IBM spins up a new bare-metal private PaaS

From InfoWorld: Like many cloud services, IBM's Bluemix PaaS has nominally been a multitenanted system -- a boon for sharing resources, but not so great if you worry about performance or security issues. The newest version of Bluemix, though, aims to win over those who want their cloud to be their cloud.

The new offering, called Bluemix Dedicated, is built using "dedicated hardware from within a SoftLayer cloud center and direct network connectivity to the enterprise," as IBM states in its press release.

Stealthy, sophisticated 'Regin' malware has been infecting computers since 2008

From PC World: Symantec researchers have identified a particularly sophisticated piece of malware, called “Regin” that was likely developed by a nation state and has been used to spy on governments, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers and individuals since at least 2008.

“Regin displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen,” Symantec said in a statement Sunday, released along with a technical white paper about the malware. Indications are that Regin “is one of the main cyberespionage tools used by a nation state.”

European Parliament to call for breakup of Google, report say

From CNET: The European Parliament is getting ready to call for a breakup of Google, according to a report (subscription) Friday by the Financial Times.

A draft motion cited by the FT suggests the separation, or "unbundling," of the Internet giant's search engine from its other services, as one way to challenge Google's dominance. The resolution has the support of Europe's two main political parties, the European People's Party and the Socialists, the FT said.

Report: Samsung Galaxy S5 Sales Have Come in 40% Below Projections

From DailyTech: To say that Samsung’s mobile division has been hurting lately would be putting it lightly. In the company’s most recent earnings report, the company’s mobile division reported a 74 percent drop in profit from $5.7 billion to $1.65 billion.

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thinksound On1 Review (Page 1 of 4)

I woke up early in the morning one Friday morning in late September. As leaves on the tree began to fall, and the ground is decorated by a new found blanket of yellow scatter, young kids are making their way to school to embark on a new year of challenges. What lies ahead of them is uncertain; what is certain is as surely as the sun rises from the east, the bell to indicate the beginning of class is about to ring. I started my car, and stopped just before the end of my driveway, patiently waiting for a spot on the road between cars driven by parents eagerly trying to get their children to class on time. Sitting in the seat next to me inside a hemp-looking cotton drawstring bag -- with the "thinksound" logo proudly proclaimed across the front -- is a pair of On1 supra aural headphones. I got on the road, drove out of my neighborhood, and merged into an expressway to a endless stream of motorists traveling to their destination of the hour. My destination of the hour, however, happens not to be work or school. Instead, it was to the dealership to drop my vehicle off for a morning appointment. I arrived right on the minute, pulled into the service bay, and dropped my keys off to the friendly receptionist at the desk, who led me to the shuttle bus sign up sheet next door. Fifteen minutes later, I boarded a minivan that took me to the University of Calgary. Still, clutched in my arms is the pair of thinksound On1 in its drawstring bag. After a brief chat with the driver, I arrived to door of my building. I got into my office, pulled out my chair, sat down, and placed the supra aural headphones next to its new friend, the V-MODA XS, who was already there waiting for it on the desk. Things began to heat up as a few of my coworkers dropped by to witness this rivalry on the brink of commencement. I plugged the thinksound On1 into SilverStone EB01-E and EB03 setup. Here at APH Networks, the first day of the thinksound On1 was about to begin.

Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 Review (Page 1 of 4)

In early October, a few of my friends, including Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Kwan took a road trip up to our neighboring city of Edmonton, Alberta. While Calgary and Edmonton does have a bit of a rivalry, there are good and bad aspects of each city (But obviously Calgary has a much higher pro-to-con ratio in comparison to Edmonton). During our visit to the capital of Alberta, we went to West Edmonton Mall, and found a store sign that read "New fit slim boyfriend - Your favorite boyfriend fit just got better". Now, being the mature and grown-up people we were, Jonathan and I decided to cover up the words "fit". We got our chuckles out of it, and everyone else looked at us as if we were half our age. For all we know, this could be the actual intention of the store -- to bring up a comparison between your jeans and your boyfriend. However, I think this brings up a different point. Covering or hiding a single word allowed us to change the meaning of the phrasing. Furthermore, if you were to only see our altered slogan, you probably would not expect this to be written for jeans, but rather for a person. Thus when Antec released the Kuhler H2O 1250, a cooler said to have maximum and "best-in-class performance in a quick, easy-to-install package", I really had to question if this was all true. For one, this is what we are looking for in a CPU cooler generally, but is that what Antec is actually giving us? Or are there actually some words hidden words? Let us read on to find out!

AMD reveals high-end 'Carrizo' APU, the first chip to fully embrace audacious HSA tech

From PC World: With AMD's processors still stuck on an aging 28nm manufacturing process, it needs some innovation to catch up to Intel—and the company thinks it has the elements to do so with "Carrizo," a high-end integrated chip that the company will debut in 2015.

AMD said that Carrizo and a derivative, Carrizo-L, will debut sometime in 2015. AMD disclosed the new additions at an event in Singapore on Thursday, adding that it will reveal more details—presumably speeds and price—in the first half of 2014.

LG reclaims crown as world's largest UHD TV panel vendor

From CNET: LG Display, the world's largest LCD panel maker, clinched the title of world's largest UHD TV panel vendor last month for the first time in 22 months, a research report released Thursday showed.

According to DisplaySearch's TFT-LCD shipment report, LG sold 578,000 UHD TV panels, securing 28.1 percent of the market for the month of October.

Xiaomi Aims to be #1 Smartphone OEM Within 10 Years, Apple Urges Caution

From DailyTech: Xiaomi has big aspirations when it comes to smartphone sales. Xiaomi has already put a hurtin’ on Samsung, surpassing the South Korean electronics giant (and even Lenovo) in Chinese market smartphone shipments during Q2. In addition, pricing pressure from both Xiaomi and Huawei was partially responsible for Samsung’s disappointing Q3 earnings report.

This week at China’s World Internet Conference, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun made some bold claims about where his company is heading within the next decade.


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