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Will HTML5 Hide Web Exploits?

July 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will HTML5 Hide Web Exploits?

Some of the features introduced in HTML5 can be used to hide web-based exploits and help them evade security. Researchers from the University of Salerno and the Sapienza University of Rome in Italy have used three different techniques to obfuscate exploits like the ones usually used in drive-by download attacks. Functionality provided by HTML5 can be efficient for malware obfuscation, the Italians have proved. Modern security software can detect a big chunk of threats, but if they use some HTML5... 

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Will Intel’s Skylake Come To NUCs?

July 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel’s Skylake Come To NUCs?

Intel is expected to upgrade its Compute Stick and NUC solutions to Skylake processors starting October. ECS, Gigabyte, Asustek and ASRock are expected to launch related products. Sales for the Compute Stick and NUC have been rising and it appears that Intel sees gold in the mini PC segment’s potential. NUC s are seeing stable demand in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Europe. Intel is set to release solutions with its new Core m5/m3 processors codenamed Cedar City in the fourth... 

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In Spite Of Technical Issues Kepler Keeps Finding Planets

July 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
In Spite Of Technical Issues Kepler Keeps Finding Planets

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope continues to zero in on the first “alien Earth” despite being hobbled by a malfunction more than two years ago. Last Thursday (July 23), mission scientists announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, which they and NASA officials described as the most Earth-like exoplanet yet found. Kepler-452b circles a sunlike star at about the same distance Earth orbits the sun, but the alien world is about 60 percent wider than our home planet, so it’s... 

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Does Steam Have A Security Issue?

July 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Does Steam Have A Security Issue?

A security problem with the Steam gaming on-demand system means that players and their personal details are at risk. It is possible that one day we will report on which companies made it through the night without being hacked or without exposing their users. For now, though, the opposite is the norm and today we are reporting about a problem with gaming system Steam that, you guessed it, has dangled the personal details of punters within the reach of ne’er-do-wells. The news is not coming out... 

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Can OSX Make Macs Vulnerable To Rootkits?

July 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can OSX Make Macs Vulnerable To Rootkits?

The software genii at Apple have redesigned their OSX software to allow malware makers to make designer micro-software that can infect Macs with rootkits. Obviously the feature is one that Apple software experts designed specifically for malware writers, perhaps seeing them as an untapped market. The bug in the latest version of Apple’s OS X allows attackers root user privileges with a micro code which could be packed into a message. Security researcher Stefan Esser said that this was the security... 

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IBM Buys Compose Cloud Services Company

July 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Buys Compose Cloud Services Company

IBM has added another stick to its pile, picking up a company called Compose to increase its standing in the cloud database-as-a-service (DBaaS) market. The firm has come straight out with the news and explained how it expects to benefit. Compose, it said, offers a bountiful on-demand business and will let IBM roll out DBaaS offerings to a presumably hungry market. IBM has a big focus on the cloud and likes to see action around its Bluemix platform. IBM said that Compose is a player in the MongoDB,... 

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Will Oracle Make Money Off Android?

July 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Oracle Make Money Off Android?

Database outfit Oracle’s moves to try and copyright APIs appear to be part of an attempt for Oracle to make money on Android. Oracle has asked a U.S. judge for permission to update its copyright lawsuit against Google to include the Android which it claims contains its Java APIs. Oracle sued Google five years ago and is seeking roughly $1 billion in copyright claims if it manages to convince a court that its APIs are in Android it could up the damages by several billions. Oracle wrote in a... 

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Is Life Possible In A Binary System?

July 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Life Possible In A Binary System?

Planets can exist in multiple-star systems. Astronomers have even observed them. Take Kepler-47c, a planet five times the mass of the Earth, in a very Earth-like orbit. The only difference is instead of one star in the center of the system, it has two. So contact your local travel agent and you can recreate that iconic film moment — just don’t forget a space suit: Kepler-47c isn’t exactly capable of supporting life, since it’s most likely a gas giant. Astronomers don’t know... 

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Microsoft Set To Release Advanced Threat Analytics

July 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Set To Release Advanced Threat Analytics

Microsoft is very close to releasing Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) the security sure-up that it first announced three months ago. ATA, or MATA as we called it for our own small amusement, is the result of three months’ real world testing, and the culmination of enough user feedback to inform a final release. That final release will happen in August, which should give you plenty of time to get your head around it. Hmmm. Microsoft’s Advanced Threat Analytics seems like a very good idea focused... 

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Microsoft To Open Source Radio Code

July 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Microsoft To Open Source Radio Code

Microsoft has begun to open source some more of its code, this time for the Microsoft Research Software Radio (Sora). “We believe that a fully open source Sora will better support the research community for more scientific innovation,” said Kun Tan, a senior researcher on the Sora project team. Sora was created to combat the problem of creating software radio that could keep up with the hardware developments going on around it. The idea behind it is to run the radio off software on a... 

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HP Goes After Security In Smartwatches

July 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
HP Goes After Security In Smartwatches

HP has released a study suggesting that anyone who uses a smartwatch is offering their wrist to vagabonds, criminals and privacy probers. Blam! HP ain’t messing. “You got a smartwatch?” it says. “Then damn, son, you are in trouble!”* A report apparently straight outta HP finds that the smartwatch lets us all down by not doing encryption right, not considering privacy and using second rate authentication. In the current threat market, this would be a pretty much a full... 

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Astronomers Find Lopsided Ancient Galaxy

July 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Lopsided Ancient Galaxy

The mysterious smudges central to this new image are an ancient galaxy in the throes of formation — and for the first time scientists can glimpse its off-kilter structure. In the new image, researchers were able to make out the glow of ionized carbon (shown in red) in the process of assembling into a galaxy — called BDF 3299 — around 800 million years after the Big Bang. The carbon cloud is overlaid on another picture of the galaxy’s neighborhood, where you can tell the galaxy itself... 

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Samsung Targets 10nm FinFET

July 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Samsung Targets 10nm FinFET

Samsung has put 10nm FinFET in its roadmap to stop its customers migrating to TSMC. There were some rumours that Samsung may alter its schedule in order to prevent clients that might consider switching to 10nm chips from TSMC as that outfit is expected to skip the 14nm process and go straight to 10nm Kelvin Low from Samsung Foundry confirmed in a video posted on YouTube that Samsung has formally added 10nm FinFET into the process roadmap, for chip designers working in mobile, consumer or networking... 

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Is ARM Being Hurt By Apple?

July 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is ARM Being Hurt By Apple?

Investors in ARM are deeply worried about its close relationship to the fruity cargo cult Apple. ARM released its results which looked great, but investors were looking at its close ties to Jobs’ Mob which posted results which were disappointing. Shares dropped 3.1 per cent on the back of Apple’s results. Apple uses ARM’s processor designs in its range of iThings. It seems odd as ARMs Revenues rose 22 per cent to $17.5m for its second quarter, while pre-tax profits increased 32... 

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HP To Use Wind Power

July 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP To Use Wind Power

HP has proclaimed that it will buy 12 years of wind power from SunEdison and use it to run a new data centre in Texas. The firm’s embracing of the wind market follows similar commitments from Facebook, which is planning to run its newest centre, the fifth so far, on wind power alone. HP said that the 12-year purchase agreement will provide 112MW of wind power sourced from SunEdison and its nearby facilities. The company said that 112MW could power some 40,000 homes, and will save more than... 

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