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postheadericon US military explores ‘cognitive fingerprints’ as alternative to passwords

Sky News reports that the United States military is investing heavily in new identify verification techniques that could replace passwords and biometric solutions for security.

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postheadericon Q4 DDoS attacks up 90% on previous quarter

The number of distributed denial-of-service attacks on websites in the final quarter of 2014 was up 90 percent on the previous quarter, according to research from Akamai Technologies.

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postheadericon Trek Bicycle Corporation Breaking from the Pack with Power BI

Trek Bicycle Corporation is no stranger to the power of technology. As a global company leading the charge in building the best bikes in the world, they’ve consistently leveraged Cloud computing and the full range of Microsoft solutions, including Office 365, Microsoft Azure, SharePoint, Yammer and Dynamics CRM Online, to hone in on the intricacies of their business and solidify growth year after year. When Trek had the opportunity to add Power BI to their toolbox, it was a no-brainer. The first stop: Trek’s Helpdesk, the hub of where employees go to or call to resolve their technology needs.

“What we had before just didn’t work. Our former reporting tool was too confusing and didn’t operate the way we needed it to, so no one used it,” said David Peterson, Enterprise Collaboration Manager at Trek. “Microsoft Power BI has completely changed that – it has given us better insight than we’ve ever had before. We absolutely love it.”

David uses a Microsoft Power BI workbook daily as a way to efficiently manage and track Helpdesk activity and customer service requests, including how many customer “tickets” – customer requests – are open and for how long. The new dashboard feature offers personalized charts and graphs to highlight the data he wants to see, and he can accurately track his team’s time and identify opportunities for change. Before Power BI, he had no way of truly seeing or discerning this information.

“A few months ago, we realized we had an overabundance of tickets from our HR department for the same type of request, which initially had to go through our team,” David explained. “Once we could see how much time was really being spent on this one issue that didn’t require a multi-person process, it was easy to make a change. We trained several people on their team and went from 12-15 hours per month spent on this to zero.”

In addition to these efficiency gains, Power BI has also helped Trek in making guests to their headquarters feel at home.  Power BI gave David insight into the number of requests for Trek guests to have WIFI access; he recently learned the Helpdesk was managing up to 35 requests each week, totaling about four hours per month for a common request that doesn’t require tech support.  David and his team are currently working to add an option for visitors to gain WIFI access via check-in on the Surface Pro 3 stationed in the front lobby.

“It’s a simple request and on a small scale, not a huge deal,” David said. “But day after day, they were really adding up. We didn’t see this until we started tracking everything in Microsoft Power BI.”

With cross-company adoption growing and a demonstrated ROI, Trek is planning to fully integrate Microsoft Power BI and will soon be able to pull customer data directly from Dynamics CRM Online, providing even deeper insight and seamless coordination between systems.

“Insights from Microsoft Power BI have been a game changer for us,” David said. “It has enabled us to be more productive, as well as  better allocate our time and resources –  and when combined with the rest of the Microsoft solutions, its helping Trek break out further from the pack.”


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postheadericon Linux haunted by Ghost vulnerability

Security researchers have found a vulnerability inherent to a widely used component in most versions of Linux, reports Computer World.

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postheadericon Super Bowl Router Showdown – Deals on Premium Wireless-AC Routers

Wireless-AC DD-WRT Showdown

The big game is around the corner. That means parties, planning, pizza and probably an overloaded WiFi network from all the guests coming over. But you can’t be a bad host and hog the WiFi, right?

If you are constantly having issues with your wireless speeds, range, or coverage to different parts of your home or office, and maybe the family is doing a bit too much bandwidth-hungry streaming, then a FlashRouter might be just the ticket you need to a great Super Bowl Sunday.

Super Bowl XLIV Savings

In honor of Super Bowl XLIV (that’s 49 in Roman numerals) take $ 49 off our four most powerful Wireless-AC Routers.

Use coupon code SUPER.

Plus we are offering free support and warranty upgrades on all these high end models. Keep reading for more details.

The DD-WRT Router Bowl I

Netgear R7000 vs. Asus RT-AC87U

Championship weekend means championship savings!

Announcer Breakdown: These combatants both feature best-in-class 1 GHz processors. The RT-AC87U gets a little boost on wireless coverage with an added fourth external antenna and some TurboQAM technology. But the R7000 Nighthawk is scrappy and priced more than $ 100 lower. So which will it be… the max specs at a premium price or the superhero Nighthawk router? You decide which DD-WRT router is best.

Save $ 49 on either with coupon code SUPER *

AND THERE’S MORE: We are so confident you will love our championship level Wireless-AC routers, that this weekend we are offering FREE upgrades to 1 Year of Support (Reg $ 25) & Free Upgrade to a 1 Year Warranty (Regular: $ 35) on both the R7000 and the RT-AC87U.

PLUS: Upgrade to a 2 year warranty on either for only $ 25!

You are getting more performance, more support time and more assurance at the same price! This is the time of year when the cream of the crop performs! These discounts all add up to savings of $ 99 on the full coverage, and premium WiFi router experience you deserve.

So snag a heavy hitter today with deep discounts using the coupon SUPER.

What Makes a FlashRouter Championship Level?

It may sound like nothing but a DD-WRT firmware upgrade and optimization hand-crafted by FlashRouters means:

…and much more.

Get the best routers with the best security, features, and the best support right out of the box!

Wondering what a FlashRouter can do to strengthen your wireless network? Check out our animated video that explains why your outdated router might just be ready for retirement.

The 800 lbs Gorilla (& MHz) Showdown

RT-AC68U DD-WRT vs. Linksys EA6900 AC1900

For some, the big boys might be a bit overkill but any network can use more privacy capabilities and wireless-range. These opponents match hefty 800 MHz processors ready to perform in a network with full VPN encryption. Wirelessly, both come in at AC1900 max capabilities with three external antennas and with matching RAM/Flash memory. The Asus antennas are a bit more powerful and provide a bit more range but the EA6900 runs at a much cheaper price.

Both AC WiFi specialists will also include a FREE upgrade to 1 Year of Support.

Save $ 49 on either with coupon code SUPER

After the discount the EA6900 will come in under $ 250 for a high powered Wireless-AC experience plus a FREE upgrade to 1 Year of Support making it the best priced device of the bunch.

Still, these two are too close to call. And with this type of performance, there are really no losers when it comes to a fully upgraded WiFi, privacy, and network security experience.

*The Not So Fine Print: This offer only applies to new orders and cannot be combined with any other offers or previous orders. Good through Feb 1, 2015.

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postheadericon 20 million dating site profiles targeted by hacker

20 million usernames and email addresses for a popular Russian dating website have been leaked, according to Bloomberg. Techworld highlights the targeted website as Topface, which has 91.5 million users. Anti-fraud firm Easy Solutions claimed that of the leaked users, 50 percent were Russian citizens, and 40 percent from the EU. Seven million of the logins

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postheadericon About the security content of iOS 8.1.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.1.3
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postheadericon Data Privacy Day 2015: Respecting privacy, safeguarding data, enabling trust

January 28 is Data Privacy Day, an international acknowledgment of the importance of privacy in an increasingly data-driven world. The key themes of Data Privacy Day this year are: Respecting privacy, Safeguarding data, Enabling trust.

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postheadericon Microsoft cloud and devices momentum highlights second quarter results

Commercial cloud revenue grows triple-digits for the sixth consecutive quarter, reaching an annualized revenue run rate of $ 5.5 billion.

REDMOND, Wash. — January 26, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $ 26.5 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. Gross margin, operating income, and diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) for the quarter were $ 16.3 billion, $ 7.8 billion, and $ 0.71 per share, respectively.

These financial results include $ 243 million of integration and restructuring expenses, or a $ 0.02 per share negative impact, related to both Microsoft’s restructuring plan announced in July 2014 and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services (“NDS”) business.  There is also a $ 0.04 per share negative impact related to income tax expense resulting from an IRS audit adjustment.

Microsoft also announced its intention to complete the existing $ 40 billion share repurchase authorization by December 31, 2016.

The following table notes the impact of the integration and restructuring expenses on the company’s financial performance (“Noted Items”). This financial information is provided to aid investors in better understanding the company’s performance. All growth comparisons relate to the corresponding period in the last fiscal year.

Earnings FY15 Q2“Microsoft is continuing to transform, executing against our strategic priorities and extending our cloud leadership,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft.  “We are taking bold steps forward across our business, and specifically with Windows 10, to deliver new experiences, new categories, and new opportunities to our customers.”

“We remain disciplined in our approach to operational and execution excellence, balanced with investments that drive meaningful growth for the business while increasing capital return to shareholders,” said Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Microsoft.

Devices and Consumer revenue grew 8% to $ 12.9 billion, with the following business highlights:

  • Surface revenue of $ 1.1 billion, up 24%, driven by Surface Pro 3 and accessories
  • Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers increased to over 9.2 million, up 30% sequentially over prior quarter
  • Search advertising revenue grew 23%, with Bing U.S. market share at 19.7%, up 150 basis points over prior year
  • Xbox console sales totaled 6.6 million units, with strong holiday season performance
  • Phone Hardware revenue of $ 2.3 billion, with 10.5 million Lumia units sold driven by growth in affordable smartphones
  • Windows OEM Pro revenue declined 13%; revenue was impacted by the business PC market and Pro mix returning to pre-Windows XP end of support levels and by new lower-priced licenses for devices sold to academic customers
  • Windows OEM non-Pro revenue declined 13%, with license growth from opening price point devices

Commercial revenue grew 5% to $ 13.3 billion, with the following business highlights:

  • Commercial cloud revenue grew 114% driven by Office 365, Azure and Dynamic CRM Online, and is now on an annualized revenue run rate of $ 5.5 billion
  • Office Commercial products and services revenue declined 1%; transactional revenue was impacted by the continued transition to Office 365 and declines in commercial PCs following the XP refresh cycle
  • Server products and services revenue grew 9%, with double-digit growth of SQL Server and System Center
  • Windows volume licensing revenue increased by 3%, with annuity revenue growth partially offset by declining transactional revenue

“We again saw enthusiasm and demand around our cloud offerings like Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online and Azure, as well as Surface Pro 3,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. “Our sales engagement worldwide continues to focus on helping customers and partners transition to the cloud and navigate the shifting product mix related to our services and solutions.”

Business Outlook

Microsoft will provide forward-looking guidance in connection with this quarterly earnings announcement on its earnings conference call and webcast.

Webcast Details

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer, Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Frank Brod, chief accounting officer, John Seethoff, deputy general counsel, and Chris Suh, general manager of Investor Relations, will host a conference call and webcast at 2:30 p.m. PST (5:30 p.m. EST) today to discuss details of the company’s performance for the quarter and certain forward-looking information. The session may be accessed at The webcast will be available for replay through the close of business on January 26, 2016.

Noted Items Definition

Integration and restructuring expenses were $ 243 million during the three months ended December 31, 2014.  Integration and restructuring expenses include employee severance expenses and costs associated with the consolidation of facilities and manufacturing operations, including asset write-downs and contract termination costs, resulting from Microsoft’s restructuring plan. Integration and restructuring expenses also include systems consolidation and other business integration expenses, as well as transaction fees and direct acquisition costs, associated with the acquisition of NDS.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices, and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release that are “forward-looking statements” are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially because of factors such as:

  • intense competition in all of Microsoft’s markets;
  • increasing focus on services presents execution and competitive risks;
  • significant investments in new products and services that may not be profitable;
  • acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances may have an adverse effect on our business;
  • impairment of goodwill or amortizable intangible assets causing a significant charge to earnings;
  • Microsoft’s continued ability to protect and earn revenues from its intellectual property rights;
  • claims that Microsoft has infringed the intellectual property rights of others;
  • the possibility of unauthorized disclosure of significant portions of Microsoft’s source code;
  • cyber-attacks and security vulnerabilities in Microsoft products and services that could reduce revenue or lead to liability;
  • disclosure of personal data that could cause liability and harm to Microsoft’s reputation;
  • outages, data losses, and disruptions of our online services if we fail to maintain an adequate operations infrastructure;
  • government litigation and regulation that may limit how Microsoft designs and markets its products;
  • potential liability under trade protection and anti-corruption laws resulting from our international operations;
  • Microsoft’s ability to attract and retain talented employees;
  • adverse results in legal disputes;
  • unanticipated tax liabilities;
  • Microsoft’s hardware and software products may experience quality or supply problems;
  • exposure to increased economic and operational uncertainties from operating a global business;
  • catastrophic events or geo-political conditions may disrupt our business; and
  • adverse economic or market conditions may harm our business.

For more information about risks and uncertainties associated with Microsoft’s business, please refer to the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors” sections of Microsoft’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by contacting Microsoft’s Investor Relations department at (800) 285-7772 or at Microsoft’s Investor Relations website at

All information in this release is as of January 26, 2015. The company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company’s expectations.

For more information, financial analysts and investors only:

Chris Suh, general manager, Investor Relations, (425) 706-4400

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at Web links, telephone numbers, and titles were correct at time of publication, but may since have changed. Shareholder and financial information, as well as today’s 2:30 p.m. PST conference call with investors and analysts, is available at

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postheadericon Flurry of cyberattacks causes concern for Davos elites at World Economic Forum

Cybercrime was the focus of everyone’s attention at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos.

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