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Chat Tool Slack Admits To Being Hacked

March 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Chat Tool Slack Admits To Being Hacked

The popular group chat tool Slack had its central database hacked in February, according to the company, potentially compromising users’ profile information like log-on data, email addresses and phone numbers. The database also holds any additional information users may have added to their profiles like their Skype IDs. The passwords were encrypted using a hashing technique. There was no indication the hackers were able to decrypt the passwords, Slack Technologies said in a blog post. No financial... 

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Phone Movements, Gestures May Be Key To Fighting Mobile Malware

March 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Phone Movements, Gestures May Be Key To Fighting Mobile Malware

Mobile malware is a growing problem, but researchers from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have developed a new way of detecting when suspicious mobile apps start trouble, such as trying to call premium-rate numbers unbeknowst to a phone’s owner. The technique relies on using the phone’s motion, position and ambient sensors to learn the gestures that users typically make when they initiate phone calls, take pictures or use the phone’s NFC reader to scan credit cards. Some... 

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Toshiba And SanDisk To Launch 48-Layer 3D Flash Chip

March 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Toshiba And SanDisk To Launch 48-Layer 3D Flash Chip

Toshiba has announced the world’s first 48-layer Bit Cost Scalable (BiCS) flash memory chip. The BiCS is a two-bit-per-cell, 128Gb (16GB) device with a 3D-stacked cell structure flash that improves density and significantly reduces the overall size of the chip. Toshiba is already using 15nm dies so, despite the layering, the finished product will be competitively thin. 24 hours after the first announcement, SanDisk made one of its own regarding the announcement. The two companies share a fabrication... 

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Canonical Teams Up With Ericsson For Network Function Virtualization

March 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Canonical Teams Up With Ericsson For Network Function Virtualization

Canonical and Ericsson have announced their arrival into the cloud telecoms market after signing a three-year collaboration to develop network Function Virtualization (NFV) products for software-defined communications networks. The deal will see Ericsson deploying the Ubuntu Server operating system as the host for all its cloud offerings. John Zannos, VP of cloud alliances and channels at Canonical, told The INQUIRER: “It’s actually a very exciting time to be alive, with the pace of change... 

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Alibaba, BMG Sign Music Distribution Deal

March 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Alibaba, BMG Sign Music Distribution Deal

Germany’s BMG music rights company announced that it has signed a music digital distribution deal with China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, as the world’s largest e-commerce giant firms up its bid to become a digital media empire. The deal, one of the first in China made by a major music publisher rather than a label, will bring more than 2.5 million copyrights to Alibaba, whose music platforms already had many of the songs from artists including Kylie Minogue, the Rolling Stones... 

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Can Small Developers Profit In The Mobile Space?

March 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Can Small Developers Profit In The Mobile Space?

Is there a future for smaller developers on mobile devices? That’s an awful question to have to ask, yet it’s one being asked – with some variation in the phrasing or the approach – in quite a lot of contexts recently. Mobile platforms, once seen as safe refuge from the drastic collapse of the mid-range PC and console market, are now themselves displaying the same symptoms; soaring budgets, dependency on franchise or licensed IP, and a market increasingly dominated by the... 

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GPS To Become Obsolete?

March 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
GPS To Become Obsolete?

Finding GPS unreliable in certain situations, the U.S. government is focusing on developing a more reliable real-time position tracking technology whose signals won’t disappear in blind spots and can’t be jammed. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing “radically” new technologies to deliver a more advanced position- and navigation-tracking system that is more reliable and accurate than GPS, according to a document on DARPA research projects recently released. DARPA... 

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Amazon Unleashes Unlimited Storage For $5 A Month

March 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Unleashes Unlimited Storage For $5 A Month

Amazon upped the ante: Unlimited cloud storage for individuals for $5 a month ($59.99 per year). Amazon’s Unlimited Everything Plan allows users to store an infinite number of  photos, videos, files, documents, movies and music in its Cloud Drive. The site also announced a separate $12 per year plan for unlimited photos. People who subscribe to Amazon Prime already get unlimited capacity for photos. Both the Unlimited Everything Plan and the Photos Plan have three-month free trial periods. Online... 

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Will Intel Challenge nVidia In The GPU Space?

March 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel Challenge nVidia In The GPU Space?

Intel has released details of its next -generation Xeon Phi processor and it is starting to look like Intel is gunning for a chunk of Nvidia’s GPU market. According to a briefing from Avinash Sodani, Knights Landing Chief Architect at Intel, a product update by Hugo Saleh, Marketing Director of Intel’s Technical Computing Group, an interactive technical Q&A and a lab demo of a Knights Landing system running on an Intel reference-design system, Nvidia could be Intel’s target. Knights... 

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Are Free-To-Play Games Still In Its Infancy

March 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Free-To-Play Games Still In Its Infancy

During a presentation at the Game Developers Conference earlier this month, Boss Fight Entertainment’s Damion Schubert suggested the industry to drop the term “whales,” calling it disrespectful to the heavy spenders that make the free-to-play business model possible. As an alternative, he proposed calling them “patrons,” as their largesse allows the masses to enjoy these works that otherwise could not be made and maintained. After his talk, Schubert spoke with GamesIndustry.biz... 

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Can Black Holes Destroy Star Formation?

March 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Black Holes Destroy Star Formation?

Giant winds from black holes can blast gas through galaxies at extraordinary speeds, pulling the plug on star formation, researchers say. This finding reveals how black holes can direct the fates of entire galaxies, scientists added. The hearts of most and possibly all galaxies harbor supermassive black holes millions to billions of times the mass of the sun. Many are relatively quiet, like the one sitting at the center of the Milky Way. However, others, known as active galactic nuclei, voraciously... 

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Amazon Rumored To Be Pursuing Net-a-Porter

March 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Rumored To Be Pursuing Net-a-Porter

Amazon.com is holding discussions to acquire online luxury retailer Net-a-porter in what could be the biggest acquisition yet for the e-commerce giant, but the negotiations are in early stages and could fall apart, Forbes reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. The potential deal, first reported by Women’s Wear Daily, could value Net-a-Porter lower than the valuation of 2 billion euros ($2.16 billion) reported by the fashion industry trade journal, Forbes reported last Thursday,... 

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Panasonic On The Hunt For Acquisition Targets

March 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Panasonic On The Hunt For Acquisition Targets

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp said it is gearing up to spend 1 trillion yen ($8.4 billion) on acquisitions over the next four years, bolstered by a stronger profit outlook for its automotive and housing technology businesses. Chief Executive Kazuhiro Tsuga said at a briefing on Thursday that Panasonic doesn’t have specific acquisition targets in mind for now. But he said the firm will spend around 200 billion yen on M&A in the fiscal year that kicks off in April alone, and pledged... 

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Oracle Launches OpenStack Platform With Intel

March 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Launches OpenStack Platform With Intel

Oracle and Intel have teamed up for the first demonstration of carrier-grade network function virtualization (NFV), which will allow communication service providers to use a virtualized, software-defined model without degradation of service or reliability. The Oracle-led project uses the Intel Open Network Platform (ONP) to create a robust service over NFV, using intelligent direction of software to create viable software-defined networking that replaces the clunky equipment still prevalent in even... 

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USB 3.1 To Arrive With New Desktops Later This Year

March 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
USB 3.1 To Arrive With New Desktops Later This Year

The emerging USB 3.1 standard is on track to reach desktops as hardware companies release motherboards with ports that can transfer data twice as fast as the previous USB technology. MSI recently announced a 970A SLI Krait motherboard that will support the AMD processors and the USB 3.1 protocol. Motherboards with USB 3.1 ports have also been released by Gigabyte, ASRock and Asus, but those boards support Intel chips. USB 3.1 can shuffle data between a host device and peripheral at 10Gbps, which... 

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