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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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Will Smartwatches Hit The 100 Million Sales Mark By 2019?

October 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Will Smartwatches Hit The 100 Million Sales Mark By 2019?

With so much hype surrounding smartwatches and wearables in general, one could hardly be blamed for thinking the industry is about tap a new goldmine, but the numbers are not encouraging. Juniper Research now estimates smartwatch shipments will hit 100 million by 2019. The firm expects several high-profile products to launch over the next year or so, helping boost mainstream awareness. However, the figures are anything but encouraging. The report, titled ‘Smart Watches: Market Dynamics, Vendor... 

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Qualcomm Buys CSR

October 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Buys CSR

Qualcomm wants to buy British Bluetooth expert CSR for $2.5 billion. The company is doing rather well in areas like automotive and wearable devices which is exactly where Qualcomm wants to be. CSR has previously said no to any take-over, but the two had remained in talks to reach a deal, with a deadline imposed by UK regulators. There is a chance alternative bidders may emerge, but they might be put off by the huge amounts of cash that Qualcomm is paying. Qualcomm Chief Executive Steven Mollenkopf... 

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TSMC Profit’s Rise

October 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
TSMC Profit’s Rise

Taiwan’s contract chipmaker TSMC surprised Wall Street by doing much better than expected. The outfit made a killing from its smartphone customers to record net profit in the third quarter. TSMC earned a net profit of (US) $2.51 billion in the July-September period, versus expectations of $2.41 billion analysts expected. It also helped the company notch a 26 percent on-quarter rise in revenue from communication devices, even as computer-related revenue fell 6 percent. TSMC had reported net profit... 

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Astronomers Find Early Galactic Mega-City

October 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Early Galactic Mega-City

A new photo of a huge galactic “mega city” under construction in the early universe shows star formation happening in unexpected places, scientists have found. The new image of the Spiderweb Galaxy (also known as MRC 1138-262) shows blobs of dust that are actually galaxies, captured by a European Southern Observatory telescope in Chile. The entire galaxy cluster surrounds a radio galaxy that has a supermassive black hole at its center. Here’s where the surprise came: Scientists... 

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The Linux Foundation Develops A Dronecode

October 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
The Linux Foundation Develops A Dronecode

The Linux Foundation has announced Dronecode, a new initiative to encourage cooperation on the peaceful use of drones. Dronecode brings together existing open source code for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles under the auspices of a non-profit governance system. There are already 1,200 developers working on the newly aligned projects, with over 150 code commits per day being added. Among the drone designers already using the Dronecode standard are Skycatch, DroneDeploy, HobbyKing, Horizon Ag, PrecisionHawk,... 

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IBM And SAP Join Forces In The Cloud

October 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM And SAP Join Forces In The Cloud

IBM and SAP announced a partnership on Tuesday to offer SAP HANA cloud services to enterprise customers. HANA is short for High Performance Analytical Appliance, and is an in-memory, column-oriented relational database management system. “SAP HANA converges database and application platform capabilities in-memory to transform transactions, analytics, text analysis, predictive and spatial processing so businesses can operate in real time,” says SAP. SAP’s partnership with IBM and... 

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