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China Drops Big Technology Brands From State Purchase Lists

February 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
China Drops Big Technology Brands From State Purchase Lists

China has removed some of the world’s most popular technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more home grown products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance. Others put the shift down to a protectionist impulse to shield China’s domestic technology industry from competition. Chief casualty is U.S. network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc, which in 2012 counted 60 products on the Central Government... 

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Flash Drives To Become More Secure And Faster

February 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Flash Drives To Become More Secure And Faster

Flash drives in mobile devices are set to become faster and secure thanks to a new standard signed off by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association. eMMC version 5.1, will allow for a new mobile storage that will provide faster access. Flash drives based on eMMC 5.1 can handle 4K streaming and more data-intensive tasks. Samsung has started making 64GB, 32GB and 16GB drives based on the new standard and is shipping units to customers, but has not said whether those drives will be used in the Galaxy... 

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Google Continues Wooing Enterprise Users With Android For Work Launch

February 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google Continues Wooing Enterprise Users With Android For Work Launch

Google Inc rolled out an initiative  to make smartphones running its Android software more appealing to corporations, a move that could help extend the Internet technology giant reach into workplaces. Google said on its official blog that its Android for Work program will provide improved security and management features for corporations that want to give their employees Android smartphones. Smartphones supported by the new initiative will be able to keep an employee’s work and personal apps... 

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Are 100-Core ARM Processors On The Horizon

February 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are 100-Core ARM Processors On The Horizon

Ezchip is planning to put 100 ARM-based 64-bit cores into a processor which it thinks will fill a hole in the networking market. Dubbed the Tile-Mx, the multi-core processors are in development, but won’t be sampling until the second half of 2016. Company officials said the chips high core count, mesh connectivity and hardware accelerators will fix the demands on data centre and carrier networks brought on by such trends as mobility, big data, social media, the Internet of things (IoT) and... 

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Bad News For Lenovo Continues As Website Is Hacked

February 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Bad News For Lenovo Continues As Website Is Hacked

Chinese PC and mobile phone maker Lenovo Group Ltd acknowledged that its website was hacked, its second security blemish days after the U.S. government advised consumers to remove software called “Superfish” pre-installed on its laptops. Hacking group Lizard Squad claimed credit for the attacks on microblogging service Twitter. Lenovo said attackers breached the domain name system associated with Lenovo and redirected visitors to lenovo.com to another address, while also intercepting... 

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Astronomers Discover Monster Black Hole

February 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover Monster Black Hole

Astronomers have discovered the largest and most luminous black hole ever seen — an ancient monster with a mass about 12 billion times that of the sun — that dates back to when the universe was less than 1 billion years old. It remains a mystery how black holes could have grown so huge in such a relatively brief time after the dawn of the universe, researchers say. Supermassive black holes are thought to lurk in the hearts of most, if not all, large galaxies. The largest black holes found so... 

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Anthem Says Nearly 79M Records Were Exposed In Data Breach

February 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Anthem Says Nearly 79M Records Were Exposed In Data Breach

The Anthem data breach may have exposed 78.8 million records, according to deeper analysis provided in an estimate by the health insurance company, but Anthem is still investigating exactly how many records hackers captured from a database. Hackers accessed a database at Anthem that contained customer and employee records with names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and member IDs, the health insurance company said on Feb. 4. Some records included employment... 

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Will nVidia Put AMD Out Of Business?

February 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will nVidia Put AMD Out Of Business?

It would appear that the world is rushing to Nvidia to buy its latest GPU at the expense of AMD. According to the data, NVIDIA and AMD each took dramatic swings from Q4 of 2013 to Q4 of 2014 with Nvidia increasing its market share over AMD by 20 per cent and AMD’s market share has dropped from 35 per cent at the end of 2013 to just 24 per cent at the end of 2014. Meanwhile, Nvidia has gonr from 64.9 per cent at the end of 2013 to 76 per cent at the end of 2014. The report JPR’s AIB Report... 

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More Lawyers, Lawsuits Descend On Lenovo Over Superfish

February 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
More Lawyers, Lawsuits Descend On Lenovo Over Superfish

Lenovo and adware maker Superfish were subjected to more legal action as two new lawsuits were filed in California federal courts taking the firms to task for putting consumers at risk of hacker spying and information theft. The two complaints — the second and third since the China-based computer OEM (original equipment manufacturer) admitted it had pre-loaded adware on its consumer PCs in the second half of 2014 — named both Lenovo and Superfish, and each lawsuit requested class-action... 

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Was Old Code The Culprit For Security Breaches In 2014?

February 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Was Old Code The Culprit For Security Breaches In 2014?

Nearly half of all security breaches come from vulnerabilities that are between two and four years old, according to this year’s HP Cyber Risk Report entitled The Past Is Prologue. The annual report found that the most prevalent problems came as a result of server misconfiguration, and that the primary causes of commonly exploited software vulnerabilities are defects, bugs and logic flaws. But perhaps most disturbing of all was the news that Internet of Things (IoT) devices and mobile malware... 

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IBM, ARM Team Up To Offer IoT Starter Kit

February 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
IBM, ARM Team Up To Offer IoT Starter Kit

ARM and IBM want Internet of Things (IoT) enthusiasts to make their own connected devices in a matter of minutes with a new development kit that they have unveiled. The ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit — Ethernet Edition will allow users to make cloud-ready Internet of Things products that could receive or transmit data for analysis or alerts. The development kit will come with ARM’s mbed OS and connect into IBM’s BlueMix cloud, which will help in the development of applications and services. The... 

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Should We Really Reach Out To E.T.?

February 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Should We Really Reach Out To E.T.?

Is it time to take the search for intelligent aliens to the next level? For more than half a century, scientists have been scanning the heavens for signals generated by intelligent alien life. They haven’t found anything conclusive yet, so some researchers are advocating adding an element called “active SETI” (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) — not just listening, but also beaming out transmissions of our own designed to catch aliens’ eyes. Active SETI “may... 

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Chrome Browser Now Has Early Warning Alert

February 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Chrome Browser Now Has Early Warning Alert

Google has added an early warning alert to Chrome that appears when users try to access a website that the search giant believes will try to trick users into downloading suspicious software. The new alert pops up in Chrome when a user aims the browser at a suspect site but before the domain is displayed. “The site ahead contains harmful programs,” the warning states. Google emphasized tricksters that “harm your browsing experience,” and cited those that silently change the... 

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Can Intel Abandon Silicon?

February 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can Intel Abandon Silicon?

Intel has announced that it will move away from Silicon for its future chip making processes. Papers being shown to the 2015 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), show Intel’s 10nm manufacturing process and new research on how it’s maintaining the march of Moore’s law to 7nm and beyond. While there was nothing new on Intel’s 10nm process are expected in late 2016/early 2017 to hit 7nm, Intel says new materials will be required. In other words 10nm will finally... 

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Google Acquiring Softcard’s Mobile Wallet Technology

February 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google Acquiring Softcard’s Mobile Wallet Technology

Google announced it has reached a deal with three of the country’s major cellular carriers to acquire “technology and capabilities” from Softcard, a competing mobile wallet app created jointly by the telecom operators. But the deal appears to be less about technology and more about branding. The biggest immediate change is that Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile will begin pre-installing Google Wallet on new Android smartphones later this year — something that had been blocked... 

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