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Microsoft And Kyocera End Patent Spat

July 7, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft And Kyocera End Patent Spat

Microsoft and Kyocera called a truce regarding a patent spat that began earlier this year by expanding a patent cross-licensing deal between them. In a tersely worded, four-sentence press release, the companies said the licensing deal would enable them to use “a broader range of each other’s technologies in their respective products.” Beyond that, the terms were not disclosed. It’s another win for Microsoft’s ongoing practice of seeking patent licenses from Android... 

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GM Announces Way For Parents To Track Teen Drivers

July 7, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
GM Announces Way For Parents To Track Teen Drivers

GM has announced that it will be offering a way for parents to track their teens’ driving behavior in order to reduce accidents. In the U.S., the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16- to 19-year-olds is nearly three times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “Teen Driver,” as GM is calling it, will debut in the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The new system can be set to track the distance driven, the maximum speed traveled,... 

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Google’s Waze To Test Out Carpooling Program

July 7, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google’s Waze To Test Out Carpooling Program

Google-owned online mapping company Waze is planning to introduce a carpooling pilot program in Israel where commuters pay fellow drivers a small fee for a ride to and from work. The new application, called RideWith, will use Waze’s navigation system to learn the routes drivers most frequently take to work and match them up with people looking for a ride in the same direction. Google bought Israel-based Waze, which uses satellite signals from members’ smartphones to offer real-time... 

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Hyundai Betting On Hydrogen Fuel Cells

July 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Hyundai Betting On Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Despite minimal market adoption, Hyundai Motor Co. said that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles represent the future of eco-friendly cars more than all-electric vehicles. Hyundai, the largest carmaker in South Korea, began selling its Tuscon Fuel Cell SUV last year, but only 273 out of a target 1,000 vehicles were purchased or leased. Most of the Tuscon Fuel Cell vehicles, which retail for $76,000, were purchased in Europe and California, according to reports confirmed by Hyundai America. Over the next... 

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Can Fiber Broadband Access Boost Homes Value?

July 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Can Fiber Broadband Access Boost Homes Value?

The availability of really fast broadband in your neighborhood could boost homes value by more than 3 percent. High-speed fiber broadband service, with 1 Gbps download speeds, can add more than $5,400 to the value of an average U.S. home, according to a study commissioned by the Fiber to the Home Council Americas (FTTH), an advocacy group made up of fiber equipment vendors and broadband providers. That $5,400 figure is approximately equal to adding a new fireplace, half of a new bathroom or a quarter... 

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Microsoft Display Ads Business Going To AOL

July 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Display Ads Business Going To AOL

Microsoft Corp that it will hand over its display advertising business to AOL Inc and sell some map-generating technology to ride-hailing app company Uber, as it scales back on unprofitable operations. The moves mean Microsoft will focus on its growing search advertising business based on its Bing search engine, and displaying maps on its Windows devices rather than generating the maps themselves. Microsoft, which employs hundreds of people in its display ad business around the world, said those... 

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Amazon Adds More Countries To List Of Places It Will Offer Loans

June 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Adds More Countries To List Of Places It Will Offer Loans

Amazon.com Inc will rollout its business loan program for small sellers later this year in eight new places including China, where credit is becoming a key factor in competing for new vendors and grabbing market share. Until now, the e-retailer has offered the service only in the United States and Japan. Amazon Lending, founded in 2012, now plans to offer short-term working capital loans in other countries where it operates a third-party, seller-run marketplace business, the head of Amazon Marketplace,... 

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Yahoo Still Plagued By Sluggish Growth

June 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Still Plagued By Sluggish Growth

Yahoo’s share gains since November from a partnership with Mozilla may be a clue about whether the search company can gain new users through the just-announced contract to change Internet Explorer’s and Chrome’s default search through installations of Oracle’s Java. Although the news of the Yahoo-Oracle partnership got the lion’s share of attention, CEO Marissa Mayer also used last week’s shareholder meeting to mention the Mozilla pact. The five-year contract... 

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Samsung To Launch For Tizen OS Phones This Year

June 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Launch For Tizen OS Phones This Year

Behemoth smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to roll out more handsets running on its own Tizen operating system later this year, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday. Samsung will launch several Tizen smartphones at varying prices, the person said without disclosing other specifications. The person declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter. A spokeswoman for the South Korean firm declined to comment. Samsung aims to build its own ecosystem... 

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Samsung To Stop Disabling Windows Updates On PCs, Tablets

June 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Samsung To Stop Disabling Windows Updates On PCs, Tablets

Samsung agreed to stop disabling Windows Update on its PCs and tablets, bowing to a chorus of complaints — including Microsoft’s — that it had interfered with the way users intended the patch service to work on their devices. “We will be issuing a patch through the Samsung Software Update notification process to revert back to the recommended automatic Windows Update settings within a few days,” a Samsung spokesperson said in an emailed statement Friday afternoon. Samsung’s... 

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NASA, Microsoft Team Up On Holographic Glasses

June 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NASA, Microsoft Team Up On Holographic Glasses

The International Space Station is going to feel a little bit more like Star Trek. NASA announced that it is collaborating with Microsoft to enable astronauts onboard the orbiting space station to use the company’s virtual reality headset. Two pairs of Microsoft’s HoloLens computerized eyeglasses are scheduled to be sent to the space station when SpaceX launches its seventh commercial resupply mission on June 28. “HoloLens and other virtual and mixed reality devices are cutting... 

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Yahoo Beefs Up Mobile Search

June 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Yahoo Beefs Up Mobile Search

Yahoo is beefing up its search service on mobile devices, following Google’s lead by highlighting content such as images, videos and reviews ahead of regular search results The changes will apply to Yahoo search on the mobile web in the U.S., in browsers such as Safari and Chrome. Yahoo’s mobile app and desktop site already provide some additional content within results. A search on the mobile web for Barack Obama, for instance, displays information about him from Wikipedia, such as his... 

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HBO To Offer Episodes Of New Shows On Facebook

June 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
HBO To Offer Episodes Of New Shows On Facebook

Premium cable network HBO said it would make available the premiere episodes of two new comedy series on Facebook, underlining the growing popularity of the social networking site as a video platform. The popularity of web videos have led to U.S. networks experiment with new platforms to attract new viewers. With about 1.44 billion monthly active users, Facebook has become a sough-after outlet for companies looking to market their products via online videos, the fastest growing category of Internet... 

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Microsoft Officially Releases Office Apps For Android

June 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft Officially Releases Office Apps For Android

Microsoft officially released its Office apps for Android, publishing the final versions of Excel, PowerPoint and Word to Google Play. The three apps are free for consumers, who may use them only for non-commercial purposes; in other words, not for work- or business-related tasks. Microsoft kicked off previews last month, wrapping up the release of the suite’s apps for the OSes maintained by rivals Google (Android) and Apple (iOS). The gradual rollout began in March 2014 with the surprise... 

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Facebook Allowing Users Without An Account To Use Messenger

June 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Allowing Users Without An Account To Use Messenger

Facebook Inc has begun allowing users without an account to sign up for its Messenger app with a phone number, the social media company said on Wednesday, in another move to broaden the app’s reach and make it a standalone platform. Earlier this year, Facebook opened up Messenger to developers, and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted to connect users directly with retailers, restaurants and other businesses. With the latest update, users will be prompted by an option that... 

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