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Uber To Offer Benefits Package To Drivers In Britain

April 28, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Uber To Offer Benefits Package To Drivers In Britain

Workers driving for Uber in Britain will be able to access illness and injury cover under a new scheme from the San Francisco-based company, which has faced legal obstacles over the way it treats its staff. Uber, which allows users to book and pay for a taxi via a smartphone app, said on Thursday it would help fund a program which provides benefits to those workers also willing to contribute. “Drivers who make money through Uber tell us they love the freedom of being their own boss and choosing... 

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Nintendo Betting Record Profit On Switch Console

April 28, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Nintendo Betting Record Profit On Switch Console

Nintendo Co Ltd is predicting its new Switch console will more than double annual operating profit and end the eight-year sales decline that plagued its previous offering just as players were turning to smartphone gaming. The Japanese firm entered the mobile gaming market last year to the relief of shareholders fretting about diving console sales. Now the early success of the Switch has fueled hope of a long-term earnings recovery and sent the firm’s share price about 20 percent higher since... 

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BlackBerry’s KeyOne Android Phone To Launch In May

April 28, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry’s KeyOne Android Phone To Launch In May

The BlackBerry KeyOne, an Android-based smartphone with an integrated physical keyboard, will be available in the U.S. and Canada from May 31, the phone’s maker said Thursday. TCL Communications, the Chinese company that acquired rights to produce BlackBerry-brand handsets, originally had said the phone would go on sale in April, so the delay may disappoint potential users. This could be a bad time to test the patience of potential buyers, as Samsung and LG are both heavily promoting their... 

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Is The AAA Game Model Sustainable?

April 28, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The AAA Game Model Sustainable?

The AAA model in increasingly developing into a market in which only the biggest companies can survive – and even then the design of these titles will become more stagnant. That’s according to Boss Key Productions founder and Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski. Speaking to attendees at Reboot Develop today, the veteran games developer discussed the “really, really weird spot” blockbuster games have found themselves in, and pondered potential solutions. “AAA is starting... 

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Will ARM On Windows Take Off This Year?

April 28, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Will ARM On Windows Take Off This Year?

Qualcomm has dropped a huge hint that we will see ARM based PCs in the shops in the fourth quarter. Qualcomm said the first cellular laptop with Windows 10 and its ARM-based Snapdragon 835 will come by the end of the year. Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm, said that the Snapdragon 835 will expanding into mobile PC designs running Windows 10, and it’s scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter. Apparently Qualcomm and Microsoft are flat out getting ARM-based Windows 10 PCs to work. If they pull... 

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Has S.E.T.I. Been Successful With A Cost Of $100 Million?

April 28, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Has S.E.T.I. Been Successful With A Cost Of $100 Million?

STANFORD, Calif. — A $100 million search for intelligent aliens has come up with some intriguing leads but has revealed no evidence of E.T. so far. Observations of nearly 700 stars by the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia revealed no compelling signs of alien civilizations, representatives of the Breakthrough Listen project, which led the observations for the E.T. search, announced Thursday (April 20). Team members also unveiled the GBT’s 11 “most significant” observed... 

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Oracle Planning ‘Solution Centers’ To Focus On Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality

April 27, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Oracle Planning ‘Solution Centers’ To Focus On Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality

Oracle is looking for new employees for a “new startup organization” inside its North America operation that will focus on key technology trends, including cloud computing, internet of things, artificial Intelligence, and augmented and virtual reality. The Solution Engineering organization the company is setting up will consist of Solution Engineering Centers in Reston, Virginia, and Denver, Colorado. The database and enterprise software company has previously indicated its interest... 

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Automakers Urge California To Relax Rules On Self-driving Cars

April 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Automakers Urge California To Relax Rules On Self-driving Cars

Automotive manufacturers are urging the state of California to further ease its proposed regulations for autonomous vehicles, saying the state did not respond to their earlier objections by making enough revisions to its planned set of rules for self-driving cars. At a public hearing in Sacramento monitored via webcast, automakers urged California to drop some additional proposed regulations and leave much of the oversight to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But safety and... 

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Twitter Finally Reports User Growth In More Than A Year

April 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Finally Reports User Growth In More Than A Year

Twitter Inc has announced that it has had its strongest growth in monthly active users in more than a year and a much better-than-expected quarterly profit, despite heavy competition from Facebook and Snapchat. The microblogging service said average monthly active users increased 6 percent to 328 million in the first quarter from a year earlier. Analysts on average had expected 321.3 million monthly active users, according to market research firm FactSet StreetAccount. Revenue fell 7.8 percent... 

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Intel’s Cannon Lake Goes 802.11ac Wi-Fi

April 27, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Intel’s Cannon Lake Goes 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Benchlife has come up with an Intel slide which appears to show he upcoming 300-series chipsets intended for use with the chip giant’s “Cannon Lake” processor family. One of the most unusual things is that the chips will have support for USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Other than that the 300-series chipsets are a bit of a yawn and look too close to the 200-series offerings. They have connectivity for up to 24 lanes of PCIe 3.0, up to 10 USB 3.0 ports, and six 6Gbps SATA... 

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Will Light Induced-RAM Be A Hit?

April 27, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Will Light Induced-RAM Be A Hit?

A Vancouver Island chemist has come up a light induced magnetoresistive random-access memory (LI-RAM), uses light instead of electricity to store and process data. Natia Frank said that if the invention can be commercialised data will be easier to store. He developed it as part of an international effort to reduce the power consumption and heat produced by modern computer processors. Frank says the material in LI-RAM has the unusual quality of rapidly changing magnetic properties when hit with... 

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Can Tatooine Like Planets Support Alien Life?

April 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Can Tatooine Like Planets Support Alien Life?

Life on an alien planet with two suns in its sky, like Luke Skywalker’s home world Tatooine in the “Star Wars” films, may indeed be possible, a new study suggests. A Tatooine world could be habitable despite its inevitably complicated orbit, as long as the planet stays within a particular range of distances from its two host stars, researchers said. “This means that double-star systems of the type studied here are excellent candidates to host habitable planets, despite the... 

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New Wikitribune Website Aims To Stop Fake News

April 26, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
New Wikitribune Website Aims To Stop Fake News

Jimmy Wales, the founder of online encyclopedia Wikipedia, has launched a new website focused on stopping the spread of fake news by bringing together professional journalists and a community of volunteers and supporters to produce news articles. The new platform, called Wikitribune, will be free to access and carry no advertising, instead relying on its readers to fund it, while the accuracy of news reports will be easily verifiable as source material will be published, Wales said. “The... 

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IBM Teams With Swiss Engineering Firm ABB On Artificial Intelligence

April 26, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
IBM Teams With Swiss Engineering Firm ABB On Artificial Intelligence

ABB has inked a collaboration agreement with International Business Machines Corp, the Swiss engineering company said on Tuesday, the latest move to increase its presence in digital technology and the internet of things. In a joint statement ABB said it would combine its digital offering, which gathers information from machinery, with IBM’s expertise in artificial intelligence featured in its Watson data analytics software. The two companies will jointly develop and sell new products. “This... 

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Netflix Gains Entry Into China With iQiyi.com Deal

April 26, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Netflix Gains Entry Into China With iQiyi.com Deal

Netflix will finally be able to introduce original content in China in a licensing deal with local video streaming service iQiyi.com, the U.S. company said on Tuesday. Netflix has struggled to break into the Chinese market, where streaming services are subject to strict data storage regulations and foreign films and television are routinely censored. Content air times will parallel other regions, a spokeswoman said, who declined to say comment further on the tie-up. Netflix has played down the possibility... 

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