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September 16, 2014
American teens spend a lot more time online than older Web surfers, yet it doesn't seem to increase their vulnerability to malicious activity. Teens last year spent a little more than four hours a day on the Net, while adults in the 50-to-64 age bracket burned two hours, 41 minutes online daily, MarketingCharts found. Those numbers piqued the interest of Enigma Software. Since teens were spending more time online, they should have been exposing themselves to threats more often and been more likely to come into contact with Internet nasties. [More...]

September 16, 2014
PredictionIO is building the MySQL of prediction. The young company recently released version 0.7.3 of its open source machine-learning server. Unlike typical prediction algorithms and open source libraries, PredictionIO is based on making machine learning more available. Cofounder Simon Chan sees a gaping hole in open source tools to connect database programmers and software developers. [More...]

September 16, 2014
Amazon may be red-faced about a security flaw in the Kindle library that it fixed once, then reintroduced in a later version, but the company so far has been silent on the issue. Though the threat level appears to be low at this point, Amazon's lack of attention to it could be troublesome. This "makes it look like they don't take security seriously," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. [More...]

September 16, 2014
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Bungie is keeping skilled gamers hopping by introducing challenging extra events to its new Destiny multiplayer franchise. "Vault of Glass," a team Raid, launched Tuesday. "Destiny is not a one-trick pony," said gaming editor Paul Semel. "It certainly is not a game you can play in a single session. There is a lot more to this game than just the single player." [More...]

September 16, 2014
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Instead of donning a heavy robotic exoskeleton to carry out superhuman feats, soldiers soon may be wearing something like robotic long johns. The "soft exosuit," as DARPA's flexible gear is called, could give soldiers more strength and stamina, allowing them to walk longer distances with less wear and tear to their joints. It also might be used to help civilians with mobility problems. [More...]

September 15, 2014
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Apple's HealthKit could be a highly effective tool for monitoring patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. However, there's perhaps no sector in which security, confidentiality and privacy are more important than in healthcare. Medical trials soon will be under way to explore the usefulness -- and potential challenges -- of Apple's HealthKit. [More...]

September 15, 2014
Fires may be easy to start, but putting them out is a different matter. Case in point: the Systemd inferno. What started a few weeks ago as a relatively straightforward controversy over an oft-debated technology Visit the VMware Tech Center has now virtually blown up in Linux fans' faces. The latest flareup? None other than the suggestion that Linux be split in two. [More...]

September 15, 2014
Taken separately, last week's announcements from Apple, Intel and T-Mobile were impressive. Intel and T-Mobile basically announced they were going to explode the existing mobile market, changing it dramatically. Apple embraced some slow-moving technologies, which should speed them up dramatically. I don't think what Apple announced is in the same league, but it also will drive change. [More...]

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