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BlackBerry Adding More Support For Android Apps

November 29, 2013 by   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Adding More Support For Android Apps

BlackBerry is making it easier for Android apps to run on its latest mobile phones. A recent upgrade to its developer tools has reduced the amount of work required to get an Android app working on the BlackBerry 10 operating system, and changes coming in early 2014 will allow some Android apps to run directly without any changes. BlackBerry 10 is based on a real-time operating system called QNX but has had a level of compatibility with Android since it was launched earlier this year. A “runtime”... 

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Program Allow Computers To Gain Common Sense

November 29, 2013 by   | Category: Computing
Program Allow Computers To Gain Common Sense

Even though it may appear PCs are getting dumbed down as we see constant images of cats playing the piano or dogs playing in the snow, one computer is doing the same and getting smarter and smarter. A computer cluster running the so-called the Never Ending Image Learner at Carnegie Mellon University runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week searching the Internet for images, studying them on its own and building a visual database. The process, scientists say, is giving the computer an increasing amount... 

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Take-Two Interactive Takes Out Icahn

November 29, 2013 by   | Category: Around The Net
Take-Two Interactive Takes Out Icahn

Take-Two Interactive Software has repurchased all of the Icahn Group’s stock, a deal worth $203.5 million and involving 12.02 million shares. “This share repurchase reflects our confidence in the Company’s outlook for record results in fiscal 2014 and continued Non-GAAP profitability every year for the foreseeable future,” said Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick. “With our ample cash and strong expected cash flow, we are able to pursue a variety of investment opportunities,... 

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Nokia Seeks Market Share Boost With Low-end Smartphones

November 29, 2013 by   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Seeks Market Share Boost With Low-end Smartphones

Nokia is betting  that availability of its low-end Lumia 525 in countries like China and Russia will soon give its smartphone sales a boost. The phone is a variant, though not an outright successor, of the Lumia 520, and helps Nokia offer Windows Phone at a more accessible price to a larger number of users, a spokeswoman said via email. The smartphone will go on sale before the end of the year in China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Singapore and Russia. In China, it is priced at 1099 yuan ($180)... 

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Acer Introduces First Chromebook With Touchscreen For $299.99

November 27, 2013 by   | Category: Computing
Acer Introduces First Chromebook With Touchscreen For $299.99

Acer introduced the first Chromebook laptop with a touchscreen for US$299.99, which is about $100 more than the company’s cheapest non-touch model. The C720P Touchscreen Chromebook has an 11.6-inch touchscreen, which displays images at a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The lightweight laptop offers roughly seven-and-a-half hours of battery life and runs on an Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on the Haswell microarchitecture. Chromebooks are laptops for those who do most of their computing... 

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Micron Receives Cash Infusion

November 27, 2013 by   | Category: Computing
Micron Receives Cash Infusion

Investor David Einhorn is using his hedge fund Greenlight Capital to buy a stake of about 23.02 million shares in US memory chipmaker Micron Technology. This means his outfit owns two percent of Micron. Einhorn has gone on record saying that Micron stands to benefit from industry consolidation. This comment resulted in a rally in Micron’s shares. However, Micron has some serious challenges. At the end of July, Micron, based in Boise, Idaho, completed its acquisition of failed Japanese memory... 

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Apple Acquires PrimeSense, 3D Sensing Company

November 27, 2013 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Acquires PrimeSense, 3D Sensing Company

Apple has purchased  PrimeSense, a developer of 3-D sensors that allow devices to respond to the environment in three dimensions. It is not known for which applications Apple aims to use the PrimeSense technology or the price it has paid for the Tel Aviv, Israel, company. Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet emailed the company’s standard statement after an acquisition. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,”... 

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New Jersey Approves Online Gambling

November 27, 2013 by   | Category: Around The Net
New Jersey Approves Online Gambling

Gamblers across New Jersey will be able to began betting online beginning at midnight after state regulators on Monday approved 13 internet gaming websites run by six Atlantic City casinos. If a five-day test phase has been any indication, demand in the state of nearly 9 million people could be high. The total number of players logging on hit 10,000 during the first three days of 24-hour testing, regulators said. New Jersey is the third U.S. state, but by far the most populous, to roll out online gaming.... 

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Is AMD’s Mantle Gaining Steam?

November 27, 2013 by   | Category: Computing
Is AMD’s Mantle Gaining Steam?

AMD has announced that its proprietary Mantle graphics API is attracting more interest as some big names sign up. Rebellion Entertainment has entered the game with its Asura engine and officially adopted Mantle for their upcoming Sniper Elite V3. It looks like the first title that will be supported by Mantle will be Sniper Elite 3. So far no one is saying what advantage there will be for Asura to run on Mantle, it seems likely that it will give boosts in performance as well as enhanced graphics quality.... 

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Can Curiosity’s Issues Be Resolved Soon?

November 27, 2013 by   | Category: Around The Net
Can Curiosity’s Issues Be Resolved Soon?

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has stopped gathering data for a few days while engineers investigate an electrical problem that cropped up over the weekend. On Sunday (Nov. 17), the mission team noticed a change in the voltage difference between the body of the Curiosity rover and its electricity-distributing power bus. They suspect that the culprit may be a “soft short,” a sort of electrical leak through partially conductive material (as opposed to a “hard short,” which... 

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Do The Xbox One And PS4 Face A Generation Gap?

November 26, 2013 by   | Category: Gaming
Do The Xbox One And PS4 Face A Generation Gap?

In less than a week, both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One will have launched in the world’s most lucrative console markets. If you had to plant a flag to mark the start of a new generation, you’d do well to find a more appropriate spot. Well, praise be. Microsoft was justifiably lambasted for its early direction and messaging, but the ill-feeling created by that string of fumbled choices was untroubled by all subsequent attempts to retrench and appease. Since then, Sony has walked... 

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Samsung Upgrades Galaxy Grand Smartphone

November 26, 2013 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Upgrades Galaxy Grand Smartphone

Samsung Electronics has updated its large-screen smartphone, the Galaxy Grand, with a quad-core processor and a larger HD screen. The Galaxy Grand 2 has a number of hardware improvements over the first Grand, which was announced last December. The Grand 2’s processor has four cores, twice as many as its predecessor’s, but runs at the same speed, 1.2GHz. Its screen measures 5.25 inches across the diagonal and can display HD video with a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels, an improvement... 

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Is SAP Searching In The Clouds?

November 26, 2013 by   | Category: Computing
Is SAP Searching In The Clouds?

Esoteric business software maker, which no one is really certain what it does, SAP is debating whether to accelerate moving more of its business to the cloud. The move would be a change in strategy which might initially have only a small impact on its sales. Co-chief executive Jim Hagemann-Snabe said the change would generate more sales by 2017 particularly in markets like the US where there is a big push onto the cloud. Talking to a Morgan Stanley investor conference this morning, Hagemann-Snabe... 

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Nokia Gets Ready For Next-gen Virtualized Mobile Networks

November 26, 2013 by   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Gets Ready For Next-gen Virtualized Mobile Networks

Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) and Korean operator SK Telecom have shown the potential for virtualizing the core of a mobile network, which will make it easier for operators to roll out new services. Virtualization and cloud-based services have changed enterprise systems’ architecture and management. Mobile operators’ desire for the same advantages in their networks has given rise to the concept of NFV (network functions virtualization). The goal is to move away from the proprietary... 

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Is Intel Expanding?

November 26, 2013 by   | Category: Computing
Is Intel Expanding?

Even if it means that it will be the first to make ARM’s 64-bit chips, Intel said that it wants to expand its contract foundry work. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said he would expand his company’s small contract manufacturing business, paving the way for more chipmakers to tap into the world’s most advanced process technology. Krzanich told analysts that he planned to step up the company’s foundry work, effectively giving Intel’s process technology to its rivals. He said that company’s... 

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