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Report: Joint Apple-Samsung tablet market share drops below 50%

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 6:09 pm

Apple and Samsung, the No. 1 and No. 2 tablet manufacturers, saw their joint market share drop 8 percent year-over-year - with the companies now accounting for 43 percent of the tablet market, according to Strategy Analytics.

 

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Apple ended 2014 with 26 percent control, ahead of Samsung (17.1 percent), Lenovo (4.7 percent), ASUS (4.5 percent), Amazon (3.1 percent), and others. However, the tablet market is slowing down, with shipment volume growth slowing 6.6 percent in 2014 - and growth will continue to slow down, as Lenovo and other vendors continue to pressure Apple and Samsung.

 

"As the tablet market matures, it is also fragmenting further on price tiers and use case," said Eric Smith, Senior Analyst of Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies at Strategy Analytics. "Vendors producing Windows OS tablets may have an opening to more aggressively target the enterprise with the launch of Windows 10 later this year, as CIOs value the control and familiarity that Windows could bring to a landscape largely ruled by the bring-your-own-device trend."

Make Your Car Handle Like Your Favorite GTA Car

By: Kevin Flanagan (Guest Blogger) | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 6:06 pm

If you've ever driven the streets of "Grand Theft Auto: V" and the highways of Los Santos, you know what a difference the right customizations can make when it comes to the performance of your in-game car. "Grand Theft Auto V" has had plenty of drivers since it launched - Wired UK estimates that about two million players logged into "GTA:V Online" within the first 24 hours of launch. If you've ever wanted your real-life car to perform like your in-game ride, here's a few tips to make your car handle like the cars from GTA.

 

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Exhaust

 

There's a lot of cars cruising Los Santos with many accessories, but you shouldn't worry about armor plates or tinted windows for your car, but a good exhaust instead. Exhaust isn't about shooting flames or making a lot of noise, but about instead about improving airflow to give extra power to your engine. Companies like MagnaFlow offer inexpensive catback exhaust kits that will improve your car's response. Whether you have a street, off-road or diesel vehicle, its systems are simple bolt-on affairs and can even be done at home with the right tools. The less mechanically inclined might need to visit their local auto shop. They can help you to choose the model that will help you get the most bang for your buck as well. If you plan to do it yourself, keep in mind that it is harder than just pressing a button on a controller; only do this sort of work on your car if you know what you are doing. If you don't, seek the help of a trusted mechanic.

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Mobile security issues open the door to compromise users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 5:11 pm

Millions of smartphones and mobile devices are vulnerable due to mobile app developers being lackadaisical issuing patches and security updates, according to a report from McAfee Labs.

 

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Last year, it was discovered that at least 20,000 mobile apps have an easily exploitable SSL vulnerability, according to the Carnegie Mellon University computer emergency response team. McAfee tested the 25 most popular apps listed by Carnegie Mellon, and found that "poor programming practices" were prevalent - putting app users at risk.

 

"A lot of the discussion right now is about the value of data on your device, in this case your cellphone," said Gary Davis, McAfee spokesman, in a statement published by CBC. "Addresses, dates of birth, these are all data elements you'd need to in essence steal somebody's identity, or perhaps conduct insurance fraud, and it's all being made available through different applications."

US offers $3 million bounty for Russian creator of GameOver Zeus

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 1:25 pm

The FBI wants to get its hands on Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, and has offered a $3 million bounty for the arrest or conviction of the suspected cybercriminal. Bogachev already is featured on the Cyber's Most Wanted list, and is suspected to be in Russia.

 

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Bogachev allegedly was the administrator of the GameOver Zeus network, starting in 2011, with up to 1 million computers across the world infected - and more than $100 million was reportedly stolen. The Russian citizen was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2012 for conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, aggravated identity theft and bank fraud. A later federal grand jury indicted him for wire fraud, computer fraud and money laundering.

 

Trying to identify and arrest suspected cybercriminals is extremely difficult, but the FBI has a select list of criminals they hope to arrest.

Future wars will likely heavily rely on drones, robots

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 12:30 pm

The use of drones and robotics will be more prevalent in future warfare, providing a great technological edge to a few leading nations. The US and UK might be most recognized as drone leaders, but there are almost 90 different countries using military robotics.

 

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When the US began military operations in Iraq more than 10 years ago, there were only a small number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) available. However, there are now more than 7,000 drones, including aircraft, helicopters, and unmanned ships and other sea-based craft - and the US military wants to purchase even more options.

 

The use of drones also allows for military strikes against targets too dangerous or remote for fighter pilots and ground troops. Faster development of artificial intelligence has some experts worried if robotics and drones may become too smart for mankind's good.

Samsung stuns the world, shows off the world's first 10nm FinFET tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 11:17 am

The International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) has just kicked off in San Francisco, where Samsung has just unveiled the world's first 10nm FinFET technology. Samsung Electronics Semiconductor Business chief, Kim Ki-nam teased the future for Samsung when he took the stage.

 

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Ki-nam teased the company's 10nm DRAM technology, as well as a sneak peak at its 3D V NAND technology. Samsung expects that its technology will be used in countless devices going into the future, where Kim said Samsung is "expected to come in the future advent of IoT (Internet of Things) spread into a wide range of IT equipment, including the age of the data center (Data Driven World) 'and the silicon semiconductor technology it is possible to ensure the performance and low-power solution for the semiconductor chip that can process these data through the innovation".

 

We should hear more about Samsung's 10nm FinFET process as we move deeper into the year, as well as what devices and products will be powered by the 10nm technology. Exciting times!

NVIDIA has 76% of GPU market share, leaving AMD with just 24%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 10:53 am

According to the latest report from Jon Peddie Research (JPR), NVIDIA is dominating the GPU market share game against AMD. JPR's data for Q3 2014 has NVIDIA securing a huge 76% of the GPU market share, leaving AMD with just 24%. Matrox and S3 are now out of the game, with Matrox losing its small 0.10% market share to NVIDIA.

 

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JPR's estimated graphics add-in-board (AIB) shipments and suppliers' market share for the quarter tracks add-in graphics boards, which feature discrete GPUs. These AIBs are used in various devices, such as desktop PCs, workstations, servers, and other devices "such as scientific instruments". JPR's report has found that AIB shipments have decreased by 0.68% from the previous quarter with the total AIB shipments decreasing over the quarter to 12.4 million units.

 

AMD's quarter-to-quarter total desktop AIB unit shipment has decreased 16%, while NVIDIA's quarter-to-quarter unit shipments increased by 5.5%.

Sony confirms Xperia Z4 Tablet with 2K display, more at MWC 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 9:16 am

Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2015 that kicks off next week, Sony has outed its Xperia Z4 Tablet. Sony announced the news on its official Xperia Lounge application, but as you probably expected, the company was quick to pull it.

 

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A screenshot of the post was taken, where it confirms that the Xperia Z4 Tablet will feature a 2K display, "the latest ultra fast processor" and "industry leading battery performance". The design of the Xperia Z4 Tablet looks like it is taking cues from the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, but it will pack a 10-inch 2K display.

 

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MWC 2015 starts next week, where we're sure we'll hear all about Sony's new Xperia Z4 Tablet.

Unreal Engine updated with incredibly 'realistic foliage lighting'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 7:37 am

Epic Games has released Unreal Engine 4.7, an update that it calls "our biggest yet" that has "the power to render huge numbers of instanced objects in large worlds, beautiful rendering of leaves and foliage, HDR texture support, in-editor animation editing, along with hundreds of optimizations and improvements". It was only yesterday that we teased what a fan-made video using Unreal Engine 4 was capable of.

 

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One of the stand out features with Unreal Engine 4.7 is the addition of the new Foliage Shading Model, which allows for light to be transmitted through grass, leaves, paper, and other materials. The result, is super realistic lighting onto foliage, as you can see in the above shot. Epic Games explains that "diffuse lighting on the opposite side of the surface becomes transmissive lighting on the side being shaded". The latest update to Epic Games' graphics engine has its foliage system updated, which is now optimized for "huge, open environments".

 

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There are various other new tweaks and additions baked into Unreal Engine 4.7, with another notable feature being HTML5 and WebGL support (for Windows only). This means that Unreal Engine 4.7 users can package and run their games in their Web browser using binary tools that you get through the Launcher.

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The two most vulnerable operating systems both belong to Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 6:40 am

When people think of a vulnerable operating system, the first thing that comes to mind is, well, Windows. But, according to a new report from GFI, that's not the case. The most vulnerable operating system in the world is actually Apple's MacOS X, followed by Apple's iOS.

 

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GFI's report sees Apple taking the top two spots when it comes to OS vulnerabilities, with OS X having 147 vulnerabilities, and iOS with 127. Third position goes to Linux Kernel with 119 vulnerabilities, and Windows Server 2008 in fourth position with 38. Windows 7 funnily enough, comes in at fifth place with just 38 vulnerabilities, and comparing this to the huge 147 holes found in MacOS X, this should wake people up.

 

Over the course of 2014, there were 7038 new security vulnerabilities, up from the 4794 found in 2013. Out of those 7038 vulnerabilities, just 24% of them were deemed 'high risk'. GDI's Christian Florian explains: "2014 was a tough year for Linux users from a security point of view, coupled with the fact that some of the most important security issues of the year were reported for applications that usually run on Linux systems. Heartbleed, for example, is a critical security vulnerability detected in OpenSSL while Shellshock is a vulnerability that affects GNU Bash".

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