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Autonomous Vehicle Development Fuels Industry Angst

In the Internet of Things -- or the "Intelligence of Things," which is more apt -- the automotive segment has become a leading center of innovation. Only healthcare offers the same ability to leverage advances in sensors, processing, connectivity and artificial intelligence technology to advance an ...

Russian Gang Suspected of Hacking Oracle’s POS System

Oracle has been investigating a point-of-sale system breach that may be the work of Russian cyberthieves. Hackers compromised at least 700 computers on the MICROS POS system, used by hundreds of thousands of hotels, restaurants and retail outlets worldwide to process credit card transactions, Krebs ...

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Still Need Human Touch

Google's self-driving cars showed major safety improvements over the past year -- but there were dozens of incidents when test drivers had to intervene, the company said in a report recently filed with California regulators. There were 272 so-called immediate manual control disengagements due to a f...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

What Goes Around Comes Around: Russia Gets Hacked

Russia has been a prime suspect in recent cyberattacks launched against U.S. government targets. However, Russia has been poked with the other end of the hacker stick. For more than two months, hacker attacks originating in China have bedeviled Russia's military and telecom sectors, researchers at P...

Self-Driving Cars Avoid Collision, as They Should

Two self-driving prototype vehicles, one operated by Google and the other operated by Delphi Automotive, earlier this week avoided a collision in Palo Alto, California. Neither car touched the other, but the incident spurred a number of rattled headlines over the so-called "near miss." In actuality,...

Middle East’s Latest Malware Malady Does It Old-School

Security researchers have discovered yet another piece of malware that appears to be targeting computer systems in the Middle East. Dubbed "Mahdi," it was discovered about one and a half months after researchers found the Flame malware, which also hit computers in that region. Working together, rese...

Cutting Through the Fog to Get to the Cloud

One of the biggest questions facing companies today is what to make of cloud computing. Does it signal a major shift in how we approach IT -- and the business -- or is it just another ride on the hype wave that will disappear if we just wait it out? HP tackled this question this month with a series ...

Online Pioneer Marks Silver Anniversary of E-Commerce

It may not have been noticed in the whirlwind of online transactions on Web sites like eBay or Amazon, but e-commerce turned 25 on Tuesday. On March 4, 1983, the husband-wife team of Alex Randall and Cameron Hall quietly launched a business revolution that was then the stuff of dreams, when their ye...

The Digital Car: Cool Automotive Accessories, Part 1

The average person spends nearly an hour a day driving to and from work, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. So-called "extreme commuters" spend four hours or more -- that's the equivalent of spending over a month per year sitting in a car. Long commute times are one factor driving the demand for t...

Dell to Establish Central European Presence With $250M Poland Plant

Dell said it will invest more than US$250 million to build a new computer plant in Poland, a move meant to help the PC maker target a key emerging market in central and eastern Europe. The company said it had signed an agreement with the Polish government on Monday to build the plant in the city of ...

Sybase Eying Mobile Enterprise With Software Buy

Eying expanding opportunities in the corporate mobile data realm, Sybase said today it had agreed to buy a software company that makes middleware for enterprises. Sybase said it would pay about US$71.3 million in cash to acquire Extended Systems, an 11-year-old company whose main product, known as O...

DEVELOPER'S TOOLBOX

Inside Benchmarking: Hardware Testing in the 21st Century

Because of his background in assembly-level programming and low-level C coding on machines with slow CPUs and very little RAM, David Wren, PassMark Software's founder, had a strong interest in coding efficiency and computer performance. It was from this interest that PassMark's benchmark application...

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