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Can USB-C Replace The 3.5mm Headphone Jack?

April 29, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can USB-C Replace The 3.5mm Headphone Jack?

Intel has called for the standard 3.5mm headphone jack to be dropped in favor of connections like USB-C. Intel does not think there is much wrong with the 3.5mm audio jack, but apparently there are more advantages to a digital connection. USB-C would allow would mean higher quality and “cleaner” audio, apparently. USB-C could also allow for headphones to track health data like your body temperature and tell the doctors if your ears are bleeding. At present, Intel is finalizing the USB Type-C... 

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Is Nintendo Making A Mistaking With The NX?

April 29, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Nintendo Making A Mistaking With The NX?

Nintendo has confirmed that its next-gen console, the Nintendo NX, will launch in March 2017. Causing many to screw up their Christmas lists, the company told shareholders during its earnings call on Tuesday: “For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed ‘NX’ with a brand-new concept. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally.” Probably also causing some to cancel a trip to Los Angeles, Nintendo said that the... 

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Astronomers Find Dwarf Planet With Moon

April 29, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Dwarf Planet With Moon

The dwarf planet Makemake has some company out in the cold, dark depths of the outer solar system. Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a moon orbiting Makemake, which is the second-brightest object in the distant Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. (Pluto is the brightest of these bodies.) The newfound satellite — the first ever spotted around Makemake — is 1,300 times fainter than the dwarf planet and is thought to be about 100 miles (160 kilometers) in diameter, researchers... 

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Does Acer Support Virtual Reality?

April 28, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does Acer Support Virtual Reality?

Acer’s boss Jason Chen says his company will not make its own VR devices and will focus on getting its gaming products to work with the existing VR platforms. Eyebrows were raised when Acer released its new Predator series products which support  virtual reality devices. The thought was that Acer might have a device of its own in the works. However Acer CEO Jason Chen said there were no plans and the goal was to get everythink working with the four current major VR platforms Oculus, HTC’s... 

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Can Astronomers Finally Explain The “WOW! Singal?

April 28, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Astronomers Finally Explain The “WOW! Singal?

The story behind the famous “Wow!” signal has an eerie quality that has inspired countless science fiction alien encounters and is often lauded as one of the strongest pieces of evidence that we are, in fact, not alone in the universe. However, its “alien intelligence” authenticity has been questioned since that fabled night on Aug. 15, 1977 at 10:16 p.m. ET when astronomer Jerry Ehman used the Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope to sweep the skies for signals... 

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Will NASA Go OpenStack At JPL?

April 28, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will NASA Go OpenStack At JPL?

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has built a new private cloud based on Red Hat’s build of the OpenStack framework to fulfill the growing computing requirements of its space missions, such as the Mars rovers. The move was announced to coincide with the OpenStack Summit, and means that NASA’s JPL has access to enterprise-scale computing resources that will enable researchers to tap into their own private cloud and maximise the organisation’s server and storage capacity... 

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Qualcomm and LG Settle Dispute

April 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Qualcomm and LG Settle Dispute

Qualcomm has buried the hatchet with LG after the smartphone vendor agreed to pay more for its chips. LG said the dispute with Qualcomm has been completely settled, although it did not say how much it had agreed to pay. Earlier it had claimed Qualcomm had overcharged for the chips under a licensing contract. The news about the lawsuit settlement emerged following Qualcomm’s profit forecast for the second quarter in January, which was below what Wall Street’s tarot readers had predicted. The... 

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Will The VR Industry Have Blockbuster Sales This Year?

April 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will The VR Industry Have Blockbuster Sales This Year?

Virtual reality is, without a doubt, the most exciting thing that’s going to happen to videogames in 2016 – but it’s becoming increasingly clear, in the cold light of day, that it’s only going to be providing thrills to a relatively limited number of consumers. Market research firm Superdata has downgraded its forecast for the size of the VR market this year once more, taking it from a dizzying $5.1 billion projection at the start of the year to a more reasonable sounding... 

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Is Kepler Really Back In Action?

April 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Kepler Really Back In Action?

NASA’s Kepler space telescope has recovered fully from a recent anomaly and is scanning the heavens for exoplanets once again, agency officials announced today (April 22). Kepler’s handlers began prepping the spacecraft — which has discovered about half of all known alien planets to date — for a return to duty on Tuesday (April 19), and that process is now complete, mission team members said. “The spacecraft is now ready for science operations, officially starting K2′s... 

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Corning Goes Vibrant With Gorilla Glass

April 26, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Corning Goes Vibrant With Gorilla Glass

Corning Glass has announced that its already tough Gorilla Glass has evolved into something a bit more colorful. Dubbed “Vibrant Gorilla Glass” it is a way for Corning to print permanent images onto the glass panels with “outstanding resolution and sharpness.” Corning hasn’t stated when the Vibrant Gorilla Glass will actually be available to manufacturers. But it shouldn’t be too far out. Vibrant Gorilla Glass could be important. Basically it means that smartphone makers will be able... 

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Did Researchers Create Batteries That A Lifetime?

April 26, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Researchers Create Batteries That A Lifetime?

Researchers at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) have accidentally – yes, accidentally – discovered a nanowire-based technology that could lead to batteries that can be charged hundreds of thousands of times. Mya Le Thai, a PhD candidate at the university, explained in a paper published this week that she and her colleagues used nanowires, a material that is several thousand times thinner than a human hair, extremely conductive and has a surface area large enough to support... 

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Astronomers Searching For Gravitational Waves Via Mergers?

April 26, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Astronomers Searching For Gravitational Waves Via Mergers?

The sound of merging supermassive black holes does not saturate the universe. For the past decade, scientists with the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) collaboration have been listening for a constant “hum” of low-frequency gravitational waves. Theoretical work suggests that this hum — generated by collisions involving supermassive black holes, which contain millions or billions of times more mass than the sun — should be detectable at Earth.... 

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Qualcomm’s Appears To Be Slowing

April 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm’s Appears To Be Slowing

Qualcomm predicted a third-quarter profit below analysts estimates as it expects to ship fewer chips, including those for smartphones, its biggest business. Qualcomm, whose customers include Apple and Samsung expects chip shipments to fall 13-22 percent to 175-195 million in the current quarter with its  expects 3G and 4G devices to increase to eight percent at the midpoint in this quarter, lower than its previous estimate of about 10 percent growth. Besides slowing smartphone sales, Qualcomm is... 

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Did Astronomers See Light From Colliding Black Holes?

April 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Astronomers See Light From Colliding Black Holes?

When black holes collide, do they hide in the dark or emit flashes of light? That question is up the air after an Earth-based detector spotted gravitational waves, or ripples in the fabric of space-time, created by two black holes merging together. Previous work suggested that for black holes of this size — about 30 times the mass of the sun — there would be no bright flash, no hazy glow, no light to speak of. But in September 2015, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope saw a faint burst... 

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Will nVidia’s Mid-Range Pascal Processor Debut In Q3?

April 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will nVidia’s Mid-Range Pascal Processor Debut In Q3?

According to the latest report, Nvidia plans to launch next-generation mainstream segment graphics cards, based on GP106 GPU, in Autumn, or late Q3/early Q4 2016. According to a report coming from Sweclockers.com, Nvidia’s mainstream graphics cards, which will be based on a GP106 Pascal GPU, should be coming in Autumn, and be ready for sales by the time for a Christmas shopping season. Meant to replace the currently available Maxwell-based GTX 960 and GTX 950 graphics cards, the upcoming mainstream... 

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