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A distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on a Bitcoin wallet and transaction facilitator netted hackers with 1,265 Bitcoins worth $1 million. The hack attack started on November 15th, and it followed several other nefarious online maneuvers over a period of 48 hours. The victim is a Denmark-based tech company that as of early December was still trying to figure out how the heist unfolded on their servers. The Danish company explained that the DDOS attack was formidable and succeeded in penetrating various layers of protection. According to blog posts and press reports, Bitcoin Internet Payment Services (BIPS) was forced to take immediate action and shut down the online wallets of its customers. It appears that the theft involved funds that belonged to BIPS and not those of clients. Details on the Heist Initial reports by BIPS indicate that the attacks were laun... (more)

The Internet of Things Is Coming to a Home Near You

Over the course of the past decade, there's been a lot of hype pertaining to the_ Internet of Things (IoT)_ and how China leads the U.S. in this technology -- yet many who are active on the Internet are still unaware of its existence. In its simplest form, IoT is an evolving wireless network of objects and devices that will eventually all be connected with each other. Using RFID, Bluetooth, GPS and other emerging semantic technology, and working in tandem with cloud computing, Web portals and back-end systems, in essence our "things" will be be able to "talk" with each other. ... (more)

How to Choose the Right Online Payroll Provider

You would be hard pressed to find an existing business that does not pay its employees or contractors using some method of online payroll system. Even those that process freelancer payments through Paypal or Dwolla are issuing online payments to their workers. There are still businesses out there, however, that are looking for someone to handle their payroll tasks for them. Whether it's a new business, an organization that's moving away from paper checks to an online system, or a firm looking to make a change in who handles it for them, there are ways to make sure that the chose... (more)

Siri Braces for Competition

Siri wasn't just a phenomenal technological achievement. "She" also segued into the core of pop culture, serving as a guest star on hit shows like "The Big Bang Theory" and some even say serving as inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film "Her." However, it looks like she's about to have some stiff competition as makers of Windows phones such as Nokia's Lumia are getting ready to reveal "Cortana." With a more exotic name, this digital PA might just give Siri a run for her money according to a recent report in The Verge. With Microsoft behind the project, Cortana has piqued every ... (more)

Google Glass Sells Out in Off-White

The color that's officially regarded as the most boring in homes across America is apparently making a comeback. Google Glass in "off-white" (better known as egg shell among professionals in the interior design industry) sold out in just a few hours after being released on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. It was just a one-day sale, when the highly anticipated product was going for $1,500, but even Google didn't expect such a response. According to a Google statement released to the Mercury News, the offer might be extended, but after the company witnessed what a hit it was, the sale offi... (more)