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Paul Merrell

Microsoft Helping to Store Police Video From Taser Body Cameras | nsnbc international - 0 views

  • Microsoft has joined forces with Taser to combine the Azure cloud platform with law enforcement management tools.
  • Taser’s Axon body camera data management software on Evidence.com will run on Azure and Windows 10 devices to integrate evidence collection, analysis, and archival features as set forth by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy. As per the partnership, Taser will utilize Azure’s machine learning and computing technologies to store police data on Microsoft’s government cloud. In addition, redaction capabilities of Taser will be improved which will assist police departments that are subject to bulk data requests. Currently, Taser is operating on Amazon Web Services; however this deal may entice police departments to upgrade their technology, which in turn would drive up sales of Windows 10. This partnership comes after Taser was given a lucrative deal with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) last year, who ordered 7,000 body cameras equipped with 800 Axom body cameras for their officers in response to the recent deaths of several African Americans at the hands of police.
  • In order to ensure Taser maintains a monopoly on police body cameras, the corporation acquired contracts with police departments all across the nation for the purchase of body cameras through dubious ties to certain chiefs of police. The corporation announced in 2014 that “orders for body cameras [has] soared to $24.6 million from October to December” which represents a 5-fold increase in profits from 2013. Currently, Taser is in 13 cities with negotiations for new contracts being discussed in 28 more. Taser, according to records and interviews, allegedly has “financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices.” In fact, Taser has been shown to provide airfare and luxury hotels for chiefs of police when traveling for speaking engagements in Australia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE); and hired them as consultants – among other perks and deals. Since 2013, Taser has been contractually bound with “consulting agreements with two such chiefs’ weeks after they retired” as well as is allegedly “in talks with a third who also backed the purchase of its products.”
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Apple, Microsoft wield privacy as marketing tool | ITworld - 1 views

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    [Apple and Microsoft are both taking steps to better explain how they handle customers' personal information]
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    [Apple and Microsoft are both taking steps to better explain how they handle customers' personal information]
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Patched Android Lockscreen Still a Threat | Mobile | LinuxInsider [MS Note...] - 0 views

    • Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.
       
      [With the announcement that Microsoft would partner with the truly open-source, Android-based Cyanogen OS to provide a bundled suite of apps, both companies made one thing very clear: Android's not just for Google anymore. http://www.wired.com/2015/04/microsoft-google-cyanogen/]
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    Although Google issued a patch for its Nexus line, hackers can have a field day exploiting a recently discovered lockscreen vulnerability on other Android products. "Even when users feel confident about locking their phone with a strong password, if their device is exposed to this exploit, it does not really matter how strong the password is," noted Armando Leon, director of mobile at LaunchKey.
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    Although Google issued a patch for its Nexus line, hackers can have a field day exploiting a recently discovered lockscreen vulnerability on other Android products. "Even when users feel confident about locking their phone with a strong password, if their device is exposed to this exploit, it does not really matter how strong the password is," noted Armando Leon, director of mobile at LaunchKey.
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Microsoft has built a Linux-based operating system | ITworld - 1 views

    • Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.
       
      # ! Everbody wants to be ( or say they are) # ! #OpenSource. (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-08/apple-goes-open-source) # ! ... "Don't believe everything You hear..." # ! And, in this case, all moves of Apple and Microsoft towards Open Source are due to their appetite for the Supercomputers' Marker (actually -and traditionally- reigned by Open Source Platforms... )http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/news-analysis/supercomputers-prefer-open-source-storage/77786.fullarticle
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    "Pigs haven't taken flight; aliens haven't invaded; hell hasn't frozen over. But... Microsoft has created an OS powered by Linux. No, this is not The Onion; it's true. "
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    "Pigs haven't taken flight; aliens haven't invaded; hell hasn't frozen over. But... Microsoft has created an OS powered by Linux. No, this is not The Onion; it's true. "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Apple and Other Tech Companies Tangle With U.S. Over Data Access - The New York Times - 0 views

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    "...While that prospect has been shelved for now, the Justice Department is engaged in a court dispute with another tech company, Microsoft. The case, which goes before a federal appeals court in New York on Wednesday and is being closely watched by industry officials and civil liberties advocates, began when the company refused to comply with a warrant in December 2013 for emails from a drug trafficking suspect. ..."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Windows 7, 8, and 10: Now all collecting user data for Microsoft | InfoWorld - 1 views

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    " Uncomfortable with Windows 10 slurping personal data? Too bad -- Microsoft rolls out similar snooping capabilities to Windows 7, Windows 8"
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    " Uncomfortable with Windows 10 slurping personal data? Too bad -- Microsoft rolls out similar snooping capabilities to Windows 7, Windows 8"
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Microsoft, Google, Amazon, others, aim for royalty-free video codecs | Ars Technica UK - 0 views

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    "Alliance for Open Media hopes to make the next generation of video codecs free. by Peter Bright (US) - Sep 1, 2015 5:44 pm UTC"
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    "Alliance for Open Media hopes to make the next generation of video codecs free. by Peter Bright (US) - Sep 1, 2015 5:44 pm UTC"
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Microsoft Loves Linux to Death and Still Tries to Kill GNU/Linux | Techrights - 0 views

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    "Summary: Microsoft's relentless attacks on GNU/Linux and Free software in general (even if it runs on Windows) are so evident that claims of 'love' remain laughable at best (if not infuriating)"
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do - here's how to opt out | BGR - 0 views

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    "But there's something you should know: As you read this article from your newly upgraded PC, Windows 10 is also spying on nearly everything you do."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Samsung ya ha vendido un millón de teléfonos con Tizen » MuyLinux - 0 views

    • Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.
       
      # ! Hace falta algo más de Marketing, no por # ! el valor comercial si no por la expansión # ! del Sistema...
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    [Al parecer ya hay más de un millón de personas por ahí que pueden ver a Tizen en movimiento más allá de YouTube. La noticia la daban en Tizen Experts y se refiere al lanzamiento del Samsung Z1 en la India. ...]
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation | It runs on Linux - 0 views

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    "The founding members of the R Consortium include other major corporations like Google, HP and Oracle. R is a rapidly evolving language for statistical data analysis that's driving innovation in the field of data sciences."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Is Google the New Microsoft? | FOSS Force - 0 views

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    "Christine Hall Now that Microsoft has been pretty much neutralized as a threat, who's next on the list to be free tech's "public enemy number one?""
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Are 600 Million Samsung Android Phones Really at Risk? - 0 views

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    "NEWS ANALYSIS: A report alleges a significant risk to Samsung phones, but the threat may be overstated. It is just one of many risks Android device users face."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Microsoft to Linux users: Explain yourself * The Register - 1 views

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    "Microsoft wants to get better at monitoring Linux. Don't pinch yourself - this isn't some weird dream. Redmond on Tuesday took the covers off a new Linux VM monitoring tool."
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    "Microsoft wants to get better at monitoring Linux. Don't pinch yourself - this isn't some weird dream. Redmond on Tuesday took the covers off a new Linux VM monitoring tool."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Microsoft está interfiriendo con los esfuerzos para poner software de código ... - 0 views

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    "Microsoft está interfiriendo con los esfuerzos para poner software de código libre/abierto en las máquinas de votación, asegurando que estas máquinas siguen teniendo puertas traseras (Windows)" * Qué gracioso
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    "Microsoft está interfiriendo con los esfuerzos para poner software de código libre/abierto en las máquinas de votación, asegurando que estas máquinas siguen teniendo puertas traseras (Windows)" * Qué gracioso
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Microsoft Just Took Android's Future Out of Google's Hands | WIRED [# Check] - 2 views

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    "With the announcement that Microsoft would partner with the truly open-source, Android-based Cyanogen OS to provide a bundled suite of apps, both companies made one thing very clear: Android's not just for Google anymore. " [https://cyngn.com/press/cyanogen-announces-strategic-partnership-with-microsoft]
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    "With the announcement that Microsoft would partner with the truly open-source, Android-based Cyanogen OS to provide a bundled suite of apps, both companies made one thing very clear: Android's not just for Google anymore. "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Top 20 most popular Samsung Z1 Tizen Apps in April, 2015 - Tizen Experts [# ! CHK Tags...] - 0 views

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    "The Top 20 most popular Samsung Z1 apps to be downloaded from the Tizen store during April 2015 have been released. Many favourites are still there this month like WhatsApp, Opera Mini, McAfee AV, Trucaller and LockApps. Notable new ones are the highly requested MX Player and Speed Truck which made it to #3 position."
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    "The Top 20 most popular Samsung Z1 apps to be downloaded from the Tizen store during April 2015 have been released. Many favourites are still there this month like WhatsApp, Opera Mini, McAfee AV, Trucaller and LockApps. Notable new ones are the highly requested MX Player and Speed Truck which made it to #3 position."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

​Ubuntu jumps into Internet of Things with Acer, GE, and Microsoft | ZDNet [#... - 2 views

    • Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.
       
      # ! #know who's who in the '#freesoftware' #panorama...
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Microsoft's Continuum Looks Suspiciously like Canonical's Ubuntu for Android - Softpedia - 0 views

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    "Remember a couple years back when Canonical was showing us how you could transform your phone into a full-fledged Ubuntu PC? That was a more of a concept, but it's 2015 and that hasn't been made possible yet, at least not by Canonical. Microsoft just demoed the same thing with its Windows phone."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Would Microsoft ever open-source Windows? | ITworld - 1 views

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    " ...Another factor is Microsoft's need to make Windows competitive with Android-an area where "being open source is a requirement," Enderle said."
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    [# ! TO THE CLEAR...] " ...Another factor is Microsoft's need to make Windows competitive with Android-an area where "being open source is a requirement," Enderle said."
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