Free speech, targeted ads, and the quest to unspread misinformation
Sunday marked the 28th anniversary in which Tim Berners-Lee, the English computer scientist accredited with the invention of the World Wide Web concept, submitted his original proposal to CERN that ultimately became the first standard for the internet.
Combo CD/DVD/BD burner and UHD Blu-ray player
The industry has been awaiting the release of the first UHD Blu-ray disc drives for PCs ever since the Ultra HD standard was announced during CES 2016. Nearly fifteen months later, it appears that Pioneer will be one of the first manufacturers to offer a combo drive supporting CD/DVD/Blu-ray writing along with UHD Blu-ray playback.
12TB drives later this year, 18TB next year
According to senior executives familiar with Seagate’s research and development plans, the company plans to fine-tune the next three years of its HDD developments using shingled magnetic recording (SMR), two-dimensional magnetic recording (TDMR), and heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR).
Device shuts down after being asked about federal connection
In light of recent revelations that the Central Intelligence Agency has been keeping thousands of zero-day technology exploits at its disposal for public surveillance purposes, the Amazon voice-activated assistant known as Alexa has now come out into the light and revealed her potential involvement with the intelligence group’s covert operations.
“Vault 7” is the most comprehensive release of US spying files ever made public
On Tuesday, the leak-focused site founded by Julian Assange released thousands of alleged CIA documents purporting to show how the agency has been able to crack open devices from Apple, Samsung, Google, and Microsoft.
Non-binding fund to oversee creation of at least 50,000 US tech jobs
Softbank said that it will sell a 25 percent stake of ARM Holdings to an investment fund created in partnership with Saudi Arabia and other investors, according to people involved in the discussions.
Recovering from a list of multi-billion dollar writedowns
According to a recent Chinese-language report, TSMC and Foxconn Electronics are partnering up to place bids for shares of Toshiba’s memory business after the company dealt with a major loss in its devices and components business last year amid a drop in global memory prices. And problems with nuclear matters.
Platform launches middle of next month
A few days ago, Microsoft released a new Windows Insider preview build to the public that contains the first available demonstration of the Windows Mixed Reality platform that will launch later this month, along with new lightweight head-mounted displays providing six degrees of freedom to remove physical boundaries.
First developer kits arriving later this month
Last week Microsoft decided to make a brand name change to the Windows Holographic platform that will ship with an upcoming version of Windows and enable a variety of apps and programs to run on new head-mounted display units arriving this spring.
Prevents unapproved logins in event of account compromise
Palo Alto-based startup Nest Labs, which introduced its first Nest Learning Thermostat in 2011 along with a range of other home automation devices, prior to being acquired by Google, has just announced that it is introducing two-factor authentication for additional security to prevent customer security footage from getting stolen by thieves.