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Showing posts from March 30, 2014

Microsoft to offer Windows for free on phones, tablets

Microsoft Corp is to give away its Windows operating system to makers of smartphones and small tablets for consumers as it seeks to make more of an impact on those fast-growing markets and counter the massive success of Google Inc's free Android platform. Microsoft's move, announced at its annual developers conference in San Francisco, is an attempt to broaden the small user base of mobile versions of Windows, in the hope that more customers will end up using Microsoft's money-making, cloud-based services such as Skype and Office.

Venezuela's 'skyscraper' The World's Tallest Slum'

The Tower of David skyscraper boasts a helicopter landing pad, glorious views of the Avila mountain range, and large balconies for weekend barbecues. Yet a 45-storey skyscraper in the center of Venezuela's capital Caracas is no five-star hotel or swanky apartment block: it is a slum, probably the highest in the world. Dubbed the "Tower of David", the building was intended to be a shining new financial center but was abandoned around 1994 after the death of its developer - banker and horse-breeder David Brillembourg -

Tesla Drivers' In-Dash Web Browsing Habits Revealed

The race is on to snag the attention of drivers via new Internet-enabled dashboard touchscreens, but metrics on exactly how popular this new browsing experience might be have largely been a mystery, until now. The study, which gleaned stats from 100 million digital destinations over a 30-day period between Feb. 24 and March 23, offers a rough sketch of what the average Tesla owner's in-dash usage looks like.

4 Dead After Gunman Opens Fire at Fort Hood

A gunman opened fire on Wednesday at Fort Hood military base in Killeen, Texas — the same site of a November 2009 mass murder that claimed 13 lives.  Three people were killed in the shooting and 16 were injured. The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Speaking to reporters late Wednesday evening, Fort Hood's Lt. Gen Mark Milley said there was no known motive in the shooting. He said the shooter,

Good News: Microsoft will bring Start menu back to Windows

At Build 2014 on Wednesday, Microsoft announced that it will bring the Start menu back to Windows. The feature was removed in Windows 8, leaving millions of computer users disappointed.  The company also announced an update to Windows 8.1 that will add several features such as onscreen shutdown button and ability to pin Modern UI apps to taskbar to the OS. This will make using Windows 8.1 easier on computers that have keyboard and mouse.

The Next Evolution of Spam: Spam is Not Dead

Contrary to current opinion, spam is not dead.  This formerly popular fraud technique yielded considerable profits for fraudsters, yet has not seen significant evolution in new techniques. Spam has not seen the results once typical of this technique, however there is a new introduction in the spam fraud community that claims to make spam profitable again for cyber-criminals. With a new fraud-as-a-service capability called PsycheR4 introduced in an online cyber crime community, it is clear that fraudsters are still heavily investing in spam. This basic fraud technique has gained new momentum with a

slimmest smartphone in the world' launched at Rs. 22,999

Gionee has launched what it is calling the 'world's slimmest smartphone' - Elife S5.5 - in India on Monday. Pricing it at Rs. 22,999, the company has detailed a 27 April availability for the smartphone in India. 

Build your Own Rocket for Free

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to launch a NASA spacecraft with NASA's Rocket Science 101 (RS101)! Select your favorite NASA mission and build a rocket to send the spacecraft into orbit. As you take the RS101 challenge, you can learn more about thrilling missions and the various components of the launch vehicles, how they are configured and how they work together to successfully launch a NASA spacecraft. NASA's Launch Services Program (LSP) does the same things for real rockets and exciting spacecraft missions every day - now it's your turn!

What is cancer?

  Hundreds of thousands of people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. It is not one disease; there are over 200 different types, each with its own symptoms, methods of diagnosis and treatment.

'Baby Suiting' Meme Turns Tykes Into Adorable Businesspeople

Blogger Mommy Shorts has shaken up corporate America with the cutest baby meme this side of Wall Street. It's called #babysuiting. The premise is simple: Put your baby in a suit; laugh at how squishy her face is; wait for her to become a CEO.

Android app by Indian developer caught mining bitcoins

Songs , an app probably used by a few million Indian Android users, was among the two apps recently caught covertly using smartphones for mining bitcoins and dogecoins. Security researchers at Trend Micro , a company that makes antivirus and other security applications, recently wrote in a blog that 'Songs' and 'Prized - Real Rewards & Prizes' were using smartphones to covertly mine for virtual currency . Mining virtual currency like bitcoin or dogecoin requires lots of computing power. If an app uses a smartphone to mine virtual currency, the process is likely to keep the processor running at 100%, resulting in poor battery life and heating of the device.