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H-1B visa applications drop for first time in four years
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services received 199,000 petitions, or applications, for the next fiscal year, according to Sharon Rummery, a spokeswoman for the federal immigration agency....
Feds say H-1B applications have reached annual limit
The United States Immigration Citizenship and Services closes the application period when it feels it has enough applications to fulfill that cap. The H-1B visa allows foreign workers with specialized...
Symantec Provides Cloudbleed Risk Detection Capability
Though Cloudflare, the company behind the Cloudbleed security incident, has been actively working to mitigate the impact of the vulnerability, Symantec has a new tool to help detect vulnerable applications....
Flexera Report Reveals PCs at Risk from Unpatched Software
While there are many different mechanisms to keep software updated, Flexera Software found that in the U.S, 7.4 percent of programs on the average PC have reached End-of-Life and are no longer patched...
Windows 10 Creators Update can block Win32 apps if they’re not from the Store
EnlargeVitor Mikaelson reader comments 14 Share this story The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build doesn't add much in the way of features—it's mostly just bug fixes—but one small new feature has...
Docker Datacenter Update Secures Container Secrets
Docker releases updated versions of its open-source and commercial container platforms, adding new security features to help safeguard privileged access information. Docker is advancing its open-source...
Dozens of popular iOS apps vulnerable to intercept of TLS-protected data
reader comments 3 Share this story While developing a tool for evaluating mobile application security, researchers at Sudo Security Group Inc. found out something unexpected. Seventy-six popular applications...
Thin, flexible, light-absorbent material for energy and stealth applications
Transparent window coatings that keep buildings and cars cool on sunny days. Devices that could more than triple solar cell efficiencies. Thin, lightweight shields that block thermal detection. These are...
Mystery new Windows SKU could be a resurrection of Windows RT
Microsoft's own Surface: one of the few Windows RT devices that you could actually buy. reader comments 5 Share this story There are increasing signs that Microsoft is planning to release a new edition...
Why AI Will Be Widely Integrated in Enterprise Applications in 2017
Major industries including financial services, health care, telecommunications and education are using artificial intelligence to implement predictive analytics in applications that serve customers or...
Red Hat's OpenShift Container Platform Expands Cloud Options
Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4. This latest version helps organizations better embrace new Linux container technologies that can deliver innovative...
10 Reasons to Use Microservices to Modernize Enterprise App Portfolios
Savvy IT managers believe microservices environments will take over where SOA (service-oriented architecture) leaves off. Microservices essentially are simple, single-purpose applications that work together...
Google Updating Way to Distribute Custom Android Apps in Play Store
New mobile management features will make it easier for enterprises to distribute internally-developed Android apps to users on the Google Play Store Google is updating some features on its Google Play...
Fitbit is planning an app store for its wearables
Sounds like there's a load more functionality coming to the fitness tracker on your wrist, as Fitbit's CEO James Park has said he's hoping to bring an app store to his company's line of wearables "as...
Google Delivers Low Code Development Tool for G Suite Apps
Google App Maker will enable developers to quickly build applications that readily integrate with G Suite applications such as Gmail, Docs and Drive, the company says. Google has released a new development...
9 Factors Supporting the Citizen Software Developer Movement
We've been moving toward this for more than 15 years: The rise of citizen development of software apps. This is the creation—or ideation, if you will—of business applications and application features by...
x86 emulation rumored to be coming to Windows for ARM in late 2017
reader comments 21 Share this story it looks like Windows's hybrid x86-on-ARM64 tech has a new name "CHPE", whatever it means :-) maybe something like Compound Hybrid PE ? pic.twitter.com/aW1RLYU3dM —...
Blockchain technology branches out from finance sector with EY deal
Blockchain was developed alongside the digital currency bitcoin. It works like a huge, decentralized ledger which records every transaction made on the chain and stores this information on a global network...
Microsoft releases open source toolkit used to build human-level speech recognition
EnlargeMicrosoft reader comments 0 Share this story Last week, Microsoft announced a speech recognition breakthrough: a transcription system that can match humans, with a word error rate of 5.9 percent...
Enterprises Move to Public Key Infrastructures
The most significant challenge organizations face with PKI is the inability of existing PKIs to support new applications, according to the survey. There is an increased reliance on public key infrastructures...
Oracle's 'Intelligence Cloud Apps' to Bring AI to Business Verticals
As part of its big push to be a major provider of cloud computing services, Oracle plans to release cloud applications that adapt and learn from the data that they process. SAN FRANCISCO—Oracle kicked...
Microsoft, Ping Identity Extend Remote Access to Legacy Apps
The two companies are extending Azure Active Directory's user identity and access capabilities to on-premises web applications. Microsoft and Ping Identity on Sept. 14 announced a new collaboration that...
Desktop apps make their way into the Windows Store
Sean Gallagher reader comments 18 Share this story Traditional desktop Windows applications can now be distributed and sold through the Windows Store, with note-taking application Evernote being one of the...
NuoDB 2.5 Delivers New SQL Enhancements
NuoDB announced the general availability of NuoDB 2.5, which provides new SQL enhancements and support for migrating off of legacy databases. NuoDB, which provides an elastic SQL database of the same...
Google 'In Apps' Search Helps Users Find Data on Android Devices
Google's new Android "In Apps" search mode will let users find information buried in applications without having to open them. Google is making it easer for Android users to search for information stored...
CloudGenix Aims to Make Deploying Apps From Remote Offices More Secure
The company's new ION 3000v platform is driven by its application-defined fabric, which enables enterprises to deploy apps anywhere based on the apps' SLAs. CloudGenix officials want to make it easier...
Windows 10 Anniversary Update breaks most webcams
Enlarge / Logitech's popular C920 camera.Logitech reader comments 26 Share this story The Windows 10 Anniversary Update, aka version 1607, has been found to leave many webcams inoperable. The update prevents...
Quantum dots with impermeable shell: A powerful tool for nanoengineering
Depending on their applications, quantum dots need to be tailored in terms of their structure and properties. Chemists have shown that quantum dots obtained by their novel method can be successfully functionalized...
AlgoSec Debuts Business Application Mapping Platform
Auto-Discovery automates the whole process of identifying and mapping application connectivity, and gathers this information into an intuitive map. Security policy management specialist AlgoSec debuted...
HTTpoxy Flaw Lay Dormant for 15 Years, but Is Now Fixed
After lying dormant for years, flaws in the HTTP Proxy header used in programming languages and applications, such as PHP, Go and Python, have now been fixed. Some flaws take longer—a lot longer—than...
Integrated trio of 2-D nanomaterials unlocks graphene electronics applications
A new article describes the development of the first useful device that exploits the potential of charge-density waves to modulate an electrical current through a 2-D material. The new technology could...
ID Specialist OneLogin Acquires Password Manager Portadi
Portadi's machine-learning IP will automate onboard credentialing for all of the apps used in the organization, saving employees and IT a lot of time. Even though passwords are targeted for elimination...
Goodbye apt and yum? Ubuntu’s snap apps are coming to distros everywhere
CanonicalUbuntu's "snappy" new way of packaging applications is no longer exclusive to Ubuntu. Canonical today is announcing that snapd, the tool that allows snap packages to be installed on Ubuntu, has...
More Companies Trust Cloud Apps, but Security Controls Still Hazy
As companies put more faith in the cloud and move more data online, security continues to be a problem with shared data remaining outside of many businesses' control. More companies have faith that cloud...
IT Industry Falls Behind in Web Application Security
Is security the price of innovation? The IT industry produces Web applications with far more vulnerabilities, and patches them far slower, than other companies. The fast pace of innovation by the information...
7 Important Tasks That Bots Will Be Able to Do at Work
There is a general perception—in the United States, at least—that workers are becoming less efficient at what they do, despite all the useful IT tools they have. Information overload, coupled with myriad...
Lightbend Helps Developers Build Fast Data, Microservices Apps
Lightbend, a pioneer in Reactive Systems, is building out its tools to support enterprises with cloud-first business models built on microservices. Lightbend, the creator and steward of the Scala programming...
Why augmented reality might just outshine virtual realty
Virtual reality (VR) technology might have hogged the spotlight this year with a variety of possible business applications, but experts claim that augmented reality (AR) will also have a key role in our...
Using virtual users to develop accessible ICT-based applications
In a new report, researchers report the development of a set of parametric cognitive virtual models of users with disabilities that can be used to simulate the user interaction with Information and communications...
Nvidia Introduces Tesla M10 GPU for VDI Environments
The new graphics chip, paired with the latest version of Nvidia's Grid software, offers greater per-use density to enterprises. Nvidia officials are continuing to roll out new offerings in what is becoming...
Cross-Platform Games and Applications with libGDX – Setup
Setup LibGDX with IntelliJ This tutorial will show how to set up and run libGDX applications using IntelliJ for desktop and Android applications. libGDX is a Java application development framework with...
Dozens of companies breached through SAP bug patched years ago
More than 36 organizations—some in the gas, telecommunications, and steel manufacturing industries—have been breached by attackers exploiting a vulnerability in older SAP business applications that gives...
Shanna Tellerman of Modsy to speak about practical VR applications at Disrupt NY
The road to practical virtual reality applications as been exhausting and there are few people who have traveled as far as Shanna Tellerman. We’re excited to announce that she will join a panel...
New Debugging Method Finds 23 Undetected Security Flaws in Popular Web Applications
A new debugging system found 23 previously undiagnosed security flaws in 50 popular Web applications, and it took no more than 64 seconds to analyze any given program. By exploiting some peculiarities...
Weakness in iOS enterprise hooks could let bad apps sneak in
A slide from Check Point's presentation on "SideStepper" showing a malicious server pushing a fraudulent application to an iOS 9 device--all thanks to MDM hacking and Apple enterprise developer certificates.Check...
10 Tax Filing, Expense Tracking Tools to Keep the IRS Happy
The April 15 tax filing deadline is fast approaching. That means for the next three weeks U.S. taxpayers will be trying to overcome their procrastination and assemble the records they need to file their...
Stratumn is building a sort of Heroku for blockchain applications
Meet Stratumn, a Paris-based startup that wants to create a platform-as-a-service for developers interested in the blockchain. With Stratumn, you can build, deploy and run applications on the company’s...
How to Debug Microsoft Windows Azure Applications
It is imperative that cloud developers using Windows Azure familiarize themselves with the practice of debugging applications which are not hosted in-premise. Learn about the debugging methodologies that...
Huawei tops global list of patent applications
Huawei Technologies filed the most number of patent applications in 2015, topping the global list for the second consecutive year and ahead of others such as Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Sony, and HP....
Google Extends Single Sign-On Support for Hundreds of Apps
Preconfigured single sign-on is now available for hundreds of applications in the Google Apps Marketplace, including Office 365 and Facebook at Work. Google has added Microsoft Office 365, Facebook at...
IBM, Ponemon Say App Security Still Lags in the Enterprise
A recent study from IBM and the Ponemon Institute indicates that more than a third of organizations neglect to test new apps for vulnerabilities. IBM and the Ponemon Institute this week released a new...
Security Training for Developers Failing to Keep Up With Threats
NEWS ANALYSIS: Multiple speakers at the RSA conference said developers alone are not to blame for the current state of cyber-security in which threats evolve faster than the defenses. SAN FRANCISCO—It's...
Why NASA Received A Record Number Of Astronaut Applications And What They Can Expect Next
Over 18,300 people have applied to join NASA’s latest astronaut class, breaking the previous record of 8,000 submissions set in 1978. This year’s turnout was also nearly 3 times higher than...
The Future Of Smart Home Payments
The Internet of Things (IoT) has metamorphosed over the last few years. In the future, its applications will no doubt impact industry, urban development, healthcare, agriculture and other major ecosystems....
Enterprise cloud performs best with DevOps, software-defined networks
Hybrid cloud is in the plans of nine out of ten organizations, and DevOps and software-defined networking (SDN) are considered the best supporting approaches to making cloud services succeed. Photo: HubSpot...
VoltDB Adds Geospatial Query Support to Fast Data Platform
The update includes geo-spatial query support for applications reliant on location for social and commercial interactions, like real-time ride sharing. VoltDB announced the availability of its newest...
Salesforce Heroku Enterprise paves way for increased platform convergence
Salesforce has quietly announced the general availability of Heroku Enterprise in a move that gives companies invested in the company's software and Force.com platform new options and flexibility for...
Ethics charges filed against DOJ lawyer who exposed Bush-era surveillance
sdobieA former Justice Department lawyer is facing legal ethics charges for exposing the President George W. Bush-era surveillance tactics—a leak that earned The New York Times a Pulitzer and opened the...
NodeSource Tweaks Platform to Run, Monitor Node.js Apps at Scale
With N|Solid version 1.2, NodeSource provides enhanced visibility into Node.js apps running at scale, as well as developer productivity. NodeSource, a startup focused on promoting the use of Node.js in...
Businesses Making Move to Hybrid Clouds, Security Remains Key
In a world of cloud computing, mobility, the Internet and the growing Internet of things (IoT), the role of applications in everyday life is changing rapidly. Where applications once were static software...
Op-Ed: Bitcoin is more akin to the Nasdaq than gold and is not a safe haven asset
"I wish I'd invested in bitcoin," is a response I usually hear when I tell people how much they could have made off the cryptocurrency if they bought it at the start. Just to be clear, if you bought $100...
Hot, sleepless nights will get more common with climate change
The future’s set to leave us more hot and botheredChina Photos/Getty By Michael Le PageAs the planet warms, many people will find it much harder to get a good night’s sleep. A study based on a survey...
Obama anticipates a future economy challenged by driverless cars and automation
Former US President Barack Obama is speaking out on automation and driverless cars, including the impact the futuristic tech – that’s closer to reality than it once was – could have on the economy. Obama,...
Ritualistic body waxing videos on Instagram are going viral, in a relaxing way
Some of Lizbeth's most popular clips, which are seconds long and repeat on an endless loop, have been viewed almost 900,000 times apiece. She currently has more than 311,00 Instagram followers. There's...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark