Samsung gets virtual with tiny S5 upgrade and goggle grab

The Register - Thu, 2014-10-23 22:01
VR headset rumoured to come down chimney with Santa

A small upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S5 has popped up on Samsung's dutch web site? The phone is identical in all regards to the S5, save in the fact that it uses a Qualcomm CPU running at 2.5 Ghz. The original S5 runs at 2.7Ghz.…

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Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that

The Register - Thu, 2014-10-23 21:33
And just WTF is the point of .spot, Amazon?

A further $13m was spent yesterday on auctions for the ownership rights to three new soul-sapping dot-word domains: .spot, .salon and .realty.…

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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-10-23 21:04
An anonymous reader writes A small group of researchers were able to publish an investigative report on the hacking of a popular Bitcoin exchange earlier this year by the name of Close to a million dollars stolen in crypto currency lead the group to discover evidence, track down the attacker and put together a timeline of what exactly happened. A captivating read for a community desensitized by thefts, hackings and lack of reporting. With pictures, and logs to prove it all.

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Moscow, Beijing poised to sign deal on joint cyber security ops

The Register - Thu, 2014-10-23 21:02
Russian, Chinese security projects on the horizon

Moscow and Beijing will next month sign a deal to commence joint information security projects and operations, and to increase cooperation in the space, according to a popular Russian newspaper with ties to President Vladimir Putin.…

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HP Expands Moonshot Server Portfolio with x86 and Xen

Linux Today - Thu, 2014-10-23 21:00

ServerWatch: Initially, Moonshot was all about ARM but has since expanded to Intel x86 as well.

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Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it

The Register - Thu, 2014-10-23 20:28
Another lossmaking quarter despite sales of over $20bn

It's not black magic that Amazon works on its financial results each quarter but red magic – because however massive a haul of cash the company pulls in, it just can't seem to turn a profit. Odd, that.…

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Merkel says EU will discuss bridging finance for Ukraine next week

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-10-23 20:15
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union and Ukraine will discuss a bridging loan to Kiev next week so that the country can pay in advance for Russian gas deliveries for the coming months, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-10-23 20:10
smaxp writes In 2007, Sony's supply chain lessons, the network effect from the shift to Intel architecture, and a better OS X for developers combined to renew the Mac's growth. The network effects of the Microsoft Wintel ecosystem that Rappaport explained 20 years ago in the Harvard Business Review are no longer a big advantage. By turning itself into a premium PC company with a proprietary OS, Apple has taken the best of PC ecosystem, but avoided taking on the disadvantages.

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Facebook, IBM, court future Chinese elite

The Register - Thu, 2014-10-23 20:03
Zuckerberg and Rometty join advisory board of top business school

Beijing's Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management has signed up two tech titans to its advisory board: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty.…

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Whisper. Explain this 'questionable' behavior – senior US senator

The Register - Thu, 2014-10-23 19:31
Jay Rockefeller demands briefing with not-so-anonymous app maker

US Senator Jay Rockefeller has sent a terse letter [PDF] to the CEO of "anonymous" messaging app Whisper about its privacy policies.…

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SMART Begins Live Public Robocar Tests In Singapore

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-10-23 19:09
Hallie Siegel writes Robocar R&D is moving fast in Singapore, and this week, the National University of Singapore (NUS) announced they will be doing a live public demo of their autonomous golf carts over a course with 10 stops in the Singapore Chinese and Japanese Gardens. The public will be able to book rides online, and then summon and direct the vehicles with their phones. The vehicles will have a touch tablet where the steering wheel will go. Rides will be free, and will take place Oct. 23-25, Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 1.

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Venezuela seizes warehouses packed with medical goods, food

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-10-23 19:06
CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro's government said on Thursday it had taken over warehouses around Venezuela crammed with medical goods and food that "bourgeois criminals" were hoarding for speculation and contraband.
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GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it stumbles on IRC, slaps it in an app

The Register - Thu, 2014-10-23 18:52
Party like it's 1999

Facebook has built an internet chat-room app that lets people anonymously gossip with one another, just like on IRC.…

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EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-10-23 18:28
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change.

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Microsoft Exec Opens Up About Research Lab Closure, Layoffs

Slashdot - Thu, 2014-10-23 18:28
alphadogg writes It's been a bit over a month since Microsoft shuttered its Microsoft Research lab in Silicon Valley as part of the company's broader restructuring that will include 18,000 layoffs. This week, Harry Shum, Microsoft EVP of Technology & Research, posted what he termed an "open letter to the academic research community" on the company's research blog. In the post, Shum is suitably contrite about the painful job cut decisions that were made in closing the lab, which opened in 2001. He also stresses that Microsoft will continue to invest in and value "fundamental research".

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EU reaches deal to cut emissions by at least 40 percent versus 1990 levels

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-10-23 18:20
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders reached a deal early on Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent in 2030 versus 1990 levels, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said in a Twitter message.
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Canada Parliament gunman had planned to travel to Syria: police

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-10-23 18:17
OTTAWA (Reuters) - The gunman in Wednesday's attack on Canada's capital had a criminal record and recently applied for a passport, planning to travel to Syria after undergoing a "radicalization process," police said on Thursday.

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Microsoft sales beat Street hopes, cloud profits up

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-10-23 18:17
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by stronger sales of its phones, Surface tablets and cloud-computing products for companies, while keeping its profit margins largely intact.
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New York tests doctor who was in West Africa for Ebola

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-10-23 18:16
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A physician with Doctors without Borders who returned from West Africa recently and developed potential symptoms was being tested for Ebola at a New York City hospital, health officials said on Thursday, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the virus.

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Iran will be seen as responsible if nuclear talks fail: U.S.

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2014-10-23 18:02
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran will be widely seen to be responsible if a comprehensive deal to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief is not reached, the top U.S. negotiator said on Thursday.
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