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FAA Grants CNN Rights To Fly Drones Over Crowds

October 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
FAA Grants CNN Rights To Fly Drones Over Crowds

News giant CNN has been granted a waiver to make routine drone flights above crowds, a milestone for the drone industry, which is expected to experience dramatic growth in the next few years. The Part 107 waiver represents the first time the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a waiver for unlimited flights of unmanned aerial vehicles over people, the news network said in a statement.  FAA rules prohibit drone flights over people, but waivers are available when applicants can demonstrate... 

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Samsung Bixby Arrives On Refrigerators

October 20, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Bixby Arrives On Refrigerators

Get ready for smarter appliances. Samsung has announced the second generation of its Bixby digital assistant will be coming to its various non-mobile devices including its smart TVs in the US and Korea in 2018, as well as its Family Hub refrigerator. The company also announced a new SDK for developers to make apps that work with Bixby. Bixby 2.0, Samsung’s answer to the likes of Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, is smarter than its first version, with deep-linking capabilities... 

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Dropbox Debuts ‘Showcase’ New Product Aimed At Freelancers

October 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Dropbox Debuts ‘Showcase’ New Product Aimed At Freelancers

Dropbox has rolled out a new portfolio feature, Showcase, designed to help independent workers and small teams of professionals display and share documents more easily. The idea is that freelance workers such as architects and designers can store content in Showcase before sharing information with clients. Documents are arranged in a branded portfolio in a “secure and polished way,” with customizable layouts, said Dropbox director of product, Vishal Kapoor. It is also possible to add text... 

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Will PC Sales Ever Make A Comeback

October 20, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Will PC Sales Ever Make A Comeback

Beancounters at Gartner have been adding up some numbers and reached the conclusion that sales of traditional PCs are still falling. Things might pick up next year, but PC sales have continued to fall and analyst always say “things will get better next year.” Gartner said that PC shipments will drop by nearly eight percent this year, and another 4.4 percent in 2018. By 2019, 16 million fewer traditional PCs and notebooks will be sold than were shipped this year. However, much of this... 

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Intel and Samsung Pursuing HiSilicon

October 20, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Intel and Samsung Pursuing HiSilicon

HiSilicon Technologies wants another supplier for the fabrication of its 7nm chips and apparently Samsung, Globalfoundries and Intel are trying to get the Chinese fabless firm’s attention. TSMC has been HiSilicon’s sole foundry partner for its 16nm and 10nm solution and will remain so, but  HiSilicon wants to get a back up for 7nm chips to ensure sufficient production capacity. TSMC has regained chip orders from Qualcomm, which used to be the foundry’s largest client, the sources... 

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Is Normal Matter Missing From The Universe

October 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Normal Matter Missing From The Universe

Astronomers and cosmologists have an inventory problem: They haven’t been able to account for a fair amount of the stuff that makes up our universe. There are the longstanding challenges with pinpointing dark energy and dark matter, two invisible components that together make up more than 95 percent of the cosmos. But there is also the lesser-known problem of missing baryon particles. Baryons are subatomic particles that include protons and neutrons, which form the nuclei of atoms. Baryonic matter... 

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Did The Hyatt Hotel Chain Suffer Another Data Breach

October 19, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did The Hyatt Hotel Chain Suffer Another Data Breach

The Hyatt hotel chain is warning customers that it has been breached for the second time and that they should probably do something about it. Krebs on Security, or Brian to his friends, is the first with the bad news, and reports on the letter that Hyatt is sending out to potential towel and dressing gown thieves. Hyatt is reporting that its internal people clocked onto some card payment shenanigans between 18 March and 2 July 2017. The problem started at the front desk, reportedly, so is likely... 

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Microsoft’s Edge Browsers Appears To Be The Best At Thwarting Malware

October 19, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft’s Edge Browsers Appears To Be The Best At Thwarting Malware

Microsoft’s Edge easily beat rival browsers from Google and Mozilla in third party tests of the behind the scenes services which power anti-malware warnings and malicious website-blocking. NSS Labs said Windows 10’s default browser is better at blocking phishing and socially-engineered malware attacks than Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. The outfit said Edge automatically blocked 92 percent of all in-browser credential phishing attempts and stymied all socially-engineered malware... 

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Is Planet 9 The Missing Super-Earth

October 19, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Planet 9 The Missing Super-Earth

Planet Nine is out there, and astronomers are determined to find it, according to a new statement from NASA. In fact, mounting evidence suggests it’s hard to imagine our solar system without the unseen world.  The hypothetical planet is believed to be about 10 times more massive than Earth and located in the dark, outer reaches of the solar system, approximately 20 times farther from the sun than Neptune is. While the mysterious world still has yet to be found, astronomers have discovered... 

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Venmo Payments Comes To Retailers This Week

October 18, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Venmo Payments Comes To Retailers This Week

PayPal Holdings Inc announced that more than two million U.S. retailers will be able to accept payments through its mobile app Venmo starting this week, seeking to broaden its reach with a brand that has been a hit with young people. Venmo, which has been part of PayPal since 2013, is one of the most popular mobile applications to make person-to-person payments in the United States. It processed $8 billion (£6 billion) in payments in the second quarter of this year. Venmo users will be able to... 

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Facebook Acquiring TBH Social Network

October 18, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Acquiring TBH Social Network

Facebook wants to woo teens back to its site. The tech giant announced plans to acquire tbh, a social network popular with teens that let people send compliments to each other through anonymous quizzes. Facebook didn’t disclose an acquisition price. Facebook will let tbh, which stands for “to be honest,” operate as it did before, similar to how it runs the photo app Instagram and chat app Whatsapp. “When we met with Facebook, we realized that we shared many of the same core... 

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Google Rolls Out Advanced Protection Program For Gmail

October 18, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Google Rolls Out Advanced Protection Program For Gmail

Alphabet’s Google Inc confirmed that it would introduce an advanced protection program in order to provide stronger security for some users such as government officials and journalists who are at a higher risk of being targeted by hackers. The internet giant said that users of the program would have their account security continuously updated to deal with emerging threats. The company said it would initially provide three defenses against security threats, which include blocking fraudulent account... 

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Do Intel’s New Processors Offer A Noticeable Performance Boost

October 18, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Do Intel’s New Processors Offer A Noticeable Performance Boost

While Intel fanboys can tell you in detail about how cool Intel’s eighth generation chips are, analysts are noting that Intel might have a tough time selling the difference. After the announcement of the new chips Intel’s shares outperformed and there was a 3.8 percent fall for Nvidia shares and three percent decline for AMD stock. However we are not convinced, if only that Intel is playing the game in the same way that it always has, and the rules have changed. Market research firm Gartner’s... 

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Are Rising Game Development Cost Hurting Some Studios

October 18, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Are Rising Game Development Cost Hurting Some Studios

Making games is expensive. Let me rephrase that: making games is really, really expensive. Obviously, that’s no secret, but the numbers involved are even surprising to those of us who follow the industry every day. Last month, Kotaku reported many studios budget around $10,000 per person per month to cover salaries plus overhead. Considering that many of the more polished games on the market can take years to create, budgets can spiral out of control very easily and this has a impact on the... 

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Are Other Solvents Outside Of Water Possible For Alien Life

October 18, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Are Other Solvents Outside Of Water Possible For Alien Life

Life on early Earth seems to have begun with a paradox: while life needs water as a solvent, the essential chemical backbones of early life-forming molecules fall apart in water. Our universal solvent, it turns out, can be extremely corrosive. Some have pointed to this paradox as a sign that life, or the precursor of life, originated elsewhere and was delivered here via comets or meteorites. Others have looked for solvents that could have the necessary qualities of water without that bond-breaking... 

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