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Google Glass Lives - New Model: Hardware Posted by: comforteagle

From the Wearables dept.:
Google Glass is not dead. A brand new model of Google's face computer has popped up on the FCC website complete with rather high-res images of the device.

The pictures show a Google Glass unit with the FCCID "A4R­-GG1" that looks a lot like the existing Glass design. The biggest change seems to be that the device can now fold up, just like a regular pair of glasses, which will make it much easier to store when you aren't wearing it. The Glass prism looks longer than the first version of the device, which presumably offers a larger picture.

Published Dec 29, 2015 - 05:02 PM

$1B Electric Vehicle Plant Picks Tesla Backyard Nevada: Hardware Posted by: comforteagle

From the Vroom dept.:
A Chinese-backed electric car company with visions of revolutionizing transportation – but no product to show yet – announced plans Wednesday to build a $1 billion plant near Las Vegas, marking the second time in just over a year that Nevada has landed a coveted project from the budding industry.

California-based automaker Faraday Future's choice of Nevada over three other states is contingent on state lawmakers' approval of tax incentives that haven't been publicly described. The company's announcement, in a letter to Nevada legislators that was obtained by The Associated Press, also came with the revelation that it's backed by a Chinese billionaire investor who styles himself after Apple's late Steve Jobs.

Published Dec 11, 2015 - 05:20 PM

Obama Administration Encryption Policy Due EOY: Security Posted by: comforteagle

From the aefasdvv88@--D dept.:
Administration officials met Thursday with the civil-society groups behind a petition urging the White House to back strong, end-to-end encryption over the objections of some law-enforcement and intelligence professionals.

At that meeting, White House officials told representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union, Access, the Center for Democracy and Technology, Human Rights Watch, and New America's Open Technology Institute that they were eyeing a holiday deadline for their formal response, according to Kevin Bankston, OTI's director, who helped organize the meeting.

Published Dec 11, 2015 - 05:18 PM

Privacy Concerns Microsoft Announces Plans to Offer Cloud Services from German Datacenters: Legal Posted by: comforteagle

From the xoujee99-w dept.:
Microsoft said its ‘cloud in Germany’ will launch in the second half of 2016, and will be operated under German law by T-Systems, a subsidiary of telco Deutsche Telekom. The two data centers will be based in Magdeburg and Frankfurt am Main, with Microsoft stressing this “data trustee” model means it will not have any access to customer data without the consent of the trustee, and that it cannot therefore be compelled — “even by a third party” — to hand over customer data.

Published Nov 11, 2015 - 05:02 PM

Star Wars Full Trailer Released: Cool Movie Trailers Posted by: comforteagle

From the In Case You Somehow Missed This!?!? dept.:

Published Oct 20, 2015 - 12:54 PM

NetBSD 7.0: Linux Posted by: comforteagle

From the Other White Meat dept.:
The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 7.0, the fifteenth major release of the NetBSD operating system.

This release brings stability improvements, hundreds of bug fixes, and many new features. Some highlights of the NetBSD 7.0 release are:

Published Oct 10, 2015 - 12:16 PM

Node.js v4.0.0 Released: Open Source Posted by: comforteagle

From the Update dept.:
The first merge of the popular Node.js and io.js repositories has been released! From the announcement: "The collaborators of the Node.js project and the members of the Node.js Foundation are proud to offer v4.0.0 for general release. This release represents countless hours of hard work encapsulated in both the Node.js project and the io.js project that are now combined in a single codebase. The Node.js project is now operated by a team of 44 collaborators, 15 of which form its Technical Steering Committee (TSC). Further, over 100 new individuals have been added to the list of people contributing code to core since v0.12.7.

Published Sep 09, 2015 - 02:00 PM

Severe Deserialization Vulnerabilities Found In Android, 3rd Party Android SDKs: Android Posted by: comforteagle

From the Ekkkkk! dept.:
Closely behind the discoveries of the Stagefright flaw, the hole in Android's mediaserver service that can put devices into a coma, and the Certifi-gate bug, comes that of an Android serialization vulnerability that affects Android versions 4.3 to 5.1 (i.e. over 55 percent of all Android phones). The bug (CVE-2015-3825), discovered by IBM's X-Force Application Security Research Team in the OpenSSLX509Certificate class in the Android platform, can be used to turn malicious apps with no privileges into "super" apps that will allow cyber attackers to thoroughly "own" the victim's device.

Published Aug 11, 2015 - 01:00 PM

Vulkan Added to Android: Android Posted by: comforteagle

From the 3D dept.:
Developers of games and 3D graphics applications have one key challenge to meet: How complex a scene can they draw in a small fraction of a second? Much of the work in graphics development goes into organizing data so it can be efficiently consumed by the GPU for rendering. But even the most careful developers can hit unforeseen bottlenecks, in part because the drivers for some graphics processors may reorganize all of that data before it can actually be processed. The APIs used to control these drivers are also not designed for multi-threaded use, requiring synchronization with locks around calls that could be more efficiently done in parallel. All of this results in CPU overhead, which consumes time and power that you’d probably prefer to spend drawing your scene.

Published Aug 11, 2015 - 04:32 PM

Google Announced Major ReOrg; New CEO: Google Posted by: comforteagle

From the Shake dept.:
Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable. So we are creating a new company, called Alphabet ( I am really excited to be running Alphabet as CEO with help from my capable partner, Sergey, as President.

What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead. What do we mean by far afield? Good examples are our health efforts: Life Sciences (that works on the glucose-sensing contact lens), and Calico (focused on longevity). Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more management scale, as we can run things independently that aren’t very related. Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence. In general, our model is to have a strong CEO who runs each business, with Sergey and me in service to them as needed. We will rigorously handle capital allocation and work to make sure each business is executing well. We'll also make sure we have a great CEO for each business, and we’ll determine their compensation. In addition, with this new structure we plan to implement segment reporting for our Q4 results, where Google financials will be provided separately than those for the rest of Alphabet businesses as a whole.

Published Aug 11, 2015 - 04:30 PM
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