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Is McAfee Right About Google?

August 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is McAfee Right About Google?

Security software expert and on-the-run murder suspect, John McAfee has taken time from his busy schedule to warn the world about the perils of Googling. McAfee has called upon people to resist Google to protect their privacy saying that the search engine appears to believe that if people have nothing to hide they have nothing to fear. “If everybody knew everything about everybody else, what would human behaviour become? You need to think this through,” he said. He said that people could... 

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Windows ‘Threshold’ To Debut In Coming Weeks

August 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Windows ‘Threshold’ To Debut In Coming Weeks

Microsoft will unveil a preview of “Threshold,” the current code name for Windows 8′s successor, as soon as next month, according to an online report on Monday. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, citing unnamed sources, said that Microsoft will deliver a “technical preview” of Threshold late in September or early in October. Previously, Foley had reported that Microsoft would offer a preview of some kind this fall. Threshold may be officially named “Windows 9″... 

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Applied Materials Profits Up

August 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Applied Materials Profits Up

Chip-equipment maker Applied Materials has surprised most of the cocaine nose jobs of Wall Street with a better-than-expected third-quarter profit. It appears that contract manufacturers are spending more on technology used to make smartphone and memory chips. The company also forecast current-quarter adjusted profit largely above analysts’ average estimate. Chief Executive Gary Dickerson said that demand for DRAM chips is expected to grow in the current quarter. Applied Materials, which also... 

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Are SSD Prices Finally Falling?

August 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are SSD Prices Finally Falling?

OCZ is launching a brand-new series of solid state drives today, targeted squarely at budget-conscious, mainstream consumers and significantly drops the cost of SSDs. The move which is seen as being forced on the company by Intel’s own price cuts mean a change in OCZ’s strategy. Last month Intel announced the specs and pricing of its next-generation X25-M drives. Intel will sell a 80GB drive to sell for $225 and the 160GB drive to sell for $440. The move meant that OCZ, whose cheapest high... 

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nVidia Refreshes Quadro Line

August 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
nVidia Refreshes Quadro Line

Nvidia has revamped its Quadro professional graphics line-up with a total of five new cards, two of which are based on the company’s latest Maxwell architecture. The new cards should start shipping in September. Nvidia has not released any pricing info so far. Maxwell goes Quadro The first new card is the Quadro K420, a Kepler-based card with 192 CUDA  cores clocked at 780MHz. It features 1GB of DDR3 memory on a 128-bit bus, clocked at 1.8GHz. The card has a TDP of 41W and it churns out 0.3TFLOPs. The... 

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IBM Closes Lighthouse Acquisition

August 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Closes Lighthouse Acquisition

IBM has completed its acquisition of longtime partner Lighthouse Security Group. The company, which specializes in security for cloud based data, joins Crossideas that IBM bought at the end of last month. The move is part of an expansion of IBM’s enterprise security services, which will see products from the two firms merged into IBM’s portfolio. The combined business will include Lighthouse Gateway as well as IBM’s own IAM service to create a suite of identity focused security... 

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Is Absolute Computrace Spying On You?

August 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Absolute Computrace Spying On You?

Absolute Computrace, which is embedded in the BIOS, of a large chunk of PCs could be a security nightmare according to research from Kaspersky labs. The software allows companies to track and secure all of their PCs from a single cloud-based console, but Kaspersky claims that it runs without user-consent, persistently activates itself at system boot, and can be exploited to perform various attacks and to take complete control of an affected machine. Vitaly Kamluk and Sergey Belov along with Annibal... 

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AMD Confirms Custom ARM Server Processors

August 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Confirms Custom ARM Server Processors

As we expected AMD will make custom ARM server chips for customers, much as it made custom chips for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles. According to Sean White, an engineer at AMD, during a presentation at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, California, his outfit will consider customizing its 64-bit ARM server processor to meet specific customer needs as a market for the new type of servers evolves, and the company gets better visibility of usage models. ARM chips are unproven in servers... 

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Study Finds Firmware Vulnerable To Hacking

August 13, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Study Finds Firmware Vulnerable To Hacking

The first massive analysis of a fundamental type of software known as firmware has unveiled poor security practices that could present opportunities for hackers probing the “Internet of Things.” Firmware is a type of software that manages interactions between higher-level software and the underlying hardware, though it can sometimes be the only software on a device. It’s found on all kinds of computer hardware, though the study focused on embedded systems such as printers, routers... 

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SanDisk Goes USB Plug And Stay

August 13, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
SanDisk Goes USB Plug And Stay

SanDisk has announced its latest entry to the consumer flash storage drive market. The Sandisk Ultra Fit is a small USB 3.0 flash drive designed to be “plug and stay”, providing expanded storage to existing devices including laptops, games consoles, home entertainment systems and even car stereos. The drive is about the same size as a small Bluetooth adapter, and compares to the USB 2.0 Sandisk Cruzer Fit launched last year. Sandisk claims it is capable of transferring a movie in 40 seconds... 

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Intel Considers ARM As Its Biggest Competitor

August 13, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Considers ARM As Its Biggest Competitor

Intel said it is watching closely its “biggest competitor” after the Tame Apple Press released a daft story about Apple replacing all its Intel chips with Arm. Dylan Larson, ?director for Intel’s Xeon product marketing, told a workshop in Intel’s Hillsboro campus in Oregon that Intel was keeping a close eye on Arm which it sees as its biggest rival. He said the chip maker needs to do more in the mobile devices segment to increase its foothold as Internet of Things gathers momentum. Intel... 

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Kaspersky Discovers Epic Turla Exploiting Windows XP Flaw

August 13, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Kaspersky Discovers Epic Turla Exploiting Windows XP Flaw

Kaspersky Lab has discovered an espionage network that successfully attacked government institutions, intelligence agencies and European companies. The firm has dubbed the spy operation Epic Turla, and said that it is in no doubt about its capabilities. “Over the last 10 months, Kaspersky Lab researchers have analysed a massive cyber-espionage operation which we call ‘Epic Turla’,” it said. “The attackers behind Epic Turla have infected several hundred computers in more... 

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Experts Calling On The Government To Act Against Cyber Threats

August 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Experts Calling On The Government To Act Against Cyber Threats

Alarmed by the frequency of cyber threats around the world and across industries, a growing number of security experts see aggressive government action as the best hope for averting disaster. Even though some experts are outraged by the extent of U.S. Internet spying exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, they are even more concerned about technologically sophisticated enemies using malware to sabotage utilities, wipe out data stored on computer drives, and steal defense and trade secrets. Such... 

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Is Snapdragon A Security Flaw With Android?

August 12, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Snapdragon A Security Flaw With Android?

Security researcher Dan Rosenberg has told a Black Hat conference how it is possible to permanently unlock the bootloader on Android phones – provided they use a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. Rosenberg said that the flaw is in ARM’s TrustZone technology, which runs a trusted operating system and another for normal apps. This is supposed to improve device security, but in Qualcomm’s implementation, they cocked it up. It means that if a hacker gets access to the trusted operation part of the chip,... 

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OpenSSL Gets Post-Heartbleed Updates

August 12, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
OpenSSL Gets Post-Heartbleed Updates

OPENSSL, the web security layer at the center of the Heartbleed vulnerability, has been issued with a further nine critical patches. While none are as serious as Heartbleed, patching is recommended for all users according to an advisory released today. The vulnerabilities stem from various security research teams around the web including Google, Logmein and Codenomicom, based on their reports during June and July of this year. Among the more interesting fixes involves a flaw in the ClientHello... 

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