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Ready For Tablets Priced At $35 Or Lower?

August 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Ready For Tablets Priced At $35 Or Lower?

Generic Android tablets with 7-inch screens and quad-core chips that deliver decent performance could soon make it to market for $35 or less. Tablets with low-resolution screens are already selling for $45 on Amazon, many of which have single- or dual-core processors from a Chinese chip company called Allwinner. But the prices could fall under $35 when Allwinner ships its “fully formed” quad-core A33 chip for only $4, said analyst firm Linley Group in a newsletter this week. The chip’s... 

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UPS Joins The List Of Companies To Report A Data Breach

August 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
UPS Joins The List Of Companies To Report A Data Breach

Credit and debit card information belonging to customers made purchases at 51 UPS Store Inc. locations in 24 states this year may have been illegally accessed as the result of an intrusion into the company’s networks. In a statement on Wednesday, UPS said it was recently notified by law enforcement officials about a “broad-based malware intrusion” of its systems. A subsequent investigation by an IT security firm showed that attackers had installed previously unknown malware on... 

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Opera Mini Browser To Become Standard On Windows Phones

August 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Opera Mini Browser To Become Standard On Windows Phones

Norwegian software maker Opera inked a deal to take over the browser building unit of Microsoft’s Nokia cellular phone unit and reported second-quarter earnings above expectations on Thursday, sending it shares sharply higher. “We have signed a strategic licensing deal with Microsoft. We are basically taking over the browser building department in Nokia,” Opera Chief Executive Lars Boilsesen said. “This means that Opera Mini will become the default browser for Microsoft’s... 

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HP Finally Sees Growth

August 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP Finally Sees Growth

HP has seen its revenue grow for the first time in three years to $27.58bn, helped by stronger than expected growth of its PC division, which grew 12 percent year on year. The revenue rise was up from the $27.23bn the company made in Q3 2013, and up from $27.31bn in the same period last year. Despite this growth, profits fell in Q3 2014, dipping under the $1bn mark to $985m. This is down from $1.39bn in the same period last year and $1.27bn in the previous quarter. HP reported that its Personal Systems... 

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SanDisk Launches Ultra II SSD

August 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
SanDisk Launches Ultra II SSD

SanDisk has updated its consumer solid-state disk (SSD) drive aimed at laptop upgraders. Sandisk claims that the Ultra II SSD improves PC performance by up to 28 times and adds 15 percent to battery life. The drive also has an improved SSD Dashboard that offers firmware upgrades, security and cloning facilities in one user interface. “We live in an era where we expect to have information at our fingertips anytime, anywhere, with technology that keeps us connected to both our personal and work... 

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Astrophysicists Discover Stars Being Eaten By Supermassive Black Hole

August 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astrophysicists Discover Stars Being Eaten By Supermassive Black Hole

Astrophysicists have analyzed two decades-worth of X-ray data and discovered three events inside galactic cores that can be interpreted in only one way: stellar destruction. ANALYSIS: Supermassive Black Hole Jet Mystery Solved For any given galaxy, it is estimated that a star will be destroyed by the central supermassive black hole approximately once every 10,000 years. The vast majority of known galaxies are thought to contain at least one supermassive black hole in their cores, having a dramatic... 

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YouTube Music Might Prove Lucrative For Google

August 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
YouTube Music Might Prove Lucrative For Google

A beefed up version of YouTube offering exclusive content might turn out to be lucrative bait for Google to lure some of its users deeper into its digital video and music services. YouTube appears to be readying a paid premium music service that would cost US$9.99 a month, called YouTube Music Key. Roughly a dozen purported screenshots of the service were recently published online on the blog Android Police, possibly showing how it would work. The images showed exclusive content such as remixes... 

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Snapchat Looking For Expansion Opportunities

August 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Snapchat Looking For Expansion Opportunities

Snapchat Inc, creator of a mobile app that allows users to send messages that disappear within seconds, may be looking to expand its service to videos, news articles and advertisements, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. The California-based company is currently in talks with advertisers and media companies about a service called Snapchat Discovery, the Journal reported, citing sources. Snapchat Discovery, rumored to debut in November, will show content and ads to Snapchat users, the Journal quoted... 

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Cox Communications Shoots Down Rumors Of T-Mobile Merger

August 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Cox Communications Shoots Down Rumors Of T-Mobile Merger

Cox Communications Inc. is not interested in merging with wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc or rival cable providers, according to Cox President Pat Esser, dispelling rumors recently swirling about the private company. “We’re not in any discussions to buy T-Mobile,” Esser told Reuters. “I don’t see a movement inside of our company that we feel like we have to pony up or match up with a wireless company.” Asked whether Cox, the third-largest U.S. cable and broadband... 

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Are Physical Games On The Way Out?

August 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Physical Games On The Way Out?

Numbers added up by research firm DFC Intelligence, show that few physical games are being bought and that digital sales are where all the money is. According to DFC, 92 per cent of PC game sales in 2013 were digital and it thinks this trend will continue and rise in 2014. Gamers are starting to favour digital downloads over physical copies of the game, which is not really surprising given that who actually wants to own boxes and DVDs and manuals when all you really need is the game. DFC Intelligence... 

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Are Evernote Extensions Spamming Chrome?

August 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Evernote Extensions Spamming Chrome?

Malwarebytes has warned of a fake Evernote extension for Chrome that spams users with unwanted advertisements by injecting Javascript into every webpage they visit. The vulnerability means that on the surface, it looks like the popups and advertisements are coming from the websites users are visiting, when they are actually coming from the fake Evernote web extension. Researchers at the company discovered the vulnerability in a “multi-plug .PUP” file, which installs the fake Evernote... 

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Astronomer’s Discover New Clues In Supernovas Death?

August 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomer’s Discover New Clues In Supernovas Death?

When a supernova suddenly appeared in the night sky earlier this year, astronomers scrambled to study the bright new object before it faded away. Now, with new forensic data gathered by NASA telescopes, scientists say they have a better idea about what caused the star explosion in the nearby Messier 82 galaxy. At 12 million light-years away, the Type Ia supernova first spotted on Jan. 21 was the closest to Earth in years. There are two primary explanations for how Type Ia supernovas are triggered:... 

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Vehicle-To-Vehicle Networks May Save Lives, Says U.S. Government

August 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Vehicle-To-Vehicle Networks May Save Lives, Says U.S. Government

The U.S. government wants make vehicles talk to each other over wireless networks, saying that could save more than 1,000 lives every year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking input about a possible federal standard for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology, which would allow cars to automatically exchange information, such as whether they’re close to each other. The agency will accept comments from the public and industry for 60 days from when the advance notice... 

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Sprint Slashes Rates, Introduces New Pricing Plans

August 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Slashes Rates, Introduces New Pricing Plans

Sprint Corp unveiled a new pricing plan that gives customers 20 gigabytes of data and up to 10 lines for $100, doubling its data offerings, the latest in a series of cuts and promotions that is re-shaping the wireless industry. Sprint’s chairman, business tycoon Masayoshi Son, is betting new prices will revive a carrier hampered by an expensive network overhaul and rising competition. “The message is simple: We are back in the game. We are going to offer most competitive value for American... 

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Hackers From China Breach U.S. Hospital Patients Data

August 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Hackers From China Breach U.S. Hospital Patients Data

Community Health Systems Inc., one of the largest U.S. hospital groups, is reporting that it was the victim of a cyber attack from China, resulting in the theft of Social Security numbers and other personal data belonging to 4.5 million patients. Security experts said the hacking group, known as “APT 18,” may have links to the Chinese government. “APT 18″ typically targets companies in the aerospace and defense, construction andengineering, technology, financial services... 

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