Samsung Electronics has started increasing its 25nm DRAM production with the hopes that it can grab a good share of the DRAM market while they still can. The South Korean based chipmaker is taking advantage of the situation courtesy of an accident that broke out at SK Hynix's DRAM production fab in China on September 2013.
Because of the fire that broke out in its plant, one third of the DRAM's production halted. Samsung Electronics and Micron Technology are the only DRAM chipmakers who are close enough to compensate for the production scarcity, including the production of chips for Apple Technology and GDDR5 for video cards.
3D Systems has teamed up with toy manufacturer Hasbro with plans to print Transformers characters for children and full-grown geeks alike. The co-developed 3D toys should be available sometime later this year, but product pricing and exact models remain unknown.
"We believe 3D printing offers endless potential to bring incredible new play experiences for kids and we're excited to work with 3D Systems, a recognized industry leader in this space," said Brian Goldner, Hasbro President and CEO, in a statement.
Hasbro also oversees Star Wars, Monopoly, Scrabble, and other popular games, so the potential for 3D printed toys has barely scratched the surface. As casual consumers become more accustomed to seeing 3D products, the children's market could help drive demand - once prices continue to drop - in the years to come.
The United States and South Korea have mutually agreed to send sensitive information with approved vendors only, while avoiding the use of hardware made by Huawei over spying concerns. There has been increased talk among both countries after increased concern that Huawei-made hardware could lead to easier spying activity from the Chinese company.
"While the United States has expressed concerns in the past, these decisions were made by the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea alone," a U.S. State Department spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal.
No Huawei technology will be used on U.S. military bases in Korea, according to the State Department, as almost 30,000 U.S. military personnel are located in the country. South Korean decision makers also reportedly showed concern using Huawei hardware, and the final decision was made by the host country, though officials remain quiet about the "confidential and private business information."
Crowdsourcing website Kickstarter was recently hacked and members are urged to change their passwords as soon as possible. Cyber criminals were unable to access credit card data, and there have been no reports of fraudulent activity following the data breach.
Last Wednesday, Kickstarter officials were alerted to a the data breach by law enforcement officials - and some customer data was accessed by unauthorized sources. Usernames, e-mail addresses, physical mailing addresses, encrypted passwords and user phone numbers were taken, however, which prompted Kickstarter officials to recommend changing account passwords.
"We're incredibly sorry that this happened," Kickstarter wrote in a blog post. "We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting. We have since improved our security procedures and systems in numerous ways, and we will continue to do so in the weeks and months to come. We are working closely with law enforcement, and we are doing everything in our power to prevent this from happening again."
Around 70 percent of European citizens stream or download movies online, though some of them are legal, according to a recent European Commission study. Filmmakers need to appreciate the intricacies of filming and distributing content in Europe, with most films staying in their host nation.
Sixty-eight percent of survey respondents say they pirate films for free, with more than half watching on a smartphone or PC.
"The study confirms that the European film industry is not making the most of its potential to reach new audiences or capitalizing on cross-border partnerships," the European Commission press release states. "We encourage filmmakers to make the most of the funding provided through Creative Europe, the EU's new program for the cultural and creative sectors, and its media subprogram in particular."
There is a global fight against Internet piracy, with copyright groups on the offensive to shut down piracy websites - and sometimes target users directly.
All four major U.S. wireless carriers have something to cheer about moving forward in 2014, in a suddenly exciting market for consumers trying to upgrade devices. Verizon Wireless subscribers still pay more than others, but the No. 1 wireless carrier also is preparing to address efforts from rivals: AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
"Until this year, AT&T and Verizon were both doing strong business, while Sprint and T-Mobile were dying on the vine," said Jeff Kagan, industry analyst, in a statement to TweakTown. "However things are changing: Now T-Mobile has started to grow. They have shown growth over the last couple quarters and that is promising news."
Moving forward, Kagan had this insight into what to expect from all four companies: "So while I continue to see AT&T and Verizon staying in a strong position, I also see Sprint and T-Mobile waking from their sleep and beginning to grow. We could have four growth companies in this space."
Consumers are increasingly more interested in unlimited messaging and data plans, and continually demand carriers adapt to changing needs.
The Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 Web browser reportedly had a flaw that allowed U.S. military veterans and French aerospace workers to be targeted. The Veterans of Foreign Wars non-profit group has reported the use of malicious code on its site, and federal agencies are now investigating the security incident.
"Microsoft is aware of limited, targeted attacks against Internet Explorer 10," the company said in a statement. "Our initial investigation has revealed that Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10 are affected."
Security group Websense identified the same type of code on a website belonging a French aerospace organization - and a similar attack could be linked to an attack on the Japanese financial industry, which was blamed on possible Chinese cyber criminals.
Even though both IE9 and IE10 featured the unpatched vulnerability, hackers were only targeting IE10 users.
Remember the stereotype that computer geeks tend to be lonely, socially awkward folks that need to get outside more? Well, a recent study shows that 62 percent of tech workers are married, the 2012 American Community Survey (ACS) indicates - about the same rate as medicine, education, law and finance industries, which are in the 61-62 percent range as well.
However, trailing only scientists at 32 percent, 27 percent of IT workers haven't been married, which is slightly higher than other professions. Jobs that require less social interaction can make it more difficult to expand their social networks, according to researchers. Also, women tend to avoid the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, so that also makes it more difficult to find like-minded potential dates.
Workers in tech and science positions also have a slightly more difficult time emotionally connecting with others, said Tina Tessina, a successful psychotherapist and author.
A new Apple iPhone app gives users the chance to track unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks launched by the U.S. military on targets overseas. Drone strike location, date, and victims of each strike will be shared - along with a map visually identifying the geographic location. The app is available for free in the iTunes store.
The app was submitted to Apple for approval five times before it was finally allowed into the app store. Until designers renamed it from "Drones+" and removed published drone information, Apple was more receptive of supporting the app.
"The drone program amounts to little more than death by unreliable metadata," app creators recently said.
There is still a large amount of controversy related to drone attacks, so it's curious to see an iPhone app like this released. Recent drone strikes in Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan have raised U.S. political tensions in the continued battle against Islamic-based terrorist groups.
Purchasing and downloading e-books can evolve from periodic book enjoyment to costly activity, though the changing industry has churned out new unlimited e-book services.
The Scribd e-book service with 100,000+ book titles is $8.99 per month that can be read - and some purchased - though don't expect to see any recent best sellers available. The Oyster e-book service is $9.95 per month and has a simple UI, though doesn't allow users to add or remove items from the reading list without Wi-Fi connection.
The current book industry has struggled in the traditional format, with Borders shuttering years ago, and Barnes & Noble fighting for survival. U.S. book store sales have dropped 22 percent over the past five years, and it seems like it will be difficult to stop the continued bleeding in the future. If consumers don't want an e-book version of a new title, simply buying online from a service such as Amazon provides cheaper prices and fast delivery times.