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Intel Develops Self-encrypting SSD

July 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Develops Self-encrypting SSD

Intel has announced the Drive Pro 2500 series of solid state disk (SSD) drives that are “self encrypting”, which the firm says makes them more secure against data breaches. Aimed at businesses, the Intel SSD Pro 2500 series will come in a 2.4in 7mm form factor with 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and 480GB capacities, M.2 80mm size with 180GB, 240GB and 360GB capacities, and M.2 60mm size with 180GB or 240GB capacities. Intel promises that each form factor type will provide random input/output... 

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Western Digital Updates The Red Line

July 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Western Digital Updates The Red Line

Western Digital has announced an upgrade of its WD Red range, providing a single brand structure across consumer and enterprise. The WD Red range is aimed primarily at network attached storage (NAS) applications, and is joined by a new WD Red Pro line. Both sub-ranges are controlled by upgraded firmware called NASware 3.0. At a briefing last week, Western Digital’s UK country manager Jermaine Campbell explained that the new firmware will be able to instruct the drive to work in different ways... 

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Intel Adds More To Haswell For The Desktop

July 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Adds More To Haswell For The Desktop

Intel has added eight new desktop chips to its price list, ranging from cheap Pentiums to mainstream Core i3 parts. All the chips are dual-cores based on the good old Haswell core. Four new Pentiums are now available. All are dual-core, dual-thread chips with 3MB of L3 cache. The Pentium G3250 is clocked at 3.2GHz, it has a TDP of 53W and it costs $64. The G3250T runs at 2.8GHz, but it has a TDP of 35W. It costs the same. The second 35W part is the Pentium G3450T, which runs at 2.9GHz and costs... 

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Are Governments Doing Enough To Warn People On The Risk of Cybercrime?

July 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Governments Doing Enough To Warn People On The Risk of Cybercrime?

The UK Government isn’t doing enough to warn about the risks of cybercrime on a mass level, security firm Kaspersky has claimed. Speaking at a company roundtable event at the firm’s European hub in London on Thursday, Kaspersky security researcher David Emm said isn’t doing as much as it could be to educate people about cyber security. “I’d like to see the government doing more to get the message out to mainstream citizens and individuals because that’s the bone... 

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AMD Tumbles

July 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Tumbles

AMD’s debt load is causing huge problems for the chipmaker — this quarter it had another substantial loss. The tame Apple Press has been claiming that AMD’s woes are caused by the fact it did not move to mobile as was directed by the profit Steve Jobs. They claim, along with some of the dafter analysts, that mobile computing has replaced the PC and companies that stuck to the “old technology” suffered. However that does not explain how Intel made a stonking profit mostly because of... 

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Imagination Technologies Shrinking Again

July 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Imagination Technologies Shrinking Again

Mobile GPU designer Imagination Technologies has announced the world’s smallest mobile GPU. The PowerVR GX5300 takes up just 0.55mm2 on a 28nm die, which means it’s as small as a grain of salt. It operates at 250MHz and the company says it can handle everyday tasks with ease. The GPU features full OpenGL ES 2.0 compatibility PVRTC texture compression technology and of course the emphasis is on ultra-low power consumption. The company is not saying anything about the actual consumption, but the... 

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Will Qualcomm And Apple Give TSMC The Boot

July 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Qualcomm And Apple Give TSMC The Boot

TSMC saw its share price drop dramatically on Thursday as analysts predicted a loss of orders for next generation chips from Apple and Qualcomm. Falling by almost six percent, the share price fell after industry expert and KGI Securities analyst Michael Li predicted that big device and chip designers such as Apple and Qualcomm will likely buy a larger proportion of 14nm smartphone chips from Samsung rather than TSMC beginning in the second half of 2015, according to Reuters. Liu did not reveal the... 

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Will Google’s Project Zero Succeed?

July 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Google’s Project Zero Succeed?

Google has announced “Project Zero”, a dramatically-named initiative that looks to mitigate the risk of internet users getting hit by targeted cyber attacks. Started by a group of Google security researchers with the mission of ridding the world of security dangers such as zero-day attacks, Project Zero will hire “the best practically-minded security researchers”, Google said, promising to contribute all of their time “toward improving security across the internet”. The... 

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Dell Unable To Keep Up With Demand For Chromebook, Halts Online Sales

July 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Dell Unable To Keep Up With Demand For Chromebook, Halts Online Sales

Dell’s only Chromebook is at least temporarily unavailable for online purchase through the company’s website, only seven months after the became available online. Facing rising commercial demand for the devices, Dell has not been able to keep up with orders. The Chromebook 11, which shipped in December, is listed as unavailable on Dell’s Chromebook website, and the company is asking potential buyers to call in orders. “Due to strong demand, the Dell Chromebook 11 is currently... 

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SeaGate Releases Home Grown Linux OS NAS Devices

July 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
SeaGate Releases Home Grown Linux OS NAS Devices

Seagate has taken the the wraps off its first major foray into the NAS market. The Seagate NAS and NAS Pro range will be marketed towards the growing number of small businesses, including SOHO, prosumer and startups. The basic Seagate NAS range has been designed for businesses of up to 25 people with the NAS Pro range targetting the up-to-50-staff market. All aspects of the new products are created in-house including the new Linux based NAS OS 4, which Seagate’s Northern European Sales Director... 

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MediaTek Shows Off 64-bit SoC LTE Chip

July 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
MediaTek Shows Off 64-bit SoC LTE Chip

Mediatek has unveiled what it claims is the “world’s first” 64-bit octa-core LTE smartphone system on chip (SoC) with 2K display support. Named the Mediatek MT6795, the chip is designed for use by high-end device makers for upcoming Android 64-bit mobile operating systems like the recently announced Android L, with support for 2K display up to 2560×1600 resolution. The chip also features a clock speed of up to 2.2GHz along with Corepilot, which refers to Mediatek’s technology... 

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Oracle To Release A Whopping 115 Security Patches

July 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Oracle To Release A Whopping 115 Security Patches

Oracle announced plans to release 115 security patches for vulnerabilities affecting a vast number of its products, including its flagship database, Java SE, Fusion Middleware and business applications. The update includes fixes for 20 weaknesses in Java SE, all of which can be exploited by an attacker remotely, without the need for login credentials, Oracle said in an announcement prior to Tuesday’s patch release. Some 29 fixes are for Oracle’s Fusion Middleware suite, with 27 able... 

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Zeus Is Back With A Vengence

July 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Zeus Is Back With A Vengence

The Gameover Zeus malware, which recently was the focus of a high profile takedown operation, has returned in the form of an evolved campaign sending out malicious spam messages. The evolved campaign was spotted by Malcovery Security, who reported its findings after noticing a number of malicious spam messages masquerading as legitimate emails from banks. “Today Malcovery’s analysts identified a new trojan based heavily on the Gameover Zeus binary, the firm’s blog post read. “It... 

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Are Semiconductor Sales Making A Comback?

July 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Semiconductor Sales Making A Comback?

Semiconductor revenue has grown by almost seven percent worldwide, analyst firm Gartner has said. In its forecast for the second quarter, Gartner said that revenue is expected to reach $336bn this year, up 6.7 percent from the same quarter last year. The growth has surpassed analysts’ earlier expectations, up from the previous quarter’s forecast of 5.4 percent growth. The growing trend is particularly evident in companies such as foundry leader TSMC, Gartner explained, which is expecting... 

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Another Security Flaw Found In Adobe Flash

July 10, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Another Security Flaw Found In Adobe Flash

Another critical security flaw has been found for Adobe’s Flash plug-in. Google Engineer Michele Spagnuolo has written an exploit tool, called “Rosetta Flash” which allows hackers to steal your cookies and other data using malicious Flash .SWF files. The flaw has been known about since Adam was a boy, had been left unfixed until now as nobody had found a way to harness it for evil. Twitter, Microsoft, Google and Instagram have already patched their sites, but beware of others... 

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