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Submission + - Should Cable Boxes Be Put to Sleep? (electronichouse.com)

ElectronicHouseGrant writes: "In the brave new world of home connectivity, making a set-top box energy-efficient becomes both a challenge and a necessity, as many set-top boxes will serve as gateways into the home not just for hundreds of video channels, but for Internet services, VoIP phone and networking—all features that require more energy and 24/7 network readiness.In light of this, Broadcom’s new BCM7425VMS chip set can allow for four different power states, programmable by the cable or satellite operator or hardware vendor"
Microsoft

Submission + - MS Office for iOS & Android by November (bgr.com) 1

udas writes: "BGR posted an image of an iPad running Office in Feb, too. But Microsoft refuted its autheticity. BGR now claims they have a reliable source. It does make sense, given Microsoft's (lack of) Smartphone market share. If this does happen, I wonder what that means for Microsoft's push towards the phone / tablet market, and, in corollary to Nokia."
Microsoft

Submission + - Rumor: Windows 8 to ship with Adobe Flash (tech-stew.com)

techfun89 writes: "There are leaks of the upcoming Windows 8 Release Preview (Release Candidate) showing Flash running on IE10 in the Metro interface but only on certain popular sites such as Disney. Those sites seem to be ones that can be trusted with Flash and don't have an HTML5 alternative.

Microsoft swore to new stringent standards that included not allowing any add-ons with IE 10 in Metro.

Microsoft has a close tie with Adobe and Adobe likely supplied Microsoft with the source code for Flash, allowing a tighter, more secure integration with IE 10. Hence, this doesn't technically break Microsoft's no add-on policy and the code is tested in a way that meets their new standards."

Networking

Submission + - Groups launch $200M gigabit-per-second broadband project (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: An Ohio startup company has raised $200 million to fund gigabit-per-second broadband projects in six university communities across the U.S., the company announced Wednesday. Gigabit Squared will work with the University Community Next Generation Innovation Project (Gig.U), a coalition of 30 universities focused on improved broadband, to select six communities in which to build the ultra-fast broadband networks, they said. The two organizations will select winning communities between November and the first quarter of 2013, Mark Ansboury, president of Gigabit Squared, said. The new project comes at an important time, when many commercial broadband providers have stopped deploying next-generation networks, said Blair Levin, executive director of Gig.U and lead author of the FCC's 2010 national broadband plan.
Data Storage

Submission + - 60TB Disk Drives Could Be Reality In 2016 (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "The maximum areal densities of hard disk drives are expected to more than double by 2016, according to IHS iSuppli. Hard drive company Seagate has also predicted a doubling of drive density, and now IHS iSuppli is confirming what the vendor community already knew. Leading the way for greater disk density will be technologies such as heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), which Seagate patented in 2006. Seagate has already said it will be able to produce a 60TB 3.5-in. hard drive by 2016. Laptop drives could reach 10TB to 20TB in the same time frame, IHS iSuppli stated. It said areal densities are projected to climb to a maximum 1,800 Gbits per square inch per platter by 2016, up from 744 Gbits per square inch in 2011. Areal density equals bit density, or bits of information per inch of a track multiplied by tracks per inch on a drive platter. From 2011 to 2016, the five-year compound annual growth rate for HDD areal densities will be equivalent to 19%, IHS iSuppli wrote in its report. This year, hard drive areal densities are estimated to reach 780Gbits per square inch per platter, and then rise to 900Gbits per square inch next year. '"The rise in areal density will pave the way for continued growth of the [hard disk drive] industry,' said Fang Zhang, an analyst for storage systems at IHS."
Businesses

Submission + - 38 Studios Financially Collapsing (escapistmagazine.com)

medv4380 writes: 38 Studios, run by Curt Shilling, is having a hard time paying its bills and employees. The gaming community hasn't been happy with 38 Studios since issue with an Online Pass for Single Player Content discussed previously here. For Curt to rant against Obama and welfare addiction makes it seem like the pot has been calling the kettle black since he received a $75 million dollar loan from Republican Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee. When 38 Studios defaults RI will have to cover the loan and interest of nearly $100 Million.
Google

Submission + - Court Rules NSA Doesn't Have To Confirm Or Deny Secret Relationship With Google (forbes.com) 1

Sparrowvsrevolution writes: A DC appeals court has ruled that the National Security Agency doesn’t need to either confirm or deny its secret relationship with Google in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and follow-up lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. The NSA cited a FOIA exemption that covers any documents whose exposure might hinder the NSA’s national security mission, and responded to EPIC with a "no comment." Beyond merely rejecting the FOIA request, the court has agreed with the NSA that it has the right to simply not respond to the request, as even a rejection of the request might reveal details of a suspected relationship with Google that it has sought to keep secret.

Google was reported to have partnered with the NSA to bolster its defenses against hackers after its breach by Chinese cyberspies in early 2010. But to the dismay of privacy advocates who fear the NSA's surveillance measures coupled with Google's trove of data, the company has never explained the details of that partnership.

Security

Submission + - New .secure Internet Domain on Tap (darkreading.com)

CowboyRobot writes: "A new top-level domain (TLD) in the works for the Internet will bake security in from the outset: The .secure domain will require fully encrypted HTTPS sessions and a comprehensive vetting process for websites and their operators. If the new domain takes off, it could shift the way Web domains are secured. ICANN is expected to sign off on .secure, and for the new TLD to be up and running June or July 2013."
Linux

Submission + - Open Source Driver For Microsoft Surface 2.0 (ubuntuvibes.com)

dartttt writes: Florian Echtler has developed an open-source driver for the Microsoft Surface 2.0 touch screen. According to him, the open source implementation works surprisingly well on Ubuntu 11.10. The process requires you to boot Linux on your Surface 2.0 in the first place. However, it can be done by just booting Ubuntu from a USB hard disk without modify anything on the original Win7 installation.
China

Submission + - Volkswagen Crowdsources its Way to a Hover Car (gizmag.com) 1

Zothecula writes: The world of personal mobility transporters doesn't bring a whole lot of glamor. The Segway was never exactly an enviable ride, and newer concepts like the GM EN-V aren't any better. But a Volkswagen that hovers a few feet over the ground? That channels a mix of Back to the Future and The Jetsons that adds some excitement to the personal mobility segment. The Hover Car is one of three top concepts that Volkswagen procured through the crowd-sourced "People's Car Project" (PCP). Since debuting the project in China nearly a year ago, Volkswagen has inspired 33 million website visitors and 119,000 unique ideas for possible products and technologies.
Science

Submission + - Microsoft makes ambitious carbon neutral pledge (computerworlduk.com) 1

Qedward writes: Chief operating officer Kevin Turner says Microsoft will be “carbon neutral across all our direct operations including data centres, software development labs, air travel, and office buildings” from July 1, the start of the 2012 fiscal year.

Turner added: "We are hopeful that our decision will encourage other companies, large and small, to look at what they can do to address this important issue.

Microsoft

Submission + - Why You Don't Want a $99 Xbox 360 (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "Peter Smith has done the math on Microsoft's $99 Xbox 360 — 4GB model (no hard drive) and a Kinect sensor. Here's why it's a bad deal: 'You'll be paying $99 + $359.76 in monthly fees, or $458.76 over the course of two years. Compare that with (I'm using prices from Amazon that were accurate as of May 7th, 2012) $287.70 for an Xbox 360 4GB + Kinect bundle, and two 12-month Xbox Live Gold cards at $48.41 each, a total of $384.52. So you're paying almost $75 for the privilege of laying out small cash now.' And then there's the not insignificant matter of early termination fees."

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