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Submission + - iPhone 5 A6 SoC reverse engineered, reveals rare hand-made custom CPU (

MrSeb writes: "Reverse engineering company Chipworks has completed its initial microscopic analysis of Apple's new A6 SoC (found in the iPhone 5), and there are some rather interesting findings. First, there's a tri-core GPU — and then there's a custom, hand-made dual-core ARM CPU. Hand-made chips are very rare nowadays, with Chipworks reporting that it hasn't seen a non-Intel hand-made chip for "years." The advantage of hand-drawn chips is that they can be more efficient and capable of higher clock speeds — but they take a lot longer (and cost a lot more) to design. Perhaps this is finally the answer to what PA Semi's engineers have been doing at Apple since the company was acquired back in 2008..."

Submission + - Black Hole Behemoth Shreds Baby Star System (

astroengine writes: "A new analysis of recent observations finds evidence for a protoplanetary disk around a red dwarf star plunging in the direction of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Ruth Murray-Clay and Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics did the theoretical work. Stefan Gillessen of the Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics made the observations using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope. The red dwarf star will make its closest approach in the summer of 2013, hurtling only 270 billion miles from black hole. (Or roughly 54 solar system diameters, as measured from the furthest edge of the Kuiper belt.) It won't get sucked into the black hole, but it will be flung back along its elliptical orbit out to a distance of a little more than 1/10 light-years."

Submission + - Winner of Develop for Privacy Challenge Will Be An (

BeatTheChip writes: "An international coalition of privacy groups will announce the winner of the 2011 Develop for Privacy Challenge ( at the DEFCON security conference this week. The winning app – which will be unveiled at the event – demonstrates that advances in consumer technology do not need to come at the expense of privacy. Other outstanding submissions will be also recognized. The winning developer will be onsite at the event, and the app will be available under an open source license.


Submission + - Cyber Attack Threats Nearing Statistical Certainty (

wiredmikey writes: It’s rare that a day goes by without seeing news of another breach or other form of cyber attack in the news headlines. According to a recent survey, organizations are currently experiencing multiple breaches, with more than half (59 percent) of respondents citing two or more breaches in the past 12 months.

The survey included responses from 583 IT and IT security practitioners in the United States with an average of 9.57 years of experience. More than half (51 percent) were employed by organizations with more than 5,000 employees. The results revealed that the threat from cyber attacks today is nearing statistical certainty and businesses of every type and size are vulnerable to attacks.

Overall, respondents to the survey indicated that security breaches have cost them a least half a million dollars to address in terms of cash outlays, business disruption, revenue losses, internal labor, overhead and other expenses. Most respondents (59 percent) said that the most severe consequence of any breach was the theft of information assets followed by business disruption.

Submission + - US House takes up major overhaul of patent system (

Bookworm09 writes: WASHINGTON The House on Wednesday took up the most far-reaching overhaul of the patent system in 60 years, a bill that leaders in both parties said would make it easier for inventors to get their innovations to market and help put people back to work.

The legislation, supported by the Obama administration and a broad range of business groups and high tech companies, aims to ease the lengthy backlog in patent applications, clean up some of the procedures that can lead to costly litigation and put the United States under the same filing system as the rest of the industrialized world.

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