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Intel Shows Off New Hybrid Laptop Geared Towards Schools

April 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Intel Shows Off New Hybrid Laptop Geared Towards Schools

Intel unveiled a laptop-tablet hybrid with Windows 8.1 for the education market, where Chromebooks and tablets are also vying for customers. The Intel Education 2-in-1 hybrid has a 10.1-inch screen that can detach from a keyboard base to turn into a tablet. Intel makes reference designs, which are then replicated by device makers and sold to educational institutions. The 2-in-1 has a quad-core Intel Atom processor Z3740D, which is based on the Bay Trail architecture. The battery lasts about eight... 

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BlackBerry Plans To Release Patch For ‘Heartbleed’ Vulnerability

April 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Plans To Release Patch For ‘Heartbleed’ Vulnerability

BlackBerry Ltd said it will release security updates for messaging software for Android and iOS devices by Friday to address vulnerabilities in programs related to the “Heartbleed” security threat. Researchers last week warned they uncovered Heartbleed, a bug that targets the OpenSSL software commonly used to keep data secure, potentially allowing hackers to steal massive troves of information without leaving a trace. Security experts initially told companies to focus on securing vulnerable... 

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Can Micro-Consoles Compete With True Gaming Consoles?

April 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Can Micro-Consoles Compete With True Gaming Consoles?

With Amazon’s Fire TV device the first out the door, the second wave of microconsoles has just kicked off. Amazon’s device will be joined in reasonably short order by one from Google, with an app-capable update of the Apple TV device also likely in the works. Who else will join the party is unclear; Sony’s Vita TV, quietly soft-launched in Japan last year, remains a potentially fascinating contender if it had the right messaging and services behind it, but for now it’s out... 

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Wi-Fi Problems Plague Apple-Samsung Trial

April 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Wi-Fi Problems Plague Apple-Samsung Trial

There’s a new sign on the door to Courtroom 1 at the federal courthouse in San Jose, the location of the Apple v. Samsung battle that’s playing out this month: “Please turn off all cell phones.” For a trial that centers on smartphones and the technology they use, it’s more than a little ironic. The entire case might not even be taking place if the market wasn’t so big and important, but the constant need for connectivity of everyone is causing problems in the court,... 

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Did Cisco Help The Chinese Government Snoop?

April 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Cisco Help The Chinese Government Snoop?

Cisco has been accused of helping the Chinese authorities snoop on, discriminate against and violently suppress the religious group Falun Gong. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has taken Cisco to task about this, and has filed a request to submit an amicus brief in a US District Court in California. It asks the court to let the case “Doe vs Cisco Systems” go ahead, telling it that the firm has aided China’s human rights abuses. “China’s record of human rights... 

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Does Facebook Want Its Own e-Currency?

April 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Does Facebook Want Its Own e-Currency?

Facebook wants to create an in-house digital currency system that its members can spend and trade on its website. The Irish Times reports that the Irish central bank has been approached by the social network and is rather close to approving its request. Those aims include the creation of Facebook currency that Facebook members will be able to use to pay for things within the social network and, presumably, its associated properties. “Facebook wants to become a utility in the developing world,... 

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IRS Missed Windows XP Deadline, To Pay Microsoft Millions

April 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IRS Missed Windows XP Deadline, To Pay Microsoft Millions

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirmed that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support, and will be shelling out Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. Microsoft terminated Windows XP support on Tuesday when it shipped the final public patches for the nearly-13-year-old operating system. Without patches for vulnerabilities discovered in the future, XP systems will be at risk from cyber criminals who hijack the machines and plant malware on them. During an IRS... 

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Federal Gov’t Wants Instagram Data From Facebook Now

April 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Federal Gov’t Wants Instagram Data From Facebook Now

Facebook released its second government requests report covering the second half of 2013, and it expands its scope from the first one in two ways. First, it includes requests to restrict or remove users’ content from the site, whereas the first report was limited to requests for account information. And second, the report now includes data on Instagram, the photo sharing site owned by Facebook. Facebook is not breaking out the number of Instagram requests; they’re included in the overall... 

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Amazon Rumored To Launch Smartphone In Time For Christmas Season

April 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Amazon Rumored To Launch Smartphone In Time For Christmas Season

Amazon.com Inc is making plans to unveil its long-rumored smartphone in the second half of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people briefed on the company’s plans. The Internet retailer would jump into a crowded market dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The company has recently been demonstrating versions of the handset to developers in San Francisco and Seattle. It intends to announce the device in June and ship to stores around the end of September,... 

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Should Game Publishing Depend On Sales?

April 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Should Game Publishing Depend On Sales?

“Grey Goo is remarkable not for what it has added to the RTS formula, but what it has stripped away,” PC Gamer wrote in its reveal of Grey Goo, a new real-time strategy game from the veterans at Petroglyph. Perhaps the same could be said of Grey Goo’s recently formed publisher Grey Box, which is seeking to strip away the more negative aspects of game publishing. Suits and creatives typically will bump heads because the two sides are looking at the creation of games from wildly different... 

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Did Astronomers Find An Alien Moon?

April 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Astronomers Find An Alien Moon?

For the first time ever, astronomers may have spotted a moon circling an alien planet — though they’ll probably never know for sure exactly what they’ve found. A team of scientists detected a pair of faraway objects that could be a giant Jupiter-like alien planet and a rocky exomoon flying freely through space, or a small dim star hosting a planet about 18 times more massive than Earth. The astronomers used a technique called gravitational microlensing, watching what happens a big foreground... 

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Star Survives Supernova Explosion

April 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Star Survives Supernova Explosion

A lucky star somehow survived the explosive death of its stellar companion, new images reveal. The explosion, known as a supernova, would have been visible from Earth several thousand years ago. While the supernova remnant (called DEM L241) has been known since the 1970s, the companion star remained invisible until NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory recently examined the region. Scientists explained the hard-to-kill star’s supernova survival in a video. The surviving star’s days are... 

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HP To Shell Out $108M In Corruption And Bribery Case

April 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
HP To Shell Out $108M In Corruption And Bribery Case

Hewlett-Packard will pay $108 million in penalties after subsidiaries in Russia, Poland and Mexico were found to have given out bribes to gain business, the U.S. Department of Justice said. An international subsidiary of HP has agreed to plead guilty to violating the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and admit to its role in bribing Russian officials to secure a big contract there, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The U.S. is also entering into “criminal resolutions” with HP subsidiaries... 

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Google Shows Interest In Service Robots, Invests In Savioke

April 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Shows Interest In Service Robots, Invests In Savioke

Google has put funding into robotic’s company Savioke, which plans to develop a robot that could work in places such as nursing homes and hospitals. The search engine’s funding arm, Google Ventures, invested an undisclosed sum that’s part of a $2 million seed financing package led by Morado Venture Partners, with AME Cloud Ventures and individuals also pitching in. Established in 2013, California-based Savioke is led by CEO Steve Cousins, who was in charge of the creation of the... 

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BlackBerry May Consider Leaving Handset Market

April 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry May Consider Leaving Handset Market

BlackBerry Ltd would think about abandoning its handset business if it remains unprofitable, its chief executive officer said on Wednesday, as the technology company looks to expand its corporate reach with investments, acquisitions and partnerships. “If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business,” John Chen said in an interview, adding that the time frame for such a decision was short. He would not be more specific, but said it should be possible to make... 

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