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  • Windows 10 telemetry network traffic analysis, part 1

    02/06/2016 11:12:22 AM PST · by Dalberg-Acton · 19 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 · 20 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 · 33 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 · 39 replies
    Futurism.com ^ | 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
    linkedin.com/pulse ^ | 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: Iron.io’s New Hack to Shrink Docker Containers

    02/04/2016 1:50:25 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 7 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 Iron.io, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) company. In a word: Microcontainers.Last week, Iron.io 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: http://i68.tinypic.com/2zjm2ox.jpg 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
    scientificcomputing.com ^ | 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
    Discovery.com ^ | 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
    mediapost.com ^ | 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 Weaknees.com 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
    CIO.com ^ | 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...
  • Congress to federal agencies: You have two weeks to tally your backdoored Juniper kit

    01/27/2016 7:23:22 PM PST · by Utilizer
    Computerworld ^ | Jan 26, 2016 8:51 AM PT | Lucian Constantin
    Congress plans to question about two dozen federal agencies on whether they were using backdoored Juniper network security appliances. In December, Juniper Networks said it had discovered unauthorized code added to ScreenOS, the operating system that runs on its NetScreen network firewalls. The rogue code, which remained undetected for two years or more, could have allowed remote attackers to gain administrative access to vulnerable devices or to decrypt VPN connections. The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform wants to determine the impact that this issue had on government organizations and how those organizations responded to the incident. The...
  • Google’s AI Masters the Game of Go a Decade Earlier Than Expected

    01/27/2016 5:45:02 PM PST · by mrsmith · 37 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | January 27, 2016 | Will Knight
    "Google has taken a brilliant and unexpected step toward building an AI with more humanlike intuition, developing a computer capable of beating even expert human players at the fiendishly complicated board game Go... Their computer program, called AlphaGo, beat the European Go champion, Fan Hui, five games to zero... Two deep-learning networks were used in AlphaGo: one network learned to predict the next move, and the other learned to predict the outcome from different arrangements on the board. The two networks were combined using a more conventional AI algorithm to look ahead in the game for possible moves. A scientific...
  • Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP

    01/27/2016 5:44:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 27, 2016 | Iain Thomson
    It lights you up like a Vegas casino, says compsci boffin Usenix Enigma Although the cops and Feds wont stop banging on and on about encryption - the spies have a different take on the use of crypto. To be brutally blunt, they love it. Why? Because using detectable encryption technology like PGP, Tor, VPNs and so on, lights you up on the intelligence agencies' dashboards. Agents and analysts don't even have to see the contents of the communications - the metadata is enough for g-men to start making your life difficult. "To be honest, the spooks love PGP," Nicholas...
  • Here's how much tech workers are paid in all 50 states — see where yours ranks

    01/27/2016 3:30:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/27/2016 | Brandt Ranj
    If you've ever wondered whether the grass would be greener — or if you literally make more green — by moving to another state or working in tech, we have your answer. We've ranked the average salary of tech workers in all 50 states, using the latest data from a new survey conducted by Dice.com. While you'll need the necessary skills to get your foot in the door of a tech job, this roundup gives you the chance to at least see how your state, and those across the country, stack up. Here's how every state ranks, from those with...
  • Apple is trying to change its story, and it will not work

    01/27/2016 3:18:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/27/2016 | Jay Yarrow
    The Apple story is all screwed up right now. The iPhone is out of growth, so Apple wants to be seen as a services company like Amazon, Facebook, or Google. For Apple, services include things like app sales, iCloud revenue, Apple Pay, Apple Music, and iTunes. This is a wonderful idea, but there's a problem: Apple's services revenue is tied to the strength of its iPhone business, which is projected to drop this year. Apple can argue that it will be able to squeeze more revenue out of its installed base, but on its earnings call the company said the...
  • People keep going to this home looking for their lost phones — and nobody knows why (video)

    01/27/2016 11:32:57 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 26, 2016 | By Peter Holley
    For months now, angry strangers have been showing up at Christina Lee and Michael Saba's front door with a curious demand: "Give me back my stolen phone!" Sometimes, families will show up; other times, it's groups of friends or a random person with a police officer in tow, according to Fusion. Despite using different service providers, everyone who bangs on their door has been led to the suburban Atlanta home by a phone-tracking app. The problem -- as the couple desperately tries to explain visitors -- is that the missing phones aren't at the house and never have been. They...
  • Apple Announces Fiscal 1Q16 Results, Misses Revenue Estimates (part 1 of 8)

    01/27/2016 11:10:51 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | Jan 27, 2016 11:59 am EST | By Adam Rogers
    Apple revenues increase 1.7% YoY On January 26, 2016, Apple (AAPL) announced its fiscal 1Q16 results. Its revenues of $75.9 billion were lower than analysts' estimates of $77 billion. But EPS (earnings per share) of $3.28 was better than the $3.25 that analysts were expecting.Apple's EPS grew from $3.06 in fiscal 1Q15 to $3.28 in fiscal 1Q16, mainly due to the aggressive share buyback program it's been following. Enlarge GraphEarnings beat analysts' estimate Apple's net income (or earnings) was $18.4 billion on revenues of $75.9 billion for fiscal 1Q16, beating consensus analyst estimates of $18.2 billion. In comparison, Apple's net...
  • Tech help needed

    01/27/2016 7:39:46 AM PST · by conservativesister · 44 replies
    I have an old XP computer that I need to keep running and something updated and I've lost all printer drivers My error message is: Operation could not be completed. The print spooler service is not running. I've tried system restore and it doesn't fix it. I've tried to download drivers and spooler. Any suggestions........and I'm not getting rid of this computer there are things I can do on XP that I can't begin to figure out how to do on Windows 7 which is on the rest of my computers.
  • Apple reports a quarterly profit of $18.4 billion, the largest in history

    01/27/2016 2:06:32 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    The Verge ^ | January 26, 2016 | By Ben Popper
    But the company predicted revenue will decline next quarter, its first drop in years Apple's profits typically skyrocket during the fourth quarter, when new models of the iPhone often arrive and shiny new devices are purchased as holiday gifts. Last yearApple notched a record $18 billion in profit during this period, the largest ever recorded by a single public corporation. This year the company topped that, generating a profit of $18.4 billion on $75.9 billion in revenue during the last three months of 2015. The average sale price for its best selling devices, the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, was also...
  • Lenovo used '12345678' as filesharing tool password

    01/26/2016 7:56:56 PM PST · by Utilizer · 17 replies
    iTnews ^ | Jan 27 2016 11:59AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    A filesharing utility for Android devices and Windows computers shipped by hardware vendor Lenovo has been found by security researchers to contain multiple, easily exploitable vulnerabilities CoreSecurity discovered that the free Lenovo SHAREit tool for Windows creates a wi-fi hotspot with the password 12345678, allowing anyone to connect to the system running SHAREit. On Android devices, SHAREit sets up an open wi-fi hotspot without any password at all, in order to receive files. This could allow attackers to connect to the Android device without authentication and capture information transferred, CoreSecurity said. The researchers also noted that files were transferred using...
  • 1951 Korean War RCI Oldest Cigarette Ever Smoked

    01/26/2016 7:43:07 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 54 replies
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  • Magento plugs 'dangerous' cross-scripting hole

    01/26/2016 7:25:54 PM PST · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    iTnews ^ | Jan 27 2016 6:51AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    A new vulnerability in the eBay-owned Magento e-commerce platform could be remotely exploited to take over sites and steal client information, researchers have discovered. Security vendor Sucuri discovered a stored cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the core system libraries for Magento Community Edition version and earlier, and the Enterprise Edition version and older. The critical flaw could be triggered by sending an email to adminstrators. Sucuri reported the bug to Magento's security team early in November last year. Magento acknowledged the vulnerability on 1 December 2015, but did not issue a patch until 21 January 2016. The Magento...
  • MacDailyNews presents live notes from Apple’s Q116 Conference Call (prerecorded)

    01/26/2016 5:02:57 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | January 26, 2016 | Mac Daily News Staff
    (Read the bullet points from the bottom to the top to get the correct order of events and points as they were made in the conference call as made.--Swordmaker) MacDailyNews presents live notes from Apple's Q116 Conference Call with analysts starting at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT today.Apple will provide live audio streaming of its Q116 Results Conference Call using Apple's industry-leading QuickTime multimedia software.The live webcast will begin at 2pm PDT/ 5pm EDT today here.Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 first quarter ended December 26, 2015. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $75.9 billion and record quarterly...
  • Why 6 Republican senators think you don't need faster broadband

    01/26/2016 2:56:58 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    cio.com ^ | 1-25-2016 | Bill Snyder
    Broadband in the United States still lags behind similar service in other industrialized countries, so Congress made broadband expansion a national priority, and it offers subsidies, mostly in rural areas, to help providers expand their offerings. To qualify for the funds, however, ISPs must offer service that's faster than 4 Mbps. Of course, the ISPs want the threshold to be as low as possible so it's easier for them to qualify for government subsidies. In addition, some cities and counties want to build and deploy their own fiber-based broadband networks and skirt the big ISPs. Until the FCC overruled them,...
  • Two Newest Releases Of Google Chrome Broken?

    01/25/2016 9:44:50 PM PST · by kiryandil · 6 replies
    January 26, 2016 | moi
    I think that the two newest releases of Google Chrome are broken. Version 47.0.2526.111 m Version 48.0.2564.82 m I get the spinning blue circle for NO reason at all occasionally. All other applications function normally. RAM usage for Chrome appears to be normal. There's rumblings on Chrome forums, but I don't see a definitive in-your-face "It's Broken!" yet.