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Roku Gears Up For IPO, Sets Shares At $14

September 29, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Roku Gears Up For IPO, Sets Shares At $14

Roku, the video streaming platform, set its initial public offering price at $14 per share, giving the company a value of $1.3 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. The maker of set-top streaming boxes and software priced at the high end of its expected range, raising roughly $219 million Wednesday night ahead of its debut on the Nasdaq stock market Thursday, The Journal reported. Roku may not be as recognizable a name as some of its streaming box competitors, which are all monolithic tech... 

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BlackBerry’s Focus On Software Pays Off

September 29, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry’s Focus On Software Pays Off

BlackBerry Ltd reported better-than-expected quarterly results and increased its fiscal-year revenue forecast after sales at its closely monitored software business hit a record, sending its shares up more than 7 percent in Thursday premarket trading. The Canadian company, which last year stopped manufacturing the iconic BlackBerry smartphone to focus on software, reported a profit of 5 cents a share before special items for the second quarter ended on Aug. 31, compared with break-even per share... 

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U.S. Senate Seeks Answers From Social Media Execs Regarding Russian Accounts

September 29, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
U.S. Senate Seeks Answers From Social Media Execs Regarding Russian Accounts

Executives from Facebook, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter have been asked to testify before the U.S. Congress while lawmakers probe Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election, according to committee sources. A Senate aide said executives from the three firms had been asked by the Senate Intelligence Committee to appear at a public hearing on Nov. 1. The leaders of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said the panel would hold an open hearing next month with representatives... 

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Imagination Builds A Neural Network

September 29, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Imagination Builds A Neural Network

Imagination Technologies has been showing off its standalone hardware IP neural network accelerator which is powered by its PowerVR architecture implementation for neural networks. The tech means that companies can build SoCs for mobile, surveillance, automotive and consumer systems can integrate the new PowerVR Series2NX Neural Network Accelerator (NNA) for high-performance computation of neural networks at very low power consumption in minimal silicon area. Neural networks such as Convolutional... 

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Will Apple Delay The iPhone X

September 29, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Will Apple Delay The iPhone X

The iPhone X, which is already late, probably will not see the light of day until next year, according to a leading financial services company. Apple needs the iPhone to go out on October 27 so that it can go into the Christmas stockings of extremely rich spoiled kids. Financial services company Raymond James thinks the iPhone X might come much, much later, around December. But to make matters worse that is the time that the orders are possible and it might be a few months after that the iPhone... 

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Astronomers Find Two Black Holes At The Center Of A Spiral Galaxy

September 29, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Two Black Holes At The Center Of A Spiral Galaxy

Not one but two gigantic black holes lurk at the heart of the distant spiral galaxy NGC 7674, a new study suggests. These two supermassive black holes are separated by less than 1 light-year and together harbor about 40 million times the mass of the sun, researchers said. If it holds up, the find would be just the second known system of double supermassive black holes. The other, announced in 2006, is in a galaxy known as 0402+379, whose two giant black holes are separated by about 24 light-years... 

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Vimeo Acquires Livestream

September 28, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Vimeo Acquires Livestream

Video-sharing website Vimeo announced intentions to acquire live video-streaming service Livestream and launch a new streaming service called Vimeo Live. IAC-owned Vimeo didn’t disclose financial details for the acquisition of the Brooklyn-based company, which says it serves up live videos to 50 million viewers from customers such as Spotify and Dow Jones. Once the deal closes, Livestream’s technology will be integrated with Vimeo, allowing users to capture and stream live events. “With... 

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Ford And Lyft Team Up To Deply Self-driving Cars

September 28, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Ford And Lyft Team Up To Deply Self-driving Cars

Ford Motor Co announced plans to team up with Lyft to deploy Ford self-driving vehicles on the ride services company’s network in large numbers by 2021. Ford and Lyft teams will begin working together to design software to allow Ford vehicles to communicate with Lyft’s smartphone apps. Ford self-driving test vehicles will be connected to Lyft’s network, but at first, customers will not be able to use them, Sherif Marakby, Ford’s vice president for autonomous vehicles and electrification,... 

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Amazon, Google Take Feud Public

September 28, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon, Google Take Feud Public

In a rare public feud between titans of technology, Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday its Echo Show devices could no longer play videos from YouTube because the site’s parent, Google, stopped supporting the service. The spat is the latest in Silicon Valley in which competitive tensions stood in the way of customers. Amazon and Google square off in many areas, from cloud computing and online search, to selling voice-controlled gadgets like the Echo Show. In a statement, Amazon said, “As of this afternoon,... 

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AMD Appears To Be Moving To Global Founderies Process

September 28, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
AMD Appears To Be Moving To Global Founderies Process

AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster announced that the company will be moving “graphics and client products” from the Global Foundries14nm LP FinFET process to the new 12nm LP process in 2018. Talking to the assembled throngs at the Global Foundries Technology Conference, Papermaster said the company will transition both Vega GPUs and the Ryzen line of processors to the 12nm LP process. What was unclear from the announcement is if the 12nm LP will be a shrink of Ryzen in 2018 or if Zen+/Zen 2 will... 

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Is Amazon About To Release Smart Glasses With Alexa On Board

September 28, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Amazon About To Release Smart Glasses With Alexa On Board

The dark satanic rumor mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn that Amazon is about to release a set of smart glasses. The device, designed like a regular pair of spectacles, will allow Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa to be summoned anytime at all places. There would be a bone-conduction audio system in the device to allow the wearer to hear Alexa without inserting headphones into his or her ears, according to the report. Earlier this year, Alphabet Inc re-introduced its own wearable glass... 

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Astronomers Find Carbon Star With Red Glowing Bubble

September 28, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Carbon Star With Red Glowing Bubble

Gorgeous new imagery shows the enormous, glowing bubble that a strange, dying red star has blown around itself. The huge star, known as U Antliae, lies about 900 light-years from Earth, in the southern constellation Antlia (the Air Pump). U Antliae has burned all the hydrogen and helium in its core and has therefore moved on to the “asymptotic giant branch” (AGB), the last major step in the life cycle of a sun-like star before it becomes superdense white dwarf.  AdvertisementA few... 

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Google Assistant Can Now Control Your LG Appliances

September 27, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Assistant Can Now Control Your LG Appliances

LG is urging you to communicate with your appliances. You are now officially able to use the Google Assistant to command 87 different Wi-Fi connected LG appliances — including washers, dryers, refrigerators and even vacuums. To mark the occasion, LG’s also giving away a free Google Home smart speaker if you buy a Wi-Fi enabled LG appliance from participating retailers between October 8 and 25. Give a voice command to the Google Home, or any phone with the Google Assistant built-in,... 

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Skype For Business Being Replaced By Microsoft’s Team Product

September 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Skype For Business Being Replaced By Microsoft’s Team Product

Microsoft’s Skype for Business will be replaced by Teams, which will become the primary communications client within Office 365. The Teams instant messaging platform – which is bundled with the company’s Office 365 productivity suite – was launched only six months ago as a rival to Slack. According to Microsoft, there are now 125,000 organizations using the software globally. Teams is already running on Skype’s cloud-based infrastructure for video and audio calls, which Microsoft is “evolving... 

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Deloitte Admits Hacking, Claims Very Few Affected

September 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Deloitte Admits Hacking, Claims Very Few Affected

Global accounting firm Deloitte has confirmed that it was the victim of a cyber attack that affected the data of a small number of clients, providing few details on the breach. Deloitte said in a statement that attackers accessed data from the company’s email platform, confirming some details in a report by the Guardian newspaper, which broke news of the hack on Monday. The attack appeared to target the firm’s U.S. operations, was discovered in March and could have begun as early as October 2016,... 

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