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"Trivial" Touch ID iPhone 5s Hack Isn't As Easy As All That

It took less than two days for Apple's famed Touch ID system to be hacked following the release of its iPhone 5s. The hack was immediately posted online by a group known as the Chaos Computer Club, with a brief video showing how the exploit was achieved. The news immediately had iPhone users worried – if Apple's fingerprint security could be bypassed so quickly, surely that meant that the technology was dangerously insecure, right? Well, according to a new video and interview made for ARS Technica by the German hacker responsible for defeating Touch ID, that isn't really the case. The... more »
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX vs Apple iPad vs Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Surface Pro 2

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX vs Apple iPad vs Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Surface Pro 2

Amazon has unveiled the third generation Kindle Fire, which it promises to be more powerful but at the same time, lighter than previous models of its eReader-cum-tablet device. The Kindle Fire HDX is available in two sizes, one with a 7” display, the other 8.9” display but the specifications are the same: “It’s been just two years since we introduced the first Kindle Fire, and the team is innovating at an unbelievable speed,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “2.2 GHz processor, 339 ppi display, new 34% lighter design, Fire OS 3.0, and new exclusive features like the Mayday button, X-Ray for... more »
Concept Design for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Unveiled

Concept Design for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Unveiled

Consumers haven't been too pleased with how phone manufacturers are handling the device wars.  With competition in the mobile space so intense, consumers expect OEMs to really step things up and deliver astonishing devices packed with features that people won’t need to think twice about purchasing. Though Samsung did better than most, delivering several Jedi-like features in its latest Galaxy phone, you can’t help but think that all of these devices look more or less the same, some are just bigger than the others.  Apple is far worse, yes it now offers an iPhone that comes on a variety of colors,... more »
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Red Hat Eyeing ‘Open Hybrid Cloud’ with New JBoss PaaS Lineup

Red Hat is moving beyond the realm of containerized PaaS with new OpenShift services for plugging cloud-based applications into back-office systems. Based on the company’s JBoss application server, the upcoming “xPaaS” solutions aim to make it easier for OpenShift users to integrate cloud apps into their IT environments. Red Hat’s xPaas lineup includes a business process management service that offers activity monitoring, process simulation and modeling, and the ability to “configure automation and data” on the fly without having to modify existing code. These capabilities will be made available in the coming months, along with a mobile push notification app and... more »
Enormous and Exploding: Now is The Time of Cloudera's "Cloud Era" #OOW2013

Enormous and Exploding: Now is The Time of Cloudera's "Cloud Era" #OOW2013

In their ongoing coverage of Oracle Open World 2013, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with Mike Olson, Chairman of the board of Cloudera and Chief Strategy Officer in theCUBE. The three discuss changes in the industry that now make it easy for Cloudera to simply offer their solutions without having to explain the significance of big data and the cloud. As Joe Tucci mentioned in his keynote, we now live in the “Cloud era;” Given the company’s growth, expertise and strategy, Olson argues that it belongs to Cloudera. Cloudera began working with Oracle about two years ago on the big... more »
The EMC-Oracle Story : Open Infrastructure Strategy, In-Storage Flash +  Enabling DBAs | #oow13

The EMC-Oracle Story : Open Infrastructure Strategy, In-Storage Flash + Enabling DBAs | #oow13

Sam Lucido, Technical Marketing Lead For Oracle, EMC, discussed the Oracle-EMC partnership and the day's keynote with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live from Oracle OpenWorld 2013. Regarding the Day 2 OpenWorld keynote, "EMC recognizes that we need to enable DBAs and app owners," Lucido said.  There is an open infrastructure strategy where EMC applies to everything. With the new range of plugins, the Oracle Database can now look into the storage and see, for example, whether storage admins apply flash cache to their infrastructure, he explains. Discussing the statistics that reveal how database administrators spend their time, Lucido said the top... more »
Automation Drives Data Protection-as-a-Service, Says EMC | #oow13

Automation Drives Data Protection-as-a-Service, Says EMC | #oow13

Darryl Smith, Chief Database Architect for EMC IT, discussed Data Protection-as-a-Service as part of the IT-as-a-Service trend with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live from Oracle OpenWorld 2013. Describing his OpenWorld experience, Smith shared he had "met with several customers, primarily I am here to get to learn," going to sessions, talking to people to identify trends. Asked about Oracle's new Database 12C release and the features that he found useful, he mentioned  Oracle had added a lot of features that really help with the storage, and "a lot more integration between the product sets that they've got." In-memory was... more »
With SteamOS Valve is Bringing Linux in Your Living Room

With SteamOS Valve is Bringing Linux in Your Living Room

Valve has taken a further step forward to bring Steam to Linux and especially to the living room. To make this happen, the company announced SteamOS, a proprietary operating system built around the Linux world that will bring its popular front-end store gaming and entertainment software to living room computers, allowing Valve to indirectly enter the home console gaming market. It is a surprising move aimed at challenging Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. SteamOS is a real operating system will therefore have to replace Windows, Mac OS, and Linux distros that support traditional Steam today. At the last LinuxCon event, Gabe Newell, CEO of... more »
QLogic Capitalizing 2 Trends: Technology + End Users | #oow13

QLogic Capitalizing 2 Trends: Technology + End Users | #oow13

Live from the Moscone Center in San Francisco, theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman kicked off Day 2 with Vikram Karvat, VP of Marketing with QLogic at Oracle OpenWorld 2013. "There's a lot of excitement and there's a lot happening in the industry, both with databases and the enterprise in general, as well as around storage," noted Karvat. "It's a level of industry excitement that hasn't probably been there for a couple of years now. People are re-engaging, at end user technology and deployment level." Since he was eager to track changes, Vellante asked for those relevant to QLogic, and for examples... more »
Sub $100 3D Peachy Printer Smashes Kickstarter Goal With Over $350,000

Sub $100 3D Peachy Printer Smashes Kickstarter Goal With Over $350,000

3D printing and scanning is all set to go mainstream and becoming more affordable. These three-dimensional printers are getting cheaper and reduced to a size at which they may well be used in offices as well as homes. While people are still speculating on just how cheap 3D printers can be, here comes the latest idea: Peachy Printer, a device that's promising to retail for less than $100. The sub-$100 Peachy Printer is a Photolithographic printer, and uses a controlled beam of light to cure light sensitive resin into hard objects. The laser beam is guided by a pair of mirrors that... more »

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