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Snowden’s Beloved Tails OS Reaches v1.0 Milestone

The volunteers who developed Tails, the open source operating system used by whistleblower Edward Snowden, this week released v1.0. This is the 36th stable release of the OS since the first public version, then called "Amnesia," was released in June 2009. Various security and bug fixes have been i...

Researchers Solve Knotty Problem in Pursuit of Data Storage Breakthrough

Researchers at the University of Hamburg in Germany have, for the first time, written and deleted data on single hypothetical particles called "skyrmions." Skyrmions have been reported to exist in thin magnetic films and superconductors, among other things, but this has not been conclusively proven....

Tech Firms Squeezing Conflict Minerals Out of Supply Chains

The tech industry is making strides in developing supply chains and products that are free of conflict minerals from eastern Congo, although for some companies, progress still needs to be made, according to a report by Enough, the project to end genocide and crimes against humanity. For the second y...

SanDisk Ramps Up Flash Memory Speed, Space

SanDisk announced the upcoming availability of two new memory cards, the Mobile Ultra MicroSDHC and Memory Stick Micro. Available in January, both cards offer 16 GB of high-capacity removable storage for mobile phones. The cards extend SanDisk's line of microSDHC cards, which already includes 4 GB a...

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Linux: Showing Up in the Strangest of Places

OK. You've heard of Linux. It's another operating system for a computer. But why use it when you can choose between Windows and Macs? Unless you run business-class servers, Linux isn't really something consumers really need to hear about, right? Well, if that's what you think Linux is, you couldn't ...

Study: Headphone Magnets Mess With Pacemakers

After some back-and-forth in the medical community, it has generally been decided that iPods and MP3 players do not seriously interfere with pacemaker functions. However, a study points to an entirely new concept of the risk involved with these devices. It is not the music player itself that can cau...

New SanDisk Tech Makes SSDs Speedier Scribes

SanDisk unveiled new technology Wednesday that it said could increase solid-state drive performance by up to 100 times in computers running Windows Vista. Dubbed "Extreme FFS," the next-generation flash management system is an advanced file system for SSDs that accelerates performance and reliabilit...

Samsung Sinks on Slumping Profits

Samsung reported a steep drop in Q3 profits with the release of its quarterly earnings report. Profits fell 44.4 percent compared with a year earlier -- a number that, not surprisingly, sent the company's share price tumbling by 14 percent. Although some product lines performed respectably -- mobile...

SanDisk Shares Dive After Samsung Pulls Offer

Shares of memory chip maker SanDisk plummeted nearly 31 percent to $9.91 per share after the bell on the news that Samsung has dropped its offer to acquire the troubled semiconductor company. Samsung first made its $26 per share offer six months ago in a letter to SanDisk's board of directors, which...

SanDisk, Toshiba Deal Addresses Memory Chip Glut

Memory chip maker SanDisk announced Monday it will sell a large chunk of its business to Toshiba for about $1 billion. The deal comes at a time when the market for memory chips faces severe oversupply. This is "a multiyear partnership and reflects a couple of different joint ventures," said Ryan Don...

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IBM Nixes Standards Shenanigans; Plus: Flying Lipstick-Wearing Pigs!

IBM has had enough of the silliness that goes on at some of the standards bodies it belongs to. So Big Blue now has a new policy: No shenanigans. Setting standards for hardware, software, communications protocols, document formats -- is a job that's way too important to be done in the dark, says IBM...

Linux Where You’d Least Expect It

OK. You've heard of Linux. It's another operating system for a computer. But why use it when you can choose between Windows and Macs? Unless you run business-class servers, Linux isn't really something consumers really need to hear about, right? Well, if that's what you think Linux is, you couldn't ...

Same Song, DRM-Free Medium: SanDisk Sells Albums on Memory Cards

What do Metallica and SanDisk have in common? For both, the memory remains. The metal band was singing about faded rock stars trapped in their glory days. The data storage company, however, is hoping that music-filled 1GB microSD memory cards will lure in consumers who fondly remember when their fav...

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Ninja Assassins, E-Mail Hackers and a Digital Media Pile-On

If you're a ninja assassin, a terrorist, an illegal street racer, or any other variety of violent outlaw, you shouldn't look to YouTube for training anymore; you won't find any there. The Google-owned video sharing site has revised its policies to specifically forbid videos that offer instructions o...

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