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Facebook Implement Changes To ‘Trending Topics’ Amid Criticism

May 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Implement Changes To ‘Trending Topics’ Amid Criticism

Facebook Inc said that it had made some tweaks to the procedures for its “Trending Topics” section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency. The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias in the selection of news stories for Trending Topics, a feature that is separate from the main “news feed” where most Facebook users get their news. But the world’s largest social... 

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Are Transparent Displays On The Horizon?

May 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Are Transparent Displays On The Horizon?

Almost every sci-fi telivision program has tablets and monitors which are transparent and it seems that Samsung has finally build them. The only problem is that they are not that great to use. Samsung unveiled the first commercial installation of its cutting-edge mirror display at an upscale hair salon in Seoul, South Korea. The 55-inch display units act as a mirror while playing media over the mirrored image. The display represents a (90%) transparent layer over an underlying mirror, and is a genuinely... 

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Astronomers See Young Stars Develop In Cloud Of Gas

May 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers See Young Stars Develop In Cloud Of Gas

A glowing gas cloud full of young stars shines brightly in a new picture from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. The gas cloud, a nebula called LHA 120-N55, is about 163,000 light-years away from Earth and is situated in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby dwarf galaxy that’s one of the Milky Way’s satellites. The image was taken by the VLT’s FOcal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph (FORS2), and its location in space is pinpointed... 

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Microsoft To Make Switching Between IE11 And Edge Browsers Easier

May 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft To Make Switching Between IE11 And Edge Browsers Easier

Microsoft announced that it will introduce changes in this summer’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update to simplify switching from Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) to Edge, and back. The changes will be aimed at enterprises, the only customer group Microsoft recommends running IE11 in the new operating system. “We recognize that some enterprise customers have line-of-business applications built specifically for older web technologies, which require Internet Explorer 11,” the company said in... 

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SWIFT Asks Customers To Help Fight Bank Fraud

May 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
SWIFT Asks Customers To Help Fight Bank Fraud

Financial transaction network SWIFT is asking its customers to help it end a string of high-profile banking frauds perpetrated using its network. The SWIFT network itself is still secure, it insisted in a letter to banks and financial institutions. However, some of its customers have suffered security breaches in their own infrastructure, allowing attackers to fraudulently authorize transactions and send them over the SWIFT network, it said. That’s the best explanation so far for how authenticated... 

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How Often Does Jupiter Get Whacked?

May 24, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
How Often Does Jupiter Get Whacked?

Jupiter doesn’t get whacked by asteroids and comets quite as often as scientists had thought. Objects big enough to generate a fireball visible from Earth — such as the spectacular one that occurred on March 17 — slam into Jupiter about 6.5 times per year, according to a new study based on the pooled observations of amateur astronomers around the world. “In three years since our program started, amateur contributors from Europe, the U.S. and Australia have analyzed the equivalent... 

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UPS And SAP To Offer On-demand 3D Printing Service

May 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
UPS And SAP To Offer On-demand 3D Printing Service

UPS and SAP announced plans to offer a distributed, on-demand manufacturing network based on 3D printing that will be available through The UPS Store in more than 60 locations around the U.S. 3D printed goods will also be available through UPS’ Fast Radius on-demand production platform and its 3D printing factory in Louisville, KY. “The integration into one additive manufacturing and logistics solution this summer will make 3D printing accessible to more potential users, enabling them... 

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Hacker Offering 167 Million LinkedIn User Records For Sale

May 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Hacker Offering 167 Million LinkedIn User Records For Sale

A hacker is attempting to sell a database dump containing account records for 167 million LinkedIn users. The announcement was posted on a dark market website called TheRealDeal by a user who wants 5 bitcoins, or around $2,200, for the data set that supposedly contains user IDs, email addresses and SHA1 password hashes for 167,370,940 users. According to the sale ad, the dump does not cover LinkedIn’s complete database. Indeed, LinkedIn claims on its website to have more than 433 million registered... 

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Apple To Open Maps Product Development Center In India

May 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Apple To Open Maps Product Development Center In India

Moving forward with his attempt to attract Indian customers and developers, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook announced that the company was setting up a new development center for its Maps product in Hyderabad in south India. Apple earlier on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility in Bangalore to focus on helping developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform. Cook is on his first visit to India, where the company... 

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Astronomers Debate The Search For E.T.

May 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Debate The Search For E.T.

What are the odds that alien life exists elsewhere in the universe? At a major physics meeting, experts talked about updates to historic predictions about whether humans are alone in the cosmos. In 1961, astronomer Frank Drake wrote an equation to quantify the likelihood of finding a technologically advanced civilization elsewhere in the universe. The so-called Drake equation took into account factors such as the fraction of stars with planets around them and the fraction of those planets that would... 

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ARM Acquires Computer Visual Technology Firm Apical

May 19, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
ARM Acquires Computer Visual Technology Firm Apical

ARM has purchased Apical, a U.K. designer of embedded computer vision technology, and will incorporate that technology into future ARM microprocessor and system-on-chip designs, it has announced. The move will open up new opportunities for designers of autonomous vehicles and security systems, among other connected things, according to ARM CEO Simon Segars. Computer vision is in its early stages, and Apical is at the forefront of embedding such technology, he said. Apical’s technologies is... 

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Hyundai Motor’s Next-Gen Fuel-Cell Electric Car Launching In 2018

May 19, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Hyundai Motor’s Next-Gen Fuel-Cell Electric Car Launching In 2018

Hyundai Motor Co aims to launch its next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle in early 2018, Vice Chairman Yang Woong-chul said, to better compete with Japanese rivals and meet tougher emissions rules. Hyundai rolled out the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle in 2013, dubbed the Tucson Fuel Cell, but sales have trailed expectations due in part to a lack of refueling stations and a high price tag. For its new fuel cell vehicle, the automaker is set to double the driving range to... 

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Nokia Hits 10Gbps Speeds

May 19, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Nokia Hits 10Gbps Speeds

Nokia has demonstrated the feasibility of 10Gbps symmetrical data speeds over traditional hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cable networks, such as those operated by Virgin Media in the UK. Trumping BT’s 5Gbps XG.fast trials, Nokia’s prototype technology, called XG-Cable, is still at the proof-of-concept stage, but should easily integrate into the DOCSIS 3.1 suite of specifications focused on providing cable operators with technology innovations to transform the industry. DOCSIS is the set... 

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Could Dying Stars Spark Life On Frozen Worlds?

May 19, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Could Dying Stars Spark Life On Frozen Worlds?

When most stars reach old age and begin to run out fuel, they swell up to hundreds of times their normal size, engulfing planets that orbit too close. But can planets that escape this fiery demise still support life? In this state, can planets around the dying star host life? New research says yes. In about 7.5 billion years, the sun will have begun its march to the grave and will start expanding. Eventually it will swell to about 200 times its current size. It will swallow Mercury and Venus, and... 

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Researchers Build Tiny Robot That Operates From Inside The Body

May 18, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Researchers Build Tiny Robot That Operates From Inside The Body

University researchers have constructed a tiny, foldable robot that may one day operate on people — from inside their body. This tiny robot would be swallowed inside a capsule and then, once inside the patient’s stomach, it would unfold itself and then crawl across the stomach to repair a wound or remove a swallowed button battery, for instance. “It’s really exciting to see our small origami robots doing something with potential important applications to health care,”... 

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