p Update 09/05/2017: People backing-up WhatsApp conversations through iCloud will now benefit from the messages being encrypted by default.WhatsApp has confirmed the backed-up files are encrypted and it is believed the feature was introduced in late 2016 but wasn't spotted until now.WhatsApp has turned on end-to-end encryption across all of its apps, the company has announced.The Facebook-owned app, which has more than one billion monthly active users, has turned on the Signal Protocol, developed by Open Whisper Systems, by default.The open-source private messaging system, which has been supported by Edward Snowden, will protect group chats, attachments, voice notes, and voice calls made across WhatsApp on Android, iPhone, Windows devices and some Nokia and BlackBerry models.The encryption method lets users see content that has been sent but does not allow service providers, such as WhatsApp itself, to access the content of the messages.
Fang Binxing was forced to use a VPN to circumvent the Great Firewall of China Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty ImagesThe Father of China s internet censorship infrastructure, known as the Great Firewall of China, has been caught having to circumvent his own creation after attempting to display a website during a talk at the Harbin Institute of Technology in the Heilongjiang province of China.According to local reports, Fang Binxing attempted to display a South Korea website, which he said showed the views of South Koreans attempting to build similar infrastructure to China s firewall, but was blocked by said censorship system.Fang then had to resort to setting up a virtual private network VPN to circumvent the censorship, in full view of the lecture attendees, to display the site.Using VPNs to effectively make a tunnel through the Great Firewall of China to the outside internet world is a common, but frowned upon, practice used by many within China wishing to access western sites such as Facebook and Twitter.The UK also operates a system of censorship through court-ordered blocks of piracy sites by internet service providers, including the notorious Pirate Bay, which requires users to employ similar techniques such as VPNs to access.
Google has flicked the switch on the Australian version of YouTube Red , the twelve bucks a month version of the service that features no ads and allows online viewing.If you pony up you also get access to a clutch of YouTube Originals that extend the output of popular YouTubers and look to be aimed squarely at the youth market.Google also throws in a subscription to its streaming music service and folks who already pay for that get YouTube Red gratis.YouTube ads are an endurable irritant and the Originals are not likely to excite many: your correspondent's 14-year-old progeny thinks YouTube-spawned comedian PewDiePie is old hat, while my 11-year-old's ardour is fading.But Vulture South's team cannot imagine that YouTube Red will scare Australia's incumbent paid video providers Foxtel, Stan and Netflix, or make telcos Optus and Telstra feel like their strategies are weak.Sponsored: Make your system highly available and recoverable using PureApplication system
A closer look at the map of Stockholm it is easy to see the pattern: the same types of companies crowding the same surfaces. They hyped companies in financial technology, Fintech, growing, for example, up among telecom giants in Kista - even though there is a lot of technology expertise and experience in those regions, and even though as Ericsson got rid of a lot of people in recent years. Robin Teigland, who is a professor at the School, has looked closely at the emerging fintechindustrin - and she says that it will be a formidable force for business is as close as in Stockholm. - I'm networking researcher at the bottom and I can see that one thing that really makes it easier for Fintech companies in Stockholm is that companies are very close. People understand, for example, how important it is to go out and have lunch together. So, for example, telecom providers gathered in Kista - and the Indian offshore providers are neighbors in Hötorgsskraporna.
A closer look at the map of Stockholm it is easy to see the pattern: the same types of companies crowding the same surfaces. They hyped companies in financial technology, Fintech, growing, for example, up among telecom giants in Kista - even though there is a lot of technology expertise and experience in those regions, and even though as Ericsson got rid of a lot of people in recent years. Robin Teigland, who is a professor at the School, has looked closely at the emerging fintechindustrin - and she says that it will be a formidable force for business is as close as in Stockholm. - I'm networking researcher at the bottom and I can see that one thing that really makes it easier for Fintech companies in Stockholm is that companies are very close. People understand, for example, how important it is to go out and have lunch together. So, for example, telecom providers gathered in Kista - and the Indian offshore providers are neighbors in Hötorgsskraporna.
T-Mobile on Tuesday added more than a dozen new services to its Binge On program as the disruptive wireless provider continues to wage war on the competition and the industry as a whole.Partners joining Binge On, in no particular order, include Google Play Music, NBC, Spotify, Tidal, Great Big Story, Kisew, Ligonier Ministries, Noggin, Qello Concerts, Radio Disney, Univision, Univision Noticias and Toon Goggles.Obviously, some of the new partners will have a greater impact than others.Binge On is a controversial program in which data streamed over your cellular connection from participating partners isn t counted against your monthly data allotment.You may have noticed that Google Play Music, Radio Disney, Spotify and Tidal already take part in T-Mobile s Music Freedom program.In announcing the expansion, T-Mobile revealed that its customers have now streamed more than 377 million hours of video via Binge On and are watching up to twice as much content from participating providers.
That s mainly because although the various smart bulbs, locks, thermostats and smoke alarms are great at talking to smartphones, they re not that good at talking to each other.See also: Nest Thermostat 3rd Gen reviewThrough the Works With Nest platform, the company has announced partnerships with major providers August, Misfit and Belkin WeMo, along with a host of other lesser-known manufacturers.This means, for example, owners of the WeMo switches can use that to turn on a home fan if it senses the temperature on the Thermostat creeping up.Those who own the August Doorbell Cam will be able to view footage from a Nest Cam within the August app.Video is a powerful aspect of smart security in the connected home.The integration with Nest lets our Doorbell Cam and Nest Cam work together to bridge the gap between activity happening inside and outside the home, explained Jason Johnson, CEO of August.
'It cannot be certain' spending has increased at ALL – NAOThe Cabinet Office has lost its enthusiasm for prising open Whitehall's wallet and handing more cash to SMEs, according to a report by the Committee of Public Accounts today.But today the committee said: "It is not clear that SMEs are better able to compete with larger providers or whether they are actually getting any more government business than before."We continue to see larger providers dominating; for example, the Government s top five IT providers received over half of government s total spending on contracted out IT," said the report.The fact the government has changed its approach to measuring such spending in four of the last five years makes it impossible to properly assess performance.It s a simple point, but launching initiatives is not the same as delivering results."The government has failed to identify the areas of spending where SMEs could bring the most benefit and it remains difficult for SMEs to ascertain what bidding opportunities are available, said the report.
Among his many abilities is to tengyun , or mount a cloud and fly.The company we re introducing today is called Zhubajie .Scaling up the platform and innovating our products involved a strong element of trial-and-error along the way, said Zhu Yueming, founder and CEO of Zhubajie.Zhu Mingyue, founder and CEO of Zbj.com photo from Zhubajie But Zhu soon found that mere product innovation was not sufficient, as users tended to avoid paying commission and leave the platform once they privately set up contacts.Its major projects fall in three categories: graphic design, web construction, and marketingEmployers can publish a task in either a rewards system, where a best solution is chosen from all submissions, or in a bidding system, where a service provider is chosen for its qualifications and rate before the service is provided.Similar to Witkey, where users share knowledge, share experience, and purchase services and information, Zhubajie used to have three major income sources: commission, ad revenue, and membership fees.The program will negotiate with 120 cities and cover 36 of them within this year, and the company will establish a VC fund to support local enterprises.To build trust between customers and the platform, Zhubajie offers online services called Fuwubao , which guarantees that money is transferred effectively, and that compensation is available should a contract be breached.The platform now has over 15 million users, among which 10 million are service providers and five million are domestic and overseas employers, creating revenue of RMB 7.5 billion in 2015.Top photo screened from Zhubajie s official site Zbj.com
This is why any technology that harnesses and improves existing deployments of hybrid-fibre coaxial HFC cable is so enticing for internet providers.Nokia's Bell Labs has demonstrated new coaxial cable technology called XG-CABLE that significantly improves throughput over existing HFC cables.Achieving multi-gigabit speeds through HFC is only feasible over short distances, so high-speed networks would still need fiber at street level to provide an extensive backbone.While these length limitations sound pretty restrictive, the good news is that the most expensive part of any high-speed internet deployment is usually the last few hundred meters of cable that directly connects a home to street level networks.XG-CABLE is designed to easily integrate with CableLabs Full Duplex DOSCIS 3.1 concept specification, with echo cancellation employed to reduce issues with full duplex signals.It still might be some time before new cable specs and XG-CABLE tech are ready, but it will keep HFC alive for just a little bit longer.
LONDON—After satellite services providers Inmarsat PLC and Eutelsat Communications SA have worried investors with recent cuts to their sales outlook, the chief executive of rival SES SA on Wednesday said ample growth opportunities remain for his company.Shares in the Paris-based company plummeted 27% in price on the day and are down more than 32% for the month.But investors still appear to remain skeptical about the entire sector.Mr. Sabbagh is trying to persuade investors that SES isn t just buying and deploying satellites to provide capacity, but rather has managed to provide growth by tapping emerging demand, such as beaming more higher-definition television than has historically taken place.In a signal SES remains bullish about the industry s prospects, the company last month agreed to take a controlling stake in O3b Networks Ltd., which is deploying a fleet of spacecraft to beam high-speed Internet to remote locations.SES said it would spend $20 million to increase its stake from 49.1% to 50.5% and has taken a call option to acquire the rest of the stock for $710 million.
Government plans to introduce broadband USO, reform communications code and implement driverless car framework all confirmed in state opening of parliamentThe government has confirmed plans to introduce a 10Mbps universal service obligation USO and reform to the Electronic Communications Code ECC to make it easier for communications providers to rollout broadband and mobile phone infrastructure.As detailed in the Queen s speech, a new Digital Economy Bill will give every household the right to demand the new USO, but might have to contribute financially to the cost of connection in the most remote areas.BT has already indicated a willingness to help deliver the new USO, but industry body techUK has warned against using the USO to connect the final five percent and has urged the government to look at other measures such as removing barriers to investment and further public subsidy.The legal mechanisms of the proposed USO allow for the speed to be increased – something other companies have urged the government to do in the future.Communications providers have generally welcomed the proposals to reform the ECC.They long called to have the same access to sites as the level enjoyed by utilities firms, claiming the cost of upgrading and deploying new infrastructure was too expensive because of the rents demanded by landowners.
Subscription TV providers Mediacom Communications and Time Warner shared last place with a score of 51 out of a possible 100.The same is being done with Bright House Networks LLC, which Charter purchased in conjunction with Time Warner for $10.4 billion.David VanAmburg, ACSI s managing director, said it s not surprising that Charter wants to rebrand Time Warner as it has scored better than Time Warner in recent years.It won t be a cakewalk, however, as VanAmburg said data suggests leaps-and-bounds improvement could be difficult.The announcement came shortly after Comcast dropped its proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner due to regulator pushback.The failed merger ultimately cost the two companies more than half a billion dollars.
The Queen's Speech is never a scintillating affair, but the 2016 address featured a few important announcements amidst all the pomp and circumstance.The speech, which is delivered by the Queen at the annual State Opening of Parliament in the Palace of Westminster, lays out the key points of the government's agenda for the forthcoming Parliamentary session.From new porn safeguards to more robust broadband legislation and the introduction of the controversial Investigatory Powers Bill née the 'Snooper's Charter' , let's take a look at what went down.1 The right to bear faster broadbandThe Queen's Speech confirmed that the UK government plans to introduce a 10Mbps universal service obligation, or 'USO', as part of its Digital Economy Bill set to be published in June or July.It's still a bit unclear exactly how the USO will take shape, but it certainly seems like a step in the right direction, even if it's a rather unambitious target.These include the ability to order providers to release household-level broadband speed data to help consumers make better choices, and a right to automatic compensation when a broadband service goes awry.
New obligations on providers of essential servicesThe European Council has adopted new cybersecurity rules to make networks and information services across the European Union safer and more secure.Member states will specifically identify who they believe fits into the essential services group through criteria listed in the directive and they will be subject to stricter rules.As part of the agreement, EU member states have agreed to improve cooperation when it comes to cybersecurity.A new group will be created to make that happen, as well as a new network pulling together the national computer security incident response teams CSIRTs .The agreement still has to be officially confirmed by member states.Once in force, member states will have 21 months to adopt the measures with a further six months to identify essential service operators.
E-ventures claims that it did not breach any of Google's terms of service but instead was hit in September 2014 because of "economic" and "anti-competitive" reasons.The Court finds that this speech is capable of being proven true or false since one can determine whether e-ventures did in fact violate Google s policies.The Federal Trade Commission is said to be examining the Mountain View, California-based company over alleged anticompetitive behavior regarding its Android operating system.Judge Steele did not agree, saying:While publishers are entitled to discretion for editorial judgment decisions, plaintiff has alleged that Google s reason for banning its websites was not based upon editorial judgments but instead based upon anti-competitive motives.Among other things, Google claimed the suit was barred by the Communications Decency Act CDA , which essentially gives Internet service providers a free hand to publish as they see fit.Here, plaintiff has included allegations within its Second Amended Complaint that Google failed to act in good faith when removing its websites from Google s search results," the judge ruled.
Wheeler made the comments on stage in a Q with C-SPAN Senior Executive Producer Peter Slen, who asked about Wheeler's TV service.Wheeler may be a rarity, as Comcast routinely posts some of the worst customer satisfaction scores in the lowest-rated industry measured by the American Customer Satisfaction Index ACSI .NCTA CEO Michael Powell blasted Wheeler's FCC in a speech at the conference Monday, saying the agency has unleashed a "relentless regulatory assault" on the cable industry without provocation and "without any compelling evidence of harm to consumers or competitors."Powell had criticized a Wheeler proposal designed to make it easier for consumers to watch cable TV channels without renting set-top boxes from cable providers."Those who did not want things to change used government to maintain the status quo to the detriment of consumers, and so the philosophy that I developed coming out of the NCTA is that the job of government is to promote competition and to let consumers enjoy the benefits of that—with the full understanding that those who are the incumbents never like change," Wheeler said today.Wheeler pointed out that he isn't always trying to impose more regulations on cable companies.
Cisco just reported its third quarter earnings and we're examining them now.It reported:EPS Q3 EPS $0.57 versus expectations of $0.55, that's a beat.Revenue of $12 billion versus expectations of $11.97 billion, another slight beat.Investors are also happy with Cisco's solid guidance.It expects the next quarter to show 0%-3% Y/Y growth which excludes the set-top business that Cisco sold  and EPS of $0.59-$0.61.Analysts were expecting actual revenue to decline 3.3% and EPS of $0.58.The stock is up about 5% in after hours trading.Here's the full press release.Cisco Reports Third Quarter EarningsSolid Quarter Driven by Strong Execution; Continued Strong Margins and Momentum in Growth AreasQ3 Revenue : $12.0 billionGrowth of 3% year over year -- Q3 guidance was 1% to 4% growth year over year normalized to exclude the SP Video CPE Business for Q3 2015 Q3 Earnings per Share: $0.46 GAAP; $0.57 non-GAAPQ4 Guidance:Revenue: 0% - 3% growth year over year normalized to exclude the SP Video CPE Business for Q4 2015 Earnings per Share: GAAP $0.48 - $0.53; Non-GAAP: $0.59 to $0.61Cisco today reported third quarter results for the period ended April 30, 2016."We delivered a strong Q3, executing well despite the challenging environment," said Chuck Robbins, Cisco chief executive officer.A reconciliation between net income and EPS on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis is provided in the table following the Consolidated Statements of Operations.Cisco continued to build a greater mix of recurring revenue as reflected in deferred revenue.Days Sales Outstanding in Accounts Receivable DSO -- was 33 days at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2016, compared with 33 days at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2016, and compared with 37 days at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015.Other Financial HighlightsIn the third quarter of fiscal 2016, Cisco declared and paid a cash dividend of $0.26 per common share, or $1.3 billion.The remaining authorized amount for stock repurchases under this program is approximately $16.2 billion with no termination date.AcquisitionsDuring the third quarter of fiscal 2016, Cisco completed the following acquisitions:Jasper Technologies -- provides a cloud-based Internet of Things IoT service platform to help enterprises and service providers launch, manage and monetize IoT services on a global scale.Acano -- provides on-premises and cloud-based video infrastructure and collaboration software.Synata -- will enable us to deliver search capabilities for collaboration cloud applications.Leaba -- a fabless semiconductor company whose semiconductor expertise is expected to help to accelerate Cisco'snext generation product portfolio and bring new capabilities to the market faster.CliQr -- provides an application-defined cloud orchestration platform that is expected to help Cisco customers simplify and accelerate their private, public and hybrid cloud deployments.Business Outlook for Q4 Fiscal 2016 Cisco estimates that GAAP EPS will be $0.48 to $0.53 which is lower than non-GAAP EPS by $0.08 to $0.11 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 as follows:     Q4 2016    Share-based compensation expense $0.05-$0.06Amortization of purchased intangible assets and other acquisition-related/divestiture costs  0.03- 0.05 Total $0.08-$0.11        Share-based compensation expense is expected to impact Cisco's results of operations in similar proportions as the third quarter of fiscal 2016.
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Image caption How the government plans to implement the age checks is not clearThe UK government will require pornographic sites to verify users are over 18 as part of a raft of measures announced in the Queen's Speech.It also pledged more protection for consumers from spam email and nuisance calls, by ensuring direct consent is obtained for direct marketing.The details of how this will work are not yet clear, and security expert Dr Gilad Rosner, who is a member of the Cabinet Office Privacy and Consumer Advocacy Group, said the government may struggle to implement the plan on free pornographic sites.Other plans include:Pushing further with the development of fast broadband and mobile networksChanging the way the government uses data to deliver public servicesIntroducing a Universal Service Obligation for broadband, with minimum speeds of at least 10MbpsNew powers for Ofcom to release data such as customer complaints and broadband speedsNew measures to make switching providers easier for consumersLast week the government confirmed that the Universal Service Obligation for broadband would be delivered "on request"."Whilst it is a step in the right direction for the rural areas not yet benefitting from mobile connectivity, investment in digital infrastructure is not just about reducing these connectivity blackspots.""Over 23 million people have now signed up to 4G and existing networks but even in major cities these networks will soon be overwhelmed by the demand for data, Solving this issue not only requires a bold, long-term vision, it requires leadership and collective effort by industry, government, local authorities, regulators and the public."