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  • Inside the Apple Inc. A9X Chip

    11/27/2015 12:51:44 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | November 27, 2015 | By Ashraf Eassa
    Thanks to the folks at Chipworks, this Fool discusses the details of the A9X chip inside of Apple's iPad Pro. Every year, the patent analysis and competitive intelligence company Chipworks tears down the applications processors found in Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) latest iPhones and iPads. As you might recall, Chipworks confirmed that the A9 processor inside of the iPhone 6s/6s was, indeed, manufactured by both TSMC (NYSE:TSM) and Samsung (NASDAQOTH:SSNLF), a fact that came as a surprise to many.Chipworks also provided chip die sizes for both the TSMC-built and the Samsung-built A9s, giving the public a glimpse into how both chip manufacturers'...

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  • Dyreza trojan evolves for Windows 10

    11/26/2015 6:20:04 PM PST · by Utilizer · 28 replies ^ | Nov 23 2015 6:40AM (AUS) | Max Metzger
    ... Notorious banking trojan Dyreza has evolved to target the Windows 10 operating system, according to cyber-security firm Heimdall. The new feature of this pernicious strain of malware includes support for Windows 10, so cyber-criminals can stay up to date with the developments of their prey as well as the ability to latch on to Microsoft Edge, Window's 10's replacement for the much-maligned internet explorer. Heimdall also noted that this new version of Dyreza “kills a series of processes linked to endpoint security software, in order to make its infiltration in the system faster and more effective”. Nearly 100,000 machines...
  • Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

    11/26/2015 4:09:02 PM PST · by markomalley · 63 replies
    The Register ^ | 11/26/15 | Andrew Orlowski
    “Anonymity is like virginity. You don't get it back once you've lost it,” writes one Register reader on Microsoft’s latest raid on your privacy.Microsoft pulled a major update for Windows after it blew away the user's privacy settings, allowing app developers and advertisers to glean the user’s identity. But that’s only part of the story, which gets murkier by the day.We already knew Windows 10 Threshold deleted third-party data monitoring tools and cleanup tools, including stalwarts like Spybot and CCleaner. It even disabled Cisco’s VPN software. Just a bug, said Microsoft.Two bugs would be a puzzling coincidence – but something...
  • Hilton PoS systems hit with malware, customer details stolen

    11/25/2015 6:13:30 PM PST · by Utilizer · 7 replies ^ | Nov 25 2015 11:29AM (AUS) | By Staff Writer
    Global hotel operator Hilton Worldwide Holdings has revealed the discovery of malware in some point of sales systems in its hotels that targeted customer payment card information. A third-party investigation found that the malware targeted specific payment card information which included cardholder names, payment card numbers, security codes and expiration dates, Hilton said. It did not include addresses or personal identification numbers (PINs), according to the company. Hilton advised customers who used their card at any of the global operator's hotels during a 17-week period - from November 18 to December 5 2014 or April 21 to July 27 2015...
  • Gun magazines dominate the supermarket magazine rack

    11/25/2015 1:51:04 PM PST · by dennisw · 42 replies
    self | Nov 25 2015 | self
    I was sent to the supermarket to buy some green beans for Thanksgiving. On the way out I decided to look at the computer magazines in the magazine rack which I have not done in years. This rack is medium size. I figured I would see no computer magazines (computers are passe) but that I would see magazines devoted to smartphones and iphones. But I saw nothing.What I did see surprised me. 12 gun magazines, maybe one or two were buying guides. I also saw a model drone buying guide. On the cover was a photo of a helicopter type...
  • 'Material universe' yields surprising new particle

    11/25/2015 12:22:07 PM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies ^ | November 25, 2015 | Provided by: Princeton University
    These tungsten ditelluride crystals behave as insulators for current applied in some directions and as conductors for current applied in other directions. The researchers found that this behavior is due to a newly theorized particle, the type-II Weyl fermion. Credit: Wudi Wang and N. Phuan Ong, Princeton University --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- An international team of researchers has predicted the existence of a new type of particle called the type-II Weyl fermion in metallic materials. When subjected to a magnetic field, the materials containing the particle act as insulators for current applied in some directions and as conductors for current applied in other...
  • Apple’s Innovation is Humiliating Wall Street

    11/25/2015 11:55:54 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies ^ | November 8, 2015 | by Ophir Gottlieb
    Fundamentals< src="" width ="20%">Written by Ophir Gottlieb, 11-08-2015Follow @OphirGottlieb Update 11-18-2015 Good for Goldman Scahs, which has now added Apple to its highly coveted "conviction buy list." And why?... Well, basically becasue of the article below. The iPhone is nothing more than a luxury bauble that will appeal to a few gadget freaks. - Matthew Lynn Bloomberg, 2007 That exact ridiculous sentiment is still, today, echoed in today's media to the point of total absurdity. Apple is humiliating Wall Street's analysts and the main stream media because both lack the lexicon to understand what's actually happening in technology, and that...
  • Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner (Boundless Optimism Everywhere)

    11/24/2015 7:17:54 PM PST · by dayglored · 28 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 23, 2015 | Gavin Clarke
    Takeup will be 'significantly more rapid than seen with Windows 7' The first six months of 2016 will see an upsurge in pilot rollouts of Windows 10, Gartner has predicted. Many enterprises will then broaden their deployments later in the year with Gartner expecting at least half to have started some form of production deployment by the beginning of 2017, and looking to complete migrations in 2019. That will help Windows 10 become Microsoft's most widely deployed operating system, following in the footsteps of Windows 7 and Windows XP, Gartner said. That may, or may not, be what Microsoft wants...
  • Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs (oh goodie it's going away)

    11/24/2015 6:55:10 PM PST · by dayglored · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 24, 2015 | Chris Williams
    Dell has published a guide on how to remove the web security backdoor it installed in its Windows laptops and desktop PCs. This confirms what we all know by now – that Dell was selling computers with a rather embarrassing hole it in their defenses. New models from the XPS, Precision and Inspiron families include a powerful root CA certificate called eDellRoot, which puts the machines' owners at risk of identity theft and banking fraud. The self-signed certificate is bundled with its private key, which is a boon for man-in-the-middle attackers: for example, if an affected Dell connects to a...
  • Dell computers bundled with backdoor that blurts hardware fingerprint to websites (Mo' Badness)

    11/24/2015 6:50:06 PM PST · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 25, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Analysis Dell ships Windows computers with software that lets websites slurp up the machine's exact specifications, warranty status, and other details without the user knowing. This information can be used to build a fingerprint that potentially identifies a person while she browses across the web. It can be abused by phishers and scammers, who can quote the information to trick victims into thinking they're talking to a legit Dell employee. And, well, it's just plain rude. A website created by a bloke called Slipstream - previously in these pages for exposing security holes in UK school IT software - shows...
  • Never mind the ‘Steve Jobs’ movie, get ready for the ‘Michael Dell’ biopic! (Trailer)

    11/24/2015 8:42:13 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Tuesday, November 24, 2015 · 11:15 am | Conan O'Brien and Team Coco
    "Don't Think Different. . . Think Same!" That mind-closing statement is just one from the upcoming biopic, "Michael Dell." When a confused and obviously new-on-the-job Dell "engineer" shows Michael Dell the latest plastic Windows PC box to emerge from the Dell "labs," and is told to just start shipping it without even turning it on, the confused sap asks, "Bu, but, we need to make it great?" In a nearly memorable emotional highlight, Dell responds with brutal clarity, "No! You need to make it cheap!" Later, in the film’s most revealing line, Dell discloses his company’s entire raison d'etre, the...
  • Is Linux Mint a terrible desktop distribution?

    11/24/2015 2:30:32 AM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    IT World ^ | 11/20/15 | Jim Lynch
    Is Linux Mint a terrible desktop distribution? How bad is Linux Mint as a desktop distribution? One redditor shared with difficult experience of installing Linux Mint on his computer. Itripovermyownfeet shared his thoughts in the Linux Mint subreddit: This is awful, when I install Linux on the desktop I'm expecting to be able to waste a solid 8 hours chasing down random issues that were solved on all other modern desktop systems by 2008. I went into this hoping and wishing to have to crawl through threads from 2006 to figure out why plugging in a second...
  • Dell security error widens as researchers dig deeper (Earlier problem is worse than was thought)

    11/23/2015 9:56:26 PM PST · by dayglored · 11 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Nov 23, 2015 | Jeremy Kirk
    Duo Security researchers found a second weak digital certificate on a new Dell Inspiron laptop The fallout from a serious security mistake made by Dell is widening, as security experts find more issues of concern. Researchers with Duo Security have found a second weak digital certificate in a new Dell laptop and evidence of another problematic one circulating. The issue started after it was discovered Dell shipped devices with a self-signed root digital certificate, eDellRoot, which is used to encrypt data traffic. But it installed the root certificate with the private encryption key included, a critical error that left many...
  • A ‘Star Trek’ Dream, Spread From Upstate New York

    11/23/2015 1:25:32 AM PST · by iowamark · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | OCT. 11, 2015 | PAUL POST
    TICONDEROGA, N.Y. — Capt. James T. Kirk writhes in pain, having been tortured at the hands of his Klingon captors, as his shocked and saddened crew members speed away toward unknown parts of the universe, presuming Kirk is dead after his mysterious disappearance. From Our Advertisers The action might have once unfolded at Desilu Studios in Hollywood, where the original “Star Trek” series was filmed, but it happened in a former dollar store on the main street of this upstate town, best known for its 18th century stone fort where a part of the Revolutionary War was contested over 200...
  • Yahoo Mail begins blocking users with ad block enabled

    11/21/2015 6:13:33 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 29 replies ^ | November 20, 2015 | by Jared Newman
    AdBlock Plus users in Chrome and Firefox report seeing error messages instead of their inboxes. Yahoo may be hoping that access to your email is more important than freedom from advertisements.Some users of AdBlock Plus have reported that they can't access Yahoo Mail in Chrome or Firefox on the desktop. Instead of seeing their inboxes, the get the following error message: "Uh oh. . . We are unable to display Yahoo Mail. Please disable Ad Blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail." The reports, first spotted by Digiday, surfaced in the AdBlock Plus forums on Thursday. Andrei Herasimchuk, a former Yahoo...
  • Samsung wows investors with futuristic tech that Apple's iPhone is already delivering

    11/21/2015 5:29:56 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 74 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | November 20, 2015 | Daniel Eran Dilger
    Speaking at Samsung Electronics' 2015 Investors Forum, a series of company executives spent hours saying very little, while talking about "innovations" such as phase detection Focus Pixels and camera sensor Deep Trench Isolation that iPhones already have. Source: Samsung Samsung will "lead by following" Apple Watch Samsung LSI marketing team head Kyushu Hong spoke at length about "Innovation for the next mobile experience," outlining plans to introduce a "Bio Processor" chip that packed a series of components related to health related data recording. Source: Samsung Asked when the new chip would be introduced and when Samsung expected it to become...
  • Apple wins DRM patent lawsuit leveled by ContentGuard

    11/21/2015 1:36:19 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | November 20, 2015 | 3:27pm | By Mikey Campbell
    Apple came out unscathed from a legal battle involving digital rights management IP owned by ContentGuard, a subsidiary of non-practicing entity Pendrell Corp. that sued the iPhone maker for infringing on five patents. The jury handed down its decision in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Friday, finding Apple not in infringement of five DRM-related patents owned by ContentGuard, reports Reuters. While not responsible for damages, Apple was not able to prove the patents-in-suit invalid. Apple was accused of illegally applying patented DRM technologies to its digital content distribution services, including music, movies and TV...
  • Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 YEARS (and you're officially old - A Nostalgic Retrospective)

    11/20/2015 6:15:33 PM PST · by dayglored · 95 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 20, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft's cash cow celebrates three decades of PC dominance On November 20, 1985, Microsoft unveiled its graphical operating system. Windows 1.0 offered a new way to navigate a PC, clicking a cursor on various boxes rather than scrolling through lines of text in order to navigate data and applications. While arguably less efficient than a command line, the graphical user interface (GUI) was more intuitive and easier for novice users to manage. Running Windows 1.0 required a PC running DOS 2.0 as well as two double-sided floppy disk drives, 256K of memory, and a new-fangled device known as a "graphics...
  • The Most Absurd Dominance Ever

    11/20/2015 4:28:00 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    CLMViz,com ^ | November 17, 2015 | by Ophir Gottlieb
    A report was just released from Canaccord Research and in combination with research from IDC, we get these utterly absurd results. * Apple accounted for only 13.5% of total smartphones shipped globally. * Apple takes home 94% of the total smartphone industry profit. Yes, while Apple sells 1 out of every 8 smartphones, it takes essentially all of the profit from the entire industry with just that market share. Huh? For the record, Microsoft (MSFT) accounts for -1% (negative, i.e a loss). Here's an easier way to look at those numbers. MORE CONTEXT There were over 1.2 billion smartphones sold...
  • CIRP: Over 100 million iPhones now in use in U.S.A.

    11/20/2015 12:39:28 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 22 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | November 19, 2015
    Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, LLC (CIRP), today released research on the installed based of iPhones in the USA. CIRP finds that as of the end of the September 2015 quarter, 101 million iPhones were in use in the USA, including 58 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and 4 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models (Chart 1).“The analysis shows the continued strength of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, now one year old,” said Mike Levin, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP, in the statement. “We estimate a combined 60 million of these flagship phones sold in the US from...
  • What's wrong with "smart quotes" and possibly how to fix it (Vanity)

    11/19/2015 10:34:21 PM PST · by some tech guy · 47 replies
    So, I'm still seeing smart quotes mess up. There was a thread a little while ago whereby I said what the problem was, but it's still extant. Here's the problem: All the web-tier stuff is using UTF-8 (which is a great idea), but *something*, probably the database tier, is using CP-1252. I suspect either: a) Database table for posts on SQL Server is set to collate and/or store the windows-1252/CP-1252 character set. or b) something between the web level and the DB level is doing character set interpretation in an incorrect way. There's 1252 in there somewhere, and that's what's...
  • Is a Robotic Cat the Purr-fect Gift for Your Favorite Elder?

    11/19/2015 1:57:37 PM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 18, 2015 | Reem Nasr
    If a real cat isn't an option for you, this could be a way around that. Toy company Hasbro is offering a new adult toy, Companion Pets, targeted specifically for seniors. The "Joy for All" pets are robotic cats that "look, feel and sound like real cats," Hasbro says. There are three different-colored cats to choose from on the website. All are priced at $99.99.
  • Heat your home with your neighbor's computing power

    11/19/2015 12:34:49 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 16 replies ^ | 19 November 2015 | Jason van Gumster Feed
    This year's Blender Conference was filled with all kinds of interesting talks about interesting uses of Blender and open source technology. A particularly novel one that caught my eye was nestled neatly within the art and pipeline presentation for the Blender Institute's open movie, Cosmos Laundromat. In that talk, Paul Benoît of Qarnot Computing spoke about his company's very unique render farm. It's common knowledge that high-performance computing (HPC) generates a lot of heat. At HPC datacenters, a lot of time and energy is spent figuring out how to cool these powerful computers. Not only does this have a significant...
  • Microsoft gets Edge on blocking ad injectors (browser now blocks devious ads, toolbars, crapware)

    11/19/2015 8:04:44 AM PST · by dayglored · 24 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 19, 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Web scum foiled in Win 10 net ship. Microsoft has nixed the ability for its Edge browser to run unsigned dynamic link libraries (DLLs) in a move that will make life hard for dodgy extensions and ad injector merchants. Edge senior program manager Crispin Cowan says the update was dropped last week in the latest Windows 10 update and follows Redmond's plan to harden its web browsing asset. Last May Microsoft killed ActiveX and Browser Helper Objects making Edge faster and more stable, Cowan says. "Web browsers are an attractive target, because in-browser advertisements can be a significant source of...
  • The future of the automobile is being reshaped in California

    11/19/2015 6:51:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/19/2015 | Jerry Hirsch
    Within walking distance of Tesla Motors' Palo Alto headquarters and across the street from Hewlett-Packard, Ford Motor Co. has set up a new Silicon Valley outpost. With a team of 100 reporting to a former Apple engineer, the Detroit giant is researching how humans experience machines, running autonomous-vehicle driving simulations and testing software that examines how bicycles and cars interact. "For 100 years, automobiles have been a mechanical engineering industry," said the center's director, Dragos Maciuca, who on his morning commute drives past a nearby research center of German automotive electronics and parts supplier Bosch. "Now, there is the shift...
  • Update: Windows smartphone shipments nose-dive after strategic retreat (down 35% from 2014)

    11/18/2015 6:25:50 PM PST · by dayglored · 29 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Nov 18, 2015 | Gregg Keizer
    ...And 80% of Windows phone owners desert the ecosystem for Android or iOS. Windows phone shipments took a nose-dive in the third quarter, plummeting 35% from the same period in 2014, researcher Gartner said today. By comparison, total global smartphone shipments climbed 15% in the third quarter. Of the 353 million smartphones shipped in the September quarter worldwide, less than 6 million were powered by Microsoft's Windows, making Windows' share 1.7%, Gartner estimated, down from 3% in the same quarter of 2014. Windows phones shipments tumbled in some of the historic strongholds for the OS, said Roberta Cozza, a Gartner...
  • Microsoft to world: We've got open source Machine Learning too (Artificial Intelligence)

    11/17/2015 10:35:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 6 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 17, 2015 | Richard Chirgwin
    Help teach Cortana to say 'Sorry, Dave' Microsoft's decided that it, too, wants to open source some of its machine learning space, publishing its Distributed Machine Learning Toolkit (DMTK) on Github. Google released some of its code last week. Redmond's (co-incidental?) response is pretty basic: there's a framework, and two algorithms, but Microsoft Research promises it will get extended in the future. The DMTK Framework is front-and-centre, since that's where both extensions will happen. It's a two-piece critter, consisting of a parameter server and a client SDK. The parameter server has "separate data structures for high- and low-frequency parameters", Microsoft...
  • Researchers have written quantum code on a silicon chip for the first time

    11/17/2015 6:53:19 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 28 replies
    Science alert ^ | 11/17/15 | FIONA MACDONALD
    Researchers have written quantum code on a silicon chip for the first time And so it begins... FIONA MACDONALD 17 NOV 2015 For the first time, Australian engineers have demonstratedthat they can write and manipulate the quantum version of computer code on a silicon microchip. This was done by entangling two quantum bits with the highest accuracy ever recorded, and it means that we can now start to program for the super-powerful quantum computers of the future.Engineers code regular computers using traditional bits, which can be in one of two states: 1 or 0. Together, two bits...
  • Windows 10 looks like a huge hit with Microsoft's most important customers -- Business & Enterprise

    11/17/2015 8:41:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Yahoo News via Business Insider ^ | 11/17/2015 | By Matt Weinberger
    Businesses and enterprise customers are very excited about Windows 10, according to a new report by Forrester Research. It's weird, because big organizations are usually the last to want to adopt any new technology, let alone a whole operating system. And yet, more than 49% of enterprises responding to Forrester's survey plan on going to Windows 10 in 2016, per the report. That doesn't sound like much. Indeed, Forrester itself says that those numbers tend to be optimistic. But compared to Windows 8, which Forrester says garnered a 22% positive response to the same question in 2012, the year it...
  • How Many iOS Devices Has Apple Sold?

    11/16/2015 10:18:46 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | November 16, 2015 | By Evan Niu
    Apple's mobile operating system iOS has not only transformed the company, but it also helped shape the mobile revolution. Image source: Apple.In no uncertain terms, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been instrumental in launching the mobile revolution. Consumers use mobile devices in ways they never could have dreamed of a decade ago, and the rise of mobile platforms created incredible new opportunities for many industries as the PC market matured.This was all made possible by the creation of iOS, which powers Apple's mobile devices. When iOS was being developed, Apple executives debated whether they should start with the iPod operating system and...
  • Apple's Tim Cook Says Mac And iPad Won't Converge

    11/16/2015 9:25:47 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 15, 2015, | By Parmy Olson
    Apple's iPad Pro, which starts at $799 without the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. (AP Photo/Eric Rosberg) The story of computing has been one of converging more and more services into one place, as the video "Evolution of the Desk" from Harvard's School of Computing illustrates below. With so much overlap now between things you can do on a smartphone and on a desktop computer, there's been much talk of convergence between the two. Google, for instance, is widely thought to be working on bringing its mobile platform Android together with its "browser only" operating system Chrome, which is found...
  • Apple Inc.’s iPhone 6, 6S Gobble Up 94 Percent Of Smartphone Industry Profit In 2015 Third Quarter

    11/16/2015 7:56:45 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 38 replies
    IBTimes ^ | November 16, 2015 | By Luke Villapaz
    Apple's record profits in the three months ended Sept. 27 were driven by strong sales of its iPhone 6 and its latest model, the iPhone 6S. Apple Inc. may not be the biggest maker of smartphones -- that distinction goes to Samsung -- but it is gobbling up almost all smartphone profits so far in 2015, according to new numbers from Canaccord Genuity. Apple took a whopping 94 percent of the total operating income of the nine top global smartphone makers in the three-month period ended in September, up from 85 percent in the year prior, according to analyst Mike...
  • Microsoft boffins build better crypto for secure medical data crunching

    11/16/2015 6:55:34 PM PST · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 16, 2015 | Team Register
    Practical homomorphic encryption manual released As genome research - and the genomes themselves - get passed around the scientific community, the world's woken up to the security and privacy risks this can involve. A Microsoft research quintet has therefore published ways to help scientists work on genomic data while reducing the risk of data theft. The team published an informal manual to help scientists and other researchers to use the Simple Encrypted Arithmetic Library (SEAL). Homomorphic encryption is a technique in which software can operate on encrypted data without decrypting it. This would let hospitals and labs to work on...
  • Microsoft quietly slips out patched patch for Outlook – in camouflage (Windows Update Update)

    11/16/2015 6:38:12 PM PST · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 16, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    Same name, very different results If you held back on installing November's Patch Tuesday updates last week after Microsoft fumbled an Outlook patch, it's apparently safe to go back in the water. Many IT managers and normal folks held off on last week's patching cycle after one Microsoft fix - KB 3097877 - broke several versions of Outlook. The error came in how the software handled fonts, and resulted in the email client crashing as soon as some emails were scrolled through. "We have re-released KB 3097877 for Windows 7 to address the Outlook difficulties that some customers experienced. We...
  • Computer help: Bluetooth adapter software?

    11/16/2015 12:22:51 PM PST · by don-o · 21 replies
    November 16, 2015 | don-o
    I have a Sony Vaio laptop. I would like to add a Bluetooth device - speaker. My model evidently is not bluetooth ready. Is there software that will make it so? My research has reveled that there are adapters that come on CD. But my CD on this machine is not functional.
  • Microsoft has pulled the plug on its failed music service, Zune

    11/16/2015 6:05:29 AM PST · by dayglored · 19 replies
    Herald Recorder ^ | Nov 16, 2015 | (none)
    Microsoft has officially buried its Zune music service, though it was already a distant memory for a lot of music fans. The Zune music service was discontinued on Sunday and users are now no longer able to stream or download content. Instead, Microsoft encourages users to try out their 3-year-old Groove Music, a digital music streaming service which boasts a music catalog of over 38 million tracks. Zune device owners are not affected and can continue to listen to and transfer music without a problem. Microsoft launched its Zune portable player and music service in 2006 as a response to...
  • Massive Windows 10 Update Has Three Nasty Surprises (Threshold 2 Problems)

    11/15/2015 6:20:35 PM PST · by dayglored · 52 replies
    Forbes (Tech) ^ | Nov 14, 2015 | Gordon Kelly
    'Threshold 2', Microsoft's massive Windows 10 update has brought lots of very positive changes... But unfortunately it has also been dogged by familiar controversy. Nasty Surprise #1: The 44% Bug Users have been reporting installation issues ... it gets stuck at the 44% mark ... In the official Windows Forum, Microsoft explained it may be to do with SD card issues: "We've observed that some devices that have an SD bus with an SD card inserted while installing the Windows 10 November update will stop responding at 44%, and we are currently investigating the issue." Nasty Surprise #2: Deleting And...
  • 10 offbeat, odd, and downright weird places you'll find Linux

    11/15/2015 5:06:46 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 19 replies
    IT World ^ | 12 November 2015 | Josh Fruhlinger
    Why worry about the desktop when you've conquered everything else? Let's just get this out of the way: this isn't the year of Linux on the desktop. That year will probably never arrive. But Linux has gotten just about everywhere else, and the Linux community can take a bow for making that happen. Android, based on the Linux kernel, is so prevalent on mobile devices that it makes the longstanding desktop quest seem irrelevant. But beyond Android there are a number of places where you can find Linux that are truly odd and intriguing, and by "places" we mean both...
  • Police Body Cameras Shipped With Pre-Installed Conficker Virus

    11/15/2015 6:26:20 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 11/14/15
    US-based iPower Technologies has discovered that body cameras sold by Martel Electronics come pre-infected with the Conficker worm (Win32/Conficker.B!inf).The specific line of body cameras iPower tested, is the same one sold to police forces around the US, used by street patrol officers and SWAT team members in their operations.The model, Frontline Body Camera, is attached to an officer's chest and works by recording his activities on video, his location using a GPS tracker, and taking regular snapshots as images.The camera records data on an internal drive, from where the officer or his supervisors can download it onto a computer via...
  • Cost concerns over web spying proposals [UK]

    11/15/2015 2:15:14 AM PST · by moose07 · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 November 2015 | BBC
    UK MPs are investigating what it will cost ISPs to meet government proposals to log where Britons go online. The House of Commons Science and Technology committee is looking at whether gathering data on net-using citizens is even feasible. It also wants to look into the potential impact that logging browsing will have on how people use the web. snip In a notice announcing the inquiry, the Committee said it wanted to find out if it was possible for ISPs to meet the IP Bill's requirements. The text of the Bill asks ISPs to log where people go but...
  • What Goes Up

    11/14/2015 10:31:46 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Daring Fireball ^ | November 13, 2015 | By John Gruber
    What Goes Up Friday, 13 November 2015 This piece by Bryan Clark for TheNextWeb caught my eye last weekend — “We've Reached — Maybe Passed — Peak Apple: Why the Narrative Needs to Change”: Last month, Apple's latest earnings call announced its "most successful year ever." The numbers were reported, the stories were spun and Wall Street basically anointed Apple the god of capitalism. They're all wrong. Apple wasn’t wrong — fiscal 2015 was Apple's most successful year ever, by the objective measures of both revenue and profit. I suppose you can decide to define “most successful year ever” in...
  • Suggestions for Ad-Block Software?

    11/14/2015 12:13:21 PM PST · by Be Careful · 38 replies
    Nov. 14, 2015
    There are so many types of ad-blocking downloads, software, etc.....Can anyone share a good experience that they have had with how to block ads?
  • Cop pulls over Google self-driving car, finds no driver to ticket

    11/13/2015 12:25:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/13/2015 | Don Melvin
    No driver? No ticket. That, at least, was the result when a police officer pulled over one of Google's self-driving cars Thursday in Mountain View, California. The car wasn't speeding. On the contrary, it was driving too slowly -- 24 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone, according to the Mountain View Police Department -- with traffic apparently backing up behind it. -- David E. Weekly (@dweekly) November 12, 2015 "As the officer approached the slow moving car he realized it was a Google Autonomous Vehicle," a police department post said. Which is to say that no one...
  • Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10 (improved performance and compatibility)

    11/13/2015 9:13:35 AM PST · by dayglored · 15 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 12, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft has released an update it says is the first major release for Windows 10. Redmond said the new version of Windows 10 would offer better performance and compatibility with third-party hardware. "With this update, there are improvements in all aspects of the platform and experience, including thousands of partners updating their device drivers and applications for greater Windows 10 compatibility," wrote Microsoft Windows and Devices executive vice president Terry Myerson. "Windows 10 also starts rolling out to Xbox One today, and select mobile phones soon." Microsoft is also courting enterprise customers with the addition of two new services aimed...
  • How to survive a nuclear fallout: Experts reveal the basics of living in a world...

    11/13/2015 8:02:19 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    MailOnline ^ | Amanda Williams
    Set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world, Fallout 4 is one of the biggest and most hotly-anticipated games of the year. ... Experts from the American Chemical Society have released a video explaining the basics of survival in a world riddled with radiation - and it is even harder than fiction would have us believe. ... The video explains that in order to protect themselves, people need to be exposed to the alpha particles, beta particles and gamma rays from the ionising radiation for the least amount of time possible. In particular, the key to survival is three-fold - time, distance,...
  • Windows 10 now mature enough for enterprise use

    11/12/2015 6:40:38 PM PST · by Utilizer · 6 replies ^ | Nov 13 2015 8:24AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    ... Microsoft has released a major update to Windows 10, claiming the latest version makes the operating system suitable for deployment in enterprise environments. Code named "threshold 2", the update for the operating system also contains multiple, system-wide improvements and bug fixes, similar to service packs for prior versions of Windows. Also known as build 10586, threshold 2 was selected as the final version after testing by volunteers in the Windows Insider program starting early November.
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  • Thanks for playing: New Linux ransomware decrypted, pwns itself

    11/12/2015 12:01:16 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 12 November 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Ransomware targeting Linux servers has been thwarted by hard working security boffins, with help from the software itself, mere days after its existence was made public.The Linux.Encoder.1 ransomware seeks Linux systems to encrypt and like others of its ilk demands owners pay BitCoins to have files decrypted. But the first iteration of the malware has, like most betas, proven fallible.Not only can it be decrypted using scripts without the need for ransoms to be paid, but it can re-encrypt itself, corrupting files and even encrypting the ransom note that directs victims how to pay the extortion.Bitdefender security wonks report both...
  • NVIDIA Supercomputer to Bring AI to New Generation of Autonomous Robots and Drones

    11/12/2015 11:52:01 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 13 replies ^ | 10 November 2015 | nvidia
    NVIDIA today unveiled a credit-card sized module that harnesses the power of machine learning to enable a new generation of smart, autonomous machines that can learn. The NVIDIA® Jetson™ TX1 module addresses the challenge of creating a new wave of millions of smart devices -- drones that don't just fly by remote control, but navigate their way through a forest for search and rescue; compact security surveillance systems that don't just scan crowds, but identify suspicious activity; and robots that don't just perform tasks, but tailor them to individuals' habits --by incorporating capabilities such as machine learning, computer vision, navigation...