Despite IT layoffs, UCal academics will stay on HCL boards

The dean of engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, S. Shankar Sastry, also serves on the board of HCL Technologies. This is a company that delivers IT services, and whose subsidiary, HCL America, was hired by the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).

Sastry has been on the HCL board since 2012, and reports his compensation to the university. The relationship is clearly in the open, but there is a complication.

The decision to hire HCL to manage infrastructure at UCSF is bad news for about 50 of its IT employees and another 30 contractors. They will lose their jobs to the outsourcing company by the end of February after replacement training is completed.

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You can now use an iPhone to log into a Windows 10 PC, Microsoft says

Apple’s iPhone isn’t always a good pairing for Microsoft’s Windows 10 PCs, but you’ll be able to use the phone’s biometric authentication features to log into PCs.

Microsoft wants to kill passwords with Windows Hello, a technology that allows users to log into PCs by fingerprint, face, iris or pattern detection. Beyond Windows 10 devices, the feature is also coming to devices, accessories and apps that support Windows Hello.

Apple’s iPhone will be able to use such an accessory or app to log into Windows 10. At its Ignite conference this week, Microsoft said iPhone owners can use specific RSA SecurID authentication tools on their devices to unlock Windows 10 PCs.

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Start-up creates iPhone 7 analog headphone adapter, charger

There were plenty of complaints in the mainstream media and the blogosphere when Apple announced its iPhone 7 ships without an analog headphone jack.

The idea of forcing users to toss their older headphones to use Apple’s new Lightning port-enabled ear buds or buy its soon-to-be-released $159 wireless AirPods created a visceral reaction in consumer circles. Industry pundits also speculated that third-party adapters allowing analog headphones to connect to the iPhone would soon follow… and so they have.

Los Angeles start-up ildockgear has created a Lightning adapter that allows iPhone 7 users to charge their device and listen to music over analog headphones at the same time. The device is about the size of a U.S. quarter.

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Android malware that can infiltrate corporate networks is spreading

An Android malware is spreading across app stores, including Google Play, and has the capability of stealing sensitive files from corporate networks.

DressCode, a family of Android malware, has been found circulating in at least 3,000 Trojanized apps, security firm Trend Micro said on Friday.

DressCode hides itself inside games, user interface themes and phone optimization boosters. It can also be difficult to detect because the malicious coding only makes up a small portion of the overall app.

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Facebook at Work launching Oct. 10

It may finally be OK to use Facebook while you’re at work.

Well, it still may not be OK to post pictures from last night’s party or your cat annoyingly waking up your spouse, but you may be using it to connect with your project team or your boss while she’s on the road.

After spending a few years working on a social network for the enterprise, Facebook will launch Facebook at Work on Oct. 10.

The company has sent out invitations for a launch event in London.

The new enterprise effort, which is both a mobile app and a desktop service, went into a pilot test around January 2015.

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By 2020, your Wi-Fi-connected car will pay for parking, gas

Wi-Fi communications in vehicles, whether from the factory or in aftermarket devices, will increase from 6.9 million per year in 2015 to 61 million per year in 2020 — and this will usher in a new era of consumer services and applications, according to a new report from Gartner.

Over the next four years, the total number of connected cars and trucks will reach 220 million, a number that will drive a huge uptick in the delivery of digital content, such as streaming music and video, navigation and location-based services.

Connected vehicles increasingly will be able to direct drivers to, and pay for, parking spaces, fuel and other services, and the technology will eventually enable increased levels of automated driving, Gartner’s report stated.

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