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HP Adds Apple Devices To Managed Services Offerings

February 19, 2018 by   | Category: Computing
HP Adds Apple Devices To Managed Services Offerings

As part of HP’s updated DaaS offering, known more generally under the industry term of managed mobility services (MMS), customers will be able to pair iPhones, iPads, Macs and other Apple devices with HP’s support, managed services and analytics. Apple for years pushed, without much success, to get its hardware and software into the office. But the organic adoption of its iOS devices – especially the iPhone – finally forced enterprises to take it seriously. In the past year, 82%... 

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WhatsApp Moving Forward With ‘Full Feature’ Money Transfer Service

February 19, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
WhatsApp Moving Forward With ‘Full Feature’ Money Transfer Service

WhatsApp plans to roll out a “full feature” inter-bank money transfer service in India, its biggest market, after a test involving a million users, National Payments Corp of India said. Friday’s statement marks the de facto official launch of WhatsApp’s new service as NPCI is the body set up by the central bank and lenders to oversee payment services. WhatsApp launched a limited service in India, where it has more than 200 million users, last week. This uses customers’ phone numbers linked... 

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GameStop Fires A C-Suite Executive

February 19, 2018 by   | Category: Gaming
GameStop Fires A C-Suite Executive

GameStop COO Tony Bartel and EVP Michael Hogan have been let go by the games retail giant. The news follows the imminent departure of former GameStop CEO Paul Raines, who is stepping down due to a recurring brain tumor, and the appointment of new CEO Mike Mauler – who has been part of the GameStop business for 16 years. Bartel is one of GameStop’s longest-serving employees, having worked in various senior roles, including president between 2010 and 2015, and COO ever since. Hogan has... 

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Is A.I. Ready For The Big Time

February 19, 2018 by   | Category: Computing
Is A.I. Ready For The Big Time

AI is set to be a massive disappointment for those who think it is going to take over the world. While there have been remarkable advances in AI, after decades of frustration there are too many things that people can do quickly that smart machines cannot. For example, natural language is beyond deep learning, sure AI machine translators are great tools, but they are leagues behind a competent human translator and will remain that way for decades. AI can’t handle new situations. Senior partner at... 

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Does S.E.T.I. Need A Name Change

February 19, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
Does S.E.T.I. Need A Name Change

Astrophysicist Jill Tarter is one of the world’s best-known leaders in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI. For 35 years, she served as the director of the Center for SETI Research (part of the SETI institute) and was also the project scientist for NASA’s SETI program, before its cancellation in 1993.  Despite her longtime association with that four-letter acronym, Tarter says it’s time for “SETI” to be rebranded.  At a recent meeting of the National... 

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Can Any Version Of Windows Get Hacked

February 16, 2018 by   | Category: Computing
Can Any Version Of Windows Get Hacked

Remember those leaked NSA tools?  Well, they can now hack any version of Windows, not just the old version of Microsoft’s operating system. Researcher Sean Dillon from cybersecurity firm RiskSense tweaked the source code of three nicked NSA exploits – EternalSynergy, EternalChampion and EternalRomance – to work against Windows versions dating back as far as Windows 2000. Going by the name of ‘zerosum0x0’ on GitHub and Twitter (hat tip to Betanews for that), Dillon noted... 

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Nokia And Qualcomm 5G Trials Moving In The Right Direction

February 16, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
Nokia And Qualcomm 5G Trials Moving In The Right Direction

Nokia and Qualcomm have completed interoperability testing in the 3.5Ghz and 28Ghz spectrum compliant with the global 3GPP 5G NR Release 15 standard using the commercially available Nokia AirScale base station and device prototypes from Qualcomm Technologies. Focusing on the commercialization of 5G technology, with New Radio as its foundation, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies testing at Nokia’s 5G center of excellence in Oulu, Finland, will provide the basis for 5G NR field trials with operators... 

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AMD Faces Legal Issues Over Spectre and Meltdown Bugs

February 16, 2018 by   | Category: Computing
AMD Faces Legal Issues Over Spectre and Meltdown Bugs

AMD has been sued by a company because of the way it handled the Spectre and Meltdown bugs. It is not exactly because of the flaws, but because of the speed at which AMD said that it was not in trouble because its chips did not suffer from the bugs. Rosen Law Firm is a global investor rights firm, where a class action lawsuit has been kicked off on “behalf of purchasers of the securities of Advanced Micro Devices”. The lawsuit details: “Defendants during the Class Period made... 

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Dyson, Maker Of Vaccums, Investing In Electric Vehicles

February 15, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
Dyson, Maker Of Vaccums, Investing In Electric Vehicles

Late last year, James Dyson of Dyson vacuum cleaner maker announced that his company would be investing £2 billion to develop an electric car by 2020 and, hopefully, it doesn’t suck. Dyson on Wednesday provided a few more details including a production target date and some very general technical specs. Typically, we’d greet this kind of news with a healthy eye roll of skepticism, but the fact is that Dyson is as rich as Croesus (from ancient Greece, very rich) and loves inventing... 

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Google Already Increasing The Price Of YouTube TV

February 15, 2018 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Already Increasing The Price Of YouTube TV

Alphabet Inc’s Google is increasing the price of its YouTube TV online service for new customers as it adds channels from Time Warner Inc’s Turner, National Basketball League, and Major League Baseball, the company said Wednesday. Less than one year after launching YouTube TV, the company is increasing its pricing to $40 per month from $35 per month as it adds Turner’s channels, which include TNT, CNN, and TBS, and soon will be adding MLB Network and NBA TV, the company said. Google is expanding... 

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Grammarly Squashes Security Hole

February 15, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
Grammarly Squashes Security Hole

Typo targeting browser extension Grammarly was found harboring a bug that could potentially expose everything a user ever wrote when using the spelling and grammar checker. The bug was found by serial flaw spotter Travis Ormandy of Google’s Project Zero security fame. The researcher found that the Chrome and Firefox extension was leaking authentication tokens meaning any website a user visited could access their “documents, history, logs, and all other data”. Essentially, this would... 

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The Semiconductor Market Rose In 2017

February 15, 2018 by   | Category: Uncategorized
The Semiconductor Market Rose In 2017

The market for semiconductors worldwide saw sales rise by 21.6 percent and worth $412 billion. According to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA), using figures provided by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS), sales in 2017 were up from a record $338.931 billion in 2016. The growth was mainly from memory devices, sensors and actuators, analogue devices and logic devices. Europe, too, performed well in 2017 with sales of $38.311 billion – up 17.1 percent from the year... 

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Astronomers Confirm Planets Exist Outside The Milky Way

February 15, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Confirm Planets Exist Outside The Milky Way

There are tiny comets orbiting foreign suns. And human beings can detect them. Six times, about 800 years ago, dark things passed between the bright-yellow dwarf star KIC 3542116 and Earth. They were small in cosmic terms, about 330 billion tons (300 billion metric tons). That’s about the size of Halley’s Comet, or just one-245 millionth the mass of Earth’s moon. But they were big enough. They blocked a fraction of a fraction of the light that was streaming outward from that star.... 

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Google Shipped Nearly 4M Pixel Phones, Analyst Says

February 14, 2018 by   | Category: Mobile
Google Shipped Nearly 4M Pixel Phones, Analyst Says

Google won’t reveal the number of Pixel phones it shipped in 2017, but one analyst from the research firm IDC has a number: 3.9 million. The analyst, IDC Research Director Francisco Jeronimo, said the figure includes both generations of the phone, the Pixel 1 and 2. For comparison, it’s a “tiny portion” compared with the entire 1.5 billion market size for smartphones altogether, Jeronimo said. And it’s just a sliver compared with the 77.3 million iPhones Apple sold in... 

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Google Unveils Continuously Updating Email Feature

February 14, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
Google Unveils Continuously Updating Email Feature

Gmail became dynamic. Alphabet Inc’s Google on Tuesday demonstrated a software programming system that would enable emails to feature continuously updating information and greater interactivity. Users could see automatically updated flight information in a booking confirmation email. They could fill out surveys without leaving a message or review close-up shots of products in a marketing pitch without opening a browser window. The envisioned changes are an outgrowth of Google’s AMP project, or... 

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