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AMD's new CEO is Dr Lisa Su, who replaces Rory Read

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 9, 2014 2:03 am

AMD has just announced its new Chief Executive Officer, with Dr. Lisa Su stepping in to replace interim CEO Rory Read. Read will stay with AMD, supporting the transition of Dr. Su as the new CEO in an advisory role, staying with the company for the rest of the year.

 

 

Before sitting down into the Iron Throne of AMD, Su was responsible for AMD's embedded and professional products, but stayed in this position for a short period of time before jumping into the position of CEO. Su was the GM of Global Business units. Su is AMD's first female CEO, with a slew of women taking serious roles in the IT industry of late.

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Hackers stealing millions from ATMs using the Tyupkin malware

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 9, 2014 12:47 am

Cybercriminals are targeting ATMs in Russia and Eastern Europe with the Tyupkin malware, compromising the cash dispensing machines. More than 50 ATMs were running with the malware, but it has spread to the United States, France, India, China, Israel and Malaysia.

 

 

The ATMs need to be physically accessed by the criminals, with a bootable CD containing the malware deployed - with those responsible infecting the ATMs on Sunday and Monday nights, ensuring their faces are covered.

 

"The Tyupkin malware is an example of the attackers taking advantage of weaknesses in the ATM infrastructure," said Vicente Diaz, Kaspersky Lab Global Research and Analysis Team principal researcher. "We strongly advise banks to review the physical security of their ATMs and network infrastructure and consider investing in quality security solutions."

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IDC notes PC shipments dropped 1.7% in Q3, better than expected

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 9, 2014 12:29 am

Worldwide PC shipments during Q3 did better than expected, dropping just 1.7 percent instead of the previously estimated 4.1 percent drop, according to the IDC research group.

 

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Lenovo now has 20 percent of the global PC market, ahead of Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer and Apple - as each company look to revitalize the struggling market. Companies are struggling to try to adapt to an increasingly mobile market - and while PC hardware continues to evolve - many consumers and businesses don't need to upgrade current PCs at the same rate they did just a few years ago.

 

"Reaching the 20% mark in global PC share is a great milestone for Lenovo - and we got there even faster than expected," said Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo CEO, in a statement. "While others have been looking for a game plan that works, we have been executing ours and the results speak for themselves. Not only have we reached another record high and solidified our PC leadership position for the 6th straight quarter, but we have diversified our business at the same time."

Drone use among farmers becoming popular, as private use increases

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 9:05 pm

The focus of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology remains on military aircraft launching strikes, but there is a booming private sector in the United States. As the government considers opening up airspace for drone flight, farmers across the country are benefitting from using small drones for crop scouting and other once-difficult tasks.

 

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Instead of investing millions in technology, farmers can spend significantly less - and can use something as simple as a quad copter and GoPro camera - to more expensive winged drone aircraft to photograph larger crops.

 

"That's the beauty of UAV," said Chad Colby, experienced UAV user recently noted. "You pull off on the side of the road and you have images of an entire field in a matter of 10 minutes. If this industry can save farmers just 1% on inputs, then it becomes a $1 billion industry overnight."

Chinese military wants better cybersecurity, domestic software tech

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 7:03 pm

Reports from the Chinese state media indicate the Chinese military plans to further improve its cybersecurity efforts, while also putting an emphasis on domestic software development. There is concern that the Internet and current cybersecurity is dominated by Western countries, and not enough is being done in China to promote development.

 

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Major Chinese universities have highly educated students, and they will be called upon to help develop domestic software.

 

"Information security must be considered an underlying project in military battle preparedness," said the People's Liberation Army Daily. "We will strongly advance the domestic and independent building of programs, and strengthen the foundations of our information security."

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Researchers: Electricity smart meters used in Spain can be hacked

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 5:46 pm

Millions of network-connected electricity meters used in Spain are susceptible to cyberattack by hackers, according to security researchers. The vulnerabilities could lead to electricity being terminated - or billing fraud - if hackers are able to access the smart meters.

 

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The Spanish government has relied on these electricity meters to improve national energy efficiency, but didn't put a large enough emphasis on security efforts. The memory chips in the smart meters are reprogrammable and include flawed code, though the researchers won't outline what they did specifically until the problems are fixed.

 

"Oh wait? We can do this? We were really scared," said Javier Vazquez Vidal, a security expert involved in the smart meter research. "We started thinking about the impact this could have. What happens if someone wants to attack an entire country?"

Next-gen AMD APU 'Carrizo-L' to be available in December

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 4:27 pm

AMD would be announcing its next generation notebook APU Carrizo-L in December. The processor is based on a 28nm quad-core architecture based on their Excavator core.

 

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The notebook APU will have support for 2133MHz DDR3 memory. The news reported pointed out that Carrizo-L will succeed AMD's Beem and Mullins APU which is currently positioned for entry-level notebooks and tablets. It was also pointed out that this will also be 'officially' compatible with Windows 10. The rest of the operating systems, such as Windows 8.1, Ubuntu and SLED operating systems were added on the list.

 

The APU is designed for entry-level notebooks and will be placed to compete against Intel Pentium and Celeron series processors. But as far as mainstream segment is concerned, AMD would not be releasing the full-fledged Carrizo APU before March 2015 which will be succeeding after the long running Kaveri APUs. According to another report, Carrizo will be supporting both DDR3 and DDR4 along with an on-package memory die. It is also speculated that Carrizo series will have a desktop APU variant, which will be using the existing FM2+ socket motherboards. The expected timeframe for the desktop variant is also assumed for March 2015 launch.

CD Projekt Red says no downgrade in graphics for Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 3:22 pm

A week ago, CD Projekt Red released few screenshots of its upcoming game 'Witcher 3: Wild Hunt' which created sheer disappointment within many of its fanbase. As a result, CD Projekt Red had to respond to assure gamers that the graphics shown in demo videos which was showcased at E3 2013 and a week-old screenshots are not a final version. An anonymous member on the NeoGAF forums also claimed that the CD Projekt Red and its PR are creating an overblown vision of a game that doesn't exist.

 

 

It was also assumed that the preview was going to be as good as the final version. It was also speculated that the game's graphics showed in a NVIDIA PhysX Middleware demo would be the same result in console variants. The demo was displayed to display HairWorks, specifically relating to rendering of hair and fur with PhysX enabled.

 

CD Projekt Red's Community Manager Marcin Momot said,"Please keep in mind that the game is still in production phase. Certain things are still being worked on. The final version of the game will look better than what can be seen in the latest screenshots - no matter the platform. As you probably know, when publishing screenshots, some of them can be subjectively less appealing than others (depending on one's opinion), that's perfectly normal. The most important thing here is that the game will come out looking gorgeous when we are done working on it. There will be no downgrade."

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Inventors for blue LED lights gets a Nobel Prize in physics

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 2:19 pm

The researchers of blue light-emitting diode (LED) are the recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics. The winners are Isamu Akasi, a professor at Meijo University and Nagoya University, Hiroshi Amano, also a professor at Nagoya University and Shuji Nakamura who is a professor at the University of California. Along with the Nobel Prize, the scientists will also be splitting $1.1 million award money.

 

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The three scientists were the ones who found a way to produce blue light beams in the early 1990s, but the red and the green light diodes were produced by others. According to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in its prize citation that white light couldn't have been invented if it wasn't for the blue LED invention. The invention of blue LED is 20 years old, but has been used in multiple electronic appliances, devices, day-to-day electronic equipment, traffic signals, headlights and even PCs.

 

The main advantage of LEDs is that it significantly reduces the consumption of electricity in comparison with incandescent and fluorescent lights. The widespread adoption of the practical invention, and the versatility in other fields is what makes them deserve this award. LEDs are used in smart bulbs that are made by few companies like GE and Phillips.

Yahoo India R&D center lays off 600 employees, mostly engineers

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Oct 8, 2014 1:36 pm

As a part of its ongoing cost-cutting exercise, Yahoo laid off 600 employees from its engineering and product development division. Yahoo India R&D centre in Bangalore was considered as the second largest Yahoo offices outside the US, before the lay-off.

 

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Despite the massive lay-off, Yahoo India executives said that the R&D center will still continue to operate, but with better efficiency.

 

Yahoo said via a press release,"As we ensure that Yahoo! is on a path of sustainable growth, we're looking at ways to achieve greater efficiency, collaboration and innovation across our business. To this effect, we're making some changes to the way we operate in Bangalore leading to consolidation of certain teams into fewer offices. Yahoo! will continue to have a presence in India and Bangalore remains an important office."

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