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Scammers Trick iPhone Users Into Paying To Fix Non-existent Problem

March 30, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Scammers Trick iPhone Users Into Paying To Fix Non-existent Problem

Apple has fixed a bug in the iOS version of Safari that had been used by criminals to trick phone owners into paying $125 or more because they assumed the browser was broken. The flaw, fixed in Monday’s iOS 10.3 update, had been reported to Apple a month ago by researchers at San Francisco-based mobile security firm Lookout. “One of our users alerted us to this campaign, and said he had lost control of Safari on his iPhone,” Andrew Blaich, a Lookout security researcher, said in... 

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Another Major Vulnerability in LastPass Uncovered

March 30, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Another Major Vulnerability in LastPass Uncovered

For the second time in as many weeks, developers of the popular LastPass password manager are working to patch a serious vulnerability that could allow malicious websites to steal user passwords or infect computers with malware. Like the LastPass flaws patched last week, the new issue was discovered and reported to LastPass by Tavis Ormandy, a researcher with Google’s Project Zero team. The researcher revealed the vulnerability’s existence in a message on Twitter, but didn’t... 

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U.S. Commerce Department Removes ZTE From Trade Blacklist

March 30, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
U.S. Commerce Department Removes ZTE From Trade Blacklist

The U.S. Department of Commerce has agreed to remove Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp  from a trade blacklist after the company pleaded guilty to violating sanctions on Iran and agreed to pay nearly $900 million, the agency said in a notice. Removal from the list marks the end of a tense period for ZTE, which faced trade restrictions that could have severed its ties to critical U.S. suppliers. “By acknowledging the mistakes we made, taking responsibility for them …... 

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Intel Shows Off Optane SSD

March 30, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Intel Shows Off Optane SSD

Over the weekend, Intel pushed ahead with the release of its first consumer and enterprise SSD based on 3D XPoint technology, with latency rates roughly one hundred times lower than NAND flash alternatives that have dominated the market since 2007. The first Optane-branded storage device is called the Optane SSD DC P4800X, which the company says is designed to be used either as high-performance storage or as a caching device in data centers. The card features a capacity of 375GB, with latency of... 

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Can Violence In A Game Promote Safety?

March 30, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can Violence In A Game Promote Safety?

When the original Doom was released in 1993, its unprecedentedly realistic graphic violence fueled a moral panic among parents and educators. Over time, the game’s sprite-based gore has lost a bit of its impact, and that previous sentence likely sounds absurd. Given what games have depicted in the nearly quarter century since Doom, that level of violence no longer shocking so much as it is quaint, perhaps even endearing. So when it came time for id Software to reboot the series with last year’s... 

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Astronomers Find Runaway Star Siblings

March 30, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Runaway Star Siblings

Researchers have spotted a long-lost relative of two runaway stars — the three likely parted ways in the Orion nebula as recently as the 1400s (from Earth’s perspective). Two of the young stars were previously discovered speeding away from one another using radio and infrared observations, and observers had traced back to where they could have originated if they’d been from the same system initially. But something didn’t quite add up: the two seemed to not have as much combined... 

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Return Of The Samsung Galaxy Note 7?

March 29, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Return Of The Samsung Galaxy Note 7?

Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has announced that it plans to offer refurbished versions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, the model pulled from markets last year due to fire-prone batteries. Samsung’s Note 7s were permanently scrapped in October following a global recall, roughly two months from the launch of the near-$900 devices, after some phones self-combusted. A subsequent probe found manufacturing problems in batteries supplied by two different companies – Samsung SDI... 

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Facebook Focuses On Camera Shots With Latest Smartphone App Update

March 29, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Facebook Focuses On Camera Shots With Latest Smartphone App Update

Facebook Inc is giving the camera the spotlight on its smartphone app for the first time, urging users to take more pictures and edit them with digital stickers that show the influence of camera-friendly rival Snapchat. With an update scheduled to take effect today, Facebook will allow users to get to the app’s camera with one swipe of their finger and then add visual details like a rainbow or a beard of glitter. Users will be able to share a picture privately with a friend, rather than to... 

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Uber Calls It Quit In Another Market

March 29, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Uber Calls It Quit In Another Market

Ride-hailing group Uber Technologies will discontinue offering services in Denmark next month due to a taxi law that puts into effect new requirements for drivers such as mandatory fare meters, the company said on Tuesday. Uber has faced headwinds since its app went online in Denmark in 2014 as local taxi driver unions, companies and politicians complained that Uber posed unfair competition by not meeting legal standards required for established taxi firms. Uber, which says about 2,000 Danish drivers... 

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Is Java Script The Most Popular Language?

March 29, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is Java Script The Most Popular Language?

Beancounters at RedMonk have taken time out from their busy prayer wheels to create a list of the world’s most popular programming languages. The list is based on data from both GitHub and Stack Overflow and the Red Monks have chanted a top 10 list for 2017. 1: JavaScript 2: Java 3: Python 4: PHP 5: (tie) C# and C++ 6: (tie) Ruby and CSS 7: C 8: Objective-C While there was little change in the top ten, there were a few stat changes in the also rans. This was mostly because GitHub data... 

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Can Microsoft Make Game Pass Profitable?

March 29, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can Microsoft Make Game Pass Profitable?

Of all the various innovations we’ve seen in this console generation, it may be the business model changes that have the most lasting impact on the games industry. Though originally introduced in the back half of the previous generation, the notion of giving consumers “free” games on a monthly basis for continuing their subscription to console online services has become a standard part of the model in this hardware generation. The degree to which this is expected, and to which the... 

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Did Radiation From Neighboring Galaxies Help Create Monster Black Holes?

March 29, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did Radiation From Neighboring Galaxies Help Create Monster Black Holes?

Bright radiation emitted by neighboring galaxies likely fueled the rapid growth of supermassive black holes in the early universe, a new study shows. Ancient black holes range in size from millions to billions of solar masses and date back to as early as when the universe was less than 1 billion years old. Their early existence has puzzled scientists, as these cosmic beasts are thought to form over billions of years.  Supermassive black holes can be found at the center of most, if not all, large... 

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Apple Wins Patent Dispute In China

March 28, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Apple Wins Patent Dispute In China

A Chinese court has ruled in favor of Apple in design patent lawsuit between the Cupertino, California company and a domestic phone-maker, overturning a ban on selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones in China, Xinhua news agency reported. Last May, a Beijing patent regulator ordered Apple’s Chinese subsidiary and a local retailer Zoomflight to stop selling the iPhones after Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services lodged a complaint, claiming that the patent for the design of its mobile phone 100c... 

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British Telecom Fined $53M For Not Installing Business Internet Fast Enough

March 28, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
British Telecom Fined $53M For Not Installing Business Internet Fast Enough

Britain’s BT has been fined a record 42 million pounds ($53 million) by the regulator for failing to install high-speed lines for business customersfast enough, in an error that is likely to cost the company around 300 million pounds in compensation. BT, which runs Britain’s major telecoms network, misused the terms of its contracts to reduce compensation payments to other providers for failing to deliver Ethernet services on time between January 2013 and December 2014, regulator Ofcom... 

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Emaar Malls Acquisition Of Souq.com May Be Amazon’s Challenger

March 28, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Emaar Malls Acquisition Of Souq.com May Be Amazon’s Challenger

Dubai’s Emaar Malls, operator of glitzy Middle East shopping centers, has tendered an $800 million offer for regional online retailer Souq.com, setting up a potential bidding war with Amazon.com. Emaar Malls’ bid has so far not been accepted by Souq.com shareholders, the Dubai-listed firm said in a stock exchange announcement on Monday. Reuters reported last week that Amazon had agreed in principle to buy Souq.com, which was founded 12 years ago by Syrian-born entrepreneur Ronaldo Mouchawar. Amazon... 

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