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Some Massive Black Holes Got Big Fast

December 31, 2010 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Some Massive Black Holes Got Big Fast

The first rapid growth spurt of the universe’s most massive black holes occurred much earlier than astronomers previously thought, and are still growing fast, a new study finds. A team of astronomers from Tel Aviv University in Israel determined that the first period of fast growth of the most massive black holes occurred when the universe was only about 1.2 billion years old — not 2 to 4 billion years old, as had been thought. Astronomers estimate the universe is about 13.7 billion years... 

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Study Finds Canadians Are The Most Web-Addicted

December 31, 2010 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Study Finds Canadians Are The Most Web-Addicted

Maybe it’s all cold weather and snow: Canadians log more time on the internet and social media, including Facebook and YouTube, than any other country. The measurement company comScore reported Canada has the highest penetration of Web access, with around 68% of Canadians routinely surfing online, against 62% in France and Britain. Close behind is 60% of Germans going online and, south of the border, 59% of Americans. The laggards are Italians, where only 36% of the population goes online,... 

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SONY PS3 Easily Hackable

December 30, 2010 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
SONY PS3 Easily Hackable

At the Hackers Chaos Communications Conference being held in Berlin, the hacking team known as “Fail0verflow” revealed during its presentation that they were able to decipher the private key that Sony uses to authorize code to run on PlayStation 3 systems.  They stated that having the private key allows anyone to run the code just like Sony. By having access to the private key of the PS3 leads to many options, one is the opportunity to run Linux on all PS3 models, no matter what... 

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Android Malware Has Botnet-like Characteristics

December 30, 2010 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Android Malware Has Botnet-like Characteristics

Hackers are taking aim at users of Google’s Android mobile operating system with a malware application that harvests personal information and sends it to a remote server. The malware, which has been named “Geinimi,” appears to be the first one that has botnet-like capabilities targeted at the Android platform, said Kevin Mahaffey, Chief Technology Officer for Lookout Mobile Security, which develops mobile security software. Geinimi appears to target Chinese-speaking users of Android,... 

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The Most Pirated Video Game Of Year Is COD: Black Ops

December 29, 2010 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
The Most Pirated Video Game Of Year Is COD: Black Ops

It is being reported by Torrentfreak that Call of Duty: Black Ops will be the most pirated video game of the year if the trending do not make a drastic change. Call of Duty Black Ops which was published by Activision and released in November got the distinction of being the absolute winner in terms of illegal downloads. It is estimated that 4.27 million PC users downloaded an illegal copy of the game as of December 26. Since the game was just released the number of total illegal downloads will... 

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Mozilla Site Inadvertently Exposed Encrypted Passwords

December 29, 2010 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Mozilla Site Inadvertently Exposed Encrypted Passwords

A database of inactive Mozilla user names and passwords was exposed on the Internet earlier in the month of December the Mozilla Foundation disclosed on Tuesday. The database, which contained approximately 44,000 inactive user accounts for the addons.mozilla.org site, was inadvertently placed on a public-facing Web server, wrote Chris Lyon, the Mozilla Director of Infrastructure Security, in a blog posting. Lyon stressed that the exposure “posed minimal risk to users.” The organization... 

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Alcatel-Lucent To Pay $137M Fine To Settle Bribery Charges

December 28, 2010 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Alcatel-Lucent To Pay $137M Fine To Settle Bribery Charges

Alcatel-Lucent has agreed to make payments of over $137 million to settle several bribery cases brought by U.S. authorities. The cases concern allegations about the sales activities of French telecommunications giant Alcatel from the 1990s through its 2006 merger with Lucent Technologies. The company has reached settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company and authorities announced late Monday. Alcatel-Lucent and three of its subsidiaries,... 

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Is The iPhone 4 Unbreakable

December 28, 2010 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is The iPhone 4 Unbreakable

While Apple‘s iPhone 4 may be shattering records across the globe in reference to numbers; apparently its more fragile than previous models. According to research conducted in Australia, the iPhone 4 is much more prone to accidental damage and cracks than its predecessors. The study was done by SquareTrade Warranties who concluded the phones are 82 percent more likely to crack compared with the single screen of the earlier version iPhone 3. The firm  analyzed its warranty claims for... 

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Baidu’s Twitter Knock-off Service Adds 1M New Users

December 27, 2010 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Baidu’s Twitter Knock-off Service Adds 1M New Users

China’s largest search engine Baidu reports that its new microblogging service has added more than 1 million users after being launched just three months ago. Called Baidu Talk in English, the service incorporates Twitter-like features, but is being built to become a fully fledged social networking platform. Baidu Talk was launched in mid-September as a closed beta, with new users being brought in through invitation only. Baidu Talk sets itself apart from other Chinese microblogging services... 

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AMD’s 6950 Video Card Is Hackable Via Bios

December 27, 2010 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD’s 6950 Video Card Is Hackable Via Bios

It appears that AMD‘s 6950 HD video cards appear to be easily hackable, until AMD decides to resolve the matter. Apparently, the guys from Techpowerup did the hack and says it is a matter of a simple BIOS flash and your HD 6950 can easily turn to an HD 6970. AMD even made the process a bit easier as AMD included the dual-BIOS feature on its HD 6900 series cards and if something goes wrong you can always go for the recovery/factory protected BIOS. Fortunate for us, AMD chose not to use the... 

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Sun “WANTED” for Stealing Comets

December 26, 2010 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Sun “WANTED” for Stealing Comets

It turns out our sun may be a cosmic thief that’s stolen most of its comets from other stars, a new study suggests. Comets are small icy bodies that flare up when they near the sun as solar radiation vaporizes their ice to create a glowing tail. New computer simulations of the billions of comets crisscrossing the solar system suggest that most of them originated beyond our local neighborhood, but got grabbed and pulled in by our sun’s gravity later. Such a scenario goes against the long-standing... 

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Pioneer Finally Introduces Its 3D Capable Blu-ray Players

December 24, 2010 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Pioneer Finally Introduces Its 3D Capable Blu-ray Players

No doubt timed just for the Christmas shopping season, Pioneer is finally shipping its very firstline of 3D-capable Blu-ray players. With a particular emphasis on high-end users, the Pioneer BDP-430 and Pioneer Elite BDP-41FD and BDP-43FD support HDMI 1.4a, 1080p/24 video playback, and a variety of streaming Internet contentservices available through a wired Ethernet connection or, with optional adapter, over Wi-Fi. All three models feature Pioneer’s Precision Quartz Lock System, which the... 

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Intel Core i5 2400 Appears To Be A Beast in Test

December 24, 2010 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Core i5 2400 Appears To Be A Beast in Test

Intel has graciously released some benchmarks results of its Core i5 2400, one of the new Sandy Bridge processors with 6MB of cache 3.1GHz core clock and four cores and four threads. The Core i5 2400 also comes with a Turbo feature and can run at much higher clock-speed than the 3.1GHz that is advertised.  Keep in mind this depends on Turbo 2 conditions and current thermal environment. In the benchmark observation Intel decided to compare current Core i5 650 3.2GHz core with 4MB of cache... 

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Skype Says Majority Of Its Users Still Can’t Log in

December 23, 2010 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Skype Says Majority Of Its Users Still Can’t Log in

Skype estimates that about two-thirds of its users are still not able to log in after an outage caused by problems with its  peer-to-peer interconnection system, it said in a blog posting earlier today. Almost 5 million users are back online, Skype said, but that’s still only around 30 percent of the number it would expect to see at the time of the blog posting. The number of logged-in users is increasing all the time, but it’s not possible for Skype to predict when all users will... 

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Next Playstation Portable Supposedly Has Touch Controls

December 23, 2010 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Next Playstation Portable Supposedly Has Touch Controls

Sony Computer  Entertainment head Kaz Hirai has let the cat out the bag by stating touch controls have been designed into the successor of the PlayStation Portable. While speaking to The New York Times Hirai stated that, “Depending on the game, there are ones where you can play perfectly well with a touch panel.” “But you can definitely play immersive games better with physical buttons and pads. I think there could be games where you’re able to use both in combination,”... 

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