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A new, faster version of Wi-Fi was officially rubber-stamped Wednesday.
The latest Wi-Fi technology, called "802.11ac," offers speeds of up to 1.3 Gigabits per second. That's fast enough to transfer an entire high-definition movie to a tablet in under 4 minutes, share photo albums with friends in a matter of seconds or stream three HD videos at the same time. It's more than double the top speed of the previous standard, known as 802.11n. Those speeds are theoretical maximums -- very few people have anything close to 1 Gigabit speeds from their home broadband connection. Average speeds are less than 1% of that. But the faster speeds mean the new Wi-Fi standard will offer a much bigger pipeline for all those videos, songs and games that a growing number of people are streaming on multiple devices simultaneously. The Wi-Fi Alliance, a global organization that ensures the interoperability of Wi-Fi technologies, began certifying so-called "ac" devices Wednesday. It kicked off the certification program by signing off on 19 routers, access points, microchips and
Excellent Android 4.1 handset for under $100
The fact that the LG Optimus F7 is available on more than one carrier is no surprise. It's an excellent midlevel phone that's packed with quality specs, such as a vivid 4.7-inch touch screen, an 8-megapixel camera, and a dual-core CPU. Boost Mobile [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-6452_7-57590072/lg-optimus-f7-available-on-boost-mobile-june-27/]announced today[/url] that the F7 will be coming to the carrier on June 27 for $299.99 off contract, and U.S. Cellular customers can already get the device for $99.99 with a two-year agreement. All in all, despite some of its drawbacks (like its sluggish 3G speeds), I'd still recommend it for current U.S. Cellular customers looking to renew their contracts while on a $100 phone budget. If you're [i]switching[/i] to the carrier, however, then I'd go for the [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/samsung-galaxy-s4/]Samsung Galaxy S4[/url] instead. Why? As unfair as it is to existing U.S. Cellular clients, the carrier knocks $100 off the GS4 for new custome
XBox One: Microsoft Rethinks
Purchasers of used games rejoice! The backlash against the XBox One plans to limit sharing of games/ used games as well as the MUST be connected is being DROPPED! [url=http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/19/tech/gaming-gadgets/xbox-drm/index.html?hpt=hp_t2]CNN Article[/url] "Reacting to "feedback from the Xbox community," Microsoft is appearing to reverse course and change two key components to policies for its new Xbox One video game console." Note: This would seem to apply only to physical copies of games, not downloaded games. But is that a surprise? I have never myself been to a used game store and purchased a used download only game :)
'Apps act' would make privacy disclosures mandatory
With more than 1.5 million apps now available for Android phones and Apple's iPhone, a congressman is proposing a law that would require mobile app developers to let users know what an app's privacy policies are when it comes to information being shared and the length' The bill, H.R. 1913, also being called the "Apps Act," follows a report from the Federal Trade Commission in February about the same issue. In that report, the agency suggested ways for "critical players" such as app developers, advertising networks and mobile operating system providers like Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and BlackBerry, to provide "timely, easy-to-understand disclosures about what data they collect and how the data is used..
That was quick: Adobe's Creative Cloud already pirated
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/4294i2B888D977F15223F.jpg[/img] Photoshop Creative Cloud Adobe's Creative Cloud platform, which moves its Creative Suite applications from "perpetual license" to subscription-based payment plans, was designed to reduce piracy. Unfortunately for Adobe, that effort doesn't appear to have succeeded. [url=http://petapixel.com/2013/06/19/adobe-photoshop-cc-has-apparently-been-cracked-one-day-after-launch/]According to tech site PetaPixel[/url], a torrent link was uploaded to The Pirate Bay on Wednesday, allowing users to illegally download Adobe's [url=http://www.cnet.com/adobe-creative-suite/]Creative Suite[/url] applications included in Creative Cloud for free. Those who have downloaded the software from The Pirate Bay say that it appears to work just fine. Adobe's Creative Cloud platform was deployed earlier this week. The company had hoped that the subscription-based plan behind it would curb the massive piracy of s
Meet Google's 'Project Loon:' Balloon-powered 'net access
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/4116iCB09BBE369A2BA02.png[/img] Project Loon's network of balloon communicate with special ground stations. Google has officially announced "[url=http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/introducing-project-loon.html]Project Loon[/url]," its plan to connect the entire world to the Internet that uses a decidedly 19th century technology: Balloons. According to a post on the official company blog: [quote]We believe that it might actually be possible to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds, that provides Internet access to the earth below. It's very early days, but we've built a system that uses balloons, carried by the wind at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, to beam Internet access to the ground at speeds similar to today's 3G networks or faster.[/quote]Google says it hopes the floating network could be used to connect remote, rural and underserved areas, something I
Yes, we saw the John McAfee video
No, we're not posting the YouTube link or video here - and we ask that you refrain from posting it as well. Sorry, folks. That one video, while amusing, breaks just about everything in the Community Guidelines. In the meantime, if you truly just want to know how to uninstall McAfee, you can find that [url=https://community.webroot.com/t5/Techie/Software-Removal-Tools/m-p/27608#M455]here[/url]. :)
Heart of Blue Gold – Announcing New Bounty Programs
Today is an inflection point for Microsoft, as well as the security industry. For the first time ever, Microsoft is offering direct cash payouts in exchange for reporting certain types of vulnerabilities and exploitation techniques. We are making this shift in order to learn about these issues earlier and to increase the win-win between Microsoft’s customers and the security researcher community. Full details for the new bounty programs and a fantastic technical deep-dive by our esteemed panel of judges (headed by Matt Miller and David Ross) can be found on SRD's blog. In short, we are offering cash payouts for the following programs: •Mitigation Bypass Bounty – Microsoft will pay up to $100,000 USD for truly novel exploitation techniques against protections built into the latest version of our operating system (Windows 8.1 Preview). Learning about new exploitation techniques earlier helps Microsoft improve security by leaps, instead of one vulnerability at a time. This is an ongoing
BlackBerry Z10 incurs 'critical' security warning
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/4188iA334D1B3E14655CB.jpg[/img] The BlackBerry Z10 in white. BlackBerry has issued a security advisory notice to those who have bought its flagship Z10 touchscreen smartphone -- the first BlackBerry 10 device to launch following the company's bid for revival, back in February. The advisory, which was [url=http://btsc.webapps.blackberry.com/btsc/viewdocument.do;jsessionid=6B7F13C785207134705EC044CF85A874?externalId=KB34458&sliceId=1&cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&noCount=true&ViewedDocsListHelper=com.kanisa.apps.common.BaseViewedDocsListHelperImpl]issued last week[/url], notes a bug that relates to BlackBerry Protect, its security and backup utility, rather than the phone's operating system itself. According to the advisory, an escalation of privilege vulnerability exists in the software of some Z10 phones that could allow a malicious app to "take advantage" of weak permissions in the
Huawei Ascend P6: Meet Huawei's new, super-skinny smartphone
Earlier this year, Huawei impressed us with its super-skinny [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/huawei-ascend-p2/4505-6452_7-35619073.html]Ascend P2[/url], but now the up-and-coming Chinese firm is looking to wow us a second time with the Ascend P6, a similar Android smartphone with a few hardware tweaks. Huawei is fond of crafting creepily thin phones, and the P6 is no exception, measuring a slender 6.18 millimeters (0.24-inch) thick. The aluminium edges are very reminiscent of the iPhone, but the bottom of the phone is rounded, giving the P6 a tiny bit of original flair. Like the P2, the P6 sports a 4.7-inch 720p display, and plays host to a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. There's an 8-megapixel camera glued to its rump, while unusually, the front-facing snapper is a 5-megapixel affair, making the P6 ideal for Skype calls or carefully-posed sexy selfies. Inside you'll find a 1.5GHz quad-core chip powering the P6, backed up by a hearty 2GB of RAM. The
HTC finally shows off 3.5-inch Desire 200
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/4192iF19A0190F0341666.png[/img] HTC has unveiled the long-rumored Desire 200. [url=http://www.htc.com/www/smartphones/htc-desire-200/#overview]The device[/url], which is designed for customers on a budget, comes with a 3.5-inch display and runs on 3G networks. The inside is similarly budget-friendly, boasting a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor and 4GB of onboard memory. The device has just 512MB of memory. [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-57585707-251/early-details-emerge-for-what-could-be-new-htc-desire-models/]Rumors had been swirling for some time[/url] that HTC would launch an update to its Desire line. As expected, the device features rounded corners, a simple black finish, and Beats audio. Users can also monitor their data usage on the device. HTC has yet to announce pricing and details on the Desire 200. Source: [url=http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57589781-94/htc-finally-shows-off-3.5-
Fast fiber: Apps coming at 70 percent the speed of light
In the movie "Iron Man 3," the titular hero struggles in what appears to be a rinky-dink backwater town to find an Internet connection fast enough and big enough to crunch data to find the terrorist villain. The town looks to be Nowhere, U.S.A., but we're told, it is actually Chattanooga, Tenn. Known to some as "[url=http://www.thegigcity.com/]Gig City[/url]," the real Chattanooga would have posed less of a problem for Tony Stark's heroic data-analyzing needs. The modest city of half a million has more than 150,000 homes wired for affordable [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigabit_Ethernet]Gigabit Ethernet[/url]. But the coming world of extremely fast Internet connections is driving more than summer movie plot points. Widespread Gigabit Ethernet of the kind that [url=http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57589353-93/is-cable-holding-back-superfast-broadband-adoption-on-purpose/]Google Fiber, Verizon FiOS, and others companies are investing in[/url], and is in varying stages of imp
Yahoo reportedly eyeing two more acquisitions
Yahoo may be looking to continue its spending spree with the acquisitions of a couple of app makers. Yahoo has [url=http://allthingsd.com/20130617/yahoo-offer-to-buy-contact-startup-xobni-is-at-a-price-of-30m-to-40m/]reportedly offered to pay $30 million to $40 million to buy Xobni[/url], AllThingsD reported Monday, citing "numerous sources" close to the company. [url=https://www.xobni.com/]Xobni[/url], which is "inbox" spelled backwards, offers desktop and mobile apps that can automatically create an address book based on your e-mails. As such, Yahoo may be eyeing the Xobni as a natural fit for its own online mail service. And there's a common thread between the two companies, AllThingsD noted. Xobni's CEO Jeff Bonforte was previously the vice president of social search and real-time communications at Yahoo. [b]Read [url=http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57589787-93/yahoo-reportedly-eyeing-two-more-acquisitions/]here[/url][/b].
AMD to launch its first ARM chip
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/4186iDDEA79DAE5A9AC73.jpg[/img] Advanced Micro Devices is dipping into the ARM world. The chipmaker announced Tuesday that it [url=http://www.amd.com/us/press-releases/Pages/amd-unveils-2013june18.aspx]plans to develop its first ARM chip[/url] starting next year. Codenamed "Seattle," the chip is being touted by AMD as the industry's first 64-bit ARM processor from a major chipmaker. AMD said that the chip will offer [url=http://www.amd.com/us/products/server/processors/2100seriesplatform/Pages/x2150seriesprocessors.aspx]two to four times the performance of its Opteron X-Series processor[/url] with improved compute per watt. Based on the [url=http://www.arm.com/products/processors/cortex-a50/cortex-a57-processor.php]ARM Cortex-A57 processor[/url], Seattle is expected to run at speeds of 2 gigahertz or higher and will support up to 128GB of DRAM. Aimed at the server market, Seattle will be the first pro
Is cable holding back superfast broadband adoption on purpose?
The cable industry insists that it's ready and able to compete with Google Fiber when it comes to delivering ultra high-speed broadband. Indeed, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts last week showed off a 3Gbps cable broadband connection at the industry's annual trade show in Washington, D.C. That's three times faster than Google Fiber, which itself is nearly 150 times faster than the current average broadband connection in the U.S. Armed with that capability, he confidently welcomed Google's challenge to deliver ultra high-speed broadband to consumers. "I hope there's a demand for (Google Fiber)," he said during a keynote session at the Cable Show. "The more customers crave speed, the more the kids in the garage and the geniuses around the world can invent applications that require speed. That's the best thing that can happen to our industry. We have to embrace that competition." But Roberts' words and one demo don't match up with the actions of his industry. The cable providers ha
Chinese supercomputer tops the charts -- two years early
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/4140i2EB1CB29391BBBA0.png[/img] The performance of the systems on the Top500 list continues to improve exponentially. (Note that it's a logarithmic scale on the vertical axis, with each line marking a tenfold improvement.) The three series of dots here represent the total performance of the top 500 systems at the top, the performance of the No. 1 system in the middle, and the performance of the 500th system at the bottom. Performing more than 33 quadrillion calculations per second, a new Chinese supercomputer called Tianhe-2 arrived two years earlier than expected to claim the top spot in a list of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world. The [url=http://top500.org/]Top500 list[/url], updated twice a year at the [url=http://www.isc-events.com/isc13/]International Supercomputing Conference[/url], measures performance for mammoth systems typically used for jobs like modeling nuclear weapons explosion
Google plans to wipe child porn from the Web
Photos and videos of child pornography on the Web have multiplied at an alarming rate over the past few years. In 2011, the [url=http://www.missingkids.com/CVIP]National Center for Missing and Exploited Children[/url] said it received 17.3 million images and videos of suspected child abuse, which is four times more than 2007. Google has announced that it wants to help curb this proliferation of child pornography. In fact, the Web giant plans to take it even a step further -- it wants to completely eradicate child porn from the Internet. "Behind these images are real, vulnerable kids who are sexually victimized and victimized further through the distribution of their images," Google Giving director Jacquelline Fuller wrote in a [url=http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/our-continued-commitment-to-combating.html]blog post[/url]on Saturday. "It is critical that we take action as a community -- as concerned parents, guardians, teachers and companies -- to help combat this problem.
Purdue students charged with switching prof's keyboard to improve grades
Who understands the importance of performance better than an engineer? Yet the pressures that come with performing to perfect levels can cause some engineers to cut corners, even obfuscate. How tragic, then, that three apparently bright (or not quite so bright) young things studying engineering at Purdue University have been charged with using their skills to artificially jack up their grades. I am not sure how sophisticated this alleged scheme was. It all began to allegedly unravel at the end of 2012 when an engineering professor was suddenly struck by suspicion that the password on his computer kept changing. He knew he hadn't changed it. So, [url=http://www.jconline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013306130019&nclick_check=1]as the Indiana Journal and Courier reports[/url], the university's IT security team went into action. It discovered that the professor's computer had been accessed to allegedly make students seem a touch more clever than the
Linksys PLEK500 Powerline AV2 Gigabit Network Adapter Kit review
With the Linksys PLEK500 Powerline Adapter Kit, the speed of home powerline networking has been turned up a significant notch. This is the first adapter kit that supports the latest HomePlug AV2 standard. This standard, in theory, offers the speed cap of up to 1.5Gbps. The kit, however, doesn't quite support the top speed of the standard; rather, just 500Mbps at most, which is the speed at which certain HomePlug AV-based devices are capable. Nonetheless, in my testing, it has indeed offered the fastest sustained real-world speed among all powerline adapters I've seen. Whether this performance is going to be just the new normal for powerline adapters, we'll have to wait and see when more HomePlug AV2-based adapters become available. In the meantime, the Linksys PLEK500 is the fastest powerline adapter kit you can get, enough to justify its relatively high price of $120. For more choices, check out the alternatives on this list. [img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/at
Star Trek in your sitting room! Ultimate home office... which will set you back £30,000
Is this the office of the future? It may look like a prop from the latest Star Trek movie but they it is in fact a state-of-the-art home-office work station. [img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/4132i4721E9A71A9650F4.jpg[/img] Office of the future: Right now this home office from MWE Labs will set you back £30,000 but Microsoft has already started using them so one day our offices may be full of them But it doesn't come cheap and at £30,000 costs more than the average brand new BMW. The home office's manufacturer claims the Emperor 200 is the most advanced home office and comes equipped with a touchscreen control centre, three 27-in LED screens and air-filtering system to control heat. The office comes equipped with a touchscreen for the left-hand, mouse pad for the right and three adjustable screens to easily reach eye-level. IDesigners, MWE Lab, based in Canada, describe it as the 'ultimate computer worksta
Yahoo FOUGHT against NSA's PRISM but lost and was forced by secret court to join
Yahoo's top lawyers had a courtroom showdown with the National Security Agency after it had demanded information on certain foreign users without a warrant, but the tech giant lost and was forced to hand over the data, it was revealed today. Court documents obtained by the [url=http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/14/technology/secret-court-ruling-put-tech-companies-in-data-bind.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0]New York Times[/url]show that the Internet company had initially refused to join the PRISM spying program, insisting that the broad national security requests seeking users' personal information were unconstitutional. However, the secret court operating under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) sided with the NSA and forced Yahoo's hand. Read [url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2342200/Revealed-Yahoo-FOUGHT-NSAs-warrantless-spying-program-lost-forced-secret-court-join-PRISM.html]here[/url].
Win7 Standard user account?!
Hi, I'm looking into Standard User Account in Win7. What are the pros and cons of using the standard user account instead of an administrator account for daily use, both security wise & comfort wise? Will apps like WSA and browser update in a standard user account as the account restricts to what the user can do? Best Wishes, Amit
CNET Reviews: Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4
We've still got about five months before the new [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/microsoft-xbox-one/]Xbox One[/url] and [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/ps4/]PlayStation 4[/url] launch in North America, and already blood has been spilled. From Microsoft gathering an arguably more impressive stable of exclusive games, to Sony revealing the lack of restrictions on PS4 games and a $100 lower price -- effectively, not only kicking the Microsoft brand when its down, but also knocking out a few teeth. This next console launch may be one of the most exciting and brutal yet, and I can't wait to comfortably watch from the sidelines, praising Thor I'm not in either of their shoes. [b]Hardware[/b] The [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/microsoft-xbox-one/]Xbox One[/url] and PlayStation 4 house very similar silicon inside their respective bodies, with a few key differences. According to an [url=http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-spec-analysis-xbox-one]exhaustive analysis[/url] by Digital F
Facebook, Microsoft release NSA stats to reassure users
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/4124i909B8AEDBF7D58FF.jpg[/img] Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and Facebook General Counsel Ted Ullyot, in this file photo. Facebook and Microsoft today became the first Internet companies to disclose the total number of legal orders they receive for user data, including ones from the National Security Agency and from state, local, and federal police performing criminal investigations. The total for Facebook: About 18,000 accounts over a six month period, or one-thousandth of one percent of user accounts. Microsoft's total was about 31,000 accounts over the same six month period ending December 31, 2012. A Google spokesman told CNET this evening that the search company is working on disclosing the same type of statistics, and plans to be more detailed than Microsoft and Facebook. Ted Ullyot, Facebook's general counsel, [url=https://newsroom.fb.com/News/636/Facebook-Releases-Data-Including-All-Nationa
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