To keep a Boeing Dreamliner flying, reboot once every 248 days
RT : To keep a Boeing Dreamliner flying, reboot once every 248 days >> Is 2 ^ 31 the new Y2K ?
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3 days ago
Google Play Services 7.3 brings support for multiple Android Wear devices at once (Video) | 9to5Google
Multiple wearable devices can be connected to a user’s handheld device. Each connected device in the network is considered a node. With multiple connected devices, you must consider which nodes receive the messages. For example, In a voice transcription app that receives voice data on the wearable device, you should send the message to a node with the processing power and battery capacity to handle the request, such as a handheld device..
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6 days ago
Samsung announces Q1 2015 revenue of $44 billion, operating profit of $5.63 billion | 9to5Google
Specifically taking just mobile sales into account, Samsung reports an operating profit of $2.5 billion on revenues of $24.1 billion. Samsung claims that smartphone sales have increased thanks a heightened interest in the mid-range Galaxy A series. Revenues, however, fell because of lowered tablet and feature phone sales.
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6 days ago
News from The Associated Press
Analysts estimate Samsung sold more smartphones than Apple during the quarter. But the Korean firm lost ground in the more profitable high-end market to Apple after the maker of the iPhone began offering models with bigger screens last fall. Before that, large screens were a feature that set Samsung phones apart.
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6 days ago
Piracy App Popcorn Time Ordered Blocked by U.K. Court | Variety
The Motion Picture Assn. of America cheered the ruling. “As stated in the written judgment, Popcorn Time has no legitimate purpose and it only serves to infringe copyright,” the MPAA said in a statement. “Court orders are a proportionate and effective measure to tackle sites dedicated to facilitating and promoting online copyright infringement.”
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6 days ago
An iPad glitch grounded several dozen American Airlines planes - Quartz
“The pilot came on and said that his first mate’s iPad powered down unexpectedly, and his had too, and that the entire 737 fleet on American had experienced the same behavior,” said passenger Philip McRell, who was also on flight #1654. “It seemed unprecedented and very unfamiliar to the pilots.”
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6 days ago
Tesla Plans To Open Car Doors To All Hackers This Summer - Forbes
Later this year, however, at the Defcon convention in Las Vegas, Tesla plans to open one of Elon Musk’s sleek electric cars to the hacker attendees, allowing them to tinker with any piece of the vehicle they like, according to sources, who wished to remain anonymous. The benefits for Tesla will be twofold: they will be made aware of any bugs in the vehicle and of any hackers who are worth hiring. At Defcon last year, Tesla scouts were on the prowl, finding plenty of talent whilst meandering the halls of the Rio Hotel & Casino.
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7 days ago
Apple Watch Display Technology Shoot-Out
The display on the Apple Watch rises to the challenge with an excellent state-of-the-art Flexible OLED display covered by a sapphire crystal, or by an Ion-X strengthened cover glass for the Sport model. Also very significant, it is Apple’s first OLED display, which are often more challenging to engineer than using long established LCDs. We will examine, lab test, and analyze the Apple Watch display with a sapphire crystal below…
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7 days ago
Valve kills paid mods on Steam, will refund Skyrim mod buyers | Polygon
"We've done this because it's clear we didn't understand exactly what we were doing," Valve said in a post on Steam. "We've been shipping many features over the years aimed at allowing community creators to receive a share of the rewards, and in the past, they've been received well. It's obvious now that this case is different."
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7 days ago
China iPhone sales boosts Apple; shares up modestly | Reuters
Apple sold 61.2 million iPhones in the quarter, up 40 percent from the year-ago quarter, but down from the record-breaking holiday quarter. It sold 12.6 million iPads, down 23 percent from a year ago.
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7 days ago
Audi and Amazon to try car-boot delivery service - BBC News
Using Audi's in-car communications system, Connect, DHL delivery drivers would track a customer's vehicle over a specified period of time and then use a digital access code to unlock the boot, the car maker said. This code would then expire as soon as the boot was shut.
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12 days ago
Google Set to Unveil Wireless Service - WSJ
Google Inc. is set to unveil its new U.S. wireless service as early as Wednesday, pushing the Internet giant further into telecom and injecting fresh uncertainty into a wireless industry already locked in a price war.
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13 days ago
Websites Prep for Google’s ‘Mobilegeddon’ - Digits - WSJ
“Google wants people going mobile friendly,” said Danny Sullivan, founding editor of Search Engine Land. He said the April 21 deadline had created a “panic and frenzy” among Web developers to make the changes.

There’s potential benefit for Google in the move, too. Users are conducting more searches on mobile devices. A Google executive said at a conference last year that smartphone searches could soon outnumber searches from personal computers.
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14 days ago
We Can't Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership | WIRED
In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere—the world’s largest agricultural machinery maker —told the Copyright Office that farmers don’t own their tractors. Because computer code snakes through the DNA of modern tractors, farmers receive “an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.”
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14 days ago
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14 days ago
Comcast to bring two-gigabit Internet service to Bay Area, boost existing tiers | PCWorld
Comcast said Friday that it will bring its 2-gigabit symmetrical Gigabit Pro service to San Francisco Bay Area consumers in May, sidestepping Google and its own fiber plans. The company also said it will boost the speeds of some of its more premium tiers and add a new Extreme 250 tier.
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17 days ago
Apple Watch's arrival in stores will be delayed - San Jose Mercury News
Apple had initially framed April 24 as the official launch date for the watch. Although some customers who were quick to place pre-orders will receive the gadget April 24, Apple has removed the date from its website, advising simply: "The Watch is coming." An Apple spokesman declined to comment.
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18 days ago
Google Announces Certification Program For Cardboard Clones | TechCrunch
Today, Google is taking the lid off of a new certification program that will unify these disparate headsets under a single badge: “Works With Google Cardboard.” By following a few guidelines and giving Google a look at your headset, Google will certify a manufacturer’s headset design will work with all Cardboard software. It’ll also give certified manufacturers a tool for generating headset profiles, which will be placed on the headset itself as a QR code and scanned by the user in the Cardboard app. The Cardboard app will then adjust apps built on the SDK for parameters set by the manufacturer, like focal length, inputs available, and the distance between each lens.
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19 days ago
Android's 10 Millisecond Problem: The Android Audio Path Latency Explainer
Most Android apps have more than 100 ms of audio output latency, and more than 200 ms of round-trip (audio input to audio output) latency. To give you a quick example from the Oscar winning film Whiplash, it’s like the drummer is dragging by a half beat behind the band!
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19 days ago
How A Long-Standing Google Maps Loophole Let This Man Put Edward Snowden In The White House
Does the name Bryan Seely ring a bell? He’s the guy last year who managed to create fake listings for the US Secret Service and the FBI in Google Maps that some people fell for. Seely did it to demonstrate a weakness with Google Maps, one that still exists and allowed him to recently make another fake listing — this time putting Edward Snowden in the White House.
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19 days ago
No Apple Watches in store until June, Ahrendts tells staff as April 24th date removed from website | 9to5Mac
I know this is a different experience for our customers, and a change for you as well. Are we going to launch every product this way from now on? No. We all love those blockbuster Apple product launch days—and there will be many more to come. They’re the moments where you, our teams, shine. And our customers love them as well!
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19 days ago
EU's three gripes with Android: What you need to know | ZDNet
Whether Google has illegally hindered the development and market access of rival mobile applications or services by requiring or incentivising smartphone and tablet manufacturers to exclusively pre-install Google's own applications or services;
Whether Google has prevented smartphone and tablet manufacturers who wish to install Google's applications and services on some of their Android devices from developing and marketing modified and potentially competing versions of Android (so-called "Android forks") on other devices, thereby illegally hindering the development and market access of rival mobile operating systems and mobile applications or services;
Whether Google has illegally hindered the development and market access of rival applications and services by tying or bundling certain Google applications and services distributed on Android devices with other Google applications, services and/or application programming interfaces of Google.
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19 days ago
Official Google Blog: The Search for Harm
At the time of the ITA acquisition, several online travel companies—Expedia, Kayak, and Travelocity--unsuccessfully lobbied regulators in the US and the European Union to block the deal, arguing that our ability to show flight options directly would siphon off their traffic and harm competition online. Four years later it’s clear their allegations of harm turned out to be untrue. As the Washington Post recently pointed out (in an article headed “Google Flight Search, four years in: not the competition-killer critics feared”) Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline and Travelocity account for 95% of the US online travel market today. It’s a similar situation in Europe too, as this graph for Germany neatly shows:
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20 days ago
European Commission Files Anti-Trust Investigation On Google & Android
The European Commission has officially published their "statement of objections" on Google's alleged anti-competitive nature around (a) shopping service and (b) Android platform. Google has responded to both, on (a) shopping comparison and (b) Android within an hour of the EU statement.
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20 days ago
Chrome starts pushing Java off the Web by disabling plugins | Ars Technica
Google is phasing out NPAPI because it says that it's a big cause of "hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity." The company suggests that developers who were using NPAPI either use Web standards instead—the once Silverlight-dependent Netflix, for example, now uses Encrypted Media Extensions in conjunction with HTML5 video—or Google's own proprietary extension systems, such as the NaCl Native client.
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20 days ago
Apple Patches Critical Backdoor Flaw in OS X 10.10.3
Among the security issues patched in OS X 10.10.3 is a security vulnerability in its administration framework. The issue, identified as CVE-2015-1130, was reported by security researcher Emile Kvarnhammar, CEO at TrueSec.
"The admin framework in Apple OS X contains a hidden backdoor API to root privileges," Kvarnhammar wrote in a blog post. "It's been there for several years (at least since 2011), I found it in October 2014, and it can be exploited to escalate privileges to root from any user account in the system."
While Apple has now fixed the CVE-2015-1130 in the 10.10.3 update for users of Apple's Yosemite OS 10.10 operating system, older OS X systems are also at risk. Kvarnhammar noted that Apple told him the fix required a substantial amount of changes and a patch would not likely be back-ported for OS X 10.9 and older.
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23 days ago
As encryption spreads, U.S. grapples with clash between privacy, security - The Washington Post
“I don’t want a back door,” Rogers, the director of the nation’s top electronic spy agency, said during a speech at Princeton University, using a tech industry term for covert measures to bypass device security. “I want a front door. And I want the front door to have multiple locks. Big locks.”
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23 days ago
Twitter Cuts Off DataSift To Step Up Its Own Big Data Business | TechCrunch
Twitter announced that it will be terminating agreements with third parties for reselling firehose data — the unfiltered, full stream of Tweets and all related metadata that goes along with them.

Instead, it will use its own in-house big data analytics team, which it developed around its acquisition of Gnip in 2014, to seek to build direct relationships with the data companies, brands and others that use Twitter data to measure consumer sentiment, market trends and other moving targets that can be better understood by tracking online conversations — a transition it says it hopes to have completed by mid-August.
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23 days ago
Game of Thrones: Can HBO Now Win at Netflix's Streaming Game? - Bloomberg Business
HBO spent several years trying to build a digital capability in house that could compete with the impressive technical operation of its main online rival. It gave up last fall and hired MLB Advanced Media, the tech operation created by Major League Baseball that now provides streaming services to traditional television networks and other clients. Bob Bowman, the head of MLBAM, believes HBO Now will be a sort of litmus test for how the wider entertainment industry views streaming. “That’s one of the major media brands in the world, and that’s doing a launch with one of their best content properties ever,” Bowman told TechCrunch last month. “I guess what I’m saying is, this has to be 9s all the way across—99.999, in terms of reliability, customizability, beauty, and all of those other things in order to be successful with the entire world examining it.” 
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23 days ago
First Episodes of Game of Thrones Season 5 Leak Online | TorrentFreak
The episodes that were posted online thus far are in standard-definition (SD) quality. Interestingly, some commenters note that they rather wait until HD copies become available, as they are used to watching the show in a better resolution.
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23 days ago
Apple’s New Beats Music Thinks Taylor Swift Will Make You Pay - Bloomberg Business
Beats Music will be retooled and re-launched this summer, possibly with a new name. There will be a $9.99-a-month subscription for individuals and a family plan for $14.99, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
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24 days ago
Apple Quietly Bought Dryft, A Keyboard App | TechCrunch
The acquisition seemed to be confirmed by Randy Marsden’s LinkedIn profile, which lists him as joining Apple last September. Marsden, the chief technology officer of Dryft and also a co-founder of Swype, now leads development for Apple’s internal keyboard efforts. Whether Apple acquired Dryft for its assets or its talent in Marsden and others, we’re not exactly sure. Financial terms of the deal weren’t available.
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26 days ago
Update for Windows 7 and 8.1 silently installs Windows 10 downloader - Myce.com
Microsoft has released an optional update that “enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available to the user”. We discovered the update is actually a downloader for Windows 10 which will notify the user that Microsoft’s upcoming operating system can be downloaded.
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28 days ago
Tim Cook: Apple employees will get 50% off Apple Watch, 1000+ apps submitted | 9to5Mac
Likely to the delight of Apple employees, Cook also announced major Apple Watch discounts for all employees: 50% off the aluminum sport and stainless steel models and $550 off of the gold Edition variations.
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28 days ago
HBO Now Arrives On Apple TV, iPhone And iPad | TechCrunch
The HBO Now app has made its way to the Apple TV and iOS as of today. The HBO Now channel was promised for availability ahead of the Game of Thrones premiere on the network on April 12, and the new service provides access to HBO’s entire streaming content library, as well as new shows live as they air, for $14.99 per month, with one free month included for users who sign up in April.
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28 days ago
Apple Acquired Search Startup Ottocat To Power The ‘Explore’ Tab In The App Store | TechCrunch
TechCrunch has learned that Apple quietly bought a startup called Ottocat some time ago, which had developed a system to organize and surface apps on the app store based on “nested” categories of increasing specificity. A version of that system now powers the “explore” tab in Apple’s App Store.
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28 days ago
Andy Rubin Joins Redpoint – Redpoint Ventures
Most people know Andy Rubin as the creator of Android. I know Andy as a twenty-something engineer at WebTV who had built a sleeping loft above his cubicle so he didn’t have to leave the office. 20 years, 3 successful startups, and 2 billion Android devices later, Andy is joining Redpoint as a Venture Partner.
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28 days ago
This Is Big: A Robo-Car Just Drove Across the Country | WIRED
RT : Delphi created an autonomous car that drove across US without human input for 99% of the time
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29 days ago
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RT : Delphi created an autonomous car that drove across US without human input for 99% of the time
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29 days ago
Large Hadron Collider restarts after two-year rebuild - BBC News
The Large Hadron Collider has restarted, with protons circling the machine's 27km tunnel for the first time since 2013.
Particle beams have now travelled in both directions, inside parallel pipes, at a whisker below the speed of light.
Actual collisions will not begin for at least another month, but they will take place with nearly double the energy the LHC reached during its first run.
Scientists hope to glimpse a "new physics" beyond the Standard Model.
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4 weeks ago
Everything you need to know about NVMe, the insanely fast future for SSDs | PCWorld
However, BIOS support is largely lacking. Without an NVMe-aware BIOS, you can’t boot from an NVMe drive, though anyone with a x4 PCIe slot or M.2 connector can benefit from employing an NVMe drive as secondary storage. An NVMe BIOS is not a difficult technical hurdle, but it does require engineering hours and money, so it’s unlikely it will stretch far back into the legacy pool. 

Equally daunting for early adopters is the connection conundrum. Early on, you’ll see a lot of expansion card NVMe drives using Gen 3 PCIe slots. That's because all 2.5-inch NVMe SSDs use the new SFF-8639 (Small Form Factor) connector that’s been specially developed for NVMe and SATA Express, but is currently found only on high-end servers. An SFF-8639 connection features four Gen 3 PCIe lanes, two SATA
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4 weeks ago
Microsoft: An Open Source Windows Is 'Definitely Possible' | WIRED
But this is what Russinovich expects. “That’s the reality we live in today,” he says. The tech world has changed in enormous ways. So many companies—so many Microsoft customers—are now relying on open source code. And that means Microsoft must embrace it too. As Russinovich points out, the company now allows Linux on its Azure cloud computing service, a way of renting computers over the internet, and today, Linux is running on at least 20 percent of those computers.
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4 weeks ago
Qualcomm Is Hurting As Samsung Becomes More Self-Reliant, But Not All Hope Is Lost
Even though you’ll still find Qualcomm modems in some S6 models, it’s not the greatest news for Qualcomm. AT&T is a big mobile phone carrier and Qualcomm will be cut out of all those Galaxy S6 phones sold through AT&T.
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4 weeks ago
'Revenge porn’ site runner gets 18 years in prison - SFGate
In a first-of-its-kind prosecution, the convicted operator of a “revenge porn” website was sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison, officials announced Friday.
Kevin Christopher Bollaert, 28, of San Diego, was found guilty in February on six counts of extortion and 21 counts of identity theft for running a website that posted nude photos of individuals, as well as identifying information, without their consent, according to Attorney General Kamala Harris.
“Sitting behind a computer, committing what is essentially a cowardly and criminal act will not shield predators from the law or jail,” she said in a statement. “We will continue to be vigilant and investigate and prosecute those who commit these deplorable acts.”
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4 weeks ago
Not All Encryption Apps Are Created Equal | Al Jazeera America
The lesson here is simple, and Bonneau summarizes it well, saying, “If a new crypto tool is first announced in a press release or popular science magazine, don’t use it.” Good security needs to be tested and proved over time. The question becomes whether the most secure solutions will be trendy and attractive enough to win out in the end. 
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4 weeks ago
Microsoft at middle age: Opening Windows | The Economist
Today the rules are different in Redmond. The new boss who took over last year, Satya Nadella (pictured, centre, with Mr Gates to the left and Mr Ballmer on the right), recoils when he hears the term “strategy tax” and says he now tells his staff simply to “build stuff that people like”. Some of the things he has done would surely have been seen by his two predecessors as “fuck Windows” strategies. Office, the company’s popular suite of word-processing, spreadsheet and other applications, now runs on mobile devices that use competing operating systems. The company is embracing free, “open-source” software, which it used to regard as anathema. At an event in San Francisco last October Mr Nadella showed a slide that read: “Microsoft loves Linux”. In contrast, Mr Ballmer once called the open-source operating system a “cancer”.
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4 weeks ago
Google Launches a $100 Chrome OS Dongle for Your TV
The new ASUS ‘Chromebit’ is the most interesting announcement. Due this summer, the dongle attaches to your TV via HDMI and turns your screen into a full-fledged Chrome OS computer. Google says it will cost less than $100 and is smaller than a candy bar.
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5 weeks ago
Elon Musk created nearly $1B in value today with a single tweet | PandoDaily
The tweet may have initially gone out to Musk’s 1.86 million followers, but the impact was far greater. By the end of the day, Musk’s message had been retweeted more than 4,700 times and favorited another 3,700, while eliciting thousands more responses. (Maybe Twitter CEO Dick Costolo should send Musk an invoice for the IR/PR services.)
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5 weeks ago
Meerkat Vs Periscope: Tech journalist is a sickly mess | BGR
The ugly truth that U.S. tech media has declined to mention even in passing is that Meerkat had never been a hit to begin with. All those breathless media reports about “the hot new app” and “the break-out app” were deeply misleading at best — and cynical legerdemain at worst.

Meerkat’s highest daily ranking on the U.S. iPhone download chart was No. 140, on March 20th. At this point, the app had already generated thousands of news stories and blog posts, most of them enthusiastically describing it as a hit. But actual American consumers never showed the slightest sign of warming up.

Meerkat’s “success” was the creation of a handful of West Coast tech bloggers who managed to lure major newspapers into covering a phenomenon that did not exist.
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5 weeks ago
New ARM-powered chip aims for battery life measured in decades | Ars Technica
Atmel, the San Jose-based microcontroller maker, today released samples of a new type of ultra-low power, ARM based microcontroller that could radically extend the battery life of small low-power intelligent devices. The new SAM L21 32-bit ARM family of microcontroller (MCUs) consume less than 35 microamps of power per megahertz of processing speed while active, and less than 200 nanoamps of power overall when in deep sleep mode—with varying states in between.

The chip is so low power that it can be powered off energy capture from the body, as Andreas Eieland, Atmel's Director of Product Marketing for low-power products, demonstrated at CES earlier this year.
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5 weeks ago
6 | A First Look At Facebook's New Mothership, Designed By Frank Gehry | Co.Design | business + design
The design is one big room because it's meant to reflect Facebook's open culture. Teams can sit together in one spot rather than be divided by offices and cubicles. The building's parking lot is hidden away underneath the structure, reducing the eyesore and the urban island heat effects. And a green roof is designed to act like a park on top of a building. It’s a massive 9 acres of grass, complete with 400 trees and a half-mile walking loop.
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5 weeks ago
Microsoft's new Atom-based Surface 3, starting at $499, to hit in May | ZDNet
On the good news front, the Surface 3 is quite light and thin, weighing in at 1.37 pounds and .34 inches thick. It has better (Dolby-Audio-enhanced) speakers, and two cameras, an 8 megapixel rear-facing one and a 3.5 megapixel front-facing one. The device is fanless. It includes a full-size USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader and Micro USB charging port, which works with both dedicated Surface chargers or any generic USB phone charger.
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5 weeks ago
NSA Backdoor Key from Lotus-Notes
In doing this I discovered that the NSA public key had an organizational name of "MiniTruth", and a common name of "Big Brother". Specifically what I saw in my debugger late one night, which was spooky for a short moment was:

O=MiniTruth CN=Big Brother
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5 weeks ago
Matt Cutts - Globe Runner
Is this an April Fool's joke?
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5 weeks ago
U.S. Coding Website GitHub Hit With Cyberattack - WSJ
Security experts said the traffic onslaught—called a distributed denial-of-service attack in Internet circles—directed massive amounts of traffic from overseas users of Chinese search giant Baidu Inc. to GitHub, paralyzing GitHub’s website at times. Specifically, the traffic was directed to two pages on GitHub that linked to copies of websites banned in China, the experts said. One page was run by Greatfire.org, which works to help Chinese Internet users circumvent government censorship, while the other linked to a copy of the New York Times’ Chinese language website.
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5 weeks ago
Yahoo, Microsoft extend search partnership talks for 30 days | Reuters
(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) and Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) agreed to extend by 30 days the deadline to re-negotiate a ten year search deal, as the two Internet companies attempt to revamp a thorny partnership crafted by former chief executives.
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5 weeks ago
Comcast Says Apple Hasn’t Asked for Web TV Shows From NBCUniversal | Re/code
That’s a bit right but mostly wrong, Comcast attorney Francis Buono wrote to the FCC: “Not only has NBCUniversal not ‘withheld’ programming from Apple’s new venture, Apple has not even approached NBCUniversal with such a request.” I’ve asked Apple for comment.
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