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Messaging App Line To Set IPO Price After Delay

June 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Messaging App Line To Set IPO Price After Delay

Japanese messaging app firm Line Corp has held off on setting a tentative price range for its initial public offering (IPO) by one day, until Tuesday, the company said in a regulatory filing, citing the “market environment”. The IPO price range was originally scheduled to be announced on Monday. Line still plans to list in New York on July 14 and in Tokyo the following day, the filing showed. On Friday, the S&P 500 fell 3.6 percent, its biggest one-day drop in 10 months, and Japan’s... 

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EU, USA Reach Deal On Data-transfer Pact

June 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
EU, USA Reach Deal On Data-transfer Pact

The U.S. and the European Union have reportedly come to an agreement on the language of a key data transfer pact, including limits on U.S. surveillance. The revamped EU-U.S. Privacy Shield was sent to EU member states overnight, according to a report from Reuters. Privacy Shield would govern how multinational companies handle the private data of EU residents. Member states are expected to vote on the proposal in July, unnamed sources told Reuters. Representatives of the EU and the U.S. Department... 

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Intel May Get Rid Of Its Security Business

June 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Intel May Get Rid Of Its Security Business

Intel is contemplating shedding  its security business as the company tries to focus on delivering chips for cloud computing and connected devices, according to a news report. The Intel Security business came largely from the company’s acquisition for $7.7 billion of security software company McAfee. Intel announced plans to bake some of the security technology into its chips to ensure higher security for its customers. With the surge in cyberthreats, providing protection to the variety of... 

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Apple Pulls The Plug On Thunderbolt Display

June 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics

Apple announced that is will discontinue its Thunderbolt Display, the high-resolution external display that users of the MacBook and other Macs could use to get a better picture and work with more apps. The company said Thursday that the 27-inch widescreen display with LED backlight technology will be available on Apple’s online store, in Apple retail stores and from authorized resellers while supplies last. The Thunderbolt Display currently retails on the Apple online store at $999. It has a 2560... 

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Apple Begins Testing Of Safari 10 Browser

June 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Apple Begins Testing Of Safari 10 Browser

Apple has begun testing Safari 10 with developers running the 2014 and 2015 editions of macOS, gearing up for a fall release of the updated browser to users of Yosemite and El Capitan. Safari 10 was introduced earlier this month as part of macOS Sierra, this year’s operating system upgrade. Apple typically supports its newest browser on three editions of macOS: The latest version and its two predecessors. The now-current Safari 9, for example, receives updates, including security patches, on... 

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Interest Grows In Collaborative Robots

June 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Interest Grows In Collaborative Robots

Robots that work as assistants in unison with people are set to upend the world of industrial robotics by putting automation within reach of many small and medium-sized companies for the first time, according to industry experts. Collaborative robots, or “cobots”, tend to be inexpensive, easy to use and safe to be around. They can easily be adapted to new tasks, making them well-suited to small-batch manufacturing and ever-shortening product cycles. Cobots can typically lift loads of... 

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Mobile World Congress Coming To USA In 2017

June 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mobile World Congress Coming To USA In 2017

Mobile World Congress, considered by many experts as the most important tech trade show in the world, is coming to the U.S. Trade groups GSMA and CTIA are joining forces to bring a smaller version of the event to the U.S. in 2017. GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas will debut Sept. 12 to 14, 2017, in San Francisco and will replace U.S. trade group CTIA’s Super Mobility conference. Super Mobility will continue this year in Las Vegas from Sept. 7 to 9. The new conference will be the “first... 

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Google Fiber Acquires Webpass, Increases Urban Coverage

June 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Fiber Acquires Webpass, Increases Urban Coverage

Google Fiber has agreed to purchase Internet service provider Webpass to quickly increase its urban coverage and offer customers a combination of fiber and wireless delivery of high-speed Internet. For Google Fiber, which has typically worked with cities in planning and building a fiber network from scratch, the acquisition will give the Alphabet business a headstart in many markets, particularly in dense urban areas. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Google did not immediately... 

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BlackBerry Says Device Business Is Top Priority

June 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Says Device Business Is Top Priority

BlackBerry Ltd’s top priority this year is to make its devices business turn a profit, its chief executive said, even as it weighs the future of its hardware operation. “The device business must be profitable, because we don’t want to run a business that drags onto the bottom line,” Chief Executive John Chen told investors at the company’s annual meeting. “We’ve got to get there this year.” Chen has previously said a decision would be made by September... 

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Twitter Moves Further Into Video With New ‘Watch Mode’ Feature

June 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Moves Further Into Video With New ‘Watch Mode’ Feature

Twitter is looking to compete even more with Facebook. The platform is moving into video in a major way with 140-second clips in both Twitter proper and Vine, a new video section called Watch Mode, and video recommendations for other videos to watch. The network’s most popular users, like President Barack Obama and Justin Bieber, are getting a stand-alone app called Engage, which sounds a lot like Facebook Mentions. Twitter is making video a huge priority by extending video length from 30 seconds... 

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New ‘Godless’ Malware Infecting Android Phones

June 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
New ‘Godless’ Malware Infecting Android Phones

Android phone owners take note: a new type of malware has been found in legitimate-looking apps that can “root” your phone and secretly install unwanted programs. The malware, dubbed Godless, has been found lurking on app stores including Google Play, and it targets devices running Android 5.1 (Lollipop) and earlier, which accounts for more than 90 percent of Android devices, Trend Micro said Tuesday in a blog post. Godless hides inside an app and uses exploits to try to root the OS on your... 

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Facebook Gearing Up For Live Streaming

June 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Gearing Up For Live Streaming

Facebook Inc has inked deals worth more than $50 million with media giants and celebrities to create videos for its live-streaming service, the Wall Street Journal reported. Facebook has signed nearly 140 deals, including with CNN, the New York Times, Vox Media, Tastemade, Mashable and the Huffington Post, the Journal reported on Tuesday, citing a document. Comedian Kevin Hart, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, wellness guru Deepak Chopra and NFL quarterback Russell Wilson are among the celebrities that... 

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Twitter Acquires Machine Learning Company Magic Pony

June 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Acquires Machine Learning Company Magic Pony

Twitter has been quite vocal regarding its interest in machine learning in recent years, and earlier this week the company put its money where its mouth is once again by purchasing London startup Magic Pony Technology, which has focused on visual processing. “Magic Pony’s technology — based on research by the team to create algorithms that can understand the features of imagery — will be used to enhance our strength in live [streaming] and video and opens up a whole lot of exciting... 

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Emojis Coming To The Big Screen

June 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Emojis Coming To The Big Screen

Emojis have become an important and essential communication tool for most people using any messaging application, so naturally, now there’s a movie coming. Sony Pictures Animation has announced that it will produce an animated movie about “the secret world of our phones and the beloved characters that have become daily necessities in global interpersonal communication.” “Emojimovie: Express Yourself” is due in August 2017. It will be written by Eric Siegel and Anthony... 

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Samsung Pivoting Towards 5G Mobile Technology

June 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Pivoting Towards 5G Mobile Technology

Trailing its competitors after past mistakes on wireless technology standards, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd aims to become a global top-three player in 5G mobile networks by moving quickly in markets like the United States, an executive said. The world’s top smartphone maker ranks well behind peers such as Nokia Corp, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd  and Ericsson in the networks business, after backing CDMA and WiMax wireless technologies that never caught on globally. The South Korean giant now... 

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