The Chinese government decided to delist security firms Symantec and Kaspersky from its list of approved vendors, thereby blacklisting each company's antivirus products. It's the latest in what appears to be an ongoing effort to lessen the reliance on foreign technology. Only five AV products are now on the list, all of which are from China -- Qihoo 360 Technology, Venustech, CAJinchen, Beijing Jiangmin, and Rising.
Lots of bandwidth tweaks await Titanfall in the latest update
Respawn has put the finishing touches on its fifth title update for Titanfall, and with it comes a ton of optimizations intended to improve online play. The update applies to all platforms and also includes numerous bug fixes, as well as more robust multi-GPU support specific to the PC. Respawn said it worked with Nvidia so that the second GPU would no longer sit idle.
Android-based laptop could be held back by high price tag
For those interested in a laptop running Android, the HP Slatebook is now available on Amazon for $430. It's a 14-inch notebook running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4.0 processor running at 1.8GHz, 2GB of DDR3L RAM, and 16GB solid state drive. The configuration is along the lines of a Chromebook, though the pricing is in the low-end spectrum of Windows laptops.
Just in time for the back-to-school season, Comcast today announced it will hook up any new qualifying family who has not yet applied for Internet Essentials with up to six months of complimentary service. Families who are approved between today and September 20th, 2014 will receive the full six months of free service, even if they owe a past due balance, which Comcast is willing to wipe away.
Mozilla on Friday notified users of its Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) about the “accidental disclosure” of over 76,000 email addresses and around 4,000 “salted” passwords. These MDN user credentials remained exposed to the public for around a month until one of the outfit’s web developers discovered their presence on a server accessible to the general public around a couple of weeks back.
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) researchers achieve 43Tbps using a single laser
Between 2009 and 2011, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) was on a record-breaking binge. It all began with DTU breaking the 1Tbps (terabits per second) fiber-optic data transmission barrier using a single laser in March 2009, only for researchers at the Danish institute to outdo themselves over the next two years with yet more impressive efforts of 5.1Tbps and 9.5Tbps, respectively. Their dominance ended in 2011, though, when Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology took the record away from them.
Each year, Microsoft earns billions in patent royalties from Android device vendors
Microsoft is suing Samsung for breach of contract over the non-payment of Android patent royalties. The matter pertains to a 2011 patent licensing agreementrequiring the South Korean electronics heavyweight to make annual patent royalty payments to Microsoft in exchange for the right to use the latter’s patented technology in its Android-based smart devices.
Several other countries to receive the new options by month’s end
Microsoft officially unveiled the third iteration of its Surface series of actively cooled Windows tablets at a special event in New York on May 20, 2014. Of the five Surface Pro 3 models announced back then, two began shipping a month later, with the company scheduling the release of the other variants in August. Well, August is here, as are the remaining three variants of the 12-inch slate.
Verizon's decision to throttle data for certain users grandfathered in to the company's older unlimited data plans has drawn the ire of the Federal Communications Commission. In an open letter, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler tells Verizon that he is "deeply troubled" by its recent announcement and finds it "disturbing" that the wireless carrier would try to take advantage of a loophole to bring in more money.
It's a bit of an odd cross promotion, but to draw attention to Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One, GameStop is offering up for pre-order Microsoft's new Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Halo Limited Edition: The Master Chief. Microsoft outfitted its existing Mobile Mouse 3500 with a highly detailed scene featuring Master Chief in his two-tone green MJOLNIR Power Assault Armor and gold hued visor.