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Is Unity Up to Something Big?

October 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Unity Up to Something Big?

Earlier today Unity Technologies caused quite a stir in the games industry with the announcement that former Electronic Arts chief exec John Riccitiello would be taking over the CEO job for David Helgason. While EA struggled to make shareholders happy, Unity has been seeing tremendous growth, becoming a favorite toolset for large and small publishers and especially indies. In fact, the company serves over 600,000 monthly developers. But what does Unity really have up its sleeve? Is the hiring of... 

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Twitter Launches Fabric SDK

October 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Twitter Launches Fabric SDK

Twitter has introduced Fabric, a modular mobile platform that the firm claims will make it easier for developers to build great apps. Twitter is looking to embrace the developer community after having alienated it in 2012 when it tightened API rules governing third-party app developers. The company said during its first developer conference that Fabric is a ‘modular mobile platform’, or developer toolkit, which brings together tools and services from a mixture of outfits already under... 

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Do Exocomets Come In Different Forms?

October 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Do Exocomets Come In Different Forms?

Astronomers investigated Beta Pictoris, a relatively young star located about 63 light-years from the sun. At only about 20 million years of age — far younger than the 4.6-billion-year-old sun — Beta Pictoris is surrounded by a huge protoplanetary disk. A disk of gas and dust just like this one encircled the sun in its youth. For nearly 30 years, scientists have detected subtle changes in the light from Beta Pictoris that researchers thought were caused by exocomets traveling in front of the... 

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Samsung Shows Off 20nm DDR4

October 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Samsung Shows Off 20nm DDR4

Samsung has started shipping its first 8Gbit DDR4 memory chips and 32GB dual in-line memory modules (Dimms) for servers manufactured using a 20nm process technology. The Korean chip maker said the 20nm production process had been expanded from its PC and mobile memory markets to the enterprise server market with these fresh components, which it began producing earlier this month. The new 32GB module offers a data transfer rate per pin of up to 2,400Mbps, equating to a 29 percent performance increase... 

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Google Launches Two-Factor Security Key

October 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Google Launches Two-Factor Security Key

Google has added account authentication via USB stick to its two-step verification process, offering users a more convenient way to sign in to their accounts in a secure manner. As detailed in a Google security blog post, a compatible USB Security Key can now be used to log-in to Google accounts with two-step authentication. The addition of the USB Security Key, Google claims, ensures that the log-in website is an actual Google website and not a fake. Two-step authentication normally asks the user... 

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EMC Buys More Of VCE

October 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
EMC Buys More Of VCE

Data storage products maker EMC is buying much of Cisco’s stake in their joint venture VCE. The VCE joint venture, set up in 2009 as a one-stop shop for data centres, bundles Cisco’s networking equipment and servers with EMC’s storage gear and software from EMC’s VMware subsidiary. EMC is expected to merge VCE into its business and consolidate its sales into its quarterly results and an announcement will be made later today. EMC on Tuesday said it would make an announcement... 

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The Xbox One Goes Social Next Month

October 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
The Xbox One Goes Social Next Month

November Xbox One update, explaining that it will throw a bucketful of new features into the console. The firm polishes the console experience on a monthly basis and this month sees it swathe the device in tweaks and social networking positives. Whether you use the console to browse the internet, talk to people, do social networking, watch television, or even play games, you will see some sort of improvement, according to spokeschap Major Nelson. “We’re bringing you new and exciting ways... 

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Goes WiGi

October 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Goes WiGi

The WiGig standard has been around since 2009, but we haven’t really seen it hitting that many retail devices. Back at IDF 2014, Intel demonstrated WiGig 802.11ad video, peripherals, 4K video transfer and it promised that Skylake based laptops will come out of the box with the technology. WiGig will let you transfer up to 7Gbpps of audio, video or data via 2.4, 5 or 6GHz bands and is as fast as eight-antenna 802.11ac and nearly 50 times faster than highest 802.11n rate. It is backward compatible... 

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Will Google’s Algorithm Change Stop Piracy?

October 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will Google’s Algorithm Change Stop Piracy?

Nosey Google has updated its search engine algorithms in an attempt to restrict piracy web sites appearing high in its search rankings. The update will mean piracy sites are less likely to appear when people search for music, films and other copyrighted content. The decision to roll out the search changes was announced in a refreshed version of a How Google Fights Piracy report, which was originally published in September 2013. However, this year’s updated report features a couple of developments,... 

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nVidia Shield To Get Android Update

October 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
nVidia Shield To Get Android Update

Although has not been publicly confirmed that Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lolipop will be coming to its Nvidia Shield tablet, Nvidia was pretty quiet about the Shield Portable handheld console, so we asked around. It appears that the update will indeed be coming to Shield Portable as well. The first devices on the list to receive the Android 5.0 Lolipop update will be Google’s own Nexus devices, starting with the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 10 as the oldest devices, followed by Google... 

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IBM Launches BlueMix For The IoT

October 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Launches BlueMix For The IoT

IBM has announced its approach to marketing Bluemix cloud services for the Internet of Things (IoT) with its IBM Internet of Things Foundation service based on its Smarter Planet initiative. The firm claims that its IBM Internet of Things Foundation service “makes it possible for a developer to quickly and easily extend an internet-connected device such as a sensor or controller into the [IBM Bluemix] cloud”, and then “build an application [for] the device to collect the data and... 

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Can Red Dwaft Have Planets With Alien Life?

October 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Red Dwaft Have Planets With Alien Life?

Small, dim red dwarfs are by far the most common stars in the Milky Way, making up more than 70 percent of our galaxy’s stellar population. But are they best places to look for alien life? That question will took center stage during a debate on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. EDT (2330 GMT) organized by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). You can watch the event live here on Space.com, courtesy of the CfA, or on the CfA’s “Observatory Nights” YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ObsNights Two... 

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Will TSMC’s FinFet Chips Show Up In Early 2015?

October 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will TSMC’s FinFet Chips Show Up In Early 2015?

TSMC has announced that it will begin volume production of 16nm FinFET products in the second half of 2015, in late Q2 or early Q3. For consumers, this means products based on TSMC 16nm FinFET silicon should appear in late 2015 and early 2016. The first TSMC 16nm FinFET product was announced a few weeks ago. TSMC executive CC Wei said sales of 16nm FinFET products should account for 7-9% of the foundry’s total revenue in Q4 2015. The company already has more than 60 clients lined up for the... 

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Openstack Releases Juno

October 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Openstack Releases Juno

Openstack has reached another major milestone today with the release of Juno, its newest version. The latest version of the cloud computing stack contains 342 new features, 3,219 bug fixes, almost 500,000 lines of modified documentation and a new Architecture Design Guide. 1,419 unique contributors including representatives from 133 companies made it all happen over six months. Last month it was revealed that HP had overtaken Red Hat in terms of overall contributions to Juno, and is closing in on... 

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Where Should The Search For Life On Mars Start?

October 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Where Should The Search For Life On Mars Start?

Frigid lakes bombarded by UV radiation and boiling, acidic springs are some of the otherworldly Earth environments where scientists plan to hunt for clues to life on Mars. Funded by a new, five-year NASA grant, the researchers will tour the three ages of Mars on Earth — when Mars was cold, wet and habitable; the transition period when water disappeared; and the modern, dry period. The Mars-like environments include hot springs in California and Yellowstone National Park, permafrost on cold Arctic... 

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