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Qualcomm Introduces New LTE Platform For Wearables

February 12, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Qualcomm Introduces New LTE Platform For Wearables

Wearables today, by necessity, are mostly tethered to smartwatches. Qualcomm wants to change that by bringing LTE connectivity to wearables with its new Snapdragon Wear platform. With the Wear platform, Qualcomm wants to drive the development of sleek wearables like smartwatches, smartbands and smartglasses that offer long battery life. With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE, Qualcomm is enabling more ways for wearables to connect and transfer data over the Internet, other than using the smartphone as an... 

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LG’s New G5 Smartphone To Debut ‘Always On’ Display

February 12, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
LG’s New G5 Smartphone To Debut ‘Always On’ Display

LG’s next flagship Android smartphone, the G5, will come with an “always on” screen, according to a teaser posted  the LG Facebook page. The full reveal of the G5 is expected on Feb. 21, just prior to the start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. LG hasn’t given many other hints about the G5, although it tagged an animation on the Facebook page with the line, “Never go asleep while others do.” The G5 is also rumored to have a removable battery that is pulled... 

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Yahoo Announces First Round Of Layoffs

February 12, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Announces First Round Of Layoffs

Yahoo Inc  announced Wednesday it will terminate 107 employees in the first of what is expected to be more than 1,500 job eliminations. The layoffs take effect April 11 and affected employees received 60-day advance notice of the move, Yahoo said in a notice filed with the California Employment Development Department. The layoffs were spread across a range of departments and job titles. Yahoo shares closed up 1 percent at $27.10 on Wednesday and are down about 18.5 percent so far this year. Yahoo... 

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IRS Says Hackers Tax Filers E-Filing PIN Numbers In Latest Attack

February 11, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
IRS Says Hackers Tax Filers E-Filing PIN Numbers In Latest Attack

The Internal Revenue Service was the target of an illegal network intrusion that used stolen Social Security numbers and other taxpayer data to obtain PINs that can be used to file tax returns electronically. The attack occurred in January and targeted an IRS Web application that taxpayers use to obtain their so-called Electronic Filing (E-file) PINs. The app requires taxpayer information such as name, Social Security number, date of birth and full address. Attackers attempted to obtain E-file PINs... 

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World’s Largest Solar Plant Finally Goes Live

February 11, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
World’s Largest Solar Plant Finally Goes Live

The world’s largest solar power plant has finally gone live in Morocco. It will eventually provide 1.1 million people with power and cut carbon emissions by 760,000 tons a year. The $9 billion Noor Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant could eventually start exporting energy to the European market. The Noor Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), paid for with funds approved by The World Bank, is located in the Souss-Massa-Drâa area in Morocco, about 6 miles from Ouarzazate town. It began operation... 

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Regulators Deem Google Car’s Computer As A Legal ‘Driver’

February 11, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Regulators Deem Google Car’s Computer As A Legal ‘Driver’

U.S. vehicle safety regulators have stated the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car may be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, of its decision in a previously unreported Feb. 4 letter to the company posted on the agency’s website this week. Google’s self-driving car unit on Nov. 12... 

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Federal Government Wants Big Increase On Cybersecurity Spending

February 10, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Federal Government Wants Big Increase On Cybersecurity Spending

President Barack Obama has proposed a large increase in cybersecurity spending for next year’s budget, to improve outdated government software and promote better online security for consumers. The plan calls for a $3.1 billion fund to replace outdated IT infrastructure; a new position of federal chief information security officer; a commission to study cybersecurity problems, and a program to recruit cybersecurity experts into government roles. The U.S has been working since 2009 to improve... 

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Kingston Announces Acquisition Of USB Technology Maker IronKey

February 10, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Kingston Announces Acquisition Of USB Technology Maker IronKey

Kingston Technology has announced that it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation Corp. Imation, which purchased the then privately-held IronKey in 2011, did not disclose the financial details of the sale to Kingston. IronKey is perhaps best known for its highly secure USB flash drives, which use 256-bit AES encryption algorithm to secure data and a stainless steel case with no seams so it cannot be pried open. The secure storage devices are validated by the National... 

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Will Verizon Acquire Yahoo?

February 10, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Will Verizon Acquire Yahoo?

Verizon Communications Inc  has granted Tim Armstrong, chief executive officer of its AOL unit, a leading role in researching a possible bid for Yahoo Inc’s assets, Bloomberg reported, citing a person with knowledge of the situation. Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, hasn’t hired bankers to conduct an offer and there have been no formal talks, according to the report. Yahoo said last week that it would consider “strategic alternatives” for its core Internet business,... 

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Edge Continues To Weaken Microsoft’s Browser Standing

February 9, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Edge Continues To Weaken Microsoft’s Browser Standing

The inability of Microsoft’s Edge to gain new users from the Windows 10 operating system has contributed to the company’s overall decline in browser share, analysis of recently-published data shows. According to several metrics sources, Edge’s share of the global Windows 10user base was significantly lower in January than was Internet Explorer’s (IE) share of all Windows users, signaling that Microsoft has not been able to maintain the historical — or even current... 

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Seeed Studios Debuts $59 Do-it-yourself Mobile Phone Kit

February 9, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Seeed Studios Debuts $59 Do-it-yourself Mobile Phone Kit

You can put together a basic 2G cellphone at home with the RePhone Kit Create, which can also be used to make wearables and IoT devices. The kit from Seeed Studios ships with separate modules that can be pieced together to create a 2G phone with a 1.54-in. LCD screen. Icons on the display can be used to make phone calls or send text messages. There’s more to RePhone than being a fun device. The kit also is a small development board to make wearable and IoT devices with cellular communication... 

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BlackBerry Eliminates 200 Jobs, Trims Costs

February 9, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
BlackBerry Eliminates 200 Jobs, Trims Costs

BlackBerry Ltd  plans to cut 200 jobs at its hometown headquarters in Ontario and in Florida in order to trim costs, as the smartphone maker moves to turn around its fortunes and put more emphasis on its enterprise software business. “As BlackBerry continues to execute its turnaround plan, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce,” the company said in an emailed statement. The company declined to comment on what percentage of its workforce is affected by... 

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In A Strange Twist, Dridex Malware Now Distributes Antivirus Program

February 8, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
In A Strange Twist, Dridex Malware Now Distributes Antivirus Program

Users duped into opening malicious Word documents that distribute the Dridex online banking Trojan might have a pleasant surprise: They’ll get a free anitivirus program instead. That’s because an unknown person — possibly a white-hat hacker — gained access to some of the servers that cybercriminals use to distribute the Dridex Trojan and replaced the malware with an installer for Avira Free Antivirus. Dridex is one of the three most widely used computer Trojans that target... 

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Mozilla Announces End Date For Firefox Mobile OS

February 8, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mozilla Announces End Date For Firefox Mobile OS

Mozilla has announced when it plans to shut down the Firefox mobile operating system. Firefox OS for smartphones will be retired once Mozilla wraps up version 2.6, George Roter, who leads Mozilla’s Participation Lab, said in a long message posted to the company’s website. Firefox OS 2.6 is currently slated for a May 30 release. Nearly two months ago, Mozilla confirmed that it wascalling it quits on Firefox OS in its current incarnation, ending more than four years of work building... 

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Twitter Shuts Down 125,000 Terrorism-related Accounts

February 8, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Shuts Down 125,000 Terrorism-related Accounts

Twitter Inc has suspended more than 125,000 terrorism-related accounts since the middle of 2015, most of them linked to the Islamic State group, the company said in a blog post on Friday. Twitter has said it only takes down accounts when they are reported by other users, but said that it has increased the size of teams monitoring and responding to reports and has decreased its response time “significantly.” Twitter’s announcement comes as many tech companies – led by Facebook... 

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