The D-Link DIR860L router — how secure can it get?

This look at the D-Link DIR-860L router is focused exclusively on security, which probably makes it the first review of its kind.

My last blog, How secure can your router get?, described a checklist of router security features on my RouterSecurity.org site. Here I employ that checklist to evaluate the security aspects of a random router. 

Because this review touches on a very large range of topics, by necessity, I can’t explain each term or concept. So, although this is geared to Computerworld readers, hopefully those without a networking background can still get something out of it. 

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The D-Link DIR860L router – how secure can it get?

This look at the D-Link DIR-860L router is focused exclusively on security, which probably makes it the first review of its kind.

My last blog, How secure can your router get?, described a checklist of router security features on my RouterSecurity.org site. Here I employ that checklist to evaluate the security aspects of a random router.

There is nothing special about the DIR-860L, I just happened to have access to a new one. It’s a dual band router, one of the first to support AC Wi-Fi. It was released in 2013 and currently sells for around $70.

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Cloud services targeted as French Senate enlarges police search powers

Three more months of extraordinary police powers and the extension of warrantless searches to include cloud storage services accessible from computers in France: Those were among the changes voted unanimously by French senators Friday in response to the shootings and suicide bombings in and around Paris on Nov. 13.

In the hours following the attacks, President François Hollande declared a state of emergency, allowing police authorities to restrict the movement of people and vehicles, forbid public gatherings, close bars and theaters, put people under house arrest and conduct searches without a warrant from a judge.

Once declared, the state of emergency can last for up to 12 days, unless extended by law.

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Microsoft, Volvo team up to sell cars using holograms

People who want to buy a new Volvo in the future may search for the car of their dreams by looking at holographic renderings rather than walking around a physical showroom filled with vehicles. 

The Swedish car maker announced a new partnership with Microsoft this week to use the tech giant’s HoloLens augmented reality headset to provide a virtual showroom experience to customers. Scott Erickson, a senior director in charge of marketing on the HoloLens team, said in a blog post announcing the deal that it could allow users to examine the interior of a car, or look at its drivetrain in action. 

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Apple acknowledges mysterious iPad Pro shutdowns, offers no fix yet

Some iPad Pro owners have noticed some strange behavior in their new 12.9-inch tablets. Normally when you charge a device, unless the battery has completely died, the screen remains responsive. But some iPad Pros are completely freezing, then dying, after a recharge. The problem appears to be widespread — Apple’s support communities are filled with complaints about the issue.

Apple knows about the problem, but hasn’t said why it’s happening. There doesn’t seem to be a real fix for it, either — at least not yet. The company published a support document on Thursday advising Pro users to force restart their tablets to bring them back to life, but that’s not really a long-term solution, because the issue is ongoing.

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IDG Contributor Network: A latency-killing, cloud storage network is coming to a city near you

There have been a lot of innovations in enterprise storage in recent years and months — much of it focused on driving storage to the public cloud to save costs.

But what storage vendors haven’t been able to truly crack is the latency factor associated with moving the data back and forth from the cloud to the enterprise. That, and unpredictable internet transport performance, have limited companies’ use of the public cloud as a primary storage location. As for storing data needed by a company in real-time in the cloud, it is out of the question.

This is where Boston-based ClearSky Data is hoping to make its mark. The startup, which just launched a few months ago out of stealth mode, has developed a cloud-based storage network system that it promises has solved this issue.

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IDG Contributor Network: How machine learning will affect your business

Machine learning techniques may have been used for years, but recently there has been an explosion in their applications. In fact, in a recent Q3 earnings call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said “Machine learning is a core, transformative way by which we’re re-thinking how we’re doing everything.” And they’re far from the only business making that claim.

In the past, successful use of machine learning algorithms required bespoke algorithms and huge R&D budgets, but all that is changing. IBM Watson, Microsoft Azure, Amazon and Alibaba all launched turnkey cloud based machine learning SaaS solutions in 2015. At the same time startups like Idibon, MetaMind, Dato and MonkeyLearn have built machine learning products that companies can take advantage of. 

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How machine learning will affect your business

Machine learning techniques may have been used for years, but recently there has been an explosion in their applications. In fact, in a recent Q3 earnings call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said “Machine learning is a core, transformative way by which we’re re-thinking how we’re doing everything.” And they’re far from the only business making that claim.

In the past, successful use of machine learning algorithms required bespoke algorithms and huge R&D budgets, but all that is changing. IBM Watson, Microsoft Azure, Amazon and Alibaba all launched turnkey cloud based machine learning SaaS solutions in 2015. At the same time startups like Idibon, MetaMind, Dato and MonkeyLearn have built machine learning products that companies can take advantage of. 

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