Microsoft Office 2016 To Debut Later This Year


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Microsoft Office 2016

Microsoft?s Office 2016 platform will arrive in mid-to-late 2015. The Redmond-based company revealed the platform?s upgrade earlier in the week, but news of Office 2016 was buried when the company announced free Windows 10 downloads and the Microsoft HoloLens.

?We are hard at work on the next release of the Office desktop suite that will be called Office 2016. (Unexpected, I know!),? Microsoft wrote in a blog post. ?We expect to make Office 2016 generally available in the second half of 2015.?

The tech giant also revealed a few details about Office 2016. It ?will remain the comprehensive Office experience you?re long familiar with, best suited for a PC with keyboard and mouse, [as well as] compelling new experiences coming as part of this Office suite.?

With the arrival of Windows 10, users will be given access to Office ?universal apps? which operates on a variety of display sizes, and…

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How to Safely Test Software Without Messing Up Your System


The internet is full of sweet apps, but it’s also packed with shady software. Before you install something awful, give yourself an infosec education. Here are the best tools to protect yourself out there when you’re experimenting with new programs.

Method 1: Virtualize an Entire Desktop with VirtualBox

Method 2: Simpler Virtualization with Cameyo

Method 3: Get Basic Protection with Sandboxie

Safely Test Sofware

Original Source – Lifehacker

Microsoft Buys Data Science Specialist Revolution Analytics


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Microsoft has agreed to acquire Revolution Analytics, a company built around commercial software and support for the popular R statistical computing project. The open source R project is hugely popular among data scientists and research types, and having Revolution’s R experts in-house could be a big deal for Microsoft as it tries to establish itself as the go-to place for data science software.

Among Revolution’s additions to the standard R capabilities were simplifying the use of the program and engineering it to run across big data systems such as Hadoop. Here’s how Joseph Sirosh, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for machine learning, explains what the deal means in a blog post:

As their volumes of data continually grow, organizations of all kinds around the world – financial, manufacturing, health care, retail, research – need powerful analytical models to make data-driven decisions. This requires high performance computation that is “close”…

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Your Smartphone Is Leaking Your Information via Wi-Fi


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This talk was given at a TEDx event by Bram Bonné, a PhD student in computer science at the Expertise Centre for Digital Media at Hasselt University, where he specializes in computer security and privacy. During his PhD, he developed an interest in privacy-sensitive information leaking from smartphones and laptops. At TEDxGhent 2014, he will scare you by showing the information that is available to anyone willing to listen. But don’t worry, he will also explain what you can do to prevent privacy-sensitive information from leaking.

See also: iPhone Has Secret Software That Can Be Remotely Activated to Spy on People, says Snowden

Google Translate now: Works Offline + Better Real-time Translation


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When Google bought Word Lens, an impressive language translation tool, last May, I wondered how and when the Google Translate app would take a big step forward. Now I know: It happened earlier today with an updated version of Translate for both Android and iOS.

The free app no longer requires you to snap a photo of text in a foreign language; it works like Word Lens used to, simply by pointing your camera at a sign, menu or other text. The translation then magically appears on your phone’s screen within the app. Even better, it works offline for seven languages: English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, according to Google.

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The updated app also brings speed improvements when using voice translation. Tap the microphone button, speak your word, phrase, sentence or question and tap the mic a second time. Translate will repeat aloud your text…

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Startup Quantifies Video Content With Code


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Computer vision has seen some major advances over the past couple of years, and a New York-based startup called Dextro wants to take the field to a new level by making it easier to quantify what the computers are seeing. Founded in 2012 by a pair of Ivy League graduates, the company is building an object-recognition platform that it says excels on busy images and lets users query their videos using an API a la other unstructured datasets.

The idea behind Dextro, according to co-founder David Luan, is to evolve computer vision services beyond tagging and into something more useful. He characterizes the difference between Dextro and most other computer vision startups (MetaMind, AlchemyAPI and Clarifai, for example) in terms of categorization versus statistics. Tagging photos automatically is great for image search and bringing order to stockpiles of unlabeled pictures, “but we found that most of the value and most of the…

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Company Leaders Worried With Mobile Surveillance


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Disturbing news regarding government surveillance of mobile devices en masse has permeated our news this year. In the wake of Edward Snowden?s allegations, the public learned about cellular interceptors attached to fake cell towers. Popular Science and the CEO of CryptoPhone broke the news about these strange towers, which could be used ?a variety of ?over-the-air? attacks become possible, from eavesdropping on calls and texts to pushing spyware to the device.?

Fast forward a few months, and the Wall Street Journal publishes an article describing a secret government program that involves flying airplanes over the United States to collect massive amounts of cellular data. Sources familiar with the program explain that that this program was run by the U.S. Marshals Service program since 2007. These massive breaches of privacy shouldn?t just matter to individual consumers ? they can also impact companies as well. The use of dirt boxes, stingrays and…

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App to Track and Verify News Content


Emergent - App to Track and Verify News Content The Emergent app works by combing through social media and news websites using a variety of feeds, alerts and filters, and then enter claims that need debunking into the database and assign a “truthiness” rating that marks each report as supporting the claim, debunking it or simply repeating it.

An algorithm then takes over, and watches the URLs of the stories or posts entered into the database to see whether the content has been changed (updated with a correction or some evidence that suggests it’s true or false). If there’s enough evidence, the status of the claim is changed, but that decision is always made by a human.

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news.discovery-dnews-files-2014-10-emergent-info-141007-670-jpg‘Emergent is a real-time rumor tracker. It’s part of a research project with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University that focuses on how unverified information and rumor are reported in the media. It aims to develop and best practices for debunking misinformation.

‘Have a rumor we should be tracking? A source we should add to an existing story? Feedback to share? Email us.

‘You can view a list of rumors being tracked on the homepage, along with their current claim state (True, False, Unverified). Click on a story to visit a page that visualizes the sources reporting the rumor, and a breakdown of social shares per source. You can also click on individual articles on the story page to see specific revision and social share data about that article…’

For more detail about how Emergent works, check out the posts on our blog.

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It’s Time for Storage to Smarten Up Already


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DataGravity, the thus-far secretive startup co-founded by Paula Long of EqualLogic fame, is finally ready to talk about its DataGravity Discovery storage array.

Lately, much of the discussion around storage has been about speeds and feeds of the latest flash arrays — and that’s valid. But Long’s position is that much of the value of what companies store is lost because that data goes into a black box, and companies have to deploy audit software and other extras it to wring important information out of it. [company]DataGravity[/company] integrates those tools, search and analytics, into its software.

Aggregating data about the data

What are some examples of that important information? For instance: Who at the company accessed a file and how often? Who is working together on shared files? Is there personally identifiable information (PII) or credit card information sitting in documents? Which files have not been touched in two years? All of that…

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