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HTC unveils the U11, a gorgeous 5.5-inch flagship phone with Amazon Alexa support

CIO.com - News - May 16, 2017 - 8:00am

Gut reaction: You won’t want to hide the HTC U11 in a protective case. HTC’s new flagship phone is just too stunning to conceal behind a chintzy polycarb shell. Imbued with HTC’s new “liquid” design aesthetic, the U11 has an impossibly glossy finish, evoking the T-1000 Terminator for those old enough to remember that robot assassin.

From a basic specs perspective, the U11 is a solid but not remarkable Android 7.1 phone. It includes a state-of-the-silicon-art Snapdragon 835 processor running up to 2.45 GHz, a 3,000 mAh battery, and a 5.5-inch quad HD (2560x1440) display. That’s right: HTC’s Super LCD 5 display has a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, remaining resolutely old-school while Samsung and LG are embracing taller 18:9 aspect ratio displays.

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Digital signature service DocuSign hacked and email addresses stolen

CIO.com - News - May 16, 2017 - 7:23am

Digital signature service DocuSign said Monday that an unnamed third-party had got access to email addresses of its users after hacking into its systems.

The hackers gained temporary access to a peripheral sub-system for communicating service-related announcements to users through email, the company said. It confirmed after what it described as a complete forensic analysis that only email addresses were accessed, and not other details such as names, physical addresses, passwords, social security numbers, credit card data or other information.

“No content or any customer documents sent through DocuSign’s eSignature system was accessed; and DocuSign’s core eSignature service, envelopes and customer documents and data remain secure,” DocuSign said in a post.

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The WannaCry ransomware might have a link to North Korea

CIO.com - News - May 16, 2017 - 2:01am

As security researchers investigate last Friday’s massive attack from the WannaCry ransomware, they’ve noticed clues that may link it with a North Korean hacking group that has been blamed for attacking banks across the world.

The evidence is far from a smoking gun, and may prove inconclusive. But security researchers have noticed a similarity between an earlier version of WannaCry and a hacking tool used by the Lazarus Group.

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Paying the WannaCry ransom will probably get you nothing. Here's why.

CIO.com - News - May 16, 2017 - 12:57am

Last Friday’s massive WannaCry ransomware attack means victims around the world are facing a tough question: Should they pay the ransom?

Those who do shouldn't expect a quick response -- or any response at all. Even after payment, the ransomware doesn’t automatically release your computer and decrypt your files, according to security researchers.  

Instead, victims have to wait and hope WannaCry’s developers will remotely free the hostage computer over the internet. It's a process that’s entirely manual and contains a serious flaw: The hackers have no way to prove who paid off the ransom.

"The odds of getting back their files decrypted is very small," said Vikram Thakur, technical director at security firm Symantec. "It's better for [the victims] to save their money and rebuild the affected computers."

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IDG Contributor Network: Content analytics shows us alternative pathways to success

CIO.com - Opinion - May 15, 2017 - 9:20pm

To be “enterprising” is to be eager to undertake or prompt to attempt. To show initiative and be resourceful. These are leadership traits, so to be enterprising is to lead. “Analytics” is how we use data to inform decision making, in the context of achieving business objectives. These are management practices, so analytics is about management.

”Enterprising Analytics” is about being creative, resourceful and adventurous with decision making to achieve business objectives. It is about the set of leadership and management practices that need to be in place for an organization to make the most of it’s analytics investment.

Writing is evidence of thinking

This is a basic rule of the modern professional that will hold until we become mind beings. It applies to everyone who has to integrate their work with someone else’s work. Which means every knowledge professional — that is, most of the modern business world. It’s particularly important for management professionals. It’s their task is to integrate the work of knowledge professionals for the benefit of the organization.

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At Google I/O, enterprises may get AI they can put to work

CIO.com - News - May 15, 2017 - 8:52pm

As Google I/O, the search giant's major developer conference, gets ready to kick off on Wednesday, enterprises will be curious to see if Google offers new artificial intelligence technology they can put to work.

Google executives are expected to talk about A.I. and machine learning during the Wednesday morning keynote, led by CEO Sundar Pichai.

During last year's Google I/O conference, Pichai said the company was moving from a mobile-first to an A.I.-first world, and the company is expected to dive further into that strategy.

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Nonstop IT and the myth of zero-downtime

CIO.com - Opinion - May 15, 2017 - 8:41pm

A common idea in modern applications is that they “run forever”. That’s a fine objective, and a valuable one. But it is elusive, particularly for applications that were never cloud-native in the first place. And it raises quite fundamental issues at the data management layer of the stack. Diamonds may be forever but they are non-trivial to produce; applications that are forever may be nearly as challenging to create.

Downtime cost estimates generally produce arresting numbers, but for many CIOs they don’t really tell the story. Your downtime costs could be measured in hundreds of dollars per hour or millions of dollars per hour, and your downtime risks could be measured in billions of dollars. An automated trading system that is down during a market correction event could quickly represent a multi-billion dollar loss. But in truth downtime is no longer about the costs and risks of crisis. It has become the new norm: “All systems up, all the time.” Welcome to nonstop IT.

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China pays for Windows XP addiction as 'WannaCry' hits

CIO.com - News - May 15, 2017 - 8:34pm

The WannaCry ransomware has wormed its way into tens of thousands of Windows PCs in China, where Windows XP runs one in five systems, local reports said Monday.

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More than 23,000 IP addresses in the People's Republic of China (PRC) show signs of infection, the country's National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center (CNCERT) told Xinhua, the state-run news agency, on Monday.

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New WannaCry variant being monitored, DHS official says

CIO.com - News - May 15, 2017 - 7:40pm

A variant of the WannaCry ransomware that emerged Monday has been able to infect some of the computers patched after the original malware struck last week, according to a top cyber official at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

"We're working on how to address that [variant] and sharing as we can," said the official who asked not to be named. The official did not say how many computers have been affected by the variant, other than to say "some." The original WannaCry attack hit more than 200,000 computers starting Friday in more than 150 countries, UK officials said over the weekend.

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Categories: Opinion

How Sky UK uses Atlassian tools to improve communication

CIO.com - News - May 15, 2017 - 7:33pm

Sky UK is using Atlassian collaboration tools to manage software development for its customer relationship management (CRM) systems, helping to improve communication between developers and business teams.

The company has more than 12 million customers across its television, broadband, and telecoms service. Keeping all of them happy is no easy task, but Sky UK still consistently tops Ofcom's customer satisfaction reports. Central to this success is the performance of the CRM platform used in the company's contact centres across the country. Atlassian products are used to manage software development for the platform and communicate on its progress.

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Categories: Opinion

What is ransomware and how do I protect my PC from WannaCry?

CIO.com - News - May 15, 2017 - 7:29pm

On Friday 12 May and over the weekend, thousands of computers were attacked by malware called WannaCry, also known as WCry, WannaDecryptOr, and WannaCrypt. It's ransomware and stops you from accessing any files on the 'infected' computer until you pay the ransom.

[ Related: 8 ways to manage an internet or security crisis ]

NHS computers were infected in the UK by the attack, along with computers in over 100 other countries including those owned by FedEx.

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A smart exoskeleton can keep the elderly safe

CIO.com - News - May 15, 2017 - 7:07pm

A team of Italian and Swiss researchers has developed a prototype exoskeleton that can prevent elderly people from falling. The device is wearable from the waist down and made of carbon fiber braces. These can be easily adjusted to the wearer by tightening a few nuts and bolts. 

Hillary Sanctuary / EPFL

A prototype of the exoskeleton at a rehabilitation center in Florence, Italy. 

Once the exoskeleton is fitted, it must first learn the specific walking patterns of the user, known as gait. The exoskeleton then uses an algorithm to detect deviations from the user's regular movement and recognize the onset of a fall.

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Categories: Opinion

WannaCry attacks are only the beginning

CIO.com - News - May 15, 2017 - 6:39pm

Thousands of organizations from around the world were caught off guard by the WannaCry ransomware attack launched Friday. As this rapidly spreading threat evolves, more cybercriminals are likely to attempt to profit from this and similar vulnerabilities.

As a ransomware program, WannaCry itself is not that special or sophisticated. In fact, an earlier version of the program was distributed in March and April and, judging by its implementation, its creators are not very skilled.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: Picking at the word salad of Dell EMC World

CIO.com - Opinion - May 15, 2017 - 6:00pm

The word salad at Dell EMC World in Las Vegas last week included many of the likely suspects: hyperconvergence, infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), digital transformation (with variants like IT and business transformation), cloud and its variants (public, private, hybrid, native), security and its variants (data, network, at rest, in flight), appliance, and, of course, the all-weather “solutions,” good for any season.

Ready to repair for the evening, perhaps to try to digest the first day’s lectures, we were all about to get up to leave. The mistress of ceremonies had just half-excused the room, and many people jumped at the chance. I was rather slow getting about it and so happened to be there still when, tacked on at the end, was the best act of the day: OTTO Motors. OTTO was featured as a Customer Spotlight with a sorry slot right at cocktail hour. Their head of IT, Greg Jacobs, battled on nobly. And we lingerers got to hear.

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Google is reportedly eyeing an iOS Assistant app as it fires new salvo in the AI wars

CIO.com - News - May 15, 2017 - 5:52pm

The battle for AI supremacy is no longer about which device you want to buy. First Microsoft’s Cortana made the leap from Windows to the Android lock screen, and Android followed up by integrating Alexa into its shopping app. But now things are starting to get really interesting as Google reportedly readies a major push onto iOS.

According to Android Police, Google is planning to release a standalone Assistant app on iOS, with an announcement possibly coming at I/O this week. According to the report, “The app would likely feature a blend of the “chat” style functionality in the Google Allo version of Assistant and the voice-controlled version found on Android,” but site cautions that “details are scant.”

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Ransomware makes healthcare wannacry

CIO.com - News - May 15, 2017 - 5:48pm

Around 200,000 systems have been hit by the malware WannaCry, resulting in doctors being blocked from gaining access to patient files and forcing emergency rooms to send people away.

Despite Microsoft sending out a patch for the vulnerability a few months ago, those unpatched Windows XP and Server 2003 systems were the culprit of the mass ransomware worm spread around the world. It only took one click of a link in an email to send mass hysteria through many organizations.

“Healthcare organizations are particularly vulnerable to these attacks because awareness about email authentication is still quite low in the sector as a whole. In order to protect the nation’s healthcare infrastructure from future ransomware attacks, we encourage all security executives to ensure their organizations have proper email authentication at enforcement,” said ValiMail CEO Alexander Garcia-Tobar. “It only takes a click from one person to endanger an entire enterprise.”

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What to do about WannaCry if you’re infected or if you’re not

CIO.com - News - May 15, 2017 - 5:46pm

Today is likely to be painful for many organizations all over the world that took the weekend off and are returning to the work-week to find hundreds or thousands of computers on their networks encrypted by WannaCry ransomware, which surfaced Friday and has been propagating ever since.

[ Related: 8 ways to manage an internet or security crisis ]

Estimates by law enforcement agency Europol estimated yesterday that more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries were infected, but with the worm continuing to spread to vulnerable Windows machines, that number will surely rise.

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Categories: Opinion

Samsung to detail new Tizen OS for smart home appliances, IoT devices

CIO.com - News - May 15, 2017 - 5:45pm

In the future, your Samsung vacuum cleaner, robot or washing machine will run on an OS called Tizen RT, slated to be introduced and detailed on Tuesday.

The OS for smart devices and gadgets -- in other words, internet of things (IoT) devices -- will be introduced by Samsung at its Tizen Developers Conference, which will be held in San Francisco starting Tuesday.

Samsung will share the architecture and future release schedule for Tizen RT at the conference. A number of sessions are being held on how to deploy and update the OS across devices.

The real-time OS is a slimmed-down version of the mainstream Tizen OS, which is being used in Samsung TVs, smartphones, Gear smartwatches and other devices. Though it is an open-source OS, Samsung is its biggest backer.

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Categories: Opinion

Google moves Android out of the app and into the auto with Volvo, Audi partnerships

CIO.com - News - May 15, 2017 - 4:55pm

Over the past year or so, Android Auto been stuck in neutral. Even by removing the car requirement and making Android Auto a standalone app, the initiative hasn’t really picked up speed. We’re still waiting for most of our favorite apps to join the fray (including Waze, which was promised at last year’s I/O), and for the most part, Android Auto hasn’t really advanced beyond its initial concept.

However, a new partnership with Audi and Volvo aims to kick it into high gear. According to a blog post, Google is taking Android Auto out of our phones and putting it directly into our cars with a full-on Android dashboard. We first got a pie-in-the-sky peek at an Android-powered Maserati at I/O last year, but now Google is serious about delivering on its vision. 

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IDG Contributor Network: The NHS ransomware event and security challenges for the U.S healthcare system

CIO.com - Opinion - May 15, 2017 - 4:41pm

Which industry went from nearly zero to 1 billion dollars in 2016? If you guessed ransomware, you would be right. Ransomware payments were expected to hit $1 billion in 2016, according to the FBI. The malware that affected over 100,000 organizations last weekend in 150 countries may have delivered that kind of revenue in a single day to the cyberattackers.

Late last week, reports emerged of a large-scale ransomware attack against the U.K’s NHS hospitals that impacted nearly 50 hospitals; it was later confirmed to be part of a larger international cyberattack. Reports emerged of hospitals turning away ambulances because they feared being unable to treat patients. Hospitals had lost the use of landlines and internet connections, and several hospitals in the U.K confirmed receiving demands for ransomware payments in bitcoin, with deadlines for compliance.

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