Month: February 2017

Experts worried about ransomware hitting critical infrastructure

February 14, 2017

Expect ransomware to grow more aggressive in the coming years, including higher ransom payments and attempts to go beyond attacking data — by shutting down entire computer systems to utilities or factories. “I see no reason for ransomware to stop,” said Neil Jenkins, an official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “It’s shown to […]

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EU solves roaming puzzle by capping wholesale mobile charges

February 11, 2017

Mobile network operators have grumbled that plans to abolish roaming fees across the European Union were unworkable because the wholesale prices for minutes and megabytes that operators charge one another differ from one country to the next. On Tuesday night, Members of the European Parliament agreed a solution: Regulate wholesale prices too. For years, the […]

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HPE acquires security startup Niara to boost its ClearPass portfolio

February 11, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has acquired Niara, a startup that uses machine learning and big data analytics on enterprise packet streams and log streams to detect and protect customers from advanced cyberattacks that have penetrated perimeter defenses. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Operating in the User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) market, […]

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WordPress silently fixes dangerous code injection vulnerability

February 9, 2017

Developers of the widely used WordPress content management system released an update last week, but intentionally delayed announcing that the patch addressed a severe vulnerability. WordPress version 4.7.2 was released on January 26 as a security update, but the accompanying release notes only mentioned fixes for three moderate risk vulnerabilities, one of which did not […]

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New Windows 10 preview adds helpful features for blind users, tweaks new Night Light mode

February 9, 2017

Microsoft just rolled out the latest Windows Insider build in the run-up to this spring’s Windows 10 Creators Update. This time around the new preview version of Windows includes some important updates for the visually impaired, and improvements for Windows addicts looking for some visual relief at night.   Microsoft also added a mono audio […]

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Nvidia releases hot fix after Game Ready driver breaks Minecraft

February 9, 2017

Nvidia recently released a new driver to fix the problems its last driver caused with Minecraft. Nvidia’s GeForce Game Ready driver 378.49 that rolled out on January 24 caused Minecraft to crash as soon as it was launched, according to the Minecraft community on Reddit. To solve that problem, Nvidia just released driver 378.57, which was […]

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Steam faces European investigation for region-locked game keys

February 9, 2017

European Union antitrust authorities are concerned that some video game publishers aren’t playing by the rules of the EU’s single market, charging customers in different countries different prices for access to what is essentially the same game. The European Commission opened investigations into five companies distributing their games online through the Steam network operated by […]

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Google is killing its bold Hands Free payment experiment

February 9, 2017

When Google launched Android Pay at its I/O conference back in 2015, it also teased a program that let you keep your phone in your pocket and still go through the normal checkout process. Called Hands Free, the limited pilot used the phrase, “I’ll pay with Google,” to alert the cashier that you wouldn’t actually […]

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Intel repeats five-year-old pledge to invest billions in a new factory

February 9, 2017

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s meeting with new U.S. president Donald Trump was followed by a big announcement: The company will invest US$7 billion over the next three to four years to complete a factory to make 7-nanometer chips. The completion of Fab 42—where the chips will be made—will create about 3,000 jobs in the Chandler, Arizona, […]

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After Ryzen, AMD has no immediate plan to purge its other PC chips

February 9, 2017

An AMD Athlon or Sempron chip may not drum as much excitement as Ryzen, but loyalty has helped those brands stick around for more than a decade. So what happens to those and other PC processors, like the A-series and FX, when AMD’s new Ryzen chips start flooding the market in March? AMD has said the […]

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