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Qualcomm Wants a Piece of the PC Market

January 10th, 2012 01:11 admin View Comments

Hardware

jfruhlinger writes “Much of Intel’s story of the past few years has involved its so far fruitless attempts to break into the smartphone and tablet market. But as it keeps trying, it may find competition on its home turf: Qualcomm, which makes many of the ARM-based chips in those smartphones and tablets, wants to make PCs, too. The advent of Windows 8 for ARM and Android will make this possible.”

Source: Qualcomm Wants a Piece of the PC Market

Data Hogs: the Monsters Carriers Created

January 9th, 2012 01:53 admin View Comments

Cellphones

jfruhlinger writes “A recent study claimed that the top 1 percent of mobile data users eat up half of the available bandwidth. But assuming it’s true, who’s at fault? Stats show data usage has increased radically with each new model of the iPhone, and similar phenomena are in place for Android phones — all of which are gleefully sold to the public by the same people who complain about ‘data hogs.’ Isn’t this the equivalent of a car dealer heavily promoting Cadillacs, then complaining about poor fuel efficiency, then charging a ton for extra gasoline?”

Source: Data Hogs: the Monsters Carriers Created

FDA Approves Self-Sanitizing Keyboard

January 4th, 2012 01:28 admin View Comments

Hardware

jfruhlinger writes “Deep down, most people ,now that the germiest thing they touch all day is the thing they’re touching all day: their keyboard. But what, if anything, can be done about it? A couple of former MIcrosoft hardware guys have launched a keyboard that sterilizes itself via ultraviolet light. While the FDA has signed off on it, tests show that the UV only kills about two-thirds of the germs living in it, and that it still needs to be cleaned by hand.”

Source: FDA Approves Self-Sanitizing Keyboard

Online Clearinghouse Offers To Defend Privacy

January 3rd, 2012 01:43 admin View Comments

Privacy

jfruhlinger writes “Privacy may have become a hot-button issue in the Internet age, but the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has been fighting against corporate privacy violations for 20 years now. Today, they’ve launched an online complaint center that will hopefully help keep your private data private. Fill out the online form and the PRC will follow up with the privacy compliance officer at the company in question, or investigate whether a complaint to a government agency is in order.”

Source: Online Clearinghouse Offers To Defend Privacy

Hack Your Holiday Decorations

December 21st, 2011 12:59 admin View Comments

Christmas Cheer

jfruhlinger writes “Tired of your code only executing in digital space? Why not hack your smiling snowman? OK, this crash course only shows you how to make pretty LED lights blink in a sequence of your choosing, but it serves to introduce you to Arduino, an open-source platform that uses C-like code. Really, any project that involves a soldering iron is good fun.”

Source: Hack Your Holiday Decorations

Kindle Fire and Nook Upgrades Kill Root Access

December 21st, 2011 12:18 admin View Comments

Portables

jfruhlinger writes “The Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble Nook tablets are similar enough and close enough together in price that they ought to be fighting market share and one-upping each other in terms of features they offer users. But the latest OS upgrades to both gadgets claims to be an ‘upgrade’ while actually taking functionality away: both remove the ability to root the device.” A more balanced way of looking at it is that the updates fix known local privilege escalation vulnerabilities. This might be more of an issue for people wanting to hack on the Nook Tablet: its bootloader is confirmed locked, but reports lean toward the Kindle Fire having an unlocked bootloader letting anyone flash their own software without needing to gain root first.

Source: Kindle Fire and Nook Upgrades Kill Root Access

No SOPA Vote Until 2012

December 16th, 2011 12:11 admin View Comments

Government

jfruhlinger writes “A victory, or a just a breather? The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has postponed further debate on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) until after Congress’ holiday break. At the urging of some SOPA opponents, Representative Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican and committee chairman, said Friday he will consider a hearing or a classified briefing on the bill’s impact on cybersecurity.”

Source: No SOPA Vote Until 2012

Meet the Strange Bedfellows Who Could Stop SOPA

December 15th, 2011 12:31 admin View Comments

Democrats

jfruhlinger writes “In a political environment that’s become very strongly defined by partisan lines, the SOPA debate has offered an unexpected ray of hope: the two main Congressional opponents of the bill are Ron Wyden, an Oregon Senator deemed a ‘hardcore liberal’ and Darrell Issa, a California Representative who is one of the Obama Administration’s fiercest critics. (There are both Ds and Rs in favor of the bill, too.)” (Read more below.)

Source: Meet the Strange Bedfellows Who Could Stop SOPA

Nokia Exec: Young People Fed Up With iPhone and Android

December 14th, 2011 12:37 admin View Comments

Cellphones

jfruhlinger writes “Nokia’s Windows Phones haven’t hit the U.S., but at least one company executive thinks they’ll be a slam dunk, since young people have soured on the iPhone and find Android baffling. Of course, much of the Internet commentariat found his remarks even more baffling. Is he right, is he delusional, or is he just trying to build buzz for his company’s products the best he can?”

Source: Nokia Exec: Young People Fed Up With iPhone and Android

Tizen, webOS, & the Future of Mobile Open Source

December 12th, 2011 12:07 admin View Comments

Cellphones

jfruhlinger writes “When HP announced it would release webOS as open source, it added a competitor to a narrow niche: there’s already Tizen, the descendant of MeeGo, which is, like webOS, an open source Linux-based operating system for smartphones. Can they co-exist, or will one come out on top? One built-in advantage for webOS is that already has hardware, in the form of all those $99 TouchPad’s being snapped up on eBay.”

Source: Tizen, webOS, & the Future of Mobile Open Source

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