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T-Mobile Continues Winning Streak, Adds 1.3M New Customers

July 21, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Continues Winning Streak, Adds 1.3M New Customers

The nation’s third-largest mobile carrier said it added 1.3 million net new customers in the second quarter, aided largely by the 786,000 new phone customers on a post-paid plan, or who pay at the end of the month. The figure topped at least one Wall Street firm’s expectations. The numbers underscore the fact that despite the rival carriers throwing themselves at you for your business, T-Mobile continues to win over new customers. The heightened pressure has resulted in more deals for... 

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Facebook Exploring Subscription Based News

July 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Exploring Subscription Based News

Facebook Inc is holding preliminary discussions with several news publishers about how its social media site can better support subscription business models, the company’s head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, said in a statement on Wednesday. The statement comes a day after TheStreet reported that Facebook plans to launch a subscription-based news product, citing comments by Brown at a conference. Facebook will begin initial tests in October, TheStreet reported. The feature is likely... 

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Amazon Jumps Into Social Media Shopping With Spark Launch

July 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Jumps Into Social Media Shopping With Spark Launch

Amazon.com Inc has rolled out a social feature called Spark that encourages members to showcase and purchase products on its platforms, the retail giant’s first clear move into the world of social media. Spark, which is currently only available for Amazon’s premium paying Prime members, encourages users to share photos and videos, just like popular social media platforms Instagram and Pinterest. The new feature publicly launched on Tuesday for use on mobile devices that use Apple’s... 

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Does Google Truly Invade Your Privacy

July 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Does Google Truly Invade Your Privacy

John McAfee has been polled for his opinion on Google. The good news is he has one, it isn’t positive and he is apparently very pleased to give it up. McAfee is probably at his best when he is passionate about something, and he is obviously passionate about disliking Google. The video, recorded for telly and put on YouTube by John McAfee, shows our man in passionate privacy protection mode. It’s called “Stop Endangering Our Humanity Or I’m Coming For You,” and is aimed... 

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Intel’s Core X Appears To Be In High Demand

July 21, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Intel’s Core X Appears To Be In High Demand

Intel seems to have made a mistake over the demand for its eight- and 10-core Core X processors for the high-end desktop market. Word on the street is that you can’t get your paws on eight- and 10-core Core X processors for love or money. Part of the issue is that the Skylake-X-based Core X chips were based on the same chips Intel sells to its data-centre customers in the form of Xeon Scalable Processors. These punters are given more priority as data-centre customers generally dramatically outnumber... 

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Does An Asteroid Start Off As A Giant Mud Rock

July 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Does An Asteroid Start Off As A Giant Mud Rock

The most common asteroids in the solar system may have started out as giant balls of mud, rather than as rocks, as scientists previously thought, a new study finds. Such mud balls could still exist today in the heart of the largest asteroids, according to the study. More than 75 percent of known asteroids are carbonaceous in composition; these grayish asteroids probably consist of clay and stony rocks, and inhabit the main belt’s outer regions One key reason scientists investigate carbonaceous... 

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Samsung Finally Launches Bixby Voice App For Galaxy S8

July 20, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Finally Launches Bixby Voice App For Galaxy S8

Samsung has finally officially launched voice capabilities for its Bixby smart sidekick in the US, about three months after the artificial intelligence technology first became available on its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus phones. The company had delayed the launch and missed its own promised “later this spring” deadline, at least in the US. Owners of its newest phones will be able to access Bixby Voice after downloading a software update, rolling out at 9 p.m. PT. South Korean... 

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Google’s Mobile App Gets New Look, Feel

July 20, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Google’s Mobile App Gets New Look, Feel

Google has announced a re-tooling of its search app on mobile phones to include a personalized feed of links about hobbies, travel, sports and other topics, a move that puts the search company into more direct competition with social networks such as Facebook. Google, the world’s largest search engine and a unit of Alphabet Inc, said the changes would begin rolling out in the United States on Wednesday and other countries in the coming weeks. The new offering is called “Google Feed,”... 

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NBC To Host Daily News Show On Snapchat

July 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
NBC To Host Daily News Show On Snapchat

Comcast Corp’s NBC News plans to offer a twice-per-day news show on Snapchat, the company said on Wednesday, part of its push to attract younger viewers who tend to watch TV on mobile devices. Comcast’s NBCUniversal invested $500 million in Snapchat owner Snap Inc  during its initial public offering as it seeks to boost its digital offering. Broadcast news outlets like NBC News face an aging audience. The median age of NBC Nightly News, for example, is 64 years old, according to the... 

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Will WhatsApp Face Competition From Amazon

July 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will WhatsApp Face Competition From Amazon

Just when you thought the messaging app market couldn’t get any more crowded, along come the rumors that Amazon wants a piece of the action. According to AFTV News, Amazon has begun surveying customers about the new messaging service to gauge which features are most important them. Called Anytime, the rumored app will apparently be a one-stop-shop focused on voice and video calls, alongside a photo sharing feature with @mentions, as well as some highly-original real-time filters for photos... 

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Pricing For AMD’s Ryzen 1300X Leaked

July 20, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Pricing For AMD’s Ryzen 1300X Leaked

According to a Reddit post, upcoming Ryzen 3 SKUs, the Ryzen 3 1300X and the Ryzen 3 1200, will be hitting the market at US $129 and US $109 (exc. VAT), respectively. While AMD has revealed a lot of details regarding its two upcoming quad-core Ryzen 3 SKUs yesterday, including the clocks and the launch date, we are still missing a couple of key details, including the TDP, amount of cache and the price. In case you missed it yesterday, both Ryzen 3 SKUs are quad-core parts without SMT (Simultaneous... 

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Is Virtual Reality To Expensive For The Masses

July 20, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Virtual Reality To Expensive For The Masses

The current generation of virtual reality is not dead, but it’s not exactly full of life, either. What once was a pulsating buzz has faded into the background of an industry, not because there are newer, shinier toys to play with, but simply because for all the newness and shine of VR, there has been little evidence that a significant audience exists for the experiences we can deliver at this time. Earlier this week, Oculus instituted a temporary $200 price cut of the Rift, dropping the headset... 

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Premium Nokia 8 Handset May Launch By End Of July

July 19, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Premium Nokia 8 Handset May Launch By End Of July

The premium Nokia 8 could get everything from dual cameras to Qualcomm’s fastest Snapdragon 835 chip (the same one that’s in the Samsung Galaxy S8), according to well-known mobile tipster Evan Blass, who also writes for VentureBeat. The phone may even be unveiled as early as July 31, Blass suggests. If true, this is just what the Nokia brand — once a top-two titan of mobile — needs. After Microsoft sold a company called HMD the rights to use the Nokia mobile name in 2016,... 

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Court Grants FBI Right To Continue Secret Surveillance Requests

July 19, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Court Grants FBI Right To Continue Secret Surveillance Requests

The FBI will be allowed to continue sending surveillance orders to tech companies and ban them from disclosing those requests, an appeals court ruled Monday. Internet company Cloudflare and wireless network operator CREDO Mobile sued the federal government to be allowed to disclose public national security letters they have received. They argued that the letters, which are administrative subpoenas issued by the government to gather information for national security purposes, are unconstitutional... 

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Samsung To Recycle Rare Metals From Old Galaxy Note 7s

July 19, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Recycle Rare Metals From Old Galaxy Note 7s

Electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd announced plans to recover 157 tons worth of rare metals from recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in a bid to minimize the environmental impact of the fire-prone devices. Samsung said in a statement it planned to reuse components such as camera modules, chips and displays as replacement parts on devices sent in for repairs or sell them. It would also recover metals such as cobalt, copper, gold and silver from components that would not be reused. The world’s... 

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