Daily Video: Facebook, Intel Develop 'Yosemite' Open Server Chassis

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Facebook develops 'Yosemite' Open Server chassis with Intel; Apple Watch gets mixed reactions from IT analysts; Dropbox SDK flaw could allow attackers to reroute data; and there's more.

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Three years after Facebook kicked off the Open Compute Project, officials have announced that the carbon savings related to the power saved through the use of open hardware is equal to taking 95,000 cars off the road.

At the March 10 OCP Summit Facebook officials talked about several projects within the OCP the company has been working on, including an effort with Intel to develop the group's first system-on-a-chip compute server.

Named "Yosemite," the chassis holds four SoC processor cards and provides the flexibility and power efficiency for scale-out data centers.

Consumers recently learned more about the pricing for the three Apple Watch models, from the $349 Sport model all the way up to the $17,000, luxury Apple Watch Edition version. eWEEK spoke to several IT analysts who believe that consumer reception for the new watches will be mixed.

Dan Maycock, a mobile analyst with Transform, said that he thinks that all three models of the watches will be a hit for Apple, but is unsure if whether watch collectors will welcome Apple Watches into their collections, because they are not like traditional collectible timepieces.

A vulnerability in the software development kit that allows third-party Android applications to save data to a Dropbox user's account could have allowed attackers to reroute data to an alternate account.

An IBM analysis found that the flaw, dubbed DroppedIn by IBM, affects version 1.5.4 and later of the Dropbox SDK, and could be exploited by a malicious Website or an application installed on a victim's smartphone.

Hewlett-Packard has slimmed down its LaserJet line of business printers and overhauled its toner technology in a product launch that the company is describing as its "most significant laser printing re-engineering since the introduction of the first LaserJet in 1984."

The new printers are encased in white plastic that helps highlight the machines' smaller profile. HP has also reworked its toner technology to enable energy savings and faster print production.

Dubbed JetIntelligence, the technology offers a lower melting point, a more compact and durable design along with an internal mechanism that continually redistributes the toner.


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