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Seagate launches next generation of surveillance hard drives

By: Kalen Kimm | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 4:08 pm

Seagate Technology plc announced today the launch of its seventh generation hard drive specifically geared for the surveillance market. The Seagate Surveillance HDD's are optimized to address the specific application characteristics unique to always-on, write intensive surveillance environments. The new 3.5" drives are available in capacities up to 4TB and are capable of supporting 400+ hours of high definition recordings.




New features include the addition of rotational vibration sensors to improve the drives resiliency in multi-drive arrays. They have also added a time-to-read system that allows custom power settings resulting in better integration with motion sensing cameras. By spinning down during times of activity and then quickly spinning up when motion is detected, the drives last longer and save power.


The launch is receiving positive reaction from leaders in the CCTV space including NUUO, QNAP, and March Networks. According to Jeff Range, vice president of global operations at March Networks, "The Surveillance HDD, with its high capacity drive and robust features, will provide our customers with the critical reliability we have come to expect from Seagate as well as the expanded storage and ability to save data for even longer periods."

BlackBerry announces Z3 and Q20 smartphones at MWC 2014

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 3:58 pm

BlackBerry has announced a couple new smartphones that will be landing later this year. The company hasn't offered up all the details on either of the devices. The new BlackBerry smartphones are the Z3 and the Q20.




The Q20 smartphone promises the physical QWERTY keyboard that fans of the BlackBerry line known and love. The smartphone will run BlackBerry 10 for the OS and has the largest touchscreen ever used on a physical keyboard device from BlackBerry. The screen measures 3.5-inches.


The Q20 has physical end, send, and back buttons as well. The Q20 will launch in the second half of 2014 and more detail will be offered then. The other smartphone is the Z3, which is pictured here. The Z3 offers an all-touch device with a 5-inch screen.

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Hands on with the ASUS Fonepad ME175CG at MWC 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 3:30 pm

MWC 2014 - Quickly following our hands on of the new Fonepad 7 LTE edition, Johannes took a few minutes to check out ASUS' other Fonepad being shown off at the 2014 Mobile World Congress. The Fonepad ME175CG is a 7-inch tablet featuring a 1280x800 resolution screen. An Intel Atom Z2520 dual-core processor is on hand to manage the computational duties and 1GB of RAM to keep everything running smooth.



Android 4.3 is loaded from the factory, but there is no LTE featured. 3G radios are installed alongside Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Storage is set at 8GB but is easily extended via the built-in microSD port. Like all ASUS Fonepad's the ME175CG is capable of making phone calls as well as functioning as a normal 7-inch tablet. A 5-megapixel rear camera handles imaging duties while a 1.2-megapixel front shooter is on hand for selfies and video conferencing.

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WhatsApp was valued at just $1.5 billion in final round of funding

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 3:23 pm

When Facebook pushed its offer of $16 billion onto the table to acquire WhatsApp, the company's founders would've had their hearts drop - in utter surprise because its last funding round had them pegged at a value of around $1.5 billion.




In WhatsApp final round of funding, which took place in July last year, it secured $52 million from a valuation of around $1.5 billion. WhatsApp grew exponentially between July 2013 and just a few days ago when it was acquired by Facebook for $16 billion in stocks and cash. The sole investor in WhatsApp, Sequoia, owned around 20% of the company, which is now worth a cool $3 billion.


At $3 billion, Sequoia has seen an amazing 50x return in its investment in WhatsApp... something that nobody could complain about, that's for sure.

RSA announces program to stimulate cyber efforts from its partners

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 1:34 pm

RSA 2014 - EMC-owned security company RSA started its security conference in San Francisco by announcing the Managed Security Partner (MSP) program to boost managed security efforts.




The RSA MSP wants to make it easier to quickly detect, investigate, remediate, and manage security incidents and vulnerabilities. For participating partners, it opens the door to rapid adoption to a slew of different RSA products.


Almost nine out of 10 compromises took only a few hours or less, though 66 percent of cases weren't discovered quickly - and with increasingly sophisticated cyberthreats, it's even more critical to create modernized security solutions.

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ASUS Fonepad 7 receives LTE love, we go hands-on at MWC 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 12:33 pm

MWC 2014 - ASUS updated its Fonepad 7 tablet at Mobile World Congress 2014, providing LTE capabilities to its 7-inch slate. The new Fonepad 7 LTE features an IPS-based panel, with an LTE modem cranking along inside to give you super-fast mobile Internet.



Johannes Knapp, our man on the ground at MWC 2014, had some hands-on time with the LTE-enabled Fonepad 7. Inside of the refreshed 7-inch slate, we find the underused Intel dual-core Atom Z2560 processor (Clover Trail+). The 7-inch screen features a resolution of 1280x800, 32GB of storage, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera are also featured.


One surprise found in the new Fonepad 7 is the new Android-based UI, ZenUI. ZenUI will first appear in the PadFone Mini, PadFone and ZenFone products before it filters down to the Fonepad 7 devices. At the moment, more detailed specifications aren't available, nor is pricing information. We should hear more about that in the coming weeks.

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Samsung also announces Galaxy S5 with eight-core processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 12:31 pm

MWC 2014 - Samsung announced its Galaxy S5 yesterday during Mobile World Congress 2014, but it didn't mention anything about the Exynos-powered version of its new flagship.




Well, the company did announce it, but very quietly. While the main Galaxy S5 will feature a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, there will also be a 2.1GHz octo-core version, based on the company's Exynos SoC. Samsung performed a similar move with its Galaxy S4, but the LTE-powered Galaxy S4 featuring the Exynos-based processor didn't really get pushed out of its South Korean market, unfortunately.

Mobile malware in 2013 at least doubled when compared to year before

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 12:13 pm

Cybercriminals enjoy using mobile malware to create vulnerabilities, with around 100,000 new malicious programs introduced in 2013 - more than double the 40,059 samples that went live in 2012.




Russia (40%), India (8%), Vietnam (4%), Ukraine (4%) and the United Kingdom (3%) led the list with users under attack the most, and the majority of mobile malware threats are aimed towards stealing money. Banks and mobile customers are under fire and need to be vigilant, ensuring some type of anti-malware solution is being used to better protect smartphones and tablets.


"Today, the majority of banking Trojan attacks target users in Russia and the CIS, said Victor Chebyshev, Kaspersky Lab Virus Analyst, in a press statement. "However, that is unlikely to last for long: given cybercriminals' keen interest in consumer bank accounts, the activity of mobile banking Trojans is expected to grow in other countries in 2014. We already know of Perkel, an Android Trojan that attacks clients of several European banks, as well as the Korean malicious program Wroba."

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We go hands-on with the Galaxy S5 at MWC 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 12:05 pm

MWC 2014 - Our man on the ground at Mobile World Congress 2014, Johannes Knapp, had some hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy S5. You can check out our hands-on time with the Galaxy S5, below.



If you didn't already know the specifications of the Galaxy S5, Samsung has used a 5.1-inch 1920x1080-pixel Super AMOLED display, quad-core 2.5GHz processor (with a 2.1GHz octo-core processor version coming soon), 2GB of RAM, an option between 16GB or 32GB of on-board storage, 16-megapixel 4K-capable rear-facing camera, a heart-rate sensor, fingerprint reader, and the choice of four colors: gold, black, white or blue.


You'll be able to purchase the Galaxy S5 in April.

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The biggest ever meteor to hit the Moon rammed it at 37,900 mph

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 11:24 am

A gigantic 400kg meteor smashed into the Moon on September 11 last year, hitting the lunar surface at 37,900 mph. The meteor itself was ten times larger than the previously recorded hit, which left a 131-foot-wide crater.



Jose Madiedo of the MIDAS project said he "couldn't imagine" such a collision before seeing it himself on the day, where he added: "This is the largest, brightest impact we have ever observed on the Moon". Scientists at MIDAS had been studying lunar collisions since 2009, said that the crash was quite explosive, releasing the equivalent energy of 15 tons of TNT.


The meteor hit the dark side of the Moon, which is unfortunate as the blast was big enough that it would've been visible with the naked eye here on Earth. Madiedo said: "Usually lunar impacts have a very short duration - just a fraction of a second. But the impact we detected lasted over eight seconds. It was almost as bright as the Pole Star, which makes it the brightest impact event that we have recorded from Earth".

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