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Essential Phone Preorders Finally Get A Shipping Date

August 17, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Essential Phone Preorders Finally Get A Shipping Date

That new Essential Phone that consumers have been anxiously awaiting? Essential has promised preorders will start shipping within a week. The announcement, sent via email to customers who’ve pre-ordered the device, promises the device will ship within seven days after payment is received. It’s been a rocky road for the Essential PH-1, as it’s officially known, with the company missing its original shipping target. Essential announced on May 30 it would ship within 30 days, but... 

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Amazon Extends Brick-and-Mortar Push With ‘Instant Pickup’

August 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Extends Brick-and-Mortar Push With ‘Instant Pickup’

Amazon.com Inc is introducing U.S. pickup points where shoppers can retrieve items immediately after ordering them, shortening delivery times from hours to minutes in its latest move into brick-and-mortar retail. The world’s largest online retailer has launched ‘Instant Pickup’ points around five college campuses, such as the University of California at Berkeley, it said on Tuesday. Amazon has plans to add the program to more sites by the end of the year. Shoppers on Amazon’s... 

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BMW Intel Self-driving Car Alliance Adds Fiat Chrysler

August 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
BMW Intel Self-driving Car Alliance Adds Fiat Chrysler

Fiat Chrysler plans on joining an alliance spearheaded by BMW to develop self-driving cars, intensifying a race by carmakers and technology companies to develop “robotaxis” which can be called up via smartphone and paid for by the minute. The market for such self-driving cabs could be worth $2 trillion by 2030, according to consultants McKinsey, as younger customers abandon car ownership in favor of a pay-per-use mobility service. Fiat Chrysler (FCA) said it plans to put autonomous car... 

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With Good Reviews Can AMD’s Threadriper Challenge Intel

August 17, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
With Good Reviews Can AMD’s Threadriper Challenge Intel

AMD has lifted the review NDA veil from its first Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, the Threadripper 1950X and the Threadripper 1920X, which offer impressive multi-threaded performance and finally bringing some competition to this part of the market. According to plenty of reviews from the usual suspects treated to special Threadripper samples, the cherry-picked Ryzen CPU dies, multi-die solution, a high number of cores with Simultaneous MultiThreading (SMT) and plenty of PCIe lanes to go around, AMD has... 

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Will eSports Make It To The 2024 Olympics In Paris

August 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will eSports Make It To The 2024 Olympics In Paris

The 2024 Olympic Games in Paris could be the first to host an official esports event if the bid team is successful. Esports Insider reports that the team is rallying for the International Olympic Committee to consider adding professional gaming competitions to the program. The site reports that the Paris 2024 team has been openly discussing this for some time, believing esports will help get more young people interested in the Olympics, although the IOC will make the final decision. Paris is expected... 

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Will The James Webb Telescope Easily Find Earth Like Planets

August 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will The James Webb Telescope Easily Find Earth Like Planets

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), billed as “NASA’s premier observatory of the next decade,” could search for signs of an atmosphere on Proxima b. When it launches next year, JWST will be the most powerful space-based observatory yet, and the largest ever contrcuted. Its 6.5-meter mirror (nearly three times the size of the Hubble Space Telescope’s mirror) is expected to yield insights into the entire universe, ranging from the formation of planets and galaxies to peering... 

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LinkedIn Loses Battle To Block Access To User’s Profile Data

August 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
LinkedIn Loses Battle To Block Access To User’s Profile Data

A U.S. federal judge has ruled that Microsoft Corp’s LinkedIn unit will not be allowed to prevent a startup from accessing public profile data, in a test of how much control a social media site can wield over information its users have deemed to be public. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco granted a preliminary injunction request brought by hiQ Labs, and ordered LinkedIn to remove within 24 hours any technology preventing hiQ from accessing public profiles. The case is considered... 

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Angry Bird’s Rovio Returns To Profit, Possible IPO

August 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Angry Bird’s Rovio Returns To Profit, Possible IPO

Finnish mobile games and animation studio Rovio Entertainment Ltd announced that its sales in the first half of the year nearly doubled following the success of “The Angry Birds Movie.” First-half revenue rose to 152.6 million euros ($179.7 million) from 78.5 million a year earlier, while adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization increased to 41.8 million euros from 11.0 million a year ago. Following years of falling earnings, job cuts and restructuring,... 

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Verizon, Others Push For Greater Cell Phone Records Privacy

August 16, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Verizon, Others Push For Greater Cell Phone Records Privacy

More than a dozen high technology giants and the biggest wireless carrier in the United States, Verizon Communications Inc, have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access individuals’ sensitive cell phone data. The companies filed a 44-page brief with the court on Monday night in a high-profile dispute over whether police should have to get a warrant before obtaining data that could reveal a cell phone user’s whereabouts. Signed by some of Silicon... 

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Intel’s Core i3 8th Generation Processors Are Forthcoming

August 16, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Intel’s Core i3 8th Generation Processors Are Forthcoming

While we have already seen some details for the upcoming Core i3-8300, a couple of recent leaks show a bit more information regarding two other Coffee Lake Core i3 SKUs, the Core i3-8350K and the Core i3-8100. Spotted originally at Anandtech Forums and later further detailed over at Videocardz.com, it is now clear that Intel will push for the higher core count with its upcoming 8th generation Coffe Lake CPUs. Unlike the Core i5 lineup, which will supposedly consist of quad- and six-core CPUs, with... 

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Researchers Create Battery-Free Mobile Phone

August 16, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Researchers Create Battery-Free Mobile Phone

Researchers have emerged from their smoke-filled labs with a prototype of a battery-free mobile phone. The phone is the work of a group of researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle and works by harvesting tiny amounts of power from radio signals, known as radio frequency or ‘RF’ waves. Team member Vamsi Talla told Reuters that ambient RF waves are all around us so, as an example, your FM station broadcasts radio waves,TV stations, mobile phone towers. They all are transmitting... 

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Astronomers Test Einsteins’s Relativity Theory With Star

August 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Test Einsteins’s Relativity Theory With Star

A giant star near the center of our galaxy hints, once again, that Albert Einstein was correct about gravity. A group of astronomers in Germany and the Czech Republic observed three stars in a cluster near the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Using data from the Very Large Telescope in Chile, among others, the researchers tracked how the stars moved as they went around the monster black hole. One of the stars, called S2, showed slight deviations in its orbit that might... 

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Bitcoin Keeps Soaring, Surpasses $4000 Threshold

August 15, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Bitcoin Keeps Soaring, Surpasses $4000 Threshold

Bitcoin has passed another major milestone, easily reaching beyond the $4,000 threshold on Sunday. The cryptocurrency, which has only been in existence for seven years, reached a high of $4,224 (equivalent to £3,244 or AU$5,343) shortly after 9 a.m. UTC on Sunday. It’s been a swift rise for bitcoin, which only passed the $3,000 marker for the first time at the start of the month. The rise also comes fresh off the heels of the so-called “hard fork” in bitcoin which saw a new... 

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Amazon Issues Recall For Solar Eclipse Glasses

August 15, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Issues Recall For Solar Eclipse Glasses

Amazon has issued a recall to consumers who purchased eclipse glasses that may not have come from a recommended manufacturer. The internet retailer began notifying buyers of the unverified glasses on Saturday, warning them not to use the product for viewing the much-anticipated total solar eclipse later this month. Customers who didn’t receive a recall email are safe to use the ones they purchased. “We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse,”... 

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More Unaired HBO Shows Released By Hacker

August 15, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
More Unaired HBO Shows Released By Hacker

Hackers have loaded onto the internet more unaired episodes of popular HBO shows but the latest leak did not include anything on the hit series “Game of Thrones,” the Associated Press reported. The hackers, who broke into HBO’s computer network and have released stolen information for several weeks, provided more unaired episodes, including the popular show “Curb Your Enthusiasm, ” which returns in October. They also leaked episodes of “Insecure,” “Ballers”... 

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