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DJI will completely disable drones if users don't install firmware update

Doubling down on its threat in May to cripple drones that aren't registered, Chinese drone maker DJI has now warned that owners of its Spark drones who do not install the latest firmware update will not be able to fly the drone at all starting Sept. 1. DJI is justifying The post DJI will ...

What to look for at VMworld 2017 next week

Every August, infrastructure professionals make a pilgrimage to VMworld – temporarily in Las Vegas's Mandalay Bay because of construction in its usual venue in San Francisco – to hear what the oracles of VMware Inc. have to say about the future of computing platforms. What started out as a ...

Uber hits $50 million in driver tips, adds more driver-friendly features

As part of its 180 Days of Change' campaign, Uber Technologies Inc. has introduced additional driver-centric features, which focus on providing additional flexibility to its drivers. Following a long period of turmoil, the ride-hailing giant introduced the campaign in June to try and right some of ...

Threat detection startup Versive raises $12.7M in new round

Threat protection startup Versive Inc. Tuesday said it has raised $12.7 million in a new funding round from a number of undisclosed investors. Founded in 2012, Versive offers a platform called the “Versive Security Engine” that utilizes artificial intelligence and human expertise ...

DJI will completely disable drones if users don't install firmware update

Doubling down on its threat in May to cripple drones that aren't registered, Chinese drone maker DJI has now warned that owners of its Spark drones who do not install the latest firmware update will not be able to fly the drone at all starting Sept. 1. DJI is justifying the decision on the grounds ...

Justice Department amends demand for information on anti-Trump website visitors

The U.S. Department of Justice today amended a broad demand for information that sought to identity visitors to a website that had served as a conduit for protest planning during President Donald Trump's inauguration. Earlier this month, Justice had issued a warrant to web hosting provider ...

AccuWeather app caught sharing data even when users opt out

Weather forecasting company AccuWeather Inc. has allegedly been caught spying on users. A report published Tuesday detailed how its iPhone app sends data back to the company and an advertising partner even when users don't give it permission. First spotted by security researcher Will Strafach, ...

Cyberthreats will drive higher growth in security spending

Spending on security products is forecast to grow by 7 percent this year, or a hefty $6.5 billion, as enterprises become increasingly wary of cybersecurity threats in the wake of several high-profile ransomware attacks earlier this year. Gartner Inc. said it its latest forecast that the global ...

USS John S. McCain accident raises concerns about GPS spoofing

An accident involving a Liberian-registered ship and the USS John S. McCain has resulted in speculation that the Global Positioning System guiding the guided-missile destroyer may have been spoofed. The accident, the fourth involving a ship from the U.S. Seventh Fleet this year, occurred in the ...

Microsoft's Brainwave accelerates deep learning with Intel programmable chips

Microsoft Corp. is upping the stakes in the race to build artificial intelligence systems with the introduction of a new initiative called Project Brainwave. The company is embedding neural network technology into its programmable computer chips in order to accelerate deep learning, which is one of ...

Report: Google to integrate Titan security chips with its cloud services

Google Inc. is set to announce a new hardware-focused security chip for its public cloud that it believes can help it differentiate its offering from rivals Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. The new chip is called Titan, and Google will announce full details in a blog post due out on ...

Cloud-based backup provider Druva lands $80M round

As the amount of information that companies generate continues to increase, so does the need for data protection. Druva Inc. is cashing in on that demand. The company, which sells cloud-based services for backing up and managing corporate files, today announced that it has closed a hefty $80 ...

Skytap raises $45M to lure enterprises away from Amazon Web Services

Despite the intense competition in the cloud market, several top investors are betting that a relatively small player called Skytap Inc. will secure a slice of the pie. The Seattle-based company today announced that it has closed a $45 million funding round led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The ...

Watch live: the blueprint for hybrid IT analytics for digital business

Exploring the key theme of digital transformation in modern infrastructure for information technology environments, SiliconANGLE hosts its inaugural theCUBE in-studio digital event on Aug. 22. Global organizations are expected to spend more than $1.2 trillion on digital transformation ...

Sigstr raises $5M to turn email signatures into a marketing tool

Companies make extensive use of email as part of their marketing efforts. But they're not realizing the medium's full potential, according to Indianapolis-based Sigstr Inc. The startup is pioneering a unique approach to email marketing that helped it attract $5 million in funding from Hyde ...

Samsung Galaxy Note8 set to launch Aug. 23: Here's how to watch and what to expect

After months of rumors, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s much-anticipated Unpacked event kicks off at 11 a.m. EDT Aug. 23 in New York City.   In anticipation of this week's launch, someone at Samsung jumped the gun this past weekend and posted the 64-gigabyte Note8 on the company's official site. The ...

Samsung Galaxy Note8 set to launch Aug. 23: how to watch and what to expect

After months of rumors, the day is nearly upon us. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd's much-anticipated Unpacked event kicks off at 11 a.m. EDT on Aug. 23 in New York City.   In anticipation of this week's launch, someone at Samsung jumped the gun this past weekend and posted the 64GB Note8 on the ...

Elon Musk adds killer robots to the list of things he doesn't like

Killer robots may be a common theme in science fiction, but in his latest flight of fancy, Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has added killer robots to the list of things he doesn't like alongside artificial intelligence. In a letter released Monday, supported by more than 100 robotics ...

Microsoft's speech recognition systems achieve parity with humans

Microsoft Corp.'s artificial intelligence research team said it has made a significant breakthrough with its natural-language speech recognition technology. The company announced on Monday that it has finally achieved a human-parity word error rate of 5.1 percent in a conversational speech ...

Ethereum tokens stolen from Enigma in latest initial coin offering hack

In a bust that's worthy of its name, a company with an upcoming initial coin offering by the name of Enigma has been hacked. The bad guys running off with 1,500 in Ethereum tokens, worth $473,000. Founded in 2015, Enigma pitches itself as an open data technology company that focuses on ...

Enterprise database startup Redis Labs raises $44M

Enterprise database startup Redis Labs Inc. has raised $44 million in a Series D round led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing. Founded in 2011, Redis Labs provides a hosted cloud service for Redis, an open-sourced NoSQL structure store that is primarily used to host databases but can ...

IT organizations are struggling to recruit skilled server staff

Information technology firms are finding it difficult to hire staff for roles across traditional servers and converged infrastructure due to a decline in the number of applicants with the necessary skills, a new report from 451 Research Inc. reveals. Because of the need to reduce costs associated ...

Rackspace announces private cloud capabilities on VMware

Managed services company Rackspace Inc. has said it's expanding its private cloud capabilities through VMware Inc.'s Cloud Foundation. The company on Monday confirmed the general availability of its Rackspace Private Cloud on VMware's Cloud Foundation, which is a software-defined data center ...

Android Oreo rolls out with speed improvements and better multitasking

Google Inc. finally confirmed today that the latest version of its Android mobile operating system is called Android Oreo, and the new OS is already rolling out to Nexus and Pixel phones. Android Oreo boasts a number of improvements over its predecessors, some of which are more exciting than ...

HTC Vive unveils $599 price to make VR more accessible

Starting today, the price of the high-end PC-based consumer HTC Vive virtual reality headset will drop by $200 to $599 and it will remain there for the foreseeable future. Our goal at Vive has always been to offer the best and most advanced VR system and drive mass market adoption for VR ...

Cisco to acquire key software partner Springpath for $320M

Three months after picking up artificial intelligence startup MindMeld Inc. for $125 million, Cisco Systems Inc. has inked another nine-figure acquisition. The networking giant plans to shell out $320 million to buy Springpath Inc., a firm that develops software for hyperconverged systems. ...

UK warns it will prosecute online hate crimes the same way it does offline hate crime

British prosecutors are taking steps to reduce the amount of online abuse that is hurled around by treating hateful speech online the same way it does face-to-face abuse. On Monday the Crown Prosecution Service published new guidelines in an attempt to crack down on online instances of ill-will, ...

Photo editing app Prisma is now offering its services to other companies

Russian startup Prisma Labs, Inc., which is best-known for its popular photo editing app, is now planning to sell to businesses with the launch of a new website, prismalabs.ai, offering various artificial intelligence-related services. The Prisma app isn't going anywhere, but the company's focus now ...

Uber sets its sights on former GE CEO Jeff Immelt

Former General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey R. Immelt has emerged as the top candidate to take over the CEO job at Uber Technologies Inc. Recode reported over the weekend that a majority of board members at the ride-hailing company favor Immelt, citing numerous' unnamed sources. ...

Google develops machine learning algorithm that can easily remove watermarks from images

In a move that's bound to make intellectual property providers like Getty Images Inc. nervous, Google has developed a new algorithm that can easily remove watermarks from images. Detailed in a paper presented at the 2017 Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition last month, the ...

Photo editing app Prisma is now offering its services to other companies

Russian startup Prisma Labs, Inc., which is best-known for its popular photo editing app, is moving into the B2B space. The company recently launched a new website, prismalabs.ai, offering various AI-related services. The Prisma app isn't going anywhere, but the company's focus now will be marketing ...

PlayStation Network social accounts hacked, and network itself may have been compromised

Notorious Saudi hacking group OurMine successfully hacked social media accounts for the PlayStation Network over the weekend but, in a more concerning twist, is claiming to have also compromised PSN itself. In a series of tweets and Facebook messages that appeared Sunday, the group first claimed ...

Blockchain-powered VR startup Decentraland raises $25.5m in initial coin offering

Decentraland, an open-source initiative that is attempting to develop a virtual reality space that utilizes the Ethereum blockchain for asset management, has raised 86,260 ETH in an initial coin offering. Having first gained public attention back in 2015, Decentraland is attempting to build an ...

Uber sets its sights on former GE CEO Jeff Immelt

Former General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt has emerged as the top candidate to take over the CEO job at Uber Technologies Inc. Re/Code reported at the weekend that a majority of board members at the ride-sharing company favor Immelt, citing numerous' unnamed sources. However, ...

PlayStation social accounts hacked, PSN may have also been compromised

Notorious Saudi hacking group OurMine successfully hacked the social accounts for the PlayStation Network at the weekend but in a more concerning twist is claiming to have also compromised PSN itself. In a series of tweets and Facebook messages that appeared Sunday, the group first claimed ...

The Daily Stormer retreats to the dark web after being booted offline yet again

Neo-Nazi hate site The Daily Stormer briefly reappeared online for a few hours on Friday, only to be dumped a few hours later by its new web hosting provider. Dubbed as the top hate site in America', the Daily Stormer was at the center of controversy last week after a blog posted to the site The ...

Google develops machine learning algorithm that can easily remove watermarks from images

Probably much to the horror of image licensing companies such as Getty Images Inc., Google has developed a new algorithm that can easily remove watermarks from images. Detailed in a paper presented at the 2017 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference, the algorithm takes advantage on an ...

Blockchain-powered VR startup Decentraland raises $25.5m in initial coin offering

Decentraland, an open-source initiative that is attempting to develop a virtual reality space that utilizes the Ethereum blockchain for asset management has raised 86,260 ETH in an initial coin offering. First coming to public attention back in 2015, Decentraland is attempting to build an open VR ...

Photo editing app Prisma is now offering its services to other companies

Russian startup Prisma Labs, Inc., the company known for its popular photo editing app, is moving into the B2B space. The company recently launched a new website, prismalabs.ai, offering various AI-related services. The Prisma app isn't going anywhere, but the focus now will be marketing its machine ...

Facebook explains what happens to your data when you die

Facebook Inc. has more than 2 billion people using its social network, more than a quarter of the Earth's population, and with such a large user base, it is inevitable that some users will pass away, leaving a graveyard of profiles that still contain the personal information of the deceased. Over ...

What Google memo? These women are already getting lots of girls into tech

After James Damore's infamous memo criticizing Google Inc.'s diversity programs hit the public eye Aug. 5, the furor was palpable. Within days, Damore was fired, and his very public battle with the technology giant since then ignited a furious discussion of how and even whether the participation of ...

Immersv raises $10.5M to bring mobile virtual reality marketing to the masses

California-based virtual reality and 360-degree video interactive advertising platform Immersv Inc. is the latest VR company to attract investor attention, announcing a $10.5 million funding round today. The Series A financing round was led by Rogers Venture Partners with participation from HTC ...

Reddit takes on YouTube and Facebook by allowing users to upload videos directly

Reddit, the popular content-sharing platform that considers itself to be “the front page of the Internet,” will test out a new feature that will allow users to upload their videos straight to the site without having to turn to a third-party host such as YouTube. Aside from posts that ...

Study: Venture activity is rebounding, but at a cost to VCs

The venture capital ecosystem is continuing its recovery from the 2016 slump at a steady pace, but the past quarter has brought a mixed bag of developments. That's the conclusion from a recently released study by Fenwick & West LLP, a prominent law firm serving the tech industry. First, the good ...

Cloud sets the table, software eats the world: A conversation with Fugue CEO Josh Stella

There are two definitions of fugue. One refers to music , and the other involves psychiatry . But thanks to new technology in the enterprise cloud computing world offered by a rising startup of the same name, there may soon be another meaning: automation. Fugue Inc. emerged from stealth mode last ...

Memory chip makers rake in record revenue, hurting their buyers' profits

Big chip makers such as Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Micron Technology Inc.­ are raking in record revenue thanks to a global shortage of flash memory. According to a new report on the market from DRAMeXchange, the memory and storage division of Trend Force Corp., the long-running shortage of ...

Skype mobile redesign comes to the desktop with a raft of improvements

Microsoft Corp. rolled out its Skype redesign to mobile users in June, sparking a backlash from many users who hated the new design. As a result, ratings plummeted in both Apple Inc.'s App Store and Google Inc.'s Play Store. Nonetheless, as expected the redesign is coming to the desktop. The ...

Memory chip makers rake in record revenue, hurting their buyers' profits

Big chip makers such as Samsung Electronics Ltd. and Micron Technology Inc.­ are raking in record revenue thanks to a global shortage of flash memory. According to a new report on the market from DRAMeXchange, the memory and storage division of Trend Force Corp., the long-running shortage of memory ...

Amazon helps software developers get Alexa onto more devices

Amazon.com Inc. is aiming to get its Alexa digital voice assistant installed on more third-party devices with the release of a software development kit that enables just that. The Amazon Voice Services Device SDK, launched today, is aimed at making Alexa integration simpler and cheaper for ...

Facebook takes another shot at killing clickbait by purging deceptive video links

Social media giant Facebook Inc. is taking more steps to purge clickbait content from its news feed, this time focusing on those irksome images of fake video play buttons that often lead to some kind of viral content. The updates are twofold, Facebook announced on Thursday. One will be to reduce ...