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US Government Wants Retain Phone Data Beyond 5-Year Limit

February 28, 2014 by   | Category: Around The Net
US Government Wants Retain Phone Data Beyond 5-Year Limit

The U.S. government has requested a secret surveillance court to allow it to retain telephone metadata for a period beyond the current five-year limit, for use as potential evidence in civil lawsuits regarding the collection of the data. In June last year, former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, revealed that the agency was collecting bulk phone records of Verizon customers in the U.S. The government subsequently confirmed that it had a program for the bulk collection of phone... 

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Has Intel Lost The Baseband Market?

February 28, 2014 by   | Category: Computing
Has Intel Lost The Baseband Market?

The move to LTE has killed Intel’s pretense of interest in the baseband market. According to the Motley Fool, ever since the handset market began its shift to LTE, Intel has handed its part of the industry to Qualcomm and Mediatek. Intel was once the Number two player in baseband, albeit with roughly 12 per cent share against Qualcomm’s commanding 60 per cent share. However, Intel’s smartphone apps processors were greeted by a yawn by the industry and as its LTE rollout was delayed.... 

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IBM Wants Mobile Apps Powered By Supercomputer Watson

February 28, 2014 by   | Category: Mobile
IBM Wants Mobile Apps Powered By Supercomputer Watson

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty took to the Mobile World Congress stage and announced a global competition to spur developers to create mobile consumer and business apps powered by its Watson supercomputer platform. Watson is the heart of the company’s cognitive computing technology. IBM is pulling out all the stops to make Watson a success. Last month, the company set up a new division, the Watson Business Group, to create and run cloud-based cognitive applications and services for enterprise users. “By... 

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Smartphone Growth To Experience Sharp Decline This Year

February 28, 2014 by   | Category: Mobile
Smartphone Growth To Experience Sharp Decline This Year

Growth in global smartphone shipments will fall sharply this year and will continue to slow down through 2018, with average prices dropping significantly as demand shifts to China and other developing countries, according to market research firm IDC. Annual growth in 2014 is expected to be 19.3 percent and then decline to 6.2 percent in 2018, IDC said in a recently released report. That follows a 39.2 percent jump in 2013 when smartphone shipments topped 1 billion units for the first time. The forecast... 

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MediaTek Shows Off New Wireless SoC

February 28, 2014 by   | Category: Computing
MediaTek Shows Off New Wireless SoC

Mediatek has released the world’s first five-in-one combo wireless system-on-a-chip (SoC). Dubbed the MT6630 the SoC is supposed to support full featured smartphones, tablets and other premium mobile devices. The big idea is to cut the component count for devices while improving ease-of-design for manufacturers by eliminating external low noise amplifiers. The chip also integrates the Wi-Fi and 5 GHz power amplifiers (PAs), Bluetooth PA, and transmit-receive (T/R) switch into a PCBA footprint... 

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Astronomers Find Water Vapor On Alien Planet

February 28, 2014 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Water Vapor On Alien Planet

Water vapor has been detected in the atmosphere of one of the first alien planets ever identified by astronomers. Advances in the technique used to scan the atmosphere of this “hot Jupiter” could help scientists determine how many of the billions of planets in the Milky Way contain water like Earth, researchers said. The exoplanet Tau Boötis b was discovered in 1996, when the search for worlds outside our solar system was just kicking off. At about 51 light-years away, Tau Boötis... 

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Cybersecurity Firm Says It Has Uncovered Over 300M Stolen Credentials

February 27, 2014 by   | Category: Computing
Cybersecurity Firm Says It Has Uncovered Over 300M Stolen Credentials

A cybersecurity firm has stated that it has found stolen credentials from some 360 million accounts that are available for sale on cyber black markets, though it is unsure where they came from or what they can be used to access. The discovery could represent more of a risk to consumers and companies than stolen credit card data because of the chance the sets of user names and passwords could open the door to online bank accounts, corporate networks, health records and virtually any other type of... 

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Are We Ready For Autonomous Flying Cars?

February 27, 2014 by   | Category: Around The Net
Are We Ready For Autonomous Flying Cars?

The company that has been working on flying cars is taking the idea one step further. Terrafugia Inc. is developing a robotic, autonomous flying car. Passengers would get in and the car would do the rest, flying and landing on its own. “We want to make the flying car practical,” said Carl Dietrich, co-founder, CEO and chief technology officer at Terrafugia. “We want something that is statistically safer than driving a car. We think that’s possible. It needs to be faster than... 

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Facebook To Discontinue Its Email Service

February 27, 2014 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook To Discontinue Its Email Service

Facebook will discontinue its email service next month, and it’s likely that not many people will even notice. In what may be one of Facebook’s first failures, the social media giant said that it has begun notifying email users that the service is ending. The service will be shut down and users’ emails will be redirected to their alternate email address by early to mid-March. Facebook had a simple problem with its email service: Not enough people were using it. The company did... 

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Will Zombie WiFi Hot-Spots Wreak Havoc On Urban Areas?

February 27, 2014 by   | Category: Computing
Will Zombie WiFi Hot-Spots Wreak Havoc On Urban Areas?

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have demonstrated a computer virus that can be transmitted through WiFi networks. The virus can move like a human infection through WiFi access points (APs), with its spread through populated areas likened to that of a common cold. The Chameleon virus was tested in a controlled environment and is capable of avoiding detection and finding weak points in WiFi encryption. Alan Marshall, professor of Network Security at the University of Liverpool, said, “When... 

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SanDisk Makes microSD Cards Specifically For Android

February 27, 2014 by   | Category: Computing
SanDisk Makes microSD Cards Specifically For Android

Mobile World Congress (MWC) to announce the “world’s first” 128GB microSD card designed for Android smartphones and tablets. The Class 10 SDXC UHC-1 Sandisk Ultra card is capable of holding 16 hours of full HD video, 7,500 songs or 3,200 photos. The card, which the company claims delivers twice the speed of a standard SD card, has been built specifically for use in Android devices and is expected to have compatibility with any device capable of interfacing with an SDXC card. The... 

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Does Hydrogen Gas Fuel Spiral Galaxies?

February 27, 2014 by   | Category: Around The Net
Does Hydrogen Gas Fuel Spiral Galaxies?

In-pouring rivers of hydrogen gas could explain how spiral galaxies maintain the constant star formation that dominates their hearts, a new study reports. Using the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia, scientists observed a tenuous filament of gas streaming into the galaxy NGC 6946, known as the “Fireworks Galaxy” because of the large number of supernovae observed within it. The find may provide insight into the source of fuel that powers the ongoing birth of young stars, researchers... 

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LinkedIn Launches New Chinese Language Site

February 26, 2014 by   | Category: Around The Net
LinkedIn Launches New Chinese Language Site

Professional social networking website LinkedIn Corp rolled out a Chinese language version of its website on Monday, a move that could further spur its expansion into the world’s largest Internet market even as the company acknowledged it will have to patrol what some of them say on its website. LinkedIn Chief Executive Jeff Weiner acknowledged in a blog post on Monday that the company would have to censor some of the content that users post on its website in order to comply with Chinese... 

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Power Users Of The Internet Should Pay More, According To Verizon

February 26, 2014 by   | Category: Around The Net
Power Users Of The Internet Should Pay More, According To Verizon

Heavy broadband users should help shoulder the cost of their traffic, but Verizon Communications does not give preferential treatment to some Web traffic, the company’s CEO stated. Still, Verizon has had its own interconnection discussions with Netflix related to increasing the video provider’s traffic speeds on the broadband carrier’s networks, Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam said. Following a Sunday announcement that Comcast and Netflix had reached an interconnection deal,... 

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Qualcomm Goes 20nm With LTE

February 26, 2014 by   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Goes 20nm With LTE

Qualcomm Executive Vice President Murthy Renduchintala has announced the first 20nm chip from Qualcomm. It is not a processor though – it’s the Gobi 9×35 4th generation LTE modem. It is sampling right now and there should be customers who will announce the designs on it shortly. The SVP has also confirmed that SoC parts will soon to move to 20nm and when asked whether TSMC has capacity and is ready for mature production of 20nm his answer was positive. He actually said to expect a 20nm... 

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