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HP Begins Rolling Out The Brazos 2.0 Platform On Notebooks

May 31, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP Begins Rolling Out The Brazos 2.0 Platform On Notebooks

AMD introduced the first mobile Trinity APUs a couple of weeks ago and the launch pretty much overshadowed the introduction of Brazos 2.0. However, the first notebooks based on the austere Brazos 2.0 platform are now starting to trickle in. HP seems to be leading the way with two no frills HP 655 15-inchers based on E1-1200 and E2-1800 chips. The E1-1200 SKU is a dual-core clocked at 1400MHz. It features HD 7310 graphics with 80 shader units clocked at 500MHz. It packs 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard... 

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1 In 5 U.S. Windows PCs Have No Antivirus Protection

May 31, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
1 In 5 U.S. Windows PCs Have No Antivirus Protection

Nearly a fifth of Windows PCs in the U.S. lack any active security protection, an antivirus vendor stated on Wednesday, citing numbers from a year-long project. “The scale of this is unprecedented,” argued Gary Davis, the director of global consumer product marketing for McAfee, talking about the scope of his company’s sampling of PC security. McAfee took measurements from scans of more than 280 million PCs over the last 12 months, and found that 19.3% of all U.S. Windows computers... 

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Verizon Doubling Its FIOS Network Speed

May 31, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Verizon Doubling Its FIOS Network Speed

Verizon Communications Inc is making plans to double its fastest home Internet download speed to 300 megabits per second (mbps) next month, creating what it says will be the highest-speed U.S. residential service within the country. Verizon competes with cable operators such as Cablevision Corp,  Time Warner Cable Inc  and Comcast Corp in home Internet services, as well as television. Verizon said Wednesday that the new 300 mbps speed for downloading files or streaming video would come with... 

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Cisco Predicting Big Growth For Internet Traffic

May 31, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Cisco Predicting Big Growth For Internet Traffic

Network equipment provider Cisco Systems Inc said Internet Protocol traffic is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 29 percent in the next four years primarily because of the strong demand for video and the popularity of devices such as smartphones, tablets and chips that monitor energy consumption. By 2016, annual global IP traffic is forecast to be 1.3 zettabytes – units of information – or 38 million DVDs per hour, Cisco said in its annual visual networking index forecast... 

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How Much More Life Do Consoles Have?

May 31, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
How Much More Life Do Consoles Have?

While recent headlines such as “Game sales crash” and “Games retail collapses” don’t paint a rosy picture, we believe the report of the death of console games is an exaggeration. Yet an uncertain future faces those console games companies that choose not to evolve rapidly. The great games market split: the Big V revisited In early 2010 there was strong reaction to our views that some console games publishers were “going down a very risky path… in the long term…... 

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Adata Outs 40MB/s UHS microSD Card

May 31, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Adata Outs 40MB/s UHS microSD Card

Adata has launched a 32GB UHS-1 microSD card offering 40MB/s write bandwidth. Adata, which recently has been making a big push in the solid-state disk (SSD) drive market, has announced its first microSD cards that support the UHS-1 specification. The firm’s Premier Pro cards come in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities with the firm citing read bandwidth of 45MB/s and all important write bandwidth of 40MB/s. The SD Card Association defined the UHS-I specification as part of its SD Version 3.01 standard,... 

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Samsung Sneaks Embedded DRM Into Galaxy S III

May 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Sneaks Embedded DRM Into Galaxy S III

Samsung’s new smartphone, the Galaxy S III has launched with some interesting embedded security technology made by Israel’s Discretix. Discretix builds DRM flash memory processors which are embedded in the memory. Under the bonnet of the Galaxy S III, the company provides encrypted access for high definition (HD) video and TV broadcasting applications. It works with HD quality video, movies and premium TV content, which require protection. The company’s Wi-Fi Display technology... 

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Corporate Monitoring Of Social Media To Rise, Says Researcher

May 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Corporate Monitoring Of Social Media To Rise, Says Researcher

Corporations are beginning to embrace technologies used to monitor employee Internet use, with 60% expected to spy on workers’ social media use for security breaches by 2015, according to a new report from Gartner. Less than 10% of companies now monitor their employees’ use of Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and other social media sites for security breaches, although many companies monitor social media for brand management and marketing purposes, said the report, released Tuesday. New technologies... 

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Sprint Finally Pulling The Plug On Nextel’s IDEN Network

May 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Finally Pulling The Plug On Nextel’s IDEN Network

Sprint Nextel will complete the shuttering of its narrowband iDEN network as early as June 30, 2013, the company stated on Tuesday. The iDEN system is the infrastructure that serves Sprint’s Nextel brand and its popular push-to-talk service, which date back to before Sprint acquired Nextel in 2005. But the by-now archaic data speeds of the technology and the costs of maintaining two totally separate networks, sounded the death knell for iDENas far back as the merger deal’s announcement... 

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Facebook + Nokia=Facephone?

May 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Facebook + Nokia=Facephone?

While analysts scoff at the idea of a Facebook smartphone, one Paris-based marketing expert predicts that a “FacePhone” will crop up in 18 months — and that the social networking giant will grab Nokia for $10 billion to make it happen. The existing hardware-operating system partnership between Nokia and Microsoft will also play into Facebook’s plans for a smartphone, which means the device would use the Windows Phone operating system, said Paul Amsellem, managing director... 

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Red Hat Outs Fedora 17

May 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Red Hat Outs Fedora 17

Red Hat has released its Fedora 17 ‘Beefy Miracle’ distribution just over a month after Canonical released its Ubuntu 12.04 distribution. The Red Hat sponsored Fedora project serves as the proving ground for new features that eventually end up in the firm’s Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system. Now Red Hat has announced that it has released Fedora 17 including updates to Gnome, Eclipse, GIMP and Openstack along with numerous patches. Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux distribution... 

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Analysts Make E3 Predictions In Respect To Nintendo

May 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Analysts Make E3 Predictions In Respect To Nintendo

Nintendo is facing intense scrutiny and has numerous questions to answer, and even with E3 the company may choose to deliberately not answer them all. Will Mario and Zelda both grace Wii U’s launch? How much will Wii U cost? Can Nintendo strike a balance to retain its casual Wii audience while also attracting the core Xbox/PlayStation demographic? It’s going to be a very interesting E3 for Nintendo. Here’s what the analysts had to say: Jesse Divnich, EEDAR Nintendo has the most... 

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IDL Goes Live

May 29, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
IDL Goes Live

The Internet has a cluster of superheroes ready to defend it, the Internet Defence League (IDL). The IDL was set up by protest group Fight for the Future following the recent outbreak of web site blackouts that were launched to protest against legislation like SOPA and PIPA. It offers web sites a way to show that they are always ready to defend the internet against attack. “The Internet Defense League takes the tactic that killed SOPA and PIPA and turns it into a permanent force for defending... 

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Will The ‘MSN’ Be Removed From The ‘MSNBC’?

May 29, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Will The ‘MSN’ Be Removed From The ‘MSNBC’?

NBCUniversal is engaging in discussions to buy out Microsoft Corp’s 50 percent stake in joint venture MSNBC.com, media reports said. NBCU parent Comcast Corp is conducting due diligence and the partnership with NBC News could be discontinued by this summer, said Adweek, which first reported the talks. “Discussions are taking place,” Amy Lynn, director of communications at NBC News, told the Wall Street Journal. The companies are likely to negotiate a deal ensuring that MSNBC.com... 

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Powerful “Flame” Virus Found In Iran

May 29, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Powerful “Flame” Virus Found In Iran

Security experts have uncovered a highly sophisticated computer virus in Iran and other Middle Eastern states that they believe was deployed at least five years ago to engage in state-sponsored cyber espionage. Evidence suggest that the virus, dubbed Flame, may have been built on behalf of the same nation or nations that commissioned the Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran’s nuclear program in 2010, according to Kaspersky Lab, the Russian cyber security software maker that claimed responsibility... 

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