facebook and Twitter for the few people in the country with open Internet access.
The move came into effect earlier this week, according to a report by the Russian ITAR-TASS news agency, which is one of the few foreign news services to maintain a bureau in the country.
Most North Koreans don?t have access to a computer, and those who do are restricted to a nationwide intranet. Available through universities, libraries and other state-run establishments, the intranet has websites that include government propaganda, information about science, technology and culture, and even cooking recipes.
The Federal Communications Commission will consider new rules to ensure real consumer choice as the U.S. shifts from copper-based networks to IP networks, agency officials said Friday.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will offer a set of proposals aimed at protecting voice customers during the commission?s Nov. 21 meeting, senior agency officials said. In addition to network-sharing rules, the FCC will consider requiring power backup systems on VoIP networks, officials said.
In its consumer-protection proposals, which the FCC would release for public comment, the agency will consider rules for large telephone carriers that are currently required to share their last-mile networks with competitors, often to serve small-business customers. Wheeler?s proposal would require the large carriers to also share their last-mile IP networks, under similar terms and prices to their copper infrastructure, FCC officials said.
Slack, a cloud startup that?s landed some big name clients for its business communications product, has raised $120 million [m] at an eye-popping $1.12 billion [b] valuation.
The San Francisco company?s funding and early customer wins are signs that venture capitalists and bold CIOs are eager to back entrepreneurs with modern software that can improve business processes, usually by tapping the cloud and mobility and adapting consumer apps for workplace use.
Slack aims to provide a better environment for communications than usually happens over email. A lot of startups demonize email and make it their mission to provide something better. It was an early rallying cry of enterprise social networking (ESN) providers, though many soon realized they would need to co-exist with email. Time will tell whether Slack can overcome the entrenched email corporate culture.
Microsoft plans to license its Microsoft Band smartwatch technology to other manufacturers, with an emphasis on the sensors powering them, a company representative said Friday.
Whether Microsoft plans to put in place a formal program, such as it has for Windows Phone, remains unclear. The Band does not run an operating system per se, but on Microsoft?s wearable firmware, optimized for low-power micro devices, the spokesman said in an email.
?Yes on licensing the technology. Particularly the sensors, ? he said.
Right now, the sensors are one of the selling points behind Microsoft?s $199 Band, which unexpectedly launched Wednesday night. Inside the smartwatch/fitness band are ten sensors, including a GPS, accelerometer, microphone, and gyroscope, plus sensors to measure skin capacitance, ultraviolet light, skin temperature, and continuous heart rate. The Band, Microsoft says, not only provides assistance during your workday, with calendar reminders, Twitter updates, the Cortana digital assistant, and the like, but also measures your sleep and exercise routine.
Dell is late to the cheap Windows tablet scene, and the $200 starting price for its Venue 8 Pro 3000 series is much higher than that of some competitors, but Dell?s offering boasts some superior specs.
For starters, the Venue 8 Pro has an 8-inch IPS display with 1280x800 resolution, and it packs 32GB of storage. Toshiba?s Encore Mini, for example, is street-priced at just $100, but it has a TN panel that?s limited to 1024x600 resolution and it comes with only 16GB of memory.
Beyond that, the differences between the Dell and other cheap Windows tablets are few. The Venue 8 Pro uses the same processor as the Encore Mini?a Bay Trail-class Intel Atom Z3735G?and it offers the same skimpy 1GB of memory.
HP and Michael Bastian are betting that style trumps substance for their first smartwatch collaboration.
The MB Chronowing is a 44mm stainless steel watch for men. It has a monochrome LCD display, but with a metallic ring in one corner that encircles a small clock face. The rest of the screen is dedicated to tidbits of information from a paired iPhone or Android phone, while indicators for battery and connectivity sit just outside the right edge of the screen.
The side of the watch has three buttons for navigating the Chronowing's menus and information channels. There are 10 channels to cycle through, including sport scores, stocks, upcoming appointments, text messages and e-mails. The watch can control a phone's music playback as well. In other words, it's sort of like a Pebble Steel, but without third-party apps, customizable watch faces or fitness tracking. It'll last for seven days on a charge.
By adding its video service to Roku devices, Google is going after more streaming-content purchases while trying to get a leg up on Amazon.
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Following in the footsteps of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and others, Amazon has released the diversity statistics of its workforce, and they're in line with what we've seen from its many tech competitors.
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Hacking into the Home Depot credit card system, the financial records at JP Morgan Chase? Child?s play! Try hacking into the feed of a local Chicago television station and replacing the sport anchor with a really creepy incarnation of Max Headroom.
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There seems to be an ongoing, almost incessant debate about the concept of responsible disclosure and whether it’s helpful or not for white hat hackers and other security researchers to publicly reveal details about the information security vulnerabilities they find. The debate has been getting a lot of mainstream media exposure because of phenomenon such […]
WIRED editors discuss Nintendo's impending figurine business, Sunset Overdrive on Xbox One and more.
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