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IRS Has Been Steadily Reducing Size Of Cybersecurity Staff

May 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
IRS Has Been Steadily Reducing Size Of Cybersecurity Staff

The Internal Revenue Service, which confirmed rumors of a breach of 100,000 taxpayer accounts, has been consistently reducing the size of its internal cybersecurity staff as it increases its security spending. This may seem paradoxical, but one observer suggested it could signal a shift to outsourcing. In 2011, the IRS employed 410 people in its cybersecurity organization, but by 2014 the headcount had fallen by 11% to 363 people, according to annual reports about IRS information technology spending... 

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FCC Looks To Tighten Rules On Robocalls, Texting Spam

May 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
FCC Looks To Tighten Rules On Robocalls, Texting Spam

The top U.S. telecommunications regulator wants to make it more difficult for telemarketers and other businesses to robocall and text messages consumers under changes to autodialing rules being proposed. The Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on June 18 on the proposal, which would give legal cover to telephone companies to offer consumers technologies that would block robocalls, regardless of where they originate. “The FCC wants to make it clear: Telephone companies can – and... 

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Is Broadcom About To Get Bought?

May 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Broadcom About To Get Bought?

It is starting to look Broadcom will get bought out by its rival Avago as deep throats within both outfits think a deal is close. Avago is in advanced buyout talks to acquire Broadcom, which manufacturers chips for both the smartphone and broadband industries. The two companies are more or less the same size, but at the moment Broadcom is the weaker partner It has been the subject of previous speculation regarding acquisitions. The company is among the largest maker of chips for mobile systems such... 

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Does The PS4 Have a Weak First Party Fall Line-up?

May 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Does The PS4 Have a Weak First Party Fall Line-up?

At Sony’s 2015 Investor Relations Day today, Sony Computer Entertainment president and global CEO Andrew House detailed the company’s strategy for the coming year, including how it will address some shortcomings. House began his presentation on a positive note, talking up PlayStation 4 as “the fastest selling hardware platform in our history,” showing better-than expected growth and pushing PlayStation Plus subscriptions to twice what they were in fiscal year 2013. He said... 

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Did A Dying Star Destroy An Alien Planet?

May 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did A Dying Star Destroy An Alien Planet?

A white dwarf may seem like it would be a calm, dying star, but scientists say such stars can pack a gravitational punch so strong that they can tear a passing planet apart. Scientists using several telescopes, including NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, found evidence that a planet in an ancient cluster of stars on the edge of the Milky Way drifted too close to a white dwarf star and was ripped apart. NASA officials explained the discovery in a video on the planet’s death by white dwarf. White... 

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Yahoo To Face Class-action Lawsuit Over Email Spying

May 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo To Face Class-action Lawsuit Over Email Spying

A U.S. judge ruled that Yahoo Inc must face a nationwide class-action lawsuit accusing it of illegally intercepting the content of emails sent to Yahoo Mail subscribers from non-Yahoo Mail accounts, and using the information to boost advertising revenue. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California said people who sent emails to or received emails from Yahoo Mail subscribers since Oct. 2, 2011 may sue as a group under the federal Stored Communications Act for alleged privacy violations. She... 

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BlackBerry To Lay Off Staff In Smartphone Unit

May 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry To Lay Off Staff In Smartphone Unit

BlackBerry is planning to reduce an unspecified number of positions in its devices unit, as it attempts to make that business profitable, while expanding in other areas. The smartphone company in Waterloo, Ontario, said in a statement over the weekend that it had decided to consolidate its device software, hardware and applications business, “impacting a number of employees around the world.” The company said that as it moves into the next stage of its turnaround, it aims to reallocate... 

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Lenovo Unveils New Budget-friendly Laptop

May 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Lenovo Unveils New Budget-friendly Laptop

Lenovo is introducing three budget-conscious laptops to market in June, including one that can be equipped with Intel’s RealSense 3D camera. The Lenovo Z51 is a 15-inch Windows 8.1 notebook that’s meant to be both a workstation and a home entertainment center, the company said Wednesday. The PC also has room to fit an optional RealSense camera, which can offer gesture controls like ones found in Microsoft’s Kinect gaming device. The Z51 has a 1080p display, and can be configured... 

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Are Wooden Semiconductors On The Horizon?

May 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Wooden Semiconductors On The Horizon?

U.S. and Chinese researchers have come up with wooden semiconductor chips which have the advantage of being biodegradable and a lot cheaper than conventional semiconductors. According to the group of 17 researchers, mostly from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with others from the U.S. Department of Agriculture the team used a cellulose material for the substrate of the chip, which is the part that supports the active semiconductor layer. For those who don’t know these things cellulose,... 

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Red Hat’s Fedora 22 Leaves Beta

May 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Red Hat’s Fedora 22 Leaves Beta

Red Hat’s community arm, has announced the arrival of Fedora 22, the latest version of its open source Linux OS. Coming in three editions, Fedora Cloud, Fedora Server and Fedora Workstation, the release, which first appeared in beta a month ago, marks the first biannual release since the major upgrade work that proceeded Fedora 21. As well as the cross-edition basics of the kernel, RPM, systems and Anaconda, there is an updated package manager, with speedier results for DNF and continued... 

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Android Looking To Push Deeper Into The Home

May 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Android Looking To Push Deeper Into The Home

Android, already the most widely used operating system in smartphones, may find its way into refrigerators, door locks and all manner of other “smart” appliances around the home. The OS will be in the spotlight at Google’s massive I/O conference in San Francisco later this week. As well as pushing into home appliances, it could also be extended to play a deeper role in virtual reality, allowing Android developers to build apps for smartphones or VR headsets. Google hasn’t... 

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Will Intel Buy Canadian Wearable Firm Recon?

May 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel Buy Canadian Wearable Firm Recon?

Canadian wearable tech company Recon is on the verge of being bought by Intel. The dark satanic rumor mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn which suggests that Intel wants the Vancouver-based startup, which builds heads-up displays and other sports products. In 2013 Intel Capital, made a “significant investment” in the company which supported Recon’s product development, marketing, and global sales expansion. At the time Mike Bell Intel’s Vice President and General Manager... 

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Is Chrome A Resource Hog?

May 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Chrome A Resource Hog?

For years people have been moaning that Firefox keeps taking their RAM and refusing to give it back, well now it appears that Chrome suffers from a similar problem. Chrome creates a new process for each tab and instance of the browser opened. This can make the browser sluggish on some machines and a battery life nightmare for mobile users. However Google is aware of the problem and is coming up with a fix, Speaking during a Reddit AMA session a Chrome for Android engineer said: “We are actively... 

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Intel Think OpenStack Is Ready For The Enterprise

May 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Think OpenStack Is Ready For The Enterprise

The Openstack Framework is rapidly maturing into a business IT platform that is ready for enterprise-grade deployment, according to firms involved in the OpenStack community, including Intel which announced a technology called Clear Containers to secure containerized apps. The OpenStack Foundation lined up a succession of organisations and vendors at the first OpenStack Summit of 2015 that are working to improve the platform or are already successfully operating it. Some are using it on massive... 

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Is The Mobile Space Drying Up?

May 22, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is The Mobile Space Drying Up?

According to Digitimes, heading into the second quarter of 2015, Taiwan touch panel makers have sudden got conservative outlooks and some are even predicting that their revenues will drop another 15-20 per cent. he reason is that consumers don’t want game changing tablets and despite the claim that they are moving over to phablets instead the smartphone market is still pretty pants. While Taiwan’s overall shipments are expected to grow in the second quarter, with makers expected to ship... 

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