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Nvidia Wins $20M In DARPA Money To Work On Hyper-Efficient Chips

December 15th, 2012 12:37 admin View Comments

Power

coondoggie writes “Nvidia said this week it got a contract worth up to $20 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop chips for sensor systems that could boost power output from today’s 1 GFLOPS/watt to 75 GFLOPS/watt.”

Source: Nvidia Wins $20M In DARPA Money To Work On Hyper-Efficient Chips

Crooks Steal $1.5M In iPads From JFK

November 16th, 2012 11:04 admin View Comments

Crime

alphadogg writes “A pair of brazen crooks punched another hole in the lax JFK security when they stole a trove of new Apple iPad minis — worth $1.5 million — from the same cargo building that was the site of the 1978 Lufthansa heist featured in GoodFellas, according to the New York Post. The crooks struck shortly before midnight on Monday and used one of the airport’s own forklifts to load two pallets of the tablet computers into a truck, according to law-enforcement sources. It’s been a crazy year for iPad/iPhone thefts in New York City and elsewhere.”

Source: Crooks Steal $1.5M In iPads From JFK

Cisco Pricing Undercut By $100M In Big Cal State University Network Project

October 27th, 2012 10:54 admin View Comments

Networking

alphadogg writes “The $100 million price differential between the Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco proposals to refresh California State University’s 23-campus network revealed earlier this week was based on an identical number of switches and routers in various configurations. CSU allowed Network World to review spreadsheets calculating the eight-year total cost of ownership of each of the five bidders for the project. ‘Everybody had to comply with this spreadsheet,’ said CSU’s director of cyberinfrastructure. ‘Alcatel-Lucent won the project with a bid of $22 million. Cisco was the high bidder with a cost just under $123 million. Not only was Cisco’s bid more than five-and-a-half times that of Alcatel-Lucent’s, it was three times that of the next highest bidder: HP, at $41 million.’”

Source: Cisco Pricing Undercut By $100M In Big Cal State University Network Project

With $8.6M In Kickstarter Funds, Ouya Opens Console Pre-Orders

August 9th, 2012 08:03 admin View Comments

Android

Chameleon Man writes with an excerpt from PC Mag: “Early this morning, the Android-based Ouya console ended its run on Kickstarter with nearly $8.6 million in user donations. In recent weeks, the company has secured a number of content partners for the device, but now it’s time to see if Ouya can really deliver. Interested buyers can now pre-order an Ouya on the company’s website. In the U.S., one console and one controller will cost $109, one console plus two controllers will be $139, and one console and four controllers will be $199. All orders include a $10 shipping charge.” Adds Chameleon Man: “Here’s to hoping that an open-source console can gain a foothold in an already competitive market.”

Source: With $8.6M In Kickstarter Funds, Ouya Opens Console Pre-Orders

IRS Employee Stole Data To Forge $8M In Fraudulent Returns

February 10th, 2012 02:34 admin View Comments

Crime

coondoggie writes “A former Internal Revenue Service employee this week got 105 months in prison for pleading guilty to theft of government property and aggravated identity theft in a case where the guy tried to get away with nearly $8 million in fraudulent tax returns. The U.S. Department of Justice said Thomas Richardson used his inside knowledge of IRS operations to commit his crime, which was pretty audacious. According to the DOJ, Richardson admitted that within a two-day period, April 15 to April 17, 2006, he filed or caused to be filed 29 fraudulent 2005 individual income tax returns totaling $7,922,657.”

Source: IRS Employee Stole Data To Forge $8M In Fraudulent Returns

Daily Wrap: Richard’s Favorite Companies of 2011 and More

December 20th, 2011 12:00 admin View Comments

dailywrap-150x150.pngRichard MacManus shares his favorite web products of 2011. This and more in today’s Daily Wrap.

Sometimes it’s difficult to catch every story that hits tech media in a day, so we wrap up some of the most talked about stories. We give you a daily recap of what you missed in the ReadWriteWeb Community, including a link to some of the most popular discussions in our offsite communities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ as well.

Richard’s Top 10 Web Products of 2011

Wondering which web tools are worth a second look? Take a look at some of the favorite web products of ReadWriteWeb founder, Richard MacManus. This year’s list includes productivity tool Evernote, cloud-based file-sharing favorite, Dropbox, and social phenom Facebook.

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Kindle Fire Use Fastest Growing Tablet Since Original iPad

The Kindle Fire has been released to great fanfare, mixed reviews and millions of devices sold. The device’s growth trajectory has already outpaced that of any other tablet introduced to the market. Secondary statistics show that the growth of the Kindle Fire rivals even that of the original iPad when it was unleashed on the world in the beginning of 2010. (more)

Top Trends of 2011: How TV Grew More Social

This year wasn’t the first time any of us heard about the impact of social media on television. People have talked about TV shows on Facebook and Twitter for about as long as those social networks have existed, and the trend has only accelerated as social media usage in general has exploded. (more)

Why Our Software Still Sucks

Yesterday TrackVia released some surprising survey results here about how frustrated customers are with their computer experience. What is surprising is how low the numbers were. (more)

Long Live Firefox: Google Renews its Search Deal

Ending a month of speculation, Google has renewed its search exclusivity deal with Mozilla, who has long featured Google as the default browser on its Firefox Web browser. (more)

Google: Businesses Are Going Mobile First, Ad Landscape Begins to Shift

With little fanfare, GitHub has released Janky under the MIT license. Janky is a continuous integration (CI) server that runs on top of Jenkins and Hubot, designed to work with projects hosted on GitHub. (more)

The Worst Tech Buzzword Of the Year: Mocial

The technology industry loves to come up with pet names and terms for trends. To name a few that have come out in the last year or so: gamification, social dynamics, check-in, onboard, pivot, open graphs, closed graphs, social graphs. Lots of graphs. Most of these words and terms are fine, if overused, additions to lexicon and fit well within the nerd nomenclature. Yet, there is one that should be banished before it has a chance to spread its wings. (more)

After A Trillion-View Year, What’s Next For YouTube?

YouTube reflected on its banner year today, announcing that it served over 1 trillion playbacks in 2011. “That’s about 140 views for every person on the earth,” YouTube’s Rewind blog post says. YouTube saw record traffic and mobile growth this year. It gets 3 billion views per day, and video uploads have doubled since last year. (more)

I’m Jealous of WordPress for Android 2.0

WordPress has released version 2.0 of its Android app for mobile blogging, and as a WordPress for iOS user, I am jealous. The new app launches with a screen that covers just about every first action a mobile blogger needs. It’s arranged in correct order of priority, and it uses a big, easily tappable grid of buttons with an “action bar” over the top to handle the rest. (more)

You Don’t Have To Use Twitter To Invest $300M In Twitter

Google.com is still one of the cleanest, calmest sites on the Web. At least, it is before you start typing. At this point, you don’t even have to hit enter before the page starts filling up with noise. Google has been hard at work on its core product this year. The changes have affected search quality in uneven ways. (more)

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Source: Daily Wrap: Richard’s Favorite Companies of 2011 and More

Daily Wrap: Hedy Lamarr Biography and More

December 19th, 2011 12:00 admin View Comments

dailywrap-150x150.pngDavid Strom reviews the biography of Hedy Lamarr, The First Geek Movie Star. This and more in today’s Daily Wrap.

Sometimes it’s difficult to catch every story that hits tech media in a day, so we wrap up some of the most talked about stories. We give you a daily recap of what you missed in the ReadWriteWeb Community, including a link to some of the most popular discussions in our offsite communities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ as well.

Hedy Lamarr, The First Geek Movie Star.

Hedy Lamarr, probably more famous for her contributions to Hollywood than to the technology world, is the object of a biography by Richard Rhodes. Apparently while researching a possible breast augmentation with her neighbor, a composer, the two patented a technique for frequency-hopping radio communications that is the basis for spread-spectrum radio communications still in use today.

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10 Tips on Using Twitter Wisely

Twitter is far and away my favorite social network, but it does have its downsides. The 140 character limit? Nope, I actually enjoy the challenge of crafting meaningful messages in limited space. The problems come in when you have users who don’t quite understand the way Twitter is supposed to work, or when people or companies abuse the service. (more)

Google+ Adds Stream Noise Controls, 50 Admins Per Page & New Photo Interface

In what sounds like its last announcement before the holidays, Google+ has shipped one of its best updates yet. It addresses the noisy the stream with a slider at the top of every circle, allowing users to adjust the volume of that circle within their overall stream. It also adds more information to the notifications menu and makes new events easier to understand. (more)

How Well Do You Actually Know The People You Friend On Facebook? [Infographic]

New research from Nielsen’s NM Incite reveals that knowing someone in real-life is the number one reason people friend them on Facebook. Of the 1,865 adult social media users surveyed, 82% reported that they friend people they know in real life and 41% cite “don’t know well” as the top reason for Facebook unfriending people. How does this data size up against Facebook’s purported purpose of “helping build closer ties among friends”? (more)

Fusion Garage and the JooJoo: An Unremarkable Footnote in History

Tablet maker Fusion Garage is on the ropes. One of the first companies to try and make tablet computing commercially viable, has been embroiled in a legal battle with its partners and this weekend lost its legal council after it failed to pay him. The JooJoo, once called the CrunchPad, could have been exciting. Now, it is likely to go down as an unremarkable footnote in history. (more)

Google: Businesses Are Going Mobile First, Ad Landscape Begins to Shift

Smart devices have fundamentally changed how people interact with the world. Users now have information on tap, everywhere at any time. That has correlated into a shift in how consumers react with brands online, in retail stores, what products to buy and when to buy them. When consumers’ brand interaction change, it is a sign that advertising is going to change as well. According to Google, that shift has started to take place. (more)

Instagram on Track to Oust Foursquare as Biggest Mobile Social Network

For a service that only exists on one platform, Instagram has been wildly successfully. The photo-sharing app for iOS is now on track to hit 15 million users, which as a post SocialFresh points out, is how many people are using Foursquare today. (more)

BYOD Management Still Not a Slam Dunk

A series of three independent studies on mobility management and security from Cisco, Mimecast and Good Technology show that managing all this data moving around on laptops and smartphones is going to be a challenge. But you knew that already. But what is clear is that the rate of adoption varies widely, depending on who is doing the measuring. (more)

PhoneGap Releases Version 1.3 With Full Windows Phone Support

PhoneGap is turning 1.3 today. There are a plethora of new features, tools and controls across five platforms in the new PhoneGap release. Biggest among these is Windows Phone’s support of all PhoneGap features, a first for any mobile platform that is not iOS or Android. (more)

You Don’t Have To Use Twitter To Invest $300M In Twitter

The $300 million secondary investment Twitter confirmed Monday morning comes from a key figure in a region where Twitter is experiencing some of its fastest growth.

Never mind that Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the Saudi investor whose Kingdom Holding investment firm has stakes in Apple, Citigroup, and now, 3% ownership of Twitter, isn’t a big user of the service himself (Prince Alwaleed follows just 25 users with his account – including Fox News and Barack Obama – and he hasn’t tweeted since Oct. 6 when he sent out RIP condolences to Steve Jobs). (more)

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Source: Daily Wrap: Hedy Lamarr Biography and More

SpyEye Botnet Nets Fraudster $3.2M In Six Months

September 17th, 2011 09:12 admin View Comments

Botnet

wiredmikey writes “The SpyEye Trojan has a well-earned place of respect in the cyber-underground as an adaptable and effective piece of malware. Those same traits have also made it a bane for countless victims and the security community, and new research provides yet another reminder of why. According to security researchers, a hacker in his early 20s known by the alias ‘Soldier’ led a bank fraud operation that netted $3.2 million in six months. Powered by the SpyEye crimeware kit and aided by money mules and an accomplice believed to reside in Hollywood, Soldier commanded a botnet of more than 25,000 computers between April 19 and June 29 that compromised bank accounts and made off with the profits. Most of the victims were in the U.S., but there were a handful of victims in 90 other countries as well. Among the affected organizations were banks, educational facilities and government agencies.”

Source: SpyEye Botnet Nets Fraudster $3.2M In Six Months

$5M In Torrented Files Presented As Art

September 8th, 2011 09:18 admin View Comments

Piracy

ideonexus snips thus from Wired: “The Art 404 gallery is currently exhibiting a piece by Manuel Palou called ’5 Million Dollars, 1 Terabyte’ which is a ‘sculpture’ consisting of a 1 TB external hard drive containing $5,000,000 worth of illegally downloaded files. The hard drive is displayed on a pedestal at the gallery.” Adds ideonexus: “There is a PDF of the files stored on the device with links to the torrents.” I’d like this to be an exhibit at every trial in which gigantic money damages are claimed for copyright infringement.

Source: $5M In Torrented Files Presented As Art

WordPress 3.1 Downloaded 15 Million Times In Under 5 Months

July 4th, 2011 07:08 admin View Comments

The latest stable version of WordPress, 3.1, was first released on 23 February 2011.

Now, less than 5 months later, the blogging software has been downloaded over 15 million times according to a tweet posted mere minutes ago (and the download counter).

Joomla just recently announced that its software has been downloaded 23 million times (note that this is the total number, not for any specific versions of the software solution).

For your information: WordPress 3.1 is what TechCrunch uses to power most of its sites. The latest version of the popular blogging software product is actually WordPress 3.1.4, which is a maintenance and security update for all previous versions.

Just yesterday, WordPress parent company Automattic published a blog post, announcing that the next version, WordPress 3.2, will be released ‘very soon’ (release candidate here).

With WordPress 3.2, Automattic will finally be dropping support for Internet Explorer 6.

Related: Automattic Hits 300 Million Unique Visitors, Roughly $10M In Revenue

Source: WordPress 3.1 Downloaded 15 Million Times In Under 5 Months

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