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Samsung 28-in 4K Monitor Drops To Less Than $600

April 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung 28-in 4K Monitor Drops To Less Than $600

The price of Samsung’s latest 28-inch 4K monitor has decreased by $100 to just under $600, which could be a precursor to 4K monitor prices further dropping as the technology goes mainstream. The price drop comes just under a month after Samsung announced the monitor — the U28D590D — for $699.99. Major retail sites taking orders for the new monitor at $599.99 include Amazon.com, where the product is currently out of stock, and Newegg, which will start shipping the product later... 

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AT&T Plans To Expand High-speed Fiber Network To 21 New Cities

April 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
AT&T Plans To Expand High-speed Fiber Network To 21 New Cities

AT&T Inc said on Monday it has plans to expand its ultra-fast fiber network and TV services to up to 21 U.S. cities, including Chicago and Atlanta. AT&T, which is competing against rivals such as Google Inc as well as cable companies with its fiber-based product, is considering providing broadband Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second and its U-verse television service in cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami. Before the company can enter these markets, it must make agreements... 

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Espionage Hacking On The Increase, According To Verizon Study

April 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Espionage Hacking On The Increase, According To Verizon Study

Hacking for espionage purposes is drastically rising, with groups or national governments from Eastern Europe playing a growing role, according to one of the most comprehensive annual studies of computer intrusions. Spying intrusions traced back to any country in 2013 were blamed on residents of China and other East Asian nations 49 percent of the time, but Eastern European countries, especially Russian-speaking nations, were the suspected launching site for 21 percent of breaches, Verizon Communications... 

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Alibaba Set To Offer Mobile Phone Service Beginning In May

April 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Alibaba Set To Offer Mobile Phone Service Beginning In May

Alibaba’s Tmall and Taobao sites already sell everything from clothes and furniture to car tires and medicines. But soon they’ll also be offering 3G data and voice call plans as well, according to the Chinese tech giant. User registration for mobile phone numbers will begin in May. Alibaba is among the Chinese companies that received a mobile virtual network operators license back in December. This allows them to resell wireless services from the nation’s state-controlled mobile... 

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Most Sites Have Fixed Heartbleed Flaw, Many Remain Exposed

April 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Most Sites Have Fixed Heartbleed Flaw, Many Remain Exposed

The world’s top 1,000 websites have been updated to protect their servers against the “Heartbleed” vulnerability, but up to 2% of the top million remained unprotected as of last week, according to a California security firm. On Thursday, Menifee, Calif.-based Sucuri Security scanned the top 1 million websites as ranked by Alexa Internet, a subsidiary of Amazon that collects Web traffic data. Of the top 1,000 Alexa sites, all were either immune or had been patched with the newest... 

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Mobile Payments Square In Trouble, Seeks Buyer

April 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mobile Payments Square In Trouble, Seeks Buyer

Square Inc has been having discussions with several rivals for a possible sale as the mobile payments startup hopes to stem widening losses and dwindling cash, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The company spoke to Google Inc earlier this year about a possible sale, the Journal reported, adding that it wasn’t clear whether the talks are continuing. Square, founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey, co-creator of Twitter Inc, will likely fetch billions of dollars... 

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NASA To Test Laser Communications System

April 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NASA To Test Laser Communications System

The SpaceX cargo spacecraft, which transport equipment needed for astronauts on the International Space Station to test optical laser communications, has big plans to test out the new concept. The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft’s scheduled launch last week was scrubbed because of a helium leak in the Falcon 9 rocket that will carry it aloft. Optical laser communications, also dubbed lasercom, is one of the emerging technologies that NASA is focused on trying out. With lasercom, data is transmitted... 

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AMD Not Chasing The Sub-$100 Tablet Market

April 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
AMD Not Chasing The Sub-$100 Tablet Market

Advanced Micro Devices doesn’t want its processors in low-end tablets, and is eager to avoid a battle with Intel or ARM, whose chips have driven tablet prices down to under $100. Growth in the tablet market is driven by low-end devices and Android, but AMD’s tablet strategy is driven by Windows and high-performance machines. So AMD’s avoidance of the low end of the market narrows options for people looking for name-brand chips in low-price machines. AMD chips are in just a handful... 

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Will Plastic Replace Silicon In Computers?

April 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Will Plastic Replace Silicon In Computers?

Can plastic materials morph into computers? A research breakthrough recently published brings such a possibility closer to reality. Researchers are looking at the possibility of making low-power, flexible and inexpensive computers out of plastic materials. Plastic is not normally a good conductive material. However, researchers said this week that they have solved a problem related to reading data. The research, which involved converting electricity from magnetic film to optics so data could be read... 

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Oracle Identifies Its Products Affected By Heartbleed, But No Estimates On Fixes

April 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Oracle Identifies Its Products Affected By Heartbleed, But No Estimates On Fixes

Oracle issued a comprehensive list of its software that may or may not be impacted by the OpenSSL (secure sockets layer) vulnerability known as Heartbleed, while warning that no fixes are yet available for some likely affected products. The list includes well over 100 products that appear to be in the clear, either because they never used the version of OpenSSL reported to be vulnerable to Heartbleed, or because they don’t use OpenSSL at all. However, Oracle is still investigating whether... 

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Lavaboom Offers New Encrypted Webmail Service

April 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Lavaboom Offers New Encrypted Webmail Service

A new webmail service named Lavaboom promises to provide easy-to-use email encryption without ever learning its users’ private encryption keys or message contents. Lavaboom, based in Germany and founded by Felix MA1/4ller-Irion, is named after Lavabit, the now defunct encrypted email provider believed to have been used by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Lavabit decided to shut down its operations in August in response to a U.S. government request for its SSL private key that would have... 

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AT&T To Offer Smartwatches This Year

April 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
AT&T To Offer Smartwatches This Year

Smartwatches for use on AT&T’s network will be out this year, so says one of the company’s executives. “I think you’ll see wide-area, high-bandwidth [smart]watches this year at some point,” said Glenn Lurie, president of emerging devices at AT&T, in an interview. The company has a group working in Austin, Texas, on thousands of wearable-device prototypes, and is also looking at certifying third-party devices for use on its network, Lurie said. “A majority... 

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Intel Looks To Android To Boost Tablet Business

April 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Intel Looks To Android To Boost Tablet Business

Its becoming more obvious lately that Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to make a dent in the tablet market, and with Windows struggling on those devices, Android is where it’s at. Intel hopes to see its processors used in 40 million tablets this year, and 80% to 90% of those will be running Google’s Android OS, CEO Brian Krzanich said on Tuesday. “Our mix of OSes reflects pretty much what you see in the marketplace,” Krzanich... 

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Google Glass One Day Sale Proves Successful

April 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Glass One Day Sale Proves Successful

Google’s one-day sale of Google Glass appears to have been a success with all units sold out, a blog post by the technology titan suggests. “All spots in the Explorer Program have been claimed for now, but if you missed it this time, don’t worry,” the Google Glass team wrote on its blog on Wednesday. “We’ll be trying new ways to expand the Explorer program in the future.” Google did not respond to a request for more information, but an earlier post about... 

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Reddit Going After More Users, Advertisers With New Feature

April 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Reddit Going After More Users, Advertisers With New Feature

Reddit, a website with a retro-’90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As, is trying to attract even more followers, and advertising, by allowing members of its passionate community to post their own news more quickly and easily. Reddit, majority owned by Conde Nast parent Advanced Publications, last month unveiled a new feature that lets users of the nine-year-old site post live updates, allowing them to report in real time. The live updates... 

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