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Facebook Exploring A Dedicated Video Service

January 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Exploring A Dedicated Video Service

Facebook is contemplating the development of a dedicated service or page where users will be able watch videos and not be bothered by other content. The social network continues to see surging interest in video. During one day last quarter, its users watched a combined 100 million hours of video. Roughly 500 million users watch at least some video each day. That’s a lot of video and a lot of viewers, and Facebook wants to capitalize on it. “We are exploring a dedicated place on Facebook... 

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MediaTek Goes LTE CAT 6 On Low End SoCs

January 29, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
MediaTek Goes LTE CAT 6 On Low End SoCs

MediaTek appears to be ready to give three more entry level processors LTE Cat 6 so they can mangage a 300 Mbit download and 50 Mbit upload.  We already knew that the high-end deca-core X20 and mainstream eight core P10 were getting LTE Cat 6. According to the Gizchina website, the company the three new SoCs carry the catchy titles of MT6739, MT6750 and MT6750T. . The MT6739 will probably replace the MT6735. Both have quad A53 cores but it will mean that the MT6739 will get a Cat 6 upgrade from... 

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Samsung Profits Hit By Weak Demand For Smartphones

January 29, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Profits Hit By Weak Demand For Smartphones

Weak demand for smartphones and display panels weighed down Samsung’s profits last quarter, and the company doesn’t expect much improvement this year. Revenue for the fourth quarter was 53.3 trillion won (US$45.5 billion), up just 1 percent from a year earlier, Samsung announced Thursday in Seoul. Net profit plummeted 40 percent to 3.2 trillion won. A day earlier, Samsung’s biggest rival, Apple, said it too was seeing weaker than expected demand for handsets. The Cupertino company... 

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AMD’s GPU Goes Open

January 29, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
AMD’s GPU Goes Open

AMD’s top gaming guy Nicolas Thibieroz is starting to open up GPU technology to make sure the technology evolves. He said that its GPUOpen is the beginning of a new philosophy at AMD and would continue the initiative started with Mantle. Now is time to do even more for developers. Apparently the creation of the Radeon Technology Group led by Raja Koduri was key in turning GPUOpen. Thibieroz said that innovative results were only possible via the exchange of knowledge that happens within the game... 

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Astronomers Find Massive Size Solar System

January 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net

A huge alien world orbits 600 billion miles (1 trillion kilometers) from its host star, making its solar system the largest one known, a new study reports. Astronomers have found the parent star for a gas-giant exoplanet named 2MASS J2126, which was previously thought to be a “rogue” world flying freely through space. The planet and its star are separated by about 7,000 astronomical units (AU), meaning the alien world completes one orbit every 900,000 years or so, researchers said. (One... 

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Movidius Chip To Bring Deep Learning To Android Phones

January 29, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Movidius Chip To Bring Deep Learning To Android Phones

Android mobile devices could get a whole lot smarter soon, thanks to a new partnership between Google and chip maker Movidius that promises to bring machine intelligence directly into smarphones. Movidius specializes in machine vision, and it has already worked with Google on the Project Tango computer-vision platform. Now, through the new collaboration, Google will use Movidius’ flagship MA2450 chip to bring deep learning to Android handsets. Deep learning is a branch of machine learning... 

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Verizon, Samsung Partner Up On Indoor Wireless Technology

January 28, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Verizon, Samsung Partner Up On Indoor Wireless Technology

Verizon and Samsung jointly announced 4G small-cell LTE technology to improve in-building wireless coverage for business customers. Verizon’s 4G LTE Network Extender for Enterprise relies on Samsung’s small-cell technology to provide voice over LTE and data service. These small-cell units would be installed in weak coverage areas to help workers keep their wireless connections via smartphone and tablets. The companies said in a joint statement that the technology is ideal for mid-sized offices... 

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Mozilla Debuts Push Notifications With Firefox 44

January 28, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Mozilla Debuts Push Notifications With Firefox 44

Mozilla has released Firefox 44, following in rival Chrome’s footsteps by adding push notifications to the browser. The update to version 44 lets users opt in to receive notifications from websites even when a site’s tab has been closed or never opened. Google added the same functionality to Chrome in April with version 42. Both Chrome and Firefox rely on the W3C’s (Worldwide Web Consortium) under-construction “web push” protocol, and the associated Push API (application... 

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Will eSport Grow To One Half Billion Dollar Market This Year?

January 28, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Will eSport Grow To One Half Billion Dollar Market This Year?

According to Newzoo’s 2016 Global eSports Market Report, this year is expected to be a “pivotal” one for the eSports sector. The firm said that last year’s tally for worldwide eSports revenues came to $325 million, and this year the full eSports economy should grow 43 percent to $463 million; Newzoo said this correlates with an audience of 131 million eSports enthusiasts and another 125 million “occasional viewers who tune in mainly for the big international events.”... 

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Intel And ARM 64-bit Processors Get Extra Layer Of Security

January 28, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Intel And ARM 64-bit Processors Get Extra Layer Of Security

Green Hills Software is offering a real-time, fast-boot platform for securely combining consumer operating systems such as Linux, QNX, Android or Windows with safety- and security-critical software on 64-bit multicore processors. The software is based on the outfit’s the Multivisor virtualisation platform supports both ARM and Intel 64-bit architectures.  It is currently being used in the  automotive, medical, industrial and aerospace applications on 32-bit processors. Now the 64-bit processor... 

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Is Planet 9 To Blame?

January 28, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Planet 9 To Blame?

Life on Earth has little to fear from the hypothesized Planet Nine, astronomers say. Some scientists have suggested that a big undiscovered body lying on the far outer reaches of the solar system could be responsible for many of the mass extinction events throughout Earth’s history, by shaking up the distant comet repository known as the Oort Cloud and sending some its denizens screaming toward our planet. But Planet Nine — a newly proposed but not yet confirmed world perhaps 10 times more... 

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VMware Eliminates 800 Jobs As Part Of Transition Strategy

January 28, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
VMware Eliminates 800 Jobs As Part Of Transition Strategy

VMware is eliminating approximately 800 jobs as it transitions from its traditional products to newer, emerging technologies. The company expects 2016 will be a key transition year as “we expect the effect of our new products to outweigh the decline in our compute products,” CEO Pat Gelsinger said on its latest earnings conference call. The company has been facing challenges in its software business as its customers are increasingly using public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services... 

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Samsung Announces Global Launch Of Gear S2 Classic Smartwatches

January 27, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Announces Global Launch Of Gear S2 Classic Smartwatches

Samsung has announced the global launch of its Gear S2 Classic New Edition smartwatches, which first appeared at CES 2016 with 18K rose gold and platinum finishes. The New Edition rose gold version incorporates gold plating atop stainless steel, not solid gold, according to Samsung. That distinction would explain a price of 480€ (about $520 US), as seen as available for pre-order on the DutchCool Blue retail website. Samsung hasn’t listed official pricing or availability by countries other... 

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Sony Pivots Towards IoT With Altair Acquisition

January 27, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony Pivots Towards IoT With Altair Acquisition

Sony has signed a deal to purchase chip company Altair Semiconductor for $212 million in a bid to strengthen its offering for the Internet of Things market. Altair, based in Israel, is a developer of modem chip technology and software relating to the LTE (Long Term Evolution) 4G cellular standard for mobile phones and data terminals. Sony aims to combine Altair’s work with its sensing technologies such as GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and image sensors to develop new cellular-connected,... 

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Is Apple’s Alleged 4″ iPhone Headed For Disaster

January 27, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Is Apple’s Alleged 4″ iPhone Headed For Disaster

An analyst has cut his estimate of projected sales of the rumored new 4-inch iPhone, reportedly called the “iPhone 5se,” in half, from 18-20 million down to 10-12 million units. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo  said that the new 4-inch iPhone, as little new to offer, despite getting a lot of media attention. “We don’t regard the product as innovative, either in terms of form factor … or hardware specs.” Kuo said that Apple will ship 43 million units, a decline... 

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