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Analysts Believes iPad Mini Will Cannibalize iPad Sales

October 31, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Analysts Believes iPad Mini Will Cannibalize iPad Sales

Apple’s less expensive iPad Mini will significantly cannibalize sales of the company’s full-sized iPad, with up to half of customers opting for the smaller tablet, an analyst argued today. Most experts have estimated the iPad Mini’s cannibalization rate at between 10% and 20%, but Sameer Singh of Tech-Thought came up with a number around 50% after pulling sales data from the recent Apple-Samsung patent infringement court case. Apple launched the 7.9-in. iPad Mini last week at prices... 

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Islamic Hackers Go After Lottery Site

October 31, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Islamic Hackers Go After Lottery Site

Hackers have attacked the French Euromillions lottery website, posting a passage from the Koran. The hackers posted a warning people to stop gambling and drinking alcohol in both Arabic and French, with “wine” and “games of chance” described as the “work of the devil”. The group calls itself the “Morrocanghosts” and the attack said that drinking and gambling would “sow hatred between yourselves and turn you away from God and prayer”. Given a choice between wine and god, the... 

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Sandy Forces Internet Hubs To Run On Generator Power

October 31, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Sandy Forces Internet Hubs To Run On Generator Power

Two monolithic buildings in lower Manhattan that serve as major network hubs for the U.S. are running on generator power, thanks to the superstorm Sandy. The buildings, known as carrier hotels, are a 2.9 million square foot structure at 111 8th Ave., and a 1.8 million square foot facility at 60 Hudson St. Telecom companies use carrier hotels to interconnect networks to allow data sharing and users of one network to connect with those of another. Thus, the two buildings are critical to the nation’s... 

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Microsoft Says 4M Windows 8 Upgrades Since Friday

October 31, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Says 4M Windows 8 Upgrades Since Friday

Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Tuesday the company has sold 4 million upgrades to Windows 8, which seems to indicate a strong start for its new operating system which launched  last week, on Friday. Ballmer, speaking at a meeting for software developers at Microsoft’s headquarters near Seattle, said hundreds of millions of Windows systems would be sold over the next year, and the company was seeing strong interest from the business community as well. Ballmer already... 

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Will The PS3 Hack Have Grave Repercussions?

October 31, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will The PS3 Hack Have Grave Repercussions?

News of yet another PlayStation 3 hack is unlikely to be greeted with too much surprise, but the damage wrought by the release of the LV0 bootloader keys last week could have serious repercussions – not just in terms of PS3 piracy but also for the long-term security of the PlayStation Network. Up until now, Sony has coped relatively well with the multiple breaches of its security that have occurred over the last couple of years. The original PSJailbreak was built around an exploit in the USB... 

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Amazon Goes To Court

October 31, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Goes To Court

Amazon is suing Daniel Powers, its ex VP in charge of global sales for Amazon Web Services because he joined Google in a cloud role. Taking the new job, asserts Amazon, violates Powers’ non-compete agreement with Amazon, which let Powers go this summer with a reasonable severance package. There is a risk that Powers could take important information that he learned about the Amazon web services business to its rival, Google, and that is what the firm is seeking to stop. According to Geekwire... 

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IBM Wants To Replace Silicon With Carbon Nanotubes In Computer Chips

October 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM Wants To Replace Silicon With Carbon Nanotubes In Computer Chips

IBM has reached a milestone in its attempt to develop a successor to silicon computer chips. The company said Sunday its research into semiconductors based on carbon nanotubes, or CNTs, has yielded a new method to accurately place them on wafers in large numbers. The technology is viewed as one way to keep shrinking chip sizes once current silicon-based technology hits its limit. IBM said it has developed a way to place over 10,000 transistors made from CNTs on a single chip, two magnitudes higher... 

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Can DRAM Be Save By Windows 8?

October 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can DRAM Be Save By Windows 8?

Microsoft’s roll-out of Windows 8 is not expected to generate a significant increase in DRAM shipments, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli. Other operating system roll outs have pushed up the demand for DRAM, and some had hoped that it would save the battered industry. However while iSuppli thinks that Global DRAM bit shipments are expected to increase by eight percent in the fourth quarter compared to the third quarter, this is much lower than previous Windows roll outs. In the... 

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PayPal Cutting Jobs As It Reorganizes

October 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
PayPal Cutting Jobs As It Reorganizes

PayPal is handing out pink slips to approximately 325 employees as part of a major reorganization by its new president, David Marcus, designed to regain an innovative edge and head off rising competition. PayPal, the online payment pioneer owned by eBay Inc, said on Monday the full-time jobs would be eliminated as it combines nine product-development groups into one. The company is also cutting about 120 contractors. EBay will take a $15 million pretax restructuring charge in the fourth quarter related... 

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Microsoft Says Windows 8 Demand Outpacing Windows 7

October 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Says Windows 8 Demand Outpacing Windows 7

Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Monday demand for the company’s new Windows 8 operating system, that went on sale last Friday, was running at a higher rate than its last release, Windows 7. “We’re seeing preliminary demand well above where we were with Windows 7, which is gratifying,” Ballmer said at an event launching new Windows phones. Windows 7 is the best-selling version of Windows so far, selling more than 670 million licenses in three years since... 

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Are High-End ARM Servers On The Horizon

October 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are High-End ARM Servers On The Horizon

Nvidia believes that ARM based processors won’t be ready for high performance server applications for at least two years. Nvidia is itself an ARM chip licensee that has seen significant design wins with its Tegra 3 system-on-chip (SoC) processor, however the firm doesn’t see ARM based servers being able to do heavy lifting in server tasks for two years. Sumit Gupta, GM of Nvidia’s Tesla Accelerated Computing business unit said that even with GPGPUs, ARM based servers are not yet... 

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Astronomers Find Life In Life In Zombie Planet

October 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Life In Life In Zombie Planet

An enormous alien planet that some astronomers thought was dead and buried has come back to life, a new study suggests. A new analysis of observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope found that the bright nearby star Fomalhaut does indeed host a huge exoplanet, which scientists dubbed a “zombie” world in an aptly Halloween-themed video on the alien planet. This conclusion contradicts other recent studies, which determined that the so-called planet — known as Fomalhaut b —... 

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Tech CEOs Warming Up For Holiday Tablet Wars

October 29, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Tech CEOs Warming Up For Holiday Tablet Wars

The biggest names in consumer technology, smacked by a string of disappointing quarterly results this month, are gearing up for what appears to be the fiercest holiday battle in years. Investors and consumers have already largely written off flaccid quarterly numbers from tech behemoths like Microsoft, Apple, Google and Amazon. What counts is the next 60 days, when the biggest names in technology do battle at a near-unprecedented scale and pace. Just last Thursday, Amazon compared its Kindle Fire... 

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Minecraft Top Game On The Xbox 360

October 29, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Minecraft Top Game On The Xbox 360

Here is some news that many are going to find a bit amusing. Minecraft on the Xbox 360 is getting more hours of play than Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 or FIFA 13. Worldwide activity for the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft is king when it comes to hours played. With this news, Minecraft for Xbox 360 becomes the first Xbox Live Arcade title to take the top spot. While no one is talking exact numbers, we know that the Xbox 360 version of the game has sold over 4 million copies. Some of the recent activity... 

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Casio Unveils $2,500 Android Scanner-Tablet

October 29, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Casio Unveils $2,500 Android Scanner-Tablet

Casio is preparing to roll out a new Android tablet for enterprise customers that acts as a personal scanner. The company’s new Paper Writer line has a camera that faces downward in front of the screen, to take images of documents placed in front of the device. The tablet has special software for character recognition that works on hand-written notes, and can recognize symbols such as asterisks and dollar signs as tags for where to save digitized documents. Notes to be scanned are strapped... 

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