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Android Malware Using Twitter To Communicate With Infected Phones

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Android Malware Using Twitter To Communicate With Infected Phones

Twitter users aren’t the only ones getting updates from the micro-blogging social media site. One maker of Android malware is also using Twitter to communicate with infected smartphones, according to security firm ESET. The company uncovered the feature in a malicious app called Android/Twitoor. It runs as a backdoor virus that can secretly install other malware on a phone. Typically, the makers of Android malware control their infected smartphones from servers. Commands sent from those servers... 

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Driverless Taxis Debut On Singpaore Streets

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Driverless Taxis Debut On Singpaore Streets

The world’s first driverless taxi debuted Thursday in a limited public trial on the streets of Singapore. Developer nuTonomy invited a select group of people to download their app and ride for free in its “robo-taxi” in a western Singapore hi-tech business district, hoping to get feedback ahead of a planned dull launch of the service in 2018. “This is really a moment in history that’s going to change how cities are built, how we really look at our surroundings,”... 

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Drones Take On Pizza Delivery

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net

A New Zealand pizza chain wants to be the world’s first company to offer a commercial drone delivery service, a milestone in the quest to save time and money with an air-borne supply chain dispensing with people. Some of the world’s biggest companies including Amazon.com Inc and Google, or Alphabet Inc as it is known, have plans to make deliveries by drone and aviation authorities in the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand have been relaxing rules to allow air deliveries. Last... 

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Intel’s Mobile Kaby Lake Arrive In Q2 2017 Too

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Intel’s Mobile Kaby Lake Arrive In Q2 2017 Too

A  report from the folks at NotebookCheck.net shows an Intel slide detailing some updates to the company’s mobile ULV processor lineup based on the Kaby Lake third-generation 14nm processor lineup. As we mentioned in July, Intel is describing Kaby Lake mostly as a “2017 platform” and plans to launch some desktop processors in the fourth quarter of this year, but will have larger volumes planned for Q1 2017 and will probably announce them formally at next year’s CES. Quad-core ULV chips arriving... 

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AMD Bundling Deus-Ex With Gaming Cards

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
AMD Bundling Deus-Ex With Gaming Cards

We already knew that AMD was one of the launch partners for the new Deus Ex: Mankind Divided game and it appears it will be bundled with some of AMD’s hot FX-series CPUs. While we were hoping to see it bundled with some recently launched Polaris-based graphics cards, it appears that AMD wants to give some love to those that decide to buy AMD’s FX-series CPUs. To be available in most popular retail/e-tail stores, the bundle will include a copy of the new Deus Ex: Mankind Divided game with... 

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nVidia NVLINK 2.0 Going In IBM Servers

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
nVidia NVLINK 2.0 Going In IBM Servers

On Monday, PCWorld reported that the first servers expected to use Nvidia’s second-generation NVLINK 2.0 technology will be arriving sometime next year using IBM’s upcoming Power9 chip family. IBM launched its Power8 lineup of superscalar symmetric multiprocessors back in August 2013 at the Hot Chips conference, and the first systems became available in August 2014. The announcement was significant because it signaled the beginning of a continuing partnership between IBM and Nvidia to develop... 

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Are Notebooks Moving To On-Board Memory?

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Are Notebooks Moving To On-Board Memory?

Notebook vendors have largely moved to on-board memory designs and are killing off DIMMs so that they can make their Intel Apollo Lake-based notebooks as slim as possible. According to Digitimes shipments of Intel’s 14nm Apollo Lake CPUs, which feature low-power consumption, high performance and reduced sizes is apparently on the increase and with that a move to on board memory designs. The reason is that the manufactures think an anorexic look is super fashionable. Numbers of new notebooks... 

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MIT Researchers Develop Technique To Triple Wireless Speeds

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
MIT Researchers Develop Technique To Triple Wireless Speeds

MIT researchers have uncovered a way to transfer wireless data using a smartphone at a speed about three times faster and twice as far as existing technology. The researchers developed a technique to coordinate multiple wireless transmitters by synchronizing their wave phases, according to a statement from MIT on Tuesday. Multiple independent transmitters will be able to send data over the same wireless channel to multiple independent receivers without interfering with each other. Since wireless... 

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Judge Sides With Fitbit In Infringement Lawsuit By Jawbone

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Judge Sides With Fitbit In Infringement Lawsuit By Jawbone

Fitbit Inc was cleared of stealing rival Jawbone’s trade secrets, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled on Tuesday, ending Jawbone’s hopes of securing an import ban against Fitbit’s wearable fitness tracking devices. The judge, Dee Lord, said that there had been no violation of the Tariff Act, which gives the commission the power to block products that infringe U.S. intellectual property, because “no party has been shown to have misappropriated any trade secret.” The... 

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Sales Exceed Supply Chain’s Expectations

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Sales Exceed Supply Chain’s Expectations

Better-than-expected demand for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s new Galaxy Note 7 is creating supply problems worldwide, the South Korean tech giant said, suggesting strong initial sales for the new premium smartphone. While robust demand could help deliver another solid quarter of earnings, Samsung also risks missing out on potential sales if it cannot boost supply quickly. Rivals such as Apple Inc are poised to launch new phones which could pull customers away from Samsung if a shortage persists. “As... 

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Microsoft Makes A Deal With Lenovo

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Makes A Deal With Lenovo

Software King of the World Microsoft has apparently been seen in public with the PC supremo Lenovo and insiders have been told that they want something more serious. The pair have announced that they are deepening strategic ties but have not hinted about financial details. Instead Lenovo will load Microsoft’s productivity apps, including Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype on select Lenovo devices that use the Android operating system. Microsoft did not say how much gear would be involved in the... 

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EA Appears To Be Going HD With Old Games

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
EA Appears To Be Going HD With Old Games

Electronic Arts has one of the deepest back catalogs in the industry, but to date it has steered clear of mining it for new revenue through remastered and HD editions. That’s likely to change soon, according to a Game Informer interview with EA Studios executive VP Patrick Soderlund from last week at Gamescom. When asked if anything in EA’s stance on remasters had evolved in the last year, Soderlund tipped the publisher’s hand. “What’s changed is that there is proof... 

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Alien Structure Continues To Mystify Astronomers

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Alien Structure Continues To Mystify Astronomers

Nearly a year after first making headlines around the world, “Tabby’s star” is still guarding its secrets. In September 2015, a team led by Yale University astronomer Tabetha Boyajian announced that a star about 1,500 light-years from Earth called KIC 8462852 had dimmed oddly and dramatically several times over the past few years. These dimming events, which were detected by NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope, were far too substantial to be caused by an orbiting... 

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Microsoft Releases 64-bit Versions Of Office 2016 Applications For Mac

August 24, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Releases 64-bit Versions Of Office 2016 Applications For Mac

Microsoft has released 64-bit versions of its Office 2016 applications for the Mac, after a series of previews since April. The five apps — Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word — will be updated to 64-bit for all customers, including those with an Office 2016 retail license, a consumer or commercial subscription to Office 365, and a volume license. Most users will be updated automatically as the suite launches an update app on its regular schedule. Microsoft has been testing... 

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Target To Focus More On Digital Efforts To Enhance Customer Experience

August 24, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Target To Focus More On Digital Efforts To Enhance Customer Experience

U.S. retailer Target Corp plans to put more emphasis on technologies that enhance customers’ store experience and on other digital efforts, Chief Information Officer Mike McNamara said. Target will focus on its website, Target.com, and offline-online experiences such as order pickup and digital marketing, McNamara said in a blog post on the company’s website. “Technology and supply chain are the new battlegrounds for retail,” he said. “The retailers with the strongest... 

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