Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -1.70% is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of this year, according to people briefed on the company's plans, part of a broad push into hardware that would pit it against Apple Inc. AAPL -0.74% and Samsung Electronics Co. 005930.SE +0.29%
Amazon is gearing up to launch a free video streaming service for both television and music videos, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The videos would be ad-supported in the vein of Hulu and YouTube, and the service would reportedly follow the launch of Amazon's as-yet-unannounced streaming device.
When former government contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA was conducting digital surveillance on a massive scale, many feared for the future of cloud computing. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation estimated that Snowden’s revelations could cost U.S. cloud companies $22 billion to $35 billion in foreign business over the next three years, and countless pundits predicted that American businesses would flee the cloud as well.
A gaping hole in Amazon.com’s mobile application, now fixed, allowed hackers to have an unlimited number of attempts guessing a person’s password, according to security vendor FireEye.
If users enter their password incorrectly 10 times on the Amazon.com website, the company requires them to solve the squiggle of characters known as a CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart). The CAPTCHA is intended to thwart automated programs that will rapidly try different passwords.
The more data you put in a cloud, the harder it is to migrate away. And so Amazon's new "Kinesis" data ingester is a neat piece of technology, and at the same time a canny way to turn Amazon Web Services into the Hotel California of the cloud.
Kinesis was announced by the web bazaar's chief technology officer Werner Vogels in a speech at the company's re:Invent conference today. It's essentially Amazon's attempt to fire up a commercial variant of open-source data processing and messaging engines Storm, Spark Streaming, and Kafka.