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Intel And Altera Play Lets Make a Deal

February 28, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel And Altera Play Lets Make a Deal

Intel’s contract foundry business has a new client, and it’s a big one. Altera formally signed up for Intel’s upcoming 14nm process on Monday. The company will build a big family of programmable gate arrays using Intel’s fabs. However, Intel’s 14nm process is still in development and it could be a couple of years before it starts churning out Altera’s next gen chips. Intel’s latest CPUs are built using the 22nm process, although quite a few chips are still 32nm. Altera CTO Misha Burich... 

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Groupon Forecast: “Underwhelming”

February 28, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Groupon Forecast: “Underwhelming”

Groupon Inc lost almost a quarter of its market value on Wednesday after the firm began to take a smaller cut of revenue on daily deals, sacrificing revenue and profits to attract and maintain merchants. “This raises questions about how these guys are going to be able to scale the business,” said Tom White, an analyst at Macquarie. “The forecast is underwhelming.” Groupon shares fell 22 percent to $4.65 in after hours trading on Wednesday. The Chicago-based company started... 

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LTE Smartphone Prices Falling Surprisingly Fast

February 28, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
LTE Smartphone Prices Falling Surprisingly Fast

Products from several smartphone makers and processors from the likes of Nvidia are aiding in drive down the cost of LTE-enabled devices. LTE smartphone shipments will grow from about 90 million units last year to 275 million in 2013, allowing the technology to take off on a grander scale and driving down device prices, according to market research company Strategy Analytics. There is a clear trend emerging for lower-cost, LTE-capable devices at Mobile World Congress, CCS Insight wrote in a research... 

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McAfee Goes Sandboxing

February 28, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Computing
McAfee Goes Sandboxing

McAfee has integrated sandboxing technology into its upcoming anti-virus security software that it claimed will automatically block hard to detect malware samples and unearth zero day attacks. Announcing the news at the RSA conference this week in San Francisco, McAfee said it has acquired the technology from anti-malware software firm Validedge to help broaden its software portfolio. “The acquired technology provides advanced threat detection by running suspected malware in a ‘sandbox’... 

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Facebook To Patch Bug That Leaks Users Phone Numbers

February 28, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook To Patch Bug That Leaks Users Phone Numbers

Facebook is rolling out a patch to fix a rare bug in its API that had apparently been giving out users’ phone numbers to application developers. The glitch, which was first reported back in June 2012, was affecting the email field in some mobile apps accessing Facebook’s API (application programming interface). During the registration process users would give the developer permission to access their email address on file with Facebook. But instead of returning an email address, the app’s... 

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Intel Goes Apache Hadoop

February 28, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Goes Apache Hadoop

Intel has released its Apache Hadoop distribution, claiming significant performance benefits through its hardware and software optimisation. Intel’s push into the datacentre has largely been visible with its Xeon chips but the firm works pretty hard on software as well, including contributing to open source projects such as the Linux kernel and Apache’s Hadoop to ensure that its chips win benchmark tests. Now Intel has released its Apache Hadoop distribution, the third major revision... 

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Will Next-Gen Console Games See A Price Increase?

February 27, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Next-Gen Console Games See A Price Increase?

With the PlayStation 4 unveiled and rumors swirling that Microsoft is preparing to announce a new Xbox in April, next-gen is all the buzz right now. These are massive investments from the respective platform holders, and under the old “razor and blades” model the hope is to make back much of the money on software. And since some of that software is going to cost a good deal more to develop (although not as much as some think, says Hermen Hulst) should consumers be worried that $69.99... 

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Twitter Plans To Offer App For Firefox OS

February 27, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Plans To Offer App For Firefox OS

Twitter plans to offer an official app to run on the new Firefox OS, in a huge endorsement of the operating system. Mozilla said that 18 operators were supporting the new operating system. Alcatel One Touch, LG Electronics and ZTE are planning to roll out phones built around Firefox OS starting this summer, with devices from Huawei Technologies expected later in the year. The Twitter for Firefox OS app will be available in the Firefox Marketplace when the devices begin to ship, Twitter said in... 

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HP Commits To Introducing More Tablets

February 27, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
HP Commits To Introducing More Tablets

Hewlett-Packard garnered attention at Mobile World Congress show with its new Slate 7-inch tablet and then the sale of webOS assets, but the company is looking to put past distractions behind and will release more tablets in the future, the company said. “You can expect going forward [to release] a family of products,” said Shane Wall, chief technology officer at Hewlett-Packard’s mobility group, in an interview at MWC. The mobility trade show is being held in Barcelona from Feb.... 

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Microsoft Releases IE 10 To More Users

February 27, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Releases IE 10 To More Users

Microsoft Corp released Internet Explorer 10 to millions of new users on Tuesday, betting the latest version of its market-leading browser will help them regain customers who have migrated to Google Inc’s Chrome and help it establish a toe-hold in the fast-growing mobile browser market. The world’s largest software maker, whose Internet Explorer browser elbowed out Netscape Navigator in the early days of the web, said IE 10 is 20 percent faster at downloading sites than its predecessor... 

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AMD Debuts R5K

February 27, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Debuts R5K

AMD has released its Firepro R5000 graphics card that has video over IP capabilities. AMD typically promotes its workstation class Firepro cards using CAD/CAM software, however this time the company is relying on remote viewing as the big selling point for its latest workstation graphics card. AMD’s Firepro R5000 has a GPU that uses its Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and Teradici PC video over IP technology to send graphics output over the network. AMD used its Pitcarin GPU coupled to... 

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AMD Talks PS4

February 27, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
AMD Talks PS4

Since Sony decided to keep it simple and talk about games and everything except the actual hardware inside the Playstation 4, AMD’s John Taylor not only decided to write a blog post and elaborate on it, but also gave quite a good hint on what we can expect in the near future. First of all, we noticed that John Taylor, previously working as Director of GBU Marketing has now become the Vice President of Global Communications and Industry Marketing at AMD, so we are quite sure that we will see... 

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Verizon Seeks First International LTE Roaming Partner

February 26, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Seeks First International LTE Roaming Partner

Verizon Wireless expects to sign its first international roaming agreement later this year for customers of its fastest wireless service who travel abroad, according to a top executive for the No. 1 U.S. mobile provider. While Verizon Wireless has 200 partnerships with overseas operators for its older, third-generation mobile service, it has not yet been able to establish agreements for its fourth-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) data service, which was first offered in the United States in late... 

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Will The Real PS4 Debut At E3?

February 26, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will The Real PS4 Debut At E3?

The fact that Sony didn’t show the actual PlayStation 4 hardware at the press conference yesterday has met with more than a little wonder. The company did show off the new DualShock 4 controller, but didn’t show even a mock-up of the final PS4 console, and this has made many question Sony’s decision to announce the PS4 at all. Sony will apparently debut the actual PS4 hardware in June at E3, according to a number of sites on the Internet. This seems to be logical, because if Sony doesn’t have... 

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LG Acquires webOS From HP

February 26, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
LG Acquires webOS From HP

Hewlett-Packard has sold some of the rights to its webOS mobile operating system to LG Electronics for use in smart TVs manufactured by the South Korean electronics giant. LG has agreed to acquire the source code, webOS engineering team and other assets from HP, in a deal announced on Monday. LG will also license HP patents related to webOS and cloud technology, the companies said. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. HP acquired the mobile operating system, along with device maker... 

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