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Submission + - Fake Komodia root SSL certs in use by over +100 companies (

Billly Gates writes: Lenovo and Superfish are not the only companies who used the fake root SSL certificates by Komodia to spy and decrypt network traffic. Komodia advertises its products including a SSL-digestor to rid the obtrusive thing we call encryption and security. So far game accelerators are mentioned as some have seen these certs installed with Asus lan accelerator drivers.

Submission + - Microsoft trademarks Windows 365. Gives hint to renting (

Billly Gates writes: There was confusion during the Microsoft consumer preview of Windows 10 last month. Microsoft mentioned it was a free upgrade for one year for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. What did the meaning of "free for one year" mean? It turns on the government paperwork for the trademark included references for operating systems in addition to other services like video on demand and extra software. Does this mean Microsoft plans to go the road of Adobe and allow only rentals to use your own computer?

Submission + - Microsoft Aims To Offer Windows 10 Upgrades For All Windows Phone 8 Lumias

An anonymous reader writes: News suggesting that Microsoft plans to offer Windows 10 upgrades for all its Windows Phone 8 devices broke today. “It’s our intention to enable a Windows 10 upgrade for Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat. “At this early stage in the development process, and given the vast portfolio of Windows devices worldwide, we can’t predict that all devices will be upgradeable, but it is our intention that the Lumia smartphone line be upgradeable to Windows 10.”

Submission + - AMD Catalyst Driver To Enable Mantle, Fix Frame Pacing, Support HSA For Kaveri (

MojoKid writes: AMD has a new set of drivers coming in a couple of days that are poised to resolve a number of longstanding issues and enable a handful of new features as well, most notably support for Mantle. AMD's new Catalyst 14.1 beta driver is going to be the first publicly available driver from AMD that will support Mantle, AMD’s “close to the metal” API that will let developers wring additional performance from GCN-based GPUs. However, the new drivers will also add support for the HSA-related features introduced with the recently released Kaveri APU, and will reportedly fix the frame pacing issues associated with Radeon HD 7000 series CrossFire configurations. A patch for Battlefield 4 is due to arrive soon as well and AMD is claiming performance gains in excess of 40 percent in CPU limited scenarios but smaller gains in GPU-limited conditions, with average gains of 11 — 13 percent over all.

Submission + - Target Admits 110 Million Victims in Data Breach, Not 40 Million (

Nerval's Lobster writes: Retail giant Target continues to drastically downplay the impact of the massive data breach it suffered during December, even while admitting the number of customers affected is nearly twice as large as it had previously estimated. Target admitted today the massive data breach it suffered during the Christmas shopping season was more than twice as large and far more serious than previously disclosed. A Jan. 10 press release admits the number of customers affected by the second-largest corporate data breach in history had increased from 40 million to 70 million, and that the data stolen included emails, phone numbers, street addresses and other information absent from the stolen transactional data that netted thieves 40 million debit- and credit-card numbers and PINs. “As part of Target’s ongoing forensic investigation, it has been determined that certain guest information — separate from the payment card data previously disclosed — was taken during the data breach” according to Target’s statement. “This theft is not a new breach, but was uncovered as part of the ongoing investigation.” The new revalation does represent a new breach, however, or at least the breach of an unrelated system during the period covered during the same attack, according to the few details Target has released. Most analysts and news outlets have blamed the breach on either the security of Target’s Windows-based Point-of-Sale systems or the company’s failure to fulfill its security obligations under the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

Submission + - PC Shipments In 2013 See The Worst Yearly Decline In History 4

An anonymous reader writes: The PC market continues to be in free fall, having now seen its seventh consecutive quarter of declining worldwide shipments. Worldwide PC shipments dropped to 82.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to Gartner, a 6.9 percent decrease from the same period last year. It’s worth emphasizing that this past quarter resulted in a total of 315.9 million units shipped in 2013, a 10 percent decline from 2012, and the worst decline in PC market history. The overall shipment level was equal to the one in 2009.

Submission + - Windows 8 Now Has More Users Than Windows Vista

SmartAboutThings writes: StatCounter has available interesting data when it comes to the market share of operating systems for the entire year of 2913. In the United States, Windows Vista had a market share of 9.29% compared to Windows 8s market share of 6.6%. In Europe, Windows 8 managed to obtain only 5.95% of the operating systems market while Vista had less than in the United States, 7.67%. Mac OS X was above Windows Vista in both geographical locations, as well. Windows 7 still remains the absolute leader, being followed by Windows XP. On a worldwide scale, though, Windows 8 has managed to surpass Windows Vista, with 6.12% compared to 5.85%. So, this means that it wasn’t Europe and North America which drove the Windows 8 adoption, but the rest of the world. The data provided by Stat Counter only covers desktop PCs laptops.

Submission + - GCC 4.9 Will Make Compilers More Exciting In 2014 ( 1

noahfecks writes: It seems that the GCC developers finally took actions to improve after CLANG is stepping ahead. Among the highlights to look forward to right now with GCC 4.9 include:
  • The Undefined Behavior Sanitizer has been ported to GCC.
  • ADA and Fortran have seen upgrades.
  • Improved C++14 support.
  • - RX100, RX200, and RX600 processor support by GCC.
  • Intel Silvermont hardware support.


Submission + - In 2011, Fracking Was #2 in Causing Greenhouse Gas in US (

eldavojohn writes: According to Bloomberg, drilling and fracking results in greenhouse gases second only to coal power plants in the United States. From the article, 'Emissions from drilling, including fracking, and leaks from transmission pipes totaled 225 million metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalents during 2011, second only to power plants, which emitted about 10 times that amount.' According to Mother Jones, we now have more giant methane fireballs than any other country in the world and we can now see once dim North Dakota at night from space.

Submission + - GNOME D-Bus finds its way into the Linux Kernel (

An anonymous reader writes: GNOME D-Bus finds its way into mainstream Linux Kernel. As this was another decision that found its agreement at FOSDEM 2013. this besides going Java Scrip and Sandboxing Apps.

Submission + - Woz Says iPhone Features Are 'Behind' (

redletterdave writes: "The iPhone may be one of the bestselling smartphones on the planet, but Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak believes Apple's flagship smartphone has fallen behind its competitors, namely those built by Samsung, when it comes to smartphone features. Speaking at Businessweek's Best Brand Awards on Thursday evening, Wozniak said he was proud of how loyal Apple fans were to the iPhone, but also said 'this loyalty is not given,' shortly before denouncing his own company's smartphone. 'Currently we are, in my opinion, somewhat behind with features in the smartphone business,' Wozniak said. 'Others have caught up. Samsung is a big competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products.'"

Submission + - Windows 8 proving less popular than Vista ( 5

NettiWelho writes: Data from Net Applications shows that Windows 8 is less popular than Windows Vista, the operating system that proved unpopular with the enthusiast audience.

Windows 8 usage uptake has slipped behind Vista’s in the same point in its release. Windows 8 online usage share is around 1.6% of all Windows PC’s which is less than the 2.2% share that Windows Vista commanded at the same two month mark after release.

Net Applications monitor operating system usage by recording OS version for around 40,000 sites it monitors for clients.

The slowdown for Windows 8 adoption is a bad sign for Microsoft who experienced great success with the release of Windows 7.

Data was measured up to the 22nd of December, so there is still time by the end of the month for Windows 8 to claim a higher percentage of the user base.


Submission + - Vulnerabilities in Java and Adobe to Become Main Targets (

An anonymous reader writes: Software vulnerabilities will be the main target of cyber-criminals next year. In 2012, Java, which is installed on hundreds of millions of devices, was repeatedly compromised and used to actively infect millions of users. Adobe, given the popularity of its applications (Acrobat Reader, Flash, etc.) and its multiple security flaws, was also one of the favorite tools for massively infecting users as well as for targeted attacks.

Submission + - Some Apple iMac's "Assembled in America" ( 1

whisper_jeff writes: A number of newly-purchased standard units are showing an "Assembled in America" notation. While the markings don't necessarily mean that Apple is in the midst of transferring its entire assembly operation from China to the U.S., it does indicate that at least a few of the new iMacs were substantially assembled domestically.

Submission + - OEMs Confirm Intel's Broadwell CPU Won't Be Sold In Interchangeable Sockets (

sfcrazy writes: PC enthusiasts which like to buy separate processor and motherboards are in for a surprise from Intel, the microprocessor manufacturer. Newer versions of the Intel "Core" Processor will be soldered onto the motherboard. This means that 2014's Broadwell chip, the successor to 2013's Haswell, will be sold only in a non-socket version. Although Intel has not confirmed this story, motherboard OEMs have confirmed the story. What we don't have is a complete picture of Intel in 2014. This means that the story has properties of a rumor.

Time is an illusion perpetrated by the manufacturers of space.