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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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HP Goes After Security In Smartwatches

July 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
HP Goes After Security In Smartwatches

HP has released a study suggesting that anyone who uses a smartwatch is offering their wrist to vagabonds, criminals and privacy probers. Blam! HP ain’t messing. “You got a smartwatch?” it says. “Then damn, son, you are in trouble!”* A report apparently straight outta HP finds that the smartwatch lets us all down by not doing encryption right, not considering privacy and using second rate authentication. In the current threat market, this would be a pretty much a full... 

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Astronomers Find Lopsided Ancient Galaxy

July 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Lopsided Ancient Galaxy

The mysterious smudges central to this new image are an ancient galaxy in the throes of formation — and for the first time scientists can glimpse its off-kilter structure. In the new image, researchers were able to make out the glow of ionized carbon (shown in red) in the process of assembling into a galaxy — called BDF 3299 — around 800 million years after the Big Bang. The carbon cloud is overlaid on another picture of the galaxy’s neighborhood, where you can tell the galaxy itself... 

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Walmart Buys Out Chinese E-commerce Yihaodian

July 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Walmart Buys Out Chinese E-commerce Yihaodian

Wal-Mart Stores Inc acquired full ownership of Chinese e-commerce firm Yihaodian.com, buying out the 49 percent stake that it did not already own to accelerate its push online, the U.S. retail giant announced. The investment will help Wal-Mart target China’s fast-growing online market at a time when largely brick and mortar retailers are feeling the pinch of competition from online rivals and a slowing of the world’s second-largest economy. Wal-Mart’s move also comes after China said... 

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Herbalife Seeks To Uncover Anonymous Tweets

July 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Herbalife Seeks To Uncover Anonymous Tweets

Herbalife Ltd has filed a petition requesting information from micro-blogging company Twitter Inc to identify an anonymous user who posted defamatory tweets against the weight-loss and nutritional products maker. The petition for “discovery before suit” seeks to identify the person against whom a lawsuit can be filed. Herbalife said it wants Twitter to provide information such as IP addresses and account details of the user who vilified the company and its management as “thieves,... 

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ZTE To Offer High-end Axon Smartphone In U.S.

July 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
ZTE To Offer High-end Axon Smartphone In U.S.

Chinese mobile brands don’t normally stir much interest in the U.S., so when ZTE teased its newest smartphone, the Axon, it initially didn’t mention the company at all. The company’s online promotions in advance of the launch featured a mysterious high-end Android device. The marketing scheme paid off, according to Adam Zeng, CEO of ZTE’s mobile devices business, sparking media interest. It even caused some to wonder if the product was Korean-made, since Chinese brands have... 

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Samsung Targets 10nm FinFET

July 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Samsung Targets 10nm FinFET

Samsung has put 10nm FinFET in its roadmap to stop its customers migrating to TSMC. There were some rumours that Samsung may alter its schedule in order to prevent clients that might consider switching to 10nm chips from TSMC as that outfit is expected to skip the 14nm process and go straight to 10nm Kelvin Low from Samsung Foundry confirmed in a video posted on YouTube that Samsung has formally added 10nm FinFET into the process roadmap, for chip designers working in mobile, consumer or networking... 

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