Federal Agencies Turn to Software-Defined Data Storage

Federal agencies seeking to deal with huge amounts of information have begun embracing the software-defined data center, a technology tool that has come into vogue for managing and storing data. The SDDC is an offshoot of IT virtualization that uses a software-defined architecture. Agencies have been striving to save money and improve the management and storage of data in response to government mandates. With pressure from directives adding to the consistent requirements of tight budgets, federal agencies increasingly have turned to SDDCs.

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EFF Sues DoJ Over Secret Data Decryption Requests

The EFF has filed suit against the Justice Department seeking to learn whether the federal government secretly ordered technology companies to decrypt the private communications of their customers. Such orders could place millions of customers in harm’s way, the complaint says. The suit seeks the release of records originally requested last fall under the Freedom of Information Act. The EFF asked for records on applications made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court regarding requests for technical assistance.

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FBI requests warrant to unlock iPhone 5c connected to California murder investigation

Article Image Rather than seeking Apple’s assistance, the FBI plans to work with its own San Diego Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory to obtain data from a seized iPhone 5c involved in a murder investigation, if it is awarded a warrant to do so.

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DOJ will continue to push Apple to unlock iPhone 5s at center of Brooklyn drug case

Article Image The U.S. Justice Department plans to continue seeking legal action against Apple, in an effort to force the company to create a way to unlock an iPhone that is said to be a crucial part of a drug investigation.

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White House Proposes $3B IT Update Fund

The Obama administration is seeking $3.1 billion for a fund to update federal IT resources that need to be replaced with more efficient systems. The fund would bolster the government’s annual spending on IT, which is set for a modest increase to $89.8 billion in the administration’s fiscal 2017 budget proposal. Upgrading older systems has been a concern for some time, but the administration chose to present the IT fund idea as part of a separate $19 billion cybersecurity initiative within the 2017 budget, perhaps to generate more support.

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Apple working to import & sell pre-owned iPhones in India, report says

Article Image Apple is seeking government approval to import and resell used iPhones in India, according to a statement by the country’s telecommunications minister on Friday.

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Avid iPhone user Donald Trump calls for Apple boycott over encryption fight

Article Image Donald Trump, who is seeking the U.S. Republican presidential nomination, on Friday said consumers should boycott Apple until the company complies with government requests to help unlock an iPhone 5c tied to last year’s San Bernardino massacre.

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Harvard study says Apple's Tim Cook was right: encryption bans, backdoors wouldn't work

Article Image Efforts by the FBI and certain lawmakers seeking to ban Apple and other U.S. companies from selling products with real encryption will not be effective, note researchers in a study citing 865 encryption products already available in 55 countries–two thirds of which originate outside the U.S.

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California Bill Would Ban Encrypted Smartphone Sales

California State Assemblyman Jim Cooper last week introduced a bill seeking to ban the sale of smartphones that include unbreakable encryption. The bill would require smartphones made on or after Jan. 1, 2017, and sold in California to be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by their manufacturers or OS providers. Knowingly failing to comply would subject a seller or lessor — meaning a carrier or other company such as Walmart, which supplies smartphones to end users — to a fine of $2,500 for each device sold or leased.

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Dude binges on 'Fallout 4,' sues Bethesda when life falls apart

A Russian man is seeking 500,000 roubles ($7,000) in compensation for “emotional distress” caused by an epic gaming session.

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YouTube reportedly seeks to license TV shows and movies for Red subscription service

Article Image YouTube is said to be seeking out licensing deals for television shows and movies as it fortifies its position in an online video arms race with competitors Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, a sector Apple could wade into next year with a rumored over-the-top streaming service.

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Vendors Should Keep a Weather Eye on Defense IT

The U.S. Defense Department is seeking vendors to participate in a multiyear information technology support program with a total contract value of US$12 billion. DoD has indicated it will release a Request for Proposals for the Encore III program, which covers a wide range of IT services, by the end of this month. The amount of the tech support contract is a reminder that DoD spends more money on information technology — by far — than any other U.S. government department or agency. The Defense Department presents a perpetual prime marketing target for IT vendors.

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Google's Nest team helps create Brillo & Weave, to simplify the connected Internet of Things

Seeking to connect everything around us, from household appliances to public parking meters, Google on Thursday announced Brillo, a low-level operating system that can run on a range of devices, as well as Weave, a communications layer that will allow devices to talk to one another.

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Lawsuit Challenges NSA Internet Dragnets

The ACLU earlier this week filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the NSA from indiscriminately snooping on U.S. Internet traffic. Using a technique called “upstream” surveillance, the NSA does a spinal tap of the Internet’s U.S. backbone, which carries the communications of millions of Americans, the ACLU explained in its complaint filed with a federal district court in Maryland. “In the course of this surveillance, the NSA is seizing Americans’ communications en masse while they are in transit,” the complaint alleges.

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Review: Fitbit Surge, an iPhone-connected health & fitness tracker

For iPhone users seeking a wrist-worn fitness tracker with GPS, heart rate monitoring, and multiple-day battery life, the Fitbit Surge is a good “tweener” device — not quite a smartwatch, but much more functional than a basic wearable.

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Is an Apple Maps Upgrade in the Works?

The ad on Apple’s job site is innocuous enough, seeking an engineering project manager for Apple Search. However, that raises questions about whether Apple has plans to further improve its Maps app, possibly by strengthening local listings, which are increasingly important to businesses. “Apple may well revamp its street maps, as that application has far more value in an increasingly mobile world,” noted Alan Pelz-Sharpe, a research director at the 451 Group.

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Snap by Groupon for iOS pays users cash back on grocery purchases

Deal seeking site Groupon on Thursday launched a new application dubbed Snap, which pays users cash back for purchasing specific items when at the grocery store.

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Tim Cook reportedly seeking new blood for Apple's board of directors

According to a report on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook is “actively seeking” new directors for the company’s board as he relaxes the tech giant’s laser focus in favor of support for existing products and new initiatives.

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Google "dismantled" Android hardware initiatives after buying Nest, claims disputed report

A report seeking to profile both Google’s Sundar Pichai (who replaced Andy Rubin as head of Android) and Nest founder Tony Fadell claims that Pichai appointed Fadell to run Google’s hardware. Fadell retorted that the story “is 100% wrong,” but neither he nor Google have refuted any of the more titillating details about Pichai or the search giant presented in the article.

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