Month: October 2016

Microsoft seems ready to give up on Windows phones, if not Windows 10 Mobile

The future of Windows phones…might not be phones? Rumors and hopes for a category-defining Surface phone were not satisfied at Microsoft’s press event last Wednesday. The company didn’t even mention Windows 10 Mobile. With the collective market share of Windows phones stagnant at about 1 percent, customers and partners have to wonder why anyone should …

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System76 brings Ubuntu to $699 laptop with Kaby Lake chips

If Windows 10 isn’t your cup of tea, System76 has a new Ubuntu laptop with Intel’s Kaby Lake chip that won’t burn your wallet. The 14-inch Lemur laptop starts at $699, a more affordable price for cost-sensitive users than Dell’s Ubuntu-based XPS 13 Developer Edition, which starts at $949. “We don’t have any Mac tax …

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Mozilla plans to rejuvenate Firefox in 2017

Mozilla last week named its next-generation browser engine project and said it would introduce the new technology to Firefox next year. Dubbed Quantum, the new engine will include several components from Servo, the browser rendering engine that Mozilla has sponsored, and been working on, since 2013. Written with Rust, Servo was envisioned as a replacement …

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Hackforums Shutters Booter Service Bazaar

Perhaps the most bustling marketplace on the Internet where people can compare and purchase so-called “booter” and “stresser” subscriptions — attack-for-hire services designed to knock Web sites offline — announced last week that it has permanently banned the sale and advertising of these services. On Friday, Oct. 28, Jesse LaBrocca — the administrator of the …

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WarwickNet Builds Broadband Network for Ascot Business Park in Derby

Coventry-based ISP WarwickNet has extended their alternative fibre optic based broadband network (FTTP, Vectored VDSL2 FTTC etc.) to cover firms on the Ascot Business Park in the city of Derby (Derbyshire, England). The new site is WarwickNet’s 6th in Derbyshire and over 40 organisations in the park are expected to be connected via the new …

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Apple design chief Jony Ive rules out touchscreen Macs

PC makers have fully embraced touchscreen laptops and desktops, but don’t expect Apple to head down that road. Last week, the company introduced two MacBook Pros that feature slim OLED displays to replace the keyboard’s function keys. Apple launched its latest products just one day after Microsoft unveiled its massive Surface Studio desktop designed for …

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Clawback to Boost Scotland’s Highlands Fibre Broadband Cover to 86%

Good news for those living in the rural Highlands and Islands region of Scotland. The £410m Digital Scotland programme with Openreach (BT) has announced that strong take-up of “fibre broadband” means an extra 6,000 premises will be covered via a reinvestment of £2.3m. At present the project is working to roll-out the FTTC/P based broadband …

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New 10Gbps BT Link Boosts Broadband Capacity to the Shetland Islands

Telecoms operator BT has today switched-on a new 10Gbps link to the remote Scottish island of Shetland in the North Sea, which will serve to both improve local network resilience and boost capacity for Openreach’s on-going roll-out of FTTC/P based superfast broadband connectivity. Previous links have generally depended on a common sub-sea cable (e.g. SHEFA-2) …

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Teen hacker ‘accidentally’ causes 911 attack

An 18-year-old is charged with three counts of computer tampering after “accidentally” swamping Arizona’s emergency services with thousands of bogus 911 telephone calls. Read more here:: BBC News – Technology

Joomla websites attacked en masse using recently patched exploits

Attackers are aggressively attacking Joomla-based websites by exploiting two critical vulnerabilities patched last week. The flaws allow the creation of accounts with elevated privileges on websites built with the popular Joomla content management system, even if account registration is disabled. They were patched in Joomla 3.6.4, released Tuesday. Hackers didn’t waste any time reverse engineering …

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CenturyLink will acquire Level 3 Communications in $34B deal

CenturyLink plans to acquire internet backbone company Level 3 Communications in a US$34 billion cash and stock deal that aims to consolidate the networks and customers of the two companies. The combined company, operating in more than 60 countries, will be able to offer CenturyLink’s larger enterprise customers the benefits of a larger global presence, …

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Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Tablet modules add features but limit functionality

We gave Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 tablet high marks not for its performance, but for the elegance of its design. We can’t say the same for its three add-on productivity modules, as their price and bias toward tablet mode lower their appeal substantially. Modularity has emerged as a theme for Lenovo, home of the Moto Mods …

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