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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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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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Microsoft Updates Office Online

April 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Updates Office Online

Microsoft is updating its Web-based Office Online suite, closing the features gap with the main Office 365 and Office 2013 suites installed on users’ devices. “We know you want features that allow you to move as seamlessly as possible between Office Online and the desktop,” wrote Kaberi Chowdhury, an Office Online technical product manager, in a blog post Monday. Improvements to Excel Online include the ability to insert new comments, edit and delete existing comments, and properly... 

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Intel Shows Off New Hybrid Laptop Geared Towards Schools

April 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Intel Shows Off New Hybrid Laptop Geared Towards Schools

Intel unveiled a laptop-tablet hybrid with Windows 8.1 for the education market, where Chromebooks and tablets are also vying for customers. The Intel Education 2-in-1 hybrid has a 10.1-inch screen that can detach from a keyboard base to turn into a tablet. Intel makes reference designs, which are then replicated by device makers and sold to educational institutions. The 2-in-1 has a quad-core Intel Atom processor Z3740D, which is based on the Bay Trail architecture. The battery lasts about eight... 

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IRS Missed Windows XP Deadline, To Pay Microsoft Millions

April 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IRS Missed Windows XP Deadline, To Pay Microsoft Millions

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirmed that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support, and will be shelling out Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. Microsoft terminated Windows XP support on Tuesday when it shipped the final public patches for the nearly-13-year-old operating system. Without patches for vulnerabilities discovered in the future, XP systems will be at risk from cyber criminals who hijack the machines and plant malware on them. During an IRS... 

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Kingston Goes HyperX

April 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Kingston Goes HyperX

Kingston’s HyperX division has announced the launch of new HyperX FURY memory lineup aimed at entry-level gamers which will replace the current HyperX blu memory lineup. With an asymmetric and aggressive heatspreader and offering automatic overclocking, the new HyperX FURY lineup should be perfect for those looking to build their own budget-oriented systems. To be available in 4GB and 8GB single modules as well as 8GB and 16GB kits, the new HyperX FURY is fully Plug and Play (PnP) and it automatically... 

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Can AMD’s A1 Challenge Intel’s Bay Trail?

April 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can AMD’s A1 Challenge Intel’s Bay Trail?

AMD has released its first “system in a socket” single accelerated processor unit (APU) that aims to reduce the cost of entry-level PCs. Based on the firm’s Kabini system on chip (SoC), the APU is named the “AM1 Platform”, combining most system functions into one chip, with the motherboard and APU together costing around between $39 and $59. Launched at the beginning of March and released today in North America, AMD’s AM1 Platform is aimed at markets where entry-level... 

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Are Cyber-crimes Taxing Security Vendors?

April 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Cyber-crimes Taxing Security Vendors?

A surge in cybercrime is forcing security vendors to release security updates every 40 minutes, according to security firm Symantec. Senior manager for Symantec Security Response, Orla Cox, reported the development during a briefing attended by The INQUIRER. “We’re seeing more sophisticated attacks than ever before and people want security,” she said. “Nowadays we are rolling out virus signature upgrades around every 40-50 minutes. They are rapid response upgrades that go... 

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Security Bug In OpenSSL Leaves Webservers Vulnerable

April 10, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Security Bug In OpenSSL Leaves Webservers Vulnerable

A critical security bug in OpenSSL that allows encrypted data to be stolen by hackers has been uncovered by researchers and is believed to have exposed millions to cyber spying. Dubbed Heartbleed, the bug was discoverd in a software library used in servers, operating systems and email and instant messaging systems and allows anyone to read the memory of systems using vulnerable versions of OpenSSL software. OpenSSL is an open source implementation of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer... 

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Intel Laying Off 1500, Shutting Costa Rican Operations

April 10, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Intel Laying Off 1500, Shutting Costa Rican Operations

Chipmaker Intel, grappling with a dwindling PC market, is shutting its assembly and test operation in Costa Rica and eliminating 1,500 jobs. The closure of the site, which is a significant contributor to Costa Rica’s exports, falls within a larger plan announced by the chipmaker earlier this year to cut spending as it attempts to grow beyond PCs into the mobile market. “It’s being closed and consolidated into our other operations throughout the world,” spokesman Chuck Mulloy... 

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Will Raspberry Pi Go Industrial computer This Summer?

April 10, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Raspberry Pi Go Industrial computer This Summer?

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is readying an industrial compute module that will go on sale in early summer. James Adams, director of hardware at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, said that the upcoming Raspberry Pi Compute Module is a complete Raspberry Pi system that fits it on a 67.6x30mm board. It is a computer within a computer that is aimed at the Raspberry Pi hobbyist market of people that want to build their own PCB. Less able designers will be treated to a separate Compute Module IO board. The... 

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Is AMD’s Graphic’s Push Paying Off?

April 9, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is AMD’s Graphic’s Push Paying Off?

It appears that AMD’s professional graphics push is finally starting to pay off. AMD’s graphics business is chugging along nicely, thanks to the success of Hawaii-based high-end cards, solid sales of rebranded mainstream cards, plenty of positive Mantle buzz and of course the cryptocurrency mining craze, which is winding down. However, AMD traditionally lags behind Nvidia in two particular market segments – mobile graphics and professional graphics. Nvidia still has a comfortable lead in both... 

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Will The IBM Lenovo Deal Get Approved?

April 9, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will The IBM Lenovo Deal Get Approved?

The U.S. Government will take a look at Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM’s server division due to concerns regarding the potential for international espionage. Bloomberg reported that IBM supplies server equipment to the Pentagon and that national security concerns have been raised. The inter-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) is set to investigate whether Chinese technology company Lenovo is a safe buyer for a company that builds products to process so much potentially... 

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