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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Tuesday, July 28

IDG News Service staff | July 29, 2015
Samsung's bigger Galaxy S6 likely in August...Most Android phones can be hacked via an MMS...Leading researchers want autonomous weapons ban...and more tech news.

Chinese police shut down supplier of fake Apple iPhones

Beijing police have closed down a massive iPhone counterfeiting operation that produced at least 40,000 units. Authorities arrested nine suspects and confiscated over 1,400 fake handsets of different brands; police say that besides the iPhones, the operation produced 66,000 smartphone circuit boards and a million knock-off handset accessory units.

IBM is launching its data warehouse service into the cloud

IBM is going up against Amazon and Microsoft as it launches a cloud-based data warehouse service via its Bluemix portal of platform services. The IBM DashDB Enterprise MPP offers a fully managed data warehouse, saving the costs and hassles of setting one up in-house. It competes with Amazon's Redshift and Microsoft Azure's SQL Data Warehouse, as well as start-ups Snowflake Computing and CoolaData, among others.

Amazon puts Aurora up against MySQL

After nine months of testing, Amazon Web Services is now offering its Aurora database as a full commercial service, positioning it as a high-performance alternative to the widely used open source MySQL database. The company claims Aurora can run five times as quickly as a standard MySQL deployment, while offering the reliability of a high-end commercial database.

Watch now

Your phone could one day prevent you from getting hit by a car: Honda demonstrated a new safety system that prevents collisions with distracted pedestrians, including sending a warning via their mobiles.

One last thing:

Forget the million dollars in unmarked bills. Today's criminals want ransom paid in Bitcoin.

 

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