Linksys upgraded one of their top routers, the WRT1900. The latest version is called WRT1900ACS. This is the second installment with faster processors and faster results. The 2.4GHz band has a theoretical throughput of 600 Mbps, while the 5.0GHz band has a theoretical throughput of 1300 Mbps. Here’s one good review from PCWorld.
Apple just got a giant boost for the use it’s mobile payment system called Apple Pay. Starbucks, Chili’s and KFC will start accepting Apple Pay in the next few months. Starbucks has 7500 stores, Chili’s has 1263 restaurants, and KFC has 4491 outlets in the United States alone.
Dell has acquired EMC Corporation for the amount of a whopping $67 billion dollars. As a result, Dell has now doubled the size of its data centers due to the EMC acquisition. Was EMC worth it all that money? It does have a take of a bad marriage, mainly because Dell paid too much money. Second, as a cloud service provider, EMC is competing with Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, Google Cloud Computing and many others. The competition is stiff. Will EMC bring value to Dell? Time will tell.
Interesting move by Amazon to kick out a couple of competing streaming media players. Chromecast and Apple TV are no longer being sold at Amazon.com. Clearly, Amazon wants to promote its own product, the Fire TV, as well as protect and promote its own Prime Video streaming service.
Just read at IW that the new Apple OS El Capitan has locked out users from gaining access to root.
If you haven’t heard, Apple has locked out root from various file system paths and core functions in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The new sheriff here is System Integrity Protection (SIP), which reduces root privileges in an attempt to increase security.
The gist is that no user — not even root — can write to /usr, /bin, /System, and /sbin or debug protected processes. Apple has also removed the ability to use unsigned kernel extensions through boot-time flags. It’s important to note that SIP can be disabled, through the recovery partition, but this will typically be done only for development and testing purposes.
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