Computing | March 31st, 2016, 21:48 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | February 20th, 2016, 11:34 CET | by Kovu
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.
Computing | December 13th, 2015, 15:29 CET | by Kovu
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.
Computing | November 17th, 2015, 22:36 CET | by Kovu
There's a new perverted attempt of tech companies to allow cross-device-tracking: tracking of high-frequency sounds that are inaudible to humans.
Computing | October 9th, 2015, 23:00 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | July 8th, 2015, 22:05 CEST | by Kovu
ORACLE replaces the Ask-Crapware with setting the Yahoo search default in Internet Explorer and Chrome.
Computing | June 30th, 2015, 21:08 CEST | by Kovu
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".
Computing | 12. Mai 2015, 22:39 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | May 1st, 2015, 22:29 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | April 8th, 2015, 20:56 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | March 22nd, 2015, 15:26 CET | by Kovu
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.
Computing | 1. März 2015, 17:12 CET | by Kovu
Die USA bekräftigen nun die Netzneutralität und geben den priorisiert behandelten Internet-Verbindungen gegen Bezahlung eine abfuhr.
Computing | December 27th, 2014, 00:36 CET | by Kovu
Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live services became victims of DDOS attacks during the Christmas days.
Computing | 9. November 2014, 15:46 CET | by Kovu
...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.
Computing | November 5th, 2014, 21:50 CET | by Kovu
Semicondoctur Energy Laboratory (short SEL) is showing off a new 8.7 inch AMOLED display that can be folded into thirds.
Computing | October 19th, 2014, 23:33 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | October 1st, 2014, 22:37 CEST | by Kovu
Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the next generation of its operating system, which was developed under the working title 'Threshold' before: Windows 10.
Computing | 1. Oktober 2014, 21:56 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | September 24th, 2014, 22:09 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | 9. September 2014, 22:55 CEST | by Kovu
Promis, ihre Nacktbilder und warum sie selber schuld sind.
Computing | August 4th, 2014, 18:10 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | June 4th, 2014, 21:07 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | June 3rd, 2014, 23:09 CEST | by Kovu
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!
Computing | May 20th, 2014, 23:09 CEST | by Kovu
The silly patent-trolling between smartphone manufacturers (which is going on for years already) is coming to an end.
Computing | April 24th, 2014, 21:57 CEST | by Kovu
The US FCC proposes to reinstate net neutrality rules that would allow broadband providers to negotiate with content providers for preferential treatment.
Computing | April 16th, 2014, 00:37 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | April 16th, 2014, 00:04 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | April 7th, 2014, 16:56 CEST | by Kovu
Big surprise: Microsoft showed off the return of the Start Menu at their Build Conference in San Francisco last week.
Computing | 20. März 2014, 21:36 CET | by Kovu
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.
Computing | March 19th, 2014, 20:53 CET | by Kovu
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.
Computing | March 3rd, 2014, 15:02 CET | by Kovu
According to various insiders at Microsoft, the software company is experimenting with a free version of Windows 8.1, 'powered by Bing'.
Computing | 4. Februar 2014, 22:49 CET | by Kovu
Heute habe ich ein Jubiläum zu feiern. Ich bin seit 10 Jahren aktiver Facebook-Verweigerer. Und ich bin stolz darauf.
Computing | 6. Dezember 2013, 21:22 CET | by Kovu
Es war absehbar und wurde auch prognostiziert: kommende Windows-Betriebssysteme sollen vor allem noch in der Cloud laufen.
Computing | 6. Dezember 2013, 19:29 CET | by Kovu
Wissenschaftler an der ETH Zürich haben eine Smartphone-App entwickelt, die das Scannen von dreidimensionalen Objekten fast so einfach macht wie das Fotografieren.
Computing | October 7th, 2013, 15:51 CEST | by Kovu
The Transformers have reached our planet: researchers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created robotic cubes capable of assembling for new shapes.
Computing | 6. Oktober 2013, 17:27 CEST | by Kovu
An der ersten ISSS-Konferenz in Lausanne hat der Amerikanische Security-Guru Bruce Schneier kürzlich die beunruhigenden Hintergründe des NSA-Skandals aufgezeigt.
Computing | September 17th, 2013, 22:09 CEST | by Kovu
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".
Computing | August 20th, 2013, 21:50 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | August 13th, 2013, 23:15 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | August 9th, 2013, 21:44 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | July 15th, 2013, 14:59 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | 9. Juli 2013, 21:19 CEST | by Kovu
Das Schweizer Start-up Uepaa hat eine Smartphone-App entwickelt, mit welcher ein Notruf in den Bergen auch ohne Handynetz möglich werden soll.
Computing | 6. Juli 2013, 14:45 CEST | by Kovu
Weswegen NSA-Whistleblower Edward Snowden gar nichts neues "enthüllt" hat...
Computing | July 5th, 2013, 21:48 CEST | by Kovu
Once again something really cool from Microsoft Research: a haptic stereo-3D touchscreen monitor!
Computing | 25. Juni 2013, 22:17 CEST | by Kovu
Swisscom lancierte über das Wochenende einen Konkurrenzdienst zu WhatsApp & Co.: Swisscom iO.
Computing | June 5th, 2013, 22:49 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | 5. Juni 2013, 22:04 CEST | by Kovu
Das Verhalten der Deutschen Telekom hat jetzt Reaktionen aus der EU zur Folge: Die EU-Kommission will, dass die Netzneutralität europaweit gesetzlich geschützt wird.
Computing | May 23rd, 2013, 20:58 CEST | by Kovu
The mobile infrastructure company Ericsson unveiled a WiFi-Antenna-Windows at the CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas.
Computing | 4. Mai 2013, 20:36 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | May 3rd, 2013, 00:03 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | 29. April 2013, 21:44 CEST | by Kovu
Microsoft und Apple arbeiten noch an ihr, und der schweizer Uhrenhersteller AEROWATCH bringt sie schon: die Smartwatch "generation_3".
Computing | 25. April 2013, 22:22 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | April 24th, 2013, 21:53 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | April 22nd, 2013, 22:37 CEST | by Kovu
It looks like Microsoft is reverting the (obviously too radical) design decision for the next big update of their current OS flagship.
Computing | 21. April 2013, 16:31 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | April 11th, 2013, 22:23 CEST | by Kovu
The Canadian design studio Teehan & Lax released a cool hyperlapse tool that allows to create 'track-movies' based on Google Street View data.
Computing | April 11th, 2013, 21:30 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | April 8th, 2013, 15:18 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | 8. April 2013, 13:44 CEST | by Kovu
Gemäss dem deutschen BSI ist es Cyber-Kriminellen in den vergangenen Tagen gelungen im grossen Stile Malware über OpenX-Server zu verbreiten.
Computing | March 21st, 2013, 21:29 CET | by Kovu
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.
Computing | March 12th, 2013, 22:03 CET | by Kovu
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.
Computing | March 10th, 2013, 14:10 CET | by Kovu
A new non-profit network project (Honeynet Project) collects data of world wide cyber attacks and allows to display those hacking attempts in realtime.
Computing | March 5th, 2013, 20:45 CET | by Kovu
Internet-Developer Feross Aboukhadijeh discovered a critical HTML5-Security-Hole in most popular browsers, Mozilla Firefox being the exception doing it right...
Computing | February 13th, 2013, 18:54 CET | by Kovu
The Linux Foundation finally released their own Win8-secure-boot compatible boot loader: Secure Boot System.
Computing | February 13th, 2013, 18:02 CET | by Kovu
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.
Computing | January 27th, 2013, 13:25 CET | by Kovu
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 Shakespeares sonnets in DNA.
Computing | January 3rd, 2013, 21:33 CET | by Kovu
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.
Computing | December 28th, 2012, 17:10 CET | by Kovu
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...
Computing | December 21st, 2012, 21:31 CET | by Kovu
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.
Computing | December 20th, 2012, 21:28 CET | by Kovu
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.
Computing | December 11th, 2012, 21:26 CET | by Kovu
One of the most important defenders of rights of free software users, Richard Stallman aka RMS, has officially declared Ubuntu as Spyware.
Computing | December 9th, 2012, 17:45 CET | by Kovu
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.
Computing | 3. Dezember 2012, 17:10 CET | by Kovu
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).
Computing | November 17th, 2012, 21:02 CET | by Kovu
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.
Computing | November 5th, 2012, 13:42 CET | by Kovu
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.
Computing | November 1st, 2012, 18:23 CET | by Kovu
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'.
Computing | October 27th, 2012, 16:58 CEST | by Kovu
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.
Computing | October 24th, 2012, 08:34 CEST | by Kovu
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?
Computing | May 15th, 2011, 20:52 CEST | by Kovu
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...
Computing | April 28th, 2011, 18:19 CEST | by Kovu
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 ...
Computing | April 26th, 2010, 13:49 CEST | by Kovu
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...