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Top Developers Want To Take Smart Watches Mainstream In 2014

December 31, 2013 by   | Category: Around The Net
Top Developers Want To Take Smart Watches Mainstream In 2014

When International CES opens in Las Vegas in early January, a flury of wearable computing devices, including smartwatches, will be rolled out. The fledgling smartwatch market is tiny compared to that for smartphones, or even wearable devices like Google Glass or smart bands that cater to fitness and health-monitoring needs. Still, the smartwatch phenomenon promises to blossom in 2014 as experts expect Google to launch a model by summer followed by Apple sometime in the fall. Even Microsoft is reportedly... 

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Sony Reverses Course, Decides Not To Sell Battery Unit

December 31, 2013 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony Reverses Course, Decides Not To Sell Battery Unit

Japan’s Sony Corp has changed its mind and decided not to sell its lithium-ion battery unit.  Instead Sony has decided to take a chance at turning the business around with a weak yen and growing demand for smart phone batteries. In addition to a weak yen, which can boost overseas earnings, the battery unit is also seeing increased demand for some of its new products, the Nikkei business daily reported. For the past two years Sony had been planning to offload the unit, which was a pioneer... 

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Reddit In Pursuit Of Profits

December 31, 2013 by   | Category: Around The Net
Reddit In Pursuit Of Profits

Social news hub Reddit enjoyed a major get when it interviewed Barack Obama last year. The big get for 2013 was reaching 90 million unique visitors a month, according to the company, on par with the likes of eBay. This season, even Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates joined its Secret Santa gift exchange. Now, the self-dubbed “Front Page of the Internet” is going for a milestone it has been trying to reach since its founding in 2005: profitability. After years of experimenting... 

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Are 4GB LPDDR4 Smartphones Coming Next Year?

December 31, 2013 by   | Category: Mobile
Are 4GB LPDDR4 Smartphones Coming Next Year?

A modern phone with 2GB of memory works just fine and since all Android chips and the OS itself support 32-bit mode only, it doesn’t makes much sense to jump over 3.5GB anytime soon. Still, 64-bit support for Android might be coming after all and Samsung has a solution for people who want more than 3GB on their phone. Samsung has announced the first 8 gigabit (Gb) 4GB RAM module based on low power double data rate 4 (LPDDR4 memory). It is a 20nm chip and has the lowest energy consumption and higher... 

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Intel Goes With A 16 Year Old

December 31, 2013 by   | Category: Computing
Intel Goes With A 16 Year Old

Intel has hired the youngest intern in the company’s long history, 16-year-old Joe Hudy. Intel says Hudy will be working in its New Devices Group, which develops all sorts of gadgets. Hudy will join the intern programme this summer. Hudy has been in the news before. Last year he attended the White House Science Fair and met US President Barack Obama. At the fair he demonstrated a homemade marshmallow cannon, which amused the president, although the First Lady would probably prefer an organic vegetable... 

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Audi Makes A Deal With The Devil

December 31, 2013 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Audi Makes A Deal With The Devil

Google and Audi are developing in-car entertainment and information systems according to the Wall Street Journal. The infotainment systems are reportedly based on Nvidia silicon which is hardly surprising as Nvidia already has a few interesting design wins in this niche market. The connected car system chip market is expected to hit $1.6 billion by 2020, so there is plenty of room for growth. However, the vast majority of auto makers have been reluctant to embrace Android, as they prefer proprietary... 

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Did Crowd Funding Make A Bang In Gaming In 2013?

December 30, 2013 by   | Category: Gaming
Did Crowd Funding Make A Bang In Gaming In 2013?

What’s the most exciting thing that has happened to games during 2013? There are lots of candidates, all of them equally valid depending on your perspective and personal interests. The launch of new console hardware, perhaps; or the continuing meteoric rise of tablet and smartphone gaming. The deluge of microconsoles perhaps, none terribly successful but their very profusion pointing the way to the future ubiquity of game hardware (maybe). Oculus Rift, the really rather effective realisation... 

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CTIA Debuts Website That Shows Apps Data Usage

December 30, 2013 by   | Category: Mobile
CTIA Debuts Website That Shows Apps Data Usage

A new website unveiled by mobile trade group CTIA shows smartphone and tablet users how much data is used by popular apps. KnowMyApp.org, launched by CTIA late last week, allows mobile device owners to estimate an app’s data usage before it’s downloaded. This is the first tool allowing consumers to learn about an app’s data usage before downloading it, although there are tools available to measure an app’s data use after downloading, CTIA said. CTIA has also aimed KnowMyApp.org... 

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Snapchat Security Flaw Allows Users, Phone Number Match

December 30, 2013 by   | Category: Mobile
Snapchat Security Flaw Allows Users, Phone Number Match

A security vulnerability in popular photo messaging service Snapchat could allow attackers to locate the phone numbers of many users in a short period of time, according to Gibson Security, a computer security research group. The researchers published proof-of-concept code that abuses a legitimate feature of the Snapchat API (application programming interface) called “find_friends” to iterate through a large number of phone numbers and match them to Snapchat accounts. Gibson Security... 

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Intel’s Salt Bay Caught In The Wild

December 30, 2013 by   | Category: Computing
Intel’s Salt Bay Caught In The Wild

Over the past year or so Intel shipped around quite a few phone prototypes to its R&D centers around the globe, including Salt Bay and Red Hook Bay devices. Red Hook Bay benchmarks appeared a year ago and the device was Medfield based, but nothing became of it. Medfield was not slow, but it was not very efficient, either. It also lacked LTE support. However, Salt Bay is a Merrifield test platform and a year later it was its turn to show up in some benchmarks. Italian mobile news site Tutto... 

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Mobile Carriers Could’ve Thwarted NSA Ability To Spy

December 30, 2013 by   | Category: Mobile
Mobile Carriers Could’ve Thwarted NSA Ability To Spy

The world’s mobile phone carriers have failed to make use of technology fixes available since 2008 that would have inhibited the National Security Agency’s ability to eavesdrop on many mobile phone calls, a cyber security expert says. Karsten Nohl, chief scientist with Berlin’s Security Research Labs, told Reuters ahead of a highly anticipated talk at a conference in Germany that his firm discovered the issue while reviewing security measures implemented by mobile operators around... 

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Was 2013 The Year Of Alien World Discoveries?

December 30, 2013 by   | Category: Around The Net
Was 2013 The Year Of Alien World Discoveries?

While astronomers didn’t bag that elusive first “alien Earth” in 2013, they made plenty of exciting exoplanet discoveries during the past year. Here’s a list of the top exoplanet finds of 2013, from a tiny world about the size of Earth’s moon to a blue gas giant on which it rains molten glass: The smallest exoplanet In February, astronomers announced the discovery of Kepler-37b, the smallest alien world ever found around a sun-like star. The planet is about 2,400 miles... 

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Venture Capitalist Propose Splitting CA Into Six Different States

December 27, 2013 by   | Category: Around The Net
Venture Capitalist Propose Splitting CA Into Six Different States

A prominent venture capitalist has put forth a plan to divide California into six new states, including one called “Silicon Valley” that would stretch from San Francisco to San Jose and include the entire region where many of the biggest tech companies have their headquarters. The plan by Tim Draper, who was an early backer of Skype, Baidu and Hotmail, faces multiple hurdles and would require significant support from among the state’s 38 million  residents, and from the rest of... 

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Bosch Interested In ‘The Internet Of Things’, Creates New Division

December 27, 2013 by   | Category: Around The Net
Bosch Interested In ‘The Internet Of Things’, Creates New Division

Bosch, widely known as a maker of appliances, including stoves, dishwashers, washing machines and coffee makers, is expanding its focus to include the Internet of Things. Germany-based Bosch has created a new firm, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions, “for the Internet of things and services.” The Internet of Things will deliver its benefits gradually, one appliance upgrade at a time. Sensor rich devices monitoring Web-enabled apps can put the worried homeowner at ease. ‘Did... 

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Over Two Million Raspberry Pi’s Sold To Date

December 27, 2013 by   | Category: Computing
Over Two Million Raspberry Pi’s Sold To Date

Pocket PC rocket, the Raspberry Pi has had a strong December sales patch and is now close to a total of 2.3 million units sold. The Raspberry Pi Foundation took some time to reach sales of one million and not much more time to reach two million. Now, in the run up to Xmas sales are coming thick and fast. Foundation head Eben Upton spoke of the numbers on Twitter. “Phew. Looks like another 10K @Raspberry_Pi units just arrived at Farnell. We survived the Christmas rush :)” he said in a... 

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