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McAfee’s Biometric Authentication Software Coming By End Of The Year

November 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
McAfee’s Biometric Authentication Software Coming By End Of The Year

A McAfee security product that will use biometric technology to authenticate users will be available for download by the end of the year, said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, last week. “Your biometrics basically eliminate the need for you to enter passwords for Windows log in and eventually all your websites ever again,” Skaugen said. Further product details were not immediately available. But one of the major inconveniences in... 

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StoreDot Says It Can Recharge Mobile Phone In 30 Seconds

November 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
StoreDot Says It Can Recharge Mobile Phone In 30 Seconds

An Israeli firm claims it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world’s most dynamic consumer industries. Using nano-technology to synthesize artificial molecules, Tel Aviv-based StoreDot says it has developed a battery that can store a much higher charge more quickly, in effect acting like a super-dense sponge to soak up power and retain it. While the prototype is currently far too bulky... 

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Intel’s Cherry Trail Processor Coming In 2015

November 26, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel’s Cherry Trail Processor Coming In 2015

Bay Trail was quite a big deal when it started shipping in late 2013. It was a tablet chip that enabled great design wins such as the affordable Asus T100TA and even in late 2014 Asus used the platform to create the EeeBook X205, a $199 netbook. Both of these designs are based on Intel’s Bay-Trail M processor, a year old 22nm quad-core processor based on the Silvermont design. Some machines that are coming with LTE, both netbooks and tablets and there will be new chip coming in 2015. It is... 

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Suse Jumps Into The Sofware-Defined Storage Market

November 26, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Suse Jumps Into The Sofware-Defined Storage Market

Software Defined Storage (SDS) is the latest buzzphrase in the sector, and in recognition of this Linux distributor SUSE has announced a pre-release programmer for SUSE Storage. SUSE Storage is the open-source vendor’s first entry into the SDS market, and the firm describes it as “a self-healing, self-managing, distributed, software-based storage solution”. The INQUIRER caught up with Gerald Pfeifer, senior director of product management and operations at SUSE, who said that it... 

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Is Dark Energy Eating Dark Matter?

November 26, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Dark Energy Eating Dark Matter?

Dark energy appears to be devouring dark matter and slowing the expansion of the cosmos, a new study suggests. Dark matter makes up the backbone of the universe, and there is five times as much of it in the universe as regular matter that makes up the visible objects in the universe like planets and stars. Physicists have yet to directly detect dark matter and no one knows what it’s made of. Scientists can only tell that it exists from its gravitational pull on regular matter. Now, the new... 

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Sony To Slash Mobile Phone, TV Product Lines

November 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony To Slash Mobile Phone, TV Product Lines

Japan’s hemorrhaging technology giant Sony Corp plans to slice its TV and mobile phone product line-ups to cut costs, counting on multi-billion dollar revenue surges for its buoyant PlayStation 4 and image sensor businesses over the next three years. Having lost ground to nimbler rivals like Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in consumer electronics, Sony said on Tuesday its goal for TV and smartphones is to turn a profit, even if sales slide as much as 30 percent. “We’re... 

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NSA Warns Several Countries Have Ability To Shutdown U.S. Infrastructure

November 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NSA Warns Several Countries Have Ability To Shutdown U.S. Infrastructure

China and “probably one or two” other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency said. Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform “reconnaissance” missions to determine how the networks... 

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Intel Shows New Processor Roadmap

November 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Shows New Processor Roadmap

Intel has revealed an update to its CPU roadmap and some things have changed in 2015 and beyond. Let’s start with the Broadwell 14nm architecture. The first processors based on this technology are starting to show up in razor thin laptops and ultra-fast tablets. Intel should add ultra-expensive, as the first SKUs cost an arm and leg. However, the Core M is excellent performer considering its 4.5W TDP envelope and this is the first time that Intel has made such as energy efficient Core processor.... 

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4K Monitors Fall Below $500

November 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
4K Monitors Fall Below $500

Prices for 4K monitors have fallen below $500, bringing them within the reach of cost-conscious buyers looking to replace 1080p displays. The prices have been falling steadily from $700 or more earlier this year. 4K monitors are available from Samsung, Sharp, Dell, Asus, Acer, Monoprice and small vendors. 4K gives a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, or four times deeper than conventional 1080p resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Dell is selling its 28 Ultra HD P2815Q monitor for $449.99, down from... 

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Was Sony’s Playstation Network Hacked Again?

November 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Was Sony’s Playstation Network Hacked Again?

Sony has denied the claims of DerpTrolling, a hacker group which claimed it had raided the databases of the PSN, along with a number of other online services. The group had published a list of emails and passwords for PSN, Windows Live Mail and 2K Games accounts online, and claimed to be prepared to release more, but Sony says that they’ve come from other sources than hacking. “We have investigated the claims that our network was breached and have found no evidence that there was any... 

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Symantec Uncovers Advanced Spying Malware

November 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Symantec Uncovers Advanced Spying Malware

An advanced malicious software application has been discovered that since 2008 was used to spy on private companies, governments, research institutes and individuals in 10 countries, anti virus software maker Symantec Corp said in a report on Sunday. The Mountain View, California-based maker of Norton anti virus products said its research showed that a “nation state” was likely the developer of the malware called Regin, or Backdoor. Regin, but Symantec did not identify any countries... 

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Astronomers Searching For Binary Earth-Like Planets Around Stars

November 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Searching For Binary Earth-Like Planets Around Stars

Two Earth-size planets that orbit each other might exist around distant stars, researchers say. The solar system has many examples of moons orbiting planets; Jupiter and Saturn both possess more than 60 satellites. However, these moons are usually much smaller than their planets — Earth is nearly four times wider than its moon and more than 80 times its mass. Still, some moons are as large as planets. For instance, Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon, is larger than Mercury, and three-quarters... 

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Will The EU Push To Break Up Google?

November 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Will The EU Push To Break Up Google?

Members of the European Parliament are preparing a motion calling for the break-up of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services, according to news reports. A draft resolution calling for the break-up should be finalized early next week, with a vote potentially on Thursday, according to a report from The Financial Times. While the European Parliament has no formal power to break up the company, a vote to split Google could put pressure on the European Commission,... 

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Government Officials Warns Consumers To Secure Their Web Cams

November 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Government Officials Warns Consumers To Secure Their Web Cams

Government officials in the U.S. and the UK are warning consumers to secure their webcams after websites that broadcast the contents of those cameras have sprung up online. One of the better-known sites, Insecam, appeared to have gone offline after the warnings, but at least one site that publishes similar content was still available. The websites show footage from security cameras used by businesses and in people’s homes, including CCTV networks that secure buildings and even cameras built... 

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Amazon’s Zocalo Goes Mobile

November 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon’s Zocalo Goes Mobile

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced two much-needed boosts to its fledgling Zocalo productivity platform, making the service mobile and allowing for file capacities of up to 5TB. The service, which is designed to do what Drive does for Google and what Office 365 does for software rental, has gained mobile apps for the first time as Zocalo appears on the Google Play store and Apple App Store. Amazon also mentions availability on the Kindle store, but we’re not sure about that bit. We assume... 

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