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DEA Has A Program That Tracks Cars Moving Across The Country

January 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
DEA Has A Program That Tracks Cars Moving Across The Country

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program to track cars close to the U.S.-Mexican border has been gradually expanded nationwide and is regularly used by other law enforcement agencies searching for criminal suspects. The extent of the system, which is said to contain hundreds of millions of records on motorists and their journeys, was disclosed in documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union as part of a Freedom of Information Act request. Much of the information disclosed to the... 

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Google Fiber Expanding South

January 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Fiber Expanding South

Google Fiber is expanding to the metro areas of Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., reaching 18 cities in those areas. The fiber optic cable service, with speeds of 1Gbps, is already active in the Kansas City area, as well as Provo, Utah, and Austin, Texas. Google has been working with city leaders in the new areas for the past year, “and now the really hard work begins,” said Dennis Kish, vice president of Google Fiber in a blog posting. He also said Google continues... 

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Yahoo To Spinoff Shares In Alibaba

January 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo To Spinoff Shares In Alibaba

Yahoo Inc plans to spin off its 15 percent stake in China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , caving to demands to hand over to shareholders its prized e-commerce investment valued at roughly $40 billion. The move to spin off the Alibaba stake satisfies a persistent investor demand, but could also ratchet up pressure on Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer to make quicker progress in strengthening Yahoo’s struggling media and advertising business. “It’s not going to be easy from... 

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Facebook Testing New Stripped Down Version Of Its Mobile App

January 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Facebook Testing New Stripped Down Version Of Its Mobile App

Facebook is testing a scaled down version of its mobile app that requires far less data, which could boost usage of the social networking service among people with weaker Internet service or older phones. Facebook “Lite” is available for devices running Android 2.2 and up. The size of the free app is 252 kilobytes, and it’s meant for 2G networks in areas with limited connectivity. Users can perform a bunch of basic functions like post status updates with photos, comment on people’s... 

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Dropbox Acquires Startup Pixelapse

January 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Dropbox Acquires Startup Pixelapse

Dropbox, never one to shy away from an acquisition, has purchased startup Pixelapse, which provides a GitHub-like version control service for “tens of thousands” of visual designers. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. “Our new development efforts will be focused on bringing the same kinds of collaboration and workflow experiences that you’re used to in Pixelapse over to the core Dropbox product,” said the company’s traditional “hey we’ve been... 

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New Internet Browser Vivaldi Launches

January 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
New Internet Browser Vivaldi Launches

Well known software developer Jon von Tetzchner has launched a new internet browser, offering an interface for high-volume users who “have problems fitting all their open tabs on one screen”, he said in a Reuters interview. Known as Vivaldi and available on desktop computers from Tuesday, the browser’s initial launch covers the Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. “A mobile phone and a tablet version are in the pipeline. We are working on it, but they won’t be out until... 

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Gas Stations Vulnerable To Cyberattacks

January 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Gas Stations Vulnerable To Cyberattacks

Over 5,000 devices used by gas stations in the U.S. to monitor their fuel tank levels can be hacked from the Internet by malicious attackers. These devices, known as automated tank gauges (ATGs), are also used to trigger alarms in case of problems with the tanks, such as fuel spills. “An attacker with access to the serial port interface of an ATG may be able to shut down the station by spoofing the reported fuel level, generating false alarms, and locking the monitoring service out of the system,”... 

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SAP Sees High Profit Potential In Cloud

January 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
SAP Sees High Profit Potential In Cloud

European software giant SAP could eventually see its software delivered via the cloud deliver higher profit margins than its traditional packaged software, its finance chief told a newspaper. “Such contracts become profitable over time. In the long term, they can definitely become more profitable than our classic license sales,” Luka Mucic told the Euro am Sonntag business weekly in an interview. SAP said last week its push to deliver cloud-based products via the Internet – which... 

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Cablevision To Launch Wi-Fi Phone Service

January 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Cablevision To Launch Wi-Fi Phone Service

Cablevision System Corp said that it would launch in February a wireless Internet phone service to give customers an alternative to more expensive data plans from cellular companies such as AT&T and Verizon. The “Freewheel” phone service, which runs on any WiFi connection, is an attempt by Cablevision to retain and potentially add subscribers at a time when cable companies are losing out to lower-priced, bundled TV and Internet services from telecom firms. Cablevision said the phone... 

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China Further Restricts Internet, Blocks VPN Access

January 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
China Further Restricts Internet, Blocks VPN Access

China is further tightening its grip on access to the Internet by blocking services that allow users to get around government censorship. Several foreign-based operators of virtual private network (VPN) services said Friday that access to their services in China had been disrupted as a result of the crackdown and users are facing a harder time getting to some foreign websites. Virtual private networks work by establishing an encrypted pipe between a computer or smartphone and a server in a foreign... 

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Box Riding High After Success IPO

January 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Box Riding High After Success IPO

Box made a splashy entrance on the New York Stock Exchange Friday, opening at $20.20 per share, or 44 percent higher than the price it had set for itself the night before. With 12.5 million shares for sale, the initial public offering raised some $175 million that Box can now use to invest in its business, and a market capitalization of $1.6 billion. By Friday afternoon, the stock — trading under the symbol “BOX” — had reached as high as $24.73 per share, or 77 percent above... 

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NASA Test New Robotic Helicopter

January 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NASA Test New Robotic Helicopter

The robotic rovers navigating around Mars are limited by what their onboard cameras are capable of viewing. If they could see further ahead, they might be able totravel three times as far in a single Martian day, enabling them to better find sites to explore and gather more information, faster, than they can today. To speed up the rovers’ work, NASA is considering sending a robotic helicopter to Mars that could act as a scout for their explorations. “So why would we want to put a helicopter on... 

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Microsoft Unveils Hologram Visor

January 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft Unveils Hologram Visor

Microsoft Corp surprised the tech world with the unveiling of a prototype hologram visor that can bring the Minecraft video game, Skype calls and even the landscape of Mars to three-dimensional life. The veteran tech pioneer, which long ago lost the mantle of the world’s most inventive company, is making a bold play to regain that title in the face of stiff competition from Google Inc and Apple Inc. Virtual or enhanced reality is the next frontier in computing interaction, with Facebook Inc... 

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LG Refutes Claims Of Overheating Qualcomm Phone Processors

January 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
LG Refutes Claims Of Overheating Qualcomm Phone Processors

South Korean smartphone maker LG Electronics Inc said on Thursday that it has not experienced any overheating problems with Qualcomm Inc’s new Snapdragon processor that is powering a curved-screen device going on sale later this month. “I am very much aware of the various concerns in the market about the (Snapdragon) 810, but the chip’s performance is quite satisfactory,” Woo Ram-chan, LG vice president for mobile product planning, told reporters at a press event for the company’s... 

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Google, The Wireless Carrier?

January 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google, The Wireless Carrier?

Google has put in place the framework for its own cellular service by acquiring capacity on the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile USA, according to news reports. The sprawling search company would sell the service directly to consumers, according to The Wall Street Journal, which cited unnamed sources. Tech news site The Information reported on the deals earlier this week. Google is heavily involved in mobile through its Android operating system, the world’s most widely used mobile OS, as well... 

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