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Qualcomm Has No Plans To Split

July 6, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Has No Plans To Split

US chipmaker Qualcomm has told the world that it will not be dumping its “essentially useless chip making” business. Hedge fund Jana Partners said in April that Qualcomm would make a pile more dosh if it just stuck to being a patent troll and stopped trying to flog “essentially worthless” chips. Apparently Qualcomm thought about it. Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs the idea has been talked about for a long time, but came to the conclusion that the status quo contained a lot... 

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Will Cortana Impact Windows 10 Battery Life?

July 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Cortana Impact Windows 10 Battery Life?

It is just over a month until Microsoft introduces Windows 10, and as you should know by now, Cortana is one of the key elements of the new OS. Cortana always listens in order to hear its name and be a smart digital assistant. This is Microsoft answer to Siri and Google Now that is making its way to Windows 10. Unfortunately, this will affect your notebook battery life. We have spoken with a few industry sources and we can definitely confirm that Windows 10 with enabled Cortana will have an impact... 

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Can Alien Planets Have Makeovers?

July 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can Alien Planets Have Makeovers?

Astronomers may have discovered an exoplanet that has found the elixir to planetary youth, knocking billions of years off its age. Until now, stellar rejuvenation has been pure conjecture, but after studying a white dwarf star called PG 0010+280, it turns out that one very interesting explanation for an excess in detected infrared radiation may be down to the presence of an exoplanet that was given a facelift. White dwarf stars are the remnant husks of stars that have died. Eventually, when a star... 

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Will nVidia’s Quadro Debut In August?

July 1, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will nVidia’s Quadro Debut In August?

Nvidia appears to be readying new members of its professional Quadro range of graphics cards in time for the August SIGGRAPH 2015 event. According to VideoCardz the latest Nvidia graphics driver for the Quadro range of graphics cards includes a telltale text string revealing Nvidia’s dark satanic intension. The new driver adds support for: NVIDIA_DEV.13F0.1152.103C = “NVIDIA Quadro M5000″ NVIDIA_DEV.13F1.1153.103C = “NVIDIA Quadro M4000″ NVIDIA_DEV.13F2= “NVIDIA... 

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Will nVidia Drop Its Prices?

June 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will nVidia Drop Its Prices?

Nvidia is about to release a range of price cuts in a bid to see off AMD in the longer term. While the price cuts have already happened in the US, in the EU Nvidia’s GTX 980, GTX 980Ti and Titan X are still kept high  because people were buying them at the prices the Green Goblin was asking. In the US where competition between AMD and Nvidia is tighter, the prices dropped by 10 per cent. Ironically since Europeans are more loyal to Nvidia in the high-end graphics cards market the outfit decided... 

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Cisco Warns Of Bug In Virtual App

June 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Cisco Warns Of Bug In Virtual App

Cisco has warned of a default Secure Shell vulnerability in three of its virtual applications. The flaw could allow attackers to decrypt traffic exchanged in the services, and has been detailed in a Cisco security advisory. It affects Cisco’s Web Security Virtual Appliance (SMAv), Email Security Virtual Appliance and Security Management Virtual Appliance, which are already commercially available. Cisco said that it “is not aware of any public announcements or malicious use of the vulnerabilities”,... 

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RedHat Goes PaaS With Linux

June 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
RedHat Goes PaaS With Linux

Red Hat has announced the release of OpenShift Enterprise (OSE) 3, a new version of its Platform-as-a-Service offering. Based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)7, Openshift is built on Docker Linux containers with Kubernetes orchestration using technology developed in collaboration with Google. The news comes in a busy week for Red Hat, which has also announced a new productivity tie-up with Samsung and taken a leading role in the formation of a new alliance known as the Open Container Project... 

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Samsung To Stop Disabling Windows Updates On PCs, Tablets

June 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Samsung To Stop Disabling Windows Updates On PCs, Tablets

Samsung agreed to stop disabling Windows Update on its PCs and tablets, bowing to a chorus of complaints — including Microsoft’s — that it had interfered with the way users intended the patch service to work on their devices. “We will be issuing a patch through the Samsung Software Update notification process to revert back to the recommended automatic Windows Update settings within a few days,” a Samsung spokesperson said in an emailed statement Friday afternoon. Samsung’s... 

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IBM Partners With Box

June 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Partners With Box

IBM and BOX have signed a global agreement to combine their strengths into a cloud powerhouse. The star-crossed ones said in a joint statement: “The integration of IBM and Box technologies, combined with our global cloud capabilities and the ability to enrich content with analytics, will help unlock actionable insights for use across the enterprise.” Box will bring its collaboration and productivity tools to the party, while IBM brings social, analytic, infrastructure and security services. The... 

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Honeywell Teams Up With Intel For IoT Security

June 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Honeywell Teams Up With Intel For IoT Security

Honeywell has teamed with Intel Security to help bolster protection against hackers looking to tap into critical industrial infrastructure and Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the connected home. Honeywell’s Process Solutions (HPS) division announced on Thursday that it is integrating Intel Security’s McAfee technologies with its Industrial Cyber Security Solutions (ICSS) so that thermostat customers are better secured against threats from malware targeting IoT devices that could... 

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AMD’s Quantum Has Intel Inside

June 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD’s Quantum Has Intel Inside

AMD’s Project Quantum PC system, with graphics powered by two of the new Fiji GPUs may have got the pundits moist but it has been discovered that the beast has Intel inside KitGuru confirmed that the powerful tiny system, as shown at AMD’s own event, was based upon an Asrock Z97E-ITX/ac motherboard with an Intel Core i7-4790K ‘Devil’s Canyon’ processor. Now AMD has made a statement to explain why it chose to employ a CPU from one of its competitor in what is a flagship... 

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Seagate Goes OneDrive

June 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Seagate Goes OneDrive

Seagate has announced a tie-up with Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud service, offering users of Seagate Backup Plus drives 200GB of cloud storage for two years after redemption. The offer is redeemable via the bundled Seagate Dashboard app, which also includes an interface to back up to OneDrive as well as Dropbox and Google Drive. Seagate has also announced a new version of its 4TB Backup Plus drive, superseding the previous two-platter behemoth with a 20.5mm single-platter version. This will be... 

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Cyber Criminals Find Financial Industry Most Lucrative

June 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Cyber Criminals Find Financial Industry Most Lucrative

Banks, Stocker Brokerages and credit card firms are becoming more desirable to money-hungry cyber crooks whose fraudulent operations now account for 300 percent more attacks than any other industry. That’s according to the latest Finance Industry Drill Down report by security firm Websense, which says that because of the value at stake in compromising hosts in the finance sector, criminals are spending “a tremendous amount of time” on the investigation and lure stages of attacks. This... 

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Freescales Debuts Linux SoC

June 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Freescales Debuts Linux SoC

Freescale has been showing off its two Linux-ready, 28nm i.MX7 SoCs. Based around the Cortex-A7 cores and Cortex-M4 MCUs, the pair have lower power consumption than the predecessor the i.MX6. The single-core, 800MHz i.MX7 Solo (i.MX7S) and dual-core, 1GHz i.MX7 Dual (i.MX7D) are the first use the Cortex-A7. The reduced power consumption has happened at the expense of a performance reduction. The up-to-1GHz Cortex-A7 cores are slower than the i.MX6′s up to 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 cores. In addition,... 

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Should Nintendo Drop E3?

June 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Should Nintendo Drop E3?

You know a company has had a particularly miserable E3 when, before the show is even over, one senior executive finds himself having to officially deny that another senior executive has apologized for the state of their E3 offerings. That’s exactly the situation Reggie Fils-Aime found himself in earlier this week, as the disappointment at Nintendo’s extremely weak showing crystallized around a single tweet sent by company president Satoru Iwata. The tweet was in Japanese; various translations... 

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