July 23, 2013 |
Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Kaleidescape makes a highly regarded line of home media servers, but it faces at least two major hurdles to growth. First, it's been embroiled in a years-long battle with the entertainment industry over the legality of its core products. And second, the price tag on those products -- the entry-level Kaleidescape system costs around $15,000 -- confines them to the ultra-luxury niche. On Tuesday, the company is making a significant step toward hurdling the second barrier by releasing a $4,000 media server, dubbed the Cinema One. That's still a bridge too far for the typical DVD renter, but it's no longer out of reach for homeowners who splurge on custom home theater installations.
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June 11, 2013 |
Please. Let's stop focusing on the overpaid, tormented young man who last week revealed the National Security Administration's Power Point Plan for Total Electronic World Domination. Let's focus instead on what our nation's wiretapping agency has actually been up to, whether America's technology giants have been complicit in an unprecedented and sweeping electronic intrusion and, most important, whether we think allowing the government access to our phone calls, email, video and voice chats, photos and file transfers is the price we must pay for security in the post 9/11 world.
June 10, 2013 |
Facebook and other major tech companies have data centers to support what they like to call "cloud" computing, or the ability for users to store and work with files remotely. But in the early days of Facebook's first data center, an actual indoor rain cloud brought down the company's Web cloud, Jay Parikh, Facebook vice president of infrastructure engineering, recently said. In summer 2011, Facebook's Prineville, Ore., data center suffered a problem in the building management system that caused the air used to cool the servers to reach temperatures of more than 80 degrees and the humidity to exceed 95%. As a result, the air condensed and formed a rain cloud inside the data center.
June 9, 2013 |
Employees at Trademob , a Berlin-based mobile app marketing platform, noticed something curious two days ago. In a routine scan of their logs, they noticed what appeared to be evidence of someone testing a new iPhone and iPad using the new iOS 7. No surprise that someone would be testing iOS 7. After all, it's expected to be unveiled Monday at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 But Trademob Chief Executive Ravi Kamran said what caught the eye of folks at the company were identifiers for hardware they had not seen before.
June 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The U.S. director of national intelligence late Thursday confirmed the existence of a secret program in which the government has tapped into the central servers of nine leading Internet companies to search for data potentially linked to terrorism, espionage or nuclear proliferation, but he called two newspapers' disclosure of it "reprehensible. " Under the 6-year-old program, code-named PRISM, the FBI and National Security Agency have searched for emails, videos, photographs and other documents.
May 28, 2013 |
My last post , which attempted to rebut claims that Obamacare would have the Internal Revenue Service reviewing personal medical records, wasn't as reassuring to some readers as I'd hoped. In fact, several said the proof of the agency's interest in medical records was already out there, in the form of a class-action lawsuit filed this year that claims the IRS seized "at least 6 million identifiable medical records" belonging to about 10 million Americans. Reader "GIJay" asked, "Healy[sic]