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Nintendos’s New Healthcare Division To Develop Sleep Tracking Device

October 31, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Nintendos’s New Healthcare Division To Develop Sleep Tracking Device

Video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd will develop a device to monitor a user’s fatigue and map their sleep, Chief Executive Satoru Iwata said on Thursday, the first offering from the company’s newly created healthcare division. The device will be co-created with U.S. firm ResMed Inc, which currently makes products to treat sleep disorders, and will be available in the financial year ending March 2016. “By using our know-how in gaming… to analyse sleep and fatigue, we can create... 

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Xiaomi Becomes World’s Third-Largest Smartphone Vendor

October 31, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Xiaomi Becomes World’s Third-Largest Smartphone Vendor

China’s Xiaomi Inc has nudged it’s way into being the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor just three years after first hitting the market, trailing only Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc, according to a new industry study. Strategy Analytics said Xiaomi accounted for 6 percent of all 320 million smartphones shipped during July-September. Samsung made up 25 percent, down from 35 percent a year earlier due to rising competition from several directions. Apple’s share... 

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Microsoft Debuts $199 Fitness Device

October 31, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft Debuts $199 Fitness Device

Microsoft Corp introduced a device called “MicrosoftBand” that will allow users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime, marking the world’s largest software company’s foray into the wearable technology market. The wrist-worn device has sensors that monitor pulse rate, measure calorie burn and track sleep quality, Microsoft said in a blog post. Microsoft said the device will be available in the United States in limited quantities from Thursday for $199. Apple Inc unveiled... 

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Microsoft Confirms Next Generation Of Office To Launch In 2015

October 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Confirms Next Generation Of Office To Launch In 2015

Microsoft has confirmed that it plans to roll out its next version of Office for Windows in the second half of 2015. ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley first reported on comments made by Julia White, general manager of marketing for Office and Office 365, at Microsoft’s Tech Ed Europe conference in Barcelona. According to Foley, White said that the next version of Office on Windows would launch in the last half of next year, a broad timetable that was different from previous speculation, which had... 

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Google Developing Nanoparticles To Aid In Cancer Fight

October 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Developing Nanoparticles To Aid In Cancer Fight

Google is focusing attention on tiny magnetic particles that could aid in cancer detection as well as other health problems by coursing through a patient’s bloodstream. Andrew Conrad, head of the Google X research lab’s Life Sciences Team, told the WSJ.D Live conference that the particles can be directed toward different parts of the body by applying wearable magnetic devices to the skin. The wearable would be able to count the particles and possibly compile information about what potential... 

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IBM, Twitter Teaming Up On Data Analytics

October 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM, Twitter Teaming Up On Data Analytics

International Business Machines Corp (IBM) on Wednesday announced a collaboration with Twitter to aid in business decisions using data collected from tweets worldwide. IBM will help businesses predict trends in the marketplace and consumer sentiment about products and brands and will train 10,000 employees to consult businesses on the best use of Twitter data. IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty has been trying to shift the 100-year-old company’s focus away from commoditized hardware to higher-value... 

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3D Printer Shipments Expected To Double By Next Year

October 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
3D Printer Shipments Expected To Double By Next Year

Shipments of 3D printers will double over the next year, reaching 217,350 units in 2015, up from 108,151 in 2014, according to research released by Gartner That rate of growth is expected to increase each year over the next three years. By 2018, Gartner forecast shipments worldwide to top more than 2.4 million units. The report points to the popularity of lower-cost, “plug-and-print” machines that require little or no technological knowledge to use. Users simply plug the machines into... 

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Charles Schwab To Offer Free Investment Planning Offered By ‘Rob o-adviser’

October 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Charles Schwab To Offer Free Investment Planning Offered By ‘Rob o-adviser’

Charles Schwab Corp has confirmed that it will begin offering free automated investment plans picked by computer algorithms in the first quarter of 2015. The program, which will be marketed as Schwab Intelligent Portfolios to retail investors and independent investment advisers, will create portfolios of exchange-traded funds managed by Schwab and other providers. In offering the service without management, transaction or account service fees, Schwab intends to be “disruptive” to competitors... 

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Amazon Acquires Rooftop Media, Expands Digital Content

October 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Acquires Rooftop Media, Expands Digital Content

Amazon.com Inc is set to acquire online comedy service Rooftop Media, a small deal that underscores the Internet retailer’s broader ambition of becoming a media and entertainment powerhouse. Amazon is persisting in buying content to round out its service, with designs to take on Netflix Inc and other online digital media services. But that increasing spending has helped keep the company in the red, inviting criticism from investors. Audible, the audiobooks service it bought in 2008 for $300... 

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Samsung Re-thinking The LED Lighting Business

October 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Samsung Re-thinking The LED Lighting Business

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd  said that it will discontinue its light emitting diode (LED) lighting business outside of South Korea, scaling back what was identified as a key growth business just four years ago. The pullback comes on the heels of Dutch rival Philips recent decision to spin off its century-old lighting business. Price wars have slashed profitability to levels deemed too unattractive in the long run, despite an LED boom that has upended the global incandescent lighting industry. Analysts... 

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Microsoft’s Surface Finally Turns A Profit

October 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft’s Surface Finally Turns A Profit

After two years and nearly $2 billion in losses, Microsoft’s Surface finally became profitable in the September quarter. For the three months ending Sept. 30, Microsoft recorded $908 million in revenue for the Surface tablet line, an increase of 127% over the same quarter in 2013. The nearly one billion in revenue was a one-quarter record for the Surface, and beat the combined revenue of the previous two quarters. Using information in Microsoft’s filing with the U.S. Securities and... 

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CVS and Rite Aid Stores Block Apple Pay

October 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
CVS and Rite Aid Stores Block Apple Pay

Drug retailers CVS Health Corp and Rite Aid Corp have disabled Apple Inc’s  new electronic payments service Apple Pay from their stores over the weekend,according to the New York Times. Apple Pay, which debuted in September, is a mobile payment app that allows consumers to buy things by simply holding their iPhone6 and 6 Plus devices up to readers installed by store merchants. A Rite Aid spokeswoman told the New York Times that the company does not currently accept Apple Pay. The company is... 

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FCC Delays Low-frequency Airwaves Auction Until 2016

October 27, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
FCC Delays Low-frequency Airwaves Auction Until 2016

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission expects a major auction of low-frequency airwaves to be delayed until early 2016 from mid-2015 because of its complexity and a pending court challenge, an FCC official said in a recent blog post. The FCC is working on rules for the so-called incentive auction, in which wireless carriers would get the first opportunity since 2008 to purchase airwaves that are considered the “beach-front property” of radio spectrum for their reach and strength. The... 

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McDonalds Plans To Install Self-ordering Kiosks

October 27, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
McDonalds Plans To Install Self-ordering Kiosks

McDonald’s has unveiled its plans to install self-ordering kiosks and mobile ordering at its restaurants. It isn’t the only food chain doing this. The company that owns Chili’s Grill & Bar also said it will complete a tablet ordering system rollout next month at its U.S. restaurants. Applebee’s announced last December that it would deliver tablets to 1,800 restaurants this year. The pace of self-ordering system deployments appears to be gaining speed. But there’s... 

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China Touts Homegrown Servers Admidst Cybersecurity Concerns

October 27, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
China Touts Homegrown Servers Admidst Cybersecurity Concerns

A Chinese firm has developed the country’s first homegrown servers, built entirely out of domestic technologies including a processor from local chip maker Loongson Technology. China’s Dawning Information Industry, also known as Sugon, has developed a series of four servers using the Loongson 3B processor, the country’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday. “Servers are crucial applications in a country’s politics, economy, and information security. We must... 

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