Daily Tech Briefing: July 8, 2014

 
 
By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-07-08 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Linux lands on NSA watch list; PC sales to rebound in 2015, while tablet shipments jump, Gartner reports; and more news.

 
Oracle to Acquire NetSuite for $9.3B in Cloud Push

DAILY VIDEO: Oracle will buy NetSuite for $9.3 billion in a cloud push; BlackBerry unveils a $299...

NIST Declares Two-Factor Authentication Using SMS Texts Insecure

DAILY VIDEO: NIST says SMS-based two-factor authentication isn't secure; the UK approves Amazon's...

Microsoft Unveils Service for Helping Enterprises Move to Windows 10
IT Insiders Optimistic About Verizon-Yahoo's Future

DAILY VIDEO: IT insiders project the future of Verizon-Yahoo; FCC's Wheeler urges...

Apple Planning Larger iPhone 7, Market Chatter Suggests

DAILY VIDEO: Latest iPhone 7 rumor suggests a new, larger model is possible; Samsung confirms fix for...

French Regulators Says Microsoft Collects Too Much User Data

DAILY VIDEO: French regulators accuse Microsoft of improper data use; Samsung denies Galaxy S7 Active...

Oracle Distributes Largest-Ever List of Software Security Patches

DAILY VIDEO: Oracle issues its largest patch update ever; Why BlackBerry CEO Chen doesn't worry about...

Government Requests for Google User Data Continue to Rise

DAILY VIDEO: Google sees government requests for user data growing; Google tries to charm European...

Softbank to Acquire Chip Designer ARM in $32.2 Billion All-Cash Deal

DAILY VIDEO: Softbank deal to buy ARM aimed at bolstering its IoT reach; the hacking of Ubuntu Linux...

Microsoft Releases Azure SQL Data Warehouse for the Cloud

DAILY VIDEO: Microsoft's Azure SQL data warehouse opens its doors to big data; IBM delivers secure...



Read more about the stories in today's news:

 
 
 

Recent disclosures and investigations into the activities of the U.S. National Security Agency have revealed that Linux users are an area of specific interest for surveillance by the NSA XKeyscore system.

German news sources first reported on rules in the XKeyscore source code that identify visitors to the Linux Journal Website, the Tor Onion Router site, as well as the Tails Linux distribution site. What makes this revelation particularly interesting is that it appears the NSA is targeting users for surveillance simply because they visited the Tor, Linux Journal or Tails Websites.

According to analysts from Gartner, tablet shipments will outpace PCs by next year. However, they also found that the outlook for PCs in the near-term looks good. Gartner numbers show that while the PC market sustained a significant decline in shipments in 2013—a 9.5 percent drop—that will slow to a 2.9 percent reduction this year. Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, explained that 2014 will mark a relative revival of the global PC market.

Microsoft announced that it will be enhancing its partnership with Perfecto Mobile to provide mobile app developers with a multi-platform testing experience for mobile devices. Perfecto Mobile is a provider of on-device testing systems. Microsoft will deliver mobile testing extensions to Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online based on Perfecto Mobile's MobileCloud platform.

Samsung carried out a novel marketing stunt in June to introduce New Yorkers to its newest tablet, the Galaxy Tab S. The company installed four tablets in a cab, and once unsuspecting riders got inside they were asked to say which tablet they were drawn to the most. Specifically, they were asked which one inspired love at first sight. After a moment's consideration, the vast majority of people chose the Galaxy Tab S; they cited the clarity of the screen as the top reason why.

 
 
 

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
 
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters























 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rocket Fuel