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Lenovo, Amazon Team Up To Add Alexa To Motorola Smartphones

February 28, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Lenovo, Amazon Team Up To Add Alexa To Motorola  Smartphones

Lenovo has teamed up with Amazon to add the Alexa voice assistant to a range of Motorola smartphones, and in the process, looking to depose Google’s voice assistant technology. The partners will first focus on developing an Alexa “Mod,” a block that will attach to a Moto Z modular handset. The companies will then integrate Alexa directly into a variety of Moto handsets and devices, Lenovo said during a press conference in Barcelona on Sunday. The Moto Z is much like Google’s... 

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Nokia Goes Retro, Brings Back 3310 Model Mobile Phone

February 28, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Goes Retro, Brings Back 3310 Model Mobile Phone

Nokia’s newly revitalized phone business took a walk down memory lane on Sunday, re-introducing a brightly colored version of the classic 3310 talk and text phone, the world’s most popular device in the year 2000. The new model has bigger screens and is priced at just 49 euros ($52). Its 22 hours of talk time and up to one month of standby time potentially heighten the phone’s appeal as a backup for smartphone users. Analysts hailed the 3310 launch as a smart retro gambit, but... 

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Samsung Debuts Two New Tablets

February 28, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Debuts Two New Tablets

Samsung Electronics unveiled two new tablets, marking its first major announcement since being forced to cancel the flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after some of the devices caught fire. The Galaxy Tab S3 and the Galaxy Book were presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, in past years the scene of major Samsung launches. This year, Samsung has postponed the presentation of the Galaxy S8, its next key device. Instead, it took the wraps off the Galaxy Tab S3 and the Galaxy Book, which... 

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Is Intel Trying Remove Qualcomm

February 28, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is Intel Trying Remove Qualcomm

The Apple Press, which has turned on Qualcomm of late for daring to stand up to Jobs’ Mob, is putting about a story that Intel is going to take over all Apple’s modem work. For those who came in late, Apple put Intel under the bonnet of some of its iPhone 7s. This gave Intel shedloads of free support from the US trade press. After all, if Apple had put its modem into the iPhone then it must be super cool and advanced too. The suggestion was that the only reason that Intel did not get the full... 

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Are Silicon Wafer Prices On The Rise This Year?

February 28, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Are Silicon Wafer Prices On The Rise This Year?

Prices of semiconductor-grade silicon wafers are expected to rise this year thanks to a ramp-up of demand coming from China-based foundries, according to Doris Hsu, chairman and CEO of GlobalWafers. Wafer supply has been tight, said Hsu, though supply is expected to fall short of demand by three  percent in 2017 and increase by seven to eight percent in 2018. Silicon wafer prices are negotiated on a square-inch basis and reached an 11-year low of $0.67 up until January, when prices began a slight... 

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Are Astronomers Jumping The Gun On The Habitable Planets Claims?

February 28, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Are Astronomers Jumping The Gun On The Habitable Planets Claims?

In 1950, physicist Enrico Fermi famously asked, “Where are they?” as a kind of lament about the lack of observational evidence for alien intelligence in our universe. Today, the question is still asked in the context of the always-hoped-for discovery of other worlds like our own, with the thought that maybe, just maybe, we will finally find those aliens. Against this backdrop, advances that have occurred in the past 20 years in the field of exoplanet discovery have excited the imaginations... 

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FCC To Seeks To Halt ISP Privacy Rules It Passed In October

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
FCC To Seeks To Halt ISP Privacy Rules It Passed In October

The new chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans on  requesting a stay on privacy rules for broadband providers that the agency just passed in October. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will ask for either a full commission vote on the stay before parts of the rules take effect next Thursday or he will instruct FCC staff to delay part of the rules pending a commission vote, a spokesman said Friday. The rules, passed when the FCC had a Democratic majority, require broadband providers to... 

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Tesla Plans Three More Gigafactories

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Tesla Plans Three More Gigafactories

Tesla is making plans for a total of five Gigafactories, where it will manufacture solar panels and battery systems for both its electric vehicles and for home and commercial energy storage. “Later this year, we expect to finalize locations for Gigafactories 3, 4 and possibly 5,” the company stated in a letter to shareholders. Tesla has already begun installing Model 3 manufacturing equipment in its Fremont, Calif. plant and at Gigafactory 1 in Reno, Nev. It’s first Gigafactory... 

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Self-driving Car Wars Heat Up In Waymo, Uber Lawsuit

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Self-driving Car Wars Heat Up In Waymo, Uber Lawsuit

Alphabet Inc’s  Waymo self-driving car unit filed a lawsuit against Uber Technologies and its autonomous trucking subsidiary Otto last Thursday over allegations of theft of its confidential and proprietary sensor technology. Waymo accused Uber and Otto, acquired by the ride services company in August, with stealing confidential information on Waymo’s Lidar sensor technology to help speed its own efforts in autonomous technology. “Uber’s LiDAR technology is actually Waymo’s... 

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Are Amazon Tablets Taking Over?

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Are Amazon Tablets Taking Over?

While research groups like IDC and Gartner have shown an overall 15.6 decrease in worldwide tablet shipments in 2016, the market has not gone entirely belly-up, as Amazon continues to pull ahead with a phenomenal 99.4 percent increase in annual tablet growth during the same period. According to a report by the folks at TrendForce, Amazon managed to ship 11 million Fire-series tablets over the course of 2016 even as global tablet shipments fell by 6.6 percent from the previous year. While the sales... 

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Intel Gives More Details About Optane

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Intel Gives More Details About Optane

If you were hoping to get your paws onIntel’s delayed Optane non-volatile memory devices you might need to also invest in a Kaby Lake system. While Intel first unveiled Optane in 2015, it told us that the tech would appear in 2016. The tech is a an implementation of 3D Xpoint technology and is designed to bridge the gap between fast-but-small volatile DRAM and the slower non-volatile mass storage which can store more. Intel claimed Optane would offer performance similar to dynamic RAM (DRAM) but... 

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Did The Universe Ever Go Dark?

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did The Universe Ever Go Dark?

About 5 billion years ago, everything changed. The expansion of the universe, which had been gradually decelerating for billions of years, reversed course and entered into a period of unbridled acceleration. (It was sort of like a car that switches from decelerating to accelerating, but is still moving forward the whole time.) The unhurried, deliberate process of structure formation — the gradual buildup of ever-larger assemblies of matter from galaxies to groups to clusters — froze and began... 

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Flickering Hard Drive LED Can Be Used By Hackers

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Flickering Hard Drive LED Can Be Used By Hackers

The mostly ignored blinking lights on servers and desktop PCs may give away secrets if a hacker can hijack them with malware. Researchers in Israel have come up with an innovative hack that turns a computer’s LED light into a signaling system that shows passwords and other sensitive data. The researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev demonstrated the hack in a YouTube video posted Wednesday. It shows a hacked computer broadcasting the data through a computer’s LED light, with a drone... 

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Verizon Bringing 5G To 11 U.S. Cities

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Bringing 5G To 11 U.S. Cities

Verizon Communications Inc has announced that it would begin offering its high-speed wireless 5G network to certain customers in 11 U.S. cities in the first half of 2017. Verizon will begin pilot testing 5G “pre-commercial services” in cities, including Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The company had said last July that it laid out plans to conduct trials for its 5G network this year. New 5G networks are expected to provide speeds at least 10 times... 

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Google’s Jigsaw Rolls Out Initiative To Combat Online Abuse

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Google’s Jigsaw Rolls Out Initiative To Combat Online Abuse

Alphabet Inc’s Google and subsidiary Jigsaw rolled out a new technology to aid news organizations and online platforms  in identifying abusive comments on their websites. The technology, called Perspective, will review comments and score them based on how similar they are to comments people said were “toxic” or likely to make them leave a conversation. It has been tested on the New York Times and the companies hope to extend it to other news organizations such as The Guardian... 

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