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Acer Warms To Takeover Possibility

August 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Acer Warms To Takeover Possibility

Acer Inc founder Stan Shih said he would welcome a takeover of the struggling Taiwanese computer manufacturer after a drastic decline in its stock price, while warning any potential buyer would have to pay a heavy amount. “Welcome,” Shih told reporters in response to a question about whether Acer would be open to a takeover. He added however that any buyer would get an “empty shell” and would pay dearly. “U.S. and European management teams usually are concerned about... 

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Report Reveals Hi-tech Vehicle Systems Are Rarely Used By Owners

August 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Report Reveals Hi-tech Vehicle Systems Are Rarely Used By Owners

Although car makers are spending billions of dollars to install cutting-edge technologies in vehicles, a new report shows many owners don’t use them. According to J.D. Power’s 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, 20% of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of 33 of the latest technology features. The 2015 DrIVE Report measures driver experiences with in-vehicle technology features during the first 90 days of ownership. The five features owners most commonly report... 

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Facebook Testing ‘M’, Personal Digital Assistant

August 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Testing ‘M’, Personal Digital Assistant

Facebook Inc is testing a personal digital assistant called “M” within its Messenger service that is capable of answering questions with live human help and performing tasks such as buying gifts online and making restaurant reservations. M is “powered by artificial intelligence that’s trained and supervised by people,” David Marcus, vice president of Messaging products, wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday. Rival services like Apple Inc’s Siri, Google Inc’s Google Now... 

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Gogo To Boost In-flight Broadband Speeds With New Technology

August 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Gogo To Boost In-flight Broadband Speeds With New Technology

In-flight broadband provider Gogo’s 2Ku technology has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, paving the way for data speeds up to 70Mbps. The company plans to launch commercial services this year. Clearing this regulatory hurdle was an important step for Gogo. The company has received the final so-called Supplemental Type Certificate from the FAA, which it required in order to launch the next-generation technology. Seven commercial airlines have signed up for either a... 

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Best Buy To Sell Apple Watch In All Stores By September

August 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Best Buy To Sell Apple Watch In All Stores By September

Best Buy will offer the Apple Watch in all of its 1,050 retail locations by the end of September, responding to strong consumer demand for the wearable. By Sept. 4, the Apple Watch will be available in 900 Best Buy stores, and it will appear in the retailer’s remaining locations by the end of the month, CEO Hubert Joly said. Best Buy began selling the wearable in 100 stores as well as online on Aug. 7. The company had planned to expand availability to 200 additional stores by the Christmas... 

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Amazon Expands Prime Now, Adds Alcohol Delivery

August 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Expands Prime Now, Adds Alcohol Delivery

Amazon.com Inc announced that it will begin delivering wine, beer and spirits to U.S. customers for the first time as part of its speedy delivery service, Prime Now. The online retailer is expanding Prime Now, its one- and two-hour service, to Seattle, where the company is headquartered, and offering alcohol deliveries there. Amazon Prime, the company’s $99 per year shopping membership program, offers free two-day delivery on millions of items. It is a key testing ground for the retailer’s... 

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Appeals Court Rules FTC Has Authority To Regulate Cyber Security

August 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Appeals Court Rules FTC Has Authority To Regulate Cyber Security

A U.S. appeals court has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission has authority to regulate corporate cyber security, and may pursue a lawsuit accusing hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp of failing to properly safeguard consumers’ information. The 3-0 decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on Monday upheld an April 2014 lower court ruling allowing the case to go forward. The FTC wants to hold Wyndham accountable for three breaches in 2008 and 2009 in which hackers... 

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Intelligent Energy Tests Hydrogen Powered iPhone 6

August 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Intelligent Energy Tests Hydrogen Powered iPhone 6

A British company rumored to be working closely with Apple has created a hydrogen fuel cell for an iPhone 6 that allows the smartphone to last a week without recharging. According to reports, Intelligent Energy has created a working iPhone 6 prototype that looks no different from any other iPhone 6 except for tiny vents in the rear that allow  imperceptible amounts of water vapor to escape. The prototype contains both a rechargeable battery and its own hydrogen fuel cell, according to a report... 

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Alibaba Ads Artificial Intelligence To Its Cloud Service

August 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Alibaba Ads Artificial Intelligence To Its Cloud Service

Alibaba’s cloud computing business is attempting to gain enterprise customers with a new artificial intelligence service designed for data mining and analysis. The Chinese e-commerce giant has announced DT PAI, a platform designed to comb through a client’s data and analyze it for useful information. The service could help companies find key trends within their customer data, or even recommend goods to users, according to Alibaba. For example, online shoppers could take a picture of... 

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LG To Unveil Upgraded G Pad Tablet

August 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
LG To Unveil Upgraded G Pad Tablet

Even if the tablet market is in stuck in a rut, vendors aren’t giving up on the product category. LG Electronics will debut the best model of its G Pad tablet series at the IFA trade show in Berlin next week. LG’s latest tablet, the G Pad II 10.1, is more powerful and has a better screen than its predecessor,  but it also has a slightly smaller battery. A quad-core 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor powers the G Pad II and its 10.1-inch screen has a 1200 x 1920 pixel resolution. That’s... 

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Google Including Tweets In Desktop Search

August 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Including Tweets In Desktop Search

An earlier agreement between Google and Twitter that has placed tweets in Google search results on mobile devices since earlier this year has now been expanded to the desktop. Relevant tweets will appear in desktop results for queries performed in English. The search doesn’t need to include the term “twitter” or twitter hashtags — if there are tweets that Google thinks are relevant, it will surface them anyway. Last Friday, for instance, a search for “President Obama” returned recent... 

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Sony Going After Drone Market With New Aerosense Device

August 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Sony Going After Drone Market With New Aerosense Device

Sony is making a play for a piece of the growing drone market, unveiling newly developed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from its just-launched drone venture, Aerosense. In addition to the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) craft hinted at last month, Aerosense on Monday exhibited a quadcopter that makes use of Sony’s lens-type camera, the QX30. The camera, which resembles a lens for a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera and can link to smartphones, is attached to the belly of the... 

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Instagram, Pinterest User Growth Soars

August 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Instagram, Pinterest User Growth Soars

Possibly market saturation or because of waning interest, some of the world’s largest social networks are experiencing sluggish growth. Facebook, for instance, is the largest social network in the world, with more than 1 billion active monthly users. But it didn’t garner significant growth among U.S. Internet users in the past three years, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. Some 72% of online U.S. adults use Facebook today. That is up only 5 points from 67% in... 

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Samsung Offering iPhone Owners A Test Drive Of New Galaxy Smartphones

August 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Offering iPhone Owners A Test Drive Of New Galaxy Smartphones

Samsung Electronics is offering current iPhone owners the chance to test its latest Galaxy smartphones for 30 days for $1, as aims to make a dent in Apple’s dominance of the high end of the market. The promotion lets iPhone owners choose between the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge or the Galaxy S6 edge+ without any obligations with their existing carrier. After the month is up, they can simply return it. Or, if the phone feels right, go ahead and upgrade, Samsung said. In general, Android has... 

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Swatch To Beef Up Its Smartwatch Offerings

August 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Swatch To Beef Up Its Smartwatch Offerings

Swatch is making plans to add to its new smartwatch range, the Swiss watchmaker’s chief executive stated in a recent newspaper interview. The Biel, Switzerland-based company is competing with Apple and other watchmakers in the budding smartwatch market. “Our product is called Touch Zero One and that gives enough room for Zero Five, Zero Nine,” Nick Hayek was quoted as saying by Switzerland’s Tages-Anzeiger newspaper. “The Touch Zero One is not the end of the progression.” Hayek... 

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