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Ubuntu Goes 64-bit On ARM

April 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Ubuntu Goes 64-bit On ARM

Canonical has announced its latest milestone server release, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The company, which is better known for its open source Ubuntu Linux desktop operating system, has been supplying a server flavor of Ubuntu since 2006 that is being used by Netflix and Snapchat. Ubuntu 14.04 Long Term Support (LTS) claims to be the most interoperable Openstack implementation, designed to run across multiple environments using Icehouse, the latest iteration of Openstack. Canonical product manager Mark Baker... 

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Does Samsung Fingerprint Sensor Work?

April 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does Samsung Fingerprint Sensor Work?

Security experts from from Germany’s Security Research Labs have broken into Samsung’s fingerprint technology by taking a fingerprint smudge from the smartphone and creating a “wood glue dummy” finger with it. Apparently the S5 falls for the fault every time. The problem is because the scanner has such a high trust rating within the phone, it will also mean that any thief will have access to the owners PayPal account. Neither of these actions require an additional password to... 

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Did Mercury Experience Volcanism?

April 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Mercury Experience Volcanism?

Explosive volcanic eruptions apparently shaped Mercury’s surface for billions of years — a surprising finding, given that until recently scientists had thought the phenomenon was impossible on the sun-scorched planet. This discovery could shed new light on the origins of Mercury, investigators added. On Earth, explosive volcanic eruptions can lead to catastrophic damage, such as when Mount St. Helens detonated in 1980 in the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in U.S.... 

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Red Hat Goes Atomic

April 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Red Hat Goes Atomic

The Red Hat Summit kicked off in San Francisco on Tuesday, and continued today with a raft of announcements. Red Hat launched a new fork of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) with the title “Atomic Host”. The new version is stripped down to enable lightweight deployment of software containers. Although the mainline edition also support software containers, this lightweight version improves portability. This is part of a wider Red Hat initiative, Project Atomic, which also sees virtualisation... 

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MediaTek Shows Off New LTE SoC

April 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
MediaTek Shows Off New LTE SoC

MediaTek has shown off one of its most interesting SoC designs to date at the China Electronic Information Expo. The MT6595 was announced a while ago, but this is apparently the first time MediaTek showcased it in action. It is a big.LITTLE octa-core with integrated LTE support. It has four Cortex A17 cores backed by four Cortex A7 cores and it can hit 2.2GHz. The GPU of choice is the PowerVR G6200. It supports 2K4K video playback and recording, as well as H.265. It can deal with a 20-megapixel camera,... 

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Can Dwarf Planets Show The Patterns of Life?

April 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Dwarf Planets Show The Patterns of Life?

On March 26, researchers announced the discovery of 2012 VP133, an estimated 280-mile wide (450-kilometer) object that lies just beyond the Kuiper Belt of icy objects that swarm outside of Neptune’s orbit. The new object is nicknamed “Biden” after the vice-president of the United States, because both Joe Biden and 2012 VP133 are “VPs.” It is one of only two dwarf planets discovered beyond the Kuiper Belt, with Sedna (a decade ago) being the other one. The paper, “A... 

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Are Deep Discounts Good For Gaming?

April 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Deep Discounts Good For Gaming?

Double Fine has warned indies of the dangers of devaluing their products, citing its new publishing initiative as a way of protecting against that outcome. In an interview with USgamer, COO Justin Bailey expressed concern over the harmful side-effects of low price-points and deep discounting for indie games. By giving away too much for too little, he warned, indie developers could reach a similar situation as that found in the casual market. “I think what indies really need to watch out for... 

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Did Astronomers Find The Recipe For Stars?

April 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Astronomers Find The Recipe For Stars?

The formation of stars determines where new planetary systems can arise as well as the structure and evolution of galaxies. Learning more about star formation could help scientists understand the remaining mysteries about the birth of galaxies, including how the supermassive black holes at their hearts apparently originated so early in the universe’s history. A dearth of data on the way matter is distributed within star-forming clouds has limited the accuracy of star formation models. Now scientists... 

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Can Lasers Find Gravitional Waves?

April 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Lasers Find Gravitional Waves?

The ripples from violent cosmic collisions can be felt far across the universe, and thanks to a new, sensitive detector expected to start collecting data next year, scientists might be able to see evidence of those gravitational waves from Earth for the first time. When two neutron stars (remnants of supernova explosions) merge or when a black hole merges with a neutron star, the reverberations of the merger can extend throughout the cosmos. Light, however, only tells us so much. To learn more about... 

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Can Micro-Consoles Compete With True Gaming Consoles?

April 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Can Micro-Consoles Compete With True Gaming Consoles?

With Amazon’s Fire TV device the first out the door, the second wave of microconsoles has just kicked off. Amazon’s device will be joined in reasonably short order by one from Google, with an app-capable update of the Apple TV device also likely in the works. Who else will join the party is unclear; Sony’s Vita TV, quietly soft-launched in Japan last year, remains a potentially fascinating contender if it had the right messaging and services behind it, but for now it’s out... 

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Did Cisco Help The Chinese Government Snoop?

April 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Cisco Help The Chinese Government Snoop?

Cisco has been accused of helping the Chinese authorities snoop on, discriminate against and violently suppress the religious group Falun Gong. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has taken Cisco to task about this, and has filed a request to submit an amicus brief in a US District Court in California. It asks the court to let the case “Doe vs Cisco Systems” go ahead, telling it that the firm has aided China’s human rights abuses. “China’s record of human rights... 

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Does Facebook Want Its Own e-Currency?

April 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Does Facebook Want Its Own e-Currency?

Facebook wants to create an in-house digital currency system that its members can spend and trade on its website. The Irish Times reports that the Irish central bank has been approached by the social network and is rather close to approving its request. Those aims include the creation of Facebook currency that Facebook members will be able to use to pay for things within the social network and, presumably, its associated properties. “Facebook wants to become a utility in the developing world,... 

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Should Game Publishing Depend On Sales?

April 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Should Game Publishing Depend On Sales?

“Grey Goo is remarkable not for what it has added to the RTS formula, but what it has stripped away,” PC Gamer wrote in its reveal of Grey Goo, a new real-time strategy game from the veterans at Petroglyph. Perhaps the same could be said of Grey Goo’s recently formed publisher Grey Box, which is seeking to strip away the more negative aspects of game publishing. Suits and creatives typically will bump heads because the two sides are looking at the creation of games from wildly different... 

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Did Astronomers Find An Alien Moon?

April 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Astronomers Find An Alien Moon?

For the first time ever, astronomers may have spotted a moon circling an alien planet — though they’ll probably never know for sure exactly what they’ve found. A team of scientists detected a pair of faraway objects that could be a giant Jupiter-like alien planet and a rocky exomoon flying freely through space, or a small dim star hosting a planet about 18 times more massive than Earth. The astronomers used a technique called gravitational microlensing, watching what happens a big foreground... 

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Star Survives Supernova Explosion

April 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Star Survives Supernova Explosion

A lucky star somehow survived the explosive death of its stellar companion, new images reveal. The explosion, known as a supernova, would have been visible from Earth several thousand years ago. While the supernova remnant (called DEM L241) has been known since the 1970s, the companion star remained invisible until NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory recently examined the region. Scientists explained the hard-to-kill star’s supernova survival in a video. The surviving star’s days are... 

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