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  • AMD sees VR and AR as a good bet

    08/30/2016 5:15:06 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    .fudzilla.com ^ | 30 August 2016 | Nick Farrel
    Might pull its nadgers out of the fireAMD is talking about how it is life might be becoming easier thanks to the rise of virtual reality (VR). Chatting to the Orlando Sentinel, vice president for AMD's Radeon Technologies Group Joe Cox said that there was a big resurgence in virtual reality. "Virtual reality is exciting because it's new and there is an excitement around it right now. But it's just now in its infancy and has a long road ahead for it." Its hope is that the company will pick up on the back of the developing VR market. It...
  • IBM, AMD and Others Plan Assault on Intel’s Chip Dominance

    08/30/2016 4:52:24 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    wsj.com/ ^ | Aug. 23, 2016 4:01 p.m. ET | By Don Clark
    IBM to unveil new details of its Power9 chip; AMD to talk about inner workings of Zen technology ENLARGE AMD Chief Executive Lisa Su at an event in San Francisco last week discussing a chip dubbed ‘Summit Ridge’ that uses the company’s new Zen technology. Photo: Advanced Micro Devices ************************************************************ Few companies enjoy the kind of dominance Intel Corp. INTC 0.42 % does in chips for the computers found in data centers. But competitors keep trying to pry open its server stronghold, with International Business Machines Corp. IBM -0.20 % the latest to brandish a new tool.IBM, at a Silicon...
  • iPhone 7 And iPhone 7 Plus Full Official Spec Sheet Leaks Ahead Of Sept. 7 Event (rumor)

    08/30/2016 3:04:30 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Tech Times ^ | August 30, 2016 | By James Geddes
    Apple just officially announced it will be holding a press event on Sept. 7, where it will launch its next-generation iPhones. What are reportedly official specs for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have just leaked.iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus details continue to leak, just as the company has confirmed earlier reports that it will be holding a press event on Wednesday, Sept. 7, which will also be live-streamed on Apple's website. The smartphones are expected to be made available for preorder on Sept. 9, and if you're planning on purchasing the new iPhones, there are reports that...
  • Getting out of Hughes Net

    08/30/2016 4:31:18 AM PDT · by The_Republic_Of_Maine · 29 replies
    Self | 8-30-2016 | self
    Does anyone know how to get out of a two year contract with Hughes net. The satellite service is terrible and they steal time. Is there anyone out there that has gotten their contract cancelled?
  • Apple needs to get better at dying

    08/29/2016 6:15:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 61 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Aug 29, 2016 5:53 AM PT | By Jonny Evans
    Credit: AppleMust Just because the subject is challenging doesn't mean it can be ignored. Apple and the rest of the technology industry must face up to death, it’s too important to ignore. The lost son To illustrate my point, Apple has refused to unlock a Mac belonging to a man’s murdered son. The victim was a painter and musician with a trove of precious creative work stashed on his machine, and his dad wants to be able to see the data there. You can see his point. Apple has declined to open up the Mac because: "It is impossible to...
  • Google sending Trump emails to Spam

    08/29/2016 6:04:21 PM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 36 replies
    Vanity | 8/28/2016 | Self
    Looked into my gmail today for updates from Trump. All Trump emails are being sent to Spam by Google. ============================ Donald J. Trump to me 1 day agoDetails Why is this message in Spam? It's similar to messages that were detected by our spam filters. Show images
  • Apple will unveil the next iPhone on September 7

    08/29/2016 3:29:32 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 57 replies
    Techcrunch ^ | August 29, 2016 | by Romain Dillet
    Apple just sent out invites for a press conference on Wednesday, September 7. The company will most likely unveil the next iPhone. The invite doesn’t say much. Apple usually likes to give hints — but this time, it just says “See you on the 7th.” The event will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. This large venue has already been used for the WWDC keynote in June. For the past three years, Apple has unveiled a new iPhone in early September. Everything indicates that Apple is going to follow the same pattern this year...
  • 1.5m US iPhone users are about to switch to Android

    08/28/2016 4:19:35 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 48 replies
    Computerworld ^ | August 26, 2016 | by Jonny Evans
    But almost 4 million Android users will switch to iPhone The latest Fluent data suggests interest in the next iPhone 7 is muted in contrast to previous years, with only one in three existing users thinking its release is a big deal. All the same, Apple is attracting far more Android switchers than it is losing iPhone users.iPhone quitters If we take ComScore figures for January 2016 we see that around 198.5 million people in the US own smartphones. 52.8 percent of these use Android and 43.6 percent use iPhones, ComScore claims.If we use ComScore’s figures as base we can...
  • (Vanity): New iPad, iPhone Safari phishing lockup and how to get out of it.

    08/28/2016 1:50:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Swordmaker | August 28, 2016 | Swordmaker
    My girlfriend opened her iPad this morning and was presented with a pop-up requestor that stated "It's time to change your iPhone/iPad passcode." with a CONTINUE button. Apple NEVER requires users to change their device passcode. This was an attempt by some bad actor to gain access to her iPad for a nefarious reason. This took her to another requestor that had three entry boxes. Two were for a new passcode, and a check of the new passcode, and the third was to enter your current passcode. One could NOT make this go away, nor could the home button bring...
  • Apple making big profits but Chinese workers’ wage on the slide

    08/28/2016 1:14:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    China Labor Watch ^ | August 24, 2016 | China Labor Watch
    Executive Summary Apple controls costs associated with purchases and workers’ in the supply chain. In manufacturing the IPhone, over 80% of materials are purchased by Apple. In addition, Apple supplies the manufacturing equipment whilst factories only purchase cases, screens, circuit boards, packaging and other materials. In the assembly department, labor costs include workers’ costs which are calculated according to the minimum wage standard for the region. in addition to management fees for the factory. Since Tim Cook became CEO of Apple, the company has required suppliers to not only increase their productivity but to also decrease costs at a rate...
  • Virus Warning For Website "A Dog's Purpose" Too late for me.

    08/28/2016 12:36:56 PM PDT · by Excellence · 3 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | August 28, 2016 | self
    A Dog's Purpose is a real movie, but the website is infected. The trailer is on YouTube, just do not go to the website.
  • Trump adviser says The polls are going in the right direction

    Trump adviser says The polls are going in the right direction-what do you think?
  • Trump Numbers Among Liberal Users on Zip Surprising

    08/27/2016 10:26:27 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 28 replies
    pressreleaserocket.net ^ | August 25, 2016 | By PR Rocket
    Zip, the social platform that made national news last week, has released more information regarding public opinion on Trump and Hillary. After stating a strong showing for Trump among users prior to last week, the social media app began analyzing its anonymous data to garner further results on the status of the national political campaign.From a sample size of 5,885 unique Zip users in the United States over the age of 18 identified as Liberal based on their anonymous responses on Zip, 35% chose Trump when asked who they would vote for. As for Democrats, out of a sample size...
  • I like Tuesdays weather!!

    08/27/2016 6:19:44 PM PDT · by djf · 61 replies
  • It’s ‘Digital Heroin’: How Screens Turn Kids Into Psychotic Junkies

    08/27/2016 6:10:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 27, 2016
    Susan* bought her 6-year-old son John an iPad when he was in first grade. “I thought ‘why not let him get a jump on things?’ ” she told me during a therapy session. John’s school had begun using the devices with younger and younger grades—and his technology teacher had raved about their educational benefits—so Susan wanted to do what was best for her sandy-haired boy who loved reading and playing baseball. She started letting John play different educational games on his iPad. Eventually, he discovered Minecraft, which the technology teacher assured her was “just like electronic Lego.”
  • How well does Facebook know your politics?

    08/27/2016 7:34:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    KGW.com ^ | 5:25 PM. PDT August 26, 2016 | Natalie Brand
    Davidson said advertisers and political campaigns can also search and sort based on demographics and geography. In searching the city of Seattle, for example, Facebook estimates a potential reach of more than 800,000 likely, liberal leaning individuals, compared to more than 50,000 likely conservatives. Davidson explained campaigns are primarily focused on targeting “persuadable voters,” who are likely to be found in the moderate or basic liberal or conservative groupings, as opposed to the extreme categories on either side. Targeting can then be further narrowed based on profile information such as age, gender, even estimated income and lifestyle. “If you have...
  • Rare Apple I ‘Celebration’ model fetches $815k in auction, falling short of $1m estimates

    08/26/2016 6:24:32 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 41 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | August 25, 2016 | By Chance Miller
    Earlier this summer, we reported on a “Celebration Edition” Apple I that would be going up for auction. Initial estimates pegged a value of over $1 million for the computer, but the auction today came to a close with a final selling price of $815,000. 10 percent of the proceeds from the Charitybuzz auction will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Near the end of the auction, the Apple I reached a peak of $1.2 million, but the final bid was apparently cancelled at the very last second, giving the device a final sale price of $815,000 with 39 bids.The...
  • Spying Wifi Router

    08/26/2016 2:24:10 AM PDT · by conserv8 · 21 replies
    As people move through a space with a Wi-Fi signal, their bodies affect it, absorbing some waves and reflecting others in various directions. By analyzing the exact ways that a Wi-Fi signal is altered when a human moves through it, researchers can “see” what someone writes with their finger in the air, identify a particular person by the way that they walk, and even read a person’s lips with startling accuracy—in some cases even if a router isn’t in the same room as the person performing the actions.
  • Megyn Kelly Grills Jorge Ramos on ‘ Neutrality ’ Claims Do You Disclose Daughter Works For Clinton

    Megyn Kelly Grills Jorge Ramos on ‘ Neutrality ’ Claims Do You Disclose Daughter Works For Clinton
  • APPLE BOOSTS IPHONE SECURITY AFTER MIDEAST SPYWARE DISCOVERY

    08/25/2016 10:35:00 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 50 replies
    AP Paris ^ | August 25, 2016
    PARIS (AP) -- Apple says it is issuing a security update after powerful espionage software was found targeting an activist's iPhone in the Middle East. Computer forensics experts tell The Associated Press the spyware takes advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple's mobile operating system to take complete control of iPhone handsets. Two reports published Thursday by the San Francisco-based Lookout and internet watchdog group Citizen Lab outline how the spyware could compromise an iPhone with the tap of a finger, a trick so coveted in the world of cyberespionage that one spyware broker said last year that it...
  • Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

    08/25/2016 10:23:42 AM PDT · by dayglored · 38 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 25, 2016 | Chris Williams
    Plugging a Kindle Paperwhite into a PC running Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update installed sparks a full system meltdown, it is claimed. Connecting the Amazon e-reader to a fully up-to-date W10 machine via USB triggers an immediate Blue Screen of Death, according to complaints on Microsoft's support forum. All the trouble started when people downloaded and installed the Anniversary Update, which arrived at the turn of the month. That's the same upgrade that has knackered millions of webcams and caused some systems to freeze up. The crash kicks off in the storage partition driver partmgr.sys, with a bugcheck code...
  • World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

    08/25/2016 6:20:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    AP ^ | August 25, 2016 | Annabelle Liang and Dee-Ann Durbin
    The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday. Select members of the public will be able to hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, have been testing self-driving cars on public roads for several years, nuTonomy says it will be the first to offer rides to the public. It will beat ride-hailing service Uber, which plans to offer rides in autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, by a few weeks.
  • Windows 10 cumulative update KB 3176934 breaks PowerShell

    08/24/2016 7:07:32 PM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 35 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Aug 24, 2016 | Woody Leonhard
    Microsoft's update for version 1607 doesn't fix two widespread problems with Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and it breaks PowerShell DSC operations Yesterday afternoon, Microsoft released KB 3176934 for those PCs running Windows 10 Anniversary Update. It's the fifth cumulative update for version 1607 (three were released before the product rolled out on Aug. 2) and brings the build number up to 14393.82. You can see the long list of official changes -- primarily bug fixes -- on the Windows 10 update history page. Anniversary Update customers also received an update to the "servicing stack" -- the subsystem within Windows 10...
  • Open Source Windows May Not Be that Big a Long Shot After All (Microsoft Hearts Linux...)

    08/24/2016 5:42:34 PM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    Fortune ^ | Aug 23, 2016 | Barb Darrow
    How far is Microsoft willing to go on this open-source charm offensive? Here’s a burning question for the tech universe: Could Microsoft, which built its Windows cash cow on proprietary or closed-source software, reverse course and open-source Windows itself? That would be roughly akin to CocaCola posting its top-secret formula online. Crazy, right? Maybe not, although the very notion would have been unthinkable not too long ago. But it is now on the table considering all the things Microsoft has done over the past few years to embrace the open-source community. The most recent example is last week’s news that...
  • Clinton halfway to raising $1 billion amid ongoing scandals

    08/24/2016 4:40:51 PM PDT · by KMG365 · 21 replies
    Clinton halfway to raising $1 billion amid ongoing scandals
  • Five-storey Blue Screen Of Death spotted in Thailand (awesome photo)

    08/23/2016 5:39:13 PM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 22, 2016 | Richard Chirgwin
    Windows crashing and producing the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is seldom pleasant, or convenient. It's also seldom as conspicuously displayed as in the image below, which The Register found on Facebook late last week. By your correspondent's reckoning, that there is a five-storey BSOD. If you can't see the pic below, click here (it is planted in Facebook's garden, so if you'd prefer not to visit, you were warned).
  • Microsoft's HoloLens secret sauce: A 28nm customized 24-core DSP engine built by TSMC

    08/23/2016 5:26:19 PM PDT · by dayglored · 30 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 22, 2016 | Chris Williams
    Hot Chips Microsoft today revealed a first look at the inside of its Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) chip used in its virtual reality HoloLens specs. The secretive HPU is a custom-designed TSMC-fabricated 28nm coprocessor that has 24 Tensilica DSP cores arranged in 12 clusters. It has about 65 million logic gates, 8MB of SRAM, and a layer of 1GB of low-power DDR3 RAM on top, all in a 12mm-by-12mm BGA package. We understand it can perform a trillion calculations a second. It handles all the environment sensing and other input and output necessary for the virtual-reality goggles. It aggregates data...
  • A Design Defect Is Breaking a Ton of iPhone 6 Pluses

    08/23/2016 1:48:10 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 56 replies
    iFixIt ^ | August 23, 2016 | BY JULIA BLUFF
    People all over the world mail their broken iPhones to microsoldering specialist Jessa Jones. Aided by powerful microscopes and precision soldering irons, experts like Jessa pluck tiny chips off logic boards, swap them for new ones, and resurrect devices over which AppleÂ’s Genius Bar would say a eulogy.Jessa can fix practically anything. But these days, she spends most of her time fixing just one thing. Because every single month, more and more iPhone 6 and (especially) 6 Plus devices show up at her shop, iPad Rehab, with the same problem: a gray, flickering bar at the top of the display...
  • Samsung's Galaxy Note7 is the best smartphone on the planet, period

    08/23/2016 1:18:39 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 52 replies
    Mashable ^ | August 16th, 2016 | Raymond Wong
    iPhone fans are not going to like hearing this, but Samsung's Galaxy Note7 (yes, there's no space) is the best smartphone money can buy right now. I don't make that statement lightly. I've been a devout iPhone user who has owned four iPhones as his main everyday-carry phone for the last six years. Against all odds, Samsung has made the most impressive smartphone ever created.
  • Google's Android Platform Has A Serious Flaw

    08/23/2016 12:20:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | Aug. 23, 2016 10:15 AM ET | By Kevin Fulmer
    SUMMARY Half of Android users are stuck on software platforms from 2013 or earlier. This translates into a performance pitfall and major security flaw for Android users. As a result, Google is at risk to a major security breach, resulting in a exodus of users to Apple's iOS platform. Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Android 7.0 is finally here! It looks smooth and makes several improvements, but does it actually matter? Most Android users won't see this update for quite some time, as Android updates typically have a very slow adoption rate. Demonstrated below, half of Android users are running their devices...
  • Mike Pence Laughs When Fox Reporter Repeats Trump’s Promise to Win Black Votes

    08/22/2016 4:48:39 PM PDT · by KMG365 · 83 replies
    In one segment of a pre-taped interview with Fox’s Ainsley Earhardt aired Monday morning, Republican Veep candidate Mike Pence couldn’t help but chuckle with she repeated Trump’s promise to win basically the entire African-American vote. “He says that by 2020 he’s going to have 95% of the African-American support,” Earhardt said, compelling Pence to laugh. “Why are you laughing?” “Well, that’s Donald Trump,” Pence said, adding that his running mate was a “truth teller.” Trump’s strategy for minority outreach has come under scrutiny. He has been criticized for both his message (“What have you got to lose?”) and the fact...
  • Your Instagram feed can tell us if you’re depressed, study suggests

    08/22/2016 11:34:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 22 at 10:26 AM | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    Researchers Andrew Reece of Harvard University and Chris Danforth of the University of Vermont collected survey information and 43,950 Instagram photos from 166 volunteers recruited through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, which pays people small amounts to perform tasks. Each participant was asked to complete a standardized clinical depression survey to assess depression level, answer demographic questions and share information about their use of social media, including their Instagram usernames. They also were asked to self-report their history of depression diagnosis. ... The key finding in the new study has to do with the curious relationship between mood and color. It turned...
  • Dual-Core, 2GB RAM iPhone 6s Beats Octa-Core, 4GB RAM Galaxy Note 7 In Real-World Speed Test

    08/22/2016 11:25:17 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 60 replies
    Redmond Pie ^ | August 22nd, 2016 | By Paul Morris
    There’s always a very interesting period of smartphones comparison whenever a manufacturer introduces a new device into the market. The majority of non-technically au fait consumers will simply make their decisions based on the manufacturer of the hardware or the underlying operating system, but there’s always another particular subset of enthusiasts.Such users are not only passionate about how a new device performs, but also how it performs in comparison to the competition that’s already available. With that in mind, it was inevitable that Samsung’s latest 2016-released Galaxy Note 7 was going to be compared with Apple’s 2015 iPhone 6s range.The recently...
  • What Microsoft won't tell you about your Windows 10 recovery drive size (4GB? 8GB? 16GB?)

    08/22/2016 8:04:19 AM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    PC World ^ | Aug 22, 2016 | Josh Norem
    Microsoft is coy about it in places, and estimates vary. (The time to make a Windows 10 recovery drive is before your PC dies. Grab a USB drive—you might need a big one!—and we'll show you how it's done...) Attila Balaton bought an 8GB USB key to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive only to find out 16GB was required. Mea culpa: Answer Line was partly to blame, as my former colleague wrote that Microsoft suggests “at least a 4GB USB key.” It’s not his fault, though, as on this support page Microsoft says in order to create a Windows...
  • Japanese Prime Minister as Super Mario Ignites Social Media

    08/21/2016 11:15:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    How do you connect the current host of the Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, and the next, Tokyo? Send in Super Mario, of course — with a little political help. SNIP a video showed Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who announces he won't make it to Rio in time. So Abe turned into the Japanese video game plumber Mario and then popped up in the flesh out of a huge green pipe in the stadium that he allegedly used as a shortcut to get from Tokyo to Rio. SNIP
  • Browse free or die? New Hampshire library is at privacy fore[Tor]

    08/21/2016 7:58:03 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 26 June 2016 | Lynne Tuohy
    A small library in New Hampshire sits at the forefront of global efforts to promote privacy and fight government surveillance — to the consternation of law enforcement. The Kilton Public Library in Lebanon, a city of 13,000, last year became the nation's first library to use Tor, software that masks the location and identity of internet users, in a pilot project initiated by the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Library Freedom Project. Users the world over can — and do — have their searches randomly routed through the library. Computers that have Tor loaded on them bounce internet searches through a random pathway,...
  • My F'n Optimum Internet Service is like Electricity in Yugoslavia

    08/21/2016 11:12:53 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 45 replies
    Aug 21, 2016 | ML/NJ (Complete Vanity !)
    Well, my Internet "Service" must be back on or I wouldn't be able to post this. I pay nearly $200 a month for Internet/Phone/Cable to Optimum/Cablevison a month. Ans sometimes it works. It reminds me of the stories I used to here from folks at a worksite in Yugoslavia. The electricity there was on from about 1 PM to 4 PM almost daily. I tried to call Optimum Friday night to complain when my Internet (and phone) went out. Fifteen minutes of annoying PRESS ONE FOR ENGLISH, ENTER YOUR PHONE NUMBER FOLLOWED BY THE POUND SIGN, WOULD YOU LIKE TO...
  • Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps (misplaced Melbourne Australia near Japan)

    08/21/2016 8:51:05 AM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 21, 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    City of Melbourne, population four million, placed in the wrong hemisphere Microsoft has misplaced Melbourne, the four-million-inhabitant capital of the Australian State of Victoria. A search on Bing Maps for “Melbourne, Victoria, Australia” says the city is at 37.813610, 144.963100 which we've screen-captured above (or here for those reading our mobile site). The co-ordinates are right save for one important detail: Melbourne is at 37.8136° South. Bing's therefore put it in the wrong hemisphere. The Register's Australian outpost has tried searching for a few other major cities in Victoria and beyond and believes this is an isolated and probably-fat-fingered error....
  • Ben Carson Compares Trump Camp Shakeup to a Relay Race 8 20 16

    08/20/2016 3:09:17 PM PDT · by KMG365 · 7 replies
    Ben Carson Compares Trump Camp Shakeup to a Relay Race 8 20 16
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update reportedly breaks millions of webcams

    08/20/2016 11:07:16 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 100 replies
    NeoWin.net ^ | August 20, 2016 | by Usama Jawed
    The Windows 10 Anniversary Update for PCs started rolling out more than two weeks ago. While many have been happy with the new features and improvements it brings, thousands of others are reportedly experiencing critical issues, that are rendering their machines unresponsive. The news of the OS causing system freezes broke out a couple of days after the rollout of the Anniversary Update began, and now a new report suggests that the update has caused another frustrating issue for users around the globe. Brad Sams on Thurrott.com reports that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update broke millions of webcams. He states...
  • China Launches Quantum Satellite That Could Banish Hackers

    08/20/2016 8:45:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    The world's second-largest economy aims to use the power of particle physics through photons to send the encryption keys necessary to decode information. The launch of Micius - named after a 5th Century BC Chinese scientist - took place in the early hours of Tuesday in the southwestern Gobi Desert, according to Xinhua, China's state news service. It will be used in experiments aimed at proving the viability of quantum technology to communicate over long distances. Unlike traditional secure communication methods, it is impossible to intercept the data held in the bursts of subatomic particles because any attempts at eavesdropping...
  • Lockheed Martin files patent for a synthetic diamond 3D printer

    08/19/2016 11:02:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    3D Printing Industry ^ | August 19, 2016 | Katie Armstrong
    Lockheed Martin, the aerospace company, have filed a patent for a new kind of 3D printer. The patent, filed on April 4 by inventor David G. Findley, describes a new way of 3D printing which would use a pre-ceramic polymer and nanoparticle filler to create synthetic diamond objects of pretty much any shape you can dream up. “[The] method includes depositing alternating layers of a ceramic powder and a pre-ceramic polymer dissolved in a solvent. Each layer of the pre-ceramic polymer is deposited in a shape corresponding to a cross section of an object. The alternating layers of the ceramic...
  • Malwarebytes reports new OS X malware that could easily fool less technical users

    08/19/2016 12:27:28 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 36 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | August 19, 2016 | by Ben Lovejoy
    (Notice the subtle difference in the two requestors. The one on the bottom is the fake one.— Swordmaker) No 9to5Mac reader is going to be at risk from malware that directs users to a scam website and asks them to download software, but Malwarebytes has discovered a previously unknown piece of Mac malware that could easily fool less technical users.Thomas Reed, lead researcher at Malwarebytes, told us that he found the malware on a scam page hosted on the official Advanced Mac Cleaner website … It does rely on a naive user approving a request to install Advanced Mac Cleaner on their machine, but...
  • * VANITY * YAHOO MESSENGER ALL SCREWED UP * VANITY *

    08/19/2016 7:33:16 AM PDT · by knarf · 17 replies
    self | August 19, 2016 | knarf
    We use yahoo messenger to video chat with Filipino family and ...
  • Pokemon Go Has Lost Over Twenty Percent Of Its US Userbase

    08/19/2016 3:25:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Comic book.com ^ | 8/18/16 | Christian Hoffer
    Although it's been out for just a month, Pokemon Go is already bleeding users. A new SurveyMonkey Intelligence report indicates that the game's user base has dropped by over 20% since its peak usage last month. The analytics company estimates that the game peaked at just under 40 million weekly average
  • Tech Jobs in Bay Area Surpass Dot-Com Era's Peak

    08/18/2016 11:25:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 08/17/2016 | George Avalos
    The Bay Area now has a record number of technology jobs that surpasses even the peak of the dot-com years, a surge fueled by a hiring binge over the past four years. And despite worries about a potential slowdown, experts are saying a "Tech Bubble 2.0" doesn't appear to be on the horizon. The Bay Area now has 746,100 technology jobs, topping the record set during the dot-com era by 21,000 jobs, according to this newspaper's analysis of Employment Development Department statistics for the nine-county region. While the surge has brought more jobs, it also has added to the region's...
  • iOS and Android Combined For Record 99% of Smartphone Sales Last Quarter

    08/18/2016 9:48:53 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 7 replies
    Slashdot ^ | August 18, 2016 | BeauHD
    The research firm Gartner has crunched some numbers and found that Android and iOS accounted for a record 99.1% worldwide market share in the second calendar quarter of 2016, which is compared to 96.8% in the year-ago period. What some may view as even more shocking is that Android accounted for 86.2% of the market share in the second quarter, up from 82.2% a year ago. Meanwhile, iOS lost some ground as it dropped to 12.9% market share from 14.6% in the year-ago period. It's no surprise that Windows and BlackBerry have been losing market share. They dropped to 0.6%...
  • Counting Apple's Customers

    08/18/2016 5:48:35 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Asymco ^ | August 18, 2016 | By Horace Dediu
    Berkshire Hathaway, led by Warren Buffett, now owns about $1.4 billion of Apple. Occasionally we hear about various “celebrity investors” taking positions in the company or exiting those positions. The last one I remember was Carl Icahn. He seems to have exited Apple before Berkshire entered. There are some who will act because of these decisions. You should not be one of them. Nor should the management of the firm act in response to investor decisions or concerns. Management is specifically distinct from ownership in the corporate construct precisely in order to bring professionalism to the role. The manager must set priorities...
  • Microsoft open-sources PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat... (includes OpenSSH) (tr)

    08/18/2016 9:09:01 AM PDT · by dayglored · 17 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | Tim Anderson
    Microsoft has published PowerShell, its scripting and automation platform, as open source under the permissive MIT licence, as well as porting it to Linux and Mac, with an alpha build now available on GitHub. PowerShell is built on Microsoft's .NET platform, and one of the enabling pieces here is .NET Core, the refactored fork of .NET which runs cross-platform. PowerShell "Core" has already turned up on Nano Server, the barebones edition of Windows Server 2016, and the newly announced release will run on .NET Core on Mac and Linux. The initial Linux support is for Ubuntu, CentOS and RedHat. "Others...
  • Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell (Virtual Reality)

    08/18/2016 6:14:21 AM PDT · by dayglored · 39 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 16, 2016 | Chris Williams
    We're a long way from the Start Menu now First, it scrapped the classic Start Menu and gave us Tiles. Now Microsoft has confirmed it really is working on yet another radical user interface update – one that will allow you to use your desktop Windows 10 PC with virtual reality headsets. The feature, due to arrive next year, is dubbed the Windows Holographic Shell. It is designed to work on any normal PC, not just high-end graphics rigs; the emphasis is on the fact that anyone with a half decent machine can use the new UI. The Holographic Shell...