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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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Astronomers Discover Cosmic Pinwheel Surrounding Nearby Galaxy

October 31, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover Cosmic Pinwheel Surrounding Nearby Galaxy

A ring of newborn stars wheels around the core of an ancient galaxy in an amazing new image captured by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The photo, taken by Spitzer observatory in infrared light, shows a burst of starbirth in the galaxy NGC 1291, which lies 33 million light-years from Earth and is about 12 billion years old. Older stars are colored blue in the photo and cluster mostly in the central region of the galaxy; younger, red stars appear around the fringes. “The rest of the galaxy... 

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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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Astronomers Discover Icey Surprise On Saturn

October 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover Icey Surprise On Saturn

In a celestial surprise, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has identified a cloud of methane ice high in the stratosphere of Saturn’s huge moon Titan. “The idea that methane clouds could form this high on Titan is completely new,” study lead author Carrie Anderson, a Cassini participating scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in a statement. “Nobody considered that possible before.” Anderson and her colleagues spotted the methane... 

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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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IBM To Offer Assistance To Battle Ebola

October 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
IBM To Offer Assistance To Battle Ebola

IBM is helping to contain the Ebola outbreak with tracking software that acts as a platform for sharing information about the disease. Backed by supercomputer-powered, cloud-based software, IBM’s communications and data analysis system allows African citizens to communicate their concerns and report cases of the virus with voice calls or toll-free SMS directly to the government. The data from the messages and locations can then be used by government agencies and health bodies to mobilise resources... 

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New Procedure Developed To Discover Einstein’s Gravity Waves

October 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
New Procedure Developed To Discover Einstein’s Gravity Waves

Gravitational waves, invisible ripples in the fabric of space and time, might be detected by looking for the brightening of stars, researchers say. These mysterious ripples were first proposed by Albert Einstein as part of his theory of general relativity. The waves’ size depends on the mass of the objects creating them. “Gravitational waves are emitted by accelerating masses,” said lead study author Barry McKernan, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History in... 

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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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Latest Ubuntu Server Goes After The Enterprise

October 27, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Latest Ubuntu Server Goes After The Enterprise

Canonical has released Ubuntu Server 14.10 for data centre server and cloud applications, offering its latest technology for scale-out infrastructure. The British software company claims that this latest release of Ubuntu Server features the fastest, most secure hypervisors available on bare metal, as well as the latest in container technologies with Docker 1.2. Canonical says that Ubuntu Server 14.10 with Docker 1.2 is unique in that it offers user-level container management and includes support... 

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Facebook Debuts ‘Rooms’ App For Chats

October 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Debuts ‘Rooms’ App For Chats

Facebook is going old school, with a stand-alone app for discussion boards geared towards allowin users to talk about shared interests without having to use their real names. The company released Rooms on Thursday, its answer to the craze around posting and sharing anonymously. People can use any name they want and don’t need a Facebook account. The app contains rooms geared around various topics, all of which require an invite link to enter. Providing an email address is optional, for the... 

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Google Continues Artificial Intelligence Expansion, Partners With Oxford U.

October 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Continues Artificial Intelligence Expansion, Partners With Oxford U.

Google Inc is growing its artificial intelligence area, hiring more than half a dozen leading academics and experts in the field and announcing a partnership with Oxford University to “accelerate” its efforts. Google will make a “substantial contribution” to establish a research partnership with Oxford’s computer science and engineering departments, the company said on Thursday regarding its work to develop the intelligence of machines and software, often to emulate... 

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