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Home Depot Credit Card Attack

It started with hackers stealing a single password from a Home Depot vendor, and it ended with the exposure of 56 million credit cards and 53 million email accounts. Hackers used a vulnerability in Microsoft to jump from the vendor to Home Depot’s database. Code lurked there undetected for five months while quietly gathering information.

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40% of the population is addicted to their smartphones

People are increasingly becoming addicted to their smartphones. According to an article on psychology today, 40% of the American population suffers from this addiction. On top of this, 58% of men and 47% of women suffer from Nomophobia, i.e. the fear of being without a smartphone. Moreover, the 2013 Mobile Consumer Habits estimated that 12% of the users use their phones while they are in the shower.

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Online first, now, and forever!

Considered one of the greatest games of all time, Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash classic known for its groundbreaking online play. Using Battle.net, an online service, players joined forces over the internet to play Diablo. Modern MMOs like World of Warcraft are direct descendants of Diablo. And 20 years after its debut, you can still play Diablo online. It’s the longest supported online game, ever.

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WiFi Can Travel Far… Very Far

Common wireless router can transmit their radio waves at a range of about 30m (100ft) which should be far enough to give you a strong signal in the next room, right? Radio waves can pass through most of all materials (walls, floors) but can experience issues with materials that conduct electricity. Our bodies can conduct electricity due to the amount of water fluid inside of us. Just us standing there can cause interference with the radio waves transmitted by the wireless router. However, the WiFi technology has the ability to be transmitted over much further distances. The Swedish Space Agency transmitted a wireless signal for the first time over a distance of 310 km in 2002. It was not the ordinary wireless router that you have sitting in your house but instead they used a high-power amplifier with 6 watts power output. Furthermore, they had no walls between transmitter and receiver. Nonetheless, it was a great achievement for the technology back then.

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WiFi Originated in Hawaii in 1979

The early predecessor of WiFi was launched in Hawaii in 1979. The ALOHAnet was a computer networking system that allowed the first public demonstration of a wireless packet data network. Just like any other product launch, the timing is very important nevertheless how advanced the technology may be. It took 20 years before AT&T Corporation and NCR Corporation developed WaveLAN, which is now being considered the true predecessor of WiFi unlike the ALOHAnet. Following after, the IEEE 802.11 wireless protocol has been released.

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It Can Be Illegal to Share Your Router’s Wi-Fi With Neighbors

Opening up Wi-Fi connections on a wireless router for neighbors to use – the practice sometimes called “piggybacking” – might sound like a harmless and friendly gesture, but some Internet providers forbid it as part of their service contracts. Depending on local laws, router owners may also be liable for any illegal activity others engage in while piggybacking, even if they are uninvited guests.

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How Many Server Farms Are There in the World?

This year, we’re on track to reach 8.6 million data centers and server farms around the world. Most are small, but on average, newer server farms are becoming significantly larger and more powerful. However, this interesting fact about servers leads to one of our favorite, but little-known, facts about servers: 8.6 million is a peak and we’re about to start seeing the number of server farms decrease. While the number of farms declines, experts predict that datacenter space will continue to grow to more than 1.94 billion square feet by 2018. One of the most important facts about data storage is this: bigger keeps getting better.

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Data-Powered Cloud Computing

An efficient cloud infrastructure allows businesses to adopt big data analytics. With huge influxes of data, it’d be a necessity for organizations to organize and safely store all this potential value. For businesses with a growing appetite for bandwidth efficiency, cloud computing offers flexibility, control, security, and other attributes that ultimately improves both workflow and cashflow.

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