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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past month or so, you know that today marks the official retail release of Apple's iPhone X. The first hands-on reviews began filtering onto the internet earlier this week, and the iPhone X has been featured on national and local TV news broadcasts to spread the word. Given that the iPhone X is in short supply and that scalpers are selling the smartphones for hundred over MSRP, it should come as no surprise that nefarious actors are looking to get in on the action. In fact, that appears to be the case in San Francisco, where thieves methodically stalked a UPS truck that was out making deliveries yesterday morning. According to witnesses, the UPS... Read more...
Amazon may have had an 'Aha!' moment, and that could be bad news for FedEx and UPS, the two delivery services the online retailer leans on to ship packages to customers in a timely manner—within two days on many items, for Prime members. In what could be a damaging blow (another one) to both shipping companies, Amazon has begun testing its own delivery service for items that qualify for free two-day shipping, on so-called last-mile routes. This does not mean that Amazon would cut FedEx and UPS loose entirely, though it would push the world's largest online retailer deeper into the same category—shipping services. This is something Amazon kicked off two years ago in India and has been slowly trying... Read more...
  Shippers like UPS and FedEx are looking for new ways to make the package delivery process more efficient as volume and costs increase across the board. For its part, UPS just showed off a new drone delivery system in Tampa, Florida that will allow the company to potentially reap millions of dollars in savings   The HorseFly UAV Delivery drone, which was developed by Workhorse, resides in a compartment within the roof of UPS’ iconic brown delivery vehicle. A trap door within the ceiling allows the UPS driver to access the drone’s bottom-mounted delivery cage, into which they can place a small package. So, while the driver is off on foot making delivers, the drone can fly a few blocks... Read more...
Life certainly has become complicated ever since we stopped bartering goods and services with our neighbors in favor of using cash and credit. Think you're safe to go shopping with your debit card at a major retailer? You'd be mistaken -- according to an advisory put out by the Department of Homeland Security, over 1,000 American businesses have been infected by a cash register malware intended to steal your personal information. The Point of Sale (PoS) malware is called "Backoff" and so far it's given remote attackers the ability to harvest data from millions of credit and debit cards from consumers without the companies knowing of its existence. At first, Backoff was thought to have only affected... Read more...
At some point, you have to wonder if any database that can be hacked will be hacked. With so much of the world's precious information stored on drives in the forms of 1s and 0s, what's to stop ill-willed individuals from doing to every other company what they did last year to Target, for example? Clearly, not much, as UPS has fallen victim to a data breach of its own. The logistics outfit said that "a breach of computer systems at UPS Store retail outlets may have exposed customers’ personal and payment data at some locations this year." Malware was pinpointed at 51 locations across 24 states. Sure, that's only 1 percent of its nearly 5,000 franchise stores, but a whopping 105,000 transactions... Read more...
If you were waiting in vain for UPS to arrive with your last-minute holiday packages only to see the magic day pass without the big brown truck stopping at your house, you’re not alone. UPS was overwhelmed by holiday shipping traffic. The company blames factors such as a higher-than-expected volume of packages and rough weather around the country. UPS expected some 132 million deliveries for last week, but without disclosing how many there actually were, UPS spokesperson Natalie Black said “obviously we exceeded that”. (Credit: Reuters/Carlos Allegri) UPS is busily catching up, and customers who had delivery guarantees may be getting some refunds, and Amazon customers--in particular... Read more...
The U.S. Postal Service has struck a deal with ecommerce juggernaut Amazon to deliver the latter’s packages on Sundays, which seems to be the perfect way for both parties to benefit at the expense of the competition. It’s no secret that the USPS has been in financial trouble for a while, and one idea for saving the agency money--ceasing delivery on Saturdays--seemed like a fruitless idea from the get go and would certainly be unpopular with consumers and businesses alike. USPS headquarters in D.C. Increasing the reach of its services while also opening up a huge pipeline of products to be delivered is a much better idea. Everybody wants Sunday deliveries, and as a New York Times piece... Read more...
APC recently introduced the new Back-UPS Pro uninterruptible power supply systems. The new APC Back-UPS Pro comes in a variety of models and offers six to ten outlets and runtime from 92 to 164 minutes. All models have power-saving outlets to help decrease energy usage from connected devices. In addition, all Back-UPS Pro models come equipped with automatic voltage regulation. The APC Back-UPS Pro products will be available in Q2 with estimated retail prices ranging from $129.99 to $249.99. Designed for the Home and Office, APC's New Back-UPS® Protect Against Data Loss, Computer Damage and Expensive Downtime WEST KINGSTON, RI--(Marketwire - April 5, 2010) - APC by Schneider Electric, a global... Read more...
A new shipping application from UPS lets you track and ship packages, locate a UPS store using GPS, and more from your iPhone or iPod Touch. The free shipping app joins other UPS-enabled solutions for Apple users. In fact, NRG Software, a UPS Ready strategic provider, recently added NRGship Mac to its shipping software lineup. “Apple users are an innovative group of customers who appreciate the capabilities that make the most of their devices. These new solutions help them take full advantage of the world’s largest package delivery company,” said Jordan Colletta, vice president of customer technology marketing at UPS. With the new iPhone and iPod touch application, users can access their My UPS... Read more...
PC Power & Cooling introduces the Pro-Source UPS for Ultimate PC Power Protection San Jose, Calif. - April 6, 2009 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and PC components, today unveiled the Pro-Source 1500, the first Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) from PC Power & Cooling. Built for absolute stability and reliability from one of the most trusted names in power supplies, the Pro-Source 1500 UPS is the cost effective power protection solution for today’s high-end enthusiast and mission-critical systems. Designed by PC Power & Cooling to be fully compatible with all PC Power and OCZ brand PSUs, the Pro-Source... Read more...
There's an old cliche' that certainly applies to commodity semiconductor and electronics technology, as well as many other competitive arenas; "go big or go home".  If you look at major semiconductor manufacturers, like Intel, AMD, Samsung and NVIDIA, you'll notice that they generally do not enter a new market lightly.  In addition, they almost never partially resource a new market penetration effort.  Timing is definitely key but it usually doesn't pay off to tread lightly when it's time to execute.  It's simply a question of doing the business case analysis, justifying the ROI and then placing your bets.  Go... Read more...
In case you don't know, an upskirt photo is one taken surreptitiously by pointing a camera upwards and ... well, we're hoping you can figure it out on your own, as well as the analogous downblouse photo.For some reason, with the advent of high-resolution camera phones, the practice of upskirt and downblouse photos have become very popular in Japan.  According to freelancer Nobuyuki Hayashi, the iPhone omitted this "feature," - a silent shutter sound - possibly explaining its wild popularity in that country.  All right, all right, it's popular everywhere.  Sue us.At any rate, the iPhone 3G has restored such functionality. This gives tne Japanese version an exclusive feature, though... Read more...
Talk about cannibalizing sales from Windows Vista. It's bad enough Microsoft has to worry about XP doing that, but ... All right, all right, obviously we're just kidding. And yes, you read that right. Windows for Workgroups (WFW) 3.11 is still being sold. Microsoft is selling it in the Embedded Channel. However, in a blog post on Thursday, Microsoft announced that as of November 1st, that venerable old OS would go the way of the dodo.As John Coyne announced in the blog post: for those that were not aware, we recently announced that effective November 1st, 2008, OEM's will no longer be able to license Windows for Workgroups 3.11 in the embedded channel. Now we all know that it's been long gone... Read more...
If you're a software engineer fresh out of college, most people would think you'd be interested in going to work for the biggest, most stable company you could find, and pay off those student loans. It's not necessarily the case. The fight over the best talent in the industry is being won by small, cutting edge startups that promise more intimate work environments -- and a much bigger potential payoff if your little company turns into a big success. Ben Newman, 23, who expects to graduate from Stanford in June with a master's degree in computer science, is among those young pedigreed engineers who prefer the intimacy and excitement of a smaller company over the security Relevant Products/Services... Read more...
Yahoo's board of directors is reportedly meeting today to consider what to do about Microsoft's unsolicited $44.6 billion buyout offer. There's been quite a bit of advice, unsolicited and otherwise, offered to Yahoo to avoid being taken over. The offer so far exceeds the value of the stock involved that the board would likely be blamed for malfeasance if they did nothing, and it's very unlikely anyone else is going to offer more. Why is Yahoo's management balking at the takeover?  "They have to be public about it," Ward [publisher of Boardroom Insider] said. "They have to leave a strong record of who said what and who and when....You document and then you re- document...You have to show... Read more...
One of the first things we did upon installing Windows Vista was to turn of the User Account Control (UAC). Why? Because we didn't want all the pop-ups generated by the darn thing. And most people we know have turned it off as well. If we were to be generous, we would say the pop-ups are confusing.  If we were to be honest, we would say they are annoying.  "The things that were scaring us away from Vista were the hardware requirements and UAC," says Omar Ghneim, network administrator for EXCO Resources, an energy company based in Dallas. "We tried Vista on a few administrators' machines, but they couldn't handle the pop-ups and we went back to XP the next day."Ghneim says he could not... Read more...
Scientists at the Hitachi Research Labs in Japan are raising the stakes in counterfeit protection technologies with the development of a new RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag. Measuring just 50 micrometers by 50 micrometers, these new RFID tags are smaller than grains of sand, and are in fact the smallest RFID tags ever devised.The picture shows the powder chips beside a strand of hair. Though it isn't known if the hair is from a male or female - females have thinner hair strands than males - the powder chips still look pretty small. “The so-called powder chip is thin enough that it can be mixed with paper pulp to add a layer of counterfeit protection to gift certificates, passports... Read more...
Supposedly AMD/ATI's R600 is slated to be released in March.  Also rumor has it that ATI is planning quad setups to be a very real possibility for their new line of Direct X 10 cards. By utilizing four cards in a single setup, ATI's R600 promises to be an amazing graphics processing powerhouse but also promises to consume more power then a graphics solution has ever needed before. If you thought a 1000 watt power supply was going overboard, wait until you see the power requirements for running four R600s in one system -- if in fact the rumors are true... We learned one more critical detail about the R600. The chip can and will support Quad setups. It will work... Read more...
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Intel Corporation formally introduced three more quad-core processors, including the first to carry the Intel(R) CoreTM2 Quad processor brand name that begins the expansion of quad-core PC sales to mainstream buyers. Intel now offers a total of nine quad-core processor versions in the desktop and enterprise market segments. The Intel Core 2 Quad processor packs four brains in every PC and delivers the immense speed and responsiveness that is increasingly required to process today's most demanding media-intensive applications. This processor is available in PCs and in the reseller channel immediately. Intel also announced two quad-core processors for single-socket servers. Today's announcement... Read more...
The battle against spam has been fought by the Government, and by the private sector. Even though recent efforts have reduced spam in some respects, it still remains a large problem by cluttering up inboxes, and constantly using up bandwidth. New proposals by Yahoo and AOL could help fight this problem, however their solutions have been met with some controversy. "America Online plans to introduce a service that would charge businesses and other bulk e-mailers a fee to route their e-mail directly to a user's mailbox without first passing through junk mail filters."... Read more...