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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak isn't the only one envisioning a world where artificially intelligent systems rise up and rule over mankind. So Dr. Stuart Armstrong, an academic at the Future of Humanity at Oxford University. According to Armstrong, we're precariously close to creating computers that will ultimately wipe out mankind, though if it comes as any consolation, they'll have good intentions. "Humans steer the future not because we're the strongest or the fastest, but because we're the smartest," Dr. Armstrong told The Telegraph. "When machines become smarter than humans, we'll be handing... Read more...
AMD made a number of interesting announcements today at the Game Developers Conference, currently taking place in San Francisco, CA. In addition to talking about a new strategy centered on gaming, AMD revealed some new products and previewed another that we’ve been hearing about for quite some time. During their press conference, AMD revealed new Radeon Sky Series graphics products targeted at cloud gaming / computing applications, showed off the dual-GPU powered AMD Radeon HD 7990, and extended the “Never Settle: Reloaded” gaming bundle program to include “BioShock... Read more...
Nothing is so hilarious as when a security vendor gets its site hacked.  All right, we will admit that when ICANN was hacked that was also funny.  In this case, Kaspersky, who many say (arguably) has the best security software around, had their Malaysian website hacked (yes, we probably could cut them some slack for the fact it was only their Malaysian site - nah).“The official Malaysian Kaspersky Antivirus’s website has been hacked yesterday by a Turkish cracker going by the handle of “m0sted”. Along with it, the same cracker hacked also the official Kaspersky S.E.S. online shop and... Read more...
The folks over at Skype are hoping that you want to be a beta tester. Starting today, Skype 4.0 Beta 1 for Windows goes into public beta, and there are a number of significant changes in the new version. The most noticeable transformation from the existing client to the new beta is a much lager default video window for video calls. (Skype estimates that about 25 percent of current Skype users use the software's video calling feature.) The user interface is being reworked a bit as well to make it easier to "resize and move your own video window around the screen" and to position your IM conversation... Read more...
On Monday Skype, announced new subscription plans that allow flat-rate unlimited calling to 34 countries. It should be noted that for Skype defines unlimited as 10,000 minutes / month; after that standard fees apply.  Of course, 10,000 minutes equates to about 5 hours a day, so what the heck?The company said it was offering unlimited calls to landline and cell phones in the U.S. and Canada for $2.95 a month.It also offers unlimited calls to phones in 34 countries including Australia, China, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom, for $9.95 per month, it said.Skype users in Europe can choose... Read more...
For those of you skinnies, meaning owners of PSP-2000s, Skype for the PSP has arrived.  For you fatties, sorry.  The program needs the extra memory of the PSP-2000.As well as enabling free calls between users, Skype will allow PSP owners to send and receive voice and text messages, and make paid for calls to landlines and mobile phones.“PSP can now claim to be a highly cost effective and accessible portable communications device, alongside its entertainment credentials,” says Sony.Users planning to access Skype will need to upgrade their PSP to firmware version 3.90, register, and will... Read more...
Ah yes, as technology advances, so do surveillance techniques.  So this should surprise no one - should it?Classified documents from September 2007, leaked last week by the German political "Pirate Party," show one particular system that Bavarian police could have in place by February, and its high operating cost.The system, provided by a company known as Digitask, is called a "Skype Capture Unit," and is essentially a malware client installed onto the surveillance target. It intercepts Skype voice and chat data, purportedly offering real-time streaming of hijacked content. Digitask also offered... Read more...
Promises, promises.  Can it deliver?The technical trick of Skyfire is that it's a proxy browser. The Skyfire app itself isn't a full browser. Instead, big Skyfire servers elsewhere process Web pages, including all the media and browser formats -- like Flash, Java, and Ajax -- that a normal desktop browser would handle but that most phones can't. Then it streams data to phones, which the mobile half of Skyfire displays. To the end user, it looks like a browser, but the mobile app is just one part of the product.This means that Skyfire can do things on mobile phones that mobile browsers, including... Read more...
No press release yet, but with CES upcoming companies are "slipping out" details on CES-specific pages on their websites. Sony is no different, and it looks like, according to their site, that Skype is finally coming to the PSP. Details are scarce at the moment (i.e., nonexistent), but the company makes clear mention of a Skype client for the handheld game system on its CES 2008 promo site, which is pretty official -- though we're gonna hold our breath a little till we see a press release. Of course, until there's a press release, they could always pull back on this (editing the page would be so... Read more...
Today Skype and UK wireless carrier 3 announced the 3 Skypephone, a new mobile phone that allows Skype users to make free Skype to Skype calls while at the same time also functioning as a normal cell phone."Skype is now truly mobile. This new handset is incredibly easy to use and lets you make free mobile Skype calls to other Skype users all over the world no matter where they are," said Michael van Swaaij, acting chief executive at Skype. "Skype began by offering free PC-to-PC calling and now we are doing the same for mobile calls with 3."The phone will be available in stores on November 2, but... Read more...
What's the number one problem plaguing the future of the Internet as we know (and love) it?  If you guessed: spam, piracy, pornography, identity theft, or even video games you're somewhat close but still off.  The answer might very well be routers.All the fiber optic lines in the world are 100% useless without the routers to figure out which data packets go in which direction.  So how did we arrive at this point?  The answer is surprisingly simple:“Due to the improvements in fiber technology, the cost of increasing raw bandwidth capacity has been decreasing about as fast as... Read more...
When Google stock first appeared, it seemed overpriced to many. It wasn't company valuation per se, but the price per share --- which basically meant it was difficult for the small investor to buy any large quantity of shares. Yet Google has not split its shares, and its price continues to soar. The Mountain View-based company's shares traded as high as $601.45 before slipping back to $600.33 in early afternoon trading, a gain of $6.28. It marked the sixth time in the past 12 trading sessions that the stock has reached a new peak, indicating investors are confident Google's third-quarter profit... Read more...
Straight out of Silicon Valley, and perhaps a Skype Exec's worst nightmare, a new startup calling itself Ooma is planning to offer a $399 device that will allow users to make unlimited free calls.  Unlike Skype, which made its debut on computers before moving on to telephone-like devices, Ooma is simply a box that will sit between your phone and your broadband connection.  Here's how it works:“Users plug a white machine smaller than a macaroni-and-cheese box between their home's broadband connection and a primary telephone. They can connect a secondary phone using an Ooma "Scout," to cost $39 each.... Read more...
No, it wasn't a bad Windows Update patch that caused the massive Skype outage that started last Thursday and continued into the weekend.  It was the semi-synchronized massive reboot across the globe, which exposed a bug in the Skype Code. On Thursday, 16th August 2007, the Skype peer-to-peer network became unstable and suffered a critical disruption. The disruption was triggered by a massive restart of our users’ computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine set of patches through Windows Update. The high number of restarts... Read more...
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