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Database shows what contaminants are in tap water
Clean, safe drinking water is essential to life. Most in the U.S. take it for granted. But, should they? Now a new database allows everyone to see what exactly is flowing through their faucet. As Chip...
Clegg: UK could lose EU crime database access
In a radio interview, the Liberal Democrats' Brexit spokesperson described the Schengen Information System (SIS II) as "by far the largest and most sophisticated (database) of its kind".He warned that...
Money Manager Ex
Finance software may not be the most existing type you could install on your computer, but it's certainly one of the most useful. Money Manager Ex aims to be simple enough for just about anyone to use,...
Republicans want to muzzle database of consumer complaints
WASHINGTON — Consumers filed nearly 300,000 complaints last year about their dealings with banks, credit card issuers and other financial services companies. [...] Republicans working to overhaul the...
Database Diagramming Improvements Come to Visio
A new database modeling tool helps customers quickly visualize their database setups and explore the relationships between their various elements. Microsoft is using Visio Pro, the company's diagramming...
Google Releases Beta Version of Cloud Spanner Database Service
Google's Cloud Spanner service blends the best features of relational systems and NoSQL databases to provide transactional consistency and high scalability. Google this week announced beta availability...
Biometrics leads to arrest of accused child molester on the lam 17 years
Enlarge / Nearly two decade old photos of a suspected child molester matched a 2007 passport photo via a biometrics analysis by the FBI, leading to Charles Hollin's arrest in Oregon.FBI / Aurich Lawson...
MongoDB Ransomware Impacts Over 10,000 Databases
Open, unauthenticated MongoDB database instances are being attacked by multiple groups of attackers, that are encrypting data and demanding a ransom from victims. Attackers are exploiting misconfigured...
Microsoft SQL Server Wins Database of the Year Award in Website's Rankings
The latest version of Microsoft's SQL Server takes home Solid IT's database management system of the year award. Oracle maintained its overall lead in the rankings. Solid IT, a technology consulting firm...
Internet giants will join forces to stop online sharing of terrorist material
EnlargeFrettie reader comments 5 Share this story Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube have announced that they will be working together to curb the dissemination of terrorist material online. The...
Your porn viewing could get awkward
Anyone who uses the website xHamster might want to check the database to see if their name’s on it. Picture: iStock HACKERS have allegedly exposed the details of 380,000 users of the pornographic website...
Microsoft Improves Azure SQL Premium for Big Data Analytics
New in-memory data technology that makes short work out of big data analytics is now available on Microsoft's Azure SQL cloud database. Azure SQL's in-memory capabilities are now generally available,...
How security flaws work: SQL injection
reader comments 9 Share this story A demonstration of SQL injection in action.Thirty-one-year-old Laurie Love is currently staring down the possibility of 99 years in prison. After being extradited to...
The perpetual lineup: Half of US adults in a face-recognition database
EnlargeHelen H. Richardson via Getty Images reader comments 22 Share this story Half of American adults are in a face-recognition database, according to a Georgetown University study released Wednesday....
Pepe the Frog Internet meme is now a designated hate symbol
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has denounced pictures of Pepe the Frog as a hate symbol.The meme has recently depicted artist Matt Furie’s character from the comic strip Boy’s Club with swastikas, a...
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...
Kuwait’s mass DNA database is a huge attack on genetic privacy
Could collecting DNA have prevented the suicide attack at this Kuwaiti mosque in June 2015? It’s hard to see howYasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty ImagesBy Olaf RießCompulsory DNA testing of all citizens and...
Microsoft Cloud Begins 4K, HDR Video Streaming Tests
Azure updates this week include vivid, pixel-packed 4K video streams, improved automatic Azure SQL database tuning and streamlined virtual machine backup management. This summer, Microsoft's cloud was...
98 million passwords from 2012 breach of “Russia’s Yahoo” Rambler.ru leaked
Marc Falardeau reader comments 1 Share this story Another major site breach from four years ago has resurfaced. Today, LeakedSource revealed that it had received a copy of a February 2012 dump of the...
Google Rolls Out Cloud Bigtable Database Service
Google announces its Cloud Bigtable database service is generally available and releases additional tools for running database applications on the Google Cloud Platform. Google’s cloud platform group...
Google Cloud Platform Releases New Database Storage Tools
Cloud SQL Second Generation, Cloud Datastore, Cloud Bigtable and Google Compute Engine all get new tools and/or upgrades as announced earlier this year. Google Cloud Platform on Aug. 16 released to general...
Error-filled state gang database lists 42 people less than 1 year old
Brandon Anderson reader comments 26 Share this story An internal database used by California's police agencies chronicles some 150,000 suspected gang members. However, the CalGang database is so riddled...
It’s the data, stupid: Why database admins are more important than ever
It may not be all about the tables anymore, but the DBA role is still essential—even if the person doing it doesn't have the title.Michael MandibergThe Rise of Specialized Databases Terabyte terror: It...
Terrorism Database Leaked Onto the Internet
A database of 2.2 million suspected terrorists and people linked to organized crime -- a list used by intelligence agencies, banks and companies around the world -- has been leaked onto the internet. The...
Where is MongoDB Taking its Giant Ideas?
Q&A: At its annual conference, MongoDB delivered a new Database as a Service offering and a new Apache Spark Connector, but the company is far from done. With a theme of "Giant Ideas," MongoDB is breaking...
MongoDB Delivers Atlas Database as a Service Offering
MongoDB announces the availability of MongoDB Atlas, the company's new Database as a Service (DBaaS) offering. NEW YORK – As has been expected, MongoDB, maker of the NoSQL database by the same name, today...
Google Reportedly Looking to Commercialize Its Spanner Database
The company wants to see if it can use its massive database technology to compete better with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, according to The Information news site. Google is reportedly considering...
Smile, you’re in the FBI face-recognition database
National Institutes of HealthThe Federal Bureau of Investigation has access to as many as 411.9 million images as part of its face-recognition database. The bulk of those images are photographs of people...
Database corruption erases 100,000 Air Force investigation records
Apparently, backing up the database is not covered in this document.The database of the Air Force's Automated Case Tracking System (ACTS)—which is used by the Air Force Inspector General's Office to manage...
Centuries-old database reveals clues on human reproductive habits, trends
Using a database with historical records that began in 871 A.D., an anthropologist was able to show reproductive patterns and shed new light on the 'quantity-quality' trade-off, a biological concept used...
Axl Rose Demands Google Drop 'Fat Axl' Images
By Sky News US Team Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose is demanding Google take down images of him that have been used as part of an internet joke. The "Fat Axl Rose" meme features image macros of the singer,...
Microsoft Launches SQL Server 2016 for Hybrid Cloud Databases
The wait's over. Microsoft's cloud-enabled, analytics-friendly database is now generally available. As promised, and after a year of numerous preview releases, SQL Server 2016 is now generally available...
Phinx – the Migration Library You Never Knew You Needed
You're building an application, and you need to share the database's structure with your team. After all, you want everyone to be up and running as soon as possible. What do you do? SQL dumps of table...
Blow that data monolith to smithereens with microservices and database swarms:
As culture constantly shows us, monoliths are a tricky thing to deal with.Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)The Rise of Specialized Databases Power tools: Sorting through the crowded specialized database toolbox...
Top Five Security Practices for Automating DB Changes
By Robert Reeves, CTO and co-founder, Datical For the past 30+ years, the database administrator has been the last (and only) line of defense to prevent security violations in SQL scripts. And, that has...
Power tools: Sorting through the crowded specialized database toolbox
Choosing a database is pretty similar—it's all about the right fit. Flickr user: Sven SlootwegThe Rise of Specialized Databases To SQL or NoSQL? That’s the database question View all… When you think of...
DataStax Launches Scalable Real-Time Enterprise Graph Database
The DataStax Enterprise Graph scalable, real-time graph database powers cloud apps that manage complex and highly connected data. NoSQL database provider DataStax has announced its entry into the graph...
Hackers Expose Information on 55M Philippine Voters
A massive data breach has exposed 55 million Philippine voters to potential fraud and other risks after the entire database of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) was hacked and leaked. A group called...
To SQL or NoSQL? That’s the database question
It's a tangled, database web out there.Getty ImagesPoke around the infrastructure of any startup website or mobile app these days, and you're bound to find something other than a relational database doing...
Utah now has an online registry for white-collar criminals
Enlarge Every US state has a registry for sex offenders. Utah is taking that concept to a new level. The state has unveiled a first of its kind database for white-collar criminals that lawmakers say is...
How to Store Data on the Cloud Using SQL Server
Learn how to use Microsoft Windows Azure SQL Database to deploy hassle-free relational database solutions on the cloud while realizing the benefits of a distributed data center that provides high availability,...
Microsoft provides a few more details on its SQL on Linux plans
A couple of weeks after announcing plans to bring SQL Server to Linux, Microsoft is providing a few more specifics about its plans. On March 7, Microsoft officials said they planned to make a version...
Crate Raises $4M for New Container Database Technology
The founder of Docker Inc. invests in new technology that provides a very different and very distributed way to build a container database. As Docker container use continues to grow, there is a need for...
Crate raises $4M seed round for its next-gen SQL database
Crate, the winner of our TechCrunch Disrupt Europe startup Battlefield in 2014, today announced that it has raised a $4 million seed round for its open-source SQL database technology. The round was...
Emails used to be ridiculous
The look of proud computer owners. THE accessibility and ease of smartphones ensure kids today will never have to face the gruelling struggle of connecting to dial-up internet in order to send an email....
With SQL Server 2016, Microsoft focuses on speed, security and luring customers away from Oracle
A few days ago, Microsoft shocked us when it announced that it would soon bring its SQL Server database to Linux. It’ll take until 2017 before SQL Server will be available on Linux, though....
Building a Hacker News Reader with Lumen
In this tutorial, we’re going to build a reader for Hacker News. We will be using the Hacker News API and the Lumen framework to implement this. The final output looks something like this: If you’re excited,...
DB Networks Launches Real-Time Database Security Sensor
By integrating this sensor into their products, security OEMs provide their customers with more usage detail and metrics from data-tier cyber threats. DB Networks has released a first-of-its-kind database...
Cyber attack snarls Los Angeles hospital's patient database
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating a cyber attack that has crippled the electronic database at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center for days, forcing doctors at the Los Angeles hospital...
Microsoft Puts SQL Server Express in Cloud for Light Workloads
Don't need an enterprise-grade database on the cloud? Microsoft offers Azure customers a low-cost, lightweight SQL server option for testing and purposes and apps. Azure SQL is Microsoft's bid to get...
Microsoft careers data exposed by MongoDB flaw
An authentication flaw in a MongoDB database which exposed Microsoft's mobile careers page to attack has been rapidly patched.In a blog post on MacKeeper, the security team said the MongoDB database was...
Microsoft Strengthens Data Privacy With SQL Server 2016
The Dynamic Data Masking feature in SQL Server 2016 offers businesses another layer of database security. In the run up to this year's SQL Server 2016 launch, Microsoft is touting the database software's...
Open source - it’s the logical alternative
Web-scale appeal As Computer Weekly has previously reported, some businesses choose open source alternatives for new projects in a bid to drive down the level of commercial database licensing in their...
Database of 191 million U.S. voters exposed on Internet - researcher
(Reuters) - An independent computer security researcher uncovered a database of information on 191 million voters that is exposed on the open Internet due to an incorrectly configured database, he said...
Database of 191 Million US Voters Exposed on Internet - Researcher
An independent computer security researcher uncovered a database of information on 191 million voters that is exposed on the open Internet due to an incorrectly configured database, he said on Monday....
Database leak exposes 3.3 million Hello Kitty fans - security website
A database for Sanrio, the Japanese owner of the Hello Kitty brand, was breached, putting 3.3 million of its users' data at risk, according to security website CSOonline.com's report.The leaked data includes...
3.3 million Hello Kitty user accounts exposed by database leak
An insecure database server has exposed the details of 3.3 million Hello Kitty fans online, potentially including many children's accounts.A security researcher has discovered that a database containing...
Exasol and Birst join in-memory database to ‘networked’ BI to aid mutual expansion
Exasol, an in-memory, columnar database supplier and Birst, a cloud BI (business intelligence) supplier have agreed to collaborate, in a move to expand the reach of each in the US and Europe. Aaron Auld,...
How to Use RethinkDB with Node.js Applications
One of the most common task for a web application is to save data. Without the ability to store data, users would not be able to customize their preferences for an application, organize their data, or...
Couchbase 4.1 delivers greatly-enhanced SQL capabilities
When I covered the release of Couchbase Server 4.0 back in June, I was excited to discuss the addition of N1QL (pronounced "nickel"), Couchbase's dialect of SQL. Finally, I thought, the NoSQL world was...
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