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Are Developers Giving Up On The Oculus Rift

September 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Are Developers Giving Up On The Oculus Rift

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe has emphasized the freedom that Oculus VR allows its employees to support their personal views, a freedom he said also applied to Palmer Luckey. In a post on his Facebook page, Iribe spoke about Luckey’s regret at the negative impact the situation had created for “the company, our partners, and the industry.” However, he offered a measure of support for Oculus VR’s founder, citing Luckey’s right to independent political beliefs. “Everyone... 

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Hawking’s Still Does Not Want To Deal With E.T.

September 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Hawking’s Still Does Not Want To Deal With E.T.

Humanity should be wary of seeking out contact with alien civilizations, Stephen Hawking has warned once again. In 2010, the famed astrophysicist said that intelligent aliens may be rapacious marauders, roaming the cosmos in search of resources to plunder and planets to conquer and colonize. He reiterates that basic concern in “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places,” a new documentary streaming now on the CuriosityStream video service. “One day, we might receive a signal from... 

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Turns To Microsoft’s Azure Cloud For Connected Cars

September 28, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Renault-Nissan Alliance Turns To Microsoft’s Azure Cloud For Connected Cars

Microsoft has inked a deal to aid the Renault-Nissan Alliance in developing next-generation connected services for self-driving cars that will be enabled through Microsoft’s Azure cloud infrastructure. Azure cloud services, the companies said, will be the foundation for more advanced navigation features, vehicle monitoring and predictive vehicle maintenance and for mobile connectivity and over-the-air updates. Renault-Nissan plans to develop connectivity technologies and features to support... 

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Virtual Reality Devices On The Rise

September 28, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Virtual Reality Devices On The Rise

The numbers of VR-enabled smartphones and tablets, as well as shipments of VR devices bundled with gaming consoles or PCs will grow like topsy in the fourth quarter. Beancounters at Digitimes Research have added up some numbers and divided by their shoe size and reached the conclusion that we should see some significant changes in the VR market soon. Shipments of VR video-enabled smartphones and VR devices bundled with consoles will be higher compared to other devices. Vendors of VR-enabled tablets... 

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Google Fiber Wins Installation Battle In Nashville

September 27, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Google Fiber Wins Installation Battle In Nashville

Google Fiber won a victory in Nashville as the city’s Metro Council approved an ordinance called “One Touch Make Ready,” that would speed up the company’s fiber-optic cable installations. The ordinance, passed by a voice vote, gives Google Fiber and other ISPs quicker access to utility poles for deploying fast broadband with fiber-optic cable. Without the measure, each ISP has had to send out a separate crew to a utility pole to move its own line to make room for a new one. The ordinance... 

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Digital Map Company HERE Partners With Automakers To Share Traffic Data

September 27, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Digital Map Company HERE Partners With Automakers To Share Traffic Data

German digital map maker HERE plans to roll out a new set of traffic services this week that allows drivers to see for themselves what live road conditions are like miles ahead using data from competing automakers, an industry first. The Berlin-based company, owned by Germany’s three premium automakers, will provide four services in which drivers share detailed video views of traffic jams or accidents, potential road hazards like fog or slippery streets, traffic signs including temporary speed... 

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Can Qualcomm Win The 5G Race?

September 27, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Can Qualcomm Win The 5G Race?

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf has been telling the world how it is going to win the 5G war which will bring about a bold new world based around the Internet of Things. Writing in his bog, Mollenkopf claimed that Qualcomm was leading the way to 5G for the next 10 years and beyond. He said that there will be 3G and 4G connected people, but 5G is going to connect everything. “It’s a unifying, more capable communications fabric that will take on a much bigger role than previous generations... 

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Can Tatooine Like Planets Rise From Ashes?

September 27, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Can Tatooine Like Planets Rise From Ashes?

Worlds with two close suns, like the fictional planet Tatooine in “Star Wars,” may be just as common as their single-star cousins — and sometimes, like a mythological phoenix, such planets might be born from the ashes of one star’s death.  A new study reveals that the most massive worlds occur nearly as often around tight pairs of stars as they do around singles. While most planets that orbit one star came into being along with their sun, some of the worlds orbiting two tightly... 

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Yahoo Hacking Takes Top Spot As Biggest Breach

September 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Hacking Takes Top Spot As Biggest Breach

When Yahoo confirmed that data from at least 500 million user accounts had been hacked, it wasn’t just admitting to a huge failing in data security — it was admitting to the biggest hack the world has ever seen. Until  last Thursday, the previous largest known hack was the 2008 breach that hit almost 360 million MySpace accounts, according to a ranking by the “Have I been pwned” website. Like the Yahoo breach, the hack was only publicly disclosed this year after data was... 

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Privacy Groups Urge Probe Of WhatsApp Data Sharing Practices

September 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Privacy Groups Urge Probe Of WhatsApp Data Sharing Practices

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should prohibit mobile messaging service WhatsApp from sharing user data with parent company Facebook in violation of earlier privacy promises, several privacy groups said. The FTC should step in to stop WhatsApp from violating “commitments the company previously made to subscribers,” the 17 groups said in a letter sent to the agency Thursday. WhatsApp has long billed itself as a secure and private messaging service. WhatsApp’s recently released... 

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Is Twitter About To Go On The Auction Block?

September 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Twitter About To Go On The Auction Block?

Twitter Inc has initiated discussions with several technology companies to explore putting itself up for sale, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, signaling the start of what is likely to be a slow-rolling auction of the high-profile but profit-challenged social media company. A sale of Twitter has been the subject of on-again, off-again rumors for many months as the company grapples with stagnant user growth, soft advertising sales and losses running at hundreds of millions of dollars... 

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Is The IOT Really Taking Off?

September 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is The IOT Really Taking Off?

While every IT company in the entire universe appears to be hyping the internet of things (IoT) as the next big thing, there’s very little substance to the claims. That’s according to Malcolm Penn, chairman and CEO of semiconductor analyst firm Future Horizons. Speaking at a conference in London, Penn said: “The IoT is overhyped but some common sense is entering. The IoT is not one space. Everybody has their own spin on it.” He said that the next phase of the IoT is “mercifully not wearables”... 

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Does Space Dust Reveal Doomed Black Holes?

September 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Does Space Dust Reveal Doomed Black Holes?

A doomed star falling into a black hole may produce a flare of light that “echoes” through nearby dust clouds, according to two new studies.  Monster black holes can be millions of times more massive than the sun. If a star happens to wander too close, the black hole’s extreme gravitational forces can tear the star into shreds, in an event called “stellar tidal disruption.”  This kind of stellar destruction may also spit out a bright flare of energy in the form of... 

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Many Cisco Devices Remain Vulnerable To NSA Exploits

September 23, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Many Cisco Devices Remain Vulnerable To NSA Exploits

More than 840,000 Cisco networking devices globally are exposed to a vulnerability that’s similar to one exploited by a hacking group believed to be linked to the U.S. National Security Agency. The vulnerability was announced by Cisco last week and it affects the IOS, IOS XE and IOS XR software that powers many of its networking devices. The flaw allows hackers to remotely extract the contents of a device’s memory, which can lead to the exposure of sensitive information. The vulnerability... 

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Super Carmaker McClaren Denies Rumors Of Apple Takeover

September 23, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Super Carmaker McClaren Denies Rumors Of Apple Takeover

McLaren shot down a reports that Apple Inc had made an approach for the British Formula One team owner and supercar maker. “We can confirm that McLaren is not in discussion with Apple in respect of any potential investment,” a McLaren spokesman said. “As you would expect, the nature of our brand means we regularly have confidential conversations with a wide range of parties, but we keep them confidential.” The Financial Times newspaper, citing three sources it said had been... 

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