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Google + Enjoying Huge Increase in Usage

July 31, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google + Enjoying Huge Increase in Usage

Social network Google+, which turned a year old last month, has seen its user base take a dramatic jump in the past six to seven months, according to comScore, an Internet traffic monitor. According to comScore, total unique visitors to Google+ in the U.S. went from 15.2 million in November 2011 to 27.7 million in June of this year. That’s a jump of 82%. Worldwide, Google+ visitors jumped from 66.7 million to 110.7 million in the same time period, marking a 66% increase, comScore reported. “That’s... 

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Microsoft Gives Loot To Hackers

July 31, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Gives Loot To Hackers

Microsoft has given out more than $250,000 in prize money to Black Hat hackers who found ways to protect its software. Redmond’s first Blue Hat prize were unveiled at a hip club at a mobbed party complete with dancers, high-energy DJ, and explosions of shimmering confetti. The top prize of $200,000 went to doctoral student Vasilis Pappas. Pappas came up with a method to countering “the most popular attack technique” that Redmond is seeing at the moment. This is called Return-Oriented... 

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Panasonic Develops Artificial Photosynthesis Process

July 31, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Panasonic Develops Artificial Photosynthesis  Process

Panasonic said on Monday it has created a new system for artificial photosynthesis that can remove carbon dioxide from the air almost as well as plants do, as part of the company’s entry into an industry-wide trend toward greener tech. The company said its system uses nitride semiconductors, which are widely used in LEDs (light-emitting diodes) to convert light to energy, and a metal catalyst to convert carbon dioxide and water to formic acid, which is widely used in dyes, leather production... 

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Mexican Company Outsourcing IT To US Company

July 31, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Mexican Company Outsourcing IT To US Company

Mexico’s top cement maker Cemex is outsourcing jobs worldwide to IBM in a deal that will result in a savings of $1 billion over 10 years, the latest bid by the company to cut costs and stregthen its financial health. Cemex, which was swamped by the collapse of the U.S. housing market after paying out some $16 billion to buy Australian peer Rinker, has been working its way out of a deep debt hole for the past three years. Cemex Chief Financial Officer Fernando Gonzalez told Reuters that the... 

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EA Still Dedicated To E3 For Now

July 31, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
EA Still Dedicated To E3 For Now

The ESA has confirmed that E3 will remain in the city of Los Angeles for at least the next three years, with next year’s show taking place from “June 11-13, 2013, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, L.A. LIVE and a plethora of venues throughout downtown Los Angeles and the City.” Speculation had been rife that the event’s venue would be changing, after the LA Convention Center was scheduled to for demolition to make way for a new sports arena, Farmer’s Field. Now,... 

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Saturn’s Iapetus Encounters A Landslide

July 31, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Saturn’s Iapetus Encounters A Landslide

Long landslides spotted on Saturn’s moon, Iapetus, could help provide clues to similar movements of material on Earth. Scientists studying the icy satellite have determined that flash heating could cause falling ice to travel 10 to 15 times farther than previously expected on Iapetus. Extended landslides can be found on Mars and Earth, but are more likely to be composed of rock than ice. Despite the differences in materials, scientists believe there could be a link between the long-tumbling... 

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Zuckerberg Squashes Facebook Mobile Phone Rumors

July 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Zuckerberg Squashes Facebook Mobile Phone Rumors

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company doesn’t have any plans to develop a Facebook-branded smartphone during a conference call with financial analysts and reporters last week. Building a phone, he said, “wouldn’t really make much sense for us to do.” Zuckerberg also said, however, that the company is looking to make the mobile Facebook experience more complete, and that he wants to “support a development ecosystem, where other apps can build on top of Facebook.” The... 

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Does Wall Street Want Facebook’s Zuckerberg Booted?

July 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Does Wall Street Want Facebook’s Zuckerberg Booted?

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is already managing to do what it took Steve Ballmer 10 years as a CEO to archive – a general call for him to step down. While he has not been ruling Facebook as a publicly listed company for very long, Zuckerberg appears to have sailed up the nasal passages of Wall Street. To be fair most people in Wall Street are used to having things up their nasal passages but it seems that Zuckerberg is really getting their goat. According to a Reuters op-ed, by John C Abell... 

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Shipping Delays Continue To Plague Google’s Nexus 7 Tablet

July 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Shipping Delays Continue To Plague Google’s Nexus 7  Tablet

Delays are plaguing Google’s Nexus 7 tablet with 16GB of storage as some retailers have discontinued accepting orders or delayed shipments of the product. The tablet has been unavailable on Google’s website since the middle of last week after running out of stock, and was still not available for order on the Google Play store as of Friday. Availability of the tablet is becoming even tougher as retailers like Staples and Office Depot have stopped taking online orders, while Game Stop... 

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Is Blizzard In Support Of Windows 8?

July 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Blizzard In Support Of Windows 8?

Valve ‘boss’ Gabe Newell caused quite a stir this week when he remarked during a talk at Casual Connect in Seattle that Microsoft’s Windows 8 is “kind of a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space.” Some are saying that Windows 8 is the next “Vista” and that it’s not too friendly for consumers or developers. Recently, Rob Pardo, executive vice president of game design at Blizzard, took to Twitter to endorse Newell’s comment. Pardo commented on... 

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Google Admits It Didn’t Delete Street View Data After All

July 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Admits It Didn’t Delete Street View Data After All

Google Inc said on Friday it had not kept its promise to get rid of all the personal data, such as emails, its Street View cars collected in Britain and other countries in 2010. The U.S. company admitted in May 2010 that its vehicles, which photograph neighborhoods to create street level images, had accidentally collected data from unsecured wireless networks used by residents in more than 30 countries. The failure to comply with a promise to delete all the data was notified to Britain’s Information... 

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Many Vampire Stars Exist In The Milky Way Galaxy

July 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Many Vampire Stars Exist In The Milky Way Galaxy

A surprising number of massive stars in our Milky Way galaxy are part of close stellar duos, a new study finds, but most of these companion stars have turbulent relationships — with one “vampire star” sucking gas from the other, or the two stars violently merging to form a single star. Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile studied massive O-type stars, which are very hot and incredibly bright. These stars, which have surface temperatures... 

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New Apple Mac Malware Discovered

July 27, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
New Apple Mac Malware Discovered

Dubbed Crisis the malware is particularly nasty as it does not need any user help to install itself and can hide itself from virus protection and detection applications. The trojan runs on OS X 10.6 and 10.7, and continues to run after system reboots. If the Mac user has Root access Crisis will install additional components which make it even harder to find. Intego’s Lysa Myers said that the trojan was written in such a way to make it difficult to reverse engineer. While this anti-analysis technique... 

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Apple Projected To Be The Top Chip Buyer In 2012

July 27, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Apple Projected To Be The Top Chip Buyer In 2012

Apple will be the world’s biggest chip buyer this year because of the surge in demand for the company’s products, allowing it to command lower prices and quicker delivery, IHS iSuppli said in research released on Wednesday. The company’s spending on chips will grow as competitors scale back or slow down spending on chips used in products such as computers, smartphones, tablets and other electronics, the research firm said. Apple will spend an estimated $28 billion on semiconductors... 

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Google Introducing ‘Fiberhoods’ To Kansas City,MO.

July 27, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Introducing ‘Fiberhoods’ To Kansas City,MO.

Google Fiber broadband service in Kansas City, Mo., will cost $70 per month for 1Gbps Internet access and $120 per month for that service plus TV, the company stated on Thursday. Even residents who don’t want to pay for the fast service will benefit from the project: For a one-time $300 construction fee, which can be paid in installments, they will be able to get free broadband at speeds comparable to DSL (digital subscriber line) service — 5Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream. But neighborhoods... 

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