Technology

Cotap, A WhatsApp For The Workplace, Adds Box, Dropbox, Google, OneDrive And Desktop App (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - 2 hours 44 min ago

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Cotap, A WhatsApp For The Workplace, Adds Box, Dropbox, Google, OneDrive And Desktop App  —  Cotap, a startup founded by former Yammer executives Jim Patterson and Zack Parker that launched last year with the premise of becoming a “WhatsApp for the workplace”, is today unveiling a new build of its product, and a wider remit.

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African States Aim To Improve Internet Interconnections

Slashdot - 2 hours 45 min ago
jfruh writes A rapidly growing percentage of Africans have access to the Internet — and yet most of the content they access, even things aimed specifically at an African audience, is hosted on servers elsewhere. The reason is a bewildering array of laws in different nations that make cross-border cooperation a headache, a marked contrast to places like Europe with uniform Internet regulations. At the Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum in Senegal, a wide variety of Internet actors from the continent are aiming to solve the problem.

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Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany

Slashdot - 3 hours 52 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "Several fake NVIDIA cards — probably GeForce GT 440 — have had their BIOS reflashed to report themselves as GeForce GTX 660. They were sold under the brand "GTX660 4096MB Nvidia Bulk" but only deliver 1/4 of the speed of a real GTX 660. Investigations are ongoing into who did the reflashing, but several hundred of them have already been sold and are now being recalled."

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Profile: Lee Jae Yong, Samsung's heir apparent and the man credited with forging a relationship with Apple (Bloomberg)

TechMeme - 5 hours 4 min ago

Bloomberg:
Profile: Lee Jae Yong, Samsung's heir apparent and the man credited with forging a relationship with Apple  —  Samsung Low-Profile Heir Poised to Succeed Father Seen as ‘God’  —  When Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) Chairman Lee Kun Hee toured his factories, the preparations were worthy of a head of state.

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NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

Slashdot - 6 hours 29 min ago
littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "Astronomers have uncovered for the first time the earliest stages of a massive galaxy forming in the young Universe. The discovery was made possible through combining observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, and the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. The growing galaxy core is blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate. The paper appears in the journal Nature on 27 August." (Here's the NASA press release.)

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Instagram describes the tech behind Hyperlapse and its image stabilization algorithm, Cinema (Alex Karpenko/Instagram Engineering)

TechMeme - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:50pm

Alex Karpenko / Instagram Engineering:
Instagram describes the tech behind Hyperlapse and its image stabilization algorithm, Cinema  —  The Technology behind Hyperlapse from Instagram … - We request frames from the decoder at the new playback rate  — We simultaneously kick off the Cinema stabilizer on a background thread …

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E-learning service Pluralsight secures $135M series B, valuing the company at almost $1B (Jonathan Shieber/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:05pm

Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
E-learning service Pluralsight secures $135M series B, valuing the company at almost $1B  —  Pluralsight Raises $135 Million At A Valuation Approaching $1 Billion  —  The online technology training service Pluralsight has raised a whopping $135 million in new financing as it looks …

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Samsung announces Gear S smartwatch with 3G connectivity, 2" screen, dual-core 1GHz CPU, running Tizen (Richard Lawler/Engadget)

TechMeme - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:55pm

Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Samsung announces Gear S smartwatch with 3G connectivity, 2" screen, dual-core 1GHz CPU, running Tizen  —  Samsung's Gear S smartwatch doesn't need a phone to get online or make calls  —  Samsung is taking the wraps off of yet another new smartwatch, but the Gear S has a twist: there's a 3G modem inside.

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LG G Watch R: 1.3" circular plastic OLED screen, stainless frame, 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 4GB storage, available Q4 2014 (David Pierce/The Verge)

TechMeme - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:35pm

David Pierce / The Verge:
LG G Watch R: 1.3" circular plastic OLED screen, stainless frame, 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 4GB storage, available Q4 2014  —  The LG G Watch R is a round, retro smartwatch with good looks to spare  —  Great artists steal  —  LG's G Watch was one of the first Android Wear devices to hit the market …

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Fish Raised On Land Give Clues To How Early Animals Left the Seas

Slashdot - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:04pm
sciencehabit writes When raised on land, a primitive, air-breathing fish walks much better than its water-raised comrades, according to a new study. The landlubbers even undergo skeletal changes that improve their locomotion. The work may provide clues to how the first swimmers adapted to terrestrial life. The study suggests that the ability of a developing organism to adjust to new conditions—its so-called developmental plasticity—may have played a role in the transition from sea to land.

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Desire 510 has 64-bit hardware, but 32-bit software; needs 64-bit Android L, due later this year (Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica)

TechMeme - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:55pm

Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Desire 510 has 64-bit hardware, but 32-bit software; needs 64-bit Android L, due later this year  —  First 64-bit Android phone has no 64-bit software  —  When Apple launched the iPhone 5S with a 64-bit processor, it sent the rest of the spec-obsessed SoC world on a race to catch up.

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HTC Desire 510: a budget smartphone with 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 SoC, 4.7" FWVGA display (Joshua Ho/AnandTech)

TechMeme - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:50pm

Joshua Ho / AnandTech:
HTC Desire 510: a budget smartphone with 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 SoC, 4.7" FWVGA display  —  HTC Announces Desire 510: First 64-bit Android Phone  —  While normally one might expect high end phones to get the latest and greatest features first, this time we see a bit of a surprising reversal.

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Netflix Open Sources Internal Threat Monitoring Tools

Slashdot - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:40pm
alphadogg (971356) writes Netflix has released three internal tools it uses to catch hints on the Web that hackers might target its services. "Many security teams need to stay on the lookout for Internet-based discussions, posts and other bits that may be of impact to the organizations they are protecting," wrote Andy Hoernecke and Scott Behrens of Netflix's Cloud Security Team. One of the tools, called Scumblr, can be used to create custom searches of Google sites, Twitter and Facebook for users or keywords.

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JPMorgan, 4 other US banks hacked this month, gigabytes of data including account information stolen (Nicole Perlroth/New York Times)

TechMeme - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:05pm

Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
JPMorgan, 4 other US banks hacked this month, gigabytes of data including account information stolen  —  JPMorgan and Other Banks Struck by Cyberattack  —  A number of United States banks, including JPMorgan Chase and at least four others, were struck by hackers in a series of coordinated attacks …

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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Slashdot - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:21pm
MojoKid writes If you're a classic gamer, you've probably had the unhappy experience of firing up a beloved older title you haven't played in a decade or two, squinting at the screen, and thinking: "Wow. I didn't realize it looked this bad." The reasons why games can wind up looking dramatically worse than you remember isn't just the influence of rose-colored glasses — everything from subtle differences in third-party hardware to poor ports to bad integrated TV upscalers can ruin the experience. One solution is an expensive upscaling unit called the Framemeister but while its cost may make you blanch, this sucker delivers. Unfortunately, taking full advantage of a Framemeister also may mean modding your console for RGB output. That's the second part of the upscaler equation. Most every old-school console could technically use RGB, which has one cable for the Red, Green, and Blue signals, but many of them weren't wired for it externally unless you used a rare SCART cable (SCART was more common in other parts of the world). Modding kits or consoles cost money, but if you're willing to pay it, you can experience classic games with much better fidelity.

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IDC: Global PC shipments will only fall 3.7% this year, driven by Chromebooks and XP upgrades (Agam Shah/PC World)

TechMeme - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 7:55pm

Agam Shah / PC World:
IDC: Global PC shipments will only fall 3.7% this year, driven by Chromebooks and XP upgrades  —  PC market in 2014 a bit less dire than previously thought  —  The PC market is still a bleak place to be, but not as bleak as expected, according to new figures released Wednesday.

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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

Slashdot - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 7:37pm
davidshenba writes Intex and Mozilla have launched Cloud FX, a smartphone powered by Mozilla's Firefox OS. The phone has a 1 GHz processor, 2 Megapixel camera, dual SIM, 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen. Though the phone has limited features, initial reviews say that the build quality is good for the price range. With a price tag of $33 (2000 INR), and local languages support the new Firefox phone is hitting the Indian market of nearly 1 billion mobile users.

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Amazon Opens Up Its Enterprise Cloud Storage Service Zocalo To All (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 7:10pm

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Opens Up Its Enterprise Cloud Storage Service Zocalo To All  —  Amazon today announced that it's making Zocalo, its secure document storage and sharing service designed for enterprise use, generally available.  The news comes, not coincidentally, on a day when cloud storage competitor …

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New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

Slashdot - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:59pm
mdsolar writes in with news about a NRC rule on how long nuclear waste can be stored on-site after a reactor has shut down. The five-member board that oversees the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday voted to end a two-year moratorium on issuing new power plant licenses. The moratorium was in response to a June 2012 decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that ordered the NRC to consider the possibility that the federal government may never take possession of the nearly 70,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel stored at power plant sites scattered around the country. In addition to lifting the moratorium, the five-member board also approved guidance replacing the Waste Confidence Rule. "The previous Waste Confidence Rule determined that spent fuel could be safely stored on site for at least 60 years after a plant permanently ceased operations," said Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the NRC. In the new standard, Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel Rule, NRC staff members reassessed three timeframes for the storage of spent fuel — 60 years, 100 years and indefinitely.

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