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Powermat Releasing Updated, Stronger Wireless Charging Pad

December 15, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Powermat Releasing Updated, Stronger Wireless Charging Pad

Powermat plans to roll out an upgrade to its wireless charging technology in January  that will enable 15-watt power transfers through a 1.5-in. thick solid surface and provide support for new Apple iPhones and other Qi-enabled devices. The wireless charging company also plans to release an under-tabletop product that allows users to simply place enabled mobile devices atop a desk, for example, to begin receiving a charge. By moving from 5 watts to 15 watts with the upcoming software upgrade,... 

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Facebook May Have To Deal With Age-of-Consent Rule For Users

December 15, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook May Have To Deal With Age-of-Consent Rule For Users

All French minors under the age of 16 will have to gain parental approval to open an account on Facebook or any other social network under draft legislation presented on Wednesday. The requirement is part of a French bill that seeks to adapt data privacy regulations and improve access to the information internet companies gather, store and in many cases sell to other firms about people’s online activity.  “Joining Facebook will involve parental authorization for minors aged under 16,” Justice... 

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T-Mobie TV Coming Next Year

December 15, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobie TV Coming Next Year

T-Mobile US Inc announced that it would launch a new streaming television service next year after buying startup Layer3 TV for an undisclosed amount. The moves come as competitors seek ways to provide content to win over customers in a saturated mobile market, and after the No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier and No. 4 rival Sprint Corp ended merger talks last month.  T-Mobile Chief Financial Officer Braxton Carter said last week at an investor conference that the company would now focus on smaller, “tuck-in”... 

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Are AMD’s Ryzen 2 Processors Arriving Next Month

December 15, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Are AMD’s Ryzen 2 Processors Arriving Next Month

AMD must be tired of the success it enjoyed with the Ryzen CPUs as its second-gen processors are set to launch early 2018. The Ryzen 2 lineup, according to WCCTech, will be made up of the Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 2000 chips, and are set to bring in better performance with jacked-up clockspeeds and overclocking capabilities. Bet Intel’s happy about that…. Core specifications for chip fans include the Ryzen 2 family being the first chips AMD will have built using the 12 nanometre fabrication... 

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Can Qulacomm’s Snapdragon 845 Play Games At 1080p 60 FPS

December 15, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can Qulacomm’s Snapdragon 845 Play Games At 1080p 60 FPS

A Snapdragon 845 prototype phone factor design was running Lineage 2 revolution 1080p 60 FPS, in so-called console like gaming. Lineage 2 Revolution is a mobile MMORPG game licensed by NCSoft and developed by Netmarble and it traditionally runs in 720p resolution on nearly all of the phones available today. This includes Snapdragon 835 phones and the rest of the competition. The Lineage 2 Revolution is an Unreal Engine based game. In early 2018, you can expect to see Snapdragon 845 phones running... 

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Scientists Offering Different Perspective On Dark Matter

December 15, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Scientists Offering Different Perspective On Dark Matter

Dark matter is the elusive, invisible substance that appears to make up more than 80 percent of the total mass in the universe — far more than accounted for by the “regular” matter that makes up things like stars, planets and everything astronomers can directly observe. A new study makes the bold claim, however, that perhaps dark matter doesn’t exist at all.  But scientists aren’t convinced that the study holds water. Hints of the existence of dark matter appeared as early... 

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Facebook Beefs Up Augmented Reality In Messenger App

December 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Beefs Up Augmented Reality In Messenger App

Facebook is moving forward to add more augmented reality to its services. For the uninitiated, augmented reality, or AR, lets people superimpose virtual graphics on top of real-world images. It’s what gives you digital sunglasses or dog ears in Snapchat and Instagram. The social network on Tuesday said it’s bringing a new feature, called World Effects, to its Messenger chat app. The feature lets you add 3D objects you can interact with to your pictures or videos — like putting... 

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AT&T Testing High-Speed Broadband Over Power Lines

December 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
AT&T Testing High-Speed Broadband Over Power Lines

AT&T Inc began trials in Georgia state and a non-U.S. location to deliver high-speed internet over power lines, the No. 2 wireless carrier confirmed, marking its latest push to offer faster broadband service to more customers. AT&T aims to eventually deliver speeds faster than the 1 gigabit per second consumers can currently get through fiber internet service using high-frequency airwaves that travel along power lines. While the Georgia trial is in a rural area, the service could potentially... 

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Google Launches New Artificial Intelligence Research Center

December 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Google Launches New Artificial Intelligence Research Center

Alphabet Inc’s confirmed plans to open an artificial intelligence (AI) research center in China to target the country’s local talent, even as the U.S. search firm’s products remain blocked in the country. Google said in a statement the research center is the first of its kind in Asia and will comprise a small team operating out of its existing office in Beijing. Chinese policy makers have voiced strong support for AI research and development in the country, but have imposed increasingly strict... 

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Will Off-Branded iPhone Chargers Put You At Risk

December 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will Off-Branded iPhone Chargers Put You At Risk

Many of the fake or look-alike iPhone chargers put consumers at risk of lethal electric shock.  So says experts at Electrical Safety First who, in a study carried out with Apple, found that 49 out of 50 ‘lookalike’ chargers purchased in the UK failed safety tests. One in three chargers tested failed every part of the safety screening, while almost half failed an electric strength test, which means they post a “severe risk” of electric shock. What’s more, internal... 

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Is AMD’s RX 560 A Re-branded Card

December 14, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is AMD’s RX 560  A Re-branded Card

AMD has admitted that the Radeon RX 560 which is in the shops now is essentially a rebranded older model. Yesterday we revealed that AMD had changed the Radeon RX 560 so that it had a similar spec to older cards. Unfortunately, it had mixed the downgraded cards with the older ones which meant you had to be a real geek to spot the difference. What made the whole thing worse was that it had carried out the change after all the reviews were out and it failed to tell anyone about it. Now AMD has released... 

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Toshiba AND Western Digital Settle

December 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Toshiba AND Western Digital Settle

Toshiba and Western Digital have agreed in principle to settle a dispute over the Japanese firm’s plans to sell its $18 billion chip unit and aim to have a final agreement in place next week. Word on the street is that the Toshiba board has approved a framework for a settlement. Western Digital had been able to block a deal to selling the unit to a Bain Capital-led consortium. The settlement under discussion calls for Western Digital to drop arbitration claims seeking to stop the sale in exchange... 

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Samsung To Beef Up Iris Scanner In Next Galaxy Phones

December 13, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Beef Up Iris Scanner In Next Galaxy Phones

Samsung is said to be bringing several upgrades to the iris scanner on its next Galaxy S phone, presumably called the Galaxy S9. Some of these possible changes include a shorter response time, better recognition in dark or bright environments or when the user is wearing glasses, and a slightly higher resolution, 3-megapixel lens (up from 2MP in the Galaxy S8) according to The Korea Herald. More secure biometric authentication — like fingerprint sensing, iris scanning and facial recognition... 

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Microsoft Brings ‘Digital Whiteboard’ To Windows 10

December 13, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Brings ‘Digital Whiteboard’ To Windows 10

Microsoft is adding its Whiteboard ‘digital canvas’ app to Windows 10, providing a new way for employees to collaborate on creative work and share ideas. Whiteboard, aimed at Surface owners, makes use of the device’s stylus and touch inputs to share drawings. Users can jot down notes, make precise illustrations or search for images on the web from the app. It can also create tables, diagrams and flowcharts, which are updated in real time and automatically saved to the cloud. “It’s designed... 

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Telsa Electric Trucks Gets Vote Of Confidence From PepsiCo

December 13, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Telsa Electric Trucks Gets Vote Of Confidence From PepsiCo

PepsiCo Inc has reserved 100 of Tesla Inc’s new electric Semi trucks, the biggest known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company executive said on Tuesday. Tesla has been trying to convince the trucking community that it can build an affordable electric big rig with the range and cargo capacity to compete with relatively low-cost, time-tested diesel trucks.  Early orders reflect uncertainty over how the... 

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