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Oracle Identifies Its Products Affected By Heartbleed, But No Estimates On Fixes

April 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Oracle Identifies Its Products Affected By Heartbleed, But No Estimates On Fixes

Oracle issued a comprehensive list of its software that may or may not be impacted by the OpenSSL (secure sockets layer) vulnerability known as Heartbleed, while warning that no fixes are yet available for some likely affected products. The list includes well over 100 products that appear to be in the clear, either because they never used the version of OpenSSL reported to be vulnerable to Heartbleed, or because they don’t use OpenSSL at all. However, Oracle is still investigating whether... 

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Lavaboom Offers New Encrypted Webmail Service

April 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Lavaboom Offers New Encrypted Webmail Service

A new webmail service named Lavaboom promises to provide easy-to-use email encryption without ever learning its users’ private encryption keys or message contents. Lavaboom, based in Germany and founded by Felix MA1/4ller-Irion, is named after Lavabit, the now defunct encrypted email provider believed to have been used by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Lavabit decided to shut down its operations in August in response to a U.S. government request for its SSL private key that would have... 

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AT&T To Offer Smartwatches This Year

April 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
AT&T To Offer Smartwatches This Year

Smartwatches for use on AT&T’s network will be out this year, so says one of the company’s executives. “I think you’ll see wide-area, high-bandwidth [smart]watches this year at some point,” said Glenn Lurie, president of emerging devices at AT&T, in an interview. The company has a group working in Austin, Texas, on thousands of wearable-device prototypes, and is also looking at certifying third-party devices for use on its network, Lurie said. “A majority... 

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Ubuntu Goes 64-bit On ARM

April 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Ubuntu Goes 64-bit On ARM

Canonical has announced its latest milestone server release, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The company, which is better known for its open source Ubuntu Linux desktop operating system, has been supplying a server flavor of Ubuntu since 2006 that is being used by Netflix and Snapchat. Ubuntu 14.04 Long Term Support (LTS) claims to be the most interoperable Openstack implementation, designed to run across multiple environments using Icehouse, the latest iteration of Openstack. Canonical product manager Mark Baker... 

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Does Samsung Fingerprint Sensor Work?

April 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does Samsung Fingerprint Sensor Work?

Security experts from from Germany’s Security Research Labs have broken into Samsung’s fingerprint technology by taking a fingerprint smudge from the smartphone and creating a “wood glue dummy” finger with it. Apparently the S5 falls for the fault every time. The problem is because the scanner has such a high trust rating within the phone, it will also mean that any thief will have access to the owners PayPal account. Neither of these actions require an additional password to... 

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Did Mercury Experience Volcanism?

April 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Mercury Experience Volcanism?

Explosive volcanic eruptions apparently shaped Mercury’s surface for billions of years — a surprising finding, given that until recently scientists had thought the phenomenon was impossible on the sun-scorched planet. This discovery could shed new light on the origins of Mercury, investigators added. On Earth, explosive volcanic eruptions can lead to catastrophic damage, such as when Mount St. Helens detonated in 1980 in the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in U.S.... 

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Intel Looks To Android To Boost Tablet Business

April 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Intel Looks To Android To Boost Tablet Business

Its becoming more obvious lately that Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to make a dent in the tablet market, and with Windows struggling on those devices, Android is where it’s at. Intel hopes to see its processors used in 40 million tablets this year, and 80% to 90% of those will be running Google’s Android OS, CEO Brian Krzanich said on Tuesday. “Our mix of OSes reflects pretty much what you see in the marketplace,” Krzanich... 

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Google Glass One Day Sale Proves Successful

April 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Glass One Day Sale Proves Successful

Google’s one-day sale of Google Glass appears to have been a success with all units sold out, a blog post by the technology titan suggests. “All spots in the Explorer Program have been claimed for now, but if you missed it this time, don’t worry,” the Google Glass team wrote on its blog on Wednesday. “We’ll be trying new ways to expand the Explorer program in the future.” Google did not respond to a request for more information, but an earlier post about... 

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Red Hat Goes Atomic

April 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Red Hat Goes Atomic

The Red Hat Summit kicked off in San Francisco on Tuesday, and continued today with a raft of announcements. Red Hat launched a new fork of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) with the title “Atomic Host”. The new version is stripped down to enable lightweight deployment of software containers. Although the mainline edition also support software containers, this lightweight version improves portability. This is part of a wider Red Hat initiative, Project Atomic, which also sees virtualisation... 

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Reddit Going After More Users, Advertisers With New Feature

April 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Reddit Going After More Users, Advertisers With New Feature

Reddit, a website with a retro-’90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As, is trying to attract even more followers, and advertising, by allowing members of its passionate community to post their own news more quickly and easily. Reddit, majority owned by Conde Nast parent Advanced Publications, last month unveiled a new feature that lets users of the nine-year-old site post live updates, allowing them to report in real time. The live updates... 

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MediaTek Shows Off New LTE SoC

April 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
MediaTek Shows Off New LTE SoC

MediaTek has shown off one of its most interesting SoC designs to date at the China Electronic Information Expo. The MT6595 was announced a while ago, but this is apparently the first time MediaTek showcased it in action. It is a big.LITTLE octa-core with integrated LTE support. It has four Cortex A17 cores backed by four Cortex A7 cores and it can hit 2.2GHz. The GPU of choice is the PowerVR G6200. It supports 2K4K video playback and recording, as well as H.265. It can deal with a 20-megapixel camera,... 

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Can Dwarf Planets Show The Patterns of Life?

April 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Dwarf Planets Show The Patterns of Life?

On March 26, researchers announced the discovery of 2012 VP133, an estimated 280-mile wide (450-kilometer) object that lies just beyond the Kuiper Belt of icy objects that swarm outside of Neptune’s orbit. The new object is nicknamed “Biden” after the vice-president of the United States, because both Joe Biden and 2012 VP133 are “VPs.” It is one of only two dwarf planets discovered beyond the Kuiper Belt, with Sedna (a decade ago) being the other one. The paper, “A... 

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Microsoft Updates Office Online

April 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Updates Office Online

Microsoft is updating its Web-based Office Online suite, closing the features gap with the main Office 365 and Office 2013 suites installed on users’ devices. “We know you want features that allow you to move as seamlessly as possible between Office Online and the desktop,” wrote Kaberi Chowdhury, an Office Online technical product manager, in a blog post Monday. Improvements to Excel Online include the ability to insert new comments, edit and delete existing comments, and properly... 

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Google Reveals Email Scanning Practices In Revised Terms Of Service

April 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Reveals Email Scanning Practices In Revised Terms Of Service

Google Inc updated its terms of service earlier this week, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users’ emails, both when messages are stored on Google’s servers and when they are in transit, a controversial practice that has been at the heart of litigation. Last month, a U.S. judge decided not to combine several lawsuits... 

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Mt. Gox Founder Refuses To Appear In U.S. Regarding Bankruptcy

April 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Mt. Gox Founder Refuses To Appear In U.S. Regarding Bankruptcy

Mark Karpeles, the founder of Mt. Gox, has refused to come to the United States to answer questions about the Japanese bitcoin exchange’s U.S. bankruptcy case, Mt. Gox lawyers told a federal judge on Monday. In the court filing, Mt. Gox lawyers cited a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which has closely monitored virtualcurrencies like bitcoin. “Mr. Karpeles is now in the process of obtaining counsel to represent him with respect... 

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