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Volvo Enlists Nvidia For Self-driving Car Technology

June 28, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Volvo Enlists Nvidia For Self-driving Car Technology

Volvo Cars and Swedish car safety supplier Autoliv have team up with U.S. firm Nvidia Corp, best known for its graphics technology in computer games, to develop software systems for self-driving cars. A joint venture between Volvo, owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holdings, and Autoliv will work with NVIDIA to develop systems that use artificial intelligence to recognize objects around vehicles, anticipate threats and navigate safely. The venture set up last year, called Zenuity, will provide... 

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NASA Finds More Alien Worlds

June 28, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
NASA Finds More Alien Worlds

NASA announced the latest crop of planet discoveries from the Kepler Space Telescope during a briefing on Monday morning June 19.  The briefing will be at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) during the Kepler Science Conference at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. You can watch the exoplanet announcement here, courtesy of NASA TV. NASA will livestream the conference. The briefing will incude a panel of four experts, according to a statement by NASA: Mario Perez, Kepler program scientist in the... 

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Australia Wants More Access To Encrypted Messages

June 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Australia Wants More Access To Encrypted Messages

Australia has announce that it will seek greater powers to tackle the use of encrypted messaging services used by terrorists and criminals at an upcoming meeting of ministers from the “Five Eyes” intelligence network. The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, will meet in the Canadian city of Ottawa next week, where they will discuss tactics to combat terrorism and border protection, two senior Australian ministers said. Australia has made it clear it wants... 

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Anthem Agrees To Pay $115M Over Data Breach

June 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Anthem Agrees To Pay $115M Over Data Breach

Anthem, the behemoth health insurance company, has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit over a 2015 data breach for a record $115 million. The settlement still has to be approved by US District Court Judge Lucy Koh, who is scheduled to hear the case on August 17 in San Jose, California. And Anthem isn’t admitting any wrongdoing or that “any individuals were harmed as a result of the cyberattack.” “Nevertheless, we are pleased to be putting this litigation behind us, and... 

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Facebook Looks To Enter Original Content TV Market

June 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Looks To Enter Original Content TV Market

Facebook Inc is holding discussions with Hollywood studios about producing scripted, TV-quality shows, with an aim of launching original programming by late summer, according to the Wall Street Journal. The social networking giant has indicated that it was willing to commit to production budgets as high as $3 million per episode, in meetings with Hollywood talent agencies, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Facebook is hoping to target audiences from ages 13 to 34, with... 

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Young Star Helps Astronomers Solve Stellar Mystery

June 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Young Star Helps Astronomers Solve Stellar Mystery

Astronomers using the powerful Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have precisely measured the rotating fountains of gas flowing out from a massive newborn star, revealing the complex interplay between the star’s magnetism and centrifugal forces. Astronomers are still puzzled by the way massive stars form in interstellar space, the new study’s researchers said in a statement. When a massive rotating cloud of gas collapses under gravity, stellar fusion becomes... 

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Amazon Files Patent For ‘Drone Towers’ Delivery Facility

June 26, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Files Patent For ‘Drone Towers’ Delivery Facility

One can argue that Amazon has some lofty ideas for drone delivery. The e-commerce giant has filed a patent application for a “multi-level fulfillment center” that would allow drones to deliver packages in urban areas. Basically, it sounds like a giant robot-powered tower that would make it easy for drones to zip in and out as they deliver packages around a city. There’s a “growing need and desire to locate fulfillment centers within cities, such as in downtown districts... 

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Will Tesla Be Next To Join The Already Crowded Music Streaming Business?

June 26, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will Tesla Be Next To Join The Already Crowded Music Streaming Business?

Move over, Spotify. Eat it, Apple. Later, Tidal. Tesla wants to join the club. That’s at least the latest from Recode, which cites music industry sources saying Tesla has held talks with all the major labels about licensing for a proprietary music streaming service. What isn’t clear is when and if Tesla will rev this effort up, so to speak, or how broad it will be. Will this be just for its cars or for anyone with a phone? Tesla, in a statement, didn’t address the rumor directly,... 

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Honeywell’s JetWave System Aims To Lessen Flight Turbulence

June 26, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Honeywell’s JetWave System Aims To Lessen Flight Turbulence

Turbulence may become a thing of the past if Honeywell is successful in its bid to get rid of it. Best known for making smart home products, Honeywell also works in avionics, and it’s showing off its new JetWave system for faster in-flight Wi-Fi and its vision for the connected aircraft. While faster Wi-Fi means better video streaming and FaceTime chats for passengers, it could also be beneficial to pilots, who now have reliable connectivity and access to real-time weather data. That connection... 

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Did The Sun Have A Twin Star

June 26, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did The Sun Have A Twin Star

Nemesis is apparently real, even if its bad reputation is undeserved. For decades, some scientists have speculated that the sun has a companion whose gravitational tug periodically jostles comets out of their normal orbits, sending them careening toward Earth. The resulting impacts have caused mass extinctions, the thinking goes, which explains the putative star’s nickname: Nemesis. Now, a new study reports that almost all sun-like stars are likely born with companions, bolstering the case... 

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Nissan-Renault Planning Driverless Ride-hailing Service

June 23, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Nissan-Renault Planning Driverless Ride-hailing Service

The Nissan Motor Co Ltd and Renault SA alliance plan to launch driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services in coming years, as the car makers place their focus beyond making and selling cars to survive an industry being quickly transformed by new services. Automakers are leveraging expertise in automated driving functions for mass-market cars to develop mobility services, as they compete with tech firms such as Alphabet Inc and Uber Technologies Inc  in the fast-growing “pay-per-ride”... 

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Is Google Poaching From Apple To Help The Pixel Phone

June 23, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Google Poaching From Apple To Help The Pixel Phone

Google has reportedly scooped up veteran chip architect Manu Gulati from Apple, fuelling speculation that the firm is designing custom silicon for its Pixel smartphones.  Gulati has confirmed his move to Google on his recently updated LinkedIn profile, where he’s now listed as ‘Lead SoC Architect’ at the Mountain View firm. His profile doesn’t give much else away, but Variety reports that Google has roped in Gulati to help it build custom chips for its future Pixel smartphones,... 

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Astronomers Discuss The Top Reasons Why Aliens Have Not Been Found

June 23, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discuss The Top Reasons Why Aliens Have Not Been Found

In 1950, a learned lunchtime conversation set the stage for decades of astronomical exploration. Physicist Enrico Fermi submitted to his colleagues around the table a couple contentions, summarized as 1) The galaxy is very old and very large, with hundreds of billions of stars and likely even more habitable planets. 2) That means there should be more than enough time for advanced civilizations to develop and flourish across the galaxy. So where the heck are they? This simple, yet powerful argument... 

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Uber Reverses Course, Adds Tipping Feature To App

June 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Uber Reverses Course, Adds Tipping Feature To App

Uber has finally decided to allow drivers to collect tips through its smartphone app, an about-face from previous company policy, as part of the ride-services firm’s broader effort to improve an often-contentious relationship. San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc had for years opposed adding a tipping feature to its app despite drivers’ arguments the extra money would help compensate for decreasing wages. The issue had been a longstanding source of disagreement between Uber and... 

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Honda Factory Hit By WannaCry Ransomware

June 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Honda Factory Hit By WannaCry Ransomware

Honda Motor Co confirmed that it halted production at a domestic vehicle plant for a day this week after finding the WannaCry ransomware that struck globally last month in its computer network. The automaker shut production on Monday at its Sayama plant, northwest of Tokyo, which produces models including the Accord sedan, Odyssey Minivan and Step Wagon compact multipurpose vehicle and has a daily output of around 1,000 vehicles. Honda discovered on Sunday that the virus had affected networks across... 

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