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Li-Fi has just been tested in the real world, 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

Science Alert, 24 Nov 2015 – Expect to hear a whole lot more about Li-Fi – a wireless technology that transmits high-speed data using visible light communication (VLC) – in the coming months. With scientists achieving speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab using Li-Fi earlier this year, the potential for this technology to change everything about the way we use the Internet is huge. [More]

Average Cost per Lost Health Care Record is $363

HIE Answers, 18 Nov 2015 – A recent study by the Ponemon Institute calculated the cost of a healthcare related data breach to be $363 per record. This was the highest amount across all industries. A financial data breach cost $215 per record and a retail data breach cost $165 per record. [More]

FBI accused of paying US university for dark net attack

BBC, 12 Nov 2015 – Anonymity network Tor, notorious for illegal activity, has claimed that researchers at US Carnegie Mellon university were paid by the FBI to launch an attack on them. Tor claimed that the FBI was “outsourcing police work” and paid the university “at least $1m (£675,000)”. [More]

Internet of Things: The Enterprise Impact

Network Computing, 11 Nov 2015 – Preparing enterprise networking infrastructure for IoT isn’t just a matter of pulling more cables, putting in more WiFi access points and WAN links, and it’s not like supporting BYOD. It requires addressing increased DNS demands, new protocols, and different management requirements. [More]

Microsoft will host data in Germany to hide it from US spies

The Verge, 11 Nov 2015 – Microsoft is opening new data centers in Germany to allow European customers to hide their digital information from US government surveillance. The new data centers will open in late 2016 and will be operated by a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. [More]

The Internet Lives in a Huge Hotel in Manhattan

Wired, 11 Nov 2015 – At a carrier hotel, AT&T’s network can hook up with Verizon’s network. Verizon’s network can connect with Google’s network. And so on. Mostly, it’s a place for connecting big Internet service providers like AT&T and Verizon—the organizations that give homes and business their Internet connections—but increasingly, the companies that run massive applications over the Internet—like Google and Microsoft—are starting to run their own networks as well. [More]

In our Wi-Fi world, the Internet still depends on undersea cables

The Conversation, 3 Nov 2015 – Not many people realize that undersea cables transport nearly 100% of transoceanic data traffic. These lines are laid on the very bottom of the ocean floor. They’re about as thick as a garden hose and carry the world’s internet, phone calls and even TV transmissions between continents at the speed of light. A single cable can carry tens of terabits of information per second. [More]

Microsoft Admits Windows 10 Automatic Spying Cannot Be Stopped

Forbes, 2 Nov 2015 – Speaking to PC World, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore explained that Windows 10 is constantly tracking how it operates and how you are using it and sending that information back to Microsoft by default. More importantly he also confirmed that, despite offering some options to turn elements of tracking off, core data collection simply cannot be stopped. [More]

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Written by Doug Vitale

July 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

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