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Manufacturer Coolpad Has Built Backdoor Into Android Devices

December 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Manufacturer Coolpad Has Built Backdoor Into Android Devices

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad has created an extensive “backdoor” into its Android devices that can track users, serve them unwanted advertisements and install unauthorized apps, a U.S. security firm alleged today. In a research paper released today, Palo Alto Networks detailed its investigation of the backdoor, which it dubbed “CoolReaper.” “Coolpad has built a backdoor that goes beyond the usual data collection,” said Ryan Olson, director of intelligence at... 

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Suit Brought Against Sprint For Cramming

December 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Suit Brought Against Sprint For Cramming

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed a lawsuit against Sprint Corp over unauthorized charges on customers’ cellphone bills, a practice known as cramming, in the agency’s first foray into mobile payments. Marking the third cramming-related government enforcement action this year, the CFPB alleges that from 2004 through 2013, the wireless carrier allowed third parties to charge consumers tens of millions of dollars for services like ringtones or text-message horoscopes... 

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Will ARM Have A Profitable 2015?

December 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will ARM Have A Profitable 2015?

British chip designer ARM could cash in on the mobile industry’s rush to transition to 64-bit operating systems and hardware. Canaccord Genuity analyst Matt Ramsey argues that ARM is still a ‘Buy’ stock, as it’s trading at $43, while his price target is $54 to $56. Ramsay is upbeat for a number of reasons and the 64-bit craze is one o them. He pointed out that sales of ARMv8 chips are raping up and are no longer limited to Apple. Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 810 is... 

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HGST Buys Skyera Cloud Services

December 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HGST Buys Skyera Cloud Services

HGST has bought flash memory specialist Skyera after weeks of speculation. Skyera, a startup offering cloud server arrays at prices comparable to those offered by traditional spindle drives, was already considered ripe for a takeover. The company will be absorbed into HGST, the parent of which, Western Digital, was an early funder of Skyera along with Dell, Toshiba and Micron, giving it unprecedented access to NAND technology from the inside. Western Digital is clearly pleased with what it has bought... 

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SoakSoak Infiltrates WordPress Websites

December 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
SoakSoak Infiltrates WordPress Websites

Hundreds of thousands of websites running WordPress have been infected by a piece of malware called SoakSoak. Google has flagged more than 11,000 domains hosting a WordPress website as malicious. Websites running a third-party plug-in called Slider Revolution are being hacked, and malicious code is being installed that will in turn infect those who visit the website. The developers of the plug-in, ThemePunch, have admitted that they knew about the vulnerability in February this year but kept quiet... 

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BlackBerry Launches ‘Classic’ Smartphone

December 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Launches ‘Classic’ Smartphone

BlackBerry Ltd rolled out its much anticipated Classic on Wednesday, a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices. The Canadian mobile technology company said the new device, which bears striking similarities to its once wildly popular Bold and Curve handsets, boasts a larger screen, longer battery life, an expanded app library with access to offerings from Amazon.com Inc’s Android App store, and a browser... 

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Study Finds Android Apps Frequently Using Permissions Granted

December 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Study Finds Android Apps Frequently Using Permissions Granted

Android apps really take advantage of those permissions they ask for to access users’ personal information: one online store records a phone’s location up to 10 times a minute, French researchers have found. The tools to manage such access are limited, and inadequate given how much information phones can gather. In a recent study, ten volunteers used Android phones that tracked app behavior using a monitoring app, Mobilitics, developed by the French National Institute for Informatics... 

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Demand For Solar Power Continues To Rise

December 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Demand For Solar Power Continues To Rise

Demand for solar power grew at an impressive clip by 16%  in 2014, representing 44 billion watts (gigawatts) of capacity purchased during the year. At the same time, China, which in past years had flooded the market with solar panels, did not see growth as strong as had been expected. The growth was mainly due to healthy U.S. and Japanese markets, according to the report from EnergyTrend, a research division of TrendForce. Overall, supply and demand remained stable, according to EnergyTrend. “At... 

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Red Hat RHEL Adds IBM’s Power 8

December 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Red Hat RHEL Adds IBM’s Power 8

Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.1 Beta with enhancements to improve ease of use, manageability and performance, as well as support for IBM Power8 little endian architecture. RHEL 7.1 Beta is the next point release following the enterprise Linux vendor’s initial production release of RHEL 7.0 in June. RHEL 7.1 adds OpenLMI support to streamline system configuration management with thin logical volume manager provisioning, along with kernel and user... 

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Is Borderlands Headed To The Xbox One And PS4?

December 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Borderlands Headed To The Xbox One And PS4?

Sources are sighting a rating seen on the Australian classifications that seem to point to an upcoming Remastered Edition of Borderlands is coming for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. So far this has remained unconfirmed by publisher 2K and franchise developer Gearbox. The new remastered version is expected to be simply called “Borderlands Remastered Edition”, but with no confirmation from 2K and Gearbox it is difficult to say what all it might contain or if it is simply a converted and compiled version... 

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LG Plans On Rolling Out Quantum Dot TVs In 2015

December 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
LG  Plans On Rolling Out Quantum Dot TVs In 2015

South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc will roll out a new range of high-tech TVs in early 2015, expanding its line-up while it strives to cut costs that make its prized light-emitting diode (OLED) sets too expensive for most consumers. A spokesman for the world’s No. 2 TV maker after domestic rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday LG will start selling products using quantum dot technology early next year. He didn’t disclose details including pricing. The technology incorporates... 

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Will Astronomers Ever Find Dark Matter?

December 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will Astronomers Ever Find Dark Matter?

Scientists have long known about dark matter, a mysterious substance that neither emits nor absorbs light. But despite decades of searching, they have not yet detected dark matter particles. With ten times the sensitivity of previous detectors, three recently funded dark matter experiments — the Axion Dark Matter eXperimen Gen 2, LUX-ZEPLIN and the Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search at the underground laboratory SNOLAB — have scientists crossing their fingers that they may finally glimpse these... 

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FCC To Demand Higher Broadband Speeds For Provider Subsidies

December 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
FCC To Demand Higher Broadband Speeds For Provider Subsidies

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will require broadband providers getting new federal subsidies to build networks in rural areas to deliver download speeds of at least 10Mbps. The FCC voted last Thursday to update its rules for the Connect America Fund, the broadband subsidy program funded through fees on telephone service, with a major change being the increase in minimum download speeds from 4Mbps to 10Mbps from fixed broadband providers. Broadband providers AT&T and Verizon had opposed... 

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Patent Disputes Putting Xiaomi Smartphone Growth Plans In Jeopardy

December 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Patent Disputes Putting Xiaomi Smartphone Growth Plans In Jeopardy

Patent wars have become commonplace with smartphone vendors across the world, and now Xiaomi is no exception. The Chinese company announced it had halted its product sales in India, due to a patent dispute with Swedish network equipment vendor Ericsson. The legal troubles throw a wrench in Xiaomi’s international expansion, and could open the company to even more lawsuits from other patent holders, analysts warn. In Ericsson’s case, the company said it had spent more than three years... 

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Intel To Add Broadwell To Its Next Unit Computing Series

December 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel To Add Broadwell To Its Next Unit Computing Series

Intel is planning to update its rather successful NUC (Next Unit of Computing) series and as you can expect, they will come with Broadwell CPUs inside. Intel isn’t hiding the external design of the new cases and there is a dominant yellow connector at the front of the new NUC, and this one should be providing charging power even when the device is turned off. The board comes with either M2 storage or single SATA and there will be two different designs one exclusively for M2 drive and the second... 

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