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Episode 84 – The Polar Vortex, Business, Batteries & Boy Bands

Published 8 months ago in AI , Apple , Azure , China , ConRes , Facetime , FireEye , Iran , JEDI , Oracle , Pivocity , Russia , ServiceNow - 0 Comments

Chang’e 4 wakes and Yutu 2 stretches its solar panels for another day… on the friggin’ moon . https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/01/31/change_4_wakes/

Polar vortex: Your phone’s battery will die if it’s too cold out… https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/31/your-phone-will-turn-off-if-its-too-cold-heres-how-to-keep-it-warm.html

Oracle keeps bangin’ their head….with a gavel… https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/01/31/oracle_jedi_denied_access_government_documents/

Azure…Soooo…about your data….uh….yeah…. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/01/30/azure_sql_delete/

ServiceNow and the consumerization of employee tech… https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/01/30/servicenow-ceo-talks-mobile-coming-to-enterprise-after-earnings.html

Facetime bug…They messed with the wrong Texan… https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/01/31/texas_lawyer_sues_apple_eavesdropping_facetime_bug/ *

The One Hundred MELLION faces of IBM… https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/29/ibm-releases-diverse-dataset-to-fight-facial-recognition-bias.html

Cyber threat intelligence for China, Rusia, Iran & Korea…https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/29/china-russia-could-disrupt-us-infrastructure-with-cyber-attacks-odni.html

FireEye Report on Iran… Goodness… https://www.fireeye.com/blog/threat-research/2019/01/apt39-iranian-cyber-espionage-group-focused-on-personal-information.html

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Episode 64 – Hackers, Hackers Everywhere

Published 11 months ago in Dragonfly , Facebook , fortnite , Google , Hack , Kurian , NVidia , Oracle - 0 Comments

It’s not even possible to do an episode without a massive hack report.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/28/facebooks-security-breach-shows-even-significant-security-investment-might-not-help.html
  • Facebook reported Friday that up to 50 million user accounts may have been compromised and taken over by cyberattackers.
  • Companies spend millions on cybersecurity, but still fall prey to cyberattacks.
  • Many of the cybersecurity issues companies are tasked with fixing are backward-facing, but it is also important to give equal focus to forward-looking matters.
We also discuss:
https://www.wired.com/story/congress-google-project-dragonfly-questions/
https://carbuzz.com/news/mercedes-developing-software-that-helps-you-avoid-crime-ridden-streets
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/28/evercore-isi-hikes-nvidia-eprice-target-to-400-citing-ai-leadership.html
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/28/oracle-says-kurian-has-resigned-three-weeks-after-taking-time-off.html
  • Earlier this month, Kurian told employees that he was taking an extended leave, though a company spokesperson said he was expected back soon.
  • Kurian joined the company in 1996.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/01/california-governor-jerry-brown-signs-tough-net-neutrality-bill.html
  • Net neutrality advocates worry that without rules, internet providers could create fast lanes and slow lanes that favor their own sites and apps or make it harder for consumers to see content from competitors.
  • Advocates of net neutrality hope the new law will have national implications by pushing Congress to enact national net neutrality rules or encouraging other states to follow suit.
  • But the U.S. Department of Justice wants to stop the law in its tracks, arguing that it creates burdensome, anti-consumer requirements that go against the federal government’s approach of deregulating the Internet.
https://www.wired.com/story/fancy-bear-hackers-uefi-rootkit/
https://venturebeat.com/2018/09/29/how-game-companies-can-boost-cybersecurity-and-avoid-fortnites-fiasco/
This is a mentionable and will accelerate Alexa Skill development…think in-app purchases.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/26/cybersecurity-startup-darktrace-raises-50-million-in-series-e-funding.html
  • Darktrace’s most recent valuation of $1.65 billion marks a 32 percent increase in the last four months.
  • Its technology uses AI and machine-learning to detect and counter cyber threats.
  • The funding comes at a time of rapid growth for both the cybersecurity and AI industries.
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Episode 61 – Oracle’s Cloudy outlook. Sky’s Dim.

Published last year in Adobe , Amazon , Elon , ESports , Oracle , SpaceX - 0 Comments

Oracles numbers seem “OK”….but are they half-baked or fully cooked?

  • Revenues of $9.19bn were up just one per cent from last year’s total of $9.1bn.
  • Net income of $2.27bn was up eight per cent from Q1 FY2019.
  • Earnings per share of $0.71 were up 10 per cent from $0.61 last year.
  • Cloud services and license support, the branch that accounts for 72 per cent of Oracle’s total income, reported $6.6bn in revenues, up three per cent from $6.41bn in the year-ago quarter.
  • Cloud and on-premises licensing revenues, nine per cent of Oracle’s total haul, saw revenues of $867m, a three per cent decline compared to Q1 a year ago.
  • Hardware similarly took a hit, as revenues of $904m were down four per cent from last year.
  • Services revenues of $813m were a decline of five per cent from last year.

We also Cover:

https://www.gamebyte.com/ninja-becomes-the-first-esports-gamer-to-take-the-cover-of-espn/
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/14/jeff-bezos-says-he-doesnt-think-about-amazons-stock-price.html?recirc=taboolainternal
  • Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa put down a significant deposit with SpaceX to become the first ever private tourist to fly around the moon on the company’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR)
  • Maezawa wants to take six to eight artists from around the world on the nearly week-long trip.
  • The mission is expected to launch in 2023.
  • Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa-powered devices before the end of the year.
  • The new devices include a microwave oven, amplifier, receiver, subwoofer, and an in-car gadget.
  • It reflects Amazon’s ambition to make its Alexa voice assistant ubiquitous, especially in areas where people spend most of their time, like the home and car.
  • Together with Microsoft, Adobe is leveraging artificial intelligence to push deeper into customer relationship management and create a “brand-new category and industry,” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen says.
  • Microsoft’s cloud platform Azure enables businesses to “process the data at the pace they want” and Adobe’s enterprise solutions allow businesses to “attract customers to the platform and engage it,” he says.
  • Citi Research reiterates its buy rating for Amazon shares, saying a company split up would increase shareholder value.
  • “By separating the retail and AWS businesses, Amazon could minimize or avoid the risk of increased regulatory pressure,” analyst Mark May says.

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Episode 52 – Defcon…Feel the Fear and Log in Anyway

Published last year in Amazon , Apple , AWS , Bitcoin , Defcon , Google , Oracle , Security - 0 Comments
Reading about hacks at Defcon is starting to feel a bit like watching Jaws trailers.  It’s fascinating, but you’re pretty sure someone’s getting eaten….whole.  The Tech Fugitives cover some of the more interesting hacks.
We also discuss:
Employee burnout…suck it up, cupcake!
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/14/5-ways-workers-can-avoid-employee-burnout.html
How Google maps rebrands neighborhoods.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/05/new-york-times-digital-rebranding-by-google-maps-hits-home.html
Dropbox disses Linux users
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/14/dropbox_encrypted_linux_support/
Oracle Foul Plan?
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/13/oracle_sued_cloud_numbers/
Headline dolts misrepresentin’
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/13/charts-point-to-trouble-for-nvidia-on-earnings-this-week.html
….And here’s why we know they’re wrong…
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/14/nvidia-shares-rise-after-chipmaker-announces-utterly-awesome-new-tu.html
Amazon signs longer term deals
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/01/amazons-cloud-business-now-sits-on-16-billion-of-unrecognized-revenu.html
What does an IPO mean if you’re communist China
 
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Episode 50 – AI Breakdowns and Red Mercury…mmmmmm.

Artificial Intelligence is obviously getting better, smarter, faster.  But there are some … uh… glitches.
Amazon Rekognition “accidentally” matched 28 lawmakers to mugshots…Heh!  AND……Watson also given a black eye by the haters.  Watson AI fed bad data….C’mon people!!
We also discuss:
Amazon rolls out LOTR spinoff…. We can’t WAIT!
https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/28/amazon-lord-of-the-rings-show-writers/
Python’s awesome…blah, blah, blah
https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2018/07/26/python-is-becoming-the-worlds-most-popular-coding-language
https://www.wired.com/story/china-blocks-qualcomms-attempt-to-buy-a-dutch-chipmaker
More Kickass ways that Crypto fails
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/07/hackers-find-creative-way-to-steal-7-7-million-without-being-detected/
This just in…The Russians may not be our friends
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/16/extradition-has-been-tough-for-accused-russian-hackers.html
Facebook plunge
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-26/facebook-growth-prospects-stalled-by-scandal-regulation?utm_campaign=news&utm_medium=bd&utm_source=applenews
Prime Day
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/19/amazon-internal-documents-what-caused-prime-day-crash-company-scramble.html
Bombs in the cloud
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/26/pentagon-takes-step-closer-to-awarding-10-billion-cloud-contract.html
IBM launches BlockChain trial for financials
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/30/ibm-trials-blockchain-platform-aimed-at-banks.html

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Episode 34 – Enter The Tech Fugitive Phishing Tournament, Win Big Prizes!

Published last year in Amazon , Apple , Oracle , Security - 0 Comments

Welcome back to the Tech Fugitives podcast.  Mark’s biting, so send in a thumb drive loaded with malware and a label that’s sure to lure him in. 

Security peeps….do you like a challenge.  Send the Tech Fugitives a thumb drive with your funniest, most alluring label.  Here’s the “catch”…we want the thumb drive loaded down with the most heinous malware ya’ got!  Best entry wins limited edition swage!  Send thumb drives to PO Box 270032, Flower Mound, TX 75027-0032.  Judges decisions final.  Thumb drives will NOT be returned.

We also discus:

Elon Musk Party balloons.  https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/04/19/musk_party_balloon_rockets/

The Blue Tick and other super heroes.  https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/09/twitter-could-let-everyone-get-a-blue-tick-for-verification-jack-dorsey.html

Oracle chest thumping.  https://seekingalpha.com/article/4163331-amazon-king-cloud-oracle-steal-crown

Apple’s self driving car patents. https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/2/17188782/apple-virtual-augmented-reality-patent-self-driving-cars

 

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