This year, we have seen a number of high-profile cyber attacks. These range from Anonymous taking on CIA’s website to the data hacked from Stratfor’s servers and leaked to Wikileaks. But apparently, that is not the end of it yet. While Anonymous remains mostly a hacktivist group which often responds to specific issues, there are other players in the arena who may be hunting after state secrets.
So was manifest in a recent cyber attack launched against the White House. An attempt was made to infiltrate into White House’s computers and access highly sensitive data. But the government officials claims that this attempt was successfully thwarted. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Android's dialer is behind the remote wipe vulnerability, Google knew three months ago, New Java vulnerability found, could affect 1 billion users,
It seems that the cost of living is rising everywhere you turn – gas, education, medical care, the works! All but your salary, and when it comes to education, college students will be able to identify with the fact that they spend thousands of dollars on textbooks which will only be used for a few months, or just several semesters. The state of California has decided to ease the financial burden on college students by making available select textbooks in the form of free e-books.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that will enable students to access 50 digital textbooks which are mandatory for lower level classes at the University of California, California State University, and in the California Community College curriculum. For those who still prefer a physical copy of the textbook to doodle in, one is able to purchase it for just $20. The digital textbooks will not be made available just yet, as the masterplan is to roll them out by the time the 2013-2014 school year begins. We are all for such a law – how about you?By Ubergizmo. Related articles: E-book prices decline on Amazon after publisher settlement, California stays green as utilities are powered by 20% renewable energy,
[CEATEC 2012] Remember the NEC PaPeRo robot that was said to possibly end up in homes this year? Well, it looks like we’re a step closer to seeing that happen. At the moment, it is available as a research prototype for developers but not regular consumers like you and me and Docomo wants to change that. At this year’s CEATEC, the Japanese company showed off its Shabette Robo. Seeing how Docomo worked together with NECT, it’s no surprise that the robot looks exactly like the PaPeRo. However, it has some interesting features that make it more valuable to consumers. First up, it will feature Docomo’s voice recognition service that will allow users to communicate with the robot using natural speech (think of it as Siri on a robot – except that it only works with Japanese, at least for now).
Only recently, Apple rolled out the iOS 6 update. The update brought a whole host of features to the iOS devices. But all that seems rather overshadowed by one glaring mistake – that of the inclusion of Apple’s Maps after having ditched Google Maps. These past few days, the web has been fraught with complaints of the users and reviewers, citing the obvious anomalies in the new Maps app in iOS 6.
But that doesn’t seem to be the end of iOS 6′s woes. Users of iPhone 4 and 4S devices have been reporting on Apple’s forums that the new iOS version seems to deplete their device’s batteries faster than before. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Jailbreak for iOS 6 and iPhone 5 not expected for months, iOS 6 WiFi issues persist?,
Xi3 Modular Computers have come up with a couple of new machines, and they are the X7A and X3A Modular Computers which were designed from the ground up to function as computers for the post-PC era. Both of these machines were disclosed by the company via a Kickstarter project launched by Xi3 just three days ago, where folks who were interested were able to place pre-orders now for X7A Modular Computers and X3A Modular Computers. Not only that, if you backed up your interest with some much needed money, you will be on the receiving end of the new Xi3 Modular Computer up to a fortnight before prior to general availability, while earning the right to pick up future Xi3 products with an early delivery status.
The X7A Modular Computer targets gamers, engineers and power users with its Xi3 chassis which measures a mere 4.27? x 3.656? x 3.656?, subsisting on just 40 watts of power, while carrying a quad-core 64-bit, x86-based 32nm processor running at up to 3.2GHz underneath the hood accompanied by up to 8GB RAM, a 64GB to 1TB SSD, a trio of display ports, four eSATAp 3.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, an 1Gb Ethernet port, and three audio ports. I know, crazy, right? [Press Release]By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Automated jigsaw puzzle solver, Dell Vostro 3360, 3460 and 3560,
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There are some countries that have a large enough domestic population, that it is capable of supporting itself internally, and does not really need any outside influence in order to be self-sustaining. All of that is in theory, of course, as we do know that there is no such thing as a 100% self-reliant country in this global economy. I guess you can say the same for the world of web browsers, as Yandex, Russia?s largest Internet search engine, has already started working on their own Web-browser.
This browser can be downloaded already, and will be updated ?every several weeks,? according to Chief Executive Officer Arkady Volozh. Based on the WebKit platform and Google?s Chromium open code, it will rely on software from Kaspersky Lab in order to test for viruses and Opera Software ASA (OPERA)?s Turbo technology so that pages can be downloaded faster. Will it be able to help Yandex to defend their market share? Only time will tell, but good luck in their endeavor!By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Yandex introduces Cloud Storage before Google, Offers 10GB, Yandex of Russia to power Samsung Smart TVs and smartphones,
Maingear has announced its latest highly customizable gaming notebook called the Nomad 17. This machine has a wide range of options including numerous third-generation Intel Core processors. The...
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When 2012 started, there were many who found it a rather indulgent pastime to frequently deem the Mayan calendar as the ultimate proof that this was the last year which this Earth may witness. And that before the end of 2012, it would all be doom and gloom. Thankfully, we have steered through the better part of the year without any untoward happenings, at least none of the cosmic scale.
However, these doom-oracles may find a renewed hope in their theory now that the astronomers have discovered a comet that is headed for our Earth. It’s a gigantic comet which is among the brightest that the scientists have ever seen. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Curiosity finds evidence of water on Mars, NASA aims to build a base on moon,