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NSA Warns Several Countries Have Ability To Shutdown U.S. Infrastructure

November 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NSA Warns Several Countries Have Ability To Shutdown U.S. Infrastructure

China and “probably one or two” other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency said. Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform “reconnaissance” missions to determine how the networks... 

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Intel Shows New Processor Roadmap

November 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Shows New Processor Roadmap

Intel has revealed an update to its CPU roadmap and some things have changed in 2015 and beyond. Let’s start with the Broadwell 14nm architecture. The first processors based on this technology are starting to show up in razor thin laptops and ultra-fast tablets. Intel should add ultra-expensive, as the first SKUs cost an arm and leg. However, the Core M is excellent performer considering its 4.5W TDP envelope and this is the first time that Intel has made such as energy efficient Core processor.... 

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4K Monitors Fall Below $500

November 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
4K Monitors Fall Below $500

Prices for 4K monitors have fallen below $500, bringing them within the reach of cost-conscious buyers looking to replace 1080p displays. The prices have been falling steadily from $700 or more earlier this year. 4K monitors are available from Samsung, Sharp, Dell, Asus, Acer, Monoprice and small vendors. 4K gives a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, or four times deeper than conventional 1080p resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Dell is selling its 28 Ultra HD P2815Q monitor for $449.99, down from... 

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Was Sony’s Playstation Network Hacked Again?

November 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Was Sony’s Playstation Network Hacked Again?

Sony has denied the claims of DerpTrolling, a hacker group which claimed it had raided the databases of the PSN, along with a number of other online services. The group had published a list of emails and passwords for PSN, Windows Live Mail and 2K Games accounts online, and claimed to be prepared to release more, but Sony says that they’ve come from other sources than hacking. “We have investigated the claims that our network was breached and have found no evidence that there was any... 

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Symantec Uncovers Advanced Spying Malware

November 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Symantec Uncovers Advanced Spying Malware

An advanced malicious software application has been discovered that since 2008 was used to spy on private companies, governments, research institutes and individuals in 10 countries, anti virus software maker Symantec Corp said in a report on Sunday. The Mountain View, California-based maker of Norton anti virus products said its research showed that a “nation state” was likely the developer of the malware called Regin, or Backdoor. Regin, but Symantec did not identify any countries... 

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Astronomers Searching For Binary Earth-Like Planets Around Stars

November 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Searching For Binary Earth-Like Planets Around Stars

Two Earth-size planets that orbit each other might exist around distant stars, researchers say. The solar system has many examples of moons orbiting planets; Jupiter and Saturn both possess more than 60 satellites. However, these moons are usually much smaller than their planets — Earth is nearly four times wider than its moon and more than 80 times its mass. Still, some moons are as large as planets. For instance, Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon, is larger than Mercury, and three-quarters... 

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Will The EU Push To Break Up Google?

November 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Will The EU Push To Break Up Google?

Members of the European Parliament are preparing a motion calling for the break-up of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services, according to news reports. A draft resolution calling for the break-up should be finalized early next week, with a vote potentially on Thursday, according to a report from The Financial Times. While the European Parliament has no formal power to break up the company, a vote to split Google could put pressure on the European Commission,... 

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Government Officials Warns Consumers To Secure Their Web Cams

November 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Government Officials Warns Consumers To Secure Their Web Cams

Government officials in the U.S. and the UK are warning consumers to secure their webcams after websites that broadcast the contents of those cameras have sprung up online. One of the better-known sites, Insecam, appeared to have gone offline after the warnings, but at least one site that publishes similar content was still available. The websites show footage from security cameras used by businesses and in people’s homes, including CCTV networks that secure buildings and even cameras built... 

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Amazon’s Zocalo Goes Mobile

November 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon’s Zocalo Goes Mobile

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced two much-needed boosts to its fledgling Zocalo productivity platform, making the service mobile and allowing for file capacities of up to 5TB. The service, which is designed to do what Drive does for Google and what Office 365 does for software rental, has gained mobile apps for the first time as Zocalo appears on the Google Play store and Apple App Store. Amazon also mentions availability on the Kindle store, but we’re not sure about that bit. We assume... 

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Is World Of Warcraft On The Rise?

November 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is World Of Warcraft On The Rise?

Blizzard is happy and why shouldn’t they be as World of Warcraft subscriptions are up. The reason for the increase can be traced to the release of the latest expansion pack which was recently released. The latest WOW expansion pack is called Warlords of Draeno and its release has driven subscriptions to 10 million. Selling over 3.3 million copies of the Warlords of Draenor on the first day alone, growth has been seen in all major territories since release. The numbers do include those players that... 

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Apple Pay Enjoys Success As More Retailers Jump Onboard

November 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Pay Enjoys Success As More Retailers Jump Onboard

U.S. consumers have been leery of in-store mobile payments for years, but Apple Pay is making gains in that area just a month after the service launched Oct. 20. Apple’s latest success with Apple Pay includes the addition of support from hundreds of grocery stores within six major chains in the past week: BiLo Holding, 830 stores; Harvey’s and Winn-Dixie, 530; Albertson’s and Jewel-Osco, 180; Shaws and Star Markets, 150; United Food Stores, 60; and Associated Food Stores, 135. Wegmans... 

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Could Alien Life Flourish On A CO2 Based Alien Planet?

November 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Could Alien Life Flourish On A CO2 Based Alien Planet?

Alien life might flourish on an exotic kind of carbon dioxide, researchers say. This “supercritical” carbon dioxide, which has features of both liquids and gases, could be key to extraterrestrial organisms much as water is to biology on Earth. Most familiar as a greenhouse gas that traps heat, helping warm the planet, carbon dioxide is exhaled by animals and used by plants in photosynthesis. While it can exist as a solid, liquid and gas, past a critical point of combined temperature and... 

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Microsoft Announces Office 365 Video, Streaming Service For The Enterprise

November 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Announces Office 365 Video, Streaming Service For The Enterprise

Microsoft unveiled Office 365 Video, a YouTube-like streaming service where enterprises and large organizations can post in-house video content for communication and training. “Office 365 Video provides organizations with a secure, company-wide destination for posting, sharing and discovering video content,” said Mark Kashman, a senior product manager with the Office 365 team, in a blog posting. Kashman touted Video as a tool for internal communications, citing the examples of new-employee... 

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eBay Re-vamping Its Local Delivery Program

November 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
eBay Re-vamping Its Local Delivery Program

EBay Inc is making over its local delivery program and extending more logistics options to smaller merchants that make up the bulk of the e-commerce giant’s sprawling base of marketplace sellers, according to one of its executives. More of eBay’s smaller sellers, including some with annual sales under $100,000, will allow shoppers to buy items online that can be picked up in stores, an option now used by big companies such as Best Buy Co Inc and Toys ‘R’ Us. EBay also plans... 

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Can Qualcomm Compete With Intel In The Server Space?

November 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can Qualcomm Compete With Intel In The Server Space?

Qualcomm has confirmed that it will branch out from offering its Snapdragon mobile chips and will soon launch a line of server processors. The firm’s CEO, Steve Mollenkopf, has remained tight lipped about the plans so far but, according to The Wall Street Journal, said during a meeting with financial analysts in New York on Wednesday that the company is working on chips for the data centre. There’s no timing yet, either, although Mollenkopf said that his firm is currently “engaged... 

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