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SWIFT asks customers to help it end a string of bank frauds

Financial transaction network SWIFT called on its customers Friday to help it end a string of high-profile banking frauds perpetrated using its network.

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Bringing shopping malls into the 21st century

Major retail shopping malls today function, for the most part, frighteningly similarly to how they did 20 years ago. Although individual stores might accept some NFC payments and broadcast beacon coupons to mobile phones, the stores...

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How to select ERP for the services industries

ERP for manufacturers, an ERP suite for service industries needs to be focused on managing projects not products, according to a report from Technology Evaluation Centers. Download this free buyer’s guide to get in-depth analysis of...


Rapid review: Uno Noteband wearable

In this quick video review, Managing Editor Al Sacco goes hands-on with the Uno Noteband wearable notification monitor and fitness tracker.

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How 4D printing is now saving lives

Physicians and 3D printing manufacturers are successfully using biomaterials to print splints, tissue scaffolds and other devices that grow and bend with a patient, and in some cases are even saving lives.

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Target's 'pay less for old produce' trial has serious risks but even better potential

At South Bay Target last week in Boston, Target ran a trial for a new pricing effort. It charged more for the freshest produce or, put another way, it offered discounts for older produce. It's an interest pricing twist to see if...

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Need e-commerce for your SMB? SAP has a cloud tool for you

Enabling e-commerce capabilities isn't a trivial matter for companies small or large, but SAP has a new tool it thinks will help SMBs in particular.

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DARPA demos mind-controlled robotic arm

The U.S. military has developed a mind-controlled prosthetic arm that is surgically implanted into the user's body.

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Malware attacks on two banks have links with 2014 Sony Pictures hack

Bangalore Bank, a commercial bank in Vietnam and ... Sony Pictures are the unlikely bedfellows in a tale of cyber intrigue uncovered by security researchers at BAE Systems.

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Origami robot may operate from the inside the body

The tiny robot would be swallowed inside a capsule and then, once inside a patient's stomach, it would unfold itself and then repair a wound.

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SWIFT warns of malware attack on another customer

Financial transaction network SWIFT has renewed its warning to customers to be on their guard following the discovery of malware at another bank using its services.

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A purchase protection bot that delivers, albeit it in a less-than-comforting way

One of retail's worst-kept secrets is that retailers offer rebates only because so few shoppers bother to go through the effort to redeem them. A similar phenomenon happens with many after-the-fact purchase-protection programs....

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Lawmakers probe large data breaches at FDIC

The personal banking information of about 160,000 U.S. residents walked out the door of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on removable media of employees departing in recent months.

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U.S. House bans Yahoo Mail, Google App Engine over malware concerns

The IT department of the U.S. House of Representatives has blocked access to Yahoo Mail and the Google App Engine platform due to malware and other threats.

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Amazon Prime and the racist algorithms

The company’s algorithms told it where to offer its Prime Free Same-Day Delivery service, but an algorithm that uses data tainted by racism will be racist in its outcomes.

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Bangladesh central bank hack may be an insider job, says FBI

The FBI has found evidence that at least one employee of Bangladesh’s central bank was involved in the theft of $81 million from the bank through a complex hack, according to a newspaper report.

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How the Siri team could change retail

Could virtual assistants soon be calling retail stores directly and handling complicated discussions? If so, the implications are tremendous.

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Why a smart contact lens is the ultimate wearable

Systems will shrink so small that they can be embedded into an electronic contact lens. Talk about a vision for the future.

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