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  • Chinese Fund Offers $1.2b for Norway's Opera Web Company

    02/10/2016 12:44:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Feb 2016
    Norway's Opera Software, which makes the popular Opera web browser, said on Wednesday that China's Golden Brick Silk Road investment fund had offered 10.5 billion kroner ($1.2 billion) to buy the company.Norway fund blacklists China's 'corrupt' ZTE (07 Jan 16) The Opera board unanimously recommended the offer, saying that at 71 kroner per share, it represents a 56-percent premium on the average price over the last 30 days. The company had made no secret of its desire to find a buyer and its shares were suspended on the Oslo stock exchange on Friday pending an announcement.
  • Android Founder Andy Rubin Wants To Monopolize AI With A Dash Cam And Your Data

    02/09/2016 8:18:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Tech Times ^ | , | February 9, 2:28 PM | J.E. Reich
    The big reveal came in the form of Playground's dashcam hardware, accompanied by an unprecedented plan for the cam's data. According to Rubin, the device would be given away to customers with one caveat: unhindered company access to each dash cam's data set. While Rubin did not explicitly give a step-by-step explanation for the atypical proposal, it seems as if the composite data from each dash cam would be used to piece together a real-time, large-scale visual map which would aid drivers in avoiding commuter pitfalls like congestion. So what else exactly does Playground and its founder have in store...
  • Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched (Windows Update - Patch Tuesday)

    02/09/2016 7:06:25 PM PST · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 9, 2016 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft blats bugs in super-secure web browser Edge, its OS, the Office suite, and more Microsoft has patched 41 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in its software this month. The second Patch Tuesday monthly update of the year brings with it fixes for security flaws in both Internet Explorer and Edge that could allow remote-code-execution attacks simply by visiting a webpage. Also fixed are remote-code-execution holes in the Windows PDF Viewer and Microsoft Office. [Full list on the Register article page] After installing the Microsoft updates, users and administrators would be wise to install monthly fixes issued Tuesday by Adobe for Flash...
  • The must have toolkit for designers: iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

    02/09/2016 6:11:56 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    The Next Web ^ | February 9, 2016
    Remember how Siri remote was the perfect spouse of the new Apple TV? The same can be said of the new Apple Pencil and the iPad pro.Apple haters may laugh at the irony that eight years prior to Apple Pencil, Steve Jobs ridiculed the idea of a stylus because it was klutzy.At the time, Jobs believed styluses were clunky and built an unnecessary barrier between the user and the device. Especially since previous generation touchscreen-enabled devices had smaller screens, the idea of stylus as a pointer only made the navigating bothersome.But as time passed, the powers at Apple decided to...
  • US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you

    02/09/2016 4:59:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02/09/2016 | Spencer Ackerman and Sam Thielman in New York
    As increasing numbers of devices connect to the internet and to one another, the so-called internet of things promises consumers increased convenience – the remotely operated thermostat from Google-owned Nest is a leading example. But as home computing migrates away from the laptop, the tablet and the smartphone, experts warn that the security features on the coming wave of automobiles, dishwashers and alarm systems lag far behind. ... James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, was more direct in testimony submitted to the Senate on Tuesday as part of an assessment of threats facing the United States. "In the...
  • ‘Huge’ number of Mac apps vulnerable to hijacking, and a fix is elusive

    02/09/2016 2:38:59 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | February 9, 2016
    “Camtasia, uTorrent, and a large number of other Mac apps are susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks that install malicious code, thanks to a vulnerability in Sparkle, the third-party software framework the apps use to receive updates,” Dan Goodin reports for Ars Technica. “The vulnerability is the result of apps that use a vulnerable version of Sparkle along with an unencrypted HTTP channel to receive data from update servers. It involves the way Sparkle interacts with functions built into the WebKit rendering engine to allow JavaScript execution.” “As a result, attackers with the ability to manipulate the traffic passing between the end...
  • Announcing the Twitter Trust & Safety Council

    02/09/2016 10:38:45 AM PST · by Excellence · 6 replies
    Twitter Blog ^ | February 9, 2016 | Patricia Cartes (@Cartes), Head of Global Policy Outreach
    On Twitter, every voice has the power to shape the world. We see this power every day, from activists who use Twitter to mobilize citizens to content creators who use Twitter to shape opinion. To ensure people can continue to express themselves freely and safely on Twitter, we must provide more tools and policies. With hundreds of millions of Tweets sent per day, the volume of content on Twitter is massive, which makes it extraordinarily complex to strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking truth to power. It requires a multi-layered approach where each of our 320 million...
  • DLL Hijacking Issue Plagues Products like Firefox, Chrome, iTunes, OpenOffice

    02/08/2016 6:41:43 PM PST · by Utilizer · 25 replies
    SOFTPEDIA ^ | Feb 8, 2016 12:00 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    Oracle has released new Java installers to fix a well-known security issue (CVE-2016-0603) that also affects a plethora of other applications, from Web browsers to antivirus products, and from file compressors to home cinema software. The problem is called DLL hijacking (or DLL side-loading) and refers to the fact that malware authors can place DLLs of the same name in specific locations on the target's filesystem and have it inadvertently load the malicious DLL instead of the safe one. DLL hijacking is a very well-known issue This type of attack is very old and has been known to many software...
  • Roll up, roll up to the Malware Museum! Run classic DOS viruses in your web browser!

    02/08/2016 2:33:58 PM PST · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 5, 2016 | Chris Williams
    The Internet Archive has opened a new collection dubbed the Malware Museum that lets you run old DOS-era viruses in your web browser. There are 78 samples to play with, all uploaded earlier today and collated by Mikko Hypponen and Jason Scott. The cheesy old code is executed in your browser using a JavaScript version of emulator DOSbox. Much to our delight, there some classics in the museum, particularly Casino. Running these cyber-fossils will take you back to the bad old days when code could do anything it liked on machines -- security wasn't a consideration at all. As such,...
  • Drones that 'think' like humans could be heading for war zones: Darpa chip uses 'neural networks'...

    02/08/2016 12:30:12 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 02/08/2016 | Lee Bell
    The Pentagon is funding research to develop a microchip that not only promises brain-like artificial intelligence, it is small enough to fit inside a wide range of mobile devices. Known as 'Eyeriss', the palm-sized processor has a staggering 168 cores and is based on 'neural networks' that are modelled on the human brain. By comparison, processing chips used in a wide variety of smartphones typically have quad cores. This technology could make its way onto the battlefield in the form of drones or robots that could conduct their own learning in real-time, without the need for human analysis. ... Researchers...
  • Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

    02/08/2016 9:47:10 AM PST · by dayglored · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 8, 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    And rather better than a US$35 tablet, if you need a Windows 10 machine lurking around Among the many bizarre and stupid mistakes Microsoft made with Windows 8.x was the decision to require screens to have resolution of at least 1024 x 768. That decision meant that hordes of Netbooks, the very small laptops popular in the late noughties, had no obvious upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 8.x. Back in November 2013 I therefore tried to figure out how to extend the life of my own Netbook. Along the way I confirmed that Windows 8 was indeed a...
  • Bill Romanowski calls Panthers QB Cam Newton ‘boy’ on Twitter: Social Media Explodes

    02/08/2016 8:38:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 98 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 02/08/2016 | John Healy
    Former NFL player Bill Romanowski still hasn't learned to keep his mouth shut. After Panthers quarterback Cam Newton aburptly walked out on his postgame press conference, Romanowski tweeted: "You will never last in the NFL with that attitude. The world doesn't revolve around you, boy!" Romanowski's use of the word "boy" — a racially inflammatory term — was met with heavy criticism, including from some African-American athletes. Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson tweeted at Romanowksi, "Boy? You never watched Good Times Bill?" Boy? You never watched Good Times Bill? -- Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) February 8, 2016 Former Bengals cornerback Rico...
  • Will a Robotized Workplace = Set Quotas for Hiring People?

    02/07/2016 5:08:16 PM PST · by lee martell · 38 replies
    February 7, 2016 | Lee Martell
    We are at the threshold of a society deeply impacted by industrialized robots and AI systems. In a few years, driverless cars may become quite common in America, cutting into the business of human drivers, as with Uber or any Check Cab. Long distance Truck Drivers may be replaced by driverless trucks that never get tired and rarely become confused. Many wealthy people are already obtaining financial planning advice from robotized systems. Our children may be taught by instructional robots that memorize the child's name, face and study habits. My question is where will all these people find work? Will...
  • Scareware Signed With Apple Cert Targets OS X Machines

    02/06/2016 7:24:03 PM PST · by Utilizer · 28 replies
    Threatpost ^ | February 5, 2016 , 11:31 am | Michael Mimoso
    A unique scareware campaign targeting Mac OS X machines has been discovered, and it's likely the developer behind the malware has been at it a while since the installer that drops the scareware is signed with a legitimate Apple developer certificate. "Sadly, this particular developer certificate (assigned to a Maksim Noskov) has been used for probably two years in similar attacks," said Johannes Ullrich, dean of research of the SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center, which on Thursday publicly disclosed the campaign. "So far, it apparently hasn't been revoked by Apple." Ullrich said he happened upon the scam while investigating some...
  • Windows 10 Nabs Number 2 Spot Behind Windows 7 among desktop environments

    02/06/2016 5:40:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Sci-Tech Today ^ | 02/06/2016 | Jeff Cozza
    It may have taken awhile, but the market is finally showing Windows 10 some love. Six months after its debut, the latest Microsoft operating system has climbed its way up to the number two spot among desktop environments, according to data from Net Market Share. With 11.85 percent of the market, Windows 10 has finally surpassed third place Windows XP, which still holds 11.42 percent of the desktop market. Neither Windows 10 nor XP comes close to the most popular operating system in the world, which remains Windows 7 with a whopping 52.47 percent of the desktop market. Microsoft ended...
  • Windows 10 telemetry network traffic analysis, part 1

    02/06/2016 11:12:22 AM PST · by Dalberg-Acton · 30 replies
    VOAT ^ | 2/3/2016 | "CheesusCrust"
    "Like many of you, I am concerned about the telemetry, spying and other surveillance features, known or unknown, of Windows 10. It has concerned me enough to push me to Linux Mint as my main operating system. Even so, I wanted to better understand Windows 10, but internet search results for a decent windows 10 traffic analysis leave a lot to be desired. As such, I decided to do my own investigating on what, exactly, Windows 10 is doing traffic-wise, and post the results. For this analysis, I wanted to simply analyse the network traffic of Windows 10 on a...
  • GPS LOS in Texas yeaterday

    02/06/2016 10:36:06 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 23 replies
    n/sa | Patriot777
    While traveling in the Dallas / Ft Worth area of Texas yesterday afternoon, we experienced a complete LOS on GPS. We had traveled to Irving to get a new bulb for our projection TV, and right afterward had the LOS that lasted well after 9 PM yesterday evening. We eventually were able to find 635 W and then find 80 and I20 E, which placed us back home around 12:30 AM. Needless to say, I was glad I never leave home without my oxygen concentrator--even on good days, but I still ended up getting sick in a gas station restroom...
  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/05/2016 7:42:26 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | February 5, 2016 | Canalys
    Canalys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015: Two-thirds of all smart watches sold in 2015 Apple dominated the smart watch market in 2015, accounting for over 12 million units and two-thirds of all shipments according to Canalys estimates. Samsung placed a distant second in Q4. Pebble trailed in third and Huawei came fourth. Basic bands exceeded 37 million shipments for the year. Fitbit set a quarterly shipments record as it comfortably led the category. Xiaomi held second place, shipping 12 million Mi Bands during 2015. “Cashing in on holiday sales, Apple managed to rack up over five...
  • First Macroscopic Quantum Entanglement Performed At Room Temperature

    02/05/2016 11:32:15 AM PST · by Reeses · 43 replies ^ | Feb 5 2016 | Futurism
    In a breakthrough in quantum physics, scientists were able to create the phenomenon of quantum entanglement macroscopically using large magnets at room temperature. ... scientists working at the University of Chicago and the Argonne National Laboratory revealed that they were able to create quantum entanglement at a macroscopic level at room temperature on a semiconductor chip, using atomic nuclei and the application of relatively small magnetic fields. Their breakthrough, which is published in Science Advances, is not only significant in what they accomplished but also how they accomplished it. In quantum physics, the creation of entanglement in particles larger and...
  • Google And Samsung At War Over Ads

    02/05/2016 10:29:40 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 4, 2015 | Ian Morris
    Samsung launched an Ad Blocker for its phones on the Google Play store called Adblock Fast earlier this week. Google has since pulled the app, claiming that it's in breach of the developer agreement. Specifically section 4.4, which prevents apps from messing with third-party services. It reads: You agree that you will not engage in any activity with the Store, including the development or distribution of Products, that interferes with, disrupts, damages or accesses in an unauthorised manner the devices, servers, networks or other properties or services of any third party including, but not limited to, Android users, Google or...
  • If Bill Gates really wants to help education…..

    02/05/2016 10:22:34 AM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 15 replies ^ | Jan 5, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Bill Gates is one of Americas greatest business geniuses. But when he turned to education, his magic touch vanished. He is now known as the man who squandered several billion dollars trying to foist Common Core on a combattive public. Indeed, Common Core is so unpopular that its very mention quickly doomed Jeb Bushs presidential campaign. Today, Donald Trump casually promises that he will get rid of it forever; and audiences cheer. Why Bill Gates felt he should promote this thing is a major mystery. Here is a possible theory. When a tycoon decides he wants to help public schools,...
  • Microcontainers:’s New Hack to Shrink Docker Containers

    02/04/2016 1:50:25 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 8 replies
    The New Stack ^ | 3 February 2016 | TC Currie
    In the still-developing container world, it seems like new functionality is being released every time you turn around. Engineers are trying to solve the questions of how to make containers run faster, smarter, and take up fewer resources.This week's hack comes from, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) company. In a word: Microcontainers.Last week, co-founderTravis Reeder explained how to reduce the size of Docker Images by using what they have dubbed Microcontainers, following up on a post in December onhow to build your own Docker Image."A Microcontainer contains only the OS libraries and language dependencies required to run...
  • Turbotax tech support - worst ever?

    02/04/2016 11:52:55 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 21 replies
    Vanity | 04 Feb 2016 | Oshkalaboomboom
    I tried my first E-file using Turbotax a few days ago. It gave me an error right away over my wife's 2 measly pension payouts from England which total about $1400. The problem is that there is no Employer Identification Number (EIN) for the 2 funds. When we mailed in our returns this was never a problem, we always got our refunds and have never been questioned over it. I couldn't find an answer on the Turbotax website so I did a generic workaround by putting 11-111111 as the EIN. That let me efile but a day later they both...
  • On the biased nature of the media: Apple vs. Alphabet in the ‘most valuable company’ race

    02/04/2016 9:52:34 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Thursday, February 4, 2016 · 9:28 am
    Currently, the market value of Apple Inc. is $534.22 billion. The market value of Alphabet Inc. (Google) is $499.67. That's a gap of $34.55 billion or, in other words, right around $8 billion more than the current value of Sony Corp. Let's pause here to let that fact really sink in. Okay, now after being momentarily eclipsed due to the vagaries of the market, which generated a veritable avalanche of news articles, Apple quickly reassumed the throne as the world's most valuable company. You'd think this would be big news. Or at least equally as big. Close to as big?...
  • True scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new flyover video

    02/04/2016 12:24:27 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 46 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | February 3, 2016 | By Trevor Mogg
    In the latest drone flyover video of Apple's so-called "spaceship" campus, the true scale of the ambitious project has never been clearer. The footage, uploaded to YouTube this week by drone enthusiast Duncan Sinfield, shows that the gargantuan circular structure is moving steadily toward completion, with significant progress made in the last five months alone. The swish new headquarters will become the workplace of some 14,000 Apple employees when it opens its doors toward the end of this year or early next. Besides the main building, the footage also gives us a look at what'll be the circular entrance to...
  • Apple hit with $626 million damages in patent case

    02/03/2016 8:38:45 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Computerworld New Zealand ^ | 04 February, 2016 09:20 | Martyn Williams (IDG News Service)
    A jury in the Eastern District of Texas found for patent licensing company Virnet X A jury in Texas has decided Apple must pay $626 million for infringing four patents held by a Nevada-based patent licensing company. The patents cover technology used in Apple's VPN on Demand software back to 2009, its FaceTime messaging system back to 2010, and its iMessage software. The trial follows one in 2012 in which Apple was found to infringe on Virnet X patents but managed to overturn the verdict on appeal. On Wednesday, a jury in the Eastern District of Texas found for VirnetX...
  • Comodo 'secure' web browser turns off web security

    02/03/2016 7:34:51 PM PST · by Utilizer · 13 replies
    iTnews ^ | Feb 3 2016 6:30PM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Google has called out prominent digital certificates and security vendor Comodo for disabling web security with its web browser, putting users at risk of having their systems compromised by attackers. Comodo markets several web browsers, aimed at boosting security, speed and privacy. The company also offers other security software such as firewalls and anti-virus utilities. Google's Project Zero researchers found the Chromodo web browser, installed as part of the Comodo Internet Security suite and based on the open source Chromium software, dsiables the same-origin policy. Same-origin policy is a cornerstone in web security that stops code on untrusted web sites...
  • Some fitness trackers vulnerable to monitoring, U of T study finds

    02/03/2016 5:25:38 PM PST · by BenLurkin
    cbc ^ | 02/02/2016 | Dave Seglins, Chelsea Gomez, CBC News
    Cybersecurity researchers at the University of Toronto examined eight popular wrist-worn trackers. They tested how they communicate with mobile apps and even upload and store a user's workout information on manufacturers' computer servers. The researchers conclude that several models expose users to potential internet snoops and hackers even when devices aren't being used for exercise and mobile apps are turned off. Each of the devices uses Bluetooth technology that emits a signal and a unique ID that can be detected even when the tracker is not paired with a mobile phone. This "can leave their wearers exposed to long -term...
  • Apple Inc. in Ottawa: Slicing through the speculation

    02/02/2016 10:09:56 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | February 1, 2016 | By VITO PILIECI
    With Apple Inc.’s intentions still unclear, there is much speculation surrounding exactly what the arrival of the global technology heavyweight could mean to Ottawa’s tech sector.Apple has remained silent about its plans for a 22,000-square-foot space under renovation in Kanata, or how its new vice-president of core operating systems, Sébastian Marineau-Mes, will build out the company’s Ottawa team.But in the rumours and discussion spurred by Apple’s pending arrival, some common themes are emerging. The most prominent is that its current space is just the beginning of what will become a much larger research and development centre that could employ as many as 200.That isn’t so far-fetched. Apple is on...
  • Faced with weak growth, has Samsung lost its vision?

    02/02/2016 9:31:58 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 41 replies
    English Language The Hankyoreh ^ | Jan.29,2016 18:05 KST | By Lee Jeong-hun, staff reporter
    Samsung Electronics sales and general management costs; R&D costs (won) The company has cut staff and reduced R&D spending in an effort to manage the situation, but some experts criticize the moves as shortsighted In 2009, Samsung Electronics outlined a list of aggressive goals as part of its "Vision 2020." Its aim was to achieve US$400 billion (483 trillion won) in sales, rank first in the IT industry, and place fifth in the world for brand value by the year 2020. A brief spike in smartphone sales inspired confidence that its targets might be within reach. Now many executives...
  • Tech Help, Please?

    02/02/2016 5:28:31 PM PST · by ccmovrwc · 83 replies
    My elderly parents are having an issue with malware on the new (Windows 10) laptop they bought themselves for Christmas. Specifically, they have a "Debug browser spyware 895-system32.exe" window that pops us when they open a MS Edge browser. Screen cap can be seen here: Malwarebytes did not help. Any other suggestions? For the record, yes, I am logged in, my beeber is stuned, and all my base are belongs to whomever. :)
  • Windows 10 Already Outclasses Windows 7 in the Enterprise, Gartner Says

    02/02/2016 9:32:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 02/02/2016 | Bogdan Popa
    Windows 10 is already seeing early signs of success in the enterprise field, as more and more companies are looking at the new operating system and evaluating a possible upgrade in the coming months.That’s what research firm Gartner explains when looking at adoption figures in the enterprise field for both Windows 10 and Windows 7, saying that the new OS easily outclasses its predecessors.Gartner analyst Steve Kleynhans has told CW in an interview that the enterprise market has changed the way it prepares for upgrades now that Windows 10 is available, asking questions that are more related to the...
  • Windows 10 becomes recommended update to Win 7 and 8.1 as Microsoft stops making it free

    02/02/2016 9:28:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | 02/02/2016 | Jinger Jarrett
    Microsoft announced that Windows 10 has become a recommended update for Windows users. Windows 10 will no longer be a required update for users to upgrade to. Although some users have encountered problems with the new operating system, Windows 10 surpassed both Windows XP and 8.1 in terms of the number of users who now use the operating system. Windows 7 still has the most number of users.Beta News reported Microsoft has been accused of pushing Windows 10 on users, and users complained that it was being automatically downloaded to their computers without their permission. Microsoft sought to silence...
  • Theranos Sounded Too Good to Be True—and It Is

    02/02/2016 6:40:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 2, 2016 | Samantha Allen
    When health care company Theranos announced that it could conduct dozens of blood tests with a finger prick, it sounded too good to be true. Once valued at a staggering $9 billion and greeted by the press with fawning magazine features, Theranos’ troubles have slowly been coming into focus since last fall. The company claimed last year that its proprietary technology can “perform hundreds of tests, from standard to year, from a pinprick and tiny sample of blood,” rather than from blood drawn through a vein in the arm. But last week, after months of heightened scrutiny, the government placed...
  • World’s Smallest Integrated Optical Switch Operates at Level of Individual Atoms

    02/02/2016 5:19:02 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | 02/01/2016 | Peter Ruegg
    Applying a small voltage causes an atom to relocate, turning the switch on or off. The quantity of data exchanged via communications networks around the globe is growing at a breathtaking rate. The volume of data for wired and mobile communications is currently increasing by 23 and 57 percent respectively every year. It is impossible to predict when this growth will end. This also means that all network components must constantly be made more efficient. These components include so-called modulators, which convert the information that is originally available in electrical form into optical signals. Modulators are, therefore, nothing more than...
  • Will it every be repaired?

    02/01/2016 6:52:15 PM PST · by A_Tradition_Continues · 38 replies
    Vanity | 02/01/2015 | politicalwit
  • Windows 10 Surpasses Windows XP To Become Second Most-Used Operating System

    02/01/2016 1:58:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 02/01/2016 | Mike Brown
    Windows 10 has surpassed Windows XP to become the second most-used operating system in the world. NetMarketShare figures from January show Microsoft's latest version is running on 11.85 percent of global PCs, edging out Windows XP, which runs on 11.42 percent of machines. The news will be a boost to Microsoft as it aims to get as many people to upgrade as possible. Microsoft wants 1 billion devices running the operating system globally in 2018. To reach this goal, the company is offering free upgrades to customers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 for Windows 10's first year of availability....
  • Robot Adjusts Stare, Makes Itself Less Creepy

    02/01/2016 12:38:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | Feb 1, 2016 07:00 AM ET // | by Glenn McDonald
    We don't incessantly stare at other people when we speak to them, and we don't expect them to stare back. Programming companion robots to understand this kind of social protocol is tricky but crucial, according to researcher Sean Andrist, a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin's Department of Computer Sciences. An interesting write-up over at IEEE Spectrum details Andrist's research, which involves the "gaze mechanisms" that we humans take for granted when interacting with one another. The goal is to improve the function of both physical humanoid robots and virtual avatars by establishing rules that govern when, why and...
  • Removing useless pre-installed apps

    02/01/2016 9:40:13 AM PST · by Don@VB · 24 replies
    2-1-2016 | Self
    I am trying to remove useless apps from my Galaxie 5s... problem is getting past factory authorization in order to edit and remove unwanted apps.
  • Microsoft sinks to new depths with underwater data centre experiment

    02/01/2016 6:14:34 AM PST · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 1, 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    Why schlep data cross-country when we live on the coast, near free cooling? Microsoft has revealed that it's trialled an underwater data centre. Project Natick saw Redmond sink a capsule about a mile offshore from Seattle, an approach felt to have potential because about half of humanity lives on or near coastlines. Microsoft's thinking is that it's a good idea to put data centres near their users, rather than taking data on latency-inducing cross-country journeys. Throw in the fact that immersion in water is a handy way to get temperatures down and the idea was felt to have merit by...
  • SF Startup Creates $15 64-Bit Computer

    01/31/2016 8:13:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jan 29, 2016 | Tamara Palmer
    A San Francisco startup has created a $15 computer. Pine 64 is now taking pre-orders for its Quad core 64-Bit expandable single board supercomputer, which will ship in May. The product can be combined with a keyboard and mouse to function as a full Android 5.1 computer. The company recently raised $1,731,465 on a Kickstarter campaign that had a goal of $31,416.
  • 64% Look To Internet Of Things To Create Better Customer Experiences

    01/31/2016 7:37:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | 01/31/2016 | chuck martin
    The good news is that companies see customers as the main beneficiaries of their IoT efforts, according to the survey. Here’s how business leaders expect IoT initiatives to impact their businesses in the long term, as in a five-year planning horizon... The not-so-good news is that many companies rate their organization as not great in their ability to executive using in-house resources. For example, just over a third (35%) of business leaders say their business is excellent or very good at strategy definition while 27% rate it as poor or fair. And while 29% rather their business as excellent or...
  • It's time to kill the cable box with apps

    01/31/2016 6:25:16 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    CNET ^ | 01/31/16 | David Katzmaier
    Commentary: A proposal by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler calls for cable companies like Comcast to "unlock the set-top box." Unlocking isn't enough. The box should die, once and for all, and be replaced by apps. There's no technological reason that Comcast, or Time Warner Cable, or Charter or any other cable TV provider needs to provide physical hardware at all. There's no need for warehouses full of cable boxes or arduous "service windows" where the technician supposedly shows up "sometime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m."-- or not--to fix (or more likely just replace) your device. Full-fledged pay...
  • Obama wants $4B to help students learn computer science

    01/30/2016 11:04:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 6:03 AM EST | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama says he'll ask Congress for billions in new spending to help students learn computer science skills. Obama announced the plan in his weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday. He says developing analytical and coding skills is a must for jobs in the new economy. ...
  • Tivo help needed (Vanity)

    01/29/2016 5:34:53 AM PST · by petercooper · 10 replies
    petercooper | 01/29/2015 | petercooper
    Hi All, I have a Tivo Premiere XL HD from 2010 which is acting up. It is stuck in this updating/one moment/blue screen of death mode since yesterday. I have Lifetime service, so I'd like to keep this and swap out the hard drive for a larger model. Has anyone ever used for this situation? Thanks in advance!
  • The NBA’s Great Cat Mystery

    01/29/2016 3:25:49 AM PST · by Theoria · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | 28 Jan 2016 | Ben Cohen
    Why one determined feline enthusiast has embarked on a quixotic journey to determine which basketball players own--or would consider owning--a pet cat. An otherwise ordinary basketball fan named Alex recognized someone walking into a recent Chicago Bulls game and thought: Wait, is that Dikembe Mutombo? Then something else occurred to him. "I thought about running after him and asking about cats," he said. "I'm really regretting that I didn't." Alex is a 34-year-old radio producer who enjoys cooking, gardening and meditation. He's also the anonymous owner of a website that, somehow, has become a cult hit in basketball circles. It's...
  • The real reason Microsoft open sourced .NET

    01/28/2016 2:53:37 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 11 replies ^ | 27 January 2016 | Mary Branscombe
    With its engineers involved in more than 2,000 open source projects, you'd have to agree that open source has more than a foothold at Microsoft these days. Most recently, for example, the browser team made the Chakra JavaScript engine that powers both Edge and Internet Explorer open source, for a very practical reason. Node, the popular JavaScript runtime, currently works only with Google's V8 JavaScript engine. With Chakra now open source, Microsoft can take the fork of Node that it created to run on Chakra and contribute it back to the project -- which means developers who use Node will...
  • Driverless cars work great in sunny California. But how about in a blizzard?

    01/28/2016 12:26:21 PM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 28, 2016 | Brian Fung
    As cities along the east coast finally finish digging their way out of last weekend's historic snowstorm, drivers braving the streets have to contend with icy conditions, snowbanks along the curb and other hazards they would probably rather avoid if they could help it. Enter the self-driving car, which someday may alleviate that anxiety. But although the technology appears to work well in dry, sunny weather, those are just the best-case scenarios. The real test for autonomous vehicles will be when the roads are wet or even icy and invisible to the computerized eye. What then?
  • No Need to Fret, Apple Is Doing Fine

    01/27/2016 9:43:32 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 27, 2016 | by Farhad Manjoo
    Stuart Goldenberg Let's get this out of the way first: Despite what you may have heard, the iPhone is not dying. Neither, by extension, is Apple. It's true that in an earnings report on Tuesday, after weeks of speculation by Wall Street that iPhone sales would finally hit a peak, Apple confirmed the news: IPhone sales grew at their lowest-ever rate in the last quarter. And the company projected total sales of as much as $53 billion in the current quarter that ends in March, which would be a decline of 8.6 percent from last year and Apple's first revenue...
  • Facebook Censors Conservatives = New life for Big Newspaper?

    01/27/2016 8:06:10 PM PST · by lee martell · 13 replies
    January 27, 2016 | Lee Martell
    The world has been watching as Germany is filled, some say, invaded, with refugees from Syria. Many surrounding european countries wrestle with this same problem. The country leaders want it, the majority of citizens do not and feel endangered by the refugees, most of whom will never assimilate into the cultures of their host countries. Three weeks after the New Years Eve rapes and assaults in Colonge, Germany, there is still much despair, worry and shock about the way these refugees conduct themselves. There is profound grieving in German cities, about the loss of their formerly free societies. Naturally, in...