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Malware Being Preloaded On New Unused Phones, Study Reveals

September 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Malware Being Preloaded On New Unused Phones, Study Reveals

New phones are supposed to be a clean,untouched devices. But alarmingly, that’s not always the case. Security company G Data has identified more than 20 mobile phones that have malware installed despite being marketed as new, according to a research report. And it doesn’t appear the infection is occurring during manufacturing. “Somebody is unlocking the phone and putting the malware on there and relocking the phone,” said Andy Hayter, security evangelist for G Data. Many... 

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LinkedIn Rolls Out Revamped Messaging Service

September 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
LinkedIn Rolls Out Revamped Messaging Service

LinkedIn Corp has unveiled a revamped messaging service along the lines of modern chat apps, departing from its unpopular design that resembled email. The new service will include features such as GIFs and stickers to add a “little extra personality” to user’s chats, the company said in a blog post. The messaging service now has improved push and email notifications and messages are organized in a chat-style format with conversation threads akin to most messaging apps today such... 

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Xiaomi Develops Their Own SoC

September 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Xiaomi Develops Their Own SoC

Xiaomi is the latest big phone manufacturer trying to make its own SoCs to differentiate itself from the fearsome competition. China’s biggest smartphone manufacturer is working on its own SoC that is scheduled to appear in 2016. Details are thin on the ground but it would appear that the company is working on its own ARM based chip. This will help company to compete with Apple, Samsung and Huawei. These three already have an inhouse SoC. Apple started making its own SoC a while ago with the... 

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Will GPU Open Sourcing Work

September 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will GPU Open Sourcing Work

An open saucy general-purpose graphics processor (GPGPU) has been unveiled at the Hot Chips event. The GPGPU is relatively crude and is part of another piece of an emerging open-source hardware platform called MIAOW. Karu Sankaralingam, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said that an open source hardware platform is emerging that has inherent value He said that big companies will someday be built using open source hardware, just as multi-billion-dollar... 

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IBM Integrates Blue Box Into SoftLayer

September 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Integrates Blue Box Into SoftLayer

IBM has declared the integration of Blue Box Cloud into its OpenStack private cloud options, where it will sit in a perfect marriage with subsidiary SoftLayer. Angel Diaz, Big Blue’s vice president of cloud infrastructure and technology, who explained that it really was the best of both worlds, and felt the best analogy was about British dessert foods. Go on Angel, we’re listening. “No application is an island. What this announcement does is allow customers the best of both worlds... 

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PayPal Rival, Klarna Launches In USA

September 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
PayPal Rival, Klarna Launches In USA

Payments firm Klarna debuted its U.S business on Tuesday and announced that Overstock.com, one of the biggest U.S. online retailers, would be its first major retail partner. The company, which has grown throughoutn Europe and gained a 10 percent share of the Northern European e-commerce market, said it had partnered with around 10 U.S. merchants so far. Sweden-based Klarna, founded in 2005 and backed by investors such as Sequoia Capital and Atomico, is now planning for rapid expansion in the United... 

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Uber Hires Security Experts For Vehicle Technology

September 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Uber Hires Security Experts For Vehicle Technology

Uber Technologies Inc  has added two top vehicle security researchers, the company announced, high-profile additions that come as the ride-hailing service ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars. Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter Inc, and Chris Valasek, who worked at security firm IOActive, have resigned from their jobs and will join Uber this week. Miller and Valasek won wide attention this month after demonstrating that they could hack into a moving Jeep. Uber said... 

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T-Mobile Threatens ‘Data Thieves’

September 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Threatens ‘Data Thieves’

T-Mobile USA is on a mission to stop data thieves, which it says are taking advantage of the company’s unlimited high-speed data plan through excessive tethering — the use of smartphone data service on other devices. The carrier offers unlimited 4G LTE on smartphones, but limits data usage through tethering to 7GB a month under a Smartphone Mobile HotSpot feature, which reduces speed beyond that limit. If a customer needs more LTE tethering, he or she can add on more. But CEO John Legere... 

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Does The Xbox One Mini Exist?

September 1, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Does The Xbox One Mini Exist?

The rumor mill might have been a bit broken when it was announced that Microsoft was about to launch an Xbox-mini. The rumor claimed that Microsoft would be holding a launch event in October where people could expect the company to launch the Surface Pro 4, Lumia flagships and an “Xbox One Mini.” It was claimed that the X-box mini would be third the size of the current console and lack a Blu-Ray drive. However Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has now debunked this theory, stating that the... 

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OpenStack Appears To Be Going Non-Profit

September 1, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
OpenStack Appears To Be Going Non-Profit

The OpenStack Community is turning its attention to support for containers and improving the platform’s enterprise-worthiness, as the OpenStack Foundation celebrated gaining non-profit status from the US government, a move that will free up extra resources for development, the organisation said. Foundation executive director Jonathan Bryce said at the OpenStack Silicon Valley conference at California’s Computer History Museum that OpenStack has developed over the past five years into... 

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Boeing Developing Drone Destroying Laser System

September 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Boeing Developing Drone Destroying Laser System

Boeing’s portable drone-destroying laser system is one step closer to reality after a recent test. Earlier this month in California, Boeing’s second-generation, compact-laser weapons system disabled a moving, untethered drone. That’s important because enemies can easily acquire commercially available drones — also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — and use them to deliver explosives or perform reconnaissance. Using a laser of up to two kilowatts, the weapons... 

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Astronomers Contemplate Ways To Discover Alien Life

September 1, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Contemplate Ways To Discover Alien Life

Detecting signs of life very different from that of Earth in the atmospheres of alien planets may be difficult, but it is possible, researchers say. A team of scientists examined models of “super-Earths” — exoplanets slightly larger than Earth — to determine how easily signs of life could be spotted. They determined that such biosignatures could be identified more easily on planets orbiting stars producing relatively low amounts of radiation — but even then only if everything worked... 

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Facebook Deploying New Technology To Catch Pirated Videos

August 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Deploying New Technology To Catch Pirated Videos

Facebook is enhancing its technology to better identify videos uploaded to its site without the proper permission of copyright holders. The move comes amid an explosion in the amount of video viewed on Facebook, posted by regular users, publishers and advertisers alike. Alongside the uptick in video content, copyright holders have complained about videos posted without their permission. A recent report by video marketing and social media consulting companies Tubular and Social@Ogilvy estimated that... 

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HP Moves To Lower The Price Of SSDs

August 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP Moves To Lower The Price Of SSDs

HP has become the second major player to bring an “affordable all-flash array” to market with new additions to the HP 3PAR StoreServ range. The new 8000 series consists of a Starter Kit (20800 AFA) and software updates for the full StoreServ range, and HP can now offer multi-petabyte systems offering 3.2 million IOPS with scale out from two to eight controllers and proven tier-1 resiliency. “Regardless of your size, budget, growth rate, quality of service requirements or even your... 

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Pentagon Partners With Apple And Boeing On Wearable Technology

August 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Pentagon Partners With Apple And Boeing On Wearable Technology

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter granted $75 million to assist a consortium of high-tech firms and researchers develop electronic systems packed with sensors flexible enough to be worn by soldiers or molded onto the skin of a plane. Carter said funding for the Obama administration’s newest manufacturing institute would go to the FlexTech Alliance, a consortium of 162 companies, universities and other groups, from Boeing , Apple and Harvard, to Advantest Akron Polymer Systems and Kalamazoo... 

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