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Amazon Extends Brick-and-Mortar Push With ‘Instant Pickup’

August 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Extends Brick-and-Mortar Push With ‘Instant Pickup’

Amazon.com Inc is introducing U.S. pickup points where shoppers can retrieve items immediately after ordering them, shortening delivery times from hours to minutes in its latest move into brick-and-mortar retail. The world’s largest online retailer has launched ‘Instant Pickup’ points around five college campuses, such as the University of California at Berkeley, it said on Tuesday. Amazon has plans to add the program to more sites by the end of the year. Shoppers on Amazon’s... 

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BMW Intel Self-driving Car Alliance Adds Fiat Chrysler

August 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
BMW Intel Self-driving Car Alliance Adds Fiat Chrysler

Fiat Chrysler plans on joining an alliance spearheaded by BMW to develop self-driving cars, intensifying a race by carmakers and technology companies to develop “robotaxis” which can be called up via smartphone and paid for by the minute. The market for such self-driving cabs could be worth $2 trillion by 2030, according to consultants McKinsey, as younger customers abandon car ownership in favor of a pay-per-use mobility service. Fiat Chrysler (FCA) said it plans to put autonomous car... 

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Will eSports Make It To The 2024 Olympics In Paris

August 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will eSports Make It To The 2024 Olympics In Paris

The 2024 Olympic Games in Paris could be the first to host an official esports event if the bid team is successful. Esports Insider reports that the team is rallying for the International Olympic Committee to consider adding professional gaming competitions to the program. The site reports that the Paris 2024 team has been openly discussing this for some time, believing esports will help get more young people interested in the Olympics, although the IOC will make the final decision. Paris is expected... 

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Will The James Webb Telescope Easily Find Earth Like Planets

August 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will The James Webb Telescope Easily Find Earth Like Planets

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), billed as “NASA’s premier observatory of the next decade,” could search for signs of an atmosphere on Proxima b. When it launches next year, JWST will be the most powerful space-based observatory yet, and the largest ever contrcuted. Its 6.5-meter mirror (nearly three times the size of the Hubble Space Telescope’s mirror) is expected to yield insights into the entire universe, ranging from the formation of planets and galaxies to peering... 

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LinkedIn Loses Battle To Block Access To User’s Profile Data

August 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
LinkedIn Loses Battle To Block Access To User’s Profile Data

A U.S. federal judge has ruled that Microsoft Corp’s LinkedIn unit will not be allowed to prevent a startup from accessing public profile data, in a test of how much control a social media site can wield over information its users have deemed to be public. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco granted a preliminary injunction request brought by hiQ Labs, and ordered LinkedIn to remove within 24 hours any technology preventing hiQ from accessing public profiles. The case is considered... 

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Angry Bird’s Rovio Returns To Profit, Possible IPO

August 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Angry Bird’s Rovio Returns To Profit, Possible IPO

Finnish mobile games and animation studio Rovio Entertainment Ltd announced that its sales in the first half of the year nearly doubled following the success of “The Angry Birds Movie.” First-half revenue rose to 152.6 million euros ($179.7 million) from 78.5 million a year earlier, while adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization increased to 41.8 million euros from 11.0 million a year ago. Following years of falling earnings, job cuts and restructuring,... 

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Astronomers Test Einsteins’s Relativity Theory With Star

August 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Test Einsteins’s Relativity Theory With Star

A giant star near the center of our galaxy hints, once again, that Albert Einstein was correct about gravity. A group of astronomers in Germany and the Czech Republic observed three stars in a cluster near the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Using data from the Very Large Telescope in Chile, among others, the researchers tracked how the stars moved as they went around the monster black hole. One of the stars, called S2, showed slight deviations in its orbit that might... 

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Bitcoin Keeps Soaring, Surpasses $4000 Threshold

August 15, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Bitcoin Keeps Soaring, Surpasses $4000 Threshold

Bitcoin has passed another major milestone, easily reaching beyond the $4,000 threshold on Sunday. The cryptocurrency, which has only been in existence for seven years, reached a high of $4,224 (equivalent to £3,244 or AU$5,343) shortly after 9 a.m. UTC on Sunday. It’s been a swift rise for bitcoin, which only passed the $3,000 marker for the first time at the start of the month. The rise also comes fresh off the heels of the so-called “hard fork” in bitcoin which saw a new... 

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Amazon Issues Recall For Solar Eclipse Glasses

August 15, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Issues Recall For Solar Eclipse Glasses

Amazon has issued a recall to consumers who purchased eclipse glasses that may not have come from a recommended manufacturer. The internet retailer began notifying buyers of the unverified glasses on Saturday, warning them not to use the product for viewing the much-anticipated total solar eclipse later this month. Customers who didn’t receive a recall email are safe to use the ones they purchased. “We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse,”... 

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More Unaired HBO Shows Released By Hacker

August 15, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
More Unaired HBO Shows Released By Hacker

Hackers have loaded onto the internet more unaired episodes of popular HBO shows but the latest leak did not include anything on the hit series “Game of Thrones,” the Associated Press reported. The hackers, who broke into HBO’s computer network and have released stolen information for several weeks, provided more unaired episodes, including the popular show “Curb Your Enthusiasm, ” which returns in October. They also leaked episodes of “Insecure,” “Ballers”... 

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Will The U.S. ITC Really Investigate Apple

August 15, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will The U.S. ITC Really Investigate Apple

The International Trade Commission has announced that it will launch an investigation into Apple following allegations from Qualcomm that its devices violate six of its patents. The move, arguably procedural, means that the ITC will formally investigate Qualcomm’s complaint, rather than dismiss it outright. “The US International Trade Commission has voted to institute an investigation of certain mobile electronic devices and radio frequency and processing components thereof,”... 

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SoundCloud Receives Funding, Lives To See Another Day

August 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
SoundCloud Receives Funding, Lives To See Another Day

SoundCloud, the world’s most popular streaming music app, but one that has been plagued by money-losing strategies, said it received new funding on Friday, insulating it from potentially running out of cash this year. The company, which laid off 40 percent of its staff in July, said in a blog post that the financing was raised from media-focused investment bank Raine Group of New York and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek. It did not disclose the amount or its terms. Raine and... 

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Slack Enables Enteprise Mobility Management, Strengthens Security Features

August 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Slack Enables Enteprise Mobility Management, Strengthens Security Features

Slack has enabled integration with the most prevalent enterprise mobility management (EMM) platforms in order to offer security and policy management features to its four-year old, cloud-based messaging application. The messaging platform provider worked with AppConfig, an open standards group, which allowed Slack to integrate through a set of APIs with 21 EMM vendors. Slack said it also worked more closely with three EMM providers – VMware Airwatch, MobileIron, and Blackberry Good – “to... 

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Astronomers Develop Laser SETI Program To Look For E.T.

August 14, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Develop Laser SETI Program To Look For E.T.

The best way to find laser flashes from an alien civilization is to look everywhere, all the time, and a new project aims to do just that. The SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, California, has released details of the effort, which it calls “Laser SETI: First-Ever All-Sky All-the-Time Search.” The first flash from the group is that it has launched a crowdfunding drive to support the project via the website Indiegogo, which you can read about here. Hosted... 

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Facebook Introduces New Watch Tab

August 11, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Introduces New Watch Tab

Original video content has found a new home at Facebook. The social network giant has introduced Watch, a new video platform for programming produced exclusively for Facebook users. The new feature, which will be available on mobile, desktop and Facebook’s TV apps, is a continuation of the video push Facebook launched last year. “On Facebook, videos are discovered through friends and bring communities together,” Daniel Danker, Facebook director of product, wrote in a blog post.... 

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