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Mercedes Benz Unveils Self-Driving 18-Wheeler

October 2, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Mercedes Benz Unveils Self-Driving 18-Wheeler

Mercedes-Benz demonstrated an autonomous semi-trailer truck that will be available in a decade and enable long-haul drivers to relax and tend to paperwork and duties other while staying onthe road. The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 was displayed at the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show this month. “In ten years’ time, trucks could be driving autonomously on motorways. Transport efficiency will increase, traffic will be safer for all road users and fuel consumption and CO2 emissions... 

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Study Reveals Internet Speeds Have Increased, DDoS Attacks Down

October 2, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Study Reveals Internet Speeds Have Increased, DDoS Attacks Down

Internet connection speeds are increasing worldwide, while distributed denial-of-service attacks are down, according to the latest report from networking services company Akamai. The second quarter of this year saw a number of firsts, Akamai noted in its 2014 State of the Internet Report. For starters, the average global Internet connection speed rose above the arbitrary but noteworthy milestone of 4Mbps for the first time. The worldwide connection speed jumped 21% from the first to second quarter... 

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eBay Plans Spinoff Of PayPal In 2015

October 2, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
eBay Plans Spinoff Of PayPal In 2015

EBay Inc’s agreement to spin off PayPal next year will give the unit more flexibility to strike deals in the  constantly evolving payments arena as growth at the company’s traditional e-commerce business slows. The surprise move is a huge about-face for eBay’s leadership, including Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe, who resisted shareholder activist Carl Icahn’s calls for a split earlier this year and led a months-long campaign to convince investors that eBay should... 

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MIT Developing Drug Hunting, Underwater Robots

October 1, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
MIT Developing Drug Hunting, Underwater Robots

They may not be as fast or efficient as airport sniffer dogs, but robots are gearing up to take the fight against drug smuggling underwater. Researchers at MIT are working on submersible machines that could use ultrasound to find drugs hidden on ships. Their prototype, which looks like a bowling ball, is designed to move along the hulls of ships. It could use ultrasound scanning to detect hollow spaces in false hulls and propeller shafts where drugs might be stashed. Developed by grad student Sampriti... 

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Lenovo To Release New Yoga Tablets, Hybrids In Time For Holidays

October 1, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Lenovo To Release New Yoga Tablets, Hybrids In Time For Holidays

Lenovo plans on rolling out new Yoga tablets and hybrids in time for the end-of-year holiday season, with actor and venture capitalist Ashton Kutcher having a hand in the design and development of the products. The “innovative and stylish” Yoga products “will become very popular presents for the holiday season,” said Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo’s CEO, during a call on Monday. Lenovo is holding an event in London on Oct. 9 to announce the new products, with Kutcher joining... 

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Humana Integrates Health App With Apple’s HealthKit

October 1, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Humana Integrates Health App With Apple’s HealthKit

Humana Inc, which manages private Medicare and individual Obamacare insurance plans, has announced that it has integrated its consumer health application with Apple Inc’s HealthKit. The move, the first announced by a major insurer, allows Humana customers to more easily manage fitness data and other personal health goals, the company said in a statement. Humana’s wellness program, called HumanaVitality, rewards members for hitting these goals, which include being more active, eating better... 

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BlackBerry’s Passport Smartphone Sold Out, Says CEO

September 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry’s Passport Smartphone Sold Out, Says CEO

BlackBerry’s new qwerty Passport smartphone quickly sold out just hours after going on sale online last Wednesday, with another 200,000 back orders waiting in line, BlackBerry CEO John Chen proudly announced. Chen didn’t indicate how many units were sold online, but said ShopBlackBerry.com sold out the Passport in six hours, with Amazon.com selling iout in 10 hours before customers began leaving online orders that had reached 200,000 as the day it debuted. The device has a price tag... 

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Kuddle, Microsoft To Launch Child Safe Tablet

September 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Kuddle, Microsoft To Launch Child Safe Tablet

Kuddle, a Norwegian photo-sharing app created for children, plans to roll out a child safe tablet with Microsoft on Dec 1, and expects to sign funding deals with several venture capital firms within weeks, its chief executive said on Monday. The Oslo-based company said it was on track to reach its goal of one million users by year-end and plans to soon raise another $5 million of fresh funds on top of the nearly $6 million it has already raised. “We are working with Microsoft on several... 

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BMW Begins Automated Driving Trials

September 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
BMW Begins Automated Driving Trials

German luxury carmaker BMW is partnering with Chinese internet giant Baidu to kick off highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. BMW research vehicles capable of highly automated driving have already undergone thousands of kilometers of trials on German autobahns. The project will now be expanded to include other large cities in China, BMW said on Monday. “BMW is embarking on a further research project which will pave the way for highly automated driving in China as well,”... 

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Mobile Devices OK’d For In-flight Use In Europe

September 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mobile Devices OK’d For In-flight Use In Europe

Airline passengers traveling on European airline flights will be able to leave their cell phones and other mobile gadgets on throughout the entire flight, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said on Friday. European airlines can allow any kind of electronic devices such as tablets, laptops and smartphones to remain switched on for the entire trip without having to use the airplane mode. Switching to airplane mode was mandatory until now. “This is the latest regulatory step towards enabling... 

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FBI Is Concerned About Encryption On Smartphones

September 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
FBI Is Concerned About Encryption On Smartphones

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation expressed some concerns about moves by Apple and Google to include encryption on smartphones, the agency’s director has stated. Quick law enforcement access to the contents of smartphones could save lives in some kidnapping and terrorism cases, FBI Director James Comey said in a briefing with some reporters. Comey said he’s concerned that smartphone companies are marketing “something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the... 

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BlackBerry Shrink Loss, Sees Rising Sales

September 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Shrink Loss, Sees Rising Sales

BlackBerry Ltd reported a smaller quarterly loss on Friday and is showing encouraging signals about its endangered smartphone business as well as its software and services sales, spurring a more than 4 percent jump in its shares. The Canadian company, a smartphone pioneer pushed to the margins by Apple’s iPhone and devices running Google’s Android software, is now focusing more on software and services than on hardware as it works through a long turnaround. On the services front, the... 

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General Motors Hires Its First Cybersecurity Chief

September 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
General Motors Hires Its First Cybersecurity Chief

General Motors Co has named an engineer to serve as its first cybersecurity chief as the No. 1 U.S. automaker and its rivals are starting to focus on how to better secure their vehicles against hackers. The No. 1 U.S. automaker promoted manager Jeff Massimilla to the post as part of an eight-month review of its product design and engineering, said GM Vice President of Global Product Development Mark Reuss. “If you look at the technology…as we put semi-autonomous and autonomous systems into... 

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Jimmy Johns The Latest Chain To Fall Victim To Data Breach

September 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Jimmy Johns The Latest Chain To Fall Victim To Data Breach

Sandwich restaurant chain Jimmy John’s said there was a potential data breach involving customers’ credit and debit card information at 216 of its stores and franchised locations on July 30. An intruder stole log-in credentials from the company’s vendor and used the credentials to remotely access the point-of-sale systems at some corporate and franchised locations between June 16 and Sept. 5, the company said. The chain is the latest victim in a series of security breaches among retailers... 

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Hackers Prefer Your Medical Records Over Your Credit Cards

September 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Hackers Prefer Your Medical Records Over Your Credit Cards

Your medical records are worth 10 times more than your credit card number on the black market. Last month, the FBI warned healthcare providers to guard against cyber attacks after one of the largest U.S. hospital operators, Community Health Systems Inc, said Chinese hackers had broken into its computer network and stolen the personal information of 4.5 million patients. Security experts say cyber criminals are increasingly targeting the $3 trillion U.S. healthcare industry, which has many companies... 

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