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Google Launches New Cloud Natural Language API

July 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Launches New Cloud Natural Language API

Google’s intelligent cloud developer tools added new features with the launch of a new Cloud Natural Language API. The service is aimed at helping developers create applications that understand human language. It’s an important move for Google, as public cloud providers race to host new applications built with intelligent capabilities. Natural language processing allows developers to build apps that can tackle the challenging task of understanding how humans communicate. It is also... 

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Online Video Streaming Biting Into Dish Network Customer Base

July 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Online Video Streaming Biting Into Dish Network Customer Base

U.S. satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp reported an unexpected loss in pay-TV subscribers as more consumers increasingly opt for online video-streaming services. Dish said it lost 281,000 net pay-TV subscribers in the second quarter ended June 30, missing the average analyst estimate of a loss of 91,000 subscribers, according to market research firm FactSet StreetEstimate. However, average revenue per user rose to $89.98 from $87.91, helped by price increases for its video service. Dish raised... 

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Elon Musk Unveils ‘Master Plan’ For Future Tesla Motors Projects

July 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Elon Musk Unveils ‘Master Plan’ For Future Tesla Motors Projects

Tesla Motors Inc  Chief Executive Elon Musk has shared his ambitious plans to expand the company into electric trucks and buses, car sharing and solar energy systems. In a blog post titled “Master Plan, Part Deux,” Musk sketched a vision of an integrated carbon-free energy enterprise offering a wider range of vehicles, and products and services beyond electric cars and batteries. The newest elements of the strategy included plans to develop car and ride sharing programs as well as commercial... 

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Google’s Transparency Reports Uptick In Governments Requesting User Data

July 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google’s Transparency Reports Uptick In Governments Requesting User Data

Government requests worldwide for user data related to search engine traffic on Google surged by 29% from 2014 to 2015, according to the search site’s most recent Transparency Report. Google reports on the government requests every six months. In the second half of 2015, it said it received more than 40,000 requests for data related to more than 81,000 user accounts; That compares to the first half of the year when Google received about 35,000 requests related to about 69,000 accounts. In... 

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GE Partners With Huawei Technologies To Develop Smart Machines

July 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
GE Partners With Huawei Technologies To Develop Smart Machines

General Electric Co announced that it would partner with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd  to develop smart machines designed to boost productivity, part of a drive to promote its “industrial internet” business in China. The U.S. industrial giant announced the partnership as it launched an $11 million digital space in Shanghai, where it plans to incubate start-ups and have developers work on new software applications to make machines more intelligent. The move is part of GE’s ambitious... 

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Microsoft Steps Up Pressure On Software Pirates, Files Lawsuits

July 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Steps Up Pressure On Software Pirates, Files Lawsuits

Microsoft last week stepped up its campaign to stop software pirates when it filed the fifth lawsuit in as many months accusing unidentified individuals with illegally activating more than 1,000 copies of Windows, including the newest Windows 10, and Office. The suit was filed in a Seattle court last Thursday. It was almost identical to others submitted since February, when Microsoft started a string of cases targeting numerous “John Does.” “Microsoft’s cyberforensics have identified... 

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Microsoft Launches Stream Video Sharing Service For The Enterprise

July 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Launches Stream Video Sharing Service For The Enterprise

Microsoft may have YouTube for businesses on its hands with the beta launch of a new service on Monday. It’s called Stream, and it’s supposed to let people easily work together with one another on videos and then share that content both inside and outside their company. In the realm of consumer web services, video is ascending. Facebook has been emphasizing video posts on its popular social network, while YouTube is still going strong. Microsoft is trying to take some of that mojo and... 

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Tesla Says ‘Significant’ Upgrades Coming To Its Autopilot Feature

July 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Tesla Says ‘Significant’ Upgrades Coming To Its Autopilot Feature

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced that he had a “promising call” with Bosch, a German auto-technology supplier that makes the radar sensor for Tesla’s all-electric vehicles. Musk’s tweet said that ‘significant’ upgrades might be possible for Autopilot, but did not specify what those might be. The improvements will eventually be added to vehicles with Autopilot capability via an over-the-air upgrade, Musk said. Tesla is currently under investigation by the National... 

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ZTE Debuts Zmax Pro Smartphone For $99

July 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
ZTE Debuts Zmax Pro Smartphone For $99

ZTE’s $99 ZMax Pro includes some of the latest smartphone technologies, which is a pleasant surprise for a low-priced handset. The smartphone has a 6-in. screen and is available only through MetroPCS in the U.S. It weighs about 175 grams and is 8.9 millimeters thick. It has some top-line features found in the latest smartphones, like a USB Type-C port. It also runs on the latest Android OS 6.0 code-named Marshmallow. The Gorilla Glass 3 screen shows images at a full HD resolution. The handset... 

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Ubuntu Forums Database Hacked

July 19, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Ubuntu Forums Database Hacked

Users of Ubuntu support forums should be on the lookout for suspicious emails after the website’s database of 2 million email addresses was stolen. Canonical announced the security breach on Friday after being notified that someone claimed to have a copy of the UbuntuForums.org database. An investigation revealed that an attacker did get access to the website’s user records through a vulnerability. The exploited SQL injection flaw was located in the Forum Runner add-on for vBulletin,... 

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U.S. National Science Foundation To Spend $400M On Wireless Research

July 19, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
U.S. National Science Foundation To Spend $400M On Wireless Research

The U.S. National Science Foundation will shell out than $400 million over the next seven years to pay for next-generation wireless research in an effort to bring super-fast mobile service to the country. U.S. officials hope the investments will speed up the county’s move to next-generation 5G mobile service, potentially offering speeds of 10Gbps, and allow for a rapid expansion of the internet of things. The next-generation mobile services will enable self-driving cars, an “always... 

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SoftBank To Acquire ARM For $32 Billion

July 19, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
SoftBank To Acquire ARM For $32 Billion

Japan’s SoftBank will acquire UK chip design company ARM Holdings to take advantage of growing demand for processors and other technologies for the internet of things and mobile markets. SoftBank is paying £24.3 billion ($32 billion) in cash for the chip company that licenses its designs to a large number of chip suppliers to smartphone makers and to the emerging IoT market. The Japanese company will retain ARM’s headquarters in Cambridge and plans to double the number of employees in the... 

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Microsoft Reduces OneDrive Storage Allotment

July 18, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Reduces OneDrive Storage Allotment

Users of Microsoft’s OneDrive have begun receiving notifications that their storage allotments have already, or will soon be, reduced to 5GB. The emails to OneDrive account holders were the first step in a process that Microsoft announced last year as part of a broader reduction in cloud-based storage allowances. The free amount was to be lowered from 15GB to 5GB, and another 15GB that many had — the photograph-specific “Camera Roll” bonus that had been given to any who asked... 

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AT&T Using Drones For Cell Tower Inspections

July 18, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Using Drones For Cell Tower Inspections

AT&T is now deploying drones to inspect its cellular towers and foresees them as a way to complement its wireless LTE network. Down the road, the carrier said it might use a drone as a Flying Cell on Wings (COW) to enhance LTE coverage at a large concert or sporting event where thousands of fans can clog the network. Or a drone could be used in rapid disaster response, offering wireless coverage when a vehicle is unable to drive to an area hit by a storm or other catastrophe. Some of those ideas... 

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NASA Gears Up For New Mars Rover In 2020

July 18, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NASA Gears Up For New Mars Rover In 2020

NASA is closing in on finalizing the design and ready to begin building the next Mars rover, which is set to search, for the first time, for signs of past life on the planet. The space agency announced Friday that plans are moving ahead for the robotic rover to launch in the summer of 2020 and land on Mars in February 2021. The new rover also is designed to test the planet for usable resources, such as oxygen, that will be needed for future missions to Mars that will include humans. The Mars Curiosity... 

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