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One year later, Sally Beauty suffers another data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 29, 2015 2:45 am

Sally Beauty has informed customers that it has suffered yet another data breach, investigating a reported security incident that took place in April. The company received reports that customers suffered suspicious activity on debit and credit cards that were used in the store.

 

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The company, which doesn't collect PIN data, found malware on some point-of-sale (PoS) systems in its retail stores.

 

"We regret any inconvenience this incident may have caused our customers, and we want to reassure them that protecting our customers is our priority," said Chris Brickman, president and CEO of Sally Beauty. "Because we cannot pinpoint exactly which cards might have been affected during our reported date range, we are offering credit monitoring services to any customer who used their payment card at a U.S. Sally Beauty store between March 6 and April 17 of 2015."

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Innodisk shows off world's fastest Intel Atom server RAM

By: Chris Smith | More News: RAM | Posted: May 29, 2015 2:27 am

Proclaimed as the "world's fastest 16GB DDR3 memory for Atom servers" in a recently issued press release, these 16GB DDR3 memory modules claim speeds of up to 1600MHz and are listed as the first 16GB DDR3 ECC UDIMM product to achieve this number.

 

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Available for purchase now, Innodisk's DDR3 range includes ECC UDIMM, UDIMM and SO-DIMM modules, available in sizes up to 16GB and featuring speeds of 1066, 1333 and 1600MHz.

 

Setting out to reduce a server RAM performance bottleneck that Innodisk sees as a major issue, this company claims better overall performance will come thanks to this advancement in technology.

Making sense of Taylor Swift's decision to pull music from Spotify

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 29, 2015 1:40 am

Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify, with her record label showing little interest in working with the music service. Unfortunately, her decision doesn't actually hurt Spotify, and leaves her music fans with one less outlet to listen to her music.

 

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It's unknown how much money Spotify actually paid out to Swift's record label, Big Machine, though most of her money is made from live music concerts and promotional appearances.

 

Spotify, the No. 1 streaming service, pays a whopping 70 percent of revenue directly to the music labels - writing a check for around $1 billion in 2014 - with the number of subscribers increasing in 2015. However, the record labels only collect less than one penny for each song played through the popular service.

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Animal-inspired robots could be used to help explore space

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 29, 2015 12:30 am

When robots are deployed in space, often dispatched to study harsh and unknown environments, they must be able to adapt if a mechanical problem arises. Much like an animal in the wild has to make adjustments due to injury or environmental change, researchers are inspired to create ways for robots to make changes.

 

A hexapod robot that uses one robotic arm and six legs had to endure damaged or missing legs while trying to move across the floor in a straight line. A different test required ping pong balls to be dropped into a stationary cup, even with the robotic arm broken.

 

 

Researchers were tasked with creating an algorithm so robots were able to successfully complete assigned tasks, even while working in less than optimal physical condition. The study found it was possible to have "robots behave more like animals by endowing them with the ability to adapt rapidly to unforeseen circumstances."

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Wozniak thinks AI could self-learn faster than we can program them

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 28, 2015 11:20 pm

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak previously said the "future is scary" and could be "very bad" for humans, as mankind have made machines and artificial intelligence "too important."

 

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Speaking during the World Business Forum, Wozniak expressed concern about AI becoming a major threat to our survival:

 

"The most important thing for the future, which all of the leaders of our time with brains like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk and Bill Gates are talking about as the biggest threat to humanity, is that once machines have intelligence and can think themselves, that's a turning point," Wozniak said.

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The Woz shows concern of an Internet of Things bubble that could burst

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: May 28, 2015 10:15 pm

The Internet of Things (IoT) already is proving disruptive, and will only continue to pick up momentum in the years to come. The IoT market could emerge into a $290 billion market by 2017, with 30 percent year-over-year growth, as more consumers and companies embrace connected technology.

 

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is excited about IoT development, but wonders if the IoT market could one day face the same problems the dotcom era did when it crashed in the late 1990s: "I feel it's kind of like a bubble because there is a pace at which human beings can change the way they do things. There are tons of companies starting up," Wozniak recently said during the World Business Forum.

 

Even with concern of an IoT bubble from Wozniak, that certainly isn't stopping companies. Google has its Brillo OS, while Huawei also is developing an IoT-centric software platform - and there are plenty of hardware and software developments currently underway.

Will Microsoft show off new Xbox One controller during E3?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 28, 2015 9:20 pm

Microsoft is expected to be active during the E3 gaming conference next month, and that could include unveiling a new Xbox One gaming controller.

 

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The Microsoft Xbox Support website included an interesting prototype that seemingly features a 3.5mm headphone port located in the base of the controller. The new unit will be "available on controllers released after June 2015," which will follow Microsoft's E3 press conference in Los Angeles.

 

No one is really sure what to expect until the press conference, as it's possible additional features could be unveiled.

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Lenovo dreaming big when it comes to smartwatches, wearables

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 28, 2015 8:50 pm

Lenovo is the No. 1 PC manufacturer in the world, and has aspirations to take over the server market, but isn't satisfied calling it a day in those markets alone. The Chinese hardware manufacturer used its Lenovo Tech World event to publicly show off concepts of a unique dual-screen smartwatch.

 

 

The Magic View smartwatch concept would feature two screens, a typical display and a virtual display that can be up to 20 times larger. Users can view photos, read a map, watch a video, or interact with the smartwatch in a safer, more comfortable manner.

 

Lenovo's Magic View is still in early-stage development, but looks like it could have huge potential.

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G.SKILL DDR4 reaches record air-cooling frequency of 4062MHz

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: RAM | Posted: May 28, 2015 8:01 pm

Hardware company G.SKILL has announced that its Ripjaws 4 DDR4 RAM used on an ASRock X99M Killer/3.1 motherboard has reached record air-cooling frequency at DDR4 4062MHz. G.SKILL says the record was accomplished with both CPU and RAM operating with standard air-cooling. Here is a video of the action:

 

 

The record has been confirmed by CPU-Z.

 

"This outstanding performance is not only a tremendous glory, but also a huge acknowledgement to our overclocking ability," said James Lee, VP of sales and marketing at ASRock.

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Lian Li hopes consumers at Computex like its unique desk PCs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 28, 2015 7:52 pm

Computex 2015: Lian Li is inviting Computex attendees to visit its booth to check out the DKQ2 and DK03 desk chassis models. The models are full-size desks likely won't be a quick impulse buy for PC enthusiasts, but offer an extremely unique - albeit pricey - alternative to a regular PC case that just collects dust under your desk.

 

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Both the DKQ2 and DK03 were showcased at CeBit and other computer shows in the past, but Lian Li has made a few changes - including a more sturdier look, so it no longer looks like it will fall over. There are now four adjustable legs as opposed to just two, along with showcasing the tempered glass surface and aluminum body.

 

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The updated models offer better ergonomics, cleaner finished aesthetics, and easier ability to adjust and upgrade hardware.

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