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Submission + - Microsoft warns Windows XP is six times less secure than Windows 8 (v3.co.uk)

TinTops writes: Businesses still running XP should switch to Windows 8 as soon as possible, as Microsoft details its own findings into the relative security of its operating systems:

"If you look at the infection rate on Windows systems you can see older versions are infected more than newer machines. Windows XP is six-times more likely to be infected than Windows 8, even though it has the same malware encounter rate," said Mike Reavey, GM of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, at the RSA Conference in Amsterdam.

He added: "The downward rate is a sign of secure development practices," he said. "In pretty much every service in Microsoft we have people devoted purely on security, focused on what's going on in the marketplace and what's needed to secure it."

Submission + - Gigabyte's Brix mini PC could rival the Raspberry Pi (theinquirer.net)

llebeel writes: Gigabyte previewed a mini PC called Brix at a "tech tour" event in London last night, which could see the firm take on the Raspberry Pi.

Boasting what the firm claims is "the same power as a tower PC", the mini computer boasts a choice of Intel Celeron or Core processors as powerful as the Core i7 chip for "low to high power".

However, as yet specs are thin on the ground, but we do know it should launch in the UK within the next month or so..

Apple

Submission + - Apple: 75% of our world wide power needs now come from renewable power sources (apple.com)

skade88 writes: Wow! Color me green on this one! I am normally very critical of Apple's business practices, but this one is just perfect all around! Apple now owns and runs enough renewable energy power plants that 75% of their world wide power needs come from renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and hydro.

From the Apple Blog Post: 'Our investments are paying off. We’ve already achieved 100 percent renewable energy at all of our data centers, at our facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, and Munich, and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. And for all of Apple’s corporate facilities worldwide, we’re at 75 percent, and we expect that number to grow as the amount of renewable energy available to us increases. We won’t stop working until we achieve 100 percent throughout Apple.'

Any other big power hungry data centers want to step up and join Apple on this one? Im looking at you Google and Rackspace!

AMD

Submission + - AMD to sell cut down version of Sony PlayStation 4 chip (theinquirer.net)

illiteratehack writes: Although Sony's PlayStation 4 launch didn't include a physical console, the company revealed some technical details of the chip that will power its console. Now AMD revealed the 'Jaguar' processor, which has CPU and GPU on the same die, includes both AMD and Sony IP so it isn't merely commoditized x86 silicon in the PlayStation 4 and that it plans to launch a cut down version of the same chip later this year, albeit with fewer cores.
Lord of the Rings

Submission + - Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing (slate.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Last year, when we discussed news that The Hobbit would be filmed at 48 frames per second, instead of the standard 24, many were skeptical that format would take hold. Now that the film has been released, an article at Slate concedes that it's a bit awkward and takes a while to get used to, but ends up being to the benefit of the film and the entire industry as well. 'The 48 fps version of The Hobbit is weird, that’s true. It’s distracting as hell, yes yes yes. Yet it’s also something that you’ve never seen before, and is, in its way, amazing. Taken all together, and without the prejudice of film-buffery, Jackson’s experiment is not a flop. It’s a strange, unsettling success. ... It does not mark the imposition from on high of a newer, better standard—one frame rate to rule them all (and in the darkness bind them). It’s more like a shift away from standards altogether. With the digital projection systems now in place, filmmakers can choose the frame rate that makes most sense for them, from one project to the next.'
Google

Submission + - Google threatens French media ban (bbc.co.uk)

another random user writes: Google has threatened to exclude French media sites from search results if France goes ahead with plans to make search engines to pay for content.

In a letter sent to several ministerial offices, Google said such a law "would threaten its very existence".

French newspaper publishers have been pushing for the law, saying it is unfair that Google receives advertising revenue from searches for news. French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti also favours the idea. She told a parliamentary commission it was "a tool that it seems important to me to develop".

Linux

Submission + - Linux turns 20 today (theinquirer.net)

illiteratehack writes: The kernel that is found running smartphones, desktops, laptops, servers and high performance clusters turns 20 years old today. The Inquirer looks back at the growing pains of what has undoubtedly become one of the most important contributions to the IT industry in the past 50 years. In just 20 years it has become hard not to find a system running Linux and that is something that the FOSS community should all be proud of.
Patents

Submission + - Patent Troll Lawyer Sanctioned: Extortion Tactics (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: For all the stories of patent trolls and copyright trolls, there haven't been too many stories of either being sanctioned for abusive or extortion-like practices... until now. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (one level below the Supreme Court) has approved over $600,000 in sanctions against a lawyer for a patent troll, saying that filing over a hundred lawsuits, each of which was followed up almost immediately with offers to settle at fees much cheaper than it would cost to fight, has the "indicia of extortion." Now if only judges started doing that more often.
Cloud

Submission + - Microsoft Says Homomorphic Computing Is Practical (technologyreview.com)

holy_calamity writes: "Homomorphic computing makes it possible to compute with encrypted data and get an encrypted result, something that could make cloud services more secure. Such systems have so far been mathematical proofs, but researchers at Microsoft now say that stripped down versions able to only compute certain mathematical functions are efficient enough to be used today. They built prototype software capable of calculating statistical functions using encrypted data and say it could be used for processing medical data while protecting privacy."

Submission + - Skype decides to release iPad application (theinquirer.net)

illiteratehack writes: Skype, after initially removing its iPad application in order to "ensure the best possible Skype experience", the firm has decided the time was, in fact, right for Apple's iPad users to get their hands on a Skype client made specifically for the iPad.

Skype says that the large screen of the iPad 2 is perfect for video callsand claim there are a number of "iPad optimised features". Will Android tablets get the same level of optimisation?

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