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Facebook Testing New Stripped Down Version Of Its Mobile App

January 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Facebook Testing New Stripped Down Version Of Its Mobile App

Facebook is testing a scaled down version of its mobile app that requires far less data, which could boost usage of the social networking service among people with weaker Internet service or older phones. Facebook “Lite” is available for devices running Android 2.2 and up. The size of the free app is 252 kilobytes, and it’s meant for 2G networks in areas with limited connectivity. Users can perform a bunch of basic functions like post status updates with photos, comment on people’s... 

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Auto Industry Helps Texas Instruments Bottom Line

January 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Auto Industry Helps Texas Instruments Bottom Line

Texas Instruments appears to have done rather well thanks to a growing demand for chips from the car industry. The company posted fourth-quarter revenue of $3.27 billion, up 8 percent from the year-ago period and slightly above what the cocaine nose jobs of Wall Street predicted by reading their tarot cards. This was mostly because TI deepened its focus on analogue and embedded chips which are in demand from carmakers, telecom companies and industrial customers. Revenue from Texas Instruments’... 

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Dropbox Acquires Startup Pixelapse

January 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Dropbox Acquires Startup Pixelapse

Dropbox, never one to shy away from an acquisition, has purchased startup Pixelapse, which provides a GitHub-like version control service for “tens of thousands” of visual designers. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. “Our new development efforts will be focused on bringing the same kinds of collaboration and workflow experiences that you’re used to in Pixelapse over to the core Dropbox product,” said the company’s traditional “hey we’ve been... 

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Adobe Patches Flash Player Again

January 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Adobe Patches Flash Player Again

It’s patch week again for Adobe Flash Player, and this time the update is designed to fix a critical security bug in the much-maligned browser’s multimedia plug-in. Flash Player has been updated to version 16.0.0.296 to solve the vulnerability previously identified in the APSA15-01 Security Bulletin. The bulletin now contains information about the new version. Flash Player 16.0.0.296 was released with auto-update enabled on 24 January, two days earlier than the expected distribution date. The... 

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NASA Discovers Mysterious Spot On Ceres

January 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
NASA Discovers Mysterious Spot On Ceres

A strange, flickering white blotch found on the dwarf planet Ceres by a NASA spacecraft has scientists scratching their heads. The white spot on Ceres in a series of new photos taken on Jan. 13 by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which is rapidly approaching the round dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. But when the initial photo release on Monday (Jan. 19), the Dawn scientists gave no indication of what the white dot might be. “Yes, we can confirm that it... 

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New Internet Browser Vivaldi Launches

January 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
New Internet Browser Vivaldi Launches

Well known software developer Jon von Tetzchner has launched a new internet browser, offering an interface for high-volume users who “have problems fitting all their open tabs on one screen”, he said in a Reuters interview. Known as Vivaldi and available on desktop computers from Tuesday, the browser’s initial launch covers the Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. “A mobile phone and a tablet version are in the pipeline. We are working on it, but they won’t be out until... 

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Gas Stations Vulnerable To Cyberattacks

January 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Gas Stations Vulnerable To Cyberattacks

Over 5,000 devices used by gas stations in the U.S. to monitor their fuel tank levels can be hacked from the Internet by malicious attackers. These devices, known as automated tank gauges (ATGs), are also used to trigger alarms in case of problems with the tanks, such as fuel spills. “An attacker with access to the serial port interface of an ATG may be able to shut down the station by spoofing the reported fuel level, generating false alarms, and locking the monitoring service out of the system,”... 

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SAP Sees High Profit Potential In Cloud

January 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
SAP Sees High Profit Potential In Cloud

European software giant SAP could eventually see its software delivered via the cloud deliver higher profit margins than its traditional packaged software, its finance chief told a newspaper. “Such contracts become profitable over time. In the long term, they can definitely become more profitable than our classic license sales,” Luka Mucic told the Euro am Sonntag business weekly in an interview. SAP said last week its push to deliver cloud-based products via the Internet – which... 

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Researchers At Georgia Tech Develop An Auto Detect Keyboard

January 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Researchers At Georgia Tech Develop An Auto Detect Keyboard

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have emerged from their smoke filled labs with an intelligent keyboard which cleans itself and can identify users by the pattern and style of their fingertips and keystrokes. Dubbed the “human-machine interfacing” device, the keyboard was reported in the American Chemical Society’s academic journal “Nano.” If it works it could provide a foolproof way to prevent unauthorized users from gaining direct access to computers and stop the return key... 

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Hacker Forum Working To On Evolving Malware

January 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Hacker Forum Working To On Evolving Malware

Notorious malware kjw0rm and Sir DoOoM have been uncovered in a hacker forum as evolved versions, developed with advanced functionality, according to researchers at Trend Micro. A threat response engineer at Trend Micro, Michael Marcos, said that he uncovered the malware while examining the Arabic language on a bogus “computer enthusiast site”, called dev-point.com forum. “One of the notable topics in the forum talked about new malware ‘kjw0rm’ and a worm named ‘Sir DoOom’,... 

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Astronomers Pinpoint Gamma-Ray Burst Outside The Milky Way

January 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Pinpoint Gamma-Ray Burst Outside The Milky Way

Scientists have detected the origins of three bright gamma-ray signals from objects beyond our own Milky Way galaxy for the first time, including one signal from a strange “superbubble” of gas. The gamma-ray signals from three very different astronomical objects were detected in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) — the biggest satellite galaxy of the Milky Way — by a telescope network in Africa. They are spewing high-energy gamma-rays and are giving the Milky Way a run for its money. Two... 

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Cablevision To Launch Wi-Fi Phone Service

January 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Cablevision To Launch Wi-Fi Phone Service

Cablevision System Corp said that it would launch in February a wireless Internet phone service to give customers an alternative to more expensive data plans from cellular companies such as AT&T and Verizon. The “Freewheel” phone service, which runs on any WiFi connection, is an attempt by Cablevision to retain and potentially add subscribers at a time when cable companies are losing out to lower-priced, bundled TV and Internet services from telecom firms. Cablevision said the phone... 

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China Further Restricts Internet, Blocks VPN Access

January 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
China Further Restricts Internet, Blocks VPN Access

China is further tightening its grip on access to the Internet by blocking services that allow users to get around government censorship. Several foreign-based operators of virtual private network (VPN) services said Friday that access to their services in China had been disrupted as a result of the crackdown and users are facing a harder time getting to some foreign websites. Virtual private networks work by establishing an encrypted pipe between a computer or smartphone and a server in a foreign... 

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Box Riding High After Success IPO

January 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Box Riding High After Success IPO

Box made a splashy entrance on the New York Stock Exchange Friday, opening at $20.20 per share, or 44 percent higher than the price it had set for itself the night before. With 12.5 million shares for sale, the initial public offering raised some $175 million that Box can now use to invest in its business, and a market capitalization of $1.6 billion. By Friday afternoon, the stock — trading under the symbol “BOX” — had reached as high as $24.73 per share, or 77 percent above... 

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RHEL Finally Available On IBM’s Power8

January 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
RHEL Finally Available On IBM’s Power8

IBM has made the Power8 version of the latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) beta available through its Power Development Platform (PDP) as the firm continues to build support for its Power systems. IBM and Red Hat announced in December that RHEL 7.1 was adding support for the Power8 processor in little endian instruction format, as the beta release was made available for testers to download. This version is available for developers and testers to download from today through the IBM PDP and at IBM... 

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