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Pakistani Google, Yahoo, Apple, eBay, PayPal Hacked

The Pakistani websites of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple, Visa, HSBC, Coca Cola, Blogspot, Sony, HP, eBay and PayPal have been hacked and defaced.

According to The Hackers Media, the sites have been defaced by a group of Turkish hackers.

On their defacement page, the Pakistani hackers reveal not only their reasons for breaching the sites, but also the vulnerability they exploited.

“Why we have wasted our time to hack Pakistani Sites? Just because let us convey our message. We warned you and we were willing to fix your vulnerability but you think we are jokers and you guys took it as a joke? Yes it’s time to bang you guys!!” the hackers wrote.

The Hackers Media reveals that the one “warned” is actually PKNIC, a registrar for Pakistani .pk domains. A security hole in the registrar’s systems allowed the cybercriminals to easily alter the homepages of the affected sites.

The Pakistani hackers utilized the same method to deface several high-profile Israeli sites a few days ago.

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HP may cut up to 1,000 jobs in Germany: magazine

Hewlett Packard, the world’s largest personal computer maker, may cut as many as 1,000 jobs in Germany as part of planned European-wide redundancies, WirtschaftsWoche reported, citing an unnamed staff representative.

HP is planning to cut about 8,000 positions in Europe by the end of 2014, the German magazine said, citing unnamed officials close to the company.

“As many as 1,000 jobs (in Germany) are acutely endangered,” WirtschaftsWoche quoted the labor representative as saying.

HP, which employs more than 300,000 workers globally, said in May the layoff of 27,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, would be made mainly through early retirement and generate annual savings of $3.0-$3.5 billion as it exits its 2013/14 year.

HP, which posted a second-quarter profit above market estimates, aims to use cost savings from planned job cuts to drive organic growth.

HP in Germany was not available to comment.

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HP launches new deduplication solution

NEW DELHI: Computing giant HP today launched a new deduplication solution which will help companies save storage space as well as protect data from security breaches.

The solutions will allow organisations to create faster backup of their data as well as recovery.

“HP offers solutions in the mid range to high end enabling organisations to maximise the value from their information in the most efficient way possible,” HP India Vice President, Enterprise Group Som Satsangi said.

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Games That Won’t Kill Your Ultrabook

Many people aren’t yet familiar with the term “ultrabook,” but they’ve seen them everywhere. Ultrabooks are very thin, lightweight laptop computers designed for commuters, students and others who need to work and communicate while on the go. Trademarked by the Intel Corporation, ultrabooks have become very popular because they offer both long battery life and strong performance. Their solid-state drives provide space-efficient storage and eliminate the possibility of data loss caused by loss of power or trauma to the laptop itself. Furthermore, Ultrabooks have recently become much more affordable, and savvy shoppers can save even more with a Dell or HP coupon code.

Ultrabooks aren’t just for business, however; many people also enjoy playing games on them. Because these computers are built for efficiency and portability, most models lack the processing power necessary for many huge, graphic-intensive games. Getting the best Ultrabook gaming experience isn’t very hard; it’s all about picking the right game.

One of the most popular and impressive Ultrabook games is World of Goo, a whimsical physics game that requires players to save anthropomorphic balls of tar by combining them in complex ways. The impressive graphics run very smoothly on an Ultrabook, and World of Goo lends itself to short gaming sessions, which makes it a great choice for a rail commute or a flight.

Minecraft is another excellent option for the Ultrabook. It’s tremendously popular almost everywhere, and offers a perpetual, immersive play experience in random-generated worlds. No two Minecraft sessions are identical. Gamers can even play online, forming alliances to explore the unfolding game world and create more complex structures.

Many venerable console and PC games also play well on an Ultrabook. Bioshock and Mass Effect and World of Warcraft are excellent examples; for optimum performance, set the graphics detail and display distance to “medium.

Fans of realtime strategy (RTS) games will be thrilled to learn that Age of Empires runs seamlessly on an Ultrabook. This game lets players shape entire civilizations over thousands of years, beginning at the Stone Age. There are many available goals; some players try to win by defeating all of their enemy civilizations, while others pursue victory by exploring the entire world or amassing vast reserves of money and valuables. The high level of control Age of Empires gives players is one of the greatest reasons for its enduring popularity. It’s an excellent candidate for the Ultrabook platform.

Ultrabooks offer the best of both worlds: functionality and convenience. If you are willing to be flexible on size, newer models that have the powerful Nvidia GT 640M processor will be able to enjoy all your favorite games, not just older ones. While it does make the ultrabook a little bigger than most models currently on the market, it does fit within the 21mm thick size standard set by Intel. What’s not to love about a thin, light laptop that doesn’t greatly compromise on performance?

Daria Cortese is a freelance writer and tech enthusiast living with five cats and one husband in the greater Philadelphia area.

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HP unveils its first net-zero energy data centre

BANGALORE: The world’s second-largest PC-maker Hewlett Packard on Wednesday unveiled its first net-zero energy data centre that promises to significantly reduce data centre power costs and energy requirements.

In an interview with ET, Chandrakant Patel, senior fellow and director (interim) at HP Laboratories, said the new model would require no net energy from traditional power grids. HP data centre plans to make use of solar and alternative renewable energy sources.

“If you look at some of the large data centres, they use about 7 megawatts of diesel generation. That is the amount of electricity which around 7,000 houses consume,” says Patel who has spent several decades of his career studying thermo-mechanical architecture and efficient energy usages.

“By setting up such a data centre you would be paying 2-3 times the total cost for electricity. That is what we wanted to change,” he added.

At a time when data centres continue to be one of the largest sources of IT carbon emissions, HP’s net-zero energy innovation hopes to operate using local renewable resources. This eliminates several factors such as location constraints, energy supply and costs. According to Patel and his team, this opens up the possibility of introducing IT services to organisations of all sizes.

“The vegetable vendor who visits my home in Baroda, the large refineries in the outskirts and sugarcane farmers in Gujarat will get to access the same advanced technology. With this, demand for bigger and better data centres are going to go up,” he added.

The data centre at HP Labs headquarters in Palo Alto in California, which uses solar and other local renewable sources, has served as the initial test bed for building this model. But what surprised Patel and his team was a recent visit to the nearby dairy farm — where 1,200 dairy cows could produce 500 kilowatts power.

“Livestock manure is better than probably all the other utilities. Large dairy farms and municipal waste dumps across India can take advantage of this,” he said. In winter, when the solar output falls significantly in California, the HP centre makes use of alternate energy sources, including gobar gas and wind.

If the sustainable data-centres team at HP Labs are able to convince organisations to switch to these zero-net energy data centres, Indian technology firms could significantly reduce their existing data-centre power costs and energy requirements, and explore newer ways of power generation.

The $2-billion market for information technology infrastructure in India, comprising servers, data-centres, storage and networking equipment, will benefit from this. The Indian IT infrastructure market is expected to grow over 10.3% over the next one year, according to research firm Gartner.

“Indian organisations are heavily focusing on optimising their infrastructure capacity by implementing virtualisation and incorporating newer ways of data centre design,” Gartner’s Research Director Aman Muglani wrote in a report earlier this month. The IT infrastructure market in India is expected to reach $3.01 billion by 2016.

According to HP, the zero-net energy centres also introduce a first-of-its-kind demand-management approach that allows the scheduling of IT workloads based on resource availability and requirements. For instance, non-critical and delay-tolerant work could be scheduled during daylight for data centres equipped with photovoltaic energy generation.

In recent years, an increasing number of companies have launched energy efficient data centres. In 2010, Britain based IT-hosting firm UKFast claimed to set up the world’s first carbon neutral data-centre, while Morgan Stanley proposed to build a centre that will be powered by tidal energy in the same year.

Search engine giant Google too has talked about this by investing over $800 million in clean energy projects. If reports are to be believed, iPad-maker Apple plans to convert its primary data-centre in the US entirely with renewable energy by end of this year.

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HP still leads: Top 5 makers of personal computers

Hewlett-Packard Co. remains the world’s largest maker of personal computers, but the business is slowing with the rise of smartphones and other mobile devices. HP announced Wednesday that it will cut 8 percent of its work force by October 2014. HP has said it will use savings to invest in growing businesses.

According to research group IDC, here are the five leading manufacturers of personal computers in first quarter of 2012:

Worldwide:

Hewlett-Packard Co., 15.7 million shipped worldwide, 18 percent share

Lenovo Group Ltd., 11.7 million, 13.4 percent

Dell Inc., 10.1 million, 11.6 percent

Acer Group, 8.6 million, 9.9 percent

AsusTek Computer Inc., 5.3 million, 6 percent

Others, 35.7 million, 41 percent

Total: 87.1 million

United States:

Hewlett-Packard Co., 4.6 million shipped in U.S., 28 percent share

Dell Inc., 3.6 million, 21.7 percent

Apple Inc., 1.7 million, 10 percent

Toshiba Corp., 1.35 million, 8.1 percent

Acer Group, 1.3 million, 7.8 percent.

Others, 4 million, 24.4 percent.

Total: 16.6 million

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