Virgin Mobile has announced a new product from Netgear called the Mingle hotspot. The hotspot is a small and portable device that can connect up to ten other devices to the internet. All the other devices need are Wi-Fi connectivity.
The Mingle is priced at $99.99 with no contract and works with several of the Virgin plans for data service. Netgear's Mingle is the first device in the industry to support Sprint Spark tri-band service on a pre-paid network.
The mingle supports both 3G and 4G networks where available and has a small 1.77-inch LCD integrated. The LCD gives quick access to settings and shows how much data has been consumed. Power comes from an 1800 mAh battery good for up to 12.5 hours per charge of active use.
Supermicro announced the first server, a 2U 2-Node UltraTwin featuring hot-swappable 1U nodes, to be released in the new Ultra Architecture SuperServer series. The new server is built on dual Intel Xeon E7-2880 v2 processors that now support NMVe SSD's.
With the ability to support a high number of cores, large memory capacity, and high performance storage techonology, Supermicro is targeting this server for virtualization applications, datacenters, cloud computing, and HPC. According to Shannon Poulin, vice president of Enterprise IT for Intel's Data Center Group, these servers are built "to handle increasingly complex data intensive workloads in mission critical, highly virtualized environments."
And according to Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro, there will be several more additions to this Intel based series - "UltraTwin is the first in a line of upcoming servers to take full advantage of this groundbreaking architecture and expands our MP solution range with support for Intel Xeon E7 v2 series processors and peripheral technologies."
This particular first release has a great deal of expandability and high availability features built-in. It features two hot-swappable 1U nodes each supporting dual Intel Xeon E7-2880 v2 processors, up to 2TB in 32x DIMM slots, 2x 2.5" NMVe SSDs, 8x 12Gb/s SAS 3.0 2.5" HDD/SSDs, PCI-E 3.0 expansion in 2x full height, half length and 1x MicroLP cards and onboard support for 2x 10GBase-T ports. The UltraTwin supports redundant 1280W (1+1) Platinum Level High-Efficiency (95%) Digital Switching power supplies.
Former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles has been ordered to the United States by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stacey Jernigan, in an effort to get him appear to discuss Mt. Gox's current bankruptcy case.
Following news the bitcoin exchange lost $400 million of customers' bitcoins, the company shuttered, while customers believe the money was stolen by company officials. As Mt. Gox goes through the bankruptcy court, Judge Jernigan is curious to hear what happened to the bitcoin currency.
"If he avails himself of this court, my God, he is going to get himself over here," Judge Jernigan said.
Supermicro announced their entry to the software defined network market at Interop Las Vegas 2014 this week by demonstrating its new SDN SuperSwitch and MicroBlade microserver solutions. The new 1U SDN switch platform is based on the Intel Open Network Platform using Intel switches and processors combined with Intel Open Network Software (ONS). The MicroBlade also incorporates Intel switch modules featuring SDN functionality and an Intel Atom C2000 control plane processor.
Leveraging Intel's technology, the new Supermicro SDN solutions offer flexibility, agility, security and dynamic manageability. According to Rose Schooler, vice president of Intel's Data Center Group and general manger of the Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group, "The new Supermicro SuperSwitch, developed from the Intel ONP Switch Reference Design, delivers a high performance, easy to deploy and cost effective network switch that offers management and control functionality."
While there are most likely cost benefits for enterprises that deploy SDN, it is this improved flexibility in management of the network that makes this technology so appealing. According to Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro, the "new SDN enabled SuperSwitch and MicroBlade switches provides Data Center, Cloud and Enterprise environments the greatest flexibility to dynamically allocate networked resources as data demands shift." With datacenter workloads constantly shifting and blending, this ability to dynamically allocate network resources to hungry workloads is paramount.
Gaming peripheral company ROCCAT recently launched its latest audio product, releasing the Syva earbuds for gaming and music enthusiasts.
Syva has 10mm drivers for each earbud, and ROCCAT says deep bass and quality treble can be heard while listening to music or playing video games. The earbuds connect via ribbon cable and includes an omni-directional microphone for in-game communication or answering phone calls.
"We designed the Syva to provide outstanding mobile sound while still remaining easy and comfortable to wear for extended periods of time," said Rene Korte, ROCCAT CEO and founder, in a press statement. "The Syva comes with three interchangeable ergonomic ear tips to match your ear size and is perfect for gamers who demand the utmost in comfort and sound quality."
The ROCCAT Syva is available now with a $34.90 MSRP.
In early March, it was discovered that Sally Beauty Store became the latest retailer to suffer a data breach, with an unknown number of customers compromised.
Shortly after, Sally Beauty said less than 25,000 customers were affected, though has more recently changed its mind and said a larger number were hit.
Although the company didn't disclose an exact number yet, it is believed to be higher than 25,000, with debit and credit card information exposed. "As we have said previously, we will not speculate on the scope of our recent data security incident until the forensic review progresses because experience with such incidents at other retailers has taught that it is difficult to ascertain the extent of a data breach incident until the required forensic review is complete."
Prior to former contractor Edward Snowden disclosing the NSA's mass surveillance efforts, many people turned to the Tor Web browser for anonymous Internet searching. However, the free and popular tool is no longer as secure, with law enforcement agencies also able to identify users they suspect of criminal activities.
"There's not a magic way to trace people [through Tor], so we typically capitalize on human error, looking for whatever clues people leave in their wake," said James Kilpatrick, Homeland Security Investigations agent, in a statement.
It was only a few years ago when law enforcement and federal agencies believed they couldn't crack Tor, but multi-agency efforts led to better data collection and social engineering patterns.
The mystery surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and its unusual disappearance has captivated the world, with cybercriminals and scammers cashing in on the tragedy. The scam email says the flight wreckage has been found and invites users to click on a link to learn more, as many email viewers are curious to learn what happened to the flight.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) recently issued a memo warning users to hover over links to see the URL address, don't trust friends' online tastes for liking and sharing, and report suspected scam posts.
Cybercriminals often use holidays, major events, and disasters to influence the spread of malware aimed to compromise users and steal personal information.
Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft officially launched on PC and Mac last month, and today Blizzard has began a limited roll-out on the iPad in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. This news comes hot on the heals of the company announcing that in the last month, Hearthstone has grown to more than 10 million registered accounts.
It is still unclear as to why the roll-out is being limited and not being made available everywhere, but Blizzard did say that it would be opening up to other markets soon. The company also said that it does plan on bringing the game to iPhone and Android later this year, but no official date was given. Have you played Hearthstone yet? Let us know in the comments below.
The US space agency NASA plans to temporarily suspend space-related ties with Russia, except for the multi-national International Space Station (ISS), as both sides continue to fight for political bargaining chips.
Following the retirement of NASA's space shuttle fleet, the US space agency has relied on Russia to ferry astronauts and supplies into space - and back to Earth again - much to the growing dismay of US lawmakers. The US will still meet with Russia when other partnering space programs are present, as both nations have invested a tremendous amount into the ISS, and will keep the orbiting space station operational and safe.
"This suspension includes NASA travel to Russia and visits by Russian Government representatives to NASA facilities, bilateral meetings, email, and teleconferences or video conferences," said Michael O'Brien, NASA associate administrator for international and interagency relations, during a public notice.