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Microsoft Appears To Be Beefing Up Azure

February 12, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Appears To Be Beefing Up Azure

Microsoft beefed up its Azure Stack cloud platform, just a week after releasing the first Technical Preview of the hybrid cloud enabler. Microsoft’s Azure Stack offers the same capabilities as the firm’s Azure public cloud but delivered from a customer’s own infrastructure. The thinking behind this is that greater consistency between the private and public cloud platforms will make it easier for enterprises to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy. Microsoft has now made extra capabilities... 

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AlienSpy RAT Capturing Many Victims

February 12, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AlienSpy RAT Capturing Many Victims

Kaspersky Lab has warned of a new remote access trojan (RAT) malware-as-a-service problem called AlienSpy, or Adwind. The warning was issued at a security show in Tenerife, so we are blaming the name on sangria and sun. There are some other names that it goes by, including Frutas, Unrecom, Sockrat, JSocket and jRat, so take your pick. We are not currently in Tenerife, but we have access to the report. Kaspersky said that the attack has bagged over 400,000 victims, and in a very bad way indeed. This... 

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ARM Profits Not Impacted By iPhone Slump

February 12, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
ARM Profits Not Impacted By iPhone Slump

Chip-designer ARM appears to have shrugged off a slump in smartphone sales that damaged everyone, even Apple and is reporting profits up 17 per cent on last year. The UK outfit said net profit for the three months to December 31 rose to $132.7 million. Pretax profit adjusted for exceptional items rose 17 per cent year-on-year to $201.16 million, slightly higher than what analysts predicted. Revenue, also adjusted, in dollar terms rose 14 per cent to $407.9 million, higher than a forecast of $402.5... 

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Google Sinks Teeth Deeper Into Virtual Reality

February 11, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Google Sinks Teeth Deeper Into Virtual Reality

Google is researching into a more virtual realtiy technology which will probably just end up in the beta stage before the search engine gives up on the whole project. Google is apparently developing a new virtual-reality headset for smartphones, and adding extra support for the technology to Android in a cunning plan to give Oculus a run for its money. We are not holding our breath, we keep getting announcements like this from Google and they always turn to be vapourware like Google Glass.. Anyway... 

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Are 3D TVs Dead Again?

February 11, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Are 3D TVs Dead Again?

It is looking like 3D technology is dead in the water with both Samsung and LG phasing it out in new TVs. This confirms what we noticed at CES where there were few people even showing 3D as a feature and one of them was LG. Speaking to ET News in Korea, an LG representative stated that only its premium sets this year will be 3D capable, slashing the number of supporting TVs by half. “Although 40 per cent of all TVs last year had 3D functions, only 20 per cent this year will. There are still... 

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Oracle Issues An Emergency Patch For Java

February 11, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Issues An Emergency Patch For Java

Oracle has bestowed the gift of an out-of-band security patch on its customers following problems with Java and Windows. You should manage the passage of Security Alert CVE-2016-0603 with some urgency. Oracle gave this to you over the weekend, but the weekend is the weekend and no-one expects out-of-band patches anyway. An Oracler called Eric Maurice is the giver of the bad news, depending on how you approach security updates, saying that application of the patch will prevent vulnerabilities with... 

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Will Nintendo Get Into Virtual Reality Gaming?

February 10, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Nintendo Get Into Virtual Reality Gaming?

Nintendo’s earnings report and briefing earlier this week were a bit of a damp squib for anyone hoping for more information on the company’s future plans; on NX and on smartphone games alike, the company remained utterly silent. We found out that you’ll be able to pre-register for the Miitomo smartphone app on the 17th of February, with the app itself to launch in March, but you’d have to be a truly ardent follower of Nintendo’s fortunes for that to create more than... 

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Another Security Flaw Discovered In iPhones and iPads

February 10, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Another Security Flaw Discovered In iPhones and iPads

Researchers have found an authentication bypass-sized hole in iPhones and iPads running iOS 8 and iOS 9. This threat is real people, there is a video of it and documentation available online. It’s all pretty technical but the upshot is the vulnerability lets an attacker bypass the lockscreen on handsets running iOS 8 and iOS 9. “An application update loop that results in a pass code bypass vulnerability has been discovered in the official Apple iOS (iPhone5&6 / iPad2) v8.x, v9.0,... 

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Samsung 4K Blu-ray Players Already Hit The Streets

February 10, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Samsung 4K Blu-ray Players Already Hit The Streets

According to a post by USA Today, the Los Angeles area retailer began selling the Samsung UBDK8500 on February 5th for $397.99. The device is available in-store only, so we are expecting locals to rush in over the weekend and grab the player quickly as retailers are not expected to begin selling them for another few weeks. In January, we wrote that Samsung’s UBDK8500 would begin arriving early to New York City-based Internet retailer B&H Photo Video as well as Crutchfield.com. Both sites are... 

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Is Mozilla Dropping Smartphones For IoT?

February 9, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Mozilla Dropping Smartphones For IoT?

The Mozilla Foundation has confirmed details of its shift in strategy for Firefox OS which will see it abandon future phone development in favour of using the software as (yet another) IoT platform. In an announcement to the developer community by John Bernard, director of collaboration for Connected Devices at Mozilla, and George Roter, head of core contributors, it was confirmed that Firefox OS for smartphones will be canned at version 2.6. “The circumstances of multiple established operating... 

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Will Intel Start Tunneling Transistors?

February 9, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel Start Tunneling Transistors?

Intel is looking at tunneling transistors and spintronics and slowly rejecting the need for speed. According to the Intel’s William Holt, who leads the company’s technology and manufacturing group, Intel will soon have to start using fundamentally new technologies. He named tunnelling transistors and spintronics as good candidates, but both would require changes in how chips are designed and manufactured, and would likely be used alongside silicon transistors. Holt said that the technology... 

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Dell Appears To Be Taking Security To The BIOS Level

February 9, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Dell Appears To Be Taking Security To The BIOS Level

Grey tin box shifter Dell wants to beef up security on its business laptops and PCs by introducing a new tool which helps to protect the BIOS from malware. Attacks like this are rare and hard for software security to handle. Even wiping your harddrive and reinstalling software will not fix them. Dell has introduced this new tool which makes a copy of the clean BIOS which is kept in the cloud, and compares it with snapshot with the machine’s BIOS every time it boots. If something’s been... 

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Is Intel Making Strides In The IoT Arena?

February 8, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Intel Making Strides In The IoT Arena?

Intel has released its annual report for 2015-16 and it contains some surprising stats. The company has always peppered its report with juicy numbers which give us a good snapshot of the state of all the things it controls, and this year is no exception. Looking at Intel’s figures also gives us a snapshot of what the industry looks like at a wider level. Intel CIO Kim Stevenson said: “Looking ahead, I see extraordinary opportunities for IT leaders in every industry to contribute their... 

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Will ARM Servers Get Google Support?

February 8, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will ARM Servers Get Google Support?

Google is set to announce that it is working with Qualcomm to design servers based on ARM processors, in a move which could give the British chip designer some street cred in the data centre market. Google is apparently going public with its backing for Qualcomm’s chips at an investor meeting next week. It is saying that if the chips meet certain performance goals, Google will commit to using them. It is too early to say if this is going to be the sort of support to ARM and snub to Intel that... 

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Alien Megastructure Mysteries May Remain A Secret

February 8, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Alien Megastructure Mysteries May Remain A Secret

It’s looking less likely that a swarm of comets or an “alien megastructure” can explain a faraway star’s strange dimming. The star (nicknamed “Tabby’s Star,” after its discoverer, Tabetha Boyajian) made major headlines last October when Jason Wright, an astronomer at Pennsylvania State University, suggested that it could be surrounded by some type of alien megastructure. A more likely idea — one that’s far less exciting — is that the star is orbited... 

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