"Hashtag" is one of 5,000 new words included in a dictionary update for Scrabble
It's been about a decade since the last time an official Scrabble dictionary was released, and in terms of technology, you might as well be talking about a century. Well, here's some good news for all you geeky wordsmiths who've grown tired of being challenged for playing the word "texter" and other tech terms -- Merriam-Webster is getting ready to release the Fifth Edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary with 5,000 new words.
Developers of head-mounted displays (HMDs) could benefit from Nvidia’s recent efforts sometime in the future. Nvidia was able to quadruple display resolution by stacking two cheap LCD panels on top of one another.
Not much has happened in the Windows space this summer, though what little movement there's been indicates that users are still trending more towards Windows 7 than Windows 8/8.1. The combined share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 in July was 12.48 percent, down a sliver from 12.54 percent in June and 12.64 percent in May. All of those figures are up slightly from the 12.24 percent share Window 8/8.1 held in April when support for XP ended, but nothing to brag about.
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.