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Amazon To Offer 3D Printing

July 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon To Offer 3D Printing

Amazon.com Inc will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys and other items from third-party vendors using a new personalization option on its website. Most of the more than 200 items available on the company’s new 3D printed products store, which was rolled out on Monday, can be customized using a new feature that allows users to rotate and change the item they are viewing. Before it is printed by one of Amazon’s sellers, users... 

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Is Oracle’s Linux 7 Unbreakable?

July 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Oracle’s Linux 7 Unbreakable?

Oracle has announced the release of its Linux distribution Oracle Linux 7. Oracle Linux 7 is the latest release of the company’s version of its enterprise grade Linux flavour that is a fork of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This latest release adds a range of features including XFS, Btrfs, Linux Containers (LXC), Dtrace, Ksplice, Xen enhancements and the Oracle’s Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3. “Oracle Linux continues to provide the most flexible options for customers and partners,... 

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Can A New Test Prove If Voyager Is In Interstellar Space?

July 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can A New Test Prove If Voyager Is In Interstellar Space?

A new test could determine once and for all whether NASA’s Voyager 1 probe has indeed entered interstellar space, some researchers say. While mission team members declared last year that Voyager 1 reached interstellar space in August 2012, not all scientists are sold. Two researchers working with Voyager 1 have drawn up a test to show whether the spacecraft is inside or outside of the heliosphere — the bubble of solar particles and magnetic fields that the sun puffs around itself. The scientists... 

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Dell, BlackBerry Downplay Apple-IBM Alliance

July 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Dell, BlackBerry Downplay Apple-IBM Alliance

IBM Corp’s recent move to team up with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unfazed for now. Top executives at Dell and BlackBerry Ltd scoffed at the threat posed by the alliance, arguing the tie-up is unlikely to derail the efforts of their own companies to re-invent themselves. “I do not think that we take the Apple-IBM tie-up terribly seriously. I think it just made a good press... 

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Sprint Teams Up With Google To Sell Business Apps

July 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Sprint Teams Up With Google To Sell Business Apps

Sprint announced a partnership with Google to offer the Google Apps for Business cloud service, noting that customers of the service won’t have to use Sprint’s wireless network or Android devices. The partnership helps move Sprint well beyond it’s role as a basic wireless carrier for businesses to one that will bolster basic Google cloud service and access to Google apps with Sprint’s own hands-on professional consulting, much of it free. The announcement comes amid widespread... 

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NASA’s New Horizons Quickly Approaching Pluto

July 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
NASA’s New Horizons Quickly Approaching Pluto

Less than a year from now, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will make the first-ever visit to Pluto, potentially revolutionizing scientists’ understanding of the dwarf planet. Because Pluto is so far away — it orbits the sun at an average distance of 3.65 billion miles (5.87 billion kilometers) — many questions about the dwarf planet’s composition and activity remain unanswered. Researchers hope New Horizons will lay some of those questions to rest when it flies by Pluto on July... 

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NASA Upgrades The Robonaut In Space

July 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NASA Upgrades The Robonaut In Space

The 300-pound humanoid robot working on the International Space Station is getting several upgrades, including new processors and software, in preparation of having a pair of legs attached to it. Robonaut 2, also known as R2, is the legless but humanoid robot that has been working on the space station since 2011. “Commander Steve Swanson focused his attention primarily on mobility upgrades for the station’s robotic crew member, Robonaut 2,” NASA reported on its website. “Since... 

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Astronomers Find Alien Planet With The Longest Year

July 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Alien Planet With The Longest Year

A newfound alien planet is one for the record books. The alien planet Kepler-421b — which crosses the face of, or transits, its host star from Earth’s perspective — takes 704 Earth days to complete one orbit, and thus has the longest year known for any transiting alien world, researchers said. (For comparison, Earth orbits the sun once every 365 days, and Mars completes a lap every 780 days.) “Finding Kepler-421b was a stroke of luck,” study lead author David Kipping, of the... 

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Yahoo To Purchase Flurry To Beef Up Mobile Ad Revenue

July 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo To Purchase Flurry To Beef Up Mobile Ad Revenue

Yahoo Inc will acquire mobile analytics startup Flurry to beef up a fast-growing mobile advertising business that still lags Google Inc’s  and Facebook Inc’s in scale. Six-year-old Flurry uses analytics to help target ads at consumers by monitoring activity on more than half a million apps on some 1.4 billion mobile devices around the world, Yahoo said in a statement. The startup provides information to help marketers and brands more easily reach their desired audiences, Yahoo... 

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Vintage NASA Probe Still Kicking

July 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Vintage NASA Probe Still Kicking

After refusing to fire its engines last week for a course correction, a vintage NASA spacecraft did produce a bit of thrust Wednesday (July 16), proving it still has at least some fuel left after 36 years in space. The International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3), which launched in 1978, is close to Earth right now, but on a trajectory that will send it further out into the solar system. A private group, called the ISEE-3 Reboot Project, is sending commands to the aged NASA probe with the goal of... 

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Twitter Pressed To Release Diversity Data

July 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Pressed To Release Diversity Data

U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson is urging Twitter to release its employee diversity information, which its Silicon Valley peers such as Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Facebook have already done. The Rainbow Push Coalition, founded by Jackson, has also asked Twitter to signal its commitment to inclusion by hosting a public community forum to address the company’s plan to recruit and retain more African American talent. The coalition and black empowerment group, ColorOfChange.org, plans... 

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China’s Rush To The Internet Is Slowing

July 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
China’s Rush To The Internet Is Slowing

China’s once furious pace to get on the Internet is slowing, with the country adding only 14.4 million new Internet users in the first half of 2014, the lowest half-year growth in eight years. There were 632 million Internet users in China in June, according to the government-linked China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). Although China has long reigned as the country with the world’s largest Internet population, the services are still struggling to take off in the rural areas,... 

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Is the Hunt For Alien Planets Heating Up?

July 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is the Hunt For Alien Planets Heating Up?

It’s a time of amazing discovery in the hunt for planets in other solar systems. Over the past six months, more than 700 exoplanets have been found. It seems that each week brings the announcement of another foreign world: a rocky orb that seems much like Earth except that it’s 17 times more massive; a colossal planet that orbits its star at a whopping 2,000 times the distance between Earth and our sun; an Earth-like planet in a two-sun system. On July 9, three astrophysicists — Zachory... 

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Dell Is Now Accepting Bitcoin Payments

July 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Dell Is Now Accepting Bitcoin Payments

Want to purchase a laptop with bitcoins? Dell is now accepting the digital currency as a form of payment. Consumer and business shoppers can pay for products directly via bitcoins or through Coinbase, a third-party payment processing company, Dell said. Buyers can pay for products through Bitcoin wallets or by scanning a QR code with a smartphone. The volatile Bitcoin has had its share of controversies and exchange shutdowns as the currency matures. Companies like Overstock.com, Newegg, Expedia... 

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Google’s Growth Will Be In A Shift To Mobile

July 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google’s Growth Will Be In A Shift To Mobile

Google Inc  is the more properly positioned than any company to benefit from the shift to mobile, increased local advertising and wearables, analysts said after the search giant posted its 18th straight quarter of 20 percent-plus revenue growth. At least eight brokerages raised their price targets on the stock on Friday by as much as $75, to a high of $745. The company, which is also set to benefit from the so-called “internet of things”, said that second-quarter revenue rose 22 percent... 

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