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Scientists at CERN discovers the "God particle", or Higgs boson

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 4:00 am

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have done it, after more than 30 years of experimentation, and billions upon billions of dollars in research and the use and construction of the Large Hadron Collider, have found the Higgs boson, or "God particle".




Some might dismiss this as nothing, but this is considered an absolutely mind-blowing achievement for all scientists, researchers and everyone in between. The Higgs boson is a subatomic particle which is thought to give everything in our universe, mass. Mass is a physical property which gives matter its weight here on Earth, and other bodies which exert gravity.


But, you don't just stumble upon this, and when you do, you require some serious confirmation before you make these types of claims. Scientists are 99.99999999999-percent certain, and this is about as close as one can get. The scientists were able to calculate that the new particle is very near the "five-sigma" level of significance, meaning that there is less than a one in a million chance that their results are a statistical fluke.

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Samsung announces 16GB DDR4 DIMM to be released in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 3:44 am

DDR4 is coming, and it'll be here sometime in 2014. At the same time, we should expect GDDR6 to arrive, the memory that gets slapped onto our GPUs. But, first off, in order to enable the complete platform qualification made up from processor, motherboard, chipset, memory modules and more, Samsung have begun sampling the key industry vendors with DDR4 memory modules.




Enter the first DDR4 server module which arrive as "Registered Dual Inline Memory Module" sporting no less than 16GB (128 Gbit) of RAM. DDR4-2133 is what it should arrive as, and it brings quite the performance crown with it, providing 2.1 billion transfers per second. Power consumption has been reduced, by as much as 40-percent, with the operating voltage dropping from 1.35V to just 1.2V, with Amps remaining the same.


Samsung have said that the initial DIMMs will be made on a 30nm process node, but the shipping DIMMs should feature 20nm DDR4 DRAM. As soon as 20nm hits, Samsung should be able to offer 8GB, 16GB and 32GB DDR4 modules. This should mean that Intel's Haswell-EP and Haswell-EX platforms should support 256GB of memory per CPU, or 1TB on a single quad-socket motherboard. Impressive, isn't it?

Three new BlackBerry devices coming in 2013, according to a leaked BB roadmap

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 5, 2012 3:11 am

Research in Motion may have hurt BlackBerry lovers last week, announcing the delay of the BlackBerry 10 OS until 2013, but between now and then, there's sure to be tonnes of news to keep us happy. A leaked hardware roadmap has been leaked, and gives us a good idea of what to expect from BlackBerry 10-based devices in 2013.




But, before 2013, we should see a release of the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G which should be launched in Q4 of this year, perfect timing for the holiday season. This device does pre-date the BB 10 launch, so there shouldn't be much to do hardware-wise with the PlayBook 4G.


Q1 2013 is where the fun begins for RIM, with the launch of BB10 and the first full-touchscreen BlackBerry device, which is the BlackBerry London/L-series device. After the London/L-series device launches, we should see the BlackBerry Nevada/N-series, sporting a full QWERTY pad.


A new tablet is to be expected, dubbed "Blackforest [128]". Blackforest is expected in Q3 2013, but there are no details of the tablet itself. Considering it has '128' in its name, this would leave me to believe we should expect 128 to represent the amount of flash storage the tablet will sport.

Spam being sent from a botnet composed of Android devices

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 4, 2012 9:06 pm

Spam e-mail is nothing new. Most users have figured out ways to combat it either through the use of spam boxes or spam blockers on the e-mail servers themselves. This spam is traditionally sent out via compromised computers that have been pulled together into a botnet. The botnet can be ordered to do whatever nefarious activities its commander wants.




With Windows becoming more secure, however, it has been harder for hackers to gain these computers for botnets. Terry Zink of Terry Zink's Cyber Security Blog on the MSDN noticed something interesting about the spam he has been receiving lately. At the bottom of the message it says "Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android."


Furthermore, he examined the headers of the e-mail and found "Message-ID: 1341147286.19774.androidMobile(at)" I'm sure you can see where this is going. A spammer somewhere has a botnet that lives on Android devices, much like the rumors we've all heard. What's even more interesting is where these devices are located.


Yahoo places the IP of the device in the header so Terry Zink took a gander at where these IPs were located on the globe. The IPs come from Chile, Indonesia, Lebanon, Oman, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela. The majority of these countries are developing countries and Zink has an explanation:

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RumorTT: Sony has been developing PS4 since August 2010

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 4, 2012 8:02 pm

According to an ex-SCEA R&D director's LinkedIn profile, the next generation PlayStation has been in development since August 2010. His profile has a listing citing his work on the "Next Generation PlayStation" from August 2010 to April 2012. His work on the PS Vita is listed separately which implies that the "Next Generation PlayStation" he is referring to is the PS4.




"In 1998 I started as the first engineer in the Playstation US R&D," reads Vass' profile. "I worked on graphics ( COLLADA, PSGL ) and a lot of network related technologies ( advertising, telemetry, PVRs ) for the Playstation2-x, PSP, Vita and Next Generation platforms. Platform security was occupying most of my time at the last years... "


SCEA boss Jack Tretton also recently let loose some information on the next generation system when he said that "we've never been first, we've never been cheapest, it's about being the best. If you can build a better machine and it's going to come out a little bit later that's better than rushing something to market that's going to run out of gas for the long term."


The LinkedIn profile has since been changed to say January 1917 for the start date of the project. He hasn't released any information that should get him in trouble, however, if he goes to work for a company that values secrecy, say Apple, then this could possibly come back to haunt him. It seems as though the PS4 is still a little while off.

Another new Mac OS X backdoor found, further proves OS X not as secure as previously thought

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 4, 2012 7:02 pm

Once again, Apple's OS X is being confronted with a security risk. The latest backdoor has been discovered by Russian security firm Kaspersky Labs and is being used as part of a Advanced Persistent Threat campaign. This is just the latest in a series of security risks present in the Mac OS X operating system.




Kaspersky researchers found that Uyghur activists in China were being targeted by hackers. These hackers sent e-mails with a compromised attachment that was in the form of a JPEG. The code hidden inside the JPEG was a new form of the MaControl backdoor and is compatible with both the PowerPC and i386 Mac variants.


Costin Raiu, Director of Global Research & Analysis at Kaspersky Lab:


Macs are growing in global popularity, even amongst high-profile people. Many choose to use Mac OS X computers because they believe it's safer. However, we believe that as the adoption increases for Mac OS X, so will both mass-infection attacks and targeted campaigns. Attackers will continue to refine and enhance their methods to mix exploits and social engineering techniques to try and infect victims. Just like PC malware, this combination is commonly the most effective and cybercriminals will continue to challenge Mac OS X users' security, both technically and psychologically.

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ACTA is done for after European Parliament vote

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 4, 2012 1:56 pm

Once again proving that users of the Internet are capable of influencing politicians, the European Parliament has done their job by listening to the people and voting against ACTA. ACTA, for those who don't remember, was a treaty that would have been extremely dangerous for users of the Internet. It was deceptive and pushed by special interest groups.




The vote ended up having 478 against, 39 in favor and 165 abstentions. Thanks to SOPA showing the world that Internet users wouldn't allow special interest groups to pressure the government into making laws, the unknown ACTA was brought to the forefront of the Internet users' attention and they rallied again, this time against ACTA.


It truly was the activists that made this happen. Members of the European Parliament have been thanking and praising activists across the EU for bring their attention to just how bad of a treaty this was. However, technically the treaty could still come into force between the United States and several other countries.


Many of those other countries have already rejected ACTA in practice so it would be between the United States and Morocco. Without the EU, though, ACTA just doesn't have the support needed to be of any use to the special interest groups. There will always be more bad bills being pushed by special interest groups as it is their 9-5 job. And we will be there to alert you to them.

Amazon acquires 3D mapping upstart, UpNext

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 4, 2012 11:25 am

From Amazon's latest business move, it would seem like the company behind the Kindle Fire, and one of the biggest e-tailers in the world is getting into the 3D mapping business. Amazon have just acquired the four-person, 3D mapping company 'UpNext'.




Details of the deal aren't available, but one can assume that Amazon is interesting in UpNext's mapping technology, and could be applied to applied to a future Amazon service, or product. But the problem is that none of the current Kindles sport GPS capabilities, which means providing maps on Amazon-branded products doesn't make sense, yet. But with news of a new Kindle Fire on its way, maybe the next-gen Fire will have GPS capabilities, and the first version of the company's newly acquired talent.


Amazon could choose to bake the mapping technology into their various iOS- or Android-based apps, or they could even release their own stand-alone navigation software, Amazon have the power to do it. The future of Amazon just got a lot more mappy.

Google patents the ability to identify faces in video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 4, 2012 10:26 am

Google have just filed a very interesting new patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where it would see the company using the filed patent to use video frames to generate clusters of face representations that are attached to a given person.




The system would then record what a person looks like from various angles, and the company could then attach a name and face whenever that person is shown in a clip, even with bad lighting conditions or angles. This would give YouTube viewers the same abilities as Flickr, where they could tag people in videos, but could also spot people in augmented reality apps and get their details.


Considering Google have Project Glass, this seems like such a natural evolution of the project. Imagine being able to wear the Glasses, and see someone in front of you - the system could eventually be smart enough to pull details of that person from the cloud. You'd never forget their birthday, or important conversation starters - like stats on the person, married, kids, new job, etc. Google are really going to make this work with Glass in my opinion.

3DMark 11 record broken by 'Hazzan', uses 4-way GEFORCE GTX 680s

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 4, 2012 9:24 am

Hazzan, an Indonesian overclocker has broken the world record for overclocking graphics cards, using 3DMark 11. Hazzan used a 4-way GEFORCE GTX 680 setup, pushing a score of P33190, 39 points ahead of the previous record.




In order to get the record-breaking score, Hazzah had to go to some pretty serious lengths, as you can see from the pictures. He stood over his PC with an open bottle of liquid nitrogen (as you do), and kept pouring some in every few minutes or so, just to keep those pesky temps down. His entire rig consists of:


The platform included Core i7-3930K processor (oc'ed to 5784MHz), 8GB quad-channel GSkill DDR3 memory (oc'ed to 2480MHz), Antec High Current Pro 1200W power supply, ASUS Rampage IV Extreme mobo and ASUS GTX 680 DirectCU II graphics card. The CPU and graphics adopted liquid nitrogen cooling.


Hazzah broke the record at the ROG Absolute Zero Extreme OC event.

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