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Intel

Intel Demos Phone and Tablet In New Mobile Chip Push 99

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the we-can-make-it-smaller dept.
holy_calamity writes "Intel is making another assault on the mobile processor market, showing off a prototype phone and a tablet using its newest mobile processor Medfield. The company claims that products based on the chips will appear in the first half of next year. There's reason to believe that Intel might get somewhere this time. Its chipsets traditionally comprise three separate chips, a design that guzzles power. Medfield introduces an all-in-one chip, mirroring the power efficient design of the ARM-based chips that run smart phones and tablets in the market today."
Bug

+ - Latest Microsoft Patch Wreaks Havoc on Sharepoint->

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snydeq
snydeq writes "Microsoft's latest Black Tuesday SharePoint patch is causing Windows SharePoint Servers to lock up, according to a report from InfoWorld. There does not appear to be a single solution to the problem, which Microsoft has yet to officially acknowledge. Compounding the problem is a bug that prevents patch KB 983444 from being uninstalled. 'Patching gurus recommend that anyone who's encountered this problem call Microsoft support and file a problem report. Immediately. Until the level of clamor reaches a critical point, Microsoft may not have sufficient impetus to fix the patch.'"
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Security

+ - Botnets Using Ubiquity as Security->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "As major botnet operators have moved from top-down C&C infrastructures, like those employed throughout the 1990s and most of the last decade, to more flexible peer-to-peer designs, they also have found it much easier to keep their networks up and running once they're discovered. When an attacker at just one, or at most, two, C&C servers doling out commands to compromised machines, evading detection and keeping the command server online were vitally important. But that's all changed now. With many botnet operators maintaining dozens or sometimes hundreds of C&C servers around the world at any one time, the effect of taking a handful of them offline is negligible, experts say, making takedown operations increasingly complicated and time-consuming.

It's security through ubiquity.

Security researchers say this change, which has been occurring gradually in the last couple of years, has made life much more difficult for them. While it's a simpler task to find a C&C server when it's one of a hundred or so, taking the server offline if much less effective than it used to be. Researchers in recent months have identified and cleaned hundreds of domains being used by the Gumblar botnet, but that's had little effect on the botnet's overall operation."

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Comment: Re:Apple's the next microsoft (Score 1) 527

by noncaptusest (#32475758) Attached to: Apple's HTML5 and Standards Gallery Not Standard

Well, not all people, if not most, have CS degrees. A large percentage of those people do not even care. A decent portion of those people are customers of Apple. Do you want to get them involved in terminology, alpha, beta or RC stages of development or just give them something that works for them. My guess i tshe last one.

So ye, maybe this is quite fishy on Apple's part for all the "rest" of us considering their declaration not long ago, e.g. Flash bashing by Jobs etc.. However, instead of bashing Apple we should get people thinking about things; even if it is kind of hard at the beginning.

Medicine

Cheap Incubator Backpack Could Reduce Infant Deaths 76

Posted by timothy
from the also-would-be-fun-to-carry-babies-around dept.
Boy Wunda writes "In just one six-month period in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2006, 96 newborn babies who were in need of medical care died before they could get help. In many developing nations, these deaths could be prevented simply by providing better ways for medical responders to transport infants properly over rough terrain and keep them alive until they can reach hospitals and clinics. Now, a group of Colorado State University seniors has designed and filed a patent for a medically equipped incubator backpack unit that they believe can reduce baby deaths in medical emergencies both in the United States and in newly industrialized nations."
Media

Theora Development Continues Apace, VP8 Now Open Source 312

Posted by timothy
from the long-term-vision dept.
SergeyKurdakov writes "Monty 'xiphmont' Montgomery of the Xiph Foundation says the latest action-packed, graph- and demo-clip-stuffed Theora project update page (demo 9) is now up for all and sundry! Catch up on what's gone into the new Theora encoder Ptalarbvorm over the last few months. It also instructs how to pronounce 'Ptalarbvorm.' Ptalarbvorm is not a finished release encoder yet, though I've personally been using it in production for a few months. Pace on improvements hasn't slowed down — the subjective psychovisual work being done by Tim Terriberry and Greg Maxwell has at least doubled-again on the improvements made by Thusnelda, and they're not anywhere near done yet. As a bonus Monty gathered all Xiph demo pages in one place." Also on the video codec front, and also with a Xiph connection, atamido writes "Google has released On2's VP8 video codec to the world, royalty-free. It is packaging it with Vorbis audio, in a subset of the Matroska container, and calling it WebM. It's not branded as an exclusively Google project — Mozilla and Opera are also contributors. Builds of your favorite browsers with full support are available." An anonymous reader points out this technical analysis of VP8.

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