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RumorTT: Windows Phone 8.1 could arrive as early as April 23rd

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 11:29 pm

It's no secret that Microsoft is planning the launch of its next-generation mobile OS, but today we are hearing rumors of when the new OS might launch to the public, and what new hardware it may bring with it. A new report from WPCentral is suggesting that the new OS will launch on April 23, and will bring several new Nokia smartphones along for the ride.

 

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The report failed to mention which new Lumia devices we may see launched alongside Windows Phone 8.1, but one would be safe in betting that the Lumia 630 is one of those phones. We are expecting to see more glimpses, and rumors pop up about the new mobile OS as well as the myriad of devices that are expected to run on it during this weeks Build Conference that is hosted by Microsoft. With recent news of BlackBerry Messenger headed to Windows Phone, we are wondering if any news of the pre-installed integration will show up on these new devices as well.

UK launches cyber response team to defend against cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 10:44 pm

Launched today, the UK Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UK) will help the British government coordinate against sophisticated cyberattacks, and respond to any cybersecurity issues that target the country's infrastructure.

 

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The CERT team stemmeed from a National Cyber Security Strategy meeting hosted in 2012, in which other nations discussed their programs - or intention to open a national cybersecurity team - and has grown from there.

 

"The cyber hacker needs to succeed only once, but those protecting us must be successful all the time; around the clock, day after day, week after week," said Francis Maude, Cabinet Officer Minister, when announcing the program. "And of course, nothing in the digital world ever stands still. It's forensic and painstaking work and it's absolutely relentless. I have a very high level of confidence that we can achieve this."

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Sony announces Michael Jackson's new album, includes unreleased tracks

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 10:24 pm

As part of their multi-year contract with the estate of Michael Jackson, Sony Music have announced overnight a new Michael Jackson album titled Xscape will be released worldwide in May, featuring eight new tracks recorded, but unfinished and unreleased up until now.

 

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Sony Music executives were given unprecedented access to hours and hours of raw, unreleased Jackson gems by the Jackson Estate, which span four decades of the King of Pop's career. After selecting eight songs, the tracks were finished and mastered by contemporary producers, such as Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain. However, a deluxe version of Xscape will also feature the songs in their original, untouched form. Sony Music has yet to detail the disc contents and track list further, but promise new information will be forthcoming.

 

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Xscape will be released by Sony Music worldwide, via CD and iTunes on May 13.

AMD teases dual Hawaii-based Radeon GPU in newly posted image

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 10:17 pm

With last weeks introduction of a new GPU core from NVIDIA as well as the announcement of the new $3000 GeForce GTX TITAN Z, AMD has some catching up to do in the world of high-end PC graphics. Today the company has reveled yet another teaser that is pointing towards a premium dual-GPU video card that would most likely be based on dual Radeon R9 290X GPUs.

 

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The company kicked off its new #2betterthan1 campaign by posting a silhouetted image of what appears to be an industrial-themed Radeon Video card on Twitter. If the speculation of dual R9 290X Hawaii GPU's on a single card is true, then that also means that AMD has designed one hell of a new cooler for the card, as it is quite difficult to cool just one of those GPUs. Could this mean that we are about to see the launch of one of the first factory liquid-cooled GPUs ever? This could be the case, but more than likely, AMD has added more heat-pipes to the existing cooler, and beefed up the fans to keep everything cool.

Banks withdraw from class-action lawsuit against Trustwave

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 9:39 pm

Less than one week after two banks hit Target and credit card security service company Trustwave with a class-action lawsuit, the banks have pulled the lawsuit.

 

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It seems Trustwave was inaccurately noted as a Target IT security contractor, which doesn't appear true - interestingly, the class-action lawsuit aims to try and expand responsibility of the data breach away from just Target.

 

"Contrary to the misstated allegations in the plaintiffs' complaints, Target did not outsource its data security or IT obligations to Trustwave," said Robert McCullen, Trustwave CEO, in a public statement. "Trustwave did not monitor Target's network, nor did Trustwave process cardholder data for Target.

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BlackBerry says it will launch BBM for Windows Phone users soon

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 9:12 pm

Back in Feburary, BlackBerry's Jeff Gadaway, announced that BlackBerry messenger would be headed to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, but not much else has been mentioned since. Fast froward to a call to investors last week where BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, said that BBM will be released on Windows Phone somewhere between April and June of this year.

 

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During this same announcement, Chen said that BBM now has more an 113 million registered users, and boast an impressive 80 million active monthly users. While Windows Phone will definitely help elevate these numbers some thanks to Nokia agreeing to pre-load it on many of its Lumia models, a wider Android and iPhone adoption rate would benefit the company far better. BlackBerry is working on shifting software to its main revenue generator, and plans on utilizing adds from within its messenger app to make this happen.

Philips smart HDTVs don't have good security, researchers warn

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 8:39 pm

Security researchers from ReVuln recently published a video demonstrating how cybercriminals can compromise certain Philips smart HDTVs, giving criminals the ability to remotely control the TV and conduct other actions.

 

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"The main problem is that Miracast uses a fixed password, doesn't show a PIN number to insert and, moreover, doesn't ask permission to allow the incoming connection," said Luigi Auriemma, ReVuln CEO and security researcher, in an interview with SCMagazine. "So basically you just connect directly to the TV via Wi-Fi, without restrictions. Miracast is enabled by default and the password cannot be changed."

 

When the TV owner browses the Web using their HDTV, criminals are able to view cookies and browsing history, researchers noted.

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3D printing enthusiast rejoice, Slic3r version 1.0 is finally here

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 8:17 pm

It's been more than a year in the making, but Alessandro Ranellucci has finally released Slic3r 1.0 to the masses. For those not in the know, Slic3r is the default-slicing program that most 3D Printing enthusiast, such as myself, use to slice the 3D models we wish to print into manageable layers. Slicer also handles the hard-work of plotting the tool-path head, injecting control coding, and spitting it all out into machine-readable GCode. While there are other slicing programs out there, Slic3r is by far the most popular and feature rich.

 

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Today Slic3r 1.0 stable has been released and it brings with it, a myriad of new features as well as support for a host of new printers and tool-heads. As always, Slic3r 1.0 is fully open source, and free to download, modify and distribute as you see fit, making it fully Libre / Open Source compliant. A lot has changed in Slicer 1.0 so I fully recommend that you read the user manual before jumping straight into use.

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Android 4.4.3 is on the way, scheduled to fix dozens of bugs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 7:26 pm

It's been a few months since Google first released Android 4.4, and the updated mobile operating system is now on many of the current handset models out. As with any new major release, a handful of bugs have been discovered, and it appears that Google is aiming to fix them with the next update to the software.

 

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Android 4.4.3 has been rumored to be headed to release for a few weeks now, and it appears that Google is closer to its unveiling that previously thought. AndroidPolice has discovered the unofficial changelog of the 4..4.3 build, and based on what it shows, the build will mainly be a bug-fixer. This is nothing new for Google, as it likes to keep the major changes and new features tucked away for major release updates. AndroidPolice has also posted a screenshot of 4.4.3 running on a Nexus 5, which could mean that the update is coming down the pipes quite soon.

 

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SanDisk announces the launch of four new Enterprise SATA SSDs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 6:33 pm

Today SanDisk announced the addition of four new Enterprise-grade SATA SSDs to its CloudSpeed Serial ATA line of solid state drives. The CloudSpeed Extreme, CloudSpeed Ultra, CloudSpeed Ascend and CloudSpeed Eco Solid State Drives have been designed to deliver the best business-critical performance possible in mixed-use enterprise applications often found in today's business world.

 

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"Organizations in every industry are turning to SSDs to meet the challenges faced by growing volumes of data," said John Scaramuzzo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk. "However, finding a solution that meets the performance and cost needs of your individual environment can be difficult. The CloudSpeed SATA SSD product family was designed to meet the needs of applications across the read-write spectrum, meaning organizations and server designers no longer need to make tradeoffs between system performance and cost."

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