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  • Ready for the robot revolution?

    The days of drones filling the sky and robots roaming in our streets are not far removed from reality anymore, and scenes from movies like Star Wars, Minority Report and I, Robot will be common soon. Just consider some of the ways that robots have started to permeate our lives.

  • Update on my Amazon Fire Phone review

    The PR people from Amazon got in touch after I published my review of the new Amazon Fire Phone (Amazon Fire Phone: Nice but nothing to get fired up about). They had a couple of points they asked me to clarify:

  • 2014 a seminal year for cloud take up: Amazon

    2014 is a seminal year for the take up of cloud services and there’s been a shift in thinking around the infrastructure model from years back when people were concerned about issues like security.

  • True utility computing coming soon: Vic Winkler

    True utility computing – where virtual machines are moved between competing service providers without an organisation's knowledge – is coming soon, according to Vic Winkler, CTO at data security provider Covata.

  • Amazon's four tips to make sure your cloud is secure

    Amazon Web Services has a program named Trusted Advisor that provides customers with advice on the best way to use the company's IaaS cloud services. Today, the company made four checks that Trusted Advisor performs free for all users.

  • Attackers install DDoS bots on Amazon cloud, exploiting Elasticsearch weakness

    Attackers are exploiting a vulnerability in distributed search engine software Elasticsearch to install DDoS malware on Amazon and possibly other cloud servers.

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    Dick Smith replaces legacy IT infrastructure by stealth

    The IT manager of Dick Smith says he is replacing legacy systems by stealth as the consumer electronics retailer navigates a business turnaround.

  • AWS rolls out enterprise document storage and sharing

    Amazon Web Services is offering a new document sharing service with management and security features designed to appeal to businesses.

  • Netflix open sources its Amazon cloud security enforcer

    Netflix today continued its tradition of sharing lessons it has learned from using Amazon's cloud at a massive scale by releasing Security Monkey, a tool it has developed internally for monitoring the security of its cloud.

  • Gartner: Best practices for Amazon AWS security

    The Amazon AWS cloud service is fine for enterprise workloads and applying security controls such as encryption and firewalls is possible, though more security vendors need to step up to support Amazon's EC2 service, according to the Gartner analysis presented today.

  • Goodbye stupid software patents?

    If you haven't been following this story it may (hopefully) turn out to be a milestone in the history of software patents: The story concerns a US financial institution, CLS Bank, and an Australian software company that holds a patent on software used to mediate escrow for financial transactions. CLS argued that the process of escrow is centuries old and therefore not patentable while Alice argued that computerizing the process met the criteria for patentability.

  • Seven tips for protecting your AWS Cloud

    This week disappointing news came from service provider Code Spaces, a company that provided support for devops application management. Code Spaces, which was hosted in Amazon Web Service's cloud, ceased operations. after suffering a distributed denial-of-service attack by a perpetrator who demanded ransom and then began deleting data when company officials logged into their AWS account to stop the attack.

  • In Pictures: Amazon's new Fire Phone

    The long wait is over – Amazon's phone is official.

  • Hacker puts 'full redundancy' code-hosting firm out of business

    A code-hosting and project management services provider was forced to shut down operations indefinitely after a hacker broke into its cloud infrastructure and deleted customer data, including most of the company's backups.

  • Amazon enters smartphone market with Fire phone

    Amazon has unveiled its highly anticipated entry into the smartphone market, a handset called Fire.