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Hackers confused Iranian scientist by blaring AC/DC in nuke lab

LAS VEGAS — Call it black hacker humor. With a twist.<p>During a thoroughly detailed and far ranging talk about hacking and malware propagation at the Black Hat conference attended by 2,000 in a massive conference room at the Mandalay Bay Wednesday, legendary computer security visionary Mikko Hypponen …

Meet the One, OnePlus' $299 Nexus killer

Rarely do we see a tech startup spending five months actively hyping up an unborn product; and when we do, most of them end up being vaporware. Luckily, that's not the case with OnePlus. Today, the Shenzhen-based company has finally unveiled its first smartphone, the One (not to be confused with …

Documentary that explores queerness in games out now for pay what you want price

<i>Gaming In Color</i>, the full-length documentary about the queer gaming community, is now available for download at a pay-what-you-want price.<p>The documentary was successfully funded on Kickstarter last year with a mission to explore the queer side of gaming and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender …

Heartbleed: why did a computer bug have a name and a logo?

The Heartbleed flaw is being fixed more quickly because of the decision to give the bug a memorable name and a cute logo, according to the firm that first identified it.<p>The flaw was caused by a simple coding error which resulted in passwords and security credentials being leaked from affected …

Move to 64-bit Android phones accelerating, says ARM

Phone and tablet makers are rushing to embrace 64-bit designs, surprising even those executives behind the chip platform.<p>Tom Lantzsch, ARM's executive vice president of corporate strategy, spoke with CNET after the company reported first-quarter earnings on Wednesday.<p>ARM supplies virtually all of …

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From snail mail to 4G, China celebrates 20 years of Internet connectivity

"Across the Great Wall we can reach every corner of the world," read the header of the first email sent from China back in 1987.<p>Two Chinese scientists sent it to their German counterparts through an "email node," a rudimentary system used to send emails at that time. Their hyperbole aside, they …

Defiantly plastic: designing the Galaxy S5

"Our major aims were usability, friendliness and a more humanistic design. We wanted something with a pleasing feel ... and better grip. If we used metal, [we felt] the designs felt heavy and cold," explains Senior Product Designer Dong Hun Kim, pointing to why Samsung still plays in polycarbonate. …

​Xiaomi plans to expand sales to 10 new markets, but the US isn't one of them

Looking forward to the day you can buy a Xiaomi smartphone in the US? Keep waiting. The company's founder announced the first ten countries in Xiaomi's international expansion today, and the United States didn't make the cut. A shame, perhaps, for fans of the company's affordable, well-specced …