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Intel Makes Changes To It’s RoadMap

November 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Makes Changes To It’s RoadMap

Intel will upgrade its entry-level desktop Pentium and Celeron product lines in the first quarter of 2013. The move has been revealed in an updated roadmap found by Digitimes. It appears that in the first quarter, Intel will launch Ivy Bridge-based 22nm Pentium G2130, G2020 and G2020T and Celeron G1620, G1610 and G1610T processors, while its existing Sandy Bridge-based 32nm Pentium G870, G645 and G645T as well as Celeron G555, G550 and G550T will be phased out of the market. Intel wants no more... 

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VISA Is Creating A New Global IT Center In Austin, Texas

November 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
VISA Is Creating A New Global IT Center In Austin, Texas

Credit card network Visa USA has plans to create a global IT center in Austin, Texas, and hire about 800 workers to run it. Under an agreement with the state, Visa intends to renovate 175,000 square feet of office space in Visa, and to invest $27.2 million by the end of 2015. In exchange, Visa is getting state and local assistance, including $7.9 million through a state enterprise program. The amount of aid is based on what the state expects to receive in increased sales tax revenue. There are strings... 

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Sprint To Charge Its Nextel Users An Extra Monthly Fee

November 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint To Charge Its Nextel Users An Extra Monthly Fee

Showing that it means business about phasing out its venerable iDEN network and traditional push-to-talk service, Sprint Nextel now plans to charge all subscribers on that system an extra $10 per month beginning January 1. Sprint has started informing subscribers of the upcoming charge, Sprint spokesman Mark Bonavia confirmed on Thursday. The cost of monthly plans under the Nextel and PowerSource brands will cost $10 more, Bonavia wrote in an email message. Plans for devices that run on Sprint’s... 

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Autodesk Finally Rolls Out Fusion 360

November 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Autodesk Finally Rolls Out Fusion 360

Autodesk has unveiled Fusion 360, a cloud based version of its 3D engineering software suite that allows designers to collaborate on 3D product designs. Fusion 360 is what the firm calls the world’s first “comprehensive cloud-based 3D modelling offering” and offers access from any location at any time from mobile devices or web browsers. Putting “data at the centre of the design experience”, the software also supports an open design environment, allowing designers to... 

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RIM Shares Jump As Investors Take A Second Look

November 30, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
RIM Shares Jump As Investors Take A Second Look

A wave of optimism regarding the launch of Research In Motion’s remodeled BlackBerry line picked up momentum on Thursday with Goldman Sachs raising its rating on the smartphone maker and setting off a surge in its share price. The brokerage firm joined a growing chorus of analysts who have warmed to the prospects of a successful introduction of the new BlackBerry 10 devices, which RIM hopes will let it claw back market share lost to Apple Inc’s iPhone and smartphones powered by Google’s... 

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Astronomers Find Biggest Supermassive Black Hole To Date

November 30, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Biggest Supermassive Black Hole To Date

Astronomers have discovered what may be the most massive black hole ever known in a small galaxy about 250 million light-years from Earth, scientists say. The supermassive black hole has a mass equivalent to 17 billion suns and is located inside the galaxy NGC 1277 in the constellation Perseus. It makes up about 14 percent of its host galaxy’s mass, compared with the 0.1 percent a normal black hole would represent, scientists said. “This is a really oddball galaxy,” said study team... 

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Is Asus Working On Another Cheap Sub $100 Dollar Tablet?

November 29, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Is Asus Working On Another  Cheap Sub $100 Dollar Tablet?

Asus is said to be working on a new Jelly Bean tablet, but unlike its high end Transformer series, the 7-incher will go after the cheap and cheerful market. According to iAfrica, the official model number is ME-172V and the device features a dual-core VIA processor with Mali 400 graphics, 1GB of memory and a 1024×600 screen. Up to 8GB of storage is also expected, along with a microSD slot. No headline grabbing specs to speak of, but that’s beside the point. The tablet is said to cost 2,000... 

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Nokia To Seek Ban On Sales Of Some RIM Products

November 29, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nokia To Seek Ban On Sales Of Some RIM Products

Nokia has requested that a California court enforce an arbitration award that would block Research In Motion from selling products with wireless LAN capabilities until the companies can agree on patent royalty rates. Nokia and RIM both declined to comment on Nokia’s request, a copy of which was obtained by IDG News Service, but such a filing is typically made after two parties settle a dispute through arbitration but one party does not follow through on the agreement. The arbitration took place... 

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Amazon Debuts Data Warehouse Service

November 29, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Amazon Debuts Data Warehouse Service

Adding to an already considerable set of cloud IT offerings, Amazon has unveiled a hosted data warehouse service called Redshift, pitching it as a lower-cost alternative to on-premise data warehouse deployments. “Anyone who has used a traditional old-guard data warehouse solution knows that it is really expensive and complicated to manage,” said Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon Web services, who announced the new offering at the company’s AWS re: Invent conference being... 

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Is AMD Selling Property To Stay Afloat?

November 29, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is AMD Selling Property To Stay Afloat?

AMD is planning to sell its Austin campus and lease it back to generate funds. AMD reportedly had brought in management consultants and investment bank JP Morgan to look over a potential sale of the firm but it is looking to more short term measures to generate cash. The firm plans to sell its Austin campus and lease it back to unlock funds for operations. While AMD is headquartered in California, most of the firm’s core employees are based in Austin, Texas. The company has already sold off... 

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Teens Increasingly Using Mobile Phones For Homework

November 29, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Teens Increasingly Using Mobile Phones For Homework

More than a third of tweens and young teenagers in the United States said they are using smartphones to complete their homework, according to a survey released on Wednesday, with Hispanic students using them more than African-Americans or whites. “These middle school students are using mobile devices for more than entertainment purposes,” said Kristi Sarmiento, research director at TRU, in an interview. “They have grown up with this technology.” Smartphones were used at home... 

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Can CFCs Help Find Alien Life?

November 29, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can CFCs Help Find Alien Life?

Hairspray might one day serve as the sign that aliens have reshaped distant worlds, researchers say. Such research to find signs of alien technology is now open to funding from the public. Science fiction has long imagined that humans could transform hostile alien worlds into livable ones, a procedure known as terraforming. For instance, to colonize Mars, scientists have suggested warming the red planet and thickening its extraordinarily thin atmosphere so that humans can roam its surface without... 

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Google Integrates Gmail And Cloud Storage Service

November 28, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Integrates Gmail And Cloud Storage Service

Gmail users can now attach files up to 10GB in size by selecting them from the Google Drive cloud storage service. Gmail announced the new capability on its blog on Tuesday, stating that feature allows for attachments that are 400 times larger that Gmail users previously could have used. “Also, because you’re sending a file stored in the cloud, all your recipients will have access to the same, most-up-to-date version,” wrote Phil Sharp, a Google product manager, in the blog post. In... 

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Will HP Get Sued Over The Autonomy Fiasco?

November 28, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will HP Get Sued Over The Autonomy Fiasco?

HP is in the process of being sued by an angry investor who claims the company knew statements about its Autonomy acquisition were misleading and led the stock to fall. A proposed class action lawsuit was filed in a San Francisco federal court. HP bought British software firm Autonomy for a $11.1 billion last year but made an $8.8 billion write-down on its acquisition claiming the company inflated sales with improper accounting. Autonomy co-founder Mike Lynch has denied any wrongdoing. The lawsuit,... 

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Asus Delaying Line Of Dual-screen Ultrabooks

November 28, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Asus Delaying Line Of Dual-screen Ultrabooks

Asustek has pushed back U.S. shipments for its dual-screen Taichi ultrabooks, which were available for order from retail sites like Amazon, Newegg and TigerDirect. The Taichi tablet-laptop hybrid has an innovative design with two screens, one on the front and one on the back of a display panel. At first glance, it looks like a laptop with an 11.6-inch touchscreen, but closing the laptop activates another 11.6-inch touchscreen on the back of the panel for the device to become a tablet. Taichi was... 

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