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Samsung Still Pursuing iPhone Users, Offers New Incentives

September 30, 2015 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Still Pursuing iPhone Users, Offers New Incentives

Samsung will rebate monthly lease and installment payments for the latest Galaxy smartphones up to $120 and will even throw in $100 more for trading in an iPhone. The offer, however, does excludes devices sold or running on the AT&T network. But it does apparently apply to a lease or installment plan from T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Wireless or US Cellular. The devices that are eligible are the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. In one example, a Galaxy S6... 

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Yahoo Announces It Will Proceed With Sale Of Alibaba Stake

September 30, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Announces It Will Proceed With Sale Of Alibaba Stake

Yahoo Inc shares rose after the company announced it would proceed with the planned spinoff of its stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd despite the risk that the deal might not be tax free. Shares of Yahoo, which said this month that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had denied its request for a private letter ruling on a possible tax-free deal, rose 3.6 percent to $28.60 in light premarket trading. “We believe the likelihood of a positive tax outcome for the company could be more likely... 

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Ubuntu Moves To Microsoft’s Azure

September 30, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
Ubuntu Moves To Microsoft’s Azure

Ubuntu is to become the basis for the first officially supported Linux-based application for the Microsoft Azure cloud as it continues to expand its ties to the open source community. Canonical and Microsoft confirmed in a joint announcement that the Hadoop-based big data service offering HDInsight will run on Ubuntu and Hortonworks. T K Ranga Rengarajan said, corporate vice president of data platform, cloud and enterprise at Microsoft said: “The general availability of Azure HDInsight on... 

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Qualcomm Appears To Be Going To India

September 30, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Appears To Be Going To India

Chipmaker Qualcomm is spending a fortune to set up shop in India by making itself the friend of the Indian government. Qualcomm said it would invest up to $150 million in Indian startups via a venture fund. The announcement coincides with the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Silicon Valley. Modi is keen to make India a technology hub with lots of mobile resources to help the country grow. Qualcomm wants to move into India as the China market starts to dry up and it falls foul of regulators. Executive... 

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Tesla’s Autonomous Driving Mode Coming Next Month

September 30, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Tesla’s Autonomous Driving Mode Coming Next Month

An autonomous driving feature that will alleviate some of the stress drivers endure during long trips should arrive in Tesla cars in the next few weeks. Earlier this year, CEO Elon Musk promised the feature as part of a “summer” update, and while Tesla will miss that deadline by a couple of weeks, it is about to roll it out. The company has been testing the software for several months on long drives, including from its Silicon Valley headquarters to Seattle. It keeps the car safely in... 

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Is nVidia Preparing A New GPU?

September 30, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
Is nVidia Preparing A New GPU?

According to the latest report, it appears that Nvidia is on the verge of releasing a new dual-GPU graphics card that will place two GM200 GPUs on the same PCB. According to a report from Wccftech.com, the upcoming dual-GPU graphics card has not only been already showcased to a couple of select members of the press at a secret briefing in New York City, but some of those have managed to score a sample and are wrapping up their reviews. According to the same report, the upcoming flagship graphics... 

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Facebook Pursuing TV Advertisers For Its Network

September 29, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Pursuing TV Advertisers For Its Network

Facebook Inc unveiled a slew of new advertising products on Sunday, most of which are aimed at luring television advertisers onto the 1.5-billion user social network. The advertising options, most of which will also be available on Facebook-owned Instagram, are designed to take advantage of the social network’s strengths on mobile devices. It has the world’s most popular smartphone app and generates more than three-quarters of its $10 billion-plus in annual ad revenue on phones. Facebook... 

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Nearly 18M Americans Victims Of Identity Theft Last Year

September 29, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Nearly 18M Americans Victims Of Identity Theft Last Year

Nealy 18 million people were victims of identity theft in the United States last year, with the majority of crimes targeting credit cards and bank accounts, according to the Department of Justice. The figure represents 7% of the U.S. population aged 16 or older and is a rise of 1 million people from 2012, the last year for which the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics published a similar report. The latest report counts instances where a person experienced misuse of a financial or other account... 

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Is Oculus Going Cheap With VR?

September 29, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Oculus Going Cheap With VR?

Oculus and Samsung had a few milestone announcements to make at yesterday’s keynote for the Connect 2 developer event. Gear VR got an update and halved in price. Oculus signed a few important content partnerships. Samsung Gear VR, the wearable accessory that allows you to strap a compatible Samsung phone to your face and see the virtual worlds within, got a new version that now costs only $99. That’s without the phone of course, so you will have to BYOD. Oculus, on the other hand, is... 

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Was The Hilton Hotel Chain Hacked In April?

September 29, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
Was The Hilton Hotel Chain Hacked In April?

The Hilton organization is reportedly trying to work out whether it has been hacked and, if so, what it should do about it. We say reportedly as we have not been able to contact Hilton ourselves and can rely only on reports. They are pretty solid reports, however, and they concern a problem at the company that happened between 21 April and 27 July. Brian Krebs, of KrebsOnSecurity, started this off with a report about a payment card breach. Krebs said that he had heard about the breach from various... 

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Can Binary Black Holes Warp Space Time?

September 29, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Can Binary Black Holes Warp Space Time?

Pairs of black holes circling around each other, getting closer and closer to crashing together, may create ripples in space and time — but new research suggests that these ripples are milder than previously thought. A new paper searching for signs of these space-time ripples — known as gravitational waves — came up empty, suggesting that theorists need to rethink their models of these monster pairs. The new work affects searches for gravitational waves using pulsars — dead stars that appear... 

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Google Upgrades Voice Search

September 29, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Google Upgrades Voice Search

Google said it has constructed a better neural network that is making its voice search work faster and better in noisy environments. “We are happy to announce that our new acoustic models are now used for voice searches and commands in the Google app (on Android and iOS), and for dictation on Android devices,” Google’s Speech Team wrote in a recent  blog post . “In addition to requiring much lower computational resources, the new models are more accurate, robust to noise,... 

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BlackBerry Looks To Android For A Turnaround

September 28, 2015 by   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Looks To Android For A Turnaround

BlackBerry has officially announced that it’s next new smartphone will run Android. The phone, called Priv, will also include BlackBerry security and productivity tools, Chairman and CEO John Chen told investors last week. The move suggests that Chen still can’t decide whether BlackBerry should focus on the more profitable enterprise mobile device and application management software sector, or remain a loss-making phone maker with one foot still in the cut-throat consumer electronics... 

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Mobile Payment Service Square Planning IPO Before Year End

September 28, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Mobile Payment Service Square Planning IPO Before Year End

Mobile payment provider Square Inc plans to file for an “imminent” initial public offering, according to a source familiar with the situation, potentially putting it an a position to be a public company by the end-of-year holiday season. Square, which has pioneered the use of instant payments over smartphones, is one of the most richly valued companies in Silicon Valley, worth an estimated $6 billion based on its most recent round of funding. Fortune reported that Square would file for... 

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Did Intel Deliberately Slow PC Sales?

September 28, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
Did Intel Deliberately Slow PC Sales?

Intel might have caused slow PC sales at the beginning of the year to boost the price of its Skylake chips later. A recent study shows that the slump in PC sales in the first half was deliberately made to help Skylake sell better since August. Initially analysts believed that sales of the Skylake are hindered by existing stocks of previous Haswells, but it turns out this was untrue. Tech Trader Daily has found that Intel significantly reduced shipments of its central processing units in the first... 

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