Month: May 2016

Hey Rocket Turtle, Pimp My Ride!

This colloquialism for “make my vehicle better” is an appropriate perspective on our recently released Cumulus Linux 3.0, or as we like to say around the office, “3.0.” Our engineering team looked at the upcoming market changes and decided to give Cumulus Linux a pretty sweet makeover. Starting with the “IP mindset” that prevails in …

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Samsung now producing world’s smallest 512GB SSD; it’s half the weight of a dime

Samsung today announced it is mass producing the world’s smallest 512GB PCIe SSD that comes in a single ball grid array package and weighs less than a dime. Samsung’s PM971-NVMe SSD is aimed at ultra-thin notebooks and was manufacturing by combining 16 of Samsung’s 48-layer 256-gigabit (Gb) V-NAND flash chips, one 20-nanometer 4Gbit LPDDR4 mobile …

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Kaby Lake starts strong as Intel retools PC strategy

Intel’s upcoming 7th Generation Core processor family, code-named Kaby Lake, is off to a quick start. More than 400 devices with Intel’s upcoming chip design will reach the market, said Navin Shenoy, corporate vice president and general manager for Intel’s Client Computing Group. One of those devices will be Asus’ Surface-like Transformer 3, which will …

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OEM software update tools preloaded on PCs are a security mess

Serious vulnerabilities have crept into the software tools that PC manufacturers preload on Windows computers, but the full extent of the problem is much worse than previously thought. Researchers from security firm Duo Security have tested the software updaters that come installed by default on laptops from five PC OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) — Acer, …

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Privacy Shield needs improvement, says EU privacy watchdog

Privacy Shield has a new detractor, and that spells bad news for businesses built on the transatlantic transfer of personal data. The Privacy Shield agreement is intended to protect the privacy of European Union citizens when their personal information is processed in the U.S., but it has found few supporters since the European Commission unveiled …

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Web firms pledge to tackle online hate

Microsoft, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pledge to remove hate speech within 24 hours, as they back an EU code of conduct. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

65 million Tumblr account records are up for sale on the underground market

A few weeks ago, Tumblr notified users of a data breach that resulted in the theft of user email addresses and hashed passwords. The company did not say how many accounts were affected, but recently someone put the data up for sale and the number is: 65 million records. The data is being sold on …

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Vodafone UK Trial 700Mbps Mini Base-Stations to Boost 4G in London

A joint roll-out of Vodafone and Ericsson’s new portable mini base-station radio units (Ericsson Radio System), which are about half the size and weight of a standard radio unit that would usually need to be craned up a building, is being used to boost 4G mobile signals and data speeds around London. Apparently the new …

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Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter crack down on online hate speech in EU

Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have agreed to hide illegal online hate speech from European Union users of their platforms within 24 hours of receiving official notification of it. It’s a response to the challenge of ensuring that online platforms do not offer opportunities for illegal online hate speech to spread virally, according to the …

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3 top tools to fight insider threats

We tested three products, each concentrating on a different aspect of the insider threat problem. Fortscale did an amazing job protecting a traditional network. Its machine learning capabilities and concentration on access and authentication logs gives it an extremely high accuracy rate. Cloud-based insider threats can be even harder to detect, yet Avanan uniquely protects …

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Intel Broadwell-E Core i7-6950X Review: The first 10-core enthusiast CPU is a beast

Monstrous. Brawny. Or in the parlance of our times: OP for “overpowered.” All are apt terms for Intel’s new 10-core Core i7-6950X, a muscular CPU so over-the-top in power, that you’d have to be crazy to need one. But Intel’s Extreme Edition CPUs have never been about catering to practical need. No, they cater to …

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Reasons Why You Can’t Get FTTC Broadband, Despite Being Covered

Computer says “NO!“. Sometimes finding out whether or not you can order an FTTC based “fibre broadband” service on BTOpenreach’s national UK network is far harder than it should be. ISPreview.co.uk takes a look at some of the most common issues that can occur when checking for service availability. Like it or not there are …

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EU data watchdog rejects privacy deal

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) says a data transfer pact between the EU and US needs “significant improvements”. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology