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Meg Whitman Squashes Rumors She’s Headed To Uber

July 31, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Meg Whitman Squashes Rumors She’s Headed To Uber

The rumors have got to stop. The next person to head Uber “will not be Meg Whitman,” says the lady herself. In response to speculations that she’s one of several candidates shortlisted to take over the reins at Uber, Whitman posted a three-part tweet on Thursday to dispel the rumors, saying they have become a “distraction.” Since its co-founder Travis Kalanick stepped down as chief executive officer in June, Uber has been on the hunt for a new captain. Speculation... 

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Ransomware Now Has Customer Service

July 31, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Ransomware Now Has Customer Service

Hackers behind some of the most infamous ransomware out there are taking some hints from legit Wall Street companies. Malware strains like Locky and Cerber helped make ransomware a $25 million industry in 2016 and its operators are starting to operate like conventional corporations with “customer” service staff and outsourced resources, researchers explained Wednesday at Black Hat. Ransomware has devastated hospitals, universities, banks, and essentially any computer network with weak... 

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Def Con Hackers Focus On Voting Machines, Databases

July 31, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Def Con Hackers Focus On Voting Machines, Databases

Hackers attending the Def Con hacking convention in Las Vegas were encouraged breach voting machines and voter databases in a bid to uncover vulnerabilities that could be exploited to sway election results. The 25-year-old conference’s first “hacker voting village” opened on Friday as part of an effort to raise awareness about the threat of election results being altered through hacking. Hackers crammed into a crowded conference room for the rare opportunity to examine and attempt... 

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Will Apple Drop Samsung

July 31, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Will Apple Drop Samsung

The iPhone 8 is expected to be the iPhone with an OLED display and that will be using Samsung’s finest. But a report mill suggests that the inner circle of the Apple cult is worried about being dependant on Samsung and wants to create its own OLED panels. ET News  -South Korea – reports the company has already acquired some chemical vapour deposition (CVD) machines that’ll play a role in OLED production. Apple will need a major supply of OLED panels and it will have a year to do... 

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Can Service Based Video Games Growing The Industry

July 31, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can Service Based Video Games Growing The Industry

Long-tail console and PC titles designed to keep players engaged for years will grow the overall games market, rather than make it more difficult, according to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. The chief exec was speaking to a group of journalists today in the publisher’s Singapore studio, the team behind the upcoming pirate multiplayer title Skull & Bones. The game ties in with Singapore’s core focus, which is on both “HD content games” such as the Assassin’s Creed titles,... 

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Astronomers Believe Rogue Alien Planet Are Less Prevelent

July 31, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Believe Rogue Alien Planet Are Less Prevelent

There probably aren’t nearly as many giant planets zooming alone through the Milky Way galaxy as scientists had thought, a new study reports. Previous research had suggested that huge “rogue” or “unbound” worlds, which have no discernible host star, are extremely common in the Milky Way, perhaps outnumbering stars by a factor of 2 to 1. But that’s probably not the case, according to the new study. “We found that Jupiter-mass [rogue] planets are at least 10... 

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PayPal Teams With Baidu On Mobile Wallet Payments Service

July 28, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
PayPal Teams With Baidu On Mobile Wallet Payments Service

There are over 1.3 billion potental new customers in China, and PayPal wants a piece of the market. The king of digital payments has teamed up with Chinese search giant Baidu to bring Chinese online shoppers to PayPal’s 17 million international e-commerce sites. They’ll be able to pay with local mobile payment service Baidu Wallet, the companies said in a statement today. The payoff is big for PayPal’s global merchants, who will tap the lucrative Chinese market and the 100... 

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eBay Developing Shopping By Picture App

July 28, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
eBay Developing Shopping By Picture App

In the near future eBay will allow consumers to shop on its app by snapping pictures. The e-commerce company announced that it is developing two new image recognition tools for its mobile app. They’ll only be available in the US and are set for release this fall, with a desktop version arriving later. The first feature, simply called Image Search, will let you take a photo of a pair of sneakers or a handbag (or an existing photo in your phone’s library) and use it to search eBay to... 

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PC Shipments Still Declining

July 28, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
PC Shipments Still Declining

Personal computer shipments slipped between 3% and 4% in the June quarter from the same period last year, a pair of research firms said after releasing their latest diagnoses of the industry’s health and well-being. According to IDC, PC makers shipped a total of 60.5 million systems in the year’s second quarter, a downturn of 3.3%. That was somewhat better than the firm’s earlier forecast of a 4% decline for the period. Rival Gartner, which also calculates shipments — but... 

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Is Intel Accusing Qualcomm Of Being A Monopoly

July 28, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is Intel Accusing Qualcomm Of Being A Monopoly

Intel has buddied-up with Apple in its legal fight against Qualcomm and has slammed the firm for abusing its position in the industry.  Intel, no stranger to an abuse of chip monopoly, claims it’s the only remaining competitor for Qualcomm in the mobile market, and by suing Apple, Qualcomm is trying to deliberately squeeze Intel from the baseband modem market. “Qualcomm did not initiate this investigation to stop the alleged infringement of its patent rights; rather, its complaint is... 

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Is AMD Having A Rough Time Moving To 7nm Processors

July 28, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is AMD Having A Rough Time Moving To 7nm Processors

AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster has said that the planned shift to 7nm semiconductor nodes is is one of the toughest process moves in several generations. Speaking to the EE Times, Papermaster said that, while AMD planned to run its second and third generation Zen architecture x86 microprocessors on 7nm, it would likely be a ‘long node’, like the 28nm process, “and when you have a long node it lets the design team focus on micro-architecture and systems solutions”, rather... 

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Astronomers Explain Ross 128 Strange Radio Signal

July 28, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Explain Ross 128 Strange Radio Signal

A strange radio signal that seemed to emanate from a small nearby star probably came from Earth-orbiting satellites, astronomers say. Late last week, researchers announced that, on May 12, the 1,000-foot-wide (305 meters) Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico detected a bizarre radio signal in the vicinity of Ross 128, a red dwarf star that lies just 11 light-years from Earth. The signal was theoretically consistent with a transmission from an alien civilization, the astronomers said, though they... 

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Lyft, Taco Bell Team Up In Drive-thru Deal

July 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Lyft, Taco Bell Team Up In Drive-thru Deal

Lyft is teaming up with Taco Bell to add a new feature that allows riders to stop at a drive-thru with newfound ease, the ride-hailing company has announced. The app’s new Taco Mode lets you stop at a nearby Taco Bell midride for those munchies, and promises each use comes with a free Doritos Locos Taco. That’s right, getting late night cravings satisfied is now on the horizon. This is not the first munchie-friendly experiment from Lyft: On 4/20 it wrapped 17 Colorado cars in green... 

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Verizon Wireless Still Best Performing Network, According to RootMetric

July 27, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Wireless Still Best Performing Network, According to RootMetric

The resurgence of unlimited data plans from the nation’s big four mobile operators hasn’t hurt network performance, according to the latest report from RootMetrics. For the first half of 2017, the testing firm reports that all four major wireless carriers improved their median network speeds in at least 20 markets. AT&T improved in 51 metro markets, while T-Mobile saw improvement in 73 markets. Sprint also continued to see big improvements in performance. The companies all improved... 

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Is Virtual Reality Diverging

July 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Virtual Reality Diverging

Last week, Bandai Namco opened the world’s largest VR arcade in Tokyo – specifically in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho, a rapidly gentrifying red-light district that’ll be familiar to anyone who’s played games in the Yakuza series. VR Zone Shinjuku, as the huge facility is called, is set to operate for at least two years; it follows a more short-lived VR arcade popup on the other side of the city last summer. Bandai Namco reckons the new facility can handle about 1500 visitors... 

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