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Dec
29

PS Vita Quad-Core Processor Developed by IBM, Sony and Toshiba

Author admin    Category Games, IT News, Processor     Tags

Sony PlayStation Vita PCB with quad-core CXD5315GG ARM Cortex A9 CPU

Sony PlayStation Vita PCB with quad-core CXD5315GG ARM Cortex A9 CPU

It seems like the trio that was behind the CELL processor found inside Sony’s PlayStation 3 was reunited to develop the quad-core CPU used by the Japanese company for the PS Vita portable console.

Previously believed to be fabricated by Samsung, the chip, which is marked as CXD5315GG, was revealed by a Tech Insights teardown to be manufactured as a joint effort between Sony, IBM and Toshiba.

As it was the case previously, IBM is in charge of the production process with the other companies being limited to developing the CPU.

Other info is not available at this point in time, but the end result is a CPU comprised out of four ARM Cortex-A9 cores that are installed in the same package with 512MB of DDR2-S4 SDRAM memory.

The rest of the chips found inside the PS Vita portable console come from a series of other companies including Qualcomm, Avago, STMicroelectronics and Marvell, to name just a few.

[softpedia]
Dec
27

Android Is Finally Coming Back to Linux Kernel

Author admin    Category Android, IT News, Linux     Tags

Linux kernel will include Android drivers

- Linux kernel will include Android drivers

Tim Bird in collaboration with many Linaro and individual developers, including Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman, announced the beginning of the Android Mainlining Project, to include Android’s patches and features into the mainline Linux kernel.

As many of you know, the Android drivers were no longer accepted in the mainline Linux kernel, starting with Linux kernel 2.6.33, as announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman back in spring 2010.

However, it appears that Greg Kroah-Hartman himself will include the Android drivers into his development branch for the upcoming Linux kernel 3.3, making it boot on Android devices without being patched.

At the recent kernel summit in Prague, there was a discussion about re-evaluating some of the Android-specific features that are found in Google’s android kernel, and looking at whether and how to incorporate them into the mainline (kernel.org) kernel.“- said Tim Bird, Architecture Group Chair, CE Workgroup of the Linux Foundation and Senior Staff Engineer at Sony Network Entertainment, in the email.

[softpedia]
Dec
27

Anonymous denies Stratfor hack

Author admin    Category Hacker, IT News, Security     Tags

Cyber activists associated with Anonymous have denied executing a hack and extract operation against Stratfor, a US-based security think tank.

The hackers – who may be linked to Sabu of LulzSec fame – managed to steal Stratfor’s confidential client list and mined over 4,000 credit card numbers, passwords and home addresses.

Anonymous denies Stratfor hack“The Stratfor hack is not the work of Anonymous. Stratfor is an open source intelligence agency, publishing daily reports on data collected from the open Internet. Hackers claiming to be Anonymous have distorted this truth in order to further their hidden agenda, and some Anons have taken the bait,” the group claimed in an online communiqué.

“The leaked client list represents subscribers to a daily publication which is the primary service of Stratfor. Stratfor analysts are widely considered to be extremely unbiased. Anonymous does not attack media sources.”

According to Anonymous, Stratfor has been deliberately misrepresented by “these so-called Anons” and portrayed in false light as a company which engages in activity similar to HBGary.

“Sabu and his crew are nothing more than opportunistic attention whores who are possibly agent provocateurs… As a media source, Stratfor’s work is protected by the freedom of press, a principle which Anonymous values greatly. This hack is most definitely not the work of Anonymous,” the group added.

For its part, Stratfor confirmed the above-mentioned hack and extract operation by issuing the following statement:

“On December 24th an unauthorized party disclosed personally identifiable information and related credit card data of some of our members. We have reason to believe that your personal and credit card data could have been included in the information that was illegally obtained and disclosed.

“Also publicly released was a list of our members which the unauthorized party claimed to be Stratfor’s ‘private clients.’ Contrary to this assertion the disclosure was merely a list of some of the members that have purchased our publications and does not comprise a list of individuals or entities that have a relationship with Stratfor beyond their purchase of our subscription-based publications.

“We are also working to restore access to our website and continuing to work closely with law enforcement regarding these matters. We will continue to update you regarding the status of these matters.”

[tgdaily]

Dec
27

WindowBreak Project seeks universal developer unlock tool for Windows Phone (video)

Author admin    Category IT News     Tags
The developer known as Jaxbot is becoming quite familiar around these parts, who’s known for bringing instant app resuming and multitasking to Windows Phone — long before these features had gone mainstream. Now, he’s back at it with WindowBreak, a project that seeks to deliver an interop unlock tool that can be used on any Windows Phone. As you can see in the video after the break, his tool already works on Samsung phones, and now, Jaxbot needs the help of like-minded hackers to perform similar feats with HTC and Nokia handsets. If you’re willing to give ‘er a go during the holiday weekend, just check the source links below.

[engadget]
Dec
27

LCD Tembus Pandang Milik Samsung

Author admin    Category IT News, Samsung     Tags

Panel LCD tembus pandang sering muncul di film sci-fi, namun belum ada yang dapat menciptakannya di dunia nyata, tapi tampaknya hal tersebut akan menjadi kenyataan, karena perusahaan asal Korea Selatan, Samsung telah menciptakan sebuah panel LCD tembus pandang dengan kode LTI460AP01. Panel LCD tembus pandang ini cara bekerjanya jelas berbeda dengan panel LCD biasa. Panel LCD biasa memerlukan BLUs (Back Light Units) sebagai sumber cahaya sehingga dapat menampilkan gambar. Di panel LCD transparan, tidak memerluka BLUs namun bergantung pada sumber cahaya yang ada di sekitar seperti sinar matahari atau lampu ruangan. Lalu bagaimana jika anda ingin menonton film favorit anda di kegelapan? Cukup mengaktifkan BLU transparan dan anda dapat menggunakannya walau di ruangan yang gelap.

Sepertinya teknologi ini dapat dengan mudah diterima oleh pasar karena dapat berguna di berbagai tempat. Efisiensi energi panel LCD transparan juga cukup mengagumkan dimana jika BLU transparan tidak diaktifkan, panel LCD transparan ini mengkonsumsi 10% energi yang lebih rendah dibandingkan LCD standar dengan ukuran serupa.

[teknoup]

Dec
23

Check Your Site Speed with Google Analytics

Author admin    Category Google, IT News     Tags

 

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Google has been working on adding a site speed report to Google Analytics for some time, but this week they made it available to all users by default. No additional code necessary, just dive in to Google Analytics under the Content menu.

Under the Content menu, you’ll see Site Speed between Site Content and Site Search. Here you can access everything from the average page load time for the site to page load time by location.

What You’ll See

The Technical area under Site Speed is where all the really interesting information is at. You’ll see a Site Usage tab and next to it is Technical. Click on the Technical to get the really detailed info.

Google provides quite a bit of information here if you want to dig. You’ll find the average redirection time for the site, assuming you have any redirects, as well as the average DNS lookup time (if any).

You’ll also see the average TCP connection time, the response time, and download time. So you can get a sense how much of the time is being spent getting the page and how long is being spent actually loading the page. In other words, you can see if there are things that need to be addressed with site design or with backend processing time or DNS issues.

The information comes from a sampling of 1% of the site visitors by default, though you can adjust this if you want to have a better sampling. Google recommends that sites with more than 1 million hits per day leave it at 1%.

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The Site Speed tools are very granular. You can dig down to the page level to see what the average load time is just for the page. You’ll also see the sample size for each specific page. Note that Google is sampling 1% of the site traffic, not an evenly distributed 1% of traffic for each page that’s loaded.

Local Speeds

Google also shows the load time by region, so you can drill down and see how fast (or slow) pages load anywhere in the world. You can sort by the average page load time, too, and find out where your slow spots are. For some sites this might help decide on whether or not you need a Content Delivery Network (CDN).

Note that if you have a site with less traffic (like my personal blog), you might see outrageously high load times in some areas. If you have decent load times overall, it may not be something to worry about. The sample size for some areas may be too small to really give accurate results.

If you’re of a mind to fix some performance problems, you might also check out Google’s Page Speed tools.

[RWW]

Dec
23

Codecademy Builds ‘Labs,’ A Web-Based Code Editor

Author admin    Category IT News     Tags

Smoking hot startup Codecademy, a service which teaches you how to program online has launched its Labs feature today, as a sign of things to come.

Codecademy founder Zach Sims tells me that Codecademy, and specifically new hire Amjad Masad, built the feature because it wanted people to be able to play with what they’ve learned on Codecademy without having to download a desktop-based code editor or integrated development environment (IDE).  He says that most other online code-learning environments (like Treehouse) don’t yet offer a way for students freeform write and run the code they teach in-browser.

In addition to Javascript, which Codecademy already offers courses in, the interactive coding console allows you to program in both Python and Ruby as a way to practice languages and implement curriculum you may have learned elsewhere. Sims tells me that the startup plans on offering Python and Ruby lessons in addition to Javascript eventually.

In addition to editing, Codecademy Labs allows you to run, and download executable files so your programs can run elsewhere. “It eliminates the biggest hurdle. When they’re learning code, people want a super easy way to go do something with it,” Sims says “Labs makes it really easy to continue along the path of learning stuff without any of the complications that go along with programming.”

Codecademy recently received $2.5 million from an impressive array of investors including Union Square VenturesO’Reilly AlphaTech, SV Angel, Yuri Milner, Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder Collective, CrunchFund, Joshua Schachter, Dave Morin, Naval Ravikant and others.

[techcrunch]

Dec
22

The Definitive Guide To HTML5: 14 Predictions For 2012

Author admin    Category IT News     Tags

From tech titans like Zynga, Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Apple, to startups just launching, the battle lines of 2012 will be drawn across the landscape of HTML5. Below are 14 bold predictions for how HTML5 will evolve in 2012.

Welcome to a more interconnected web:

In 2012, HTML5 will be adding support for some really useful and cool APIs that allow one
website to connect to another.

For example, Zynga games on Facebook run inside of iframes. Using the new postMessage API these games will be able to communicate within the containing Facebook frame directly. Before HTML5, inter-window communication had to rely on a remote server – or use unreliable hacks.

Another exciting addition is CORS (Cross Origin Resource Sharing). This will make it much easier for different websites to share information with one another. For example, CORS will enable startups to create photo-editing services that download your photos from Facebook, let you modify them, and then re-upload them – again without having to resort to ugly hacks.

With all of the new semantic information (see Semantics and Microdata) available with HTML5, it will become much easier to create web tools that extract information from web pages. As a result, you can expect to see a plethora of new mashup services, as well as better browser modes (like readers and translators).

Web browsers will look more like iPhones

Everyone loves Apple’s iOS. Now it’s coming to the HTML5 web. In 2012 your browsers will start
sporting push notifications, geolocation, and offline capable applications. Some browsers will likely adopt a more iOS-like user interface that will make the comparison all the more apt.

More and more applications will just be built in HTML5 instead of downloadable apps

If you’re like me, you already use web apps for email, calendars, and photo-sharing, but in 2012 more classes of applications will be HTML5 enabled. Next up, you can expect to see content creation apps like Inkscape and Illustrator emerge for HTML5 and start to catch on.

Internet Explorer & Microsoft will dramatically improve in coolness.

Internet explorer’s reputation will stop being “the browser where nothing works right” and start being “the fast browser”. Microsoft has made major investments into improving HTML5 performance that will give IE 10 a huge performance lead over competing browsers. Its hardware accelerated “canvas” will blow away all the other browsers in any speed test. Microsoft is also adding interesting ways for the HTML5 web and the desktop to work together that will really spice up its operating system. Having good support from IE will be the impetus that will really turn the tide in favor of authoring HTML5 applications.

Browser manufacturers will get into the App Store business

Taking a cue from Apple, browser manufacturers will start to realize that they are missing out by not being in the app store business. Google Chrome already has an integrated app-store as its splash page. Expect many other browsers to follow. This is actually a good thing for HTML5 application developers – it means more distribution opportunities for apps, although platform specific payment systems and platform revenue-shares will follow later on.

At least one major console game released or re-released using WebGL

In 2012, at least one AAA console game company is going to make the leap and decide to launch a 3D title on the web using WebGL instead of (or in addition to) creating a downloadable client. It might be a re-release of a well-known title (Like “Team Fortress 2″ or “Assassins Creed”), or another way to play a popular MMO (like “Eve Online” or “World of Warcraft”), or it may be an entirely new title launching for the first time.

Many more applications will use offline cache and will work offline

The offline application cache will dramatically improve the usability and speed of HTML5 apps. Querying a local database will allow applications to avoid a round-trip to the server, eliminating that laggy web-app feel that makes us all prefer native apps today.

In 2012, expect to see a few issues arise from this extended usage. You’ll lose your work by clearing your cache at least once or twice. Also expect security vulnerabilities to keep showing up that allow malicious applications to access private files stored on your computer by another
website.

HTML5 ads will become prevalent and overtake Flash ads

Website owners keen to monetize the increasingly large amount of traffic coming from iOS devices will demand HTML5 ads (rather than Flash ads). Startups will emerge to serve this market. These startups will solve the sand boxing, security, and authoring tools issues that this new market will face. Now that HTML5 is capable of doing everything that flash ads commonly do, it’s just a matter of time before they take over.

JavaScript will get a lot faster with better memory management and typed arrays

JavaScript has gotten really, really fast – it’s already among the world’s fastest scripting languages – but there is room for improvement. Google Chrome has started pushing the envelope on better memory management and garbage collection algorithms. This, combined with typed arrays, will bring JavaScript performance closer to more mature languages like Java.

Canvas will get hardware acceleration in more browsers (but no major mobile browsers)

Other browser makers will follow Internet Explorer’s lead and add hardware acceleration to their canvas implementations. Those that don’t will suffer a severe loss in mind-share. Firefox is most at-risk in this regard. If Mozilla fails to accelerate their canvas it risks being portrayed as the new IE — slow and bloated and burdened down with legacy code.

However, in 2012, no major mobile browsers will successfully roll out a hardware-accelerated canvas. We will have to wait until 2013 to start seeing that catch on.

People will play popular HTML5 games on their mobile devices from Zynga and others, but they will be very simple games

You can expect to see your friends playing games like Zynga Poker, Words with Friends, and Mafia Wars on their mobile phones, running purely in HTML5. These games will be played on both destination websites and within native applications (like the Facebook app).

However, successful HTML5 games on mobile devices will be limited to menu-based games, card games, board games, turn-based multiplayer games, and avatar customizer games. More complex and visually intensive Zynga “Ville” style games with isometric worlds or hundreds of animating sprites will not yet strike gold in 2012.

Facebook will release improved HTML5-based APIs that allow for more seamless integration with external websites

In its continued quest to be the de facto social-graph of the web, Facebook Connect will grow and expand to take advantage of new HTML5 features. This will allow even deeper and richer integration of Facebook connect with external websites and services.

Facebook will get a lot more seamlessly integrated with your desktop

Think drag-and-drop, file system access, photo synching, and widgets on your desktop. All of these features (and more) will start to blur the line between desktop and browser, bringing your social graph more closely into contact with your traditional desktop experience.

Apple will NOT fix HTML5 sound in mobile Safari

HTML5 sound used to work well in mobile Safari, back in the days iOS3. However, Apple disabled most of the API in iOS 4 and 5. It just introduces competition for iTunes — both the music store, and the App Store. In its continued fight to maintain total control over the Apple ecosystem, they will refrain from fixing HTML5 sound in 2012.

[techcrunch]

Dec
21

Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.2 Has Two Kernels

Author admin    Category IT News, Linux, Oracle     Tags

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Oracle Enterprise Linux, an enterprise-class Linux-based operating system supported by Oracle, is now at version 6.2.  

Oracle Linux 6.2 comes with two separate Linux kernels. First one is Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (kernel-uek-2.6.32-300.3.1.el6uek) and is installed/booted by default, and the second is a Red Hat Compatible Kernel (kernel-2.6.32-220.el6) which is also installed by default.

Highlights of Oracle Linux 6.2:

· OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) 1.5.1;
· OCFS2 1.6;
· DIF/DIX support;
· Tickless kernel;
· Task Control Groups (TCG);
· Performance Counters for Linux (PCL);
· SSD Detection;
· IO affinity;
· Receive packet steering (RPS);
· fallocate().

A complete list of features, new apps, removed apps, improvements, bugfixes and known issues can be found in the official announcement for Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.2.

Download Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.2

[softpedia]

Dec
21

Seagate Merampungkan Akuisisi Bisnis Hard Drive Milik Samsung

Author admin    Category Hardisk, IT News, Samsung     Tags

Produsen hard disk drive terkemuka, Seagate Technology hari ini mengumumkan penyelesaian transaksi untuk pengambilalihan bisnis hard disk drive (HDD) Samsung Electronic. Menurut ketentuan transaksi, Seagate telah memperoleh pilihan unsur bisnis HDD Samsung, termasuk aset, infrastruktur dan karyawan yang memungkinkan Seagate untuk mengatur skala bisnis dan inovasi.

Aset ini meliputi lini produk terkemuka Samsung, HDD 2,5 inci berkapasitas tinggi, Samsung M8. Karyawan-karyawan Samsung akan bergabung dengan Seagate termasuk sejumlah manajer senior dan karyawan teknikal desain dari fasilitas Samsung Korea, yang akan fokus pada pengembangan produk komponen bentuk kecil (small form-factor) untuk pasar komputasi mobile.

‘Bersama-sama, Seagate dan Samsung telah menyelaraskan usaha-usaha dan roadmap pengembangan produk kami yang terkini dan di masa depan dalam rangka untuk mempercepat efisiensi waktu-ke-pasar (time-to-market) untuk produk-produk baru dan memposisikan kami untuk lebih baik lagi dalam memenuhi tuntutan peningkatan permintaan produk perangkat penyimpanan (storage),’ kata Steve Luczo, Chairman, President dan CEO Seagate. ‘Ini adalah waktu yang menarik di industri dengan peluang yang berkembang pesat di banyak pasar termasuk komputasi mobile, komputasi awan, dan solid state storage.’

Transaksi dengan nilai gabungan sekitar USD 1,4 miliar ini awalnya diumumkan pada April 2011 bersama dengan serangkaian perjanjian lain antara Seagate dan Samsung. Seagate memasok disk drive untuk perangkat PC, notebook dan perangkat konsumer elektronik Samsung. Samsung memasok produk semi konduktor untuk penggunaan pada produk SSD (solid state drive) Seagate, solid-state drive hybrid dan produk Seagate lainnya. Kedua perusahaan ini juga telah memperluas dan meningkatkan kesepakatan cross-licensing penggunaan bersama paten kedua perusahaan dan telah memperluas kerjasama untuk bersama mengembangkan solusi-solusi storage untuk enterprise.

Transaksi dan perjanjian secara substansial memperluas akses pelanggan Seagate di Cina, Asia Tenggara, Brasil, Jerman dan Federasi Rusia. Untuk memudahkan transisi produk dan teknologi, Seagate akan mempertahankan produk tertentu Samsung HDD di bawah nama merek Samsung selama 12 bulan, dan mempertahankan atau membangun sejumlah operasional independen termasuk staf penjualan, lini produk utama dan fasilitas R & D.

[teknoup]

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