Microsoft suspends Windows 8.1 Update release to businesses

From PC World: Microsoft on Tuesday suspended serving Windows 8.1 Update to businesses that rely on WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), saying that a bug would prevent devices from recognizing future updates.

WSUS is Microsoft's standard corporate update service and is used by IT staffs to manage the distribution of bug fixes, security patches and other updates to Windows devices on a company's network.

Adobe patches a critical flaw in Flash Player and AIR shown at Pwn2Own contest

From PC World: Adobe Systems released security updates for Flash Player and AIR in order to address four critical vulnerabilities that could lead to arbitrary code execution and information disclosure.

One of the vulnerabilities, identified as CVE-2014-0506, stems from a use-after-free memory bug while the other, CVE-2014-0507, is the result of a buffer overflow condition. Both vulnerabilities could be exploited by attackers to take control of an affected system, Adobe said in a security advisory published Tuesday.

Sprint to Turn Off 6,000 WiMAX Towers by the End of 2015

From DailyTech: When the 4G wars first started, there was a bit of competition between WiMAX and LTE to become the standard moving forward. Sprint went “all in” with WiMAX and released a number of smartphones and wireless hotspots that used the standard. However, rollout delays across the U.S. ultimately meant that WiMAX held no advantage over LTE in most areas.

Sprint later reversed its decision on WiMAX and initiated a nationwide LTE rollout. The first 15 Sprint LTE cities went online in July of 2012 and plenty more have gone live since then.

Twitter revamps its entire Web page

From CNET: Twitter is overhauling its familiar Web page in an effort to better show off you and your tweets.

Available as of Tuesday to a small group of Twitter users, the new Web site places you and your Twitter stats right at the top of the page. You can now display a larger profile photo and customize your header. At the top of your page, you'll see the number of tweets posted, the number of photos/videos posted, the number of people you follow, and the number who follow you.

Hynix reveals world's first 128GB DDR4 memory module

From InfoWorld: SK Hynix on Monday announced it has developed the world's first 128GB DDR4 memory module, twice the capacity of the company's current 64GB module.

The new memory module, which is also being touted as the world's highest density module, is based on 8Gbit DDR4 chips created with 20nm process lithography.

The new memory module runs at 2,133Mbps with 64-bit I/O, and processes up to 17GB of data per second. It also runs at ultra low-voltage of 1.2V, compared to 1.35V of existing DDR3 memory modules.

Samsung sees Q1 profit decline amid market saturation

From PC World: Samsung Electronics on Tuesday warned that it would post a drop in operating profit during the first quarter of 2014.

The largest smartphone maker said consolidated operating profit would be an estimated 8.4 trillion Korean won (US$7.9 billion), down 4.3 percent from 8.78 trillion won a year earlier.

It said consolidated sales would be about 53 trillion won, up slightly from 52.87 trillion won in the first quarter of 2013.

NVIDIA Shield Gets April 2014 Update

From DailyTech: A new NVIDIA Shield update has become available starting this month, which has updates in NVIDIA GameStream, Gamepad Mapper and more.

The April 2014 Software Update for NVIDIA Shield is available now, and if you don't have a Shield, you can pick one up for $50 cheaper through the end of April.

NVIDIA Shield is a handheld game console that runs Android and allows users to play PC games on the go. It's the first device to use NVIDIA's Tegra 4 processor.

HTC loses $62 million as the One bows out to the M8

From CNET Farewell HTC One, we hardly knew ye. In its final months as HTC's flagship, the excellent One couldn't reverse a Q4 net loss of T$1.88 billion ($62.06 million) for the Taiwanese company.

Between January and March 2014 HTC's total revenue fell by more than a fifth since the previous quarter.

It's another quarterly loss after recording a net income of NT$310 million ($10 million) in the last quarter of 2013 -- but that was largely down to the sale of Beats rather than a turnaround in sales.

Raspberry Pi plans even tinier, modular $30 micro-computer for industrial use

From PC World: Raspberry Pi—popular for its $25 PC—plans later this year to ship new hardware in the form of a smaller board that plugs into a custom motherboard slot, which could appeal to a new audience of makers, enthusiasts and enterprise users.

The new computer has similar circuitry from the current Raspberry Pi design, which is an uncased board with key components on it. The smaller Raspberry Pi board can be plugged into SODIMM slots, which are typically found in small computers with custom motherboards. The new Pi will be more like a mini-computer inside a computer.

Qualcomm reveals 64-bit Snapdragon 810, its fastest-ever mobile chip

From PC World: Qualcomm is getting high on 64-bit chips with its fastest ever Snapdragon processor, which will render 4K video, support LTE Advanced and could run the 64-bit Android OS.

The new Snapdragon 810 is the company’s “highest performing” mobile chip for smartphones and tablets, Qualcomm said in a statement. Mobile devices with the 64-bit chip will ship in the first half of next year, and be faster and more power-efficient. Snapdragon chips are used in handsets with Android and Windows Phone operating systems, which are not available in 64-bit form yet.


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