Kickstarter breach – An expert’s analysis

If you followed the news over the past week; you will likely have heard about the crowd-funding site Kickstarter and their breach of user details.

But how does such a high-profile breach occur? TelecomsTech reached out to an internet security expert contact for further details…

Our expert today is Nick Hatter; who has a background of exposing potential threats.

Hatter advises TelecomsTech that whilst Kickstarter uses a hash-based system to encrypt user passwords; these systems in general aren’t...

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Industry, Security.

Netflix jumps into “Deep Learning” for personalisation…

They say that every friend we have influences our tastes and personality in some way; or perhaps it’s just they are similar to us? Either way, they are able to offer far-better recommendations than any service’s algorithms on the market today.

Netflix, the star TV and movie streaming service, is looking into using “deep learning” to build an artificial brain capable of matching what your human (hopefully!) friend’s brains can supply.

Deep learning is becoming a fairly hot-topic, and companies...

By Ryan Daws, 14 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Entertainment, Smart TV.

Interview: Xively’s Chad Jones on driving the IoT

Xively’s cloud platform helps to simplify the development and management of IoT-connected products.

The platform removes the need to build infrastructure to support connected devices so businesses can focus on the product innovation itself while considerably cutting the cost and time involved in bringing a connected product to market.

TelecomsTech (TT) spoke to Xively’s VP of Product Strategy, Chad Jones (CJ), about the future of the...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, IoT, M2M.

The Renaissance of Things

As we entered 2014, analysts everywhere took to their research with the hope to predict what the biggest trends will be throughout this year. The three recurrent themes are; wearables, connected devices, and big data… which can be related to what the industry is calling “The Internet of Things”.

Some are calling this phenomenon the next industrial revolution, and in terms of economic benefits they are right, but I’m taking a different...

By Ryan Daws, 03 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Industry, M2M, Smartphones.

Consoles are offering the Portal to hackers

Forget the NSA; it’s your shiny new console which could offer the biggest threat to cyber-security in your home. According to security firm Kaspersky Labs, hacking attempts against consoles have rocketed since this year’s big new releases.

The company is estimating around 34,000 attacks per day, and is aware of around 4.6 million pieces of gamer-focused malware.

Spain currently gets the most unwanted attention; with 138,786 attacks so far...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Security.

Human-eyes only: Bots now 'account for 61% of web traffic'

In some staggering research by Incapsula; the firm suggests that 61% of all website traffic is now generated by automated bots - a rise of an incredible 21% over last year.

Of course not all bot traffic is malicious; much of it such as search engine “spiders” is actually helpful and improve the web experience for users.

So do you want the good, or the better news first?

Most of the growth in traffic was in these “friendly” bots. Examples of these are; tools used by search engines...

By Ryan Daws, 13 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Networks, Security.

Analysing the upside opportunities within the cloud gaming market

The video game sector is constantly evolving to meet the expectations for product innovation. In a recent market study, Microsoft just beat out Sony for the top position in a game console competitive assessment -- based on expectations for the impact of Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One game consoles. ABI Research evaluated a number of companies across three device categories: game consoles, smart set-top boxes, and TVs/Blu-ray players. Several factors were used to score each company based on two...

By David H. Deans, 30 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, OTT Services, WiFi, Wireless.

Mobile Network Operators will gain from Big Data

Known as subscriber churn, the loss of a current customer to a competitor is something that all mobile phone service providers would avoid, if at all possible. In the highly competitive industry where a significant segment of subscribers are looking for a better deal, any insight about those most inclined to leave would be valuable. According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, mobile network operators worldwide are set to gain from a significant reduction in subscriber churn through the adoption of Big Data and analytics techniques. What's the incentive? This one particular service provider application will be...

By David H. Deans, 17 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Networks.

Empirix talks about the importance of Big Data analysis

Empirix, a recognized leader in end-to-end network performance, has today launched a new analytics platform by the name of ‘IntelliSight’.

We took the opportunity to speak to Tim Moynihan, vice president of marketing, about the release and the importance of effective Big Data analytics.

He offered some interesting industry insight.

Tim first explains how the IntelliSight platform works: “We gather information and...

By Ryan Daws, 18 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Content, Industry, Operators.

UK’s tracking programme is exclusively for cows

Whilst many of us are steal reeling from the invasive privacy measures used by the NSA in their PRISM programme; it turns out the UK has started a similar tracking initiative... for cows.

The aptly-named “Cow Tracking Project” connects individual cows to the web, Internet of Things-style, by attaching a GPS device to each, and placing sensors around their shed to monitor their movements and sleeping habits.

Its aim is to monitor any behavioural changes which could...

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Industry, M2M.