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Google, Fiat Chrysler Turns Focus To Self-driving Minivans

May 5, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google, Fiat Chrysler Turns Focus To Self-driving Minivans

Alphabet Inc’s Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV  have agreed to team up and build a fleet of 100 self-driving minivans, marking the first time that a Silicon Valley firm has teamed up with a traditional carmaker to develop an autonomous vehicle. Google and Fiat said the deal announced on Tuesday was the first time Google has worked directly with an automaker “to integrate its self-driving system, including its sensors and software, into a passenger vehicle.” The growing... 

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Chinese Invent Electronic Paper

May 5, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Chinese Invent Electronic Paper

China, which gave the world traditional paper, has come up with a successor which could shake up electronic gadgets such as wearable devices and e-readers. This particular type of paper is made from graphene which is super light and strong. The electronic paper has been made by Guangzhou OED Technologies in partnership with another company in the Chongqing Province. The paper is 0.335 nanometers thick and can be used to create hard or flexible graphene displays. Graphene e-paper can conduct heat... 

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Astronomers Discover Dark Matter Galaxy

May 5, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover Dark Matter Galaxy

Sometimes, a flaw in your magnifying glass can be a good thing; in the case of some new research, it can even reveal invisible dark matter galaxies. Astronomers probing the sky used the gravity of  a massive galaxy as a natural magnifying glass, and they found a strange distortion on its edge. That distortion proved to be a smaller, invisible galaxy composed of dark matter. The discovery, explained in a new video, could pave the way to finding more of these unusual objects, providing a better understanding... 

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Oracle Pushes Deeper Into Cloud Computing With Another Acquisition

May 4, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Oracle Pushes Deeper Into Cloud Computing With Another Acquisition

Right on the heels of a similar acquisition last week, Oracle has announced it will pay $532 million to buy Opower, a provider of cloud services to the utilities industry. Once a die-hard cloud holdout, Oracle has been making up for lost time by buying a foothold in specific industries through acquisitions such as this one. Last week’s Textura buy gave it a leg up in engineering and construction. “It’s a good move on Oracle’s part, and it definitely strengthens Oracle’s cloud... 

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Sony Patents Eyeball Camera

May 4, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Sony Patents Eyeball Camera

Recently, Sony Computer Entertainment filed a patent with the USPTO to integrate a camera into a wearer’s contact lens, complete with the imaging sensor as well as data storage and a wireless communication module. The technology, powered wirelessly and controlled by blinking, also offers the possibility of auto-focus, zooming and image stabilization. Sony is the second to file a patent for integrating a wearable camera into a contact lens, after it was discovered that Samsung filed a patent... 

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Qatar National Bank Admits Customer Data Released By Hackers Is Authentic

May 3, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Qatar National Bank Admits Customer Data Released By Hackers Is Authentic

Qatar National Bank has confirmed that its systems were hacked but said that the information released online was a combination of data picked up from the attack and from other sources such as social media. The incident will not have a financial impact on the bank’s customers, whose accounts are secure, the bank said — without providing details of how its systems were hacked, the possible identity of the hackers and what information was harvested. The announcement Sunday by one of the leading... 

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VeVo Hits 17 Billion While Calling Goof The Devil

May 3, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
VeVo Hits 17 Billion While Calling Goof The Devil

Vevo might be the new MTV for millennials, who might not know MTV that played music a few decades ago. Vevo CEO Erik Huggers had an interview at a Hunter Walk blog talking about YouTube, subscription base and the future. Vevo CEO, ex Intel and ex BBC executive Erik Huggers mentioned that the Vevo will get a subscription based service but for the time being the company will stay with add supported content. Huggers first worked first on the iBBC player and later at Intel OnCue, then Verizon before... 

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Elon Musk Opens Training ‘Gym’ For AI Programmers

May 2, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Elon Musk Opens Training ‘Gym’ For AI Programmers

Techie entrepreneur Elon Musk has rolled out an open-source training “gym” for artificial-intelligence programmers. It’s an interesting move for a man who in 2014 said artificial intelligence, or A.I., will pose a threat to the human race. “I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence,” Musk said about a year and a half ago during an MIT symposium. “If I were to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that…... 

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Do Parallel Universes Exist?

May 2, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Do Parallel Universes Exist?

Is our universe unique? From science fiction to science fact, there is a proposal out there that suggests that there could be other universes besides our own, where all the choices you made in this life played out in alternate realities. So, instead of turning down that job offer that took you from the United States to China, the alternate universe would show the outcome if you decided to venture to Asia instead. The idea is pervasive in comic books and movies. For example, in the 2009 “Star... 

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Astronomers Find Dwarf Planet With Moon

April 29, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Dwarf Planet With Moon

The dwarf planet Makemake has some company out in the cold, dark depths of the outer solar system. Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a moon orbiting Makemake, which is the second-brightest object in the distant Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. (Pluto is the brightest of these bodies.) The newfound satellite — the first ever spotted around Makemake — is 1,300 times fainter than the dwarf planet and is thought to be about 100 miles (160 kilometers) in diameter, researchers... 

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Mac Finally Gets Skype For Business App

April 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net

Microsoft’s new business communication product is finally making its way to the Mac. The company announced the first technical preview of Skype for Business for Mac on Tuesday, giving users of Apple computers an easy way to connect to meetings they have scheduled through Microsoft’s professional audio and videoconferencing software. When users sign into the app, they’ll see their Skype for Business meetings for the current day and the following one, and will be able to easily join... 

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Can Astronomers Finally Explain The “WOW! Singal?

April 28, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Astronomers Finally Explain The “WOW! Singal?

The story behind the famous “Wow!” signal has an eerie quality that has inspired countless science fiction alien encounters and is often lauded as one of the strongest pieces of evidence that we are, in fact, not alone in the universe. However, its “alien intelligence” authenticity has been questioned since that fabled night on Aug. 15, 1977 at 10:16 p.m. ET when astronomer Jerry Ehman used the Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope to sweep the skies for signals... 

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Google Teams With Ford, Uber On Self-driving Car Coalition

April 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Teams With Ford, Uber On Self-driving Car Coalition

Alphabet Inc’s Google unit, Ford Motor Co, Volvo Cars and two ride-sharing companies announced on Tuesday that they are forming a coalition to urge federal action on self-driving cars. The coalition, which also includes Uber Technologies Inc  and Lyft, is “to work with lawmakers, regulators, and the public to realize the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles.” The group said David Strickland, the former top official of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,... 

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Will The VR Industry Have Blockbuster Sales This Year?

April 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will The VR Industry Have Blockbuster Sales This Year?

Virtual reality is, without a doubt, the most exciting thing that’s going to happen to videogames in 2016 – but it’s becoming increasingly clear, in the cold light of day, that it’s only going to be providing thrills to a relatively limited number of consumers. Market research firm Superdata has downgraded its forecast for the size of the VR market this year once more, taking it from a dizzying $5.1 billion projection at the start of the year to a more reasonable sounding... 

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Chinese Electric Car Maker Looks To Challenge Musk’s Tesla

April 26, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Chinese Electric Car Maker Looks To Challenge Musk’s Tesla

Future automobiles will be all-electric, self-driving, connected to high-speed communications networks … and free. That, at least, is the vision of Jia Yueting, a billionaire entrepreneur and one of a new breed of Chinese who see their technology expertise re-engineering the automobile industry, and usurping Tesla Motors, a U.S. pioneer in premium electric vehicle (EV) making. “Tesla’s a great company and has taken the global car industry to the EV era,” Jia said in an interview... 

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