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Symantec published a paper titled “The Nitro Attacks: Stealing Secrets from the Chemical Industry”, which details a prolonged hacker attack against several private companies in the chemical business. According to the paper, the hackers were after “intellectual property such as design documents... Read more...
In a blog post today, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth outlined the company’s plans for bringing Ubuntu to pretty much every screen with intelligence that you can possibly have, from your phone to your TV to your kitchen (assuming you have some kind of smart screen device in your kitchen). In the post... Read more...
The first time AMD's FX-8150 processor found itself in the Guinness World Records, it took a team of AMD sponsored overclockers (and a whole lot of liquid helium) working together to push the processor to 8429.38MHz. And this time? Andre Yang, working by himself, used the same model chip to break the record set in September and set a new one,... Read more...
AT&T, together with HTC and Samsung, announced the first LTE smartphones that will be available for the wireless carrier. Starting next week, you'll have the option of picking up the HTC Vivid or the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and surfing the web from AT&T's 4G LTE network (where coverage is available, of course). The official release... Read more...
Lenovo announced a new desktop that's built with business professionals in mind. The new ThinkCentre M77 features the new AMD FX-series processor and can support multiple monitors. The desktop also features DASH 1.1 manageability, an enhanced tool-less chassis, and energy efficiency features. The ThinkCentre M77 desktop is available in tower... Read more...
Open source? Check. Linux? Check. Under $100? Check. It's time to meet BeagleBone, a new $89 open source hardware platform, giving electronic enthusiasts a smaller, friendlier and more affordable treat. It's a platform aimed at those who love building things. It's the latest open source development platform that... Read more...
You may be most familiar with AT&T as a telecommunications company, or perhaps just a wireless operator. Or maybe just the carrier that managed to get the iPhone first. Turns out, they're much more than that. The company has an "Emerging Devices Unit," which sounds like one of the coolest places in the telecom industry to work. That unit... Read more...
Quarter-end earnings reports have been rolling out profusely over the past week or so, and HTC's keeping the profit wheel turning with their latest results. The Taiwan-based smartphone maker saw net income soar to NT$18.68 billion (around $624 million)in this quarter, which represents a 68% increase over Q3 2010 and a 7% jump over last quarter.... Read more...
The government's still trying to figure this whole "jobs" thing out, but the FCC is making moves on something, anyway. It's being called (by the FCC) the "most significant policy step ever taken to connect all Americans to high-speed Internet, wherever they live." It's the Connect America Fund, which aims to reform... Read more...
Oh, the smartphone wars. Every quarter, analytical companies evaluate smartphone shipments, and this time around, it looks like Samsung has a lot to celebrate. After entering the smartphone wars around a year ago, the company has managed to increase overall marketshare from around 9% to just under 24%. Based on the... Read more...
Will your next Kindle be bendable? Maybe! AUO has recently showcased a new electronic ink screen that you can actually bend. Yes, bend. It's a 6" Rollable Organic TFT E-paper sheet, made pliable with high efficiency parts and plastic materials (PEN). Users can place the E-paper in their briefcases or purses without worry of damage. In addition,... Read more...
Feeling a little bit freakish with Halloween just around the corner? So are we, and Google+ lets us get our full freak on with a new Creative Kit for manipulating photos. In addition to basic editing tools and semi-powerful filters already available, the Creative Kit lets you add all kinds of effects and text to your photos, including some... Read more...
ARM's breakout might be just a step ahead. While ARM chips have always been vital, they've become even more so with the proliferation of mobile products. And now that Microsoft has committed to making Windows on ARM a reality, the sky's the limit. Now, ARM's detailing and disclosing the inner specs behind the next version of the ARM architecture.... Read more...
Welp, looks like this is the end of the line. For real this time. HP's TouchPad has been a tough item to get in recent months -- right after that price drop from $499 to $99. We suspected that all stock was already depleted, but evidently a few remain. But now there's a catch to getting one. HP and Best Buy have announced that starting on... Read more...
Google TV. Remember that? Just kidding. While Google TV certainly hasn't been as popular as something like Gmail, it's a product that Google still seems interested in improving. This week, Sony announced a software update to the Google TV platform that powers the Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc player. This latest version not only powers existing... Read more...
TRENDnet is betting that you have multiple wireless media devices in your house, and that you stream media to them. The TEW-680MB is designed to make streaming to those devices a better experience with 450Mbps capabilities (when used with an adequate router, such as (notes the below press release) the TRENDnet... Read more...
Here's a little something to brighten your day heading into the weekend. DC Universe Online announced a new free-to-play option will be available starting November 1, 2011 (that's next Tuesday). This was originally expected to happen sometime in October, but we're willing to forgive a slight slip into the first of November if it means we can... Read more...
One of the aspects of the current Windows Task Manager UI that doesn't scale particularly well, even on existing systems, is the CPU Usage monitor. Trying to track more than four cores quickly devolves into a game of "find the thread." The more cores you have, the less useful information the panel conveys. The 60s moving average CPU utilization... Read more...
If you fancy yourself a fan of the Dark Knight, than what better way to show it than with Batman themed computer components? You can start the transformation with EVGA's new Special Edition Batman: Arkham City themed GeForce GTX 580 videocard. The special edition graphics card is essentially a GTX 580 Superclocked GPU with Batman artwork plastered... Read more...
When it comes to Android vs. Apple iOS comparisons, fans of the small green machine have a lot of ammunition they can lob at Apple. Devices tend to be more expensive, other phones often offer more advanced features late in the iPhone's upgrade cycle, and Android phones often have microSD slots for expandable storage... Read more...
AMD's warning earlier this quarter was taken by many as a sign that the company's performance might slump significantly, which makes yesterday's results a pleasant surprise. The company's Q3 revenue was up seven percent, slightly above adjusted expectations. Mobile products continue to be the primary factors behind increased revenue, with... Read more...
Zotac is one of a select few companies that have fully embraced the ultra-small form factor and home theater PC markets. Although they’re also known for producing custom, high-end graphics cards, and an array of motherboards, which include a smorgasbord or mini-ITX options, Zotac’s Zbox and Mag lines of mini PCs are quite diverse.... Read more...
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