Cloud computing is offering cybercriminals new avenues for launching denial-of-service attacks that can prevent users from accessing critical data. Perpetrators are increasingly able to target specific applications and can disrupt multiple users that are hosted on the same system, experts observe. Fortunately, the cloud also makes it possible to deploy resources more quickly to compensate for lost resources, they note.
A software glitch caused some iPhone owners in Europe to wake up an hour late Monday. The error kept the phone's alarm clock from automatically updating for Daylight Saving Time, which ended a week earlier than in the U.S. The mishap was followed by numerous grumbles from tardy Twitter users.
Companies such as Jive and Salesforce.com are targeting the market for enterprise software by offering services that were once the domain of high-cost providers. The new products give corporations access to a host of tools, including social-media applications, that are changing the way people do business. Today, having an office without social-networking tools is like having a telegraph, suggests tech investor Matthew Cowan of Bridgescale Partners.
Internet Explorer saw its share of the browser market fall to below 60% between August and September, while Google Chrome showed a slight gain for a total share of about 8%, according to Net Applications.
Research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology on how liquids move across a surface offers promise for developments in medical research, inkjet printers and digital labs. Researchers developed nanostructures that can make a drop spread in a single direction.