Sony Plans to Sell an Upgraded 'PlayStation 4.5' for VR & 4K Games
 
The solid days where consoles had lifecycles of 6 to 7 years seem to be over: The Wall Street Journal claims that Sony will unveil an updated PlayStation 4.5 (or 'PS4K') before the release of their highly anticipated PlayStation VR virtual reality solution.
 
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New 5D Optical Storage Preserves Data For 14 Billion Years
 
Engineers at the University of Southampton, UK, have invented a new kind of optical storage capable of saving data for 14 billion years. The disc has a capacity of 360 terabytes and is stable up to 1000°C.
 
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Don't Upgrade to Windows 10 if Not Necessary
 
Is Microsoft's free upgrade to Windows 10 blessing or curse? Of course there can't be a clear answer on that, because every user's computer system has different preconditions, same as every user has different demands to an operating system. And that's exactly what makes Microsoft's enforced upgrade doctrine even less reasonable.
 
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Forget About Cookies - You're Now Tracked by Sound
 
There's a new perverted attempt of tech companies to allow cross-device-tracking: tracking of high-frequency sounds that are inaudible to humans.
 
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EPFL Scientists Reconstruct Partial Rat-Brain in Computer
 
The Blue Brain Project, led by Henry Markram at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), has completed the first draft of a digital reconstruction of a small portion of the rat brain. The achievement demonstrates the feasibility of simulating brain structure and the function on supercomputers.
 
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Oracle Replaces Ask-Toolbar with Yahoo
 
ORACLE replaces the Ask-Crapware with setting the Yahoo search default in Internet Explorer and Chrome.
 
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Scientists Create Touch-Sensitive 3D Laser-Holograms
 
Scientists from the University of Tsukuba, Japan, have created a touch-sensitive holographic laser-system a user can directly interact with: "Fairy Lights in Femtoseconds".
 
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SSDs sollten heiss betrieben und kühl gelagert werden
 
Gemäss einem Heise-Artikel hängt die Lebensdauer der Daten auf SSDs stark davon ab, wie lange und bei welcher Temperatur die SSDs betrieben und dann stromlos gelagert werden.
 
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Microsoft HoloLens Proves to be Impressive
 
This week's HoloLens-demo by Microsoft actually blew my mind. HoloLens is Microsoft's Augmented Reality project that embeds 'holographic' apps and objects into the real world, promising an entirely new way to interact with computing devices.
 
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Stanford Scientists Invent High-Performance Alu-Battery
 
Scientists from the Stanford University have invented a twistable high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting, inexpensive and really safe to use.
 
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MindMaze: a VR-Headset Reading Your Thoughts
 
A Swiss startup called MindMaze finally comes up with a virtual reality system that might truly feel real: the MindMaze headset takes traditional VR-technology such as stereo 3D and motion control and combines it with mind-reading and hand-tracking.
 
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Nun doch: die USA verteidigen die Netzneutralität
 
Die USA bekräftigen nun die Netzneutralität und geben den priorisiert behandelten Internet-Verbindungen gegen Bezahlung eine abfuhr.
 
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PSN & Xbox Live Outage
 
Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live services became victims of DDOS attacks during the Christmas days.
 
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Der Kodex zur Netzneutralität ist ein Witz...
 
...denn es kommt nun so, wie es anders nicht zu erwarten war: die Schweizer Telkos wollen Geld mit dem Internet verdienen und streben deshalb die "Priorisierung von wichtigen Diensten an", und zwar auch wenn sie behaupten, die Netzneutralität wahren zu wollen.
 
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How to Fold Your Tablet
 
Semicondoctur Energy Laboratory (short SEL) is showing off a new 8.7 inch AMOLED display that can be folded into thirds.
 
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When The FBI Asks us Not to Encrypt Data
 
James B. Comey - the director of the FBI - asks us "not to encrypt our devices" and "to get used to the US government's spying eyes", because the price of "having terrorists using the same devices" would be too high.
 
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Windows Threshold is Named Windows 10, not 9
 
Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the next generation of its operating system, which was developed under the working title 'Threshold' before: Windows 10.
 
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Wenn die Post auf Google macht...
 
Wie es scheint fordert die PostFinance seit August ihre Online-Banking-Kunden per neuen AGB dazu auf, persönliche Daten zur Auswertung für ein noch nicht lanciertes Schnäppchenportal freizugeben. Wer dies nicht akzeptieren will fliegt aus dem E-Banking raus.
 
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NVIDIA GPU Proves Lighting Conditions of The Moon
 
NVIDIA created a demo with their new Voxel Global Illumination technology to reproduce the exact lighting conditions the Apollo 11 mission experienced when Neill Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon an took photos of the landing site.
 
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Nackt-Selfies und die Cloud
 
Promis, ihre Nacktbilder und warum sie selber schuld sind.
 
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Win9 Coming in 2015; no More Big Update For Win8
 
Windows 8 development ends this summer and Windows 9 is to be released in 2015, likely as a 'free' upgrade for XP-, Vista- and Win7-users.
 
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No Longer Sci-Fi: a LED-Projector Chip Capable of Producing Holograms
 
Ostendo Technologies Inc., a display chip manufacturer based in California, is actually working on it: a LED-projector chip that can produce true holographic 3D images, like we know it from sci-fi movies such as Star Wars.
 
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KAIST Raptor: Fast Bipedal Robot
 
Inspired by the dinosaur Velociraptor, engineers at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) designed a bipedal robot that can run as fast as 46 km/h!
 
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Smartphone Patent-Trolling Coming to an End?
 
The silly patent-trolling between smartphone manufacturers (which is going on for years already) is coming to an end.
 
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USA's FCC Aims to Weaken Net Neutrality
 
The US FCC proposes to reinstate net neutrality rules that would allow broadband providers to negotiate with content providers for preferential treatment.
 
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MisTable: '3D-Touchscreen'-Tabletop
 
MisTable, a research-project from the University of Bristol's Department of Computer Science, is a tabletop system that combines a conventional interactive table with 4 personal fog screens between the users and the tabletop surface.
 
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Google Buys Drone Company 'Titan Aerospace'
 
Google and Facebook are forcing their arms race: after purchasing Boston Dynamics, Google also acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone manufacturer that had initially been eyed by Facebook.
 
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Win 8 Startmenu to Return in v8.2
 
Big surprise: Microsoft showed off the return of the Start Menu at their Build Conference in San Francisco last week.
 
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Die Computeruhren kommen!
 
Diese Woche hat Google seine Plattform für Computeruhren präsentiert: Android Wear. Das Android-basierte Betriebssystem ist aber nicht nur für Smartwatches, sondern für jegliche Arten von kleinen, tragbaren Computern gedacht.
 
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Facebook Finally Kills all Privacy
 
Facebook’s AI research group makes a major improvement in face-processing software: they created a software that matches faces almost as well as humans do. Asked whether two unfamiliar photos of faces show the same person, humans reach an accuracy of 97.53 percent. The software developed by the researchers can score 97.25 percent on the exact same challenge.
 
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Microsoft Seeks the Path of Google & Apple
 
According to various insiders at Microsoft, the software company is experimenting with a free version of Windows 8.1, 'powered by Bing'.
 
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10 Jahre Facebook-Verweigerer
 
Heute habe ich ein Jubiläum zu feiern. Ich bin seit 10 Jahren aktiver Facebook-Verweigerer. Und ich bin stolz darauf.
 
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Microsoft will seine Anwender einsperren
 
Es war absehbar und wurde auch prognostiziert: kommende Windows-Betriebssysteme sollen vor allem noch in der Cloud laufen.
 
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Wenn das Smartphone zum 3D-Scanner wird
 
Wissenschaftler an der ETH Zürich haben eine Smartphone-App entwickelt, die das Scannen von dreidimensionalen Objekten fast so einfach macht wie das Fotografieren.
 
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Self-Assembling Robo-Cubes
 
The Transformers have reached our planet: researchers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created robotic cubes capable of assembling for new shapes.
 
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'Wir sind alle Freiwild'
 
An der ersten ISSS-Konferenz in Lausanne hat der Amerikanische Security-Guru Bruce Schneier kürzlich die beunruhigenden Hintergründe des NSA-Skandals aufgezeigt.
 
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Mr. Hayden Thinks he Owns The Internet
 
Former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden thinks he (or better said - the USA) owns the internet. Declaring Google's Gmail the preferred mail service of terrorists, Hayden gave a speech on the so called "tension between security and liberty".
 
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The Ultimate Outdoor Laptop
 
The WeWi Sol is a solar-powered laptop with built-in foldable solar panels. It can run for 10 hours from battery or even directly from solar power while charging its battery. Even a waterproof version is announced.
 
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London's Waste-Bins Track You
 
The UK is concerned about a new privacy threat: Renew, a startup that builds and sells pod-like recycling bins, installed so-called smartbins in the City of London. These bins are equipped with Wi-Fi and LCD screens and can track smartphone users by their device's MAC-addresses and manufacturer info.
 
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IBM SyNAPSE: Cognitive Computing
 
Today, IBM presented the latest stage of their SyNAPSE project: a programming language for their neurosynaptic chips to enable the development of new, sensory-based, cognitive computing applications.
 
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Kremlin Goes Back to The Roots
 
The Russian Kremlin reverts to typewriters for protecting their data from leaks - a precautionary measure against Wikileaks and government workers like Edward Snowden who spill the beans.
 
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Rettung rufen - jetzt auch ohne Handynetz
 
Das Schweizer Start-up Uepaa hat eine Smartphone-App entwickelt, mit welcher ein Notruf in den Bergen auch ohne Handynetz möglich werden soll.
 
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Die Illusion des 'sicheren' Internets
 
Weswegen NSA-Whistleblower Edward Snowden gar nichts neues "enthüllt" hat...
 
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Haptic Multitouch 3D Monitor
 
Once again something really cool from Microsoft Research: a haptic stereo-3D touchscreen monitor!
 
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Swisscom bringt eigenes 'WhatsApp'
 
Swisscom lancierte über das Wochenende einen Konkurrenzdienst zu WhatsApp & Co.: Swisscom iO.
 
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Samsung to Ban iPhones From American Market?
 
U.S. trade agency ITC issued a ban on imports of Apple's iPhone 4 and a variant of the iPad 2 after finding the devices violate a patent held by South Korean rival Samsung Electronics.
 
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EU will Netzneutralität im Gesetz verankern
 
Das Verhalten der Deutschen Telekom hat jetzt Reaktionen aus der EU zur Folge: Die EU-Kommission will, dass die Netzneutralität europaweit gesetzlich geschützt wird.
 
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When a Bus Becomes The WiFi-Antenna
 
The mobile infrastructure company Ericsson unveiled a WiFi-Antenna-Windows at the CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas.
 
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Deutsche Telekom: Internetdienste sollen zahlen
 
Die Deutsche Telekom sieht vor, dass Internetdienste wie YouTube oder Zattoo dafür zahlen sollen, dass deren Datenvolumen (welches beim Streaming anfällt) nicht vom Guthaben des Kunden abgezogen wird.
 
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EFF Report: Twitter & Google Top, Apple Flop
 
According to the annual EFF Privacy Report, Twitter, Google and Dropbox are top when it comes to defending their user's privacy rights, but Apple and Amazon are a flop.
 
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Smartwatch von AEROWATCH
 
Microsoft und Apple arbeiten noch an ihr, und der schweizer Uhrenhersteller AEROWATCH bringt sie schon: die Smartwatch "generation_3".
 
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Die Deutsche Telekom drosselt das Internet
 
Die Deutsche Telekom plant jetzt auch für das Festnetz-Internet Datenlimiten, wonach die Geschwindigkeit - wie bereits beim mobilen Internet üblich - gedrosselt wird. Das deutsche Telekommunikations-Unternehmen kommt damit nicht bei allen gut an, da es so die Netzneutralität massiv gefährdet.
 
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Tablets: Toddlers Require Psychological Treatment
 
Experts are warning that parents who allow babies and toddlers to access tablet computers for several hours a day are potentially causing "dangerous" long term effects.
 
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Back to 'Boot to Desktop' Confirmed
 
It looks like Microsoft is reverting the (obviously too radical) design decision for the next big update of their current OS flagship.
 
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Ist das Einbetten von YouTube-Videos illegal?
 
Gemäss dem Deutschen Bundesgerichtshof könnte das Einbetten von YouTube-Videos illegal sein, obwohl das Video nicht auf dem eigenen Server liegt und dementsprechend auch schon öffentlich bereitgestellt ist.
 
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Google Street View Hyperlapse
 
The Canadian design studio Teehan & Lax released a cool hyperlapse tool that allows to create 'track-movies' based on Google Street View data.
 
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Windows 8 has Failed, IDC Says
 
Windows 8 has failed to boost the PC market, IDC analysts say in their newest report. Actually it's even depressing PC sales in record numbers, instead of giving some backup.
 
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20 Million Fake Follower Accounts
 
Andrea Stroppa and Carlo De Micheli (Italian security researchers) spent the last few months investigating the underground economy for Twitter followers and have found a thriving market with more than two dozen services that sell fake Twitter accounts.
 
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Werbebanner durch Malware verseucht
 
Gemäss dem deutschen BSI ist es Cyber-Kriminellen in den vergangenen Tagen gelungen im grossen Stile Malware über OpenX-Server zu verbreiten.
 
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Video-Capable Holographic Display
 
Californian researchers have built a prototype of 3D display that can beam light into various directions, allowing to show videos that dance above the display surface. The technology can be seen as some sort of 'hologram-lite', as it allows to view these videos from a wide range of angles.
 
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What Facebook-Likes Reveal About People
 
Maybe it's no surprising news, but it perfectly illustrates how 'naked' social media users actually are: American scientists have now proven that - only by having access to the likes-data of Facebook users - they can create highly accurate profiles of sensitive personal attributes.
 
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Realtime Mapping of Cyber-Attacks
 
A new non-profit network project (Honeynet Project) collects data of world wide cyber attacks and allows to display those hacking attempts in realtime.
 
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Critical HTML5-Security-Hole in Most Browsers
 
Internet-Developer Feross Aboukhadijeh discovered a critical HTML5-Security-Hole in most popular browsers, Mozilla Firefox being the exception doing it right...
 
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Windows-8-PCs now Compatible With Linux
 
The Linux Foundation finally released their own Win8-secure-boot compatible boot loader: Secure Boot System.
 
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Stop The 'Ask-Toolbar'-Java Bundling
 
A new petition initiated by Saeid Nourian allows Java users and programmers to voice their opinion against ORACLE's Ask Toolbar bundling with the Java updater/installer.
 
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DNA-Drive: Our Future Storage Solution?
 
As reported in Nature, a team of scientists led by Nick Goldman of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) at Hinxton (UK) encoded all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets in DNA.
 
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Ubuntu Strays From The OpenSource Community
 
While the Free Software Foundation is fighting Microsoft's "restricted"-boot, Canonical is straying even farther from the open source community after they already introduced spyware to the newest release of the Ubuntu Linux distribution: Mark Shuttleworth presents Ubuntu-Phones.
 
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Fight Microsoft's Restricted Boot!
 
This is an urgent message from the Free Software Foundation. UEFI Secure Boot imposes a serious threat to free software and its users, because it can potentially lock out unregistered bo...
 
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2012 Applecalypse: Brazil Gets IPHONE with Android
 
While the 2012 (Mayan) apocalypse obviously didn't occur today, the end of this year must feel like an apocalypse for Apple: after losing the battle against iFone back in November and several US Patents being rejected this month, Apple is now confronted with an Android-iPhone they obviously can't ban.
 
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Apple's 'Pinch-to-Zoom'-Claims Rejected
 
Apple's key patent, which has succesfully been used against Samsung in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit earlier this year, has now been reexamined by the US Patent Office. This rejects all 21 claims against Samsung.
 
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Richard Stallman: Ubuntu is Spyware
 
One of the most important defenders of rights of free software users, Richard Stallman aka RMS, has officially declared Ubuntu as Spyware.
 
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Avoiding U.S. Cloud Services
 
According to a new study of the Dutch Instituut voor Informatierecht it doesn't matter where the servers of American cloud services reside. As long as the company itself resides in the USA, European (or other) laws can't prevent the FISA Amendments Act to be applied, which practically destroys privacy within the cloud.
 
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Angriff auf Google News & Co.
 
Vergangene Woche wurde im deutschen Bundestag über das sogenannte Leistungsschutzrecht debattiert, welches darauf hinausführen würde, dass Unternehmen wie Google für die Links zu Online-Zeitungs-Artikeln zur Kasse gebeten werden (oder die Artikel nicht mehr aufgeführt werden können).
 
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3 Alternatives For Google & Co.
 
We use them all the time, because without them, internet would be pretty much useless: search engines. But the big ones in this business filter the results, which isn't always welcome. I'd like to introduce you to 3 alternative web searches.
 
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Apple iPhone Violated Trademark of iFone
 
Apple tries to solve all its problems in court, obviously... at least they seem to sue the whole world for potentially using rounded corners or iNames ;) . Now, after already losing the battle against Samsung in England this year, there follows another juridical failure in Mexico.
 
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Microsoft Sued For its 'Live Tiles'
 
One may or may not like Windows 8's user interface, but the following news is really odd: less than a week after Microsoft released their new operating system, one of the core features of the system already becomes target of a patent lawsuit - the Live Tiles of 'Metro'.
 
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Why Cookies Shouldn't be Blamed for Tracking
 
Many people think of browser cookies as a privacy threat. However - the true threat slumbers in their browsers fingerprint.

Panopticlick will show you how unique yours is.
 
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Microsoft Sacrifices Traditional Users
 
Honestly, what do you think about the Windows 8 UI? 'Metro' (which is no longer called 'Metro' due to legal issues) may be a great interface for Tablet devices, granted, but... what is the benefit of implementing it on desktop computers and laptops?
 
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Selling Our Lives to Google & Co.
 
You know what really annoys me these days? Well, it isn't like it's anything new to computing world, we've known of it for years, but... it's cloud computing. Internet based cloud computing (because I...
 
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Sony finally agrees: they've been hacked.
 
While Sony remained quiet about the reason for the PSN and Qriocity Network outages for about an entire week now, we've guessed right: Sony has been hacked. What else would explain them shutting down ...
 
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SSD Write Cycle Limits
 
I just found a nice article worth sharing with other computer users: it's explaining why we shouldn't worry too much about write cycle limits in SSD's (Solid-State Drives, ergo flash drives, the count...
 
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