News: Reads from WWW
Thursday, 3 Oct 2013
The "eBay" for drugs, murder-for-hire and other various illegal products and services, Silk Road, has been shut down by the FBI after two and a half years of business. Its owner, Ross Ulbrict, has also been arrested and faces multiple criminal charges.
AnandTech tested some Android devices and reports that Samsung is not the only phone maker to cheat in benchmarks. Apparently, ASUS, HTC and LG are also involved in tweaking the hardware for better performance when running benchmark apps.
Dell has announced that it has received regulatory clearances to go private. The US$25 billion transaction is expected to close by the end of October.
Wednesday, 2 Oct 2013
Tech blog Ars Technica reports that Samsung artificially tuned the processor in the Galaxy Note 3 to "high-power CPU mode" when running popular benchmarking apps.
A leaked NTT DoCoMo document reveals that Sony may be planning to introduce a 4.3-inch variant of the Xperia Z1.
After Steve Ballmer's departure from Microsoft, a few top shareholders at Microsoft are suggesting that Bill Gates too should step down and reduce his presence on the board.
NVIDIA has just announced the GeForce GTX Battlebox program. This 4K gaming initiative is launched in collaboration with top system builders in the US. High-end desktop gaming systems are built to play "combat-focused games at super high resolutions" and with "every NVIDIA-exclusive feature enabled."
Metasploit has released an exploit framework that targets a critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer into the public domain. Users are advised to install Microsoft's Fix It patch to keep themselves protected.
Microsoft has announced new plans for its Office Store, including supporting new language apps, opening eight new store fronts, and adding a subscription model.
Tuesday, 1 Oct 2013
Facebook Graph Search gets a usability boost with a new update, allowing it to include statuses and comments in its search results. Hit the link for more details.