Microsoft today released a patch for a perilous hole in its Internet Explorer browser that hackers could slip through to invade computers. The flaw was deemed so dangerous that the US software colossus planned to take the unusual step of releasing a fix for its aged Windows XP operating system, which it officially stopped supporting last month.
Researchers are investigating a new version of spaser - a nano-scale laser or nano-laser technology which could mean that mobile phones become so small, efficient, and flexible that they could be printed on clothing. A team of researchers from Monash University s Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (ECSE) has modelled the world s
In addition to the smartwatch, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich also unveiled Edison, a computer which is the size of a memory card. It is targeted at smart consumer products and wearable devices and will be arriving later this year.
With all the talk of an Apple TV, a recent patent awarded to to the company suggests it may have even more ambitious plans for the living room in mind. Per Patently Apple, it seems that Apple has been granted a patent for a desk-free computer that relies on an intelligent projector that is packed with an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and depth sensor. Combined, these sensors can tell the projector how and where to project images and thus create a computer that would also be nearly completely wire-free. The patent proposes using inductive wireless charging or batteries to power the various parts of the computer.
A new Kickstarter campaign by Kano Computing lets one build a fully-functioning computer in less than 20 minutes and the whole package costs $99 (Rs 6,200 approximately). This DIY computer package includes basic components that fit together like Lego pieces and the whole thing has been kept simple with the aim of helping kids understand the technicalities of a PC.
Today Google celebrates the 84th birth anniversary of Shakuntala Devi, India s human computer for her ability to make complex mental calculations. The animated doodle dedicated to her looks like a display of a calculator showing a digital sketch of her and the words Google .
While Sony had already announced the pricing for its next generation console - the PlayStation 4 - the company had not revealed the official launch date. At Gamescom 2013, Sony has revealed that the console will launch on November 15 in the US and Canada, and two weeks later on November 29 it will release in 30 more markets spanning Europe, South America and Australia. This means that Sony has a wider launch for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) than Microsoft s Xbox One which is just launching in 13 countries to begin with. Sony also announced it had received over a million preorders for the PlayStation 4.
As expected, Sony has announced the PlayStation 4 (PS4), the successor to the PlayStation 3 at its PlayStation Meet event in New York. In terms of pure hardware firepower, the PS4 brings an 8-core x86 CPU providing 2 teraflops of computational performance, a PC style high performance GPU, a HDD and 8GB of DDR5 RAM. Additionally, the PS4 features the Dual-Shock 4 controller, which also has a touch-pad similar to the one seen on the PlayStation Vita, a light bar to identify players that will be tracked via a 3D camera on the PS4. While all this is good Sony did not show the console itself, neither did it announce any pricing, but said it was coming in the holiday season of 2013.
Sony s gaming subsidiary Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has splashed $380 million for cloud based gaming service Gaikai. While Sony already has its PlayStation Network for online gaming, the company intends to set up a new cloud service on the basis of the Gaikai acquisition.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is preparing to launch a new ultra-affordable Linux-powered computer next month that is the size of a credit card. It’s so affordable, in fact, that it will cost just $25 or $35, depending on how much RAM the buyer requires. In an interview with Edge, Raspberry Pi Foundation head David Braben said, despite the size and low cost, the Raspberry Pi computer is powerful enough to run games such as Quake III Arena and power 1080p video. The company will launch just 10,000 units to developers next month, mostly in the United Kingdom. “At the moment we’re appealing to techy people because we want people to give their time for free, writing software and improving things, porting them from other places, and putting them into the public domain, essentially, so we can use them for education,” Braben said, noting that he hopes to turn the developer board into a consumer-friendly device next year. The Raspberry Pi is equipped with a 700MHz processor, 128MB or 256MB of RAM, support for an SD card, and both HDMI and RCA outputs.
Today is the day that Apple CEO Steve Jobs and other executives will unveil the next advancements out of the industry’s leading innovator at WWDC 2011. While Apple has already announced that the company will be talking about three different main products iOS 5, iCloud, and Mac OS X Lion the fact is, Apple once again could possibly change (and influence) the entire way we use computers and mobile devices. Let’s look at iCloud, for example: if Apple is able to transition the device-centric approach to how we work with information and apps to a task-centric approach where the PowerPoint presentation you’re working on is what matters, and not what computer or tablet or smartphone you’re editing it from, that in itself a huge move forward in computing. Other companies have been trying to accomplish this for years, but we having a feeling that Apple is about to show us the beginnings of something so seamless, it really could find mass adoption, unlike most current solutions. Add in music, photos, videos, and your documents, and you should be able to pick up any computer or device and have access to all of your information and data from wherever you are. Coupled with a rumored Airport Extreme and TimeCapsule refresh in which the devices will run iOS and a feature an A4 or A5 processor, and all of your data could sit on one of your own devices and it would use your own internet connection to serve up your files directly to you. Lastly, what if iCloud allowed you to just walk up to any iOS or Mac computer and let you sign in, sit down, and practically act as if though it was your device or computer? What if Apple then implements this using NFC in the next iPhone just place your iDevice next to a Mac computer, and it will instantly be transformed into your computer. Hit the break for more!
Nokia on Wednesday released an update to its Nokia Software Updater client for the Macintosh platform via its Nokia Beta Labs portal. The new bits will allow Mac users to update their Nokia phones’ firmware directly from their computers as opposed to over-the-air. Nokia warns that the software is still in the development phase and that it will keep the trial going until further notice. The company hopes that users will provide feedback as they use the software, paving the way for future optimizations and updates. Other details on the software are slim, but hit the jump if you’re a Mac user looking to get the latest software goodness on your Nokia phone.