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Even if we don't support Edward Snowden, we want NSA disclosures

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 10:27 pm

Americans are still unsure what to think about former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures of widespread NSA spying, though appreciate the knowledge of such snooping activities.


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In a recent poll, 33 percent of Americans believe Snowden leaking information was "the right thing to do," with 33 percent believing It was "the wrong thing to do," and 36 percent still on the fence regarding the entire situation. Interestingly, 45 percent believe Snowden should face prosecution if returned to the U.S., while 35 percent would support a full pardon.


However, more than half of those surveyed believe Americans have the right to know about the NSA surveillance programs revealed by Snowden.

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Spotify's new update gives the app a new look and Collections View

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 10:15 pm

Spotify has began rolling out a new update to its web, desktop and iOS versions of its streaming service that gives the music streaming app a whole new look as well as an awesome new feature. The new app ushers in a darker theme that utilizes new fonts, and icons which makes the app more uniform across all platforms.



Spotify has darkened its theme even more in an effort to make its content really "POP," and the new fonts were chosen because they are said to be more modern and pleasing to the eyes. Additionally a new Collections View allows users to manage and organize their own music collection. This is said to make finding and building playlist with users music much easier. This feature is similar to how Rdio works, and is something Spotify has been missing for a long time now. The update has yet to hit Android, but word is that it will arrive within the next few days.

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Protesters block Yahoo tech bus in Oakland, and even vomit on it

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 9:44 pm

There is continued tension between tech companies trying to shuttle employees to Silicon Valley and the protesters fighting against the buses, with protesters saying the company buses take up space and interfere with normal commuters, along with hurt the environment.


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The Oakland Police Department and BART Police received calls reporting 15 to 20 protesters were becoming increasingly belligerent in their efforts to block a Yahoo shuttle bus.



Major Silicon Valley companies - such as Apple, Yahoo, Google, and Genentech - have had their commuter shuttle buses blocked in San Francisco and Oakland. The problem only seems to be intensifying, with the companies trying to determine the best way to pick up employees from local ferry and transit systems without impeding on normal traffic flow.

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Micron announces DDR4 modules designed for Intel Xeon E5-2600 V3 line

By: Charles Gantt | More News: RAM | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 9:07 pm

Today Micron Storage announced that it is beginning to ramp up production of DDR4 memory modules in preparation of Intel's pending launch of the new Xeon E5-2600 V3 line of processors. Micron says that these DDR4 modules will offer a performance increase of up to 35-percent over previously utilized DDR3 RAM.


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"Our JEDEC-compliant portfolio showcases the performance and power benefits that DDR4 products can provide for our customers," said Robert Feurle, Micron's vice president of marketing and program management. "As a result of Micron's close engagement with our key enabling partners, we are well positioned to bring this exciting new technology to market."

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Windows XP end of service looming, and security risks will continue

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 8:38 pm

Just days away from the Microsoft Windows XP end of service, to take effect on Tuesday, April 8, there are still millions of users relying on the aging operating system.


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Between business computers and consumer PCs, XP market share is still 28 percent worldwide, amounting to about 300 million PCs - many of them including ATMs, electric and water, and similar critical infrastructure.


"[It's like] there's a big air bubble on the side of your tire and it's going to fail,"said Mark Bernardo, General Electric GM of automation software, when speaking to WSJ. "It's not a question of if, it's a question of when."


Microsoft and security vendors have repeatedly warned current XP users they will face significant security threats after the April 8 deadline.

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US Navy testing seafaring robotic firefighters for use on ships

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 8:18 pm

The U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) hopes its Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) will exceed expectations, a program developed by Virginia Tech, University of Pennsylvania, and University of California and UCLA researchers, specifically to help assist with onboard emergencies.


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The robots have a vision system designed to help search for survivors, along with the ability to turn water valves, balance, locate and position fire hoses, and shoot water on fires.


"People can only stand relatively short periods of time directly fighting the fire because of the heat, the radiation, the smoke and the steam," said Thomas McKenna, ONR Warfighter Performance Department, in a statement. "A firefighter during a shipboard fire may only be able to be exposed for 15 minutes. The idea is to get around those human limitations."

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Trion Supercars wants to build a $1 million Nemesis to European cars

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 7:16 pm

There are plenty of insanely expensive supercars on the market today. Porsche, Ferrari, and McLaren all have cars only the richest of the 1% can afford. These cars have names like the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, and the Porsche 918. An American company wants to build a car that it thinks can compete with these European exotics.


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The company is called Trion Supercars and it wants to build its $1 million supercar in California. The company isn't giving up all the details on the car just yet, but we know a lot. It will be built using carbon fiber to save weight.


Power will come from a twin turbo V8 engine. Exactly what the source for that engine is, we don't know. If the company is to meet the 2000hp goal it has for the supercar, called the Nemesis, it had better be a stout V8. I'd wager we are talking a heavily modified Chevrolet V8.

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Specs for Galaxy S5 mini hit the web showing 4.5-inch screen

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 6:42 pm

It hasn't been long since Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 smartphone, which is pictured here. Samsung has a history of launching smaller and cheaper versions of its popular device. The smartphone maker is doing just that and specs for the Galaxy S5 mini SM-G800 smartphone have leaked online.


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According to the leaked specs, the S5 mini will have a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED screen that has 720p resolution. The operating system for the smartphone will be Android 4.4 KitKat and it will use an unnamed Snapdragon processor.


Reports indicate that the processor is likely to be a Snapdragon 400. Other rumored specs include an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. An IR blaster is built-in that should allow it to control a TV and power comes from a 2100 mAh internal battery.

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Pentagon expands its effort to recruit workers for cyber defense roles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 6:42 pm

The United States military is boosting its cyber capabilities as the Defense Department has almost 1,800 employees as part of its Cyber Mission Force. By the end of 2016, that staffing figure is expected to increase up to 6,000 before the end of 2016, while the US government continues to support in cyberattacks.


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To try and increase the staffing level in such a short amount of time, military officials hope to recruit current military personnel - Silicon Valley cybersecurity specialists are unlikely to leave behind high-paying jobs to join the government's new programs.


"We spent a lot of time in the last two years in particular figuring out what the [recruiting] model would be,"a senior defense official recently told reporters. "Initially sometimes people will think about recruiting highly skilled people from the outside, and that is one option... but quite honestly, the way we're going to be most successful is using people within the force [including those with no cyber background] and giving them the training.

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Amazon's set-top box it here and its called Fire TV, cost just $99

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 6:24 pm

Rumors of an Amazon-built set-top have been floating around for the better part of the last year, and today those rumors proved to be true. This morning announced the release of its all new Fire TV set-top box, a media streaming device that fully incorporates the Amazon ecosystem. Amazon is pulling out all the stops as well, and has enlisted Gary Busey to even record a promotional video for the new device.



Measuring in at less than an inch thick, the new Fire TV set-top box is capable of streaming full HD content to your TV over a common HDMI connection, and includes a remote that allows you to voice your commands, search for movies, and a wealth of other things. Amazon is also offering a separate video game controller that retails for just $40. Fire TV is not just closed to Amazon content, but features apps that integrate Netflix, Hulu Plus and many more services right on the box.=

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