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AT&T Launches New Video Streaming Service

November 30, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
AT&T Launches New Video Streaming Service

If you’re looking ditch cable TV, a new video streaming service from AT&T will be available starting today. DirecTV Now is a flexible pay-as-you-go streaming service that starts at US$35 per month. DirectTV’s conventional satellite service is the foundation, but the content will be streamed over the internet. Traditionally, users needed a two-year commitment and credit check to get DirecTV, but those requirements are not needed for the new service. The streaming service will work... 

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Nissan To Offer Maintenance Alert Option For Internet-connected Cars

November 30, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Nissan To Offer Maintenance Alert Option For Internet-connected Cars

Nissan Motor Co will mark its first major entry into internet-connected cars by offering an option in some new vehicles that will use big data technology to notify drivers when vehicle maintenance is required. As automakers compete fiercely to develop self-driving cars and improve the customer experience inside vehicles, Japan’s second-largest car maker said on Tuesday it will begin rolling out the service in Japan and India in 2017, followed by other countries through 2020. With the availability... 

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Delphi Automotive, Mobileye To Use Intel Chip For Self-driving Cars

November 30, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Delphi Automotive, Mobileye To Use Intel Chip For Self-driving Cars

Auto parts maker Delphi Automotive Plc and Israeli technology firm Mobileye NV will use an Intel Corp chip for their joint effort to produce self-driving vehicles by 2019, the companies said on Tuesday. The move is a boost for the world’s largest semiconductor maker, which is also working with German luxury car maker BMW AG and Mobileye on self-driving technology, but has not been able to extend its broader chip dominance into the fast-emerging autonomous vehicle market. Companies from Alphabet... 

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Is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 Going Eight Cores?

November 30, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 Going Eight Cores?

Qualcomm has already revealed that Snapdragon 835 is officially the world’s first 10nm SoC, and Fudzilla exclusively posted this in April 2016. At that time, Qualcomm didn’t want to officially talk about the insides of the Snapdragon 835, but a leaked roadmap claims that the new SoC has 4+4 cores based on updated Kryo 200 architecture.  The same leak doesn’t talk about any clock speeds, but one can assume that there are four faster and more powerful and four slower cores, something that... 

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Can Virtual Reality Find A Voice?

November 30, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Can Virtual Reality Find A Voice?

As we near the end of a pivotal year for virtual reality, it’s clear there is still a lot of work to be done. With the arrival of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, consumers finally have access to the technology that has commanded much of the industry’s attention and excitement for the past four years but only now can we gauge how popular it may become. That’s according to Aki Järvinen, founder of research and consulting initiative Game Futures, currently working at Sheffield... 

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Astronomers Change Alpha Centauri

November 30, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Change Alpha Centauri

“Alpha Centauri” is getting the boot. The longstanding star name has been displaced by its ancient counterpart in a new International Astronomical Union (IAU) catalog that designates 227 official names for different stars in the sky.  The move was intended to reduce confusion, according to the IAU. For instance, a star like Fomalhaut has at least 30 different names, so it’s difficult to figure out what to call it — or even how to spell it. Variations over the years have included... 

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U.S. Government Dispute Claims Of Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

November 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
U.S. Government Dispute Claims Of Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

The U.S. government has publised what it claims is myth-busting data regarding the shortage of cybersecurity professionals. The data points to its own hiring experience. In October 2015, the U.S. launched a plan to hire 6,500 people with cybersecurity skills by January 2017, according to White House officials. It had hired 3,000 by the first half of this year. As part the ongoing hiring effort, it held a job fair in July. At the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “We set out to dispel... 

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Researchers Working On App To Prevent Death During Dangerous Selfies

November 29, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Researchers Working On App To Prevent Death During Dangerous Selfies

Researchers are attempting to design an app that could prevent people from being killed while taking dangerous selfies. Carnegie Mellon University announced that researchers there are working with colleagues at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in Delhi, India to take on the issue of deadly selfies. People around the globe have been putting themselves in reckless situations – on railroad tracks, on cliff edges — to grab a memorable selfie. Researchers found that individuals... 

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BMW To Launch New Version Of i3 Electric Car Next Year

November 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
BMW To Launch New Version Of i3 Electric Car Next Year

German luxury automobile maker BMW plans to roll out a new version of its i3 electric car next year with a longer range and revamped design, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported, citing company sources. BMW will rework the front and rear of the i3 and equip the car with a new battery to increase its range substantially beyond the current 300 km maximum, the paper said, adding that the increase would be below 50 percent. BMW has been torn about whether to accelerate development of new electric... 

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Will Smartphone Production Rise In 2017?

November 29, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Will Smartphone Production Rise In 2017?

Next year, smartphone production volume is expected to grow by 4.5 percent to reach 1.4 billion units, according to the latest market forecast. Global market research firm TrendForce says the double-digit growth in smartphone shipments that once took place in previous years is not expected to happen in 2017, as smartphone manufacturers currently face innovation hurdles and a shortage of new useful applications. The report says that around 45 percent of all smartphones produced this year belong to... 

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Is AMD’s ZEN Launching With Extremely Competitive Pricing?

November 29, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Is AMD’s ZEN Launching With Extremely Competitive Pricing?

Over the past few days, more information has been revealed regarding AMD’s pricing and performance configurations for its Zen desktop processors, codenamed Summit Ridge. Four SKUs ranging between $150 and $500 A new pricing document originating from China indicates that AMD initially plans to release four Zen desktop SKUs in four, six and eight-core variants. Just like Intel’s high-end desktop lineups, none of these chips will feature integrated graphics. At the top of the list is the Zen SR7... 

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Did The Mars Rover Find Evidence Of Past Life?

November 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did The Mars Rover Find Evidence Of Past Life?

During its wheeled treks on the Red Planet, NASA’s Spirit rover may have encountered a potential signature of past life on Mars, report scientists at Arizona State University (ASU). To help make their case, the researchers have contrasted Spirit’s study of “Home Plate” — a plateau of layered rocks that the robot explored during the early part of its third year on Mars — with features found within active hot spring/geyser discharge channels at a site in northern Chile called... 

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Amazon Web Services Cut Storage Prices Again

November 28, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Web Services Cut Storage Prices Again

Amazon Web Services announced another round of price cuts  and simplified what customers pay for its storage products. The company’s popular Simple Storage Service (S3) has had its six pricing tiers cut down to three, along with a corresponding price cut of roughly 16 percent to 25 percent. Glacier, AWS’s storage service for data that doesn’t need to be accessed frequently, now has a trio of retrieval options. Companies can have quicker access to their data if they pay more or... 

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Online Holiday Shopping Surged Over Thanksgiving Weekend

November 28, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Online Holiday Shopping Surged Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Online spending by U.S. deal seekers exceeded $1 billion by Thanksgiving evening, according to Adobe Digital Index, surging almost 14 percent from a year ago and reflecting a broader trend away from brick-and-mortar shopping. At the start of the first holiday shopping season since the U.S. Presidential election on November 8, U.S. consumers loosened their purse strings and spent $1.15 billion online between midnight and 5 pm ET on Thursday, according to Adobe. Traditionally the day after Thanksgiving,... 

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Japan Aims For World’s Fastest Supercomputer

November 28, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Japan Aims For World’s Fastest Supercomputer

Japan aims to construct the world’s fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country’s manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop and improve driverless cars, robotics and medical diagnostics. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will spend 19.5 billion yen ($173 million) on the previously unreported project, a budget breakdown shows, as part of a government policy to get back Japan’s mojo in the world of technology. The country has lost... 

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