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Can DirectX-12 Give Mobile Gaming A Boost?

March 31, 2014 by   | Category: Gaming
Can DirectX-12 Give Mobile Gaming A Boost?

Microsoft announced DirectX 12 just a few days ago and for the first time Redmond’s API is relevant beyond the PC space. Some DirectX 12 tech will end up in phones and of course Windows tablets. Qualcomm likes the idea, along with Nvidia. Qualcomm published an blog post on the potential impact of DirectX 12 on the mobile industry and the takeaway is very positive indeed. DirectX 12 equals less overhead, more battery life Qualcomm says it has worked closely with Microsoft to optimise “Windows... 

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Some Philips Smart TVs are Vulnerable To Hacking

March 31, 2014 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Some Philips Smart TVs are Vulnerable To Hacking

The latest firmware in some Philips smart TV models opens an insecure Miracast wireless network, giving potential hackers located in the signal range to control the TV remotely and perform unauthorized actions. Researchers from Malta-based vulnerability research firm ReVuln recently published a video demonstration of what attackers can do after they connect to the insecure wireless networks of the affected Philips TVs. The potential attacks include: accessing the TV’s configuration files;... 

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Amazon Shoots Down Rumors Of Free TV Service

March 31, 2014 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon Shoots Down Rumors Of Free TV Service

Amazon.com Inc has no plan to provide a free streaming TV service, a spokeswoman said on Friday after a report that the online retailer might enter the streaming arena to challenge Netflix and Hulu. Speculation about Amazon’s plans for its TV service, including the possibility that it could launch its own streaming device, has increased ahead of a news conference in New York next week. The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the online retailer was considering a free, add-supported... 

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Intel Deepens Relationship With Altera

March 31, 2014 by   | Category: Computing
Intel Deepens Relationship With Altera

Technology gossip columns are full of news that Intel and Altera have expanded their relationship. Apparently, Altera has been Intel’s shoulder to cry on as the chip giant seeks to move beyond the declining PC market and the breakup of the Wintel alliance. Intel took the break up very hard and there was talk that Alteria might be just a rebound thing. Last year Intel announced that it would manufacture Altera’s ARM-based quad-core Stratix 10 processors, as part of its efforts to grow its... 

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nVidia Goes After Raspberry Pi With Jetson K1

March 31, 2014 by   | Category: Computing
nVidia Goes After Raspberry Pi With Jetson K1

nVidia has unveiled what it claims is “the world’s first mobile supercomputer”, a development kit powered by a Tegra K1 chip. Dubbed the Jetson TK1, the kit is built for embedded systems to aid the development of computers attempting to simulate human recognition of physical objects, such as robots and self-driving cars. Speaking at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) on Tuesday, Nvidia co-founder and CEO Jen Hsun Huang described it as “the world’s tiniest little supercomputer”,... 

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Microsoft Implements New Privacy Policies

March 31, 2014 by   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Implements New Privacy Policies

Microsoft Corp, under fire for accessing an employee’s private Hotmail account to prove he was illegally passing computer code to a blogger, has said it will now refer all suspicious activity on its email services to law enforcement. The decision, announced by head lawyer Brad Smith on Friday, reverses Microsoft’s initial reaction to complaints last week, when it laid out a plan to refer such cases to an unidentified former federal judge, and proceed to open a suspect email account only... 

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China To Strengthen Internet Security After U.S. Accused Of Spying

March 28, 2014 by   | Category: Around The Net
China To Strengthen Internet Security After U.S. Accused Of Spying

China will strengthen its internet security in response to recent reports that the U.S. government spied on a major telecommunications firm, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday. Reports that the U.S. National Security Agency accessed servers at the headquarters of Huawei Technologies Co. “lay bare the United States’s hypocrisy and despotic rule,” ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng told a briefing. “For a while now, some Americans have jabbered on and on, condemning Chinese... 

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Gameover Malware Targeting Job-Seekers Websites

March 28, 2014 by   | Category: Around The Net
Gameover Malware Targeting Job-Seekers Websites

A new version of the Gameover computer Trojan is targeting job hunters and recruiters by attempting to steal log-in credentials for Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com accounts. Gameover is one of several Trojan programs that are based on the infamous Zeus banking malware, whose source code was leaked on the Internet in 2011. Like Zeus, Gameover can steal log-in credentials and other sensitive information by injecting rogue Web forms into legitimate websites when accessed from infected computers. The... 

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Businesses Want More From IT, Dissatisfaction Grows

March 28, 2014 by   | Category: Computing
Businesses Want More From IT, Dissatisfaction Grows

Companies want to reduce spending on IT operations and infrastructure and shift resources to revenue-producing areas, according to two new studies. But businesses leaders and IT executives are also registering higher levels of dissatisfaction with IT as more demands are placed on technology. The reports, by the Hackett Group and McKinsey & Co., both agree that business executives want IT to do more to improve the bottom line while companies spend less on infrastructure in the process. The bad... 

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Tumblr Finally Goes Two-Factor Authentication

March 28, 2014 by   | Category: Around The Net
Tumblr Finally Goes Two-Factor Authentication

Tumblr has added two-factor authentication to its log-in system and recommended that people use it. The firm, which is now owned by Yahoo, introduced the feature in a blog post where it compared control of a blog to control of a nuclear weapons system or a blanket. Two-factor authentication improves your end security through adding in an extra layer. The example here is that users will log in with a password and back this up with a code generated on a mobile phone. “The smile of a loved one.... 

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nVidia’s Volta Coming After Pascal

March 28, 2014 by   | Category: Computing
nVidia’s Volta Coming After Pascal

Volta was previously supposed to follow in the footsteps of Maxwell, which is rolling out this year, at least this was the case last time we saw Nvidia’s roadmap. Things changed today at the Nvidia’s GPU technology conference, Jen Hsun Huang, the CEO of Nvidia just showed an updated roadmap with Pascal replacing the Maxwell architecture at some point in 2016. Volta is currently scheduled to come after Pascal, so definitely from late 2016 onwards. Nvidia told us that the Pascal got pulled... 

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Can Dark Energy Come From A Vacuum?

March 28, 2014 by   | Category: Around The Net
Can Dark Energy Come From A Vacuum?

The mysterious dark energy that’s driving the universe’s accelerated expansion may have its roots in the background “vacuum energy” that pervades all of the cosmos, a new study suggests. “What we think is happening is a dynamic effect of the quantum vacuum, a parameter that we can calculate,” co-author Joan Sola, of the University of Barcelona in Spain, said in a statement. “Nothing is more ‘full’ than the quantum vacuum since it is full of fluctuations... 

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Intel Acquires Health Band Maker Basis Science

March 27, 2014 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Intel Acquires Health Band Maker Basis Science

In another sign of the mainstream growth of wearable devices, Intel has purchased high-end health tracker maker Basis Science. The San Francisco-based startup developed the Basis band, hailed as an advanced health-tracking wristband. Intel did not disclose the terms of the deal, but said the trackers will still be sold and supported through existing channels. The chip maker said its strategy is to create wearable reference devices, SoCs (systems on a chip) and other technology platforms “ready... 

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Cloud Computing Rivalry Heats Up As Google Slashes Pricing

March 27, 2014 by   | Category: Computing
Cloud Computing Rivalry Heats Up As Google Slashes Pricing

Google Inc deeply discounted its cloud computing service prices on Tuesday, seeking to woo customers away from Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp in the fast-growing market of renting computers and data storage to companies. Price cuts range from 30 to 85 percent. Google’s Cloud Storage will cost 2.6 cents per gigabyte, about 68 percent lower for most customers. Google’s Compute Engine services will cost 32 percent less across all sizes, regions and classes. “The cost of virtualized... 

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Will SSD Pricing Fall Even More?

March 27, 2014 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will SSD Pricing Fall Even More?

SSD sales are growing like topsy and will increase even more in 2014 thanks to falling NAND flash prices, according to Transcend. Peter Shu, chairman of memory module maker Transcend Information expects the prices of SSDs are expected to decline another 20-30 per cent in 2014 after falling 30 per cent last year. Shu thinks that demand for 256GB SSDs will surge if their average price falls to below $100. Transcend has increased its SSD shipments to 100,000 units a month. Industrial and consumer models... 

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