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  • A US Court Threw Out VirnetX's $368 Million Patent Infringement Award Against Apple

    09/17/2014 1:58:45 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 16, 2014 | Staff
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out a jury order requiring Apple Inc to pay VirnetX Holding Corp $368.2 million in damages for infringing four patents concerning technology for providing security over the Internet. Shares of VirnetX plunged as much as 59.8 percent after the decision by the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington. The company and its lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Apple had appealed a November 2012 jury finding that it infringed VirnetX's patents for virtual private network, or VPN, technology through the FaceTime feature on its iPhone, iPod Touch and...
  • A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

    09/16/2014 10:19:53 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | 16 September 2014 | Simon Crisp
    Review Samsung has been in the SSD business for over ten years. Most of that time has been spent delivering drives to the Enterprise and OEM segments. Since the introduction of its first consumer SSD drive (the SSD430) in 2010, it has since shipped over 12m drives worldwide – including the SSD840, the world’s first TLC NAND drive.Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND storageSamsung has some clout, that's for sure and with the latest consumer drive range, the SSD850 PRO, it has another first: the world’s first consumer drive to use 3D V-NAND, in this case the 32-layer version of the...
  • Teenager from India invents device that can convert breath to speech

    09/16/2014 2:59:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 09/15/14 | Bec Crew
    A high school student from India has invented a device that can convert a person’s breath into speech, to give millions of people around the world suffering from speech impediment a 'voice' for the first time.
  • Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

    09/16/2014 1:53:03 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 09/10/14 | NICK BILTON
    “So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. “They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” I’m sure I responded with a gasp and dumbfounded silence. I had imagined the Jobs’s household was like a nerd’s paradise: that the walls were giant touch screens, the dining table was made from tiles of iPads and that iPods were handed out to guests like chocolates on a pillow. Nope, Mr. Jobs told me, not even close....
  • Microsoft agrees to $2.5-billion deal to purchase 'Minecraft'

    09/15/2014 7:59:44 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/15/2014 | Paresh Dave
    Microsoft Corp. plans to spend $2.5 billion to buy what it called the most popular online game on Xbox, the building adventure title "Minecraft." “Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft," Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chief executive, said in a statement Monday. The purchase of the game maker Stockholm, Sweden-based Mojang is expected to close late this year. Compared with Microsoft's blockbuster "Halo" franchise, "Minecraft" should give the company a younger audience to...
  • The League wants to be dating app for The Elite

    09/15/2014 6:59:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 13, 2014 | Natalie Kitroeff
    Is Tinder not selective enough for you? Is OkCupid turning up dates that don't meet your standards? If so, you might want to look into The League, a new dating app recently released by a Stanford business school graduate. "You're smart, good-looking & successful. You don't need a dating app to get a date - you're too popular as it is. But you should join The League," reads the app's website. The site invites users to download the app and join the waiting list for its "private alpha." Once live, it promises to exclude all of the chaff you'd find...
  • Andrew Kay, inventor who developed the Kaypro II compact computer, dies at 95

    09/15/2014 4:22:56 PM PDT · by bigbob · 31 replies
    WaPo ^ | 9-14-14 | Steve Chawkins
    Andrew Kay, an inventor who pioneered the use of compact computers in the 1980s with Kaypro II, died Aug. 28 at an assisted living home in Vista, Calif. He was 95. His son, David Kay, confirmed the death. The cause was not disclosed. The Kaypro II weighed in at a mere 26 pounds, which is elephantine by today’s standards but was a technological breakthrough at the time. It was a favorite of early computer aficionados and briefly made Mr. Kay a high-tech titan. By 1990, he had filed for bankruptcy protection. Mr. Kay was a charismatic inventor who scoffed at...
  • Now Trending: ‘I H8 People Who H8′: Try these #DemocratTShirts on for size

    09/15/2014 2:56:41 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 16 replies
    We didnĀ’t think anything could top the excitement of voting for the next Democrat car magnet, but some givers on Twitter have stepped up with some #DemocratTShirts that really need to be mass-produced. #BoycottCoke Save a Child Urban Outfitters #IfIWokeUpWithAmnesia Scotland Bob Geldof #MadeInAus #DemocratTShirts pic.twitter.com/sOBKx2V0qm James Nathaniel ā€¸@JNathaniel12 1m #DemocratTShirts pic.twitter.com/2iy4XmCWzg Jeremy Rivkin ā€¸@SodasCat 1m Morals? Values? We got drums dude. #DemocratTShirts pic.twitter.com/903264faXz crazylarry ā€¸@Madcap62Larry 1m #DemocratTShirts So you voted for Bush? Your opinions are invalid. pic.twitter.com/QYz5w0t11I @ShareThis Jami ā€¸@Jami_USA 1m #DemocratTshirts "Mom! You shrunk the new shirt you bought me! That's it, I'm going to turn my music...
  • Computer help! Users logging in as temporary account!

    09/15/2014 1:11:31 PM PDT · by raybbr · 24 replies
    9/15/2014 | raybbr
    I downloaded the trial version of Malwarebytes last week. I ran a complete scan and quarantined then removed all the malware found. My PC is running W 8.1. I've had no issues till now. After I restarted the computer I tried logging into my wife's account to check something and it would only allow me to log in as a temporary user. This happened to all the user accounts. Also, I remember that after restarting my PC and logging into my account, which is an admin account, the desktop was blank and all my tiles were gone. I restarted again...
  • Florida mom lets her kids try booze in controlled setting, gets arrested...

    09/15/2014 10:32:40 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 56 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 13, 2014 | 1:49 pm | T. Becket Adams
    Someone is going to get “unfriended” on Facebook real soon. From WKMG-TV in Orlando, Fla.: According to police, Patricia Denault poured herself a shot of Fireball cinnamon whiskey and took a picture of her son taking a sip. She posted that picture on Facebook, but someone saw that picture and called the police. "Me taking a picture and putting it on Facebook, I thought it was funny," Denault said. Denault was arrested on Wednesday, charged with child neglect after she said three uniformed officers and Child Protective Services came to her house and interviewed her kids. (snip)
  • Warner Bros. Sues New York Bar For Playing 80-Year Old Song

    09/15/2014 9:32:57 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 85 replies
    TF ^ | 8/29/2014 | TF
    Warner Bros. has filed a lawsuit against a small bar from Amityville, New York, for playing one of their songs without permission. The track in question is not a recent pop song, but the 80-year old love song "I Only Have Eyes for You" which first appeared in Warner's 1934 movie "Dames." giacomoMany bars, pubs and restaurants like to entertain their guests with live music, with bands often playing covers of recent hits or golden oldies. As with all music that’s performed in public, the bar owners are required to pay the royalties, even if there are just handful of...
  • The miniature radio that could link the Internet of Things

    09/14/2014 8:33:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    digitaltrends.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | David Nield —
    It could help another wave of devices connect up to “The Internet of Things” and beam data back to the Web. The smart homes of the future require gadgets that can communicate with the Internet as well as with each other. As technology such as this ant-sized radio gets cheaper and more lightweight, it can be built into more devices — the team behind the new invention is hoping that it can help push innovation in wearables and smart hardware. “The next exponential growth in connectivity will be connecting objects together and giving us remote control through the Web,” says...
  • World’s first 3D-printed car unveiled in Chicago

    09/14/2014 6:46:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    whnt.com ^ | 06:25pm, September 14, 2014 | Jake Reed
    The concept of Strati began just six months ago, before being brought to the showroom floor of the International Manufacturing Technology Show. Attendees got a first-hand look at the body of the car being printed layer by layer over a 44-hour period. Then, the non-printable parts, like the engine, lights and glass windshield were added. The top speed of the Strati is 40 miles per hour and a range of 120 miles on one charge. Rogers says the initial retail cost will start at $18,000 and go upwards of $30,000. However, when it comes time for a change, many of...
  • Woman Finds Owner of Wedding Photo Found At Ground Zero...

    09/14/2014 4:58:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:29 AM | Barry Paddock , Meg Wagner /
    Elizabeth Stringer Keefe had been trying for 13 years to locate the owner of a tattered wedding photo found among the Ground Zero rubble. Persistence and the power of social media finally paid off on Friday night when Keefe — who had been given the photograph by a friend — found the owner. The snapshot belonged to Fred Mahe, a Colorado man who used to live in New York. “It was my small contribution, trying to do something good in conjunction to 9/11,” Keefe, a Boston professor, told the Daily News. “The purpose for me was to bring some small...
  • Mystery drone lands in family's backyard

    09/12/2014 7:33:35 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 60 replies
    wxyz ^ | Sep 11, 2014 | Jonathan Carlson
    (WXYZ) Allen Park, Mich. - A mystery drone is the talk of Allen Park, as a family there watched the flying device land in their backyard. The operator--nowhere to be found. "We freaked out," said homeowner Roman Urista. He and his family were sitting in the backyard around a fire recently, when the drone hovered overhead, lights on and propellers roaring. It crash landed in the family's yard, still buzzing. "It didn't look like a hobby toy to me," said Urista. The Drone, valued at around $500, was equipped with an onboard camera. The family was scared to go near...
  • This Site Says It Will Tell If Your Gmail Password Was Hacked [But is it legit?]

    09/11/2014 9:18:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/11/2014 | Julie Bort
    As you may have heard, Russian hackers have published the passwords for roughly five million Gmail accounts. This follows the publication of millions of passwords for two of Russia's largest email services, Yandex and Mail.Ru.Chances are, your account is not one of the hacked Gmail accounts, because that figure of five million represents only a fraction of the number of Gmail accounts that are active in the world. For instance, the Gmail app has been downloaded one billion times to Android devices. Even back in 2012, Gmail had 350 million users.But a group of programmers have decided to help you check...
  • Textbooks or Tablets? Some students say they learn better w/ physical text books.

    09/11/2014 12:49:14 AM PDT · by lee martell · 38 replies
    Sept. 11, 2014 | lee martell
    The matter remains unsettled, and probably will for quite a while. Many schools have gone with the flow of offering students a tablet or laptop computer that will contain all their most essential lessons. Many schools consider it a given, that within five to ten years, there will be no physical books at all. Every piece of study matter will be found on a computer owned or rented by the student. But wait, there is subtle pushback. Not so fast, say many of the students themselves. Most students, from elementary through grad school, have grown up surrounded with digital inventions,...
  • RadioShack restructuring begins to takes shape

    09/10/2014 1:54:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Thoubled electronics retailer RadioShack Corp's shares have lost nearly a third of their value since brokerage Wedbush Securities said on Tuesday the company could file for bankruptcy soon, making the stock worthless by the end of this year. The stock fell as much as 20 percent to 76 cents on Wednesday, adding to a 23 percent plunge on Tuesday. "Our price target reflects our expectation that creditors will force a reorganization and wipe out RadioShack's equity," Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter wrote in a note. Pachter, rated four stars out of five by StarMine for the accuracy of his calls on...
  • Windows 8.1 continues to inch along: Progress is still coming at a snail's pace.

    09/10/2014 10:24:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    C/NET ^ | 09/10/2014 | Lance Whitney
    <p>Windows 8.1 carved out more of the desktop OS market last month, though its progress remains slow.</p> <p>For the month of August, Windows 8.1 eked out a 7.09 percent market share based on all the desktop OS traffic seen by Web tracker Net Applications. That number was up slightly from 6.56 percent in July, 6.61 percent in June, and 6.35 percent in May. Still in use among many people, Windows 8 scored 6.28 percent of the market last month.</p>
  • Apple hasn’t solved the smart watch dilemma

    09/10/2014 7:11:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Medium.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Felix Salmon
    There’s a decent rule of thumb when it comes to anything Apple: When it introduces something brand new, don’t buy version 1.o. Wait until the second or third version instead; you’ll be much better off. Does anybody remember OS 10.0? It was a disaster, and even people who installed it spent 90% of their time in OS 9 instead. The very first MacBook Air? An underpowered exercise in frustration. The original iPad? Heavy and clunky. The original iPod? Was not only heavy and clunky and expensive, it was also tied to the Macintosh and didn’t work either alone or with...
  • The Sapphire Industry Just Wasn't Ready For The New iPhone

    09/10/2014 7:08:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/10/2014 | SE YOUNG LEE AND MICHAEL GOLD
    Apple Inc. may have disappointed many consumers by not putting sapphire glass covers on its new iPhone, but the scratch-resistant material is gradually making its way into mobile devices despite manufacturing challenges and high costs. Speculation had been rife in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's unveiling of the iPhone 6 that some models would have the extra protection after Apple partnered in November with U.S.-based GT Advanced Technologies Inc. , a mineral crystal specialist, to make sapphire materials for its devices. Apple said sapphire glass would be used on its first smartwatch. It also continues to use the durable...
  • Unsettled Science: 53 different explanations for the failure of computerized climate models

    09/10/2014 6:50:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/10/2014 | Viv Forbes
    We are told by government-funded climate alarmists that their forecasts of dangerous man-made global warming rely on “settled science”. Their “settled science” represents a mare’s nest of computer models, resting on a few match-sticks of science, surrounded by tall forests of uncertainty. It is indeed settled science that all gases in the atmosphere can affect the exchange of heat between the sun, the Earth and outer space, and this can affect global temperatures. It is also agreed that certain gases like water vapor and carbon dioxide can absorb and redirect radiant energy passing through the atmosphere. It is also settled...
  • Top Linux Myths Dispelled

    09/10/2014 4:18:30 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 41 replies
    Datamation ^ | 8 September 2014 | Matt Hartley
    Over the years, we've heard from countless Microsoft Windows fans as to why they believe using Linux was nearly impossible. These folks would cite everything – from poor hardware compatibility to a lack of popular software. And I suppose at one time, some aspects of this were true. But in 2014 when people still claim that using newbie friendly distributions like Ubuntu are too difficult, this nonsense needs to be put to rest once and for all. This article is but a small step in what I hope will be a wake up call for naysayers.Linux Myth #1: Most people...
  • Hands On With the New Apple Watch

    09/09/2014 2:24:06 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 40 replies
    Time ^ | September 9, 2014 | Matt Vella
    There’s a lot we don’t know about Apple Watch, the technology giant’s all-new wearable gadget announced Tuesday to great fanfare in Cupertino, Calif. How long will its battery last? How much will the toniest version cost? How exactly will it interface with the iPhone? But, having gotten to wear and play with the device, one thing is for certain: The Apple Watch is a beautifully designed piece of technology with enormous potential. In fact, I’d say it’s the most exciting gadget since the iPad, from Apple or any other company. The watch will come in two sizes, 1.5 inches (38...
  • VANITY: PaleMoon

    09/09/2014 2:19:46 PM PDT · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 42 replies
    Interwebz ^ | 09SEP2014 | Cletus
    What are pro&con of using PaleMoon?
  • What you need to know about the new Apple Watch

    09/09/2014 1:01:21 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 97 replies
    www.vox.com ^ | September 9, 2014, 2:23 p.m. ET | Updated by Danielle Kurtzleben
    Apple unveiled its first smartwatch on Tuesday. The move was hotly anticipated, as Apple enters a competitive and rapidly expanding market. The new watches will be available starting in early 2015, starting at $349. Here's everything else you need to know about the new Apple Watch. 1) It's sleek There's a reason Apple invited fashion bloggers to the event today. The Apple Watch is clearly more than just a wrist computer that does nifty high-tech things; it's meant to be pretty. CEO Tim Cook told the audience Tuesday that Apple thought hard about the watch's look, not just its capabilities....
  • iPhone 6 announced: 4.7-inch display, A8 processor, 8-megapixel camera, for $199

    09/09/2014 11:35:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    The Verge ^ | 09/09/2014 | By Dan Seifert
    Apple's new phone is bigger, faster, and promises more than ever before. Apple has officially announced its latest iPhone model, the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 will be available in two different sizes, both bigger than Apple's earlier iPhones. Apple has been behind the curve of large-screened smartphones for a long itme, but it's catching up in a big way with the iPhone 6. The smaller of the two new iPhone 6 models has a 4.7-inch display, which is still notably bigger than 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5 and 5S that preceded it. It has a new design that...
  • Ikea-Apple Spoof Video Goes Viral

    09/08/2014 1:21:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    A MADE-IN-SINGAPORE video advertisement about an Ikea furniture catalogue which spoofs tech giant Apple has become a YouTube hit, surpassing six million views on YouTube in just a few days. The video showcases the Swedish home furnishing company’s 2015 product catalogue but bears an uncanny resemblance to the glitzy commercials by Apple, which is about to launch its iPhone 6 tomorrow. In the video launched on Wednesday, the catalogue rotates suspended against a white backdrop while fictional “chief design guru” Jorgen Eghammer plays up the beauty of its features. There is no need for cables and it comes fully charged...
  • IDF: Intel unveils its Haswell Xeon E5-2600 V3 server processor ( 18 cores+)

    09/08/2014 10:37:14 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    theinquirer.net ^ | Mon Sep 08 2014, 17:30 | Lee Bell
    Features up to 18 cores and DDR4 memory support SAN FRANCISCO: INTEL HAS ANNOUNCED its next generation Xeon chip for servers and workstations at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in California today, the Xeon E5-2600 V3 family of processors, based on Haswell microarchitecture. Featuring up to 18 cores, the C612 chipset Xeon E5-2600 V3 CPU, previously codenamed Haswell-EP, offers improved performance in an R3 socket when compared to its predecessor, the Xeon E5-2600 V2, which was based on Ivy Bridge architecture.The higher core count brings significant performance improvements over the previous generatons, Intel said, as well as improved peripheral expansion.
  • Humans Need Not Apply

    09/08/2014 8:47:42 AM PDT · by Borges · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | CGP Grey
    See video
  • (The Decline of Western Civilization) Robot Couch Can Drive You to the Fridge and Back

    09/07/2014 1:28:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    c/net ^ | September 5, 2014 | Lexy Savvides
    Robot Couch Can Drive You to the Fridge and Back With a Raspberry Pi and USB gamepad controller letting you run riot on your sofa, this student project is couched in innovation. Sometimes, getting up off the couch to grab a drink is far too time consuming. What if you could drive the couch to the fridge instead? Well, your dreams of an automated couch have come true. Nine engineering students at the University of New South Wales in Australia have designed a robotic couch that can be controlled using a standard USB gamepad. Featuring a custom-built steel chassis with...
  • Apple promises iCloud security alerts, better 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication)

    09/05/2014 4:08:06 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 7 replies
    The Register ^ | September 5, 2014 | John Leyden
    Apple plans to roll out new iCloud security alerts as well as extending its two-step authentication technology in the wake of this week's privacy flap over nude selfies of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and other celebs. Private pictures of disrobed (female) celebrities including Oscar winner Lawrence and swimwear model Upton surfaced on 4Chan and anonymous image board AnonIB over the weekend. It seems that in many cases miscreants siphoned off nude snaps stored on victims' iCloud accounts, among other locations. Metadata in the pictures suggested that many of the leaked photos were taken with iPhones and Apple's backup feature has...
  • You’re Reacting to Celebgate Wrong

    09/05/2014 1:09:23 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Yahoo Tech ^ | September 3, 2014 | David Pogue
    <p>Oh, my word. Hey, Internet people: How about keeping your heads on?</p> <p>“Apple was hacked! The hackers exploited a flaw in iCloud security!” Actually, no. There’s no evidence that anyone got to the photos through a security flaw. By all accounts, including Apple’s, somebody guessed the celebrities’ passwords, probably by guessing the answers to their security questions (see below).</p>
  • Fatal Dose? Investigators Uncover How Dangerous Drug Propofol May Have Sent Joan Rivers Into A Coma

    09/04/2014 3:06:17 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 59 replies
    Radar Online ^ | 9/3/2014 | Radar Online
    As Joan Rivers’ prognosis grows more dire each day, RadarOnline.com has learned that medical investigators are growing ever closer to uncovering the real reason the healthy 81-year-old was sent spiraling into a coma after a standard medical procedure. And according to insiders, they believe the culprit could be a fatal dose of Propofol — the same drug that killed Michael Jackson after he was administered a lethal dose. “Certainly, they suspect the anesthesia was the issue, based on conversations between the staff and city medics,” a source close to the investigation told Radar.
  • The Gguntlet of reading news on Free Republic

    09/04/2014 2:43:10 PM PDT · by LoneRangerMassachusetts · 82 replies
    Self | 9/4/2014 | Self
    Lately, reading news links from Free Republic is getting insufferable. It seems that 95 percent of the news sources are mined with scripts and the like that want access to your computer or run time consuming ads. Trying to figure out the security settings for IE browser has become a real challenge. I think I need to hire a full time IT expert just top read the news. Does anyone know of a web source that can help me get the best settings to stop the sneaks but yet still allow me ample access to these sites?
  • ALEC Urges FCC to Respect Federalism, Reject Preemption on Muni Broadband

    09/04/2014 1:55:24 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 9-4-14 | ALEC
    On August 29, ALEC CEO Lisa Nelson and twenty state legislators sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). They called on the FCC to respect principles of constitutional federalism regarding states’ authority over their local governments. State constitutions or state legislatures create and define the powers of county, city and public utility districts. But the FCC is now weighing whether to eliminate the laws of some twenty states that restrict their respective local governments from going into the business of providing broadband Internet services. As a matter of public policy, ALEC believes that private sector investment, innovation and...
  • Linux Desktop Fragmentation Is a Feature, Not a Bug

    09/04/2014 12:17:37 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 28 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 4 September 2014 | Silviu Stahie
    One of the most common expressions that you will hear in the Linux community is platform fragmentation, and it's also one of the contra arguments that people spout when citing reasons not to get a Linux OS. I'm here to tell you why platform fragmentation is actually a good thing. First of all, let’s explain what people mean by platform fragmentation, which is also sometimes referred to as desktop fragmentation. The Linux ecosystem is populated by hundreds of active Linux distributions, some of them more popular than others. There are lots of different desktop environments and some of them might...
  • How easy is it to crack into an Apple iCloud account? We tried to find out

    09/03/2014 11:51:20 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 80 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 3, 2014 | Paul Farrell and Nick Evershed
    After the nude celebrity pictures leak, two Guardian Australia journalists try to break into each other’s iCloud accounts Accessing someone’s Apple account requires only three things: their email address, their date of birth, and the answers to two out of three security questions. This is assuming they don’t have two-step verification enabled. If you have all these, you’re able to reset their Apple ID password to one that only you know and then access their iTunes and iCloud accounts. You don’t require access to their email. Once you have access to their Apple ID, you can access recent photos and...
  • Anyone else experiencing Google Chrome crash??

    09/03/2014 5:17:29 PM PDT · by Victor · 32 replies
    9/3/2014 | Me
    I have not been able to access Google Chrome all day- I keep getting a message that Google Chrome has crashed and Windows is looking for a fix. My other browsers (IE; Mozilla) work fine. Anyone else experiencing this problem??
  • Notes on the Celebrity Data Theft

    09/03/2014 8:37:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    New Web Order ^ | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | Nik Cubrilovik
    An interesting aspect of information security is how periodically it collides with other industries and subcultures. With more information than ever being stored and shared online and on connected devices hacking stories are frequent and are mainstream news. This was the case yesterday as dozens of celebrities fell victim to hackers who leaked hundreds of private photographs and videos stolen from web based storage services. The summary of the story is that a number of personal and private nude images from high profile celebrities started appearing on online image boards and forums – most notably on anon-ib, 4chan and reddit....
  • Non-volatile memory improves energy efficiency by two orders of magnitude

    09/03/2014 11:38:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 03 Sep 2014 | by Lisa Zyga
    (Phys.org) —By using voltage-generated stress to switch between two magnetic states, researchers have designed a new non-volatile memory with extremely high energy efficiency—about two orders of magnitude higher than that of the previous most efficient non-volatile memories. The engineers, Ayan K. Biswas, Professor Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, and Professor Jayasimha Atulasimha at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, have published their paper on the proposed non-volatile memory in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters. "We are excited that we have been able to come up with the idea of a strain-switched memory element capable of 180° switching using a simple geometric...
  • Google working on quantum chip to allow human-like thought

    09/03/2014 10:34:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 09/03/2014
    Google has announced it is developing next generation quantum computer chip as part of its plan to enable machines to think like humans. The internet company's Quantum Artificial Intelligence team, together with researcher John Martinis and his team at the University of California, will create the super-fast chip. They will work on a hardware initiative to design and build chips operating on sub-atomic levels, making them exponentially faster than processors in ordinary computers.
  • If Current Webpage Editors Were Writing Headlines in the Past

    09/03/2014 3:08:06 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 19 replies
    Vanity ^ | September 3, 2014 | Arthur McGowan
    When You Read What Happened to the Titanic, You'll Cry Buckets! You Won't Believe What Hitler Said Over the Radio Last Night! When You Find Out What the Japs Did at Pearl Harbor, You'll Blow a Gasket! You'll Jump Out a Window When You Find Out What the Stock Market Did! When the Lincolns Went to the Theater, They Probably Weren't Expecting This!
  • Did Obama just plug healthcare.gov at his photo op in Estonia??

    09/03/2014 2:25:18 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    9/2/14
    I could have swore I just heard Obama talking about how great his death panels web site was....did anyone else catch that? I couldn't rewind it...
  • Drone Video Captures Apple's Campus 2 "Spaceship" Under Construction

    09/02/2014 10:55:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    It looks like Stonehenge. A doughnut. A giant sand castle. Those were just some of the comments a new drone video taken with a GoPro camera of the futuristic Apple Campus 2 was garnering after the eight-minute raw piece was posted to YouTube. As of Monday, the aerial image of the campus under construction in Cupertino on Tantau Avenue had more than 1.3 million views and 500 comments. "Wow, this looks huge," Dustin W. Stout wrote in the comments section of the video. "I've seen mockups previously of what the site is going to look like, but seeing it like...
  • CBS 48 Hours - A mother battles to prove her son died an American hero - Death in Singapore

    08/31/2014 9:32:26 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    On June 24, 2012, the body of Shane Todd, a young US electrical engineer, was found hanging in his Singapore apartment. The Singapore Police say it was suicide, but the Todd family believes he was murdered. -excerpt- ... Shane told his family that he was being asked to compromise US security and he feared for his life. Shane refused to do what he was being asked to do and turned in his sixty day notice at IME. Shane found a good job with a company in Virginia, and bought a ticket to fly back to the US on July 1,...
  • Madden '15 glitch has players flying into orbit

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  • Google announces its own delivery drones project

    08/30/2014 6:04:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    Economist ^ | Aug 29th, 2014
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    08/29/2014 1:54:23 PM PDT · by knarf · 41 replies
    self | August 29, 2014 | knarf
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