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Researches Looks Toward Quantum Physics For Fraud-proof Credit Cards

December 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Researches Looks Toward Quantum Physics For Fraud-proof Credit Cards

Researchers in the Netherlands are using quantum physics in an attempt to create fraud-proof credit cards and ID cards. The approach, which they call Quantum-Secure Authentication (QSA), centers on single particles of light, or photons, and their ability to encode data so that attackers cannot determine what the information is. It exploits a property of photons that allows them to effectively be in multiple places at once, a phenomenon described in quantum physics. Researchers in the Netherlands... 

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T-Mobile Rolls Out ‘Data Stash’ Plan

December 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Rolls Out ‘Data Stash’ Plan

T-Mobile has announced a monthly data rollover plan for consumers and business customers called “Data Stash,” but the plan still will not allow workers to share their data with others in a work group. Data Stash works much the same way for users who have a Simple Choice plan (or Simple Choice for Business Value Plan) and have purchased 3GB or more of LTE data per month for smartphones and 1GB or more for tablets. T-Mobile will give those existing customers, as well as new customers, 10GB... 

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Dell Debuts Next-Gen Firewalls

December 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Dell Debuts Next-Gen Firewalls

Dell has merged its SonicPoints with Dell SonicWALL next-generation firewalls to create what it claims are secure wireless networks. According to the company, the Dell SonicWALL firewalls automatically detects and provision SonicPoints, while it pushes appropriate security updates as well as policies to ensure enterprise-class security. Of course, it also claims to simplify management, deliver a lower TCO and protect you from badgers at the same time. But it is a pretty interesting product. The... 

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Will Microsoft’s Arcadia Bring Streaming To The Xbox One?

December 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Microsoft’s Arcadia Bring Streaming To The Xbox One?

It’s already been widely reported that Microsoft is working on game-streaming technology, long enough that the company has apparently started over at least once. According to a new ZDNet report, Microsoft halted work on one such project called “Rio,” and has since begun building a new streaming service code-named “Arcadia.” ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley cites sources within Microsoft with the news that Arcadia is being worked on by a new team in the company’s Operating... 

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Stanford University Researchers Builds ‘High-rise’ Chip

December 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Stanford University Researchers Builds ‘High-rise’ Chip

Stanford University researchers have developed a multi-layered “high-rise” chip that could significantly outperform traditional computer chips, taking on the hefty workloads that will be needed for the Internet of Things and big data. Utilizing nanotechnology, the new chips are built with layers of processing on top of layers of memory, greatly cutting down on the time and energy typically needed to move information from memory to processing and back. Max Shulaker, a researcher on the... 

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Voyager 1 Gets Hit By Cosmic Tsunami Wave

December 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Voyager 1 Gets Hit By Cosmic Tsunami Wave

It turns out that sailing through interstellar space isn’t so peaceful. NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft — the only object made by humans to reach interstellar space — might still be caught what scientists have described as a cosmic “tsunami wave,” a shock wave that first hit the probe in February, according to new research. You can hear the eerie interstellar vibrations in a video, courtesy of NASA. “Most people would have thought the interstellar medium would have... 

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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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