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Native Gmail App Coming Soon?

October 31st, 2011 10:43 admin View Comments
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Native Gmail App Coming Soon?

October 31st, 2011 10:43 admin View Comments
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New Mac OS Trojan Produces BitCoins

October 31st, 2011 10:31 admin View Comments

Bitcoin

angry tapir writes about an interesting use for malware. From the Techworld article: “A newly identified Mac OS X Trojan bundles a component that leverages the processing power of video cards to generate Bitcoins, a popular type of virtual currency. The new Trojan was dubbed DevilRobber by antivirus vendors and is being distributed together with several software applications via BitTorrent sites.”

Source: New Mac OS Trojan Produces BitCoins

New Mac OS Trojan Produces BitCoins

October 31st, 2011 10:31 admin View Comments

Bitcoin

angry tapir writes about an interesting use for malware. From the Techworld article: “A newly identified Mac OS X Trojan bundles a component that leverages the processing power of video cards to generate Bitcoins, a popular type of virtual currency. The new Trojan was dubbed DevilRobber by antivirus vendors and is being distributed together with several software applications via BitTorrent sites.”

Source: New Mac OS Trojan Produces BitCoins

Which OSS Clustered Filesystem Should I Use?

October 31st, 2011 10:02 admin View Comments

Open Source

Dishwasha writes “For over a decade I have had arrays of 10-20 disks providing larger than normal storage at home. I have suffered twice through complete loss of data once due to accidentally not re-enabling the notification on my hardware RAID and having an array power supply fail and the RAID controller was unable to recover half of the entire array. Now, I run RAID-10 manually verifying that each mirrored pair is properly distributed across each enclosure. I would like to upgrade the hardware but am currently severely tied to the current RAID hardware and would like to take a more hardware agnostic approach by utilizing a cluster filesystem. I currently have 8TB of data (16TB raw storage) and am very paranoid about data loss.

My research has yielded 3 possible solutions. Luster, GlusterFS, and Ceph.” Read on for the rest of Dishwasha’s question.

Source: Which OSS Clustered Filesystem Should I Use?

Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

October 31st, 2011 10:03 admin View Comments

Ubuntu

darthcamaro writes “There are a lot of us that really don’t like Unity. Ubuntu Founder Mark Shuttleworth defended Unity today, arguing that even ‘cool’ power users should like usability and ease of use. Then again he admitted that some of us are just too cool even for Unity. ‘There is going to be a crowd that is just too cool to use something that looks really slick and there is nothing we can do for them,’ Shuttleworth said. ‘Fortunately in Ubuntu there are tons of options and lots of choice and ways to skin the cat.’”

Source: Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

HTC Becomes Highest Shipping Smartphone Vendor In the US

October 31st, 2011 10:49 admin View Comments

Businesses

An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from an article in BGR: “Samsung blew past Apple and Nokia in the third quarter to become the No. 1 smartphone vendor in the world, but another emerging smartphone vendor stole the top spot in the U.S. according to a new report. Market research firm Canalys on Monday released country-level smartphone shipment estimates and according to its figures, HTC shipped 5.7 million own-brand smartphones and another 700,000 T-Mobile-branded handsets last quarter to take the top spot with 6.4 million total devices shipped.”

Source: HTC Becomes Highest Shipping Smartphone Vendor In the US

Open Hardware Journal

October 31st, 2011 10:10 admin View Comments

Open Source

Bruce Perens writes Open Hardware Journal is a new technical journal on designs for physical or electronic objects that are shared as if they were Open Source software. It’s an open journal under a Creative Commons license. The first issue contains articles on ‘Producing Lenses With 3D Printers,’ ‘Teaching with Open Hardware Submarines,’ ‘An Open Hardware Platform for USB Firmware Updates and General USB Development,’ and more.”

Source: Open Hardware Journal

Human Blood Protein (HSA) From GMO Rice

October 31st, 2011 10:29 admin View Comments

Medicine

eldavojohn writes “Wuhan University researchers working with the National Research Council of Canada and the Center for Functional Genomics at the University at Albany announced that they have genetically modified rice to produce a medically useful protein chemically identical to human serum albumin. This protein is used to treat burns, traumatic shock and liver disease at a global demand rate of 500 tons each year. Normally, this would be extracted from blood donations, but now you can just grow rice and extract it at a rate of 2.75 grams of protein per kilogram of rice. After testing on rats with liver cirrhosis, the same response was shown as the protein from blood. This is important for China after a spike in demand and lack of supply lead to fake albumin medicine flowing through Chinese hospitals. Worried about these GMO crops cross-pollinating regular crops? The researchers referred to a study indicating ‘a very low frequency (0.04-0.80%) of pollen-mediated gene flow between genetically modified (GM) rice and adjacent non-GM plants.’ Nature has a slightly more detailed article with a reference to the peer review publication.”

Source: Human Blood Protein (HSA) From GMO Rice

Kinect For PCs Early Next Year, Microsoft Eyeing Business Apps

October 31st, 2011 10:07 admin View Comments

Input Devices

An anonymous reader writes “Microsoft has announced that its Kinect motion-control system will be available for PCs in early 2012, and that they’re planning to take it into the business world as well. ‘Microsoft plans to launch a commercial program for the peripheral early next year, giving businesses the tools to develop customized applications for their companies and industries. The pilot program already includes such familiar names as Toyota, book publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and design firm Razorfish. All totaled, over 200 “marquis brand” companies in 25 countries have signed up for the program… And while the majority of those companies have opted to keep their names hidden for now for competitive reasons, Microsoft is working with them to get the applications up and running, so they can debut as soon as possible. Just don’t expect the Redmond-based company to do any first party apps for this program.’”

Source: Kinect For PCs Early Next Year, Microsoft Eyeing Business Apps