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More Than Half The World Remains Off The Internet

July 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
More Than Half The World Remains Off The Internet

About 3.9 billion people, or 53 percent of the population still remains offline at the end of this year, according to the International Telecommunication Union estimates. Even in Europe, the most connected region, 20.9 percent of all people aren’t online. In Africa, the least connected continent, 74.9 percent are offline. Those figures are part of the annual statistical report from the agency, which is part of the United Nations. The report also showed there’s still a huge divide between rich... 

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Facebook Solar-powered Drone Takes Flight

July 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Solar-powered Drone Takes Flight

Facebook Inc announced that it has completed a successful test flight of a solar-powered drone that it hopes will help it extend internet connectivity to every corner of the planet. Aquila, Facebook’s lightweight, high-altitude aircraft, flew at a few thousand feet for 96 minutes in Yuma, Arizona, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post on his Facebook page. The company ultimately hopes to have a fleet of Aquilas that can fly for at least three months at a time at 60,000 feet (18,290... 

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FCC Presses Phone Companies To Provide ‘Robocall’ Blocking Technology

July 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
FCC Presses Phone Companies To Provide ‘Robocall’ Blocking Technology

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission urged major U.S. phone companies to take immediate steps to make technology that blocks unwanted automated calls available to consumers at no charge. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, in letters to CEOs of major phone companies, said so-called robocalls, automated pre-recorded telephone calls often from telemarketers or scam artists, continue “due in large part to industry inaction.” Wheeler’s letters went to chief executives of companies... 

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Is nVidia’s Geforce GTX 1060 Living Up To The Hype?

July 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is nVidia’s Geforce GTX 1060 Living Up To The Hype?

As announced earlier, Nvidia has officially lifted the NDA off its Geforce GTX 1060 allowing sites to publish reviews which also means that retailers/e-tailers now have the green light to start selling the new graphics card. Based on 16nm GP106 GPU, the new Geforce GTX 1060 is the third Nvidia Geforce graphics card based on the new Pascal GPU architecture. The GP106 GPU packs 1280 CUDA cores, 80 TMUs and 48 ROPs and it will be coming with 6GB of GDDR5 memory with a 192-bit memory interface. The new... 

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Will Nokia Succeed With Android Smartphones?

July 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Will Nokia Succeed With Android Smartphones?

Nokia is reportedly getting ready to make a smartphone comeback with two high-end Android 7.0 Nougat devices. We already know that Nokia is plotting a return to the mobile market. The company revealed in May that it has signed an exclusive agreement with HMD Global, a new company also based in Finland, to create Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets for the next 10 years. Nokia’s comeback might happen in just a few months’ time, as NokiaPowerUser has heard that the firm is plotting... 

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Is ‘Air Conditioning’ The Solution To Survial On An Alien Planet?

July 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is ‘Air Conditioning’ The Solution To Survial On An Alien Planet?

Liquid water is required for life as we know it to evolve. So, in our ongoing quest to find “Earth 2.0,” the discovery of a rocky world possessing bodies of liquid water would be the Holy Grail for astronomers and astrobiologists alike. As we look for these worlds, we seek out exoplanets that orbit their stars within the “habitable zone” — the perfect distance where it’s not too hot or too cold for liquid water to exist. Where should we look for these special exoplanets?... 

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Google Launches New Cloud Natural Language API

July 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Launches New Cloud Natural Language API

Google’s intelligent cloud developer tools added new features with the launch of a new Cloud Natural Language API. The service is aimed at helping developers create applications that understand human language. It’s an important move for Google, as public cloud providers race to host new applications built with intelligent capabilities. Natural language processing allows developers to build apps that can tackle the challenging task of understanding how humans communicate. It is also... 

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Online Video Streaming Biting Into Dish Network Customer Base

July 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Online Video Streaming Biting Into Dish Network Customer Base

U.S. satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp reported an unexpected loss in pay-TV subscribers as more consumers increasingly opt for online video-streaming services. Dish said it lost 281,000 net pay-TV subscribers in the second quarter ended June 30, missing the average analyst estimate of a loss of 91,000 subscribers, according to market research firm FactSet StreetEstimate. However, average revenue per user rose to $89.98 from $87.91, helped by price increases for its video service. Dish raised... 

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Elon Musk Unveils ‘Master Plan’ For Future Tesla Motors Projects

July 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Elon Musk Unveils ‘Master Plan’ For Future Tesla Motors Projects

Tesla Motors Inc  Chief Executive Elon Musk has shared his ambitious plans to expand the company into electric trucks and buses, car sharing and solar energy systems. In a blog post titled “Master Plan, Part Deux,” Musk sketched a vision of an integrated carbon-free energy enterprise offering a wider range of vehicles, and products and services beyond electric cars and batteries. The newest elements of the strategy included plans to develop car and ride sharing programs as well as commercial... 

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Does M$ Have A Strategy For Windows?

July 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does M$ Have A Strategy For Windows?

As we reported earlier today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella proclaimed the virtues of its cloud computing platform. But he didn’t say very much about Windows at all. And, according to Seeking Alpha financial analyst Mark Hibben in a note to his clients, it’s almost as if Nadella has given up the ghost on the now long in the tooth operating system. He didn’t say much about smartphones either but admitted that Windows 10 won’t hit the one billion user mark. But there are another billion and a... 

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Qualcomm Appears To Be Back In The Black

July 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Appears To Be Back In The Black

Qualcomm has had a better than expected results in its Q3 earnings, beating street and even its own estimates. Qualcomm offered $5.2 billion to $6 billion revenue guidance and it managed to make $6 billion. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was projected at $0.90 – $1.00 and Qualcomm actually managed to make $1.16. The MSM chip shipments were guided at 175 million to 195 million while the company actually sold 201 million of these chips. Total reported device sales was expected to be between $52 billion and... 

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Kepler Finds Two Planets That May Support Alien Life

July 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Kepler Finds Two Planets That May Support  Alien Life

NASA’s Kepler space telescope has spotted four possibly rocky alien planets orbiting the same star, and two of these newfound worlds might be capable of supporting life. The four exoplanets circle a red dwarf — a star smaller and dimmer than the sun — called K2-72, which lies 181 light-years from Earth in the Aquarius constellation. All four worlds are between 20 percent and 50 percent wider than Earth, making them good candidates to be rocky, discovery team members said. Two of the four... 

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Google’s Transparency Reports Uptick In Governments Requesting User Data

July 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google’s Transparency Reports Uptick In Governments Requesting User Data

Government requests worldwide for user data related to search engine traffic on Google surged by 29% from 2014 to 2015, according to the search site’s most recent Transparency Report. Google reports on the government requests every six months. In the second half of 2015, it said it received more than 40,000 requests for data related to more than 81,000 user accounts; That compares to the first half of the year when Google received about 35,000 requests related to about 69,000 accounts. In... 

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GE Partners With Huawei Technologies To Develop Smart Machines

July 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
GE Partners With Huawei Technologies To Develop Smart Machines

General Electric Co announced that it would partner with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd  to develop smart machines designed to boost productivity, part of a drive to promote its “industrial internet” business in China. The U.S. industrial giant announced the partnership as it launched an $11 million digital space in Shanghai, where it plans to incubate start-ups and have developers work on new software applications to make machines more intelligent. The move is part of GE’s ambitious... 

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Microsoft Steps Up Pressure On Software Pirates, Files Lawsuits

July 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Steps Up Pressure On Software Pirates, Files Lawsuits

Microsoft last week stepped up its campaign to stop software pirates when it filed the fifth lawsuit in as many months accusing unidentified individuals with illegally activating more than 1,000 copies of Windows, including the newest Windows 10, and Office. The suit was filed in a Seattle court last Thursday. It was almost identical to others submitted since February, when Microsoft started a string of cases targeting numerous “John Does.” “Microsoft’s cyberforensics have identified... 

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