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Apple, Accenture Team Up For Better Business Apps

August 31, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Apple, Accenture Team Up For Better Business Apps

Technology giant Apple Inc and professional services firm Accenture PLC announced that they will team up to help businesses build better applications for iOS, the operating system that powers Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Accenture helps large companies write new software and adopt new technology. The company will create special teams dedicated to helping its customers, which include banks and retailers, write iOS apps. Apple employees, including software engineers and user-interface designers, will... 

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AT&T Adding More Cities To 5G Trials

August 31, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Adding More Cities To 5G Trials

AT&T Inc has announced plans to expand its 5G trials to include three additional U.S. cities by the end of the year as part of its push to develop a next-generation network. The trials will test a faster broadband service where the last leg of the connection is delivered via a radio signal to a home or business using high-band wireless airwaves known as millimeter wave. Participants in the trials will be able to stream AT&T’s DirecTV Now service over a 5G connection as well as experience... 

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Siemens Strengthen Automotive Push With Tass Acquisition

August 31, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Siemens Strengthen Automotive Push With Tass Acquisition

German industrial group Siemens said it will acquire Dutch self-driving software specialist Tass International for an undisclosed sum to strengthen its automotive business. Tass makes software that can simulate complex traffic scenarios, validate autonomous driving and advanced driver assistance systems and replicate the impact of a car crash on a human body. It has annual turnover of around 27 million euros ($32.3 million) and around 200 employees. “Tass International is a proven leader in both... 

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Do Indy Developers Need a Publisher To Succeed On Steam

August 31, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Do Indy Developers Need a Publisher To Succeed On Steam

Discoverability problems on Steam have reached the stage where it’s essential that indie and smaller developers seek out a publishing deal. That’s according to Bulkhead Interactive producer Joe Brammer, who spoke to GamesIndustry.biz at Gamescom about indie attitudes towards publishers, lessons learned from his first few releases, and the increasingly crowded PC market. Back in December, it emerged that more than 4,200 games were released in 2016 alone – accounting for 38% of the... 

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Are AMD And nVidia Benefiting From Data Miners

August 31, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Are AMD And nVidia Benefiting From Data Miners

Sales of PC graphics add-in cards rose in the second quarter for the first time in nearly a decade, benefiting Nvidia and AMD. Data from Jon Peddie Research (JPR), add-in card sales jumped 30.9 per cent in the second quarter from the first quarter, and 34.9 per cent from a year earlier. More than $3.6 billion of add-in hardware was sold last quarter, representing an increase of about $850 million over the first three months of the year. GPUs from AMD and Nvidia have seen projected sales increases... 

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Astronomers Capture First Star Beyond The Sun

August 31, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Capture First Star Beyond The Sun

A new photo of the red “supergiant”Antares is the best ever captured of a star other than the sun, researchers said. The image shows Antares’ tumultuous surface and reveals unexpected turbulence in its atmosphere, hinting at some mysterious process that is churning away violently inside the stellar mass, the scientists added. Located nearly 620 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Scorpio, Antares is a puffy stellar monster, with a mass and diameter 12 times and 700 times... 

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Microsoft To Release First Upgrade To Windows 2016 Server

August 30, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft To Release First Upgrade To Windows 2016 Server

Microsoft is scheduled to release the first upgrade to Windows Server 2016 in late September. “We’ll be launching Windows Server, version 1709, at Ignite,” Jeff Woolsey, a manager in Microsoft’s Windows Server group, wrote on a company blog. Ignite, the conference successor to the long-running TechEd, will run Sept. 25-29 in Orlando, Fla. Windows Server 1709, labeled in Microsoft’s yymm release format, will be the first of an every-six-months upgrade cycle. The... 

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Uber To End Post-ride Tracking Feature

August 30, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Uber To End Post-ride Tracking Feature

Uber Technologies Inc has decided to end a heavily criticized feature within its app that allowed it to track riders for up to five minutes after a trip, its security chief told Reuters, as the ride-services company tries to fix its poor reputation for customer privacy. The change, which restores users’ ability to share location data only while using the app, is expected to be announced on Tuesday and rolled out to Apple Inc iPhone users starting this week. It comes as Uber tries to recover from... 

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Domino’s Pizza Teams With Ford On Autonomous Cars Pizza Delivery

August 30, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Domino’s Pizza Teams With Ford On Autonomous Cars Pizza Delivery

Ford Motor Co and Domino’s Pizza Inc in September will begin testing Michigan consumers’ reactions to having their pizza delivered by autonomous vehicles, the companies said. It will not be the first experiment with advanced pizza delivery technology. Australia-based Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, the Ann Arbor-based company’s largest independent franchisee, has tested delivery to customers in New Zealand via drone and self-driving robot. In a blog post last week, Sherif Marakby, head of Ford’s... 

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Are NAND Prices Skyrocketing

August 30, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Are NAND Prices Skyrocketing

Average selling prices for NAND flash memory chips rose three to 10 percent in the second quarter and are projected to continue rising through the third quarter. According to DRAMeXchange, a market research firm that tracks memory chip pricing, NAND suppliers to post excellent third quarter financial results thanks to slight increases in contract pricing for mobile products like universal flash storage (UFS) and eMMC and solid state drives. A tight supply of memory chips, particularly NAND and DRAM,... 

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Will Asian Chipmakers Pass Intel

August 30, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Will Asian Chipmakers Pass Intel

Not everyone is mourning the slow death of Moore’s Law and Chinese chipmakers could use the period to catch up with their Western rivals. According to Shang-yi Chiang, a former TSMC executive VP and co-chief operating officer, China’s semiconductor industry could have a chance of strengthening its position. Chiang, who now serves as an independent non-executive director for Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) thinks every cloud has a silver lining and that can be applied to... 

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Is Sony Facing Another Class Action Lawsuit

August 30, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Is Sony Facing Another Class Action Lawsuit

A US Federal Court has approved a class action lawsuit against Sony for ‘deceptively advertising’ its Xperia smartphones and tablets as “waterproof”.  The lawsuit, first reported on by The Verge, alleges that Sony’s Xperia devices have been misrepresented as “waterproof” as they are not designed for or capable of ordinary underwater use and are more on the “water-resistant” level of protection. “Sony exploited certain international water... 

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New Mazda, Toyota Vehicles To Share Infotainment System

August 29, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
New Mazda, Toyota Vehicles To Share Infotainment System

Future Mazda and Toyota vehicles will share the same infotainment underpinnings as part of a joint development effort between the two automakers, Nikkei reports. Toyota first developed the Linux-based guts of its new Entune 3.0 infotainment system, but it brought in Mazda for additional streamlining because of a lack of software developers in Japan’s auto industry. The system will first reach the public by way of the 2018 Toyota Camry, which is already on sale in the US. It should land in... 

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Facebook Ramps Up Fight Against Fake News Ads

August 29, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Ramps Up Fight Against Fake News Ads

Fake news peddlers consider yourself on notice. Facebook has announced that it’s blocking any pages from posting advertisements on its massive social network if they continually share fake news. The company is using third-party fact-checking organizations like Snopes to flag fake news stories, after con artists and hoax authors realized they could take advantage of people’s gullibility and Facebook’s ability to make it viral. Facebook acknowledged it had a fake news problem after... 

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Fitbit Commits To Smartwatch Market With Ionic Launch

August 29, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Fitbit Commits To Smartwatch Market With Ionic Launch

Wearable device maker Fitbit Inc has launched its newest device, the Ionic smartwatch, with features ranging from fitness tracking to contactless payment, as it gears up to compete with rivals such as Apple Inc. Once the market leader in wearables, Fitbit has recently struggled due to fierce competition and had earlier blamed a shift among consumers toward feature-rich devices and smartwatches for its revenue decline. Ionic smartwatches will feature GPS, heart rate tracking, water resistance up to... 

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