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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:12
An anonymous reader writes: The Walkman is one of the most recognizable pieces of technology from the 1980s. Unfortunately for Sony, it didn't survive the switch to digital, and they discontinued it in 2010. Last year, they quietly reintroduced the Walkman brand as a "high-resolution audio player," supporting lossless codecs and better audio-related hardware. At $300, it seemed a bit pricey. But now, at the Consumer Electronics Show, Sony has loudly introduced its high-end digital Walkman, and somehow decided to price it at an astronomical $1,200. What will all that money get you? 128GB of onboard storage and a microSD slot to go with it. There's a large touchscreen, and the device runs Android — but it uses version 4.2 Jelly Bean, which came out in 2012. It also supports Bluetooth and NFC. Sony claims the device has 33 hours of battery life when playing FLAC files, and 60 hours when playing MP3s. They appear to be targeting audiophiles — their press release includes phrasing about how pedestrian MP3 encoding will "compromise the purity of the original signal."

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Dev put AWS keys on Github. Then BAD THINGS happened

The Register - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:02
Fertile fields for Bitcoin yields - with a nasty financial sting

Bots are crawling all over GitHub seeking secret keys, a developer served with a $2,375 Bitcoin mining bill found.…

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How to set up a cross-platform backup server on Linux with BackupPC

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:00

 xmodulo: BackupPC adds a number of features that make managing backups an almost fun thing to do.

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Attributing Cyberattacks

Schneier on Security - Tue, 2015-01-06 07:50
New paper: "Attributing Cyber Attacks," by Thomas Rid and Ben Buchanan: Abstract: Who did it? Attribution is fundamental. Human lives and the security of the state may depend on ascribing agency to an agent. In the context of computer network intrusions, attribution is commonly seen as one of the most intractable technical problems, as either solvable or not solvable, and...
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Kodak fires a Bullitt at oldsters with 3G mobe launch

The Register - Tue, 2015-01-06 07:37
Point-and-shoot mobe to sell more printer paper, perhaps?

CES 2015 Kodak has launched its first mobile phone, the Kodak IM5 smartphone. It's aimed at the more mature users who are looking at moving to a smartphone but want a brand they find reassuring.…

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Cap’n Ericsson and his great SEABORNE CLOUD wheeze

The Register - Tue, 2015-01-06 07:19
A life on the ocean wave, a node on the rolling deep

CES 2015 Ericsson has launched a “Maritime ICT Cloud”, mainly supporting logistical operations, as well as connecting vessels at sea with shore-based operations, maintenance service providers, customer support centres, fleet/transportation partners, port operations and authorities.…

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SpaceX FLYING MILK COW launch canned at last minute

The Register - Tue, 2015-01-06 07:02
Next crack at floating drone dartboard antics will be Friday

An attempt to launch and recover a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket via a soft landing on a floating robotic 'spaceport drone ship' has been delayed until January 9.…

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Linux 3.19 rc3

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-01-06 07:00

Linus Torvalds: It's a day delayed - not because of any particular development issues, but simply because I was tiling a bathroom yesterday.

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FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws

The Register - Tue, 2015-01-06 06:31
Buy digi-thing, return within 14 days. What could go wrong?

Apple has brought its latest terms and conditions in line with the EU's consumer laws, allowing customers to demand a refund for apps, ebooks and music within two weeks of purchase.…

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