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University student kicked out of school after exposing security flaw

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 4:03 pm

Ahmed Al-Khabaz, a 20 year old computer science student at Montreal's Dawson College, recently identified a major security flaw in the universities computer system. Instead of being thanked, or given a pat on the back, the student was expelled from the school.




Al-Khabaz was working on a mobile app that would gain students easier access to their college account, when he discovered what he described as "sloppy coding". The coding flaw allowed easy access to anyone wishing to find student's personal information stored in the system.


When brought to the attention of university officials, Al-Khabaz was promised that he would work with Skytech, the creators of the software in which the flaw was found, to resolve the issue. That call never came however. Two days later, Al-Khabaz ran another security check to see if the flaw had been fixed. It hadn't. A few minutes later he got a call from Edouard Teza, the president of Skytech. It was then that Al-Khabaz was accused of a cyber-attack and threatened with legal action.

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RIM CEO says he would consider selling off BlackBerry hardware business

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 3:16 pm

Thorsten Heins, CEO of Research in Motion, has confirmed in an interview with a German newspaper that he would consider selling off RIM's BlackBerry hardware division.




In an interview with Die Welt, RIM's CEO said that he would consider selling the division, following a successful launch of RIM's next-generation platform. "The main thing for now is to successfully introduce Blackberry 10. Then we'll see," Heins told the paper.


No information has been released on if the company has held meetings with interested parties. Heins has also stated that Research in Motion is interested in licensing the upcoming BlackBerry 10 software to other hardware manufacturers.

Intel presents Stepehen Hawking with personalized silicon wafer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 2:27 pm

World renowned physicists Stephen Hawking turned 71 on January 8th, with little fanfare in the media, something we expect Mr. Hawking appreciated. As it turns out, Intel decided that they wanted to present Hawking with a gift of their own.




Intel custom manufactured a one-off 300mm silicon wafer using the company's 32nm manufacturing process. Each die in the wafer has Hawking's name written thousands of times at the nano-scale level, making each letter more than 10 times smaller than the width of a human hair.


Hawking, who is handicapped by a motor neuron disease, is recognized as one of the greatest minds of our time. Intel is working with him on improving his speech, and described him as "extraordinary". From all of us here at TweakTown, Happy Birthday Mr. Hawking, and thanks for your contributions to science.

OWC announces Mercury Viper 3.5-inch 6G SSD and Jupiter mini-SAS DAS/SAN

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 1:57 pm

OWC has announced their newest SSD in their venerable Mercury line, the OWC Mercury Viper SSD. This 3.5" behemoth sports impressive specifications of up to 600MB/s. This SSD bucks the current 2.5" trend by going with the 3.5" form factor, relegating it to desktop and server applications.




The truly impressive 600MB/s in sequential throughput will place this SSD firmly at the top of the SSD heap, with no other single SSD on the market able to match this top speed. 600MB/s is bumping up against the limits of the 6GB/s interface, and further numbers, such as random performance, will be released in the coming weeks. This large form factor also allows for huge capacity, with the range starting out at 240GB and topping out at a massive 2TB. This large capacity will be well suited to professional usage models.




OWC is also announcing the Jupiter mini-SAS DAS/SAN Scalable Storage Solution, which would be a great pairing with the above mentioned Mercury Viper. This series of enterprise class storage solutions continues OWCs expansion into the enterprise space. The series consist of JBOD and expansion racks, PCIe HBA cards and switches. The attraction of using the mini-SAS specification lies in its high performance, up to 48GB/s, and its relatively low cost when compared to competing fibre channel solutions.

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Google brings Handwrite out of beta, reaches version 1.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 8:34 am

Google's Handwrite input technology has jumped out of beta status and reached version 1.0. The input technology allows users to draw characters at the mobile version of in order to perform searches.




This isn't useful for Western alphabets, but it makes it much easier in languages like Chinese and Japanese. Handwrite reaching 1.0 provides improved recognition quality, thanks to new interpretation features. For example, if a user writes ambiguous characters, the website will not bring up a list of alternatives to choose from, such as "l" or "1" in place of "L."


The updated sites is also better at dealing with overlapping, which is capable of solving problems with screen space, where in some cases forced people to write one letter at a time. Chinese support has been updated to support multiple onscreen characters.

FCC chairman wants one gigabit Internet community per state by 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 7:31 am

At the US Conference of Mayors' Winter Meeting, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has voiced opinion for at least one "gigabit community" in all 50 states by 2015. The FCC Chairman wants a Google Fiber-like gigabit network across the US and believes that "establishing gigabit communities nationwide will accelerate the creation of a critical mass of markets and innovation hubs" enabled by the gigabit Internet connectivity.




At the moment, 42 communities in 14 states feature fiber optic Internet providers, but most of those installations aren't pushing gigabit speeds. In order to help out with the gigabit rollout, the FCC chairman has announced plans to create a new online and publicly accessable clearinghouse to collect and disseminate information about how to get the costs down, as well as increase the speed of broadband deployment across the United States.


We now have the problem of who would pay for it, as the current worldwide economy isn't strong to have the US government wholly fund the project. Could we see a telco or two step in, or Google possibly half finance the project? It looks like Internet access in the US is about to get interesting.

Project Glass could see a laser keyboard attached thanks to a new patent acquired by Google

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 6:34 am

Google have found themselves with a new patent that would see a tiny laser attached to a device to project out a virtual keyboard onto a surface, or better yet, on to users' hands. This might not be too surprising, but it would be perfect for one device: Project Glass.




According to the patent, the Mountain View-based search giant would use the system with Project Glass which would help those sporting the wearable computers input text into situations where voice control or voice input can't be done, such as an elevator or bathroom. Google see users projecting out a keyboard, keypad or graphical UI directly onto the palm of your hand - imagine the possibilities!


We're only talking about a patent at the moment, so this could all disappear, or materialize into something incredibly intuitive from Google. It could change, everything, again.

RumorTT: Samsung to launch 5.8-inch smartphone, would be called 'Galaxy Fonblet'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 5:35 am

Sammobile are reporting from a source that is claiming that South Korean electronics giant Samsung are set to launch a new 5.8-inch smartphone for the European market. This so far doesn't sound too far out of Samsung's reach, but the name for the device is quite odd - the Samsung Galaxy Fonblet.




The Fonblet is said to be based around the company's Galaxy Player 5.8 PMP which was a Korean-only device that sported just cellular abilities. The Galaxy Player 5.8 sported a qHD display, and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. Sammobile is reporting that we should expect the Fonblet to feature the same qHD display. We should also expect the new European destined device to feature dual-SIM card capabilities, too.

Nexus 4 demand in the UK said to be 10 times higher than Google had expected

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 4:31 am

The incredibly awesome Nexus 4 is constantly sold out as it's so popular, where ten times as many British smartphone fans want the Nexus 4 than Google had expected. LG is blaming the Mountain View-based search giant again, with LG France boss Cathy Robin talking to Challenges who has put the blame on Google once more.




LG has said that they built as many phones as Google had asked for, which was based on the number of Nexus devices sold previously. Obviously Google had badly misunderestimated the number of Nexus 4's they'd sell, which should've been obvious. It's one of the most powerful smartphones on the market, priced at the price of a mid-range smartphone.


LG have said it takes around six weeks to increase the number of deliveries, so by mid-February we should see many more Nexus 4's available.

The world's first 3D-printed building to be constructed in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 3:39 am

Right now 3D printing hasn't taken off into the mainstream, but over the coming years it's definitely going to be leaving a bigger footprint. A Dutch architect is looking at 3D printing a home, where he hopes it'll be constructed by 2014.






Janjaap Ruijssenaars of Universe Architecture is the man behind the idea, and the 3D printed home is his project which is part of the Europan competition which lets architects in over 15 different countries build projects over the course of two years. Ruijssenaars will work with Italian inventor Enrico Dini, who is the founder of the D-Shape 3D printer.


The project will use 6x9 chunks of frame, which will be comprised of sand and inorganic binder. After this, they'll fill the frame with fiber-reinforced concrete. The final product looks amazing, which features a single flowing design, and will be a two-storey building.

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