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Samsung Still Dominates Mobile Phone Market,Apple Gaining

December 30, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Still Dominates Mobile Phone Market,Apple Gaining

Samsung is still the largest maker of mobile phones, but Apple is gaining territory, according to the most recent data released by market researcher ComScore. Samsung accounted for 25.6 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers for the three months ending November 11, a slight increase of 0.3 percent over the previous three months. While Apple came in fourth with 11.2 percent, its 1.4 percent increase was the greatest market share increase for the previous three months. Samsung and Apple were the only mobile... 

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Is The PlayStation Vita A Dud?

December 30, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is The PlayStation Vita A Dud?

Apparently Sony’s Playstation Vita has not recovered from the news that it had problems. Sony quickly moved to fix the technical issues of the PlayStation Vita, but it seems that sales of the device have fallen dramatically. Sales of the PlayStation Vita have fallen by nearly 80 percent during the week that ended on December 25. According to tracking outfit Media Create Sony sold 325,000 Vita units on December 17 and 18, but only sold about 10,000 units a day during the following week. Sales... 

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Google+ Growth Still Accelerating, Passes 62M Users

December 30, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google+ Growth Still Accelerating, Passes 62M Users

Google+ membership is exploding, and the young social network is now adding 625,000 new users a day with over 62 million in total, a researcher has estimated. Paul Allen, a founder of Ancestry.com and FamilyLink.com, wrote earlier this week on his Google+ blog that the network will hit 400 million users by the end of next year, as the number of daily sign-ups increases. Facebook currently has over 800 million users. “It may be the holidays, the TV commercials, the Android 4 signups, celebrity... 

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Appeals Courts Uphold Immunity For Telecom’s Surveillance

December 30, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Appeals Courts Uphold Immunity For Telecom’s Surveillance

A U.S. appeals panel on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a federal law that extends immunity to telecommunications firms that assist the U.S. government in conducting surveillance of American citizens. However, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also revived a separate lawsuit against the government over its surveillance activities. Several lawsuits filed in the wake of revelations about warrantless wiretapping alleged that telecom companies provided authorities with direct access to nearly... 

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Ivy Bridge Core i5 3470T To Start At 2.9GHz

December 30, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Ivy Bridge Core i5 3470T To Start At 2.9GHz

The official name is Core i5 3470T and it has two cores and four threads. The base clock is 2.9GHz but with turbo it can get all the way to 3.6GHz. It has 3MB cache and it replaces the Core i5 2390T, 2.7GHz clocked dual Sandy Bridge with turbo speed of 3.5GHz. Once it is ready, the Core i5 3470T will sell for $184. In case two cores are not enough for your needs, you can get a quad core with eight threads Core i7 3770T clocked at 2.5GHz, with an impressive 3.7GHz on turbo. The TDP is only... 

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Can Hackers Attack A Trains Network?

December 30, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Hackers Attack A Trains Network?

Security expert Professor Stefan Katzenbeisser of Technische Universität Darmstadt told a security conference in Berlin that the GSM-R which is being installed in train networks makes them vulnerable to hackers. Katzenbeisser said that the new system was vulnerable to “Denial of Service” attacks and, while trains could not crash, service could be disrupted for quite some time. Speaking to the Chaos Communication Congress he said that Network Rail is currently installing GSM-R across the... 

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Intel Attempts To Keep Netbooks Alive With New Atom Chips

December 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Intel Attempts To Keep Netbooks Alive With New Atom Chips

Intel on Wednesday started shipping the latest Atom chips for netbooks, a vital move to sustain growth of the low-cost PCs in the wake of the tablet onslaught. The dual-core chips, part of the platform code-named Cedar Trail, bring better battery life and overall improved performance to netbooks, Intel said in a statement. Top PC makers, including Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba, Asus and Samsung will ship netbooks with Cedar Trail chips beginning in January starting at US$199. Intel has doubled... 

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Windows Phone 7 Roadmap Possibly Leaked

December 29, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Windows Phone 7 Roadmap Possibly Leaked

A purported Microsoft slide showing the 2012 Windows Phone roadmap seems to indicate that we could see the next major update by mid-2012. The Tango update is scheduled for the second quarter of 2012, but it won’t be aimed at high-end phones. Instead, Tango is supposed to bring Windows Phone to dirt cheap devices, or “products with the best prices” as Microsoft calls them. This seems to indicate that it will be even better at resource management than Mango, which is already far ahead of iOS... 

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New York Times Sent Wrong Email To Millions By Mistake

December 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
New York Times Sent Wrong Email To Millions By Mistake

Some 8 million customers received emails from the New York Times on Thursday offering a special discount rate if they would change their minds about their decision to cancel their subscriptions. The problem is, the offer was supposed to go to only about 300 subscribers who had decided to stop taking home delivery of the newspaper — it was erroneously sent by a New York Times employee to more than 8 million people on an email marketing list. The debacle lit up social media sites such as Twitter... 

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Verizon Has Yet Another 4G Network Issue

December 29, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Has Yet Another 4G Network Issue

Verizon Wireless is looking into reports that some customers were experiencing trouble accessing its fourth generation (4G) network, a spokesman told Reuters, as the company yet again had to face service issues with its faster wireless service. Verizon customers around the United States are reporting widespread outages of the company’s 4G wireless service, as well as spotty performance of the older 3G service, the Los Angeles Times said on its website. Verizon Wireless spokesman Marquett Smith... 

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Windows 8 Based ARM Tablet Being Developed By ASUS

December 29, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Windows 8 Based ARM Tablet Being Developed By ASUS

Chinese newspapers have indentified Asustek as one of five international PC brands that will work with Microsoft on the “Windows on ARM” (WOA) architecture. Microsoft is to release its first operating system that supports chips from Arm next year. Only five PC brands have been invited by Microsoft to join WOA, a development project that shows its aggressiveness in tapping the burgeoning tablet PC market. Asustek is the latest announcement. So far Samsung, Toshiba, HP and Lenovo have been... 

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Stratfor Security Hit By Anonymous

December 29, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Stratfor Security Hit By Anonymous

The Stratfor, security firm whose website was compromised over the weekend by members of the anarchic computer-hacking group Anonymous, has reported that victims of the attack have had their credit cards used again. Victims of the attack, mostly employees of major companies or agencies which use Stratfor’s, learnt at Christmas that their names, addresses and credit card details had been published online. The cards were then used to make large donations to major charities. Now it seems... 

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Netflix,Gap Get Low Online Customer Satisfaction Scores

December 28, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Netflix,Gap Get Low Online Customer Satisfaction Scores

Netflix Inc and Gap Inc were among the worst performers in customer satisfaction among the largest online retailers this holiday season, according to a survey published on Wednesday. Overstock.com Inc came last out of the 40 largest online retailers, with a rating of 72 out of 100, down 4 points from last year, the survey by ForSee found. Gap.com, Gap’s main website, was second last with 73 points, down 5 from a year ago. Other laggards included buy.com and websites run by Sony and Toys R Us,... 

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Is Samsung Flip Flopping On Android ICS?

December 28, 2011 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is Samsung Flip Flopping On Android ICS?

Samsung is apparently rethinking its decision not to bring Android 4 to the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab. Earlier the company stated that neither device could be updated due to the size of Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. The news created a bit of an issue with users sharpening scythes, pitchforks and lighting torches to go on a lynching. Now word on the street is that the company is considering backing down on its decision due to “strong customer demand.” Samsung said that the devices... 

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IBM’s Watson Shows Up For Work At Cedars-Sinai

December 28, 2011 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM’s Watson Shows Up For Work At Cedars-Sinai

IBM’s Watson supercomputer is about to start work evaluating evidence-based cancer treatment options that can be delivered to the doctors in a matter of seconds for assessment. IBM and WellPoint, which is Blue Cross Blue Shield’s largest health plan, are developing applications that will essentially turn the Watson computer into an adviser for oncologists at Cedars-Sinai’s Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute in Los Angeles, according to Steve Gold, director of worldwide... 

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