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Flickering Hard Drive LED Can Be Used By Hackers

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Flickering Hard Drive LED Can Be Used By Hackers

The mostly ignored blinking lights on servers and desktop PCs may give away secrets if a hacker can hijack them with malware. Researchers in Israel have come up with an innovative hack that turns a computer’s LED light into a signaling system that shows passwords and other sensitive data. The researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev demonstrated the hack in a YouTube video posted Wednesday. It shows a hacked computer broadcasting the data through a computer’s LED light, with a drone... 

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Verizon Bringing 5G To 11 U.S. Cities

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Bringing 5G To 11 U.S. Cities

Verizon Communications Inc has announced that it would begin offering its high-speed wireless 5G network to certain customers in 11 U.S. cities in the first half of 2017. Verizon will begin pilot testing 5G “pre-commercial services” in cities, including Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The company had said last July that it laid out plans to conduct trials for its 5G network this year. New 5G networks are expected to provide speeds at least 10 times... 

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Google’s Jigsaw Rolls Out Initiative To Combat Online Abuse

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Google’s Jigsaw Rolls Out Initiative To Combat Online Abuse

Alphabet Inc’s Google and subsidiary Jigsaw rolled out a new technology to aid news organizations and online platforms  in identifying abusive comments on their websites. The technology, called Perspective, will review comments and score them based on how similar they are to comments people said were “toxic” or likely to make them leave a conversation. It has been tested on the New York Times and the companies hope to extend it to other news organizations such as The Guardian... 

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Linux To Support Virtual GPUs

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Linux To Support Virtual GPUs

pen source’s Mr Sweary Linus Torvalds announced the general availability of the Linux 4.10 kernel series, which includes virtual GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) support. Linus wrote in the announcement, adding “On the whole, 4.10 didn’t end up as small as it initially looked”. The kernel has a lot of improvements, security features, and support for the newest hardware components which makes it more than just a normal update. Most importantly there is support for virtual... 

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Is MediaTek’s Helio X30 Processor Going To Do Well In The Market?

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is MediaTek’s Helio X30 Processor Going To Do Well In The Market?

MediaTek is planning a Helio X30 in 10nm later this year but news from Taiwan indicates that some key customers didn’t order the new flagship 10 core chip.  One of the main reasons might be the increased competition in the Chinese market and companies cannot afford to have two designs of the same phone with Qualcomm or a MediaTek chip in. The rumor is that Xiaomi, MediaTek’s big customer, might be coming up with its own Pinecone SoC and this will put some additional pressure on MediaTek’s... 

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The ESA Plan To Launch PLATO in 2024 To Search For Alien Planets

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
The ESA Plan To Launch PLATO in 2024 To Search For Alien Planets

PLATO is a European Space Agency telescope set to launch in 2024. The name is an acronym for “PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars.” The overall goal of the mission is to figure out under what conditions planets form and whether those conditions are favorable for life.  To do this, PLATO will seek out and investigate Earth-size exoplanets, especially planets that orbit in the habitable zone around sun-like stars. (The habitable zone is usually defined as the area around a star... 

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New Qualcomm, Intel Modems Boasts LTE Speeds Greater Than 1Gbps

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
New Qualcomm, Intel Modems Boasts LTE Speeds Greater Than 1Gbps

With every new generation of smartphone, LTE connections gain more speed. That’s because the devices have faster modems that can transfer data at previously unheard of download speeds. The top modem providers are Intel and Qualcomm, whose cellular chips are used in the iPhone. Both have announced modems that will push LTE connections to speeds well over those of regular home internet connections. Qualcomm unveiled the X20 LTE chipset, which can transfer data at speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. Intel... 

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Facebook Pursuing Deal To Live Stream MLB Baseball Games

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Pursuing Deal To Live Stream MLB Baseball Games

Facebook Inc is currently negotiating with Major League Baseball to live stream one game per week during the upcoming season, which could be a key win as the social media platform works to offer more live sports, according to two people familiar with the situation. Facebook has pushed to sign deals with owners of sports rights to live stream their games, going after an audience that competitor Twitter Inc is also trying to capture, according to sports media consultants. For social media platforms... 

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Yahoo Agrees To Verizon’s Discounted Acquisition Deal

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Agrees To Verizon’s Discounted Acquisition Deal

Verizon Communications Inc reconfirmed plans to acquire Yahoo Inc’s  core business for $4.48 billion, lowering its original offer by $350 million in the wake of two massive cyber attacks at the internet company. The closing of the deal, which was first announced in July, had been delayed as the companies assessed the fallout from two data breaches that Yahoo disclosed last year. The No. 1 U.S. wireless carrier had been trying to persuade Yahoo to amend the terms of the agreement following... 

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Is The Independent Game Developers Future Bleak

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The Independent Game Developers Future Bleak

Never more than a stopgap that was hugely inadequate to the gap in question, Steam Greenlight is finally set to disappear entirely later this Spring. The service has been around for almost five years, and while it was largely greeted with enthusiasm, the reality has never justified that optimism. The amassing of community votes for game approval turned out to be no barrier to all manner of grafters who launched unfinished, amateurish games (even using stolen assets in some cases) on the service,... 

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Is The U.S. Tech Industry Headed In A Downward Spin?

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is The U.S. Tech Industry Headed In A Downward Spin?

Layoffs at computer, electronics, and telecommunications companies rose by 21 percent last year. Beancounters at the global outplacement outfit Challenger, Gray & Christmas said that more than 96,017 US jobs were cut in 2016, compared to 79,315 the prior year. Tech layoffs accounted for 18 percent of the total 526,915 US job cuts announced in 2016. Of the 2016 total, some 66,821of the layoffs came from computer companies, up seven percent year over year. Challenger attributed much of that increase... 

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Are Low Profile Radeon RX 460 Forthcoming?

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Are Low Profile Radeon RX 460 Forthcoming?

MSI has unveiled yet another HTPC-friendly graphics card, the low-profile Radeon RX 460 that will comes in both 2GB and 4GB versions. Featuring a dual-slot, low-profile, dual-fan cooler and a low-profile PCB to match, both the MSI RX 460 2GT LP and 4GT LP graphics card will be working at reference 1090MHz GPU base and 1200MHz GPU Boost clocks with GDDR5 memory working at 1750MHz on a 128-bit memory interface. It also comes with single DVI and one HDMI display outputs. In case you missed it, the Radeon... 

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Astronomers Find The Building Blocks Of Life On Ceres

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find The Building Blocks Of Life On Ceres

The dwarf planet Ceres keeps looking better and better as a possible home for alien life. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has spotted organic molecules — the carbon-containing building blocks of life as we know it — on Ceres for the first time, a study published today (Feb. 16) in the journal Science reports. And these organics appear to be native, likely forming on Ceres rather than arriving via asteroid or comet strikes, study team members said. “Because Ceres is a dwarf planet that may... 

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Toshiba Wants Nearly $9B For Memory Chip Business

February 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Toshiba Wants Nearly $9B For Memory Chip Business

Japan’s Toshiba Corp wished to receive at least 1 trillion yen ($8.8 billion) by selling most of its flash memory chip business, seeking to create a buffer for any fresh financial problems, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. The beleaguered conglomerate was pressured to abandon an initial plan to sell just under 20 percent by its main creditor banks which are worried about potential writedowns that may come on top of $6.3 billion hit to its U.S. nuclear unit, financial sources... 

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EU Data Protection Advocates Still Unhappy With Windows 10 Privacy Settings

February 22, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
EU Data Protection Advocates Still Unhappy With Windows 10 Privacy Settings

European Union data protection watchdogs are indicating they are still concerned about the privacy settings of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system despite the U.S. company announcing changes to the installation process. The watchdogs, a group made up of the EU’s 28 authorities responsible for enforcing data protection law, wrote to Microsoft last year expressing concerns about the default installation settings of Windows 10 and users’ apparent lack of control over the company’s... 

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