Azure Server Design Now Open Source
Microsoft announced their Azure server design will now be open source. The company once resisted the admission of Linux into their data centers. Microsoft has now joined the open compute project. The company has invested more than $1 billion into building a worldwide presents with their cloud data centers. It currently runs a million servers. Microsoft isn’t running Azure only for mega data centers, as it does have a variety of facilities all over the world. Azure was designed to meet multiple demands in a variety of their facilities. In some instances, it would be used to manage the Bing search engine, while others would handle office 365 or Xbox online gaming. Still others are designed for the end-user customers running their own workload.
Mobile Ad Spending to Eclipse Radio Spending by 2017
A recent study by Gartner projects mobile ad spending will hit $41.9 billion per year, eclipsing what is spent on radio advertising. Though it will still be nowhere near what is spent on TV and print advertising, at $196.5 billion and $110 billion respectively in 2013, it is significantly larger than the $32.5 billion spent on radio advertising. Unlike radio and print, which are expected to continue to grow, the radio advertising industry is not growing and is expected to decline. The growth is to be attributed to improved market conditions, sustained interest from advertisers, and new targeting technologies. [click to continue…]
In the world of technology, there have been some huge developments in the way we communicate – phone call, email, & now video chat. Humans have taken it upon themselves to integrate this technology into the hiring process – emailing resumes & cover letters, calling candidates to schedule interviews, and more recently, hosting job interviews via video conferencing.
According to this infographic from PGI, there has been a 49% increase in the use of video interviews, with 6 in 10 HR managers using video to interview job candidates. With the numbers only increasing, how can you be sure to wow hiring managers through the webcam lens?
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U.S. Courts Rule Against Net Neutrality
If you were hoping for net neutrality to remain in the United States, unfortunately, that’s no longer the case. Thanks to a ruling from The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the 2010 Federal Communications Commission’s order imposing net neutrality has been shot down. The original FCC order said ISPs ”shall not block lawful content, applications, services or non-harmful devices, subject to reasonable network management” while also mandating that ISPs “shall not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful traffic over a consumer’s broadband Internet access service.” The court, in ruling against the FCC’s rules suggests that restrictions are not needed at least in part, because consumers have a choice in the ISP they use. Many people live in areas with limited options, though the court cited Google Fiber’s presence in three cities as evidence of competition and choice. [click to continue…]
Days ahead of the December jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, economists predicted 200,000 new jobs would be created. However, the report released Friday morning showed far less. 74,000 jobs were added in December, compared to 203,000 added the month prior. There is one bright spot in the report. The unemployment rate dropped from 7.0 percent to 6.7 percent, which is the lowest level since 2008.
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Infected USBs Trick ATMs into Spitting Out Money
During the Chaos Computing Congress on December 28 in Hamburg, Germany, it was revealed that criminals were using infected USB devices to rob numerous ATMs on a spree last summer. ATMs have been under attack for decades, but the fact that they use older software makes it even easier for hackers to break into the systems. The ATMs ran Windows XP. Bankers noticed the installation of malware, but also noticed the attempts to patch up security holes so they could go unnoticed. This enabled machines to be hacked multiple times. All it required was the use of a 12-digit code to reveal how much money, including bill denominations, was in the machine. The machine would display a menu that would allow the hacker to choose the bills it wanted dispensed. Before it could work, a second code was required, so hackers had to call someone else involved, and the code had to be entered within three minutes or the prompt would disappear. [click to continue…]