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Submission + - Mozilla Breaks Its Own Promise, Allows Symantec to Issue Insecure Certificates (

An anonymous reader writes: After researchers discovered that SHA-1 can be decrypted, Mozilla, together with Microsoft and Google, said they will no longer "trust" SHA-1-issued certificates issued after January 1 2016.

The foundation went back on its word this week, when Symantec begged Mozilla to allow it to issue nine new certificates for a client that forgot to request these certificates before January 1. Symantec got what it wanted. Fortunately, other companies like Microsoft, Apple, or Google didn't cave under pressure.


Submission + - Samsung Retaliates Against Ericsson With Patent Complaint ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The wireless patent wars don't pause at Christmas time, keeping numerous IP lawyers (and a certain litigation watcher) busy even at this time of year. No one seriously expected Samsung to turn the other cheek when Ericsson sued it and requested a U.S. import ban against a host of Galaxy devices. The Korean electronics giant, which is increasingly competing with Ericsson in the telecoms infrastructure market, just filed an ITC complaint of its own. The title of the complaint is Certain Wireless Communication Equipment and Articles Therein. That description would apply to dozens, no: hundreds, of patent lawsuits in the world. The complaint has not been published yet, but it would be out of character for Samsung not to assert some of its patents on wireless industry standards (and maybe some others, too).

Submission + - Intel has an x86 tablet that's more efficient than ARM (EMBARGO UNTIL 2PM PST) (


Last week, EE Times wrote: "Intel’s Clover Trail, a dual-core Atom SoC for tablets, consumes as much as a half a watt less that Tegra 3 on some tasks, Intel told a group of analysts recently."

What they didn't report was that the Tom's Hardware Team was giving the presentation to those financial analysts along with Intel engineers. We have our detailed report, including photos of the specialized test equipment, comparing the power consumption of the flagship Windows 8 RT tablet, the Microsoft Surface powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3, against a currently shipping tablet powered by the Intel Atom Z2760."


Submission + - Windows 8 sales match it's reviews (

Mattygfunk1 writes: "CNBC reports PC sales are down after the release of Windows 8. Emmanuel Fromont, president of the Americas division of Acer, the world’s No. 4 PC maker, said sales of the company’s Windows 8 PCs had been lower than expected. He said one factor was the system’s unfamiliar design, which appeared to be making consumers cautious.

“There was not a huge spark in the market,” Mr. Fromont said. “It’s a slow start, there’s no question.”"


Submission + - Can Science Work on TV?

newslash.formatblows writes: The Discovery Channel took a break from following gold miners around last night and featured a show called "Zombie Apocalypse", supposedly detailing how it could really happen (!). TLC (formerly The Learning Channel) now seems to specialize in personal makeovers, cake decorating, and shows like "Honey Boo Boo" and "Long Island Medium". The Science Channel is having a day-long series of a science fiction show (we already have a Sci-Fi channel). The History Channel seems obsessed with pawn shops and UFO stories. PBS is out there, but it's not science-focused. Is there any hope that the pendulum will swing the other way and the cable stations will stop dumbing down science or trying to sell total nonsense?

Submission + - New mouth wash effectively combats tooth decay (

thinkingintermsof writes: "For nearly a decade Wenyuan Shi, a researcher at UCLA School of Dentistry, has been developing a revolutionary new mouthwash aimed at effectively eliminating tooth decay. The technology is a partnership with Colgate-Palmolive and from C3-Jian Inc.

"The best analogy I've been using is a 'weeds vs. grass' with this technology that we call STAMPS (specifically targeted anti-microbial peptides). What it does is it acts like a smart bomb, it only kills the weeds not the grass." — Wenyuan Shi"


Submission + - IE And Firefox Gain, While Chrome Loses Users For Third Month In A Row 1

An anonymous reader writes: November 2012 wasn’t too crazy a month for browsers, but there were some notable milestones. It was the first full month of IE10 availability. Mozilla launched Firefox 17 and Google released Chrome 23. Between October and November, Internet Explorer gained an impressive 0.63 percentage points. Firefox meanwhile regained its recent losses, grabbing 0.45 percentage points, while Chrome fell a whopping 1.31 percentage points (more than in September and October combined). Safari gained 0.04 percentage points and even Opera managed to pick up 0.07 percentage points.

Submission + - Windows 8 adoption as slow as Vista (

Billly Gates writes: Computerworld recently published an article after Microsoft claimed $40 million copies were sold making it the most popular version of Windows ever made! Many of us had our doubts with stories of Microsoft and retailers blaming OEMs for low projections. Netmarketshare says otherwise as actual usage shows it only slighter higher than Vista with Windows 7 HUGELY more popular. Is Microsoft counting every new PC sale a Windows 8 one including corps who are imaging each device with Windows 7?

Submission + - Jolla unveils Sailfish OS (

ryzvonusef writes: The date we were promised an introduction to Sailfish is here, and it turns out Jolla's not just targeting smartphones with its MeeGo-based OS, but tablets, smart TVs and other devices, too. Jolla has kept its OS under wraps until now, but it wants Sailfish to be an open-source affair which "will be built through community involvement and participation." The SDK is being released today, and we should get a look at the UI during a presentation occurring shortly. We're assured superb multitasking capabilities, as well as deep personalization and "fast and effortless interaction." Jolla has said Sailfish will be available for use with "multiple chipset technologies," and is already supported on ST-Ericsson's NovaThor platforms. It's also reported that it's partnering with Finnish carrier DNA to promote and sell Sailfish smartphones on home turf.

You can watch the livestream here:


Submission + - Super-Earth Discovered in Stars' Habitable Zone (

astroengine writes: "The family of planets circling a relatively close dwarf star has grown to six, including a potential rocky world at least seven times more massive than Earth that is properly located for liquid water to exist on its surface, a condition believed to be necessary for life. Scientists added three new planets to three discovered in 2008 orbiting an orange star called HD 40307, which is roughly three-quarters as massive as the sun and located about 42 light-years away in the constellation Pictor. Of particular interest is the outermost planet, which is believed to fly around its parent star over 320 days, a distance that places it within HD 40307's so-called "habitable zone.""
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Submission + - Welsh Scientists Develop 2,000 Times Faster Fibre Optic Broadband (

Mark.JUK writes: "Scientists working under an EU funded (3 Million Euros) project out of Bangor University in Wales (United Kingdom) have developed a commercially-exploitable way of boosting broadband speeds over end-user fibre optic lines by using Optical Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OOFDM) technology, which splits a laser down to multiple different optical frequencies (each of which can be used to carry data), and low-cost off-the-shelf components.

The scientists claim that their solution has the ability to "increase broadband transmission by up to two thousand times the current speed and capacity" (most UK Fibre-to-the-Home or similar services currently offer less than 100 Megabits per second) and it can do this alongside a “significant reduction in electrical power consumption“."


Submission + - Real users have no clue how to use Windows 8 (

An anonymous reader writes: Lockergnome founder Chris Pirillo did an eye opening experiment back in March by sitting his Dad down in front of a machine running Windows 8 and asking him to use it. The end result was a very confused man.

Seven months on and Pirillo has decided to do a follow-up experiment, only this time he took Windows 8 on the streets and asked a random selection of people to try and use it. Again, the end result was one of confusion, questions as to why it was so complex, and of course, everyone was looking for the Start Menu and Taskbar.

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