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Tech Round-up for 5/1/13

by on May 1, 2013

Here are some of the technology stories that caught our eye today:

A survey from SAP and Harris Interactive shows how the “Internet of Things” will transform our daily lives, from home appliances and utilities, to parking cars. The survey revealed that 90% of consumer-connected devices will have access to a personal cloud this year, and that four billion terabytes of data will be generated this year alone.

A new white paper from security firm Prolexic shows that hackers are using old networking protocols used in most Internet-connected devices to launch “distributed reflection denial-of-service attacks”, also known as DrDOS. It tricks a device into sending a large volume of traffic to a victim’s network.

A new Forrester Research survey revealed some more information on enterprise cloud computing. The survey showed that 71% of cloud developers have at least six years of programming experience; 11% have over 20 years. The majority of respondents also said improved speed and agility were the main drivers for using cloud services. 72% said speed of implementation and deployment was important or very important, compared to 56% who cited lower overall costs.

Peter Bright takes a look at AMD’s Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA), which the company believes will take hold in system architectures. HSA systems have different processors working together, emphasizing the strength of each one and combining to efficiently take on more complex tasks.

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