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Facebook Deploying New Technology To Catch Pirated Videos

August 31, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Deploying New Technology To Catch Pirated Videos

Facebook is enhancing its technology to better identify videos uploaded to its site without the proper permission of copyright holders. The move comes amid an explosion in the amount of video viewed on Facebook, posted by regular users, publishers and advertisers alike. Alongside the uptick in video content, copyright holders have complained about videos posted without their permission. A recent report by video marketing and social media consulting companies Tubular and Social@Ogilvy estimated that... 

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HP Moves To Lower The Price Of SSDs

August 31, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
HP Moves To Lower The Price Of SSDs

HP has become the second major player to bring an “affordable all-flash array” to market with new additions to the HP 3PAR StoreServ range. The new 8000 series consists of a Starter Kit (20800 AFA) and software updates for the full StoreServ range, and HP can now offer multi-petabyte systems offering 3.2 million IOPS with scale out from two to eight controllers and proven tier-1 resiliency. “Regardless of your size, budget, growth rate, quality of service requirements or even your... 

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Pentagon Partners With Apple And Boeing On Wearable Technology

August 31, 2015 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Pentagon Partners With Apple And Boeing On Wearable Technology

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter granted $75 million to assist a consortium of high-tech firms and researchers develop electronic systems packed with sensors flexible enough to be worn by soldiers or molded onto the skin of a plane. Carter said funding for the Obama administration’s newest manufacturing institute would go to the FlexTech Alliance, a consortium of 162 companies, universities and other groups, from Boeing , Apple and Harvard, to Advantest Akron Polymer Systems and Kalamazoo... 

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Drones To Have Intel Inside

August 31, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
Drones To Have Intel Inside

Chipmaker Intel is taking its competitive game up a notch by investing in its own drones. Intel has written a check for more than US$60 million to Yuneec International, a Chinese aviation company and drone maker. This is not the first time that the Chipmaker has invested in drones. It has written smaller amounts for the drone makers Airware and PrecisionHawk. The Yuneec deal is its largest investment in a drone company yet. Apparently Intel thinks that drones are potential computing platforms for... 

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The EU To Launch Review Of Uber

August 31, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
The EU To Launch Review Of Uber

The European Commission will launch a study in September of the ride-hailing app Uber in an effort to resolve legal disputes that have pitted the U.S. start-up against conventional taxis across Europe, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Since opening in Paris in 2011, San Francisco-based Uber has run into vehement opposition from taxi drivers, who complain it competes unfairly by bypassing local laws on licensing and safety. Uber has responded by submitting complaints to the European... 

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Did A Black Hole Give A Supernova The Boot?

August 31, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did  A Black Hole Give A Supernova The Boot?

Isolated supernovae, exploding alone in the empty space between galaxies, may be the result of star pairs ejected from their homes as galaxies merge, new research suggests. “This story has taken lots of twists and turns, and I was surprised every step of the way,” Ryan Foley, principle investigator of the new study, said in a statement from the Hubble Space Telescope news center. Foley and his colleagues studied massive stellar explosions that normally take place inside the confines of... 

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Acer Warms To Takeover Possibility

August 28, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Acer Warms To Takeover Possibility

Acer Inc founder Stan Shih said he would welcome a takeover of the struggling Taiwanese computer manufacturer after a drastic decline in its stock price, while warning any potential buyer would have to pay a heavy amount. “Welcome,” Shih told reporters in response to a question about whether Acer would be open to a takeover. He added however that any buyer would get an “empty shell” and would pay dearly. “U.S. and European management teams usually are concerned about... 

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Qualcomm To Wirelessly Charge BMWs

August 28, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm To Wirelessly Charge BMWs

Qualcomm has launched its new Official Safety Car for season two of the FIA’s Formula E Championship. For those not in the know, the Formula E Championship is for electric cars, and they are no longer the milk floats that English people get stuck behind in narrow streets. The new Official Qualcomm Safety Car is the BMW i8 but it will be charged wirelessly with an advanced Qualcomm Halo 7.2kW wireless charging system. The Qualcomm Halo 7.2kW wireless charging system delivers twice the amount... 

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Report Reveals Hi-tech Vehicle Systems Are Rarely Used By Owners

August 28, 2015 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Report Reveals Hi-tech Vehicle Systems Are Rarely Used By Owners

Although car makers are spending billions of dollars to install cutting-edge technologies in vehicles, a new report shows many owners don’t use them. According to J.D. Power’s 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, 20% of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of 33 of the latest technology features. The 2015 DrIVE Report measures driver experiences with in-vehicle technology features during the first 90 days of ownership. The five features owners most commonly report... 

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Samsung Going HBM 2 In 2016

August 28, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
Samsung Going HBM 2  In 2016

High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) will define the future of graphics and it looks like Samsung will be ready to release products using the technology soon. Our friends at Computerbase have broken the story about Samsung making High Bandwidth Memory HBM 2 memory. HBM 2.0 will find its way to HPC and Graphics cards in 2016 and Samsung expects that by 2017 this super-fast type of memory will reach the network market.  The plan is to see HBM 2.0 mainstream by 2018. Our well placed, camera shy sources within... 

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IBM Thinks Businesses Should Block TOR

August 28, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
IBM Thinks Businesses Should Block TOR

IBM security research has found that people are using the so-called dark net to launch cyber attacks, force ransomware demands on punters and make distributed denial-of-service (DoS) attacks. The dark net, accessed via Tor, is often tagged as a threat. The IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Quarterly 3Q 2015 report identifies a spike in bad traffic and leads with a warning. The report introduces Tor as the network that takes people to the dark net. We might start calling it the ferryman and the passage... 

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Facebook Testing ‘M’, Personal Digital Assistant

August 28, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Testing ‘M’, Personal Digital Assistant

Facebook Inc is testing a personal digital assistant called “M” within its Messenger service that is capable of answering questions with live human help and performing tasks such as buying gifts online and making restaurant reservations. M is “powered by artificial intelligence that’s trained and supervised by people,” David Marcus, vice president of Messaging products, wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday. Rival services like Apple Inc’s Siri, Google Inc’s Google Now... 

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Gogo To Boost In-flight Broadband Speeds With New Technology

August 27, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Gogo To Boost In-flight Broadband Speeds With New Technology

In-flight broadband provider Gogo’s 2Ku technology has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, paving the way for data speeds up to 70Mbps. The company plans to launch commercial services this year. Clearing this regulatory hurdle was an important step for Gogo. The company has received the final so-called Supplemental Type Certificate from the FAA, which it required in order to launch the next-generation technology. Seven commercial airlines have signed up for either a... 

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Best Buy To Sell Apple Watch In All Stores By September

August 27, 2015 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Best Buy To Sell Apple Watch In All Stores By September

Best Buy will offer the Apple Watch in all of its 1,050 retail locations by the end of September, responding to strong consumer demand for the wearable. By Sept. 4, the Apple Watch will be available in 900 Best Buy stores, and it will appear in the retailer’s remaining locations by the end of the month, CEO Hubert Joly said. Best Buy began selling the wearable in 100 stores as well as online on Aug. 7. The company had planned to expand availability to 200 additional stores by the Christmas... 

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Oracle Shows Off New SPARC Processor

August 27, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
Oracle Shows Off New SPARC Processor

Oracle has been sharing a few details about its SPARC processor code-named Sonoma. Sonoma is not a sleeping Italian mama at all but a place where Americans grow wine that Europeans will not touch. Sonoma is supposed to be a “low-cost SPARC processor for enterprise workloads.” The chip uses the SPARC M7 design, DDR4 memory interfaces, PCIe electronics and InfiniBand interfaces in a single package. Eight SPARC 4th generation cores, hooks into the system RAM and built using a 20nm process... 

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