Archive for December, 2010

FBI raids ISPs looking for servers used in Anonymous DDoS attacks

FBI raids ISPs looking for servers used in Anonymous DDoS attacks

It seems that the hacker group going by the name Anonymous may not have been as anonymous in their DDoS attacks leveled against perceived enemies of WikiLeaks as they thought. The hacker group ran a massive DDoS attack against a number of websites that stopped working with WikiLeaks after the site came under significant fire for posting government documents.

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Researchers develop chips with solar cells directly on the surface

Researchers develop chips with solar cells directly on the surface

Powering electronics and other devices with energy from the sun collected by a solar cell is nothing new. Solar powered gear like calculators and other items have been around for years. Typically, you have separate chip and a separate solar panel for power. Researchers have developed a way to power chips with solar cells that are directly integrated into the microchip.

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NASA finds more cracks in Discovery fuel tanks, launch still on track

NASA finds more cracks in Discovery fuel tanks, launch still on track

The space shuttle Discovery sits at Kennedy Space Center waiting for repairs to be made to its fuel tanks after a crack in the foam insulation around the tank was discovered and a subsequent investigation found cracks in some support structures on the fuel tank. A piece of foam falling from the tank is what contributed to the fatal accident when the Columbia broke up while reentering the atmosphere in 2003 killing all seven astronauts onboard the spacecraft.

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Midland Radio Sub Zero and BT SKI headphones for cold climates surface

Midland Radio Sub Zero and BT SKI headphones for cold climates surface

Midland Radio has announced new headphones that are aimed at the user that spends a lot of time outside in the cold and wants to listen to their music. The new headsets include the SubZero and the BT SKI. The SubZero headset looks like a set of ear warmers, but the things are actually corded headphones that can connect to your iPhone or anything else that uses a 3.5mm headphone port.

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India starts BlackBerry investigation over RIM security denial

India starts BlackBerry investigation over RIM security denial

RIM's denial earlier this week that it had installed a messaging monitoring system at the behest of the Indian government has prompted more BlackBerry confusion, with the statement accused of conflicting with assurances made by RIM execs earlier in December 2010. According to information passed to The Economic Times, RIM's VP of industry, government and university relations had told the Indian government that monitoring technology to "receive and process via the cloud computing-based system, lawfully intercepted BlackBerry messenger data" had indeed been installed.

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Myspace facing up to 50% workforce axe tip insiders

Myspace facing up to 50% workforce axe tip insiders

Myspace execs are reportedly considering axing up to 50-percent of the struggling social network's workforce, amid drastic cost-cutting measures intended to counter diminishing revenues and traffic growth. According to NetworkEffect's sources, as many as 550 employees could face redundancy should Myspace owner News Corp decide to go ahead with the plan; other strategies include selling on the social network, with both online game company Zynga and private equity buyers both tipped.

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Ramos W15 Android tablet packs Rockchip RK2918 Cortex-A8 SoC

Ramos W15 Android tablet packs Rockchip RK2918 Cortex-A8 SoC

Ramos is teasing a new tablet range for CES 2011, and while fresh slates won't be in short supply at the show next week, the Ramos W15 does have something to help differentiate it. Fronted by an 8-inch, 16:9-aspect touchscreen, the W15 uses Rockchip's new RK2918 ARM Cortex-A8 SoC which, benchmarking earlier this week showed, promises to deliver both high performance and bargain pricing.

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