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Essential Phone Preorders Finally Get A Shipping Date

August 17, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Essential Phone Preorders Finally Get A Shipping Date

That new Essential Phone that consumers have been anxiously awaiting? Essential has promised preorders will start shipping within a week. The announcement, sent via email to customers who’ve pre-ordered the device, promises the device will ship within seven days after payment is received. It’s been a rocky road for the Essential PH-1, as it’s officially known, with the company missing its original shipping target. Essential announced on May 30 it would ship within 30 days, but... 

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Amazon Extends Brick-and-Mortar Push With ‘Instant Pickup’

August 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Extends Brick-and-Mortar Push With ‘Instant Pickup’

Amazon.com Inc is introducing U.S. pickup points where shoppers can retrieve items immediately after ordering them, shortening delivery times from hours to minutes in its latest move into brick-and-mortar retail. The world’s largest online retailer has launched ‘Instant Pickup’ points around five college campuses, such as the University of California at Berkeley, it said on Tuesday. Amazon has plans to add the program to more sites by the end of the year. Shoppers on Amazon’s... 

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BMW Intel Self-driving Car Alliance Adds Fiat Chrysler

August 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
BMW Intel Self-driving Car Alliance Adds Fiat Chrysler

Fiat Chrysler plans on joining an alliance spearheaded by BMW to develop self-driving cars, intensifying a race by carmakers and technology companies to develop “robotaxis” which can be called up via smartphone and paid for by the minute. The market for such self-driving cabs could be worth $2 trillion by 2030, according to consultants McKinsey, as younger customers abandon car ownership in favor of a pay-per-use mobility service. Fiat Chrysler (FCA) said it plans to put autonomous car... 

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LinkedIn Loses Battle To Block Access To User’s Profile Data

August 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
LinkedIn Loses Battle To Block Access To User’s Profile Data

A U.S. federal judge has ruled that Microsoft Corp’s LinkedIn unit will not be allowed to prevent a startup from accessing public profile data, in a test of how much control a social media site can wield over information its users have deemed to be public. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco granted a preliminary injunction request brought by hiQ Labs, and ordered LinkedIn to remove within 24 hours any technology preventing hiQ from accessing public profiles. The case is considered... 

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Angry Bird’s Rovio Returns To Profit, Possible IPO

August 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Angry Bird’s Rovio Returns To Profit, Possible IPO

Finnish mobile games and animation studio Rovio Entertainment Ltd announced that its sales in the first half of the year nearly doubled following the success of “The Angry Birds Movie.” First-half revenue rose to 152.6 million euros ($179.7 million) from 78.5 million a year earlier, while adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization increased to 41.8 million euros from 11.0 million a year ago. Following years of falling earnings, job cuts and restructuring,... 

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Verizon, Others Push For Greater Cell Phone Records Privacy

August 16, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Verizon, Others Push For Greater Cell Phone Records Privacy

More than a dozen high technology giants and the biggest wireless carrier in the United States, Verizon Communications Inc, have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access individuals’ sensitive cell phone data. The companies filed a 44-page brief with the court on Monday night in a high-profile dispute over whether police should have to get a warrant before obtaining data that could reveal a cell phone user’s whereabouts. Signed by some of Silicon... 

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Bitcoin Keeps Soaring, Surpasses $4000 Threshold

August 15, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Bitcoin Keeps Soaring, Surpasses $4000 Threshold

Bitcoin has passed another major milestone, easily reaching beyond the $4,000 threshold on Sunday. The cryptocurrency, which has only been in existence for seven years, reached a high of $4,224 (equivalent to £3,244 or AU$5,343) shortly after 9 a.m. UTC on Sunday. It’s been a swift rise for bitcoin, which only passed the $3,000 marker for the first time at the start of the month. The rise also comes fresh off the heels of the so-called “hard fork” in bitcoin which saw a new... 

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Amazon Issues Recall For Solar Eclipse Glasses

August 15, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Issues Recall For Solar Eclipse Glasses

Amazon has issued a recall to consumers who purchased eclipse glasses that may not have come from a recommended manufacturer. The internet retailer began notifying buyers of the unverified glasses on Saturday, warning them not to use the product for viewing the much-anticipated total solar eclipse later this month. Customers who didn’t receive a recall email are safe to use the ones they purchased. “We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse,”... 

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More Unaired HBO Shows Released By Hacker

August 15, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
More Unaired HBO Shows Released By Hacker

Hackers have loaded onto the internet more unaired episodes of popular HBO shows but the latest leak did not include anything on the hit series “Game of Thrones,” the Associated Press reported. The hackers, who broke into HBO’s computer network and have released stolen information for several weeks, provided more unaired episodes, including the popular show “Curb Your Enthusiasm, ” which returns in October. They also leaked episodes of “Insecure,” “Ballers”... 

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SoundCloud Receives Funding, Lives To See Another Day

August 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
SoundCloud Receives Funding, Lives To See Another Day

SoundCloud, the world’s most popular streaming music app, but one that has been plagued by money-losing strategies, said it received new funding on Friday, insulating it from potentially running out of cash this year. The company, which laid off 40 percent of its staff in July, said in a blog post that the financing was raised from media-focused investment bank Raine Group of New York and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek. It did not disclose the amount or its terms. Raine and... 

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Slack Enables Enteprise Mobility Management, Strengthens Security Features

August 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Slack Enables Enteprise Mobility Management, Strengthens Security Features

Slack has enabled integration with the most prevalent enterprise mobility management (EMM) platforms in order to offer security and policy management features to its four-year old, cloud-based messaging application. The messaging platform provider worked with AppConfig, an open standards group, which allowed Slack to integrate through a set of APIs with 21 EMM vendors. Slack said it also worked more closely with three EMM providers – VMware Airwatch, MobileIron, and Blackberry Good – “to... 

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Facebook Introduces New Watch Tab

August 11, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Introduces New Watch Tab

Original video content has found a new home at Facebook. The social network giant has introduced Watch, a new video platform for programming produced exclusively for Facebook users. The new feature, which will be available on mobile, desktop and Facebook’s TV apps, is a continuation of the video push Facebook launched last year. “On Facebook, videos are discovered through friends and bring communities together,” Daniel Danker, Facebook director of product, wrote in a blog post.... 

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China Claims ‘Unbreakable’ Code With Quantum Satellite Transmission

August 11, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
China Claims ‘Unbreakable’ Code With Quantum Satellite Transmission

China has transmitted an “unbreakable” code from a satellite to the Earth, heralding the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has been realized, state media said on Thursday. China launched the world’s first quantum satellite last August, to help establish “hack proof” communications, a development the Pentagon has called a “notable advance”. The official Xinhua news agency said the latest experiment was published in the journal... 

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Microsoft’s Surface Tablets Not So Reliable, Says Consumer Reports

August 11, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft’s Surface Tablets Not So Reliable, Says Consumer Reports

The breakage rate for Microsoft Corp’s Surface devices significantly outpaces that of other manufacturers’ laptops and tablets, Consumer Reports said, adding that it was removing its “recommended” designation for Surface products. The non-profit publication surveyed 90,000 tablet and laptop owners and found that an estimated 25 percent of those with Microsoft Surface devices would be presented with “problems by the end of the second year of ownership,” according to a study... 

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T-Mobile Launching Its Own Branded Smartphone

August 10, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Launching Its Own Branded Smartphone

In a jump back in time when carriers differentiated themselves by branding and selling exclusive phones, T-Mobile confirmed Wednesday that it’s launching its very own budget Android phone called the Revvl. The Revvl, which runs on Android Nougat, offers pretty basic specs: a 5.5 inch HD display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. But it also throws in a fingerprint sensor and will cost T-Mobile customers just $5 a month with no... 

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