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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

Slashdot - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 4:16pm
itwbennett (1594911) writes A partnership between TV measurement company Nielsen and analytics provider Adobe, announced today, will let broadcasters see (in aggregate and anonymized) how people interact with digital video between devices — for example if you begin watching a show on Netflix on your laptop, then switch to a Roku set-top box to finish it. The information learned will help broadcasters decide what to charge advertisers, and deliver targeted ads to viewers. Broadcasters can use the new Nielsen Digital Content Ratings, as they're called, beginning early next year. Early users include ESPN, Sony Pictures Television, Turner Broadcasting and Viacom.

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NSA approves Samsung Knox for use by TOP SECRET g-men

El Reg - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 3:59pm
Nine gadgets from chaebol green-lighted

US spooks will be allowed to access sensitive government information on their KNOX-locked Samsung gadgets from now on.…

Samsung ships its first 20nm 8Gbit DDR4 memory chips for servers

L'Inq - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 3:51pm

As well as 32GB Dimms made on the same process

'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

Slashdot - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 3:35pm
jones_supa writes The last emblems of Nokia are being removed from Microsoft products. "Microsoft Lumia" is the new brand name that takes their place. The name change follows a slow transition from Nokia.com over to Microsoft's new mobile site, and Nokia France will be the first of many countries that adopt "Microsoft Lumia" for its Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts. Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that other countries will follow the rebranding steps in the coming weeks. Nokia itself continues as a reborn company focusing on mapping and network infrastructure services.

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Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

El Reg - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 3:32pm
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'

Sir Iain Lobban's final speech as GCHQ director omitted any mention of that man Edward Snowden, and unlike recent speeches by FBI and law enforcement officials on both side of the Atlantic, the spy boss had no critical words for Apple and Google's plans to roll out improved encryption on smartphones and computers.…

Back to the Future-style hoverboard hits Kickstarter for $10,000

L'Inq - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 3:27pm

Up yours, wheels!

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance

Phoronix - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 3:20pm
Since last month's Linux review of the GeForce GTX 980 as NVIDIA's newest high-end GPU powered by their Maxwell architecture, many Phoronix readers have been requesting Ubuntu Linux tests of the GTX 970 too. I've now got my hands on an EVGA GeForce GTX 970 and am putting it through its paces today.

<i>Reg</i> man has the cure for IBM storage: Just swallow 10 firms

El Reg - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 3:18pm
It'll only set you back a few billion

Comment  When you are walking on the Moon, far from home and Earth's tethering gravity then giant steps are what you take. When a product set becomes low or no-growth, then its tethering product gravity effect is weakened and you need to take giant steps to rebuild it ... which brings us to IBM.…

Apple's Yosemite probed over potential privacy concerns

L'Inq - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 3:06pm

Yosemite slam is under control, says firm

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 review

L'Inq - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 3:03pm

We pit Apple and Samsung's flagship smartphones head to head

Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

Slashdot - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 2:55pm
darylb writes "The NHTSA's safercar.gov website appears to be suffering under the load of recent vehicle recalls, including the latest recall of some 4.7 million vehicles using airbags made by Takata. Searching recalls by VIN is non-responsive at present. Searching by year, make, and model hangs after selecting the year. What can sites serving an important public function do to ensure they stay running during periods of unexpected load?" More on the airbag recall from The New York Times and the Detroit Free Press.

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Facebook complains about identity theft by the DEA

L'Inq - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 2:42pm

Claims US government violated its terms of service

Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre

El Reg - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 2:35pm
A less painful way to run Microsoft’s private cloud

Analysis  Two words were missing from Microsoft’s cloudy event in San Francisco yesterday, where CEO Satya Nadella and Cloud and Enterprise VP Scott Guthrie presented an update to the company’s Azure and hybrid cloud strategy. Those two words were System Center.…

Apple tells developers that all apps must be 64-bit by February

L'Inq - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 2:19pm

32-bit apps no longer welcome

Just what is JiveWorld and what am I expecting to hear?

Thinq - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 2:18pm

JiveWorld 2014 kicks off at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas this week and I thought now would be a good time to outline a few of my expectations for the next three days.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/10/21/just-what-jiveworld-and-what-am-i-expecting-hear/

Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

Slashdot - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 2:14pm
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers have found a way to deliver a malicious app to Android users by hiding it into what seems to be an encrypted image file, which is then delivered via a legitimate, seemingly innocuous wrapper app. Fortinet malware researcher Axelle Apvrille and reverse engineer Ange Albertini created a custom tool they dubbed AngeCryption, which allows them to encrypt the payload Android application package (APK) and make it look like an image (PNG, JPG) file . They also had to create another APK that carries the "booby-trapped" image file and which can decrypt it to unveil the malicious APK file and install it. A malicious app thusly encrypted is nearly invisible to reverse engineers, and possibly even to AV solutions and Google's Android Bouncer." (Here's the original paper, from researchers Axelle Apvrille and Ange Albertini.)

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Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook

El Reg - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 1:57pm
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes

Apple CEO Tim Cook has written to his employees to tell them that the past few quarters have been the most successful in the company's history.…

Mac Mini receives lower repair score than 2012 model after iFixit teardown

L'Inq - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 1:54pm

Cannot have its RAM upgraded as unit is soldered to logic board

Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Slashdot - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 1:34pm
countach44 writes that (in the words of the below-linked article) "Chicagoans are costing the city tens of millions of dollars — through good behavior." The City of Chicago recently installed speed cameras near parks and schools as part of the "Children's Safety Zone Program," claiming a desire to decrease traffic-related incidents in those area. The city originally budgeted (with the help of the company providing the system) to have $90M worth of income from the cameras — of which only $40M is now expected. Furthermore, the city has not presented data on whether or not those areas have become safer.

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US store Staples investigating possible theft of customer card details

L'Inq - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 1:27pm

Stationery and supplies firm may have been victim of Point of Sale hack

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