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Facebook Revenue Surges By 40 Percent

January 31, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Revenue Surges By 40 Percent

Facebook posted a revenue increase of 40 percent in the fourth quarter as the number of daily cellphone users exceeded daily Web users for the first time ever, the company reported. Revenue for the social networking company rose to US$1.59 billion in the quarter ended Dec. 31, up about 40 percent from $1.13 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011. The increase is a considerable uptick from the 32 percent year-over-year sales gain that Facebook posted in the third quarter of 2012. The site’s monthly... 

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AMD Releases The FX-4130 aka Vishera

January 31, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Releases The FX-4130 aka Vishera

Although it was detailed back in August last year, AMD has just now officially released its new “affordable” Vishera based FX-4130 quad-core socket AM3+ CPU. The new CPU is part of AMD’s 4100-series and is based on Vishera core design with four Piledriver cores. It works at 3.8GHz base clock and can “turbo” up to 3.9GHz. It packs 4MB of L2 and 4MB of L3 cache and has a 125W TDP. According to the slide over at Xbitlabs.com, the FX-4130 replaces the FX-4100 with the same... 

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Johns Hopkins Using Twitter To Track Flu Outbreaks

January 31, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Johns Hopkins Using Twitter To Track Flu Outbreaks

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are using Twitter to track what has been a particularly powerful flu season across the U.S. As people take to Twitter to complain about being sick with the flu and its dreaded symptoms, researchers are using those tweets to gather data about how the influenza epidemic is increasing or ebbing state to state. Since sick people tend to stay home in bed nursing their ailments, Twitter offers a new way to get real-time influenza data. “This new work demonstrates... 

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Nintendo Cuts Wii-U Forecast

January 31, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Nintendo Cuts Wii-U Forecast

Nintendo has cut forecasts for its consoles, expecting to sell 4 million Wii U units by the end of March – down from a prediction of 5.5 million units. It also said it projected 3DS sales to hit 15 million rather than 17.5 million and dropped DS expectations from 2.5 million to 2.3 million. “Wii U hardware sales have a negative impact on Nintendo’s profits” Nintendo statement The company has raised its full-year profits expectations to ¥14 billion ($153.8m) following the... 

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IBM’s Watson Goes To College

January 31, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM’s Watson Goes To College

Watson, IBM’s supercomputer that gained fame by beating a Jeopardy champion, is going to college to hone its skills. IBM said Wednesday that it will provide a modified version of an IBM Watson system to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. University scientists will use the supercomputer for research, but they also are expected to enhance the machine’s cognitive capabilities. The university is the first to receive a Watson system, and IBM executives are hoping it will be a... 

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Scientist Redefine Habitable Zone For Alien Planets

January 31, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Scientist Redefine Habitable Zone  For Alien Planets

One of the most important characteristics of an alien planet is whether or not it falls into what’s called the habitable zone ­— a Goldilocks-like range of not-too-close, not-too-far distances from the parent star that might allow the planet to host life. Now scientists have redefined the boundaries of the habitable zone for alien planets, potentially kicking out some exoplanaets that were thought to fall within it, and maybe allowing a few that had been excluded to squeeze in. “This... 

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Intel Will Not Support LTE On SoC Until 2014

January 30, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Will Not Support LTE On SoC Until 2014

Intel is working on integrated LTE modems for its upcoming SoC designs, but CEO Paul Otellini claims they will not be ready for prime time until 2014. In a recent conference call Otellini was directly asked about Intel’s plans for LTE integration and said “higher levels of integration” are expected next year. He went on to say that the first Intel-based phones with LTE should launch in early 2014, in time for the Mobile World Congress. Otellini said Intel’s wireless team, formerly a business... 

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DOJ, Homeland Security Asks Sprint-Softbank Deal To Be Delayed

January 30, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
DOJ, Homeland Security Asks Sprint-Softbank Deal To Be Delayed

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have requested more time to consider Softbank’s proposed takeover of Sprint Nextel, a move that may signal a rough road ahead for the US$20 billion deal. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, dated Monday, the DOJ asked the FCC to defer action on the deal because it hasn’t finished reviewing the proposal for national security, law enforcement and public safety issues. It filed the letter in conjunction... 

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YouTube Gearing Up To Offer Subscription Service

January 30, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
YouTube Gearing Up To Offer Subscription Service

YouTube, the video website owned by Google Inc, plans to offer paid subscriptions for some of its content later this year, according to a media report. YouTube has reached out to several video producers, asking them to submit applications to create for-pay “channels,” according to a report in AdAge that cited anonymous sources. The first such channels could be available to consumers by the second quarter for between $1 a month and $5 a month, AdAge reported. YouTube, the world’s... 

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Microsoft Launches Office For Consumers

January 30, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Launches Office For Consumers

Microsoft Corp debuted new Office software for home users on Tuesday, featuring constantly updated, online access to documents from all kinds of devices as the world’s largest software company attempts to tailor its most profitable product to a mobile generation. The new Office suite of applications – including desktop staples Outlook email, Excel, Word and PowerPoint – is aimed at home users rather than businesses, and is designed to extend Microsoft’s domination of the... 

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Hitachi Releases New Terabyte SAS Drive

January 30, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Hitachi Releases New Terabyte SAS Drive

Hitachi has released the first 1.2TB 10,000 RPM Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) hard drive for servers. Hitachi’s hard drive operation, which is now part of Western Digital, continues to develop server and workstation hard drives while its parent firm concentrates on units pitched at desktop and laptop computers. The firm, which was the first to introduce a 1TB hard drive back in 2007, has now surpassed that barrier with its 10,000 RPM 2.5in Ultrastar C10K1200 SAS drive. Hitachi slips a 64MB cache... 

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Star Cluster May Be Hiding Alien System

January 30, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Star Cluster May Be Hiding Alien System

At 150 light-years from Earth, the Hyades cluster is the nearest star cluster to Earth’s solar system and scientists have long wondered if some of those stars are home to alien planets. Now, that particular mystery might be solved. Astronomer Ben Zuckerman,  a physics and astronomy professor at UCLA, and his team have discovered evidence that the atmosphere of a white dwarf star in the Hyades cluster is “polluted” with rocky material from pulverized asteroids pulled into orbit... 

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RIM May Launch Two New BlackBerry Devices In February

January 29, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
RIM May Launch Two New BlackBerry Devices In February

Research In Motion has hinted that it will unveil two new handsets early next month to accompany the release of its BlackBerry 10 operating system. RIM is expected to unveil the phones at an event in New York City on Wednesday and will begin promoting BlackBerry 10 to consumers the following Sunday, Feb. 3, when it will air a TV commercial during the Super Bowl. The sporting event attracts one of the largest TV audiences of the year in America, and companies pay millions of dollars for a 30-second... 

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Is Apple Hiding Billions From The IRS?

January 29, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Is Apple Hiding Billions From The IRS?

According to Apple’s Q4 corporate filings, the company channeled $11 billion into tax havens in a single quarter. The Sunday Times claims the company is sheltering a total of $94 billion in tax havens. However, Apple’s activities are completely legal and the IRS can’t do anything about it. But Apple’s tax avoidance strategy is not limited to the US. The company is avoided an estimated £550 million in tax in Britain back in 2011. A different analysis suggests a £550 million tax bill. Let’s... 

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Nokia Plans To Roll Out Streaming Music Service

January 29, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Plans To Roll Out Streaming Music Service

Nokia plans to introduce in the first quarter of this year its Nokia Music+, a new subscription-based upgrade to its free-to-stream mobile music service. The paid service will offer unlimited downloads of sets of tunes or “Mixes” for offline playback, and unlimited track skips, Nokia said on Sunday. Nokia started offering last September in the U.S. its Nokia Music, a free music streaming service. The service will continue to be available free of charge, with no advertisements, registration... 

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