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U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Major Digital Privacy Case

November 30, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Major Digital Privacy Case

The U.S. Supreme Court took up a major test of privacy rights in the digital age as it weighs whether police must obtain warrants to get data on the past locations of criminal suspects using cellphone data from wireless providers. The justices at 10 a.m. (1500 GMT) are due to hear an appeal by a man named Timothy Carpenter convicted in a series of armed robberies in Ohio and Michigan with the help of past cellphone location data that linked him to the crime locations. His American Civil Liberties... 

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Toyota Updates Safety Systems In It’s Vehicles

November 30, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Toyota Updates Safety Systems In It’s Vehicles

By the end of 2017, the first generation of Toyota Safety Sense, the carmaker’s suite of active and passive safety systems, will be standard on almost every Toyota. But there’s an even more powerful version of Toyota Safety Sense coming next year, and it too will become standard equipment. Toyota announced today that it will roll out the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense on select Toyota models starting in mid-2018. The system will build upon the current TSS offering, adding... 

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Facebook Says Extremist Content Removal Going Well

November 30, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Says Extremist Content Removal Going Well

Facebook announced that it was removing 99 percent of content related to militant groups Islamic State and al Qaeda before being told of it, as it prepared for a meeting with European authorities on tackling extremist content online. Eighty-three percent of “terror content” is removed within one hour of being uploaded, Monika Bickert, head of global policy management, and Brian Fishman, head of counter-terrorism policy at Facebook, wrote in a blog post. The world’s largest social media network,... 

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Qualcomm Goes 7nm With TSMC

November 30, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Goes 7nm With TSMC

Korean based Etnews has mentioned that Qualcomm 7nm manufacturing has been a big win for TSMC while two other US and China customers chose Samsung’s 7nm. TSMC traditionially have dibs on Nvidia and MediaTek too.  The Taiwan based foundry and Qualcomm are expected to ship in volume in early 2019 with announcement of the new product in late 2018, no surprises there. This will be the chip that comes after the soon to be announced Snapdragon 845. The most talked phone after iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy... 

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Will Uber Become The Next Acquisition Of Softbank

November 30, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will Uber Become The Next Acquisition Of Softbank

According to Reuters, Softbank will pay a small fortune to buy into the controversial “hail and ride” firm.   Uber has been criticized across the world for its policies, which differ from state to state. Softbank could throw billions into acquiring the company. As you read here on Fudzilla, first, Uber has invested gazillions into “smartcar” technology. There are certain logistical problems with “smart cars” which ought to give Softbank food for thought. But... 

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Los Alamos Lab To Build Raspberry Pi Supercomputer

November 30, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Los Alamos Lab To Build Raspberry Pi Supercomputer

The National Laboratory’s High Performance Computing Division Los Alamos has access to 750-node Raspberry Pi clusters which it is using in development work. Super-computing 17, an annual conference on high-performance computing, was told that the Raspberry Pi-based clusters were part of the first step towards a development program to assist in programming much larger machines. The platform at LANL uses a modular cluster design from BitScope Designs, with five rack-mount Bitscope Cluster Modules,... 

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More Than 200 Tech Companies Ask FCC To Keep Net Neutrality

November 29, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
More Than 200 Tech Companies Ask FCC To Keep Net Neutrality

More than 200 firms, including AirBnb, Reddit and Twitter, are pushing the Federal Communications Commission to rethink its plan to repeal its net neutrality regulations. In a letter addressed to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday, the companies asked the agency to reverse course and scrap plans to roll back most of the Obama-era regulations that prevent broadband providers from messing with your internet access. The letter, released to coincide with Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day in... 

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Microsoft Warning Customers Free Office Viewer Going Away

November 29, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Warning Customers Free Office Viewer Going Away

Microsoft is alerting customers that it will retire several Office application viewers in little more than four months, shutting off the spigot to the free document readers used by those without the productivity suite. “The Excel Viewer, PowerPoint Viewer, PowerPoint 2007 Viewer and the Office Compatibility Pack, will be retired in April 2018,” said a post to a company blog. “At that time, they will no longer be available for download and will no longer receive security updates.” The... 

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SoftBank Gets Steep Discount On Uber Shares

November 29, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
SoftBank Gets Steep Discount On Uber Shares

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp has offered to acquire shares of Uber Technologies Inc at a valuation of $48 billion, a 30 percent discount to its most recent valuation of $68.5 billion, a person familiar with the matter said. The investment, which was approved by the Uber board in October, would also trigger a string of governance changes at Uber that would limit some early shareholders’ voting power, expand the board from 11 to 17 directors and cut the influence of former Chief Executive Travis... 

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Is Toshiba Staying In The PC Business

November 29, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is Toshiba Staying In The PC Business

Toshiba has said that it has not entered into talks with any company to sell its personal computer business, denying media reports that it was in negotiations to sell the unit to Taiwan’s Asustek. To be fair, it was not the only outfit supposed to be snuffling around Tosh’s headquarters, The Nikkei business daily reported. China’s Lenovo had also expressed interest in the PC unit Cash-strapped Toshiba has previously said it is looking to sell the PC business, a small part of the industrial... 

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Intel’s Find Security Flaw In Management Engine

November 29, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Intel’s Find Security Flaw In Management Engine

Security problems have plagued the Intel Management Engine for years, but the chipmaker is only just confirming the severity of the flaws. The technology, which is a core part of Intel Active Management Technology (AMT), is present on many of the company’s CPUs and can even remain active when a PC is turned off. But for years, security specialists have identified a conveyor belt of exploitable security flaws. On Monday, Intel posted a new security advisory warning manufacturers and users of... 

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Does Space Dust Transport Life Around The Galaxy

November 29, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Does Space Dust Transport Life Around The Galaxy

It may not take an asteroid strike to transport life from one planet to another. Fast-moving dust could theoretically knock microbes floating high up in a world’s atmosphere out into space, potentially sending the bugs on a trip to another planet — perhaps even one orbiting a different star, according to a new study. “The proposition that space-dust collisions could propel organisms over enormous distances between planets raises some exciting prospects of how life and the atmospheres... 

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Samsung Rumored To Show Off New Flagship Phones At CES

November 28, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Rumored To Show Off New Flagship Phones At CES

Samsung lovers may get a sneak peek at the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus earlier than expected. According to VentureBeat, the pair of marquee phones is rumored to make an appearance at CES 2018, the huge consumer electronics trade show held annually in Las Vegas. Though Samsung is expected to fully introduce the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus sometime in March 2018 (similar to how it launched the S8 and S8 Plus during a March keynote this year), a cameo at CES in January would push up previews of... 

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Shell Teaming Up With Carmakers For Ultra-fast EV Charging Stations

November 28, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Shell Teaming Up With Carmakers For Ultra-fast EV Charging Stations

Royal Dutch Shell has teamed up with top automakers to deploy ultra-fast chargers on Europe’s highways, stealing a march on rivals in the race to remove one of the biggest obstacles facing the electric car sector. Shell’s agreement with IONITY – a joint venture between BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen  – will initially bring high-powered docks to 80 highway sites in 2019, it said in a statement. Power giants including France’s Engie and Germany’s E.ON, as well as niche players... 

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Amazon, Walmart Price War Heats Up For The Holiday Season

November 28, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon, Walmart Price War Heats Up For The Holiday Season

Walmart Stores Inc is moving ever so close to matching Amazon.com Inc’s online prices for the first time, a key milestone in its effort to regain the “low price leader” title. Walmart has aggressively invested in making its prices more competitive against brick-and-mortar rivals since the start of the year. Now, the shrinking gap is also becoming noticeable across a broad range of product categories online, according to a price study conducted for Reuters, as well as interviews with pricing... 

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