Posted: August 15th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Google, News From the web, Social Media, Standout, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Alphabet, BMW, Domain Name, Google | Comments Off on Google Restructures Under Alphabet, Ooops
The behemoth that is Google has announced a surprise corporate restructure, forming a new parent company dubbed Alphabet that will include the internet search unit as one of several entities.
Google chief executive Larry Page announced the change, saying he would hold the same title at Alphabet, the new holding company for the technology giant’s newer ventures including research arm X Lab, investment unit Google Ventures and health and science operations.
The new chief executive at the search unit – Google – will be the current vice president, Sundar Pichai.
Alphabet will include units focusing on life sciences such as a glucose-sensing contact lenses and the health research firm Calico. Google X, which handles research on self-driving cars and internet balloons, will also be a separate unit.
Other units to be separated include the drone delivery project Wing, Google Fiber’s high-speed internet, the home automation unit Nest and investment arms.
But Ooops… Google’s new holding company – Alphabet’s – website is abc.xyz because Alphabet.com is owned by Alphabet, a BMW-owned fleet management service. Even though only a few people had ever heard of BMW’s Alphabet before, the company clearly isn’t going to let all of this free publicity just sit there unfettered, BMW says it has no intention of letting go of the domain name :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: Dallas Buyers Club, iiNet, ISP, Online Security, Video on Demand, Video Piracy, VOD | Comments Off on iiNet Loses Dallas Buyers Club Case, Forced to Hand-over User Data
Internet providers must hand over contact details of Australian customers accused of illegally downloading The Dallas Buyers Club, the Federal Court has ruled.
The landmark piracy and privacy case was lodged by Dallas Buyers Club LLC, the company that owns the rights to the 2013 Hollywood blockbuster.
It wanted a group of internet service providers (ISPs), including iiNet, to hand over contact details of Australian customers accused of illegally downloading the movie.
The ISPs argued it was a breach of privacy and that the company intends to use a practice known as “speculative invoicing”.
Justice Nye Perram ordered the ISPs had to hand the contact details over, but said the details could not be made public and any letter sent to the customers had to be vetted by him.
Dallas Buyers Club LLC claimed it had identified 4,726 Australian IP addresses where the movie was illegally downloaded UPDATED! :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 29th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: AMD, Intel, News From the web, Samsung, Smartphone, Standout | Tags: AMD, Business News, Intel, Radeon, Samsung | Comments Off on Tech-Galaxy Radiates with Rumors of Samsung AMD Takeover
The tech-galaxy if rife with rumors of Samsung’s eminent takeover of chip-maker AMD. Could future Samsung phones and tablets be about to get a serious boost in muscle.
Is there any substance to today’s rumor that Samsung is considering acquiring AMD? :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 25th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ONLINE SECURITY, Standout, UPDATED! | Tags: Australia, Australian Online Security, community-and-society, defence-and-national-security, Favorite New Thought, Google Search, government-and-politics, Hack, information-and-communication, internet-culture, internet-technology, News From the web, OAIC, Online Security, Privacy Breach, Privacy Commissioner, Technoid Computer News, Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code | Comments Off on Australia Passes Contentious Data Retention Laws
Australia’s Federal Parliament has passed it’s controversial data retention laws, with both major political parties voting in the legislation. The new laws will force telcos to keep records of phone and internet use for two years and allow security agencies access the records.
Telcos already retain the data, however at varying durations in an unregulated environment. Australia’s Attorney-General Senator George Brandis says the legislation – which passed through the senate with 43 votes to 16 – will strike the right balance.
The cost of retaining the information is set to be partly covered by the taxpayer in what the Government described as a “significant” contribution. There are concerns telecommunications companies will pass on the rest of the cost to consumers :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 8th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Bloatware, Computers, Cryptocurrency, Cryptocurrency Mining, Culture, EpicScale, Malware, Torrenting, µTorrent | Comments Off on Malware Bundled in Popular µTorrent WILL Destroy Your Computer
According to those in the know – Motherboard – you shouldn’t hesitate, UNINSTALL µTorrent NOW!
More than 100 million users of the trusted torrent platform are at serious risk of having their laptops and PCs literally destroyed. T
Bundled with the latest install of the free software is a program called Epic Scale leeching your laptop’s resources in secret.
Epic Scale is a currency miner that generates revenue for its creators, though it publicly sells itself on being a completely philanthropic venture :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Internet Security | Tags: Australian Online Security, Favorite New Thought, Google Search, Hack, News From the web, OAIC, Online Security, Privacy Breach, Privacy Commissioner, Technoid Computer News, Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code, Telstra | Comments Off on Telstra Warns Data Storage Plan Will Attract Hackers
Australia’s biggest telco, Telstra, has sounded a warning about the Government’s mandatory metadata retention scheme.
Telstra said an unintended consequence of the plan would be the creation of many highly attractive targets for hackers.
The Federal Government has cited national security as one of the reasons for its plan to force telcos and internet companies to store customer metadata for two years.
A parliamentary committee investigating the bills also heard concerns from Australia’s intelligence agency watchdog that ASIO could keep metadata indefinitely.
Under the metadata retention scheme, Telstra, and all other national telcos and internet companies, would be forced to store customer metadata for two years.
Telstra said the data would be kept in a database, ready to be given to law enforcement on request :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 7th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Google | Tags: Gangnam Style, Google, YouTube | Comments Off on Gangnam Style Fries Google’s Counters
Gangnam Style has become such a hit that it’s causing problems for Google’s video sharing website YouTube. YouTube says that the 2012 song by South Korea’s Psy – accompanied by a horse-riding-like dance that became a global sensation – this week reached the maximum number of views that its counter had imagined to be conceivable :: Read the full article »»»»