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By JR Raphael
Read the complete article in COMPUTERWORLD
One of the biggest selling points of Google's new Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Edition devices -- stock Android software aside -- is the promise that the phones will follow in the footsteps of Nexus devices and receive fast OS upgrades in the future.
But wait a minute: What exactly has Google promised in that regard? When you start trying to find a firm answer to that question, you realize it's not completely clear.
Read the complete article at GIZMODO
Do you know why people hate movie studios? Why, increasingly, they're driven to download content illegally, even though they're perfectly willing to pay for it? Because of crap like this:
By Mat Honan
In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook.
by Robin Harris
Read an overview at StorageMojo
Google released a fascinating research paper titled "Failure Trends in a Large Disk Drive Population" (PDF) at this years File and Storage Technologies (FAST ’07) conference. Google collected data on a population of 100,000 disk drives, analyzed it, and wrote it up for our delectation.
By James Fallows
Read the complete article at the Atlantic
On April 13 of this year, a Wednesday, my wife got up later than usual and didn’t check her e‑mail until around 8:30 a.m. The previous night, she had put her computer to “sleep,” rather than shutting it down. When she opened it that morning to the Gmail account that had been her main communications center for more than six years, it seemed to be responding very slowly and jerkily. She hadn’t fully restarted the computer in several days, and thought that was the problem. So she closed all programs, rebooted the machine, and went off to make coffee and have some breakfast.
By Tessel Renzenbrinkon
Players of the online game Foldit produced accurate models of an enzyme. For over a decade scientists had been trying to determine the structure of the retroviral enzyme as it unlocks important information about battling the AIDS virus.
By Nate Anderson
Nearly 2 percent of all US Internet users suffer from "malicious" domain name system (DNS) servers that don't properly turn website names like google.com into the IP addresses computers need to communicate on the 'Net. And, to make matters worse, the problem isn't caused by hackers or malware, but by the local ISPs people pay for access to the Internet.
Read the complete article at arstechnica.com
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