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Apple Planning to Unveil Apple Watch on March 9

Category: General News
Posted: February 26, 2015 12:35PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Apple has sent out invitations to an event being held March 9 in San Francisco, where the company is expected to finally reveal its newest device, the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch will be the first new product developed under the watch of CEO Tim Cook, a move that will help Apple branch out into new market segments. The invitation simply says "Spring forward," a reference to the occurrence of Daylight Savings Time the previous day. Cook had previously announced that the Watch will begin shipping in April at prices starting at $349 for the basic version.

Source: Bloomberg



Net Neutrality Rules Approved by FCC

Category: General News
Posted: February 26, 2015 11:27AM
Author: bp9801

In a vote that passed by the narrowest of margins, 3-2, the FCC has approved net neutrality rules to ensure an open Internet. The passing of net neutrality effectively guarantees no single corporation will control access to the Internet, and basically means no ISP, even cellular carriers, can throttle or block traffic. So if you want to watch Netflix yet are on Comcast, Comcast cannot throttle your speed because you aren't using the Xfinity App to watch a TV show or movie. The FCC has reclassified fixed and mobile broadband as a telecommunications service, meaning it falls under the same Title II regulations as phone and cable companies (namely, it treats them as public utilities). FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, "the Internet is the ultimate vehicle for free expression," and ISPs should not be the ones making the rules for it. Now it looks like free and open Internet will be available for everyone, and that should be a very good thing.

The net neutrality rules ban throttling or blocking Internet traffic, ban paid prioritization, and require ISPs to disclose network management practices. ISPs cannot throttle or block access to any legal content, apps, services, or non-harmful devices, and cannot pay to force traffic to favored devices/services over others. Exceptions for heart monitoring and VoIP services that do not use "public Internet" are in place, as well as for "reasonable network management." Some other Title II requirements include provisions to investigate consumer complaints, privacy rules, and protections for people with disabilities. Content providers and network operators that connect to an ISP can tell the FCC about any unjust or unreasonable interconnection rates and policies. ISPs will also have access to utility poles and other infrastructure to make it easier to enter new areas.

One thing the net neutrality rules do not impose is unbundling, where ISPs would have to provide Internet access by itself. It means competition does not see a boost, but it does mean current ISPs should not be able to harm others in the area that compete against its services.

Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon may sue the FCC to prevent the new net neutrality rules from taking place, but when Verizon won its lawsuit back in 2010, it effectively opened the door for stricter rules. Wheeler believes the FCC is in a stronger position now than it was in 2010 thanks to the Title II classification, with net neutrality equally applied to both fixed and mobile broadband. Time will tell if that helps weaken or even curtail any lawsuits, but it may. Republicans lost the FCC vote (the two dissenting votes were by Republican chairmen) and may vote to eliminate the FCC's Title II classification, so we'll see where that leads. Some ISPs both big and small oppose the ruling, as to be expected, but others are in favor of it. Even cellular companies like Sprint and T-Mobile are in favor of net neutrality, along with the inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

The full net neutrality order is not yet available on the FCC website, as it needs to provide the Republicans' dissents in the order. It should be up before too long, however.

Sources: Ars Technica and NPR



Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Lenovo

Category: General News
Posted: February 23, 2015 03:39PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Lenovo was the subject of heavy criticism last week over the Superfish software that was pre-loaded on some of its computers. Lenovo released a tool to remove the software, but the damage appears to have been done. A class-action lawsuit was filed in California late last week by Jessica Bennett after her laptop was "damaged as a result of Superfish, which was called “spyware” in court documents." The lawsuit accuses Lenovo and Superfish of "fraudulent business practices and of making Lenovo PCs vulnerable to malware and malicious attacks by pre-loading the adware."

Source: PC World



Samsung Agrees to Acquire Magna International's Battery Pack Business

Category: General News
Posted: February 23, 2015 09:03AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Samsung SDI, a global leader in energy solutions and electronic materials, has announced that it has agreed to acquire the battery pack portion of Magna International, a leading global automotive supplier. The acquisition, which is pending regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed during the first half of this year, will allow Samsung to enhance its capabilities in battery production for electric cars. Under the agreement, the 264 employees, production and development sites, and existing contracts held by Magna Steyr, an Austria-based operating unit of Magna International, will be acquired by Samsung. According to Namseong Cho, the President and CEO of Samsung SDI, "The acquisition is a key strategic step for Samsung SDI to strengthen the competitiveness of our automotive battery business."

Financial details surrounding the acquisition have not been released by either company.

Source: Press Release


AMD Actively Seeking CPU Performance Engineer to Improve Graphics Drivers

Category: General News
Posted: February 23, 2015 04:23AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to the LinkedIn page for AMD, the semiconductor company is actively seeking an individual to fill a CPU performance engineer role located at Boxborough, MA or Sunnyvale, CA. The role will include responsibilities such as analyzing CPU bound benchmarks and games to identify a variety of CPU bottlenecks in drivers, optimizing the drivers, and providing optimization actions to ISVs. Whoever happens to fill the position of CPU performance engineer will allow AMD to make its graphics drivers more efficient in regards to CPU utilization, something that developers have been critical of for some time. Although AMD recently launched Mantle, which is essentially a CPU-optimization exercise marketed as a new technology, the company is looking to provide its users with graphics drivers that are more efficient when dealing with industry standard APIs.

Source: TechPowerUp



Lenovo to Release Tool For Removing Pre-Installed Software

Category: General News
Posted: February 19, 2015 04:02PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Lenovo has announced that it will release a tool to automatically remove all Superfish software by Friday. The Superfish software comes pre-installed on some Lenovo machines and had the potential to expose "users to hacking attacks and unauthorized activity monitoring." Director of activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation Rainey Reitman described the software stating, "The Superfish software undermines Internet security for the rather ridiculous purpose of serving advertisements. It’s a severe security issue, and frankly a betrayal by Lenovo of all of its affected customers." Lenovo Chief Technology Officer Peter Hortensius described the situation saying, "We messed up badly here. We made a mistake. Our guys missed it. We’re not trying to hide from the issue -- we’re owning it."

Source: Bloomberg



Amazon Prime Now Expands to Cover All of Manhattan

Category: General News
Posted: February 18, 2015 04:31AM
Author: Brentt Moore

In December of last year, Amazon launched a new delivery service known as Prime Now that offered free two-day delivery of tens of thousands of daily essentials items, as well as one-hour delivery of those same items for $7.99. The service initially covered select parts of Manhattan, aimed at those located near Penn Station and an office that Amazon was set to acquire late last year. The online retail giant has now revealed that Prime Now has been expanded to cover all residents of Manhattan, allowing customers who utilize the Prime Now application to receive their items just hours after ordering. The expansion of Prime Now comes just months after Amazon Fresh, a grocery delivery service, was launched in Brooklyn in October.

While Amazon does plan to offer Prime Now in other cities in the near future, the company has declined to specify which areas are next on the list to receive the expedited delivery service.

Source: Mashable


Equation Group Spying Software Found on Hard Drives Across the World

Category: General News
Posted: February 17, 2015 03:21PM
Author: bp9801

A research team has announced some rather interesting findings that show a sophisticated spy software has been installed on hard drives across the world. Researchers at Kaspersky Lab in Moscow, Russia, released their findings that show "the most advanced threat actor" they've ever seen embedded in the hard drives of personal computers. The spying software, dubbed Equation Group, is linked to the National Security Agency and has been found in hard drives from Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, Hitachi, and more. The infected hard drives are most prevalent in Iran, but also show up in Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen, Algeria, and at least 21 other countries. Even more countries could have the spying software on its computers, but given Equation Group's self-destructive habit when found, there's no exact way to be sure.

Equation Group is supposedly in computers of government and military installations, telecoms, banks, energy companies, nuclear researchers, media, and Islamic activists. While the software is simply linked to the NSA and not actively tied to it, Kaspersky says it is similar to Stuxnet, which was used to attack Iran's uranium enrichment facility in 2007. The new software can monitor activities on computers, even ones disconnected from the Internet, and even take full control of high-profile targets. The hard drive can even be reprogrammed by the software to become a slave, which is something Kaspersky has not seen before.

Kaspersky Lab will release more information about Equation Group in the near future, with something that may even directly tie the software to the NSA.

Source: Kaspersky Lab [1] & [2], Ars Technica, and CommonDreams



Pure Speculation Fuels Rumor of Apple Buying Tesla Motors

Category: General News
Posted: February 17, 2015 10:26AM
Author: bp9801

Over the weekend an article came out speculating that Apple could buy Tesla Motors for a staggering $75 billion. This article isn't a rumor of something that will happen, but rather just speculation on something the author says may happen sometime in the next 18 months because of Apple's interest in making an electric car. Making a car is no small task, and even for a company as high-profile as Apple, will take years before anything comes to fruition. Tesla Motors only sold 33,000 cars last year, while other car manufacturers sell ten times that in just a single month.

Electric cars are certainly the future, but need to mature and become more readily available until then. The batteries alone need to mature, as they're heavy, expensive, and not all that great for the environment to create. Tesla CEO Elon Musk does want to create batteries to power people's homes for up to a week and build low-cost batteries in a Gigafactory, but those are a ways off. The battery packs for a house may end up costing more than the house itself, even.

There are plenty of other car manufacturers out there with electric cars either available or planned, or even with hybrid models that can run solely on electric for a time. Tesla is not the only electric car manufacturer, so it has plenty of competition to set its cars apart. Could Apple help with that? Sure, it could, if it wants to grossly overpay to get there (Tesla is worth $25 billion) and risk cutting its profit margins down from the 30% range to the 5-10% range. In fact, Tesla finally managed to turn a profit just last year, when before it always lost money.

So, if Apple wants to buy Tesla Motors, nothing will stop it if it wants to. Apple is considering an electric car and buying Tesla would help out that strategy, but the risk may not outplay the reward. Right now everything concerning Apple and Tesla is just speculation. A partnership between the two would make more sense than outright purchase.

Sources: Calacanis, Brunozzi, GPS Business News, and Forbes



Apple Adds Security to FaceTime and iMessage

Category: General News
Posted: February 15, 2015 10:07AM
Author: Nick Harezga

Apple has expanded its' two-step verification process to the FaceTime and iMessage services, joining iCloud and Apple ID. The two-step SMS-based process was implemented after the highly publicized celebrity photo hacks in August. Users can enable the feature for an extra measure of security when logging into their accounts. After enabling two-step verification, users will receive a code on their smartphone when attempting to login to either service, with the option to create a recovery code in the event that your smartphone is lost.

Source: Mac World



Expedia Moves to Acquire Orbitz

Category: General News
Posted: February 12, 2015 01:40PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Expedia, which offers online booking services for flights, car rentals, and hotels, is making plans to acquire one its primary rivals, Orbitz Worldwide. Orbitz offers many of the same services that Expedia does through an online booking interface, and the companies provide some select services in markets that happen to overlap one another. The acquisition, which is currently valued at $1.6 billion, will enable Expedia to grow its customer base substantially, allowing the company to maintain profit growth as booking volumes continue to accelerate.

The acquisition of Orbitz by Expedia is not yet finalized, but Orbitz directors are advising stockholders to accept the offer by Expedia, which is based on a $12 per share valuation.

Source: PCWorld



Open Source Virtual Reality Platform Adds 13 New Members

Category: General News
Posted: February 11, 2015 04:13PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) platform was first announced at CES 2015 by Razer and Sensics. The two companies have now announced the addition of 13 new partners for the platform. The 13 new partners are 3DRudder, Cyberith, Impulsonic, Jaunt, Lucidscape, Pixel Titans, SoftKinetic, Sonic VR, Tactical Haptics, Tammeka Games, VisiSonics, VR Bits, and VR Union. The partners bring experience from several different fields including game design, 3D simulation, cinematic VR, and hardware and software solutions. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan talked about the new partners and OSVR stating, "The reception of OSVR exceeded even our own expectations and we’re working through numerous partner requests since CES. Being able to bring together companies doing amazing work in all areas of virtual reality can accelerate consumer-ready devices and improve overall user experiences."

Source: Press Release



JetBlue Rolling Out Support For Apple Pay

Category: General News
Posted: February 10, 2015 04:23PM
Author: Nick Harezga

JetBlue Airways will become the first carrier in the United States to begin accepting Apple Pay in-flight starting next week. Travelers will be able to use compatible devices to purchase snacks, drinks, and seats with more legroom on select transcontinental flights. Travel consultant with Atmosphere Research Group Henry Harteveldt described the move saying, "This is a smart move and, I believe, just the first of many we’ll see from the world’s airlines. It’s yet another way for an airline to be an effective retailer across all points of sale." Apple Pay offers the potential for quicker sales than the traditional method of using credit cards.

Source: Bloomberg



Yelp Acquires Eat24 for $134 Million

Category: General News
Posted: February 10, 2015 04:11PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Yelp, the company that connects consumers with great local businesses through multiple platforms, has revealed that it has officially acquired Eat24 for $134 million. Founded in 2008 in order to provide consumers with improved online food ordering and stellar customer service, Eat24 currently allows approximately 20,000 restaurants in over 1,500 cities nationwide to offer online delivery and takeout services. Eat24 currently offers online food orders through the web and mobile applications, and also provides around the clock live chat, email, and phone support. Jeremy Stoppelman, the Yelp co-founder and chief executive officer, stated that "As more food ordering transactions move online, further integrating Eat24 will enhance our user experience with an easy-to-use product and service that allows our large consumer audience to transact directly with businesses." Stoppelman went on to say that "With this acquisition, we gain more tools and expertise to help engage our users from discovery through transaction in a key vertical for Yelp."

Source: Press Release



Netflix Planning Legend of Zelda Series

Category: General News
Posted: February 7, 2015 04:44AM
Author: Nick Harezga

Online streaming service Netflix has recently had a great deal of success with some of the original content it has created for streaming including House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Netflix is now in "the early stages of developing" a live action series based on the Legend of Zelda games from Nintendo. The series is being described as "Game of Thrones for a family audience" and will see Netflix work closely with Nintendo to get everything right. Representatives from Netflix and Nintendo declined to comment on the rumor.

Source: Wall Street Journal



Health Insurer Anthem Suffers Security Breach

Category: General News
Posted: February 5, 2015 12:09PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Anthem, the second largest health insurer in the United States, has publically revealed that its servers have been hacked. The hacking, which affects the names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, email addresses, and employment information of as many as 80 million current and former members and employees, was done through sophisticated means. According to Joseph Swedish, the Anthem CEO, current evidence suggests that credit card numbers and medical records have not been exposed through the security breach. Anthem has stated that it made actions to immediately close the security breach as soon as it was found, and is also working with the FBI to figure out the true extent of the issue. Swedish, who also fell victim to the breach, has revealed that Anthem will contact individuals who are found to be affected by the data breach.

Source: CNET



Samsung Appoints New Smartphone Marketing Chief

Category: General News
Posted: February 3, 2015 11:33AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Samsung has revealed that it has appointed Lee Sang-chul as its new smartphone marketing chief, less than a month before the company is expected to unveil is next Galaxy S device in Barcelona. Lee Sang-chul, who has worked as the head of Latin American operations and Russian operations for Samsung, is replacing Kim Seok-pil, who apparently stepped down due to health reasons. Despite the health concerns, Kim Seok-pil is expected to return to work at a later time, according to a person familiar with the matter. Lee Sang-chul will be in charge of overseeing the launch of the new Galaxy S device, which is crucial for Samsung due to the decrease in mobile earnings that the company has recently experienced.

Source: Reuters



Intel Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Lantiq

Category: General News
Posted: February 2, 2015 04:30PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Intel, one of the largest semiconductor chip makers in the world, has signed a definitive agreement that will allow the company to acquire Lantiq, a leader in state-of-the-art broadband access technology. Lantiq already holds over 2,000 patents related to broadband communications and has seen its technology deployed in more than 100 global operators. Intel plans on utilizing the technology that Lantiq holds to enhance connected experiences in the home. More specifically, the acquisition will allow Intel to harness the various DSL solutions that Lantiq offers, enabling the chip maker to expand into various gateway markets such as DSL, Fiber, LTE, retail, and IoT smart routers.

The Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Client Computing Group at Intel, stated that "The combination of our cable gateway business with Lantiq’s technology and talent can allow global service providers to introduce new home computing experiences and enable consumers to take advantage of a more smart and connected home." Dan Artusi, the CEO of Lantiq, noted that "Together we can drive the transformation of the broadband customer premises equipment (CPE) as it becomes a smart gateway that connects an increasingly diverse roster of devices and services in the home."

Financial details regarding the acquisition were not released by either company. The transaction, which is expected to close in approximately 90 days, is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Source: Yahoo Finance


Raspberry Pi 2 Now Available

Category: General News
Posted: February 2, 2015 03:40PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the next iteration of its popular small form factor computer, the Raspberry Pi 2. The new system uses a 900MHz quad core ARM Cortex-A7 chip from Broadcom, offering a nearly six fold performance increase over the previously used 700MHz single core ARM11. The Pi 2 also upgraded to 1GB of RAM and maintains the same form factor and connections of the previous generation Pi 1 Model B+ to make upgrading easy for current owners. It will be compatible with a wide variety of Linux Operating Systems including Raspbian and Ubuntu Snappy Core, and it will also introduce support for Windows 10. CEO Eben Upton described the relationship stating, "For the last six months we’ve been working closely with Microsoft to bring the forthcoming Windows 10 to Raspberry Pi 2. Microsoft will have much more to share over the coming months. The Raspberry Pi 2-compatible version of Windows 10 will be available free of charge to makers." The Pi 2 is available immediately at a price of $35, the same cost as the Model B+.

Source: Raspberry Pi



Raptr Gaming Platform and Community Hacked

Category: General News
Posted: February 2, 2015 04:20AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Raptr, one of the fastest growing online gaming platforms and communities in the world, has officially been hacked. The service itself is integrated into the AMD Gaming Evolved application, which is similar to NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience. According to the Raptr Founder and CEO, Dennis Fong, user names, email addresses, password hashes, and some first and last names may have been compromised due to the attack. Fortunately, Raptr makes use of a two-factor authentication system to redeem Raptr Reward Points, meaning that points earned as a Raptr member should be protected against unauthorized redemptions. Fong also states that all individuals who use Raptr should change their account passwords immediately, especially if the same password was utilized for other accounts on other websites or services.

Source: VideoCardz.com



Fake Facebook Porn Links Infect Over 110,000 Users with Trojan in Just Two Days

Category: General News
Posted: January 31, 2015 07:44AM
Author: Brentt Moore

It seems like common sense to be careful of random links that are posted across the Internet, and that includes links featured on social media networks such as Facebook. According to various sources, over 110,000 users within the last two days have been infected with a Trojan due to fake pornography links posted across Facebook. The links allow users to see a thumbnail of the supposed porn video, but requests that users install a fake Flash update in order to play the media successfully. If a user goes through with the process, a Trojan is downloaded onto the computer that allows a hacker to take control of the keyboard and mouse connected to the infected machine. The Trojan will also go onto Facebook and share the same pornography link, tagging up to 20 friends within each post.

Facebook has confirmed this specific issue and has stated that to fix the problem, the company is "blocking links to these scams, offering cleanup options, and pursuing additional measures to ensure that people continue to have a safe experience on Facebook."

Source: TweakTown



FCC Defines Broadband As 25Mbps

Category: General News
Posted: January 29, 2015 03:50PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The United States Federal Communications Commission has revised its definition of broadband, bumping it from 4Mbps down 1Mbps up to 25Mbps down 3Mbps up. The FCC stated that the old numbers were "dated and inadequate for evaluating whether advanced broadband is being deployed to all Americans in a timely way." Along with the new definition, the 2015 Broadband Progress Report found that 55 million Americans don't have access to advanced broadband. The report was summarized by the FCC stating, "While significant progress in broadband deployment has been made...these advances are not occurring broadly enough or quickly enough."

Source: PC Magazine



AT&T Plans Acquisition of Nextel Mexico for $1.9 Billion

Category: General News
Posted: January 27, 2015 06:31AM
Author: Brentt Moore

AT&T has officially laid out an agreement to acquire Nextel Mexico from its parent company Nill Holdings, which is located in Reston, Virginia, for $1.9 billion. The deal will provide AT&T with 3 million customers, spectrum licenses, network facilities, and retail stores from Nill Holdings, who filed for bankruptcy in the United States last September. According to AT&T, the acquisition of Nextel Mexico will allow the company to offer more competitive services and faster mobile broadband speeds to customers throughout Mexico. The deal will also allow the telecommunication services leader to combine Nextel Mexico with Iusacell, another Mexican mobile provider that was acquired in November by AT&T for $2.5 billion.

As long as the acquisition is approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and regulatory approvals in Mexico, Nextel Mexico will fall under AT&T around the middle of this year.

Source: PCWorld


Microsoft Acquires Revolution Analytics

Category: General News
Posted: January 23, 2015 11:27AM
Author: Nick Harezga

Microsoft has announced that it will acquire Revolution Analytics, a company known for its distribution and support of the R programming language. R was "specifically designed for statistical computing and predictive analytics" and it will be used by Microsoft to "offer cloud services and on premise applications for its customers to undertake big data-style analysis." As big data and cloud computing continue to gain in popularity and usefulness, R is in a prime position to help those industries succeed. Microsoft corporate VP of machine learning Joseph Sirosh described the motivation for the acquisition stating, "As their volumes of data continually grow, organizations of all kinds around the world—financial, manufacturing, health care, retail, research—need powerful analytical models to make data-driven decisions. This acquisition is part of our effort to address these customer needs."

Source: PC World



ASUSTOR Now Offers After-Sales Maintenance Service Throughout Russia

Category: General News
Posted: January 22, 2015 07:13AM
Author: Brentt Moore

ASUSTOR, a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced that it is now offering after-sales maintenance service throughout Russia, thanks to its parent company ASUS and ASK-2 LLC. ASUS customers within Russia have already enjoyed the benefit of professional and timely support, and with ASUSTOR making use of the 200 officially authorized service center locations throughout the country that ASK-2 LLC runs, ASUSTOR customers will enjoy the same quality customer service. Cindy Wu, the Sales Manager at ASUSTOR, stated that "Joining ASUS’s network of service centers allows us to provide our Russian users with the highest standard of after-sales service and support, strengthening the market’s confidence in ASUSTOR NAS products."

Source: Press Release



Amazon Commits To Indiana Wind Farm

Category: General News
Posted: January 21, 2015 04:23PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Amazon has signed a 13 year Power Purchase Agreement with a wind farm being built in Benton County Indiana, allowing the farm to be built and giving Amazon a large source of renewable energy. The 150MW farm is expected to be operational by January 2016 and puts Amazon one step closer to achieving its promise of powering Amazon Web Services facilities entirely with renewable energy. With this new wind farm Amazon joins other major players such as Google and Apple in powering data centers with renewable energy.

Source: Datacenter Dynamics



Taiwanese Man Perishes After Gaming for Three Days Straight

Category: General News
Posted: January 17, 2015 04:56PM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to reports, a 32-year-old Taiwanese man has died inside an Internet café located in Kaohsiung City after gaming for three days straight. The man was found motionless and slumped over in his chair and was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An employee of the café noted that the man was a regular customer and would often game for days on end, where he would also sleep in his chair when he felt tired. The report that detailed the death of the Taiwanese man revealed that he suffered cardiac failure while playing “combat computer games,” but failed to describe the time of his death or any additional details.

This particular case comes just weeks after a 38-year-old man was found dead in an Internet café in New Taipei City, following a video gaming binge that lasted five days straight. In both cases, police noted that other patrons appeared careless about the deaths and even continued to play games within areas that were cordoned off for evidence collecting.

Source: France 24


Google Glass To Become Stand-Alone Division

Category: General News
Posted: January 15, 2015 03:43PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Google Glass program is ready to "graduate" from the Google X idea incubator to its own stand-alone division within Google. The new division will report to Tony Fadell, the man in charge of the Nest program and "father of the iPod." As part of the new division, it is very possible that we could see the rumored Intel powered version of the device. The Google Glass Explorer Program is being shut down and sales of the current version of Glass will end on January 19.

Source: Ars Technica



AMD Loses Three Top Executives

Category: General News
Posted: January 13, 2015 08:30AM
Author: Brentt Moore

AMD has reported within its latest 8-K filing form that it has lost three top executives, making the loss one of the biggest leadership changes in the history of the company. The three top executives that are no longer with AMD include John Bryne, the GM of Computing and Graphics Business Group; Colette LaForce, the Chief Marketing Officer; and Raj Naik, the Chief Strategy Officer. AMD revealed that "These changes, including the additions of Forrest Norrod and James Clifford to our management team last quarter, collectively are part of implementing an optimal organization design and leadership team to further sharpen our execution and position AMD for growth."

Source: TechPowerUp



United States Military Twitter and YouTube Accounts Hacked

Category: General News
Posted: January 12, 2015 03:56PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Twitter and YouTube accounts for the United States Central Command, responsible for activity in the Middle East and Central Asia, were hacked earlier today by a group calling itself the CyberCaliphate. Two videos were posted to YouTube and a single message was posted to Twitter before the account was taken down. A statement from Centcom said "We can confirm that the Centcom Twitter and YouTube accounts were compromised earlier today. We are taking appropriate measures to address the matter. We have no further information to provide at this time."

Source: CNET



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