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  • Dot-gay bid fails again: This time because it is too gay (ICANN refuses top-level domain ".GAY")

    10/09/2015 8:22:54 PM PDT · by dayglored · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 9, 2015 | Kieren McCarthy
    ICANN evaluation takes absurdity to new levels This time last year, the applicants for the internet top-level domain .gay were stunned to find that their application to be recognized as a "community" was rejected because they weren't gay enough. After successfully arguing for re-evaluation and waiting nine months for the result, Dot Gay LLC has now been told the self-same application has been rejected again. But this time because it was too gay. In October 2014, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) gave the application from Dot Gay LLC just 10 out of 16 possible points, missing the 14-point threshold for...
  • Apple pulls apps over security concerns

    10/09/2015 8:51:45 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    Yahoo Finance News ^ | October 9, 2015 | By Arjun Kharpal
    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has removed some products from its App Store over concerns they could compromise users' sensitive details, the U.S. technology giant said on Friday. The maker of the iPhone and iPad did not reveal how many apps had been taken down, but the problem appeared to center on products that install "root certificates". Ad blockers in particular use root certificates as a means of blocking ads within apps. But root certificates allow the developers of those apps to view unencrypted traffic from their users such as the web pages you are visiting -- which could include sensitive financial...
  • ITíS OVER: The 'unicorn' era comes to a screeching halt in Silicon Valley

    10/09/2015 7:46:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/09/2015 | Maya Kosoff
    The number of private tech companies valued at $1 billion or more has surged so much this year that on average 1.3 so-called unicorn companies have been created every week in 2015, according to data from CB Insights. But now it looks like winter is coming to Silicon Valley. Fortune's Dan Primack went to San Francisco this week and met with a number of people involved with unicorn companies with ballooning valuations. He says the mentality of people in Silicon Valley is starting to change, and people are getting scared. "As in the past, they are nearly unanimous in sentiment,"...
  • PC shipments slump in Q3, thanks to free Windows 10 (Upgrade offer is for the old computer, duh)

    10/08/2015 9:52:14 PM PDT · by dayglored · 17 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 9, 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    The world's personal computer factories could only shove just over 70 million machines out the door during 2015's third quarter, according to box-watchers IDC and Gartner. IDC says sales were down 10.8 per cent year on year, a worse outcome than the 9.2 per cent dip the firm previously predicted. Windows 10 is partly to blame, says Jay Chou, IDC's research manager for its Worldwide PC Tracker, because punters are happy to take Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade without buying a new PC. Over time, Chou reckons, ďthe improved PC experience across user segments should drive longer-term demand for new...
  • Gartner: Apple Mac keeps gaining share as Windows PC sales continue decline

    10/08/2015 9:24:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | October 8, 2015 | Gartner, Inc.
    Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.7 million units in the third quarter of 2015, a 7.7 percent decline from the third quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. ‚ÄúThe global PC market has experienced price increases of around 10 percent throughout the year, due to the sharp appreciation of the U.S. dollar against local currencies. In the third quarter of 2015, this continued to be a major cause for weaker demand in those regions,‚ÄĚ said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, in a statement. ‚ÄúThese impacted regions, which include EMEA, Japan and Latin America, posted double-digit declines in...
  • iPhone 6s VS Nikon D750 In 4K Video Shootout (with video)

    10/08/2015 10:30:47 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    ‹berGizmo ^ | October 8, 2015 | By Tyler Lee
    Link to video While our smartphones are great camera replacements as far as compact cameras are concerned, weíre not sure if theyíre at that point where it could take on a DSLR, especially given how DSLRs have access to a wider range of lenses, different processors, and much bigger sensors.However in a recent YouTube video posted by Lee Morris of Fstoppers, he has compared the new iPhone 6s to the Nikon D750 DSLR which was launched last year. Now in terms of photos we suppose you donít need to test it to find out who won, however when it comes...
  • For Programmers Only

    10/08/2015 10:15:43 AM PDT · by econjack · 85 replies
    Roadkill Tee Shirts ^ | Oct., 2015 | unknown
    I just couldn't resist this:
  • Apple, Intel and IBM get on GloFlo's SOI bandwagon

    10/08/2015 10:03:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    fudzilla ^ | 08 October 2015 | Nick Farrell
    FinFETs and SOI working in different environmentsSoitec's CEO and board chairman has raised an eyebrow or two when he said that the iPhone 6s has multiple RF chips built on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrates and that Intel and IBM are using the tech for their silicon photonics push.According to EETimes †Paul Boudre, who claimed that SOI is already being used by Apple and Intel even though neither company is broadcasting it.†SOI appears to be on track to major market penetration even while the rest of the industry is talking FinFETs.
  • Surface Book vs. MacBook Pro: Here's How They Compare

    10/08/2015 8:01:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Laptop Magazine ^ | 10/08/2015 | Phillip Michaels
    Microsoft may have just personally revived the Mac-vs.-Windows debates of yesteryear with its introduction of the Surface Book, the first-ever laptop to come out of Redmond, Calif. With its silver chassis and 13.5-inch display, the Surface Book invites comparisons to Apple's MacBook Pro. So how does the Surface Book stack up against Apple's 13-inch professional laptop?Design: Surface Book's Display Pulls Double Duty At 12.3 x 9.1 x 0.5-0.90, the tapered Surface Book is just a little bit larger than the 13-inch MacBook Pro (12.35 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches). Of course, that modestly larger size allows the Surface Book...
  • Chinese Hackers Breached LoopPay, Whose Tech Is Central to Samsung Pay

    10/07/2015 11:47:17 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 7, 2015 | By NICOLE PERLROTH and MIKE ISAACOCT
    WASHINGTON ó Months before its technology became the centerpiece of Samsungís new mobile payment system, LoopPay, a small Massachusetts subsidiary of the South Korean electronics giant, was the target of a sophisticated attack by a group of government-affiliated Chinese hackers. As early as March, the hackers ó alternatively known as the Codoso Group or Sunshock Group by those who track them ó had breached the computer network of LoopPay, a start-up in Burlington, Mass., that was acquired by Samsung in February for more than $250 million, according to several people briefed on the still-unfolding investigation, as well as Samsung and...
  • Review: 'Steve Jobs' Is An Electrifying Interpretive Dance Of Abstract Biographical Cinema

    10/07/2015 11:19:34 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 7, 2015 | Scott Mendelson ,CONTRIBUTOR
    The Review: Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkinís Steve Jobs is a lightning bolt of pure cinematic energy. Rather than lay out the complete career and/or life of its protagonist, the three-part film distils an essence, an interpretation from three pivotal moments, offering key snapshots that race along on a quickened pace and a propulsive moment that rarely lets up. Yes, itís Aaron Sorkin doing Aaron Sorkin to the point of near self-parody, but the cocktail works. Filled with superb performances and lively exchanges with the hindsight of history in a bottle, Steve Jobs is genuinely electrifying entertainment that never lets...
  • Rookie Dongle warns parents when their kids are driving too fast (Nanny State/Big Brother alert)

    10/07/2015 8:32:00 PM PDT · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Stack ^ | Oct 7, 2015 | Alice McGregor
    Dongle Apps, a Belgian tech company, has introduced a new system which alerts a car owner if the vehicleís driver is breaking the speed limit. The ĎRookie Dongleí, founded by engineer Paul Janssens and automotive expert Christophe Neyt, connects to the vehicleís on-board diagnostics (OBD II) port, used by garage staff to identify issues and assess speed, mileage and performance in all modern cars. Initially designed for parents and guardians to keep an eye on their young ones behind the wheel, the device employs internal GPS and mobile technologies to push real-time data to the cloud and send notifications to...
  • Vanity: Threat detected by Avast

    10/07/2015 8:26:09 PM PDT · by Mama Shawna · 18 replies
    I just clicked on a thread titled 'Steve King Endorses Daniel Webster for Speaker of the House' posted by E. Pluribus Unum from Breitbart, and both times, my Avast virus protection popped up with 'threat detected'. Anyone else get this when clicking on this title? First time I've EVER gotten this while browsing FR.
  • Microsoft, the VW family sedan of IT, wants to be tech's new Rolls-Royce (Tech Business Analysis)

    10/07/2015 7:54:10 PM PDT · by dayglored · 39 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 7, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    If there's one message that stands out from Microsoft's big device day launch on Tuesday it's this: stop thinking about Redmond as the cheap option, because it wants to be seen as the premium brand. For years Microsoft has sold itself as the dominant ecosystem for computing that won't cost you too much. The device day focus, however, shows that Microsoft is intent on going after the big spenders in the IT industry. Take the Surface Book, for example. Again and again Microsoft hammered the message that this was the ultimate laptop, with no expense spared. That's reflected in the...
  • Wife's Video of Husband Flirting With Maid Goes Viral in Saudi Arabia

    10/07/2015 11:56:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, October 06, 2015
    Woman could face jail on defamation charges: lawyer A Saudi woman could be jailed for up to one year for publishing a film showing her husband flirting with his housemaid in the kitchen, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. The unnamed wife had caught her husband flirting with the maid in the kitchen at their house in the Gulf Kingdom and secretly filmed him with her mobile phone. She then published the film on social media and wrote a caption saying: ďthe minimum punishment for this husband is to scandalise him.Ē ĎSadaí newspaper said the film went viral on social media...
  • With the Surface Book Laptop/Tablet hybrid, Microsoft is taking the game to Apple

    10/07/2015 7:21:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/07/2015
    Microsoft did something shocking last night. It launched something people might actually lust over, something sleek, something powerful, something innovative. The Surface Book. At an event in New York rammed with press and industry types and live-streamed to the world, Microsoft confidently and defiantly unveiled its grand vision of Windows 10 devices. Some of the products the company unveiled were expected: an updated Surface Pro 4 tablet, the second generation of the companyís Microsoft Band fitness tracker and two new Lumia smartphones. But it was the Surface Book, Microsoftís first laptop and a big bet for the company, that drew...
  • Microsoft just unveiled its first laptop ó and claims it's twice as fast as a Macbook Pro

    10/06/2015 1:59:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/06/2015 | Lisa Eadicicco and Matt Weinberger
    Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled its first laptop: the Microsoft Surface Book, a 13-inch touch-screen device that also comes apart to become a tablet. "This is the ultimate laptop," Microsoft's Panos Panay said. It has two processors and a dedicated graphics-card system. Microsoft says the laptop is twice as fast as a Macbook Pro. Pricing starts at $1,499, and the laptop will be available on October 26. As with many devices in the Surface line, the Surface Book can detach from its keyboard to become a tablet. The keyboard can then dock on the back of the tablet to keep it...
  • Surface Book: Microsoft steers first LAPTOP into Apple's MacBook Pro

    10/06/2015 1:43:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 6, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    Redmond's shoving its chips all in on this $1,500 PC As expected, Microsoft has updated its Surface Pro fondleslab with a new model powered by Intel's latest silicon. But unexpectedly, it has also produced a laptop version of the platform that is going to make Apple sick. "The Surface Book is the ultimate laptop," gushed Panos Panay, Microsoft's veep of Surface computing. "Ounce for ounce, it's the fastest laptop ever made Ė twice as fast as the MacBook Pro." The laptop's 13.5-inch screen is detachable, and on its own acts as a tablet. The machine has two batteries and twin...
  • Windows 10 officially hits 110 million installations

    10/06/2015 1:26:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Winbeta ^ | 10/06/2015 | Sean Michael
    Today is one of the biggest days of the year for Microsoft and to start out the event they rattled off some impressive numbers. The most impressive is 110 million installations of Windows 10. This lines up well with the reports we had already heard but this 110 million number is officially from Microsoft on the biggest stage. Here are some other impressive stats mentioned by Terry Myerson. * 1 billion visits to Windows 10 app store * Developer revenue has increased four times since Windows 10ís launch * 650 billion web pages viewed with Microsoft Edge * 1 billion...
  • Microsoft's Surface Book is the sleek, MacBook-beating laptop

    10/06/2015 9:55:16 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 57 replies
    pcworld ^ | 10/06/2015 | Brad Chacos
    Well this came out of nowhere. After years of pleading from PC enthusiasts, Microsoft finally revealed an ultra-premium Surface laptop, dubbed Surface Book, at its hardware event on Tuesdayóa portable PC designed to embrace Windows 10ís most cutting-edge features, and one thatís just oozing style. If the Surface Pro is a tablet that can replace your laptop, as Microsoftís marketing crowed last year, does that make the Surface laptop a laptop that can replace your tablet that replaces your laptop? Not quite. Both aim for different targets. While the Surface tablets were initially introduced to highlight the sort of mobile...
  • Top Tips For Migrating from Windows to Linux

    10/06/2015 3:46:33 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 50 replies
    Datamation ^ | 05 October 2015 | Matt Hartley
    It's easy to forget how intimidating it can be when trying something completely new for the first time. This is especially true when a power-user comfortable with Windows tries Linux. Since I'm a power user of various Linux distros, Windows and OS X, I have some insights that I think people looking to migrate to Linux need to read. Let's get started, shall we?Linux is not Windows The first thing that people who migrate from Windows need to understand is that Linux is not Windows. People seem to forget this fact when they experience something completely foreign while using Linux....
  • If you wanted Windows 10, it looks like you've already installed it

    10/05/2015 9:17:17 PM PDT · by dayglored · 56 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 6, 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    Windows 10 looks to have won about seven per cent of the world's desktop operating system market. That's The Reg's back-of-the-spreadsheet calculation after running our eye over Septemberís data from Netmarketshare and StatCounter, the two services we regularly eyeball to see what's going down on the desktop. Remember that Windows 10 launched on July 29th. With that in mind we can see that August saw plenty of growth, but things slowed rather markedly in September. The losers are Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, as the graphs below show both have dipped markedly since Windows 10's debut. When we crunch the...
  • Apple Acquires Artificial Intelligence Startup Perceptio

    10/05/2015 4:35:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    Mac Rumors ^ | october 5, 2015 | by Juli Clover
    Apple has purchased Perceptio, a small startup focused on artificial intelligence, reports Bloomberg. Founded by Nicolas Pinto and Zak Stone, Perceptio was developing technology that would let smartphone companies create advanced artificial intelligence systems "without needing to share as much user data" in the cloud. Perceptio's goals were to develop techniques to run AI image-classification systems on smartphones, without having to draw from large external repositories of data. That fits Apple's strategy of trying to minimize its usage of customer data and do as much processing as possible on the device.According to Bloomberg, both Stone and Pinto are established artificial...
  • iOS malware YiSpecter: NO iPHONE IS SAFE

    10/05/2015 11:30:57 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 43 replies
    The Register (UK) ^ | October 5, 2015 | by John Leyden
    World where only jailbroken iThings were vulnerable is 'thing of the past' The first iOS malware capable of attacking both non-jailbroken and jailbroken devices has surfaced online.The mobile malware nasty - YiSpecter - hooks into private APIs in the iOS system to implement malicious actions has been in the wild for at least 10 months, mostly in China and Taiwan, since November 2014 if not earlier. YiSpecter uses a battery of unusual tricks to spread itself. Distribution tactics include hijacking of traffic from nationwide ISPs, a worm on Windows, and an offline app installation and a community promotion. Initially the...
  • Dealing with Boundary Issues

    10/05/2015 5:55:28 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 3 replies
    Linux Journal ^ | 02 October 2015 | Doc Searls
    The other evening a bunch of us were sitting in a friend's living room while a series of photos scrolled across her TV. The photos were a screen saver served up by her new Apple TV box. Some of the pictures were of people, birds, flowers, cats and other typical stuff. But in the mix were also shots of price tags, bar codes, bags of mulch and other stuff she had thought about buying at some point. "What are those doing there?" somebody asked. "I don't know," she said. "I thought I threw those away." "That's scary," somebody said. "What...
  • Anniversary of First Linux Kernel Release: A Look at Collaborative Value

    10/05/2015 5:27:24 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 22 replies ^ | 02 October 2015 | Jennifer Cloer
    Linus Torvalds The Linux community often recognizes two anniversaries for Linux: August 25th is the day Linus Torvalds first posted that he was working on Linux and said ďHello, everybody out thereÖĒ and October 5th is the day he released the first kernel.To mark the anniversary of the first kernel release in 1991, we look at some facts and consider the progress that has been made since that early version. Version 0.01 of the Linux kernel had 10,239 lines of code (source: Wikipedia). Version 4.1, released in July 2015, has more than 19 million lines of code (source: Phoronix).†...
  • The Next Big Science vs. Church Battle: Can Transhumanism and Christianity Co-Exist?

    10/05/2015 3:29:05 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/04/15 | Michael Gryboski
    Can churches engage transhumanism, which may very well be the next big science vs. religion battle, positively or should they absolutely resist this movement, an academic institution in Alabama asked during a multi-day event focused on whether Christianity and Transhumanism could co-exist. Samford University's Center for Science and Religion held the event, titled "Transhumanism and the Church," which took place from Sept. 24-26 and featured 27 presentations with approximately 120 attendees for the opening lecture alone. Transhumanism is the theory that science and technology can be used to advance the evolution of human beings beyond current physical and mental limitations....
  • Tim Cook: A back door for the good guys is a back door for the bad guys

    10/04/2015 9:42:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 3, 2015 2:05 AM | By Chris Matyszczyk
    Photo creditóCNet: Josh Miller I get the sense that the FBI doesn't entirely appreciate Apple CEO Tim Cook.I get that sense from an interview he gave to NPR on Thursday. In it, he cogently explained Apple's attitude toward security in general and national security in particular.Cook repeated his view that Apple isn't interested in tracking its customers as infinitum from app to app."If you buy something from the App Store, we do know what you bought from the App Store, obviously," he said. "We think customers are fine with that. Many customers want us to recommend an app. But what...
  • Xbox One wonít really get Cortana until 2016

    10/04/2015 8:19:20 PM PDT · by dayglored · 9 replies
    SlashGear ^ | Oct 4, 2015 | JC Torres
    Xbox's Major Nelson has just revealed another slew of features for the New Xbox One Experience, a.k.a. the NXOE, but this time around not all of them are good news. Well, to be fair, only one isn't. Despite having hyped about how Cortana will help gamers stay on top of things even in the middle of gaming, it seems that such gamers will have to wait a bit longer to experience that. When Microsoft releases NXOE later this year, Cortana will only be available as a preview, with a full rollout happening only next year. Delays are a fact of...
  • Microsoft acknowledges Office 2016-OS X El Capitan crashes but lacks ETA for fix

    10/04/2015 8:03:25 PM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    PC World ^ | Oct 4, 2015 | Gregg Keizer
    Microsoft admits that users of its Office for Mac 2016 suite are encountering frequent crashes and is working with Apple on a fix. 'We are working closely with Apple to resolve this issue,' says company manager. Microsoft has acknowledged that users of its Office for Mac 2016 application suite are encountering frequent crashes and implied that it's working on a fix, but offered no timeline for delivering an update. In an emailed statement, a Microsoft spokeswoman said the company is looking into the problem. "We know that some users may be experiencing issues with Office 2016 for Mac running on...
  • New Steve Jobs biopic is a travesty says exóCold, Ruthless, Obsessive? No, he was FAR worse

    10/04/2015 4:20:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 44 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 4, 2015 | By CHRISANN BRENNAN
    Fans of the iPhone and the iPad have long seen the late Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, as a messianic figure, whose drive and vision turned computers from clunky business machines into the epitome of cool. Danny Boyle's new biopic, starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, will further burnish his remarkable reputation when it premiers next month. But one woman has a different and more traumatic view: Jobs's high school sweetheart Chrisann Brennan. She lived with Jobs and was an early Apple employee, only for the relationship to fall apart amid wild recriminations when she became pregnant with his...
  • Everybody is suddenly copying Microsoft

    10/04/2015 1:49:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 151 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 4, 2015 | Matt Weinberger
    In 2012, when Microsoft first introduced the Surface Pro ó a tablet that was also a laptop ó it became an industry punch line. ďYou can merge a toaster and a refrigerator, but thatís probably not going to be pleasing to anyone," quipped Apple CEO Tim Cook. Nobody's laughing now. And Microsoft is looking more and more like a trendsetter. Three years after Cook's jab, the Surface Pro 3 is selling strong ó strong enough that Microsoft is expected to launch a much-anticipated Surface Pro 4 at a special event on Tuesday. In the meantime, Apple and Google have started...
  • Vanity: does anyone else using CHROME have problems loading pages?

    10/04/2015 9:45:08 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 20 replies
    self | 10/4/15 | RaceBannon
    This keeps returning as a problem I run antivurus, once in a while, that fixes it I run scandisk, defrag, microsft security essentials, avast, avg, cccleaner and I still have issues loading pages I click on I have reuced the number of posts to 20, that doesnt affect it
  • Opinion: Apple Watch should double down on health sensors, battery life + waterproofing

    10/03/2015 3:50:47 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | October 2, 2015 | by Jeremy Horwitz
    Whenever someone asks what I think of¬†my Apple Watch, I¬†explain¬†that I like but don‚Äôt love it, and wouldn‚Äôt recommend it to everyone‚Ķ yet. ‚ÄúIn two or three years,‚ÄĚ I say, ‚Äúthey‚Äôre going to be common, but right now, they don‚Äôt feel necessary.‚ÄĚ Nice, yes. Necessary, no.Last week, my life¬†changed. Shortly after our kids went to school, my wife stopped breathing in our¬†home. I was able to get her breathing again, and thanks to 911 and¬†outstanding EMTs, she survived to be diagnosed with¬†Brugada Syndrome, a rare heart condition that¬†typically¬†goes undetected before¬†a massive,¬†fatal attack. Once Brugada was suspected, doctors looked¬†for records of...
  • Nihilistic Password Security Questions

    10/03/2015 2:18:30 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 21 replies
    Timothy McSweeney ^ | 10/3/2015 | SOHEIL REZAYAZDI
    What is the name of your least favorite child? In what year did you abandon your dreams? What is the maiden name of your fatherís mistress? At what age did your childhood pet run away? What was the name of your favorite unpaid internship? In what city did you first experience ennui? What is your ex-wifeís newest last name? What sports team do you fetishize to avoid meaningful discussion with others? What is the name of your favorite canceled TV show? What was the middle name of your first rebound? On what street did you lose your childlike sense of...
  • Office 2016 apps crash following OS X 10.11 El Capitan upgrade

    10/03/2015 12:27:42 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 22 replies
    ZDNet ^ | October 2, 2015 -- 10:57 GMT | by Adrien Kingsley-Hughes
    If you are a Mac user that relies on Office 2016 apps to get your day-to-day work done then you might want to hold off on upgrading to OS X El Capitan. According to an extensive thread on Microsoft's Office for Mac support forum - combined with firsthand experience of the issue - the problems seem many and varied. Outlook appears to be the main culprit, but Excel and Word are also reported to be problematic for some. For some the apps crash while in use, while for others it is coming out from sleep that causes issues. Others...
  • "NexDef" HeadAche and OS X Yosemite Upgrade to OS X 10.11 El Capitan

    10/02/2015 8:33:21 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 14 replies
    Several Sources | Oct 2, 2015, Friday Night | Yosemitest
    After about a day and a half, trying to stop a "NexDef requires Java SE6 Runtime" notice hoping up every 10 Seconds, and Java JRE-8u60 download not completing (but saying and verifying as completed), I finally got rid of the problem. FIRST: I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BEFORE YOU UPGRADE FROM OS X YOSEMITE, to El Capitan, you follow the instructions I found at the bottom of Page 1 of this link . But I stopped at step 6 and did NOT do Steps 7, or Step 8. Here are those directions, which state: violins27 May 26, 2013 5:56 PM Re:...
  • The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray (at 90) Fast, cool, simple. Repeat.

    10/02/2015 6:56:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 43 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 2, 2015 | Davin Clarke
    Before Steve Jobs, there was Seymour Cray Ė father of the supercomputer and regarded as something close to a God in the circles he moved in. Jobsí Apple Computer is reputed to have bought one of Seymourís massive machines back in the day: a Cray, to design the brand-new Macintosh personal computer. This would have been a significant moment for a man of Jobs' character, not prone to flattering the inventions or ideas of others. In return, Cray is said to have quipped that he'd bought a Mac to design the next Cray. Cray Ė who would have been 90...
  • Apple Watch saves teenagerís life; Tim Cook offers thankful teen an internship

    10/02/2015 6:07:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | October 10, 2015
    An Apple Watch may have saved a teenagers life, and Apple CEO Tim Cook is so pleased that he offered the thankful teen an internship next year,‚ÄĚ Gregory Ferenstein reports for ReadWrite. ‚ÄúPaul Houle, a 17-year-old from Massachusetts, says that the watch‚Äôs heart rate monitor tipped him off to a dangerous condition. Had he not gone to see a doctor to check out his unusually high heart rate, he may not be alive today.‚ÄĚ ‚Äú‚ÄėAfter [football] practice I went and took a nap, my heart rate was still at 145,‚Äô he told WCVB, a local CBS news station. Houle went...
  • Up to 500 million exposed by WinRAR remote code execution vulnerability

    10/02/2015 4:22:09 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 9 replies (AUS) ^ | Oct 1 2015 6:35AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    ... A researcher has found a way to exploit popular archival utility WinRAR to remotely execute malicious code on users' computers, without any interaction being required. Iranian researcher Mohammad Reza Espargham found that it was possible to use WinRAR SFX 2.51 to add malicious payloads that would execute when users decompress archives. A specially crafted hyper text mark-up language (HTML) text file that is parsed and which attempts to download and run potentially malicious code can be included in WinRAR SFX archives, Espargham noted. The researcher suggested secure parsing of the text file, and encoding of the URL value parameter...
  • Facebook asking for Drivers License/Birth Certificate Info

    10/02/2015 10:51:53 AM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 66 replies
    So I attempt to get into my Facebook page which I was able to earlier today, and all of a sudden, it is asking me for ID's before I can get to my page. Asking for a drivers license, birth certificate, pictures, etc. I've never had this happen! Anyone else experience this?
  • IBM engineers carbon nanotube transistors to replace silicon in computing

    10/02/2015 10:07:16 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies ^ | October 1, 2015 11:00 AM | Dean Takahashi
    Above: IBM's carbon nanotubes have tiny circuits that are fractions of a meter apart.Image Credit: IBM Carbon nanotubes are the leading candidate to replace silicon in semiconductor chips after the decades-long run of silicon electronics runs out. And IBM is hoping to usher along that transition with a new breakthrough being announced today.In the October 2 issue of the journal Science, IBM researchers say they have overcome one of the most daunting challenges around carbon nanotube transistors, which are the building blocks of electronic circuits with dimensions that are measured in billionths of a meter. Carbon nanotubes may be...
  • "Joyous" - Instrumental dance music, by Yours Truly

    10/02/2015 8:44:35 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 22 replies
    Me, via YouTube (as Hopalong Ginsberg) ^ | 10/2/15 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    It's Happy Dance time! * * * I write and record my music under the stage name of Hopalong Ginsberg. Hey, it beats "Skrillix." For a free MP3 download of "Joyous," click or here.
  • How to Use Split View in Full Screen with OS X El Capitan

    10/01/2015 10:53:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    OSXDaily ^ | October 1, 2015 | OsXDaily Staff
    Split View is a new feature in OS X El Capitan which allows you to take two apps into full screen together, placing them split side-by-side. For example, you could take a Safari window into full screen mode and then split the fullscreen with another app, like Pages. Split View sizes the windows automatically for any screen size, so you don’t have to drag them to accommodate the display, and it’s quite easy to use once you learn how to access and use the split screen feature on the Mac. We’ll cover two ways to enter into Split Screen...
  • Say goodbye to repairing file permissions in El Capitan

    10/01/2015 10:41:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 1 replies
    iMore ^ | October 1, 2015 | By Peter Cohen
    File permissions problems are no longer a problem in the newest OS X release. Repairing file permissions has long been a standard practice of many old-time Mac users. Debates have raged about its efficacy, but the bottom line is there's always been a way to do it in Apple's Disk Utility app, and if Apple lets you do it it, it must be okay, right? That changes with Disk Utility in El Capitan. Let's take a look. S.G. writes: "I was just shocked by Disk Utility changes. No more verify/repair permissions option or disk? Seems like it has no utility...
  • Second Apple "spaceship" to land in Sunnyvale ó deal sealed with Landbank Investments (Slideshow)

    10/01/2015 10:28:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Silicon Valley Business Journal ^ | October 1, 2015 ó 10:05 AM PDT Updated on October 1, 2015 ó 3:09 PM PDT | By Nathan Donato-Weinstein
    Apple Inc. has landed its second spaceship ó this time, in Sunnyvale ó in a massive deal that exemplifies a new era in Silicon Valley real estate and crystalizes Appleís enormous growth trajectory outside of its Cupertino stronghold. The iPhone maker has sealed a deal for Landbank Investments LLCís planned Central & Wolfe campus ó a curvaceous, 777,000-square-foot project at Central Expressway and Wolfe Road thatís expected to look like nothing else ever attempted in Silicon Valley. Its marketing web address?, and for good reason. As approved, the campus from Landbank Investments and architecture firm HOK carries an audacious...
  • 'Stagefright 2.0' bug menaces over a billion Android devices

    10/01/2015 6:24:16 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 12 replies (AUS) ^ | Oct 2 2015 6:39AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Researchers have discovered a second set of serious vulnerabilities in Google's Android mobile operating system, leaving over a billion new and old devices open to attack. Dubbed Stagefright 2.0, the newly discovered vulnerabilities stem from two flaws in how Android handles audio and video files. It was found by Joshua Drake of security vendor Zimperium, who also discovered the original Stagefright vulnerability affecting just under a billion Android devices in July this year. The first Stagefright flaw in the Android media processing software library allowed attackers to send a specially crafted multimedia messaging service (MMS) missive which, when received in...
  • Liberalism: The cause behind all the gun violence...and everything else wrong with the world today

    10/01/2015 1:36:21 PM PDT · by Norm Lenhart · 70 replies
    Norm Lenhart | 10/1/2015 | Norm Lenhart
    Another day, another mass casualty event with liberalism at the core. One does not have to search long to find about a million theories as to why bad things happen in the world. there's always an expert with a HAHvard degree and a sociologist or 12 to explain that guns, white privlege and climate change driving proivleges whites with guns to walk into schools and open fire. you know what never gets mentioned? Every single one of these events has liberalism and most often, a certifiable liberal behind them. Think thats nuts? Wild speculation? Name the last time a bible...
  • Windows 10 adoption has slowed down considerably after explosive first month

    10/01/2015 10:33:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    PC World ^ | 10/01/2015 | Jared Newman
    Windows 10 uptake is falling back to earth after an explosive first month.According to StatCounter, Windows 10 accounted for 7.64 percent of desktop Internet usage in September, compared to 5.38 percent the month prior. Rival metrics firm NetApplications pegs Windows 10 usage at 6.63 percent, compared to 5.21 percent in August. Three months of desktop operating system usage from StatCounter.Both firms still have Windows 10 in fourth place among Microsoft operating systems, trailing behind even Windows XP, a 14-year-old operating system that Microsoft stopped supporting in 2014. Windows 7 remains way out in front, with 51.52 percent usage according to...
  • Apple invents ring-style wearable device with voice control, haptics, cameras and more

    10/01/2015 9:34:59 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    Apple Insiderder ^ | Thursday, October 01, 2015, 01:44 am PT | by Mikey Campbell
    It seems rumors that claimed Apple conducted research into an "iRing" wearable product were based in reality, as a new patent application reveals work on a finger-mounted device stuffed with microphones, motion sensors, a haptic feedback system, biometric sensors, cameras and even a small display. The fairly comprehensive patent application, titled "Devices and methods for a ring computing device" and published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, describes an advanced ring-style wearable that uses voice, motion and touch input to control and interact with larger computing devices. In many ways, the claims read like an overview of...