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Samsung To Sell Monitor That Can Wirelessly Charge Smartphones

July 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung To Sell Monitor That Can Wirelessly Charge Smartphones

Samsung Electronics wants to unclutter your home with a monitor that can wirelessly charge smartphones and other mobile devices. The SE370 monitor will come in 23.6-inch and 27-inch formats and is the industry’s first to have an integrated wireless charging station, the South Korean manufacturer said Monday. But your phone will have to support the Qi wireless charging standard, which was developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and is supported by makers such as Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC... 

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Does Steam Have A Security Issue?

July 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Does Steam Have A Security Issue?

A security problem with the Steam gaming on-demand system means that players and their personal details are at risk. It is possible that one day we will report on which companies made it through the night without being hacked or without exposing their users. For now, though, the opposite is the norm and today we are reporting about a problem with gaming system Steam that, you guessed it, has dangled the personal details of punters within the reach of ne’er-do-wells. The news is not coming out... 

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Massive iPhone Counterfeiting Operation Shut Down In China

July 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Massive iPhone Counterfeiting Operation Shut Down In China

Police in Beijing have raided a factory that made more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as 120 million yuan ($19 million), including some that reached the United States, and have arrested nine suspects in the counterfeiting operation. Apple is one of the most popular brands in China, where authorities have stepped up efforts in recent years to dispel the country’s reputation for turning out counterfeit goods. Officials have taken stiffer action to enforce intellectual property (IP)... 

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Can OSX Make Macs Vulnerable To Rootkits?

July 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can OSX Make Macs Vulnerable To Rootkits?

The software genii at Apple have redesigned their OSX software to allow malware makers to make designer micro-software that can infect Macs with rootkits. Obviously the feature is one that Apple software experts designed specifically for malware writers, perhaps seeing them as an untapped market. The bug in the latest version of Apple’s OS X allows attackers root user privileges with a micro code which could be packed into a message. Security researcher Stefan Esser said that this was the security... 

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IBM Buys Compose Cloud Services Company

July 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Buys Compose Cloud Services Company

IBM has added another stick to its pile, picking up a company called Compose to increase its standing in the cloud database-as-a-service (DBaaS) market. The firm has come straight out with the news and explained how it expects to benefit. Compose, it said, offers a bountiful on-demand business and will let IBM roll out DBaaS offerings to a presumably hungry market. IBM has a big focus on the cloud and likes to see action around its Bluemix platform. IBM said that Compose is a player in the MongoDB,... 

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Best Buy To Begin Selling Apple Watch In August

July 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Best Buy To Begin Selling Apple Watch In August

The Apple Watch will go on sale at stores of Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S.consumer electronics chain, starting Aug. 7. The Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport models will be sold at more than 300 Best Buy stores in time for the holiday shopping season, a spokeswoman for Apple Inc  said. “Customers love Apple Watch, and we are thrilled to begin offering it at Best Buy,” she said in an email. Best Buy is the first retailer to sell the watch outside of the Apple retail store. “The... 

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Apple Offering Free Beats Headphones For Back-to-school Promo

July 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Offering Free Beats Headphones For Back-to-school Promo

Apple launched its annual back-to-school promotion in the U.S., switching the deal to a free pair of Beats headphones for customers who buy eligible Macs. The promotion launched later this year than in the past: In 2014, for example, Apple started its back-to-school campaign July 1. Buyers who purchase a qualifying Mac between now and Sept. 18 receive a $199.95 credit toward a a pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones, which list for that amount. Alternately, the credit can be applied to a pair of Beats... 

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Unpatched Vulnerabilities Uncovered In Mobile IE

July 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Unpatched Vulnerabilities Uncovered In Mobile IE

Security researchers have provided details about four unpatched vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer for Windows Phone because Microsoft has not moved quickly enough to fix them. The flaws could potentially be exploited to execute malicious code on computers when users visit compromised websites or open specially crafted documents. They were reported through Hewlett-Packard’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) program. HP’s TippingPoint division, which sells network security products, pays researchers... 

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Will Oracle Make Money Off Android?

July 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Oracle Make Money Off Android?

Database outfit Oracle’s moves to try and copyright APIs appear to be part of an attempt for Oracle to make money on Android. Oracle has asked a U.S. judge for permission to update its copyright lawsuit against Google to include the Android which it claims contains its Java APIs. Oracle sued Google five years ago and is seeking roughly $1 billion in copyright claims if it manages to convince a court that its APIs are in Android it could up the damages by several billions. Oracle wrote in a... 

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Cloud Services Behind Amazon’s Rising Revenue

July 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Cloud Services Behind Amazon’s Rising Revenue

Amazon.com Inc’s shares surged more than 20 percent last Friday, adding more than $46 billion to the company’s market value, after strong growth in the e-commerce giant’s cloud business drove a surprise quarterly profit. The company’s market capitalization soared to more than $270 billion, overtaking that of Wal-Mart Stores, the world’s biggest retailer. Revenue from Amazon’s cloud operations – Amazon Web Services (AWS) – nearly doubled in the second... 

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Is Life Possible In A Binary System?

July 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Life Possible In A Binary System?

Planets can exist in multiple-star systems. Astronomers have even observed them. Take Kepler-47c, a planet five times the mass of the Earth, in a very Earth-like orbit. The only difference is instead of one star in the center of the system, it has two. So contact your local travel agent and you can recreate that iconic film moment — just don’t forget a space suit: Kepler-47c isn’t exactly capable of supporting life, since it’s most likely a gas giant. Astronomers don’t know... 

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Microsoft Set To Release Advanced Threat Analytics

July 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Set To Release Advanced Threat Analytics

Microsoft is very close to releasing Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) the security sure-up that it first announced three months ago. ATA, or MATA as we called it for our own small amusement, is the result of three months’ real world testing, and the culmination of enough user feedback to inform a final release. That final release will happen in August, which should give you plenty of time to get your head around it. Hmmm. Microsoft’s Advanced Threat Analytics seems like a very good idea focused... 

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Microsoft Unveils ‘Send’ Mobile App

July 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft Unveils ‘Send’ Mobile App

Microsoft unveiled a mobile-minded alternative to email that’s focused primarily on short, quick messages. Named Send, the new tool aims to deliver a simple experience much like that offered by text messaging or instant messaging software but without the need to know a co-worker’s mobile number or username. Instead, Send lets users quickly fire off a message to any co-worker using just their email address; no subject line, salutations or signatures are required. “On my way,”... 

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Court Says ‘Pocket-dialed’ Calls Are Not Private

July 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Court Says ‘Pocket-dialed’ Calls Are Not Private

A federal appeals court in Ohio has ruled that a person who accidentally “pocket dials” someone shouldn’t expect any part of that conversation to be private. The case involves the chairman of the Airport Board in Kenton, Kentucky, which oversees the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The chairman, James Huff, was on a business trip in Italy with his wife and a colleague when he accidentally pocket-dialed the secretary of the airport’s CEO back in the U.S. The... 

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Microsoft To Open Source Radio Code

July 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Microsoft To Open Source Radio Code

Microsoft has begun to open source some more of its code, this time for the Microsoft Research Software Radio (Sora). “We believe that a fully open source Sora will better support the research community for more scientific innovation,” said Kun Tan, a senior researcher on the Sora project team. Sora was created to combat the problem of creating software radio that could keep up with the hardware developments going on around it. The idea behind it is to run the radio off software on a... 

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