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More Reliable Upgrades Hoped For With Fedora 23

Phoronix - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 10:50pm
It looks like reworking the Fedup upgrade tool may still happen for Fedora 23. The upgrade to this upgrade tool would involve relying on DNF and systemd functionality to provide more reliable Fedora system upgrades...

Facebook is raking in so much filthy lucre, it can't spend it fast enough

El Reg - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 10:36pm
What's it aiming for with all that R&D dosh?

Facebook beat estimates on both revenue and earnings for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, but investors seemed taken aback by the social network's soaring spending.…

Nokia Announces OZO 360-Degree Camera For Filming Virtual Reality

Slashdot - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 10:17pm
New submitter Sepa Blackforesta writes: Nokia has unveiled Ozo, a next-generation camera for capturing audio and video in 360 degrees. It is built for professional content creators and the company hopes the camera will become the leading device for shooting virtual-reality experiences for Hollywood. A formal launch and price announcement is planned for the fall. A Nokia press release reads in part: "OZO captures stereoscopic 3D video through eight (8) synchronized global shutter sensors and spatial audio through eight (8) integrated microphones. Software built for OZO enables real-time 3D viewing, with an innovative playback solution that removes the need to pre-assemble a panoramic image - a time-consuming process with solutions currently in the marketplace. OZO's filmed content can be published for commercially available VR viewing hardware such as head mounted displays (HMDs), with immersive, full 360-degree imaging and spatially accurate original sound. OZO also integrates into existing professional workflows and works with third-party tools, dramatically simplifying content production at all stages."

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Nokia Announces OZO 360-Degree Camera For Filming Virtual Reality

Slashdot - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 10:17pm
New submitter Sepa Blackforesta writes: Nokia has unveiled Ozo, a next-generation camera for capturing audio and video in 360 degrees. It is built for professional content creators and the company hopes the camera will become the leading device for shooting virtual-reality experiences for Hollywood. A formal launch and price announcement is planned for the fall. A Nokia press release reads in part: "OZO captures stereoscopic 3D video through eight (8) synchronized global shutter sensors and spatial audio through eight (8) integrated microphones. Software built for OZO enables real-time 3D viewing, with an innovative playback solution that removes the need to pre-assemble a panoramic image - a time-consuming process with solutions currently in the marketplace. OZO's filmed content can be published for commercially available VR viewing hardware such as head mounted displays (HMDs), with immersive, full 360-degree imaging and spatially accurate original sound. OZO also integrates into existing professional workflows and works with third-party tools, dramatically simplifying content production at all stages."

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Genetically Modified Rice Makes More Food, Less Greenhouse Gas

Slashdot - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 9:34pm
Applehu Akbar writes: A team of researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences has engineered a barley gene into rice, producing a variety that yields 50% more grain while producing 90% less of the powerful greenhouse gas methane. The new rice pulls off this trick by putting more of its energy into top growth. In countries which depend on rice as a staple, this would add up to a really large amount of increased rice and foregone methane.

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Linux 4.2 May Finish Fixing Up Radeon Audio Support

Phoronix - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 9:22pm
Since the Linux 4.0 kernel there has been DisplayPort audio support for the open-source Radeon driver. That DP audio handling came after a big rework to the audio code in the Radeon DRM kernel driver. A half-year later it looks like all the audio code is now cleaned up and ready...

Replacing Silicon With Gallium Nitride In Chips Could Reduce Energy Use By 20%

Slashdot - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 8:51pm
Mickeycaskill writes: Cambridge Electronics Inc (CEI), formed of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), claim semiconductors made of gallium nitride (GaN) could reduce the power consumption of data centers and consumer electronics by 20 percent by 2025. CEI has revealed a range of GaN transistors and power electronic circuits that have just one tenth of the resistance of silicon, resulting in much higher energy efficiency. The company claims to have overcome previous barriers to adoption such as safety concerns and expense through new manufacturing techniques. "Basically, we are fabricating our advanced GaN transistors and circuits in conventional silicon foundries, at the cost of silicon. The cost is the same, but the performance of the new devices is 100 times better," Cambridge Electronics researcher Bin Lu said.

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Replacing Silicon With Gallium Nitrade In Chips Could Reduce Energy Use By 20%

Slashdot - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 8:51pm
Mickeycaskill writes: Cambridge Electronics Inc (CEI), formed of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), claim semiconductors made of gallium nitride (GaN) could reduce the power consumption of data centers and consumer electronics by 20 percent by 2025. CEI has revealed a range of GaN transistors and power electronic circuits that have just one tenth of the resistance of silicon, resulting in much higher energy efficiency. The company claims to have overcome previous barriers to adoption such as safety concerns and expense through new manufacturing techniques. "Basically, we are fabricating our advanced GaN transistors and circuits in conventional silicon foundries, at the cost of silicon. The cost is the same, but the performance of the new devices is 100 times better," Cambridge Electronics researcher Bin Lu said.

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Turnbull's transformers plan business access to YOUR GOV ID DATA

El Reg - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 8:43pm
Digital Transformation Office moots federated digital identity model in alpha services guide

Australia's new Digital Transformation Office (DTO), the digital disruption brainchild of communications minister Malcolm Turnbull, has outlined plans for an ambitious new government-led digital identification plan that will meld government and business data on individuals to create a single digital ID.…

Twitter will delete jokes after a DMCA takedown – but NOT my photos, fumes angry snapper

El Reg - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 8:38pm
Shutterbug sues social network

A photographer is suing Twitter, claiming it refused to remove unauthorized copies of her copyrighted snaps from its social network.…

So just WHO ARE the 15 per cent of Americans still not online?

El Reg - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 8:17pm
Hint: Many of them look like this old fogey

Analysis  According to the most recent survey of online usage by Americans, 15 per cent of adults are still not online.…

Microsoft Edge On Windows 10: the Browser That Will Finally Kill IE

Slashdot - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 8:08pm
An anonymous reader writes: Windows 10 launches today and with it comes a whole new browser, Microsoft Edge. You can still use Internet Explorer if you want, but it's not the default. IE turns 20 in less than a month, which is ancient in internet years, so it's not surprising that Microsoft is shoving it aside. Still, leaving behind IE and launching a new browser built from the ground up marks the end of an era for Microsoft. “Knowing that browsing is still one of the very top activities that people do on a PC, we knew there was an opportunity, and really an obligation, to push the web browsing experience and so that’s what we’ve done with Microsoft Edge," Drew DeBruyne, director of program management at Microsoft told VentureBeat.

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Oh look – Office Mobile apps to go with your shiny Windows 10

El Reg - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 7:59pm
But you'll need an Office 365 subscription to edit with them

Now that Windows 10 has begun shipping to customers who reserved their free upgrades, Microsoft has also announced general availability of the touch-centric Office Mobile apps for the new OS.…

Be wary of that Russian. He might HAMMERTOSS a software nasty at you

El Reg - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 7:37pm
Crew's nationality revealed by strict adherence to Moscow office hours

Security researchers have blown the lid on another Russian cyberspy crew, rated as the most sophisticated yet by security firm FireEye.…

Exploding 'laptop batt' IN SPAAACE! Speeding lithium spaffed by nova

El Reg - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 7:28pm
One step closer to cracking riddle of light metal's origins

Pic  For the first time, astronomers have detected lithium spread across space at high speed by an exploding star. The eggheads hope this discovery will solve one of the chemical riddles of the universe.…

Tools Coming To Def Con For Hacking RFID Access Doors

Slashdot - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 7:26pm
jfruh writes: Next month's Def Con security conference will feature, among other things, new tools that will help you hack into the RFID readers that secure doors in most office buildings. RFID cards have been built with more safeguards against cloning; these new tools will bypass that protection by simply hacking the readers themselves. ITWorld reports that Francis Brown, a partner at the computer security firm Bishop Fox, says: "...his aim is to make it easier for penetration testers to show how easy it is to clone employee badges, break into buildings and plant network backdoors—without needing an electrical engineering degree to decode the vagaries of near-field communication (NFC) and RFID systems."

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Speaking in Tech: Google's snapped – it's gone native in the cloud

El Reg - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 7:18pm
Meanwhile, HP ties its excessively casual developers down

What Federal Employees Really Need To Worry About After the Chinese Hack

Slashdot - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 6:43pm
HughPickens.com writes: Lisa Rein writes in the Washington Post that a new government review of what the Chinese hack of sensitive security clearance files of 21 million people means for national security is in — and some of the implications are quite grave. According to the Congressional Research Service, covert intelligence officers and their operations could be exposed and high-resolution fingerprints could be copied by criminals. Some suspect that the Chinese government may build a database of U.S. government employees that could help identify U.S. officials and their roles or that could help target individuals to gain access to additional systems or information. National security concerns include whether hackers could have obtained information that could help them identify clandestine and covert officers and operations (PDF). CRS says that if the fingerprints in the background investigation files are of high enough quality, "depending on whose hands the fingerprints come into, they could be used for criminal or counterintelligence purposes." Fingerprints also could be trafficked on the black market for profit — or used to blow the covers of spies and other covert and clandestine officers, the research service found. And if they're compromised, fingerprints can't be reissued like a new credit card, the report says, making "recovery from the breach more challenging for some." vivaoporto Also points out that these same hackers are believed to be responsible for hacking United Airlines.

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How to quietly slurp sensitive data wirelessly from an air-gapped PC

El Reg - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 6:38pm
One little catch: you need to infect the computer first

Israeli academics have demonstrated how feature-phones can use GSM radio frequencies to wirelessly siphon data from infected "air-gapped" computers.…

Yelp whelps yelp 'Help!' Chairman ejects, shares plunge 30%, losses grow

El Reg - Wed, 29/07/2015 - 6:17pm
We'll give these financial figures one star out of five

Yelp is in full crisis mode as the upstart's chairman is out – and its stock continues to free fall.…

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