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DEA Has A Program That Tracks Cars Moving Across The Country

January 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
DEA Has A Program That Tracks Cars Moving Across The Country

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program to track cars close to the U.S.-Mexican border has been gradually expanded nationwide and is regularly used by other law enforcement agencies searching for criminal suspects. The extent of the system, which is said to contain hundreds of millions of records on motorists and their journeys, was disclosed in documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union as part of a Freedom of Information Act request. Much of the information disclosed to the... 

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Google Fiber Expanding South

January 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Fiber Expanding South

Google Fiber is expanding to the metro areas of Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., reaching 18 cities in those areas. The fiber optic cable service, with speeds of 1Gbps, is already active in the Kansas City area, as well as Provo, Utah, and Austin, Texas. Google has been working with city leaders in the new areas for the past year, “and now the really hard work begins,” said Dennis Kish, vice president of Google Fiber in a blog posting. He also said Google continues... 

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DoS Bug Found In Android

January 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
DoS Bug Found In Android

Security researchers have discovered a bug in the Android WiFi Direct feature that could allow hackers to launch denial-of-service (DoS) attacks on Android devices. WiFi Direct allows Android devices to connect to one another directly without needing a third-party device like a wireless router. The feature runs as standard in most Android smartphones today. The guys at Core Security found the vulnerability, dubbed CVE-2014-0997, and said that a number of Android smartphones are vulnerable and can... 

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AMD’s Summit Ridge Processor Details Leaked

January 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD’s Summit Ridge Processor Details Leaked

AMD’s first 14nm processors are codenamed Summit Ridge and they are reportedly based on an all-new architecture dubbed Zen. Information on the new architecture and the Summit Ridge design is still very sketchy. According to Sweclockers, the chips will feature up to eight CPU cores, support for DDR4 memory and TDPs of up to 95W. Summit Ridge will use a new socket, designated FM3. This suggests we are looking at A-series APUs, but there is no word on graphics and the eight-core design points to... 

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Yahoo To Spinoff Shares In Alibaba

January 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo To Spinoff Shares In Alibaba

Yahoo Inc plans to spin off its 15 percent stake in China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , caving to demands to hand over to shareholders its prized e-commerce investment valued at roughly $40 billion. The move to spin off the Alibaba stake satisfies a persistent investor demand, but could also ratchet up pressure on Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer to make quicker progress in strengthening Yahoo’s struggling media and advertising business. “It’s not going to be easy from... 

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Can A Galactic Bubble Expose Dark Matter?

January 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can A Galactic Bubble Expose Dark Matter?

Compared to other galaxies, the Milky Way is relatively peaceful. Even the center of our galaxy, where things are the most tumultuous, experiences relatively few violent events. Unlike in other galaxies, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way doesn’t ravenously suck in huge meals of gas or spit out enormous jets of radiation and light. But our galaxy wasn’t always so sleepy. In 2010, a team of scientists working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovered a pair... 

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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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