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BlackBerry To Lay Off Staff In Smartphone Unit

May 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry To Lay Off Staff In Smartphone Unit

BlackBerry is planning to reduce an unspecified number of positions in its devices unit, as it attempts to make that business profitable, while expanding in other areas. The smartphone company in Waterloo, Ontario, said in a statement over the weekend that it had decided to consolidate its device software, hardware and applications business, “impacting a number of employees around the world.” The company said that as it moves into the next stage of its turnaround, it aims to reallocate... 

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Lenovo Unveils New Budget-friendly Laptop

May 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Lenovo Unveils New Budget-friendly Laptop

Lenovo is introducing three budget-conscious laptops to market in June, including one that can be equipped with Intel’s RealSense 3D camera. The Lenovo Z51 is a 15-inch Windows 8.1 notebook that’s meant to be both a workstation and a home entertainment center, the company said Wednesday. The PC also has room to fit an optional RealSense camera, which can offer gesture controls like ones found in Microsoft’s Kinect gaming device. The Z51 has a 1080p display, and can be configured... 

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Are Wooden Semiconductors On The Horizon?

May 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Wooden Semiconductors On The Horizon?

U.S. and Chinese researchers have come up with wooden semiconductor chips which have the advantage of being biodegradable and a lot cheaper than conventional semiconductors. According to the group of 17 researchers, mostly from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with others from the U.S. Department of Agriculture the team used a cellulose material for the substrate of the chip, which is the part that supports the active semiconductor layer. For those who don’t know these things cellulose,... 

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Red Hat’s Fedora 22 Leaves Beta

May 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Red Hat’s Fedora 22 Leaves Beta

Red Hat’s community arm, has announced the arrival of Fedora 22, the latest version of its open source Linux OS. Coming in three editions, Fedora Cloud, Fedora Server and Fedora Workstation, the release, which first appeared in beta a month ago, marks the first biannual release since the major upgrade work that proceeded Fedora 21. As well as the cross-edition basics of the kernel, RPM, systems and Anaconda, there is an updated package manager, with speedier results for DNF and continued... 

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Android Looking To Push Deeper Into The Home

May 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Android Looking To Push Deeper Into The Home

Android, already the most widely used operating system in smartphones, may find its way into refrigerators, door locks and all manner of other “smart” appliances around the home. The OS will be in the spotlight at Google’s massive I/O conference in San Francisco later this week. As well as pushing into home appliances, it could also be extended to play a deeper role in virtual reality, allowing Android developers to build apps for smartphones or VR headsets. Google hasn’t... 

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Will Intel Buy Canadian Wearable Firm Recon?

May 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel Buy Canadian Wearable Firm Recon?

Canadian wearable tech company Recon is on the verge of being bought by Intel. The dark satanic rumor mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn which suggests that Intel wants the Vancouver-based startup, which builds heads-up displays and other sports products. In 2013 Intel Capital, made a “significant investment” in the company which supported Recon’s product development, marketing, and global sales expansion. At the time Mike Bell Intel’s Vice President and General Manager... 

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Is Chrome A Resource Hog?

May 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Chrome A Resource Hog?

For years people have been moaning that Firefox keeps taking their RAM and refusing to give it back, well now it appears that Chrome suffers from a similar problem. Chrome creates a new process for each tab and instance of the browser opened. This can make the browser sluggish on some machines and a battery life nightmare for mobile users. However Google is aware of the problem and is coming up with a fix, Speaking during a Reddit AMA session a Chrome for Android engineer said: “We are actively... 

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Intel Think OpenStack Is Ready For The Enterprise

May 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Think OpenStack Is Ready For The Enterprise

The Openstack Framework is rapidly maturing into a business IT platform that is ready for enterprise-grade deployment, according to firms involved in the OpenStack community, including Intel which announced a technology called Clear Containers to secure containerized apps. The OpenStack Foundation lined up a succession of organisations and vendors at the first OpenStack Summit of 2015 that are working to improve the platform or are already successfully operating it. Some are using it on massive... 

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Is The Mobile Space Drying Up?

May 22, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is The Mobile Space Drying Up?

According to Digitimes, heading into the second quarter of 2015, Taiwan touch panel makers have sudden got conservative outlooks and some are even predicting that their revenues will drop another 15-20 per cent. he reason is that consumers don’t want game changing tablets and despite the claim that they are moving over to phablets instead the smartphone market is still pretty pants. While Taiwan’s overall shipments are expected to grow in the second quarter, with makers expected to ship... 

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Will Intel Launch A New Version Of Thunderbolt?

May 22, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel Launch A New Version Of Thunderbolt?

Intel is just about to release a new version of Thunderbolt, just as its most major customer – Apple, has dropped the technology from its 12-inch MacBook. Intel has hinted that it will reveal the “next generation of Thunderbolt” at a press event to be held next month at the Computex trade show in Taipei. The latest version of Thunderbolt, version 2.0, can transfer data at speeds up to 20Mbps (bits per second), which is twice as fast as the latest USB 3.1. Chipzilla has been working... 

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Will Chaotic Planets Hamper The Search For Alien Life?

May 22, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will Chaotic Planets Hamper The Search For Alien Life?

“Chaotic planets” that possess wildly unpredictable orbits and climates likely circle distant stars, suggesting that some alien worlds that look habitable might actually be hostile to life for millions of years at a time, a new study reports. In the past two decades or so, astronomers have confirmed the existence of more than 1,800 exoplanets or planets orbiting distant stars. These worlds often differ greatly from any planets in our own solar system. For instance, so-called “hot... 

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Tech Companies Push Senate To Pass NSA Reform Bill

May 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Tech Companies Push Senate To Pass NSA Reform Bill

Reform Government Surveillance, an organization that represents technology giants like Google, Apple and Microsoft, is pushing the U.S. Senate not to delay reform of National Security Agency surveillance by extending expiring provisions of the Patriot Act. The House of Representatives voted 338-88 last week to approve the USA Freedom Act that would, among other things, stop the controversial bulk collection of phone records of Americans by the NSA, including by placing restrictions on the search... 

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Dropbox Releases ‘Universal App’ For Windows Phones, Tablets

May 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Dropbox Releases ‘Universal App’ For Windows Phones, Tablets

Dropbox previously released its cloud storage service on Windows phones and tablets, and on Tuesday the company followed up with a universal app that expands the feature sets for both types of devices. The update automatically adapts to the user’s screen size and delivers a number of new features, including the ability for Windows Phone users to upload videos directly from their devices. In the interests of multitasking, Windows Phone users can also now upload multiple files at once. And they... 

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Huawei Jumps Into IoT With New Operating System

May 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Huawei Jumps Into IoT With New Operating System

China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, known for its telecom equipment, became the latest tech giant to present its own take on the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), centered on an operating system designed to allow household and business appliances to communicate with each other online. At an event in Beijing, Huawei executives showcased its “Agile IoT” architecture, including an operating system called LiteOS to control basic devices. This marks the firm’s most significant... 

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Scammers Using Malware To Go After Oil Companies

May 21, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Scammers Using Malware To Go After Oil Companies

Scammers are running wild through British oil company networks without needing to use malware, according to Panda Security. Hacking is not new, stealing information and data from firms is not new, but doing so without using malware is unusual. Panda has dubbed the scam Operation Oil Tanker (PDF), which it said has made its way into systems through a socially engineered email and a lone staffer. The security firm said that antivirus systems failed to stop the attacks, but that its own demo software... 

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