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WhatsApp experiences 4-hour outage, is back up and running now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 23, 2014 1:27 am

The now Facebook-owned WhatsApp has just come back online after a four-hour outage, with the company taking to Twitter of all places to confirm that the outage was indeed happening.

 

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The messaging company posted on Twitter that the service was back online, where it said: "WhatsApp service has been restored. We are so sorry for the downtime...". It is all back up and running now, with "server issues" being blamed on the four-hour downtime of the messaging service.

Companies with sales teams still not rushing into using tablets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 23, 2014 1:00 am

Just 23 percent of international B2B (business-to-business) marketing and sales teams are using tablets to help close deals out in the field.

 

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Using a tablet is a good way to present during in-person sales meetings, while also able to demonstrate solutions in front of customers.

 

"Maybe if they talked to a lot international and smaller companies you get a high number, but there's no question that in the U.S. the majority of sales organizations are using tablets," said Tim Bajarin, President of Creative Strategies, in a statement to TabTimes.

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MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D-printed heart saves 14-month old boy's life

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:26 pm

3D printers are really going to change the world, with the technology being used more and more in the healthcare industry. 3D printed human tissue, prosthetics and much more are being printed, but now 3D printers have saved a young boy's life.

 

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14-month-old Roland Lian Cung Bawi, son of two Burmese immigrants living in Owensboro, Kentucky, had major defects to his heart. The defects included a hole in his heart, as well as misaligned aorta and pulmonary arteries, and if left untreated, he would have died not long after. Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Erle Austin, stepped in, taking 2D images of Roland's heart, which he then showed to his fellow surgeons, as he attempted to correct Roland's young heart.

 

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The 2D scans were not precise enough, which left surgeons offering alternative solutions on how to fix his heart. Austin turned to the School of Engineering at Louisville, where they used a Makerbot Replicator 2X to create a 3D-printed model of Roland's heart, with all of the defects. The 3D-printed heart was printed in three separate pieces so that the surgeons could take it apart and look inside.

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NSA spying revelations cause stir in privacy and security markets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 22, 2014 11:00 pm

Following former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosure of widespread spying by the U.S. government, there has been a massive push to develop privacy-centric software and hardware. During the 2014 RSA Conference, which begins on Monday in San Francisco, data security and privacy solutions will be demonstrated at a frantic time in the industry.

 

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In addition to the "Blackphone" being publicly unveiled, Google Android apps to better protect smartphones and tablets from sophisticated malware will also be shown off. Software security company AVG plans to release a "privacy fix" to identify what information companies can easily find about individual users.

 

If government snooping wasn't enough, the Android OS is being targeted with malicious apps, while PC users are under fire from advanced malware.

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Venezuela shuts down its Internet after protests lead to deaths

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 22, 2014 10:19 pm

Over the past week or so, Venezuela has spiralled into chaos. Protests over the country's poor economy and food security have forced the government to not only shut down Twitter and TV in the country, but now the Internet has been completely cut off.

 

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Authorities shut down Internet access to a major city and its surrounding area, with state-run ISP, CANTV, which controls most of the country's Internet, cutting off the web to San Cristóbal, the capital city of the state of Tachira and one of the centers of the protests. During the week, the Venezuelan government restricted TV networks throughout the state, blocked parts of Twitter, Facebook, news sites, and more.

 

The riots have led to multiple deaths, with Bill Woodcock, an Internet traffic expert, talking with the Washington Post, who said that the country has "a pretty tight control over the Internet compared to other countries. Not as tight as Cuba, but probably tighter than anybody else".

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Almost 36 percent of Americans play digitally downloaded video games

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 22, 2014 8:59 pm

More than one-third of U.S. gamers above the age of 13 are considered 'digital gamers' playing a downloaded game on PC, video game console, or a mobile device, according to research firm The NPD Group.

 

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Just 16 percent of that group play digitally downloaded games only, with that number likely to be PC gamers and mobile gamers. There is growing interest in Web-based technologies for game consoles, including digitally downloaded content, but the market is still growing - and many gamers often resell or trade game titles when finished.

 

"The value that gamers see in physical is having an actual disk that can be held, while later being able to trade-in or sell the game," said Liam Callahan, The NPD Group industry analyst, in a press statement. "Digital gamers like the economy of these games: they're either free or less expensive than their physical counterparts, as well as the ease and convenience of acquisition and storage."

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Another day, another dev compliment for the Sony PS4

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 22, 2014 7:38 pm

The Sony PlayStation 4 game console has earned another compliment from game developers, with Grasshopper Manufacture CEO Goichi Suda, "Suda 51," compliments the PS4.

 

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Specially, Suda credits the speed of the PS4, likely talking about the console's hardware architecture, with visually stunning and complex games in development. Suda 51's company is working on a "super action game" for the PS4 and will look to benefit from the hardware power to make a more graphically intense game.

 

"The most impressive one to me so far has got to be 'speed,'" said Suda 51 in a statement. "As a video game console, that's the part the stood out to me the most for the PlayStation 4. We make games, so we want to make them fun, and we also put a lot of effort into making them as appealing as possible. In order to do that, we need hardware that can show 'speed.'"

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Company execs need to pay attention to 3D printing potential

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Feb 22, 2014 7:10 pm

The cost of 3D printing still hasn't decreased enough to significantly drive consumer adoption, but a growing number of businesses should start thinking about the technology. It's not just small bits of food or novelty items - there is great potential to 3D print human tissue, car parts, fighter jet materials, furniture, and other similar intricate products.

 

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Decision makers need to decide if 3D printing will help produce, sell, or otherwise benefit the company - and consider the costs and technological issues relating to move from traditional printing to 3D printing.

 

"Over the last six months, my colleague Michael Yamnitsky and I have been research the 3D printing ecosystem, working to understand the impact on business and technology systems," said Sophia Vargas, Forrester analyst, in a blog post. "We anticipate that 3D printing will expand the reach of digital disruption, paving the way for new products, processes, and delivery models."

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RSA 2014 expectations for security industry forced into change

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 22, 2014 5:31 pm

The RSA Conference 2014 begins on Monday in San Francisco and has quite a bit of controversy and confusion heading into the event. In addition to increased security interest following former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures last year, the RSA brand is under fire for reportedly accepting payment to create a backdoor for NSA snooping.

 

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RSA is expected to focus on mobile and cloud security, customer privacy, and better strategizing future security efforts. Large tech security conferences also tend to be a good location for corporations to look at technology created by smaller companies, with a flood of acquisitions expected in 2014.

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Cuff wearables collection blends tech with high fashion in fun way

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 22, 2014 4:28 pm

Startup founder Cuff recently launched a wearables product line that is more fashionable and appealing, hopefully to cater to customers looking for functional, visually appealing products.

 

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Included in the Cuff collection are bracelets, necklaces, and key chains that look like something from a women's magazine as opposed to a geeky tech magazine. The products range in price from $50 up to $150 and are currently only available with Apple iOS 6 or newer - no Google Android support is available, and will roll out a custom app once Android has stable Bluetooth 4.0 support, according to the company.

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