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July, 2014

Hilton digitizes systems: Guests to use Smartphones for hotel services

Hilton Revolutionizes Hotel Experience with Digital Check-In, Room Selection and Customization, and Check-Out across 650,000-Plus Rooms at More Than 4,000 Properties Worldwide reports marketwatch.com First hospitality company to enable room selection and customization via mobile and web-based floor plansCompany also announces that guests will be able to use their smartphone as their room key in […]

Too slow to react? How major brands are falling prey to new domain name cybersquatters

Famous brands risk having their trade marks hijacked online by cybersquatters who are taking advantage of a new range of domain name registration opportunities  reports TechRadar Up to 1,400 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) – the suffixes visible to users at the end of a domain name – are being rolled out in stages by […]

Kenya Government officials skip the Internet Governance Forum

The fifth Kenya Internet Governance Forum was held quietly in Nairobi two weeks ago, without government representation for the second year running.   Reports John Walubengo Whereas the government is not obliged to attend all ICT functions, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a UN-sanctioned forum held to deliberate on contemporary and emerging issues affecting […]

NightHunter: Malware data theft Campaign has been active since 2009

Cyphort Labs has discovered an extensive data theft campaign that we have named Nighthunter. The campaign has been active since 2009 and is designed to steal login credentials of users. Posted on July 9, 2014 by McEnroe Navaraj · Campaign is amassing login credentials of users. At this point it does not seem likely that they […]

‘World’s servers are ours’ says Obama administration

US says global reach needed to gut “fraudsters,” “hackers,” and “drug dealers.” by David Kravets for arstechnica Global governments, the tech sector, and scholars are closely following a legal flap in which the US Justice Department claims that Microsoft must hand over e-mail stored in Dublin, Ireland. In essence, President Barack Obama’s administration claims that any […]

Blocking Facebook: A Hot New Trend in Southeast Asia?

When clashes broke out in Mandalay in central Myanmar between Buddhists and Muslims early this month, the initial response of the government was to impose a curfew. Then, it blocked Facebook. Written byMong Palatino Police claimed blocking the social network would help prevent the spread of violence, but citizens and free speech advocates were skeptical […]

Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 extends ransomware, webcam, Wi-Fi protection

Kaspersky Labs has announced its updated product range for home users, including Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015 ($59.95) and Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 (also $59.95, 3 PCs, 1 year: offer expires 25th August 2014). Reports Betanews. Both products now include an extra layer of protection from Cryptolocker-type ransomware. Kaspersky’s System Watcher now looks out for suspect processes […]

Is Germany using big data in quest for a World Cup win?

Big data has become a buzzword in corporate boardrooms, but it could also mark the difference between winning and losing a football world cup final. reports   Gareth van Zyl of ItWebAfrica Collecting millions of data sets that are difficult to process using on-hand database tools is referred to as ‘big data’. This data can […]

Kenya’s BRCK raises $1.2M to connect the last mile to the internet

July 9, 2014 Nairobi, Kenya Ushahidi spinout BRCK Inc. announced today that it has closed a $1.2 million seed round. BRCK is solving last-mile connectivity problems with a device that can bring seamless internet connection to the most remote areas of the world. Invested Development, an early stage impact investor, led the round for the […]

Apple and Google ordered to revise app store refund policies in South Korea

South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has forced the app stores to remove non-refundable clauses –and hopes the policy will become a benchmark for other countries. Sa Youn Hwang  of cnet.com South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered Google and Apple to remove specific clauses pertaining to refunds in the terms and services of applications […]