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IBM Launches Watson Analytics

September 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM Launches Watson Analytics

In an effort to expand its Watson analysis technology, IBM is trying out a new service that can answer questions business managers might have about their data. IBM has launched a beta of Watson Analytics, an interactive Q&A service designed to answer questions and highlight trends within sets of enterprise data. The service “is about putting powerful analytics in the hands of every business user,” said Eric Sall, IBM vice president of marketing for business analytics. Traditional... 

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Ohio Wooing Amazon For Billion Dollar Data Center

September 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Ohio Wooing Amazon For Billion Dollar Data Center

State and local officials in Ohio are attempting to woo Amazon.com Inc with tax breaks and other perks to convince the No. 1 U.S. online retailer to build a $1.1 billion data center in central Ohio and create 120 jobs, according to public records. The records offer a rare look at the typically tight-lipped company’s growth plans for its popular cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services, founded in 2006. There are 10 AWS data centers, called regions within the company, around the world,... 

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Boeing, SpaceX Teaming Up To Build ‘Space Taxis’

September 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Boeing, SpaceX Teaming Up To Build ‘Space Taxis’

NASA will join forces with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated “space taxis” to transport astronauts to the International Space Station, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for rides. The U.S. space agency also considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp, but opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and California’s SpaceX with contracts valued at a combined $6.8 billion to develop, certify and fly their seven-person capsules. Boeing... 

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IBM New Training Program Results In Pay Cut For Enrolled Employees

September 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM New Training Program Results In Pay Cut For Enrolled Employees

IBM has started a new training program that will cut the pay of participating employees by 10%. According to an IBM internal memo dated Sept 12th. The memo sent to affected employees begins by telling the worker that an assessment has revealed “that some managers and employees have not kept pace with acquiring the skills and expertise needed to address changing client needs, technology and market requirements.” It then tells the recipient that “you have been identified as one of... 

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Google Targeting New Mexico To Test Internet Delivery Drones

September 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Targeting New Mexico To Test Internet Delivery Drones

Google is gearing up to test Internet delivery by drone high above New Mexico, according to a government filing. The company has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to use two blocks of frequencies for the tests, which are scheduled to last about six months and begin in October. They will be conducted above an area of more than 1,400 square kilometers in the center of New Mexico to the east of Albuquerque. “Google recently acquired Titan Aerospace, a firm that specializes... 

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Apple iPhone 6 Pre-orders Sets Record With 4M On First Day

September 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple iPhone 6 Pre-orders Sets Record With 4M On First Day

Apple Inc said many customers will have to wait until October for their new iPhones after a record 4 million first-day pre-orders were logged, double the number for the iPhone 5 two years ago. The company said demand had outstripped supply of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which feature larger screens and longer battery life. Deliveries of pre-orders will begin on Friday and will continue through October. Bumper first-day pre-orders point to first-weekend sales of up to 10 million units, analysts... 

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Stanford University Develops Ant-sized Radios

September 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Stanford University Develops Ant-sized Radios

Scientists at Stanford University have assembled ant-sized radios that could one day help track patients’ temperatures, turn on coffee makers in the morning and prevent forgery. A Stanford engineering team has built a radio, equipped with sensors, computational units and antennas one-tenth the size of Wi-Fi antennas, that is able to gain all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna. No batteries are required. These radios, which are... 

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Sharp To Manufacture Low-power Mobile Displays

September 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sharp To Manufacture Low-power Mobile Displays

Sharp has targeted 2017 for mass production of a new display it says will reduce power consumption in mobile phones and tablets. The MEMS-IGZO display, being developed under a 2012 tie-up with Qualcomm subsidiary Pixtronix, could be used in smartphones and tablets as well as larger displays. Compared to current LCDs, MEMS-IGZO technology can operate without blurring the image in temperatures as low as -30 C (-32 F), offers better color purity and gamut, and has ultra-low power consumption. Depending... 

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Google Launches Android One Program

September 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google Launches Android One Program

Google Inc rolled out in India on Monday the first smartphones under its Android One project, pricing them at around 6,399 rupees ($105) to capture the low-cost segment of the world’s fastest growing smartphone market. The Mountain View-Based company tied up with Indian mobile players Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobiles to launch the affordable phones, which are powered by its operating system and aimed at emerging markets. After launching in India, Google said it plans to expand Android... 

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Ericsson Acquires Fabrix Systems For $95M

September 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Ericsson Acquires Fabrix Systems For $95M

The distinctions between TV and mobile services continues to merge and in many cases that occurs in the cloud. That’s the logic behind Ericsson’s planned $95 million acquisition of Fabrix Systems, which sells a cloud-based platform for delivering DVR (digital video recorder), video on demand and other services. The acquisition is intended to help service providers deliver what Ericsson calls TV Anywhere, for viewing on multiple devices with high-quality and relevant content for each user.... 

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HP May Be Looking To Unload Snapfish

September 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
HP May Be Looking To Unload Snapfish

Hewlett-Packard Co is taking a look at putting its web-based photo sharing service Snapfish on the block, and has held discussions with multiple private equity and industry buyers, a person with knowledge of the situation said. Snapfish, which HP bought for more than $300 million in 2005 and currently sits within its printing and personal systems group, is considered non-core for the company, the person said, asking not to be named because the matter is not public. A spokesman for HP declined to... 

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iPhone 6 Plus Already Delayed Due To High Demand

September 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
iPhone 6 Plus Already Delayed Due To High Demand

Customers may have to wait three to four weeks to get their hands on Apple Inc’s  iPhone 6 Plus, after a record number of orders for the company’s latest smartphones put a huge dent in the available supply. The new iPhone 6 goes on sale on Sept. 19 in the United States but the company began taking online orders on Thursday. While the larger 5.5-inch “Plus” models now display a wait time of up to a month, the 4.7-inch version remains available for delivery on Sept. 19, Apple’s... 

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T-Mobile Introduces Wi-Fi Un-leashed

September 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Introduces Wi-Fi Un-leashed

T-Mobile USA is setting its sights on Wi-Fi, offering unlimited voice calls and text messaging over any Wi-Fi network on every new smartphone it sells, including on networks outside the U.S. The new offering, called Wi-Fi Un-leashed, is open to all subscribers to the carrier’s Simple Choice plans. It could vastly expand the places those customers can exchange calls and text messages. In addition to domestic use, it will allow calls into the U.S. from any Wi-Fi network outside the country, using... 

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Is RadioShack Headed For Bankruptcy?

September 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Is RadioShack Headed For Bankruptcy?

Troubled electronics retailer RadioShack Corp says filing for bankruptcy protection is an option if its cash situation worsens, after reporting its tenth straight quarterly loss. The company said it was also exploring other options, including a sale or an investment, and liquidation as the last resort. RadioShack, whose sales have been in free-fall since 2010 as it struggles to compete with internet retailers, said in a regulatory filing it was working with its lenders and landlords to restructure... 

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BlackBerry Acquires Mobile Technology Start-up Movirtu

September 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Acquires Mobile Technology Start-up Movirtu

BlackBerry has purchased a U.K-based mobile technology start-up whose software allows multiple phone numbers on a single device, the Canadian tech firm said on Thursday. The acquisition of Movirtu helps BlackBerry ramp up its portfolio of services to cater to the needs of its core base of corporate and government clients. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Movirtu’s virtual SIM technology allows an individual to have both a personal and business number on a single mobile device, with... 

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