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Toshiba Finally Back In The Black

August 19, 2016 by   | Category: Technology
Toshiba Finally Back In The Black

Last Friday, Toshiba Corporation said that an extensive company restructuring effort over the past year has allowed it to produce a profit of $197 million (¥20.1 billion) for the first time in six consecutive quarters. This is a noticeable turnaround from a $64.2 million (¥6.5 billion) loss a year earlier, yet still comes in below a $330.8 million profit based on five analyst estimates. Now, the present Toshiba has emerged as a company focused on semiconductors, nuclear energy and social infrastructure.... 

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Is Changing Your Password Often A Good Idea?

August 10, 2016 by   | Category: Technology
Is Changing Your Password Often A Good Idea?

Carnegie Mellon University professor Lorrie Cranor, who is the US FTC’s technology guru, has debunked a myth that it is a good idea to change your password often. Talking to Ars Technica she said that while frequent password changes can lock hackers out they make make security worse. She told the BSides security conference in Las Vegas that frequent password changes do little to improve security and very possibly make security worse by encouraging the use of passwords that are more susceptible... 

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Amazon Finally Goes Two-Factor

November 25, 2015 by   | Category: Technology
Amazon Finally Goes Two-Factor

Amazon is making it a little, or a lot, harder for miscreants to make off with user accounts by adding two-factor authentication. It has taken Amazon some time to fall into line on this. Two-factor authentication has become increasingly popular and common in the past couple of years, and it is perhaps overdue for a firm that deals so heavily in trade. Amazon is treating it like it’s new, and is offering to hold punters’ hands as they embrace the security provision. “Amazon Two-Step... 

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Is Canon Betting Its Future On IoT?

October 16, 2015 by   | Category: Technology
Is Canon Betting Its Future On IoT?

Canon has announced that it is joining the raft of technology companies attempting to take on the Internet of Things (IoT) through what it is calling the ‘Imaging of Things’. Speaking at the firm’s EXPO 2015 event in Paris on Tuesday, Canon CEO Fujio Mitarai talked up the firm’s global vision for the future as the IoT becomes more pervasive. “Canon is showing how the world of imaging is expanding rapidly in the age of the IoT,” said Mitarai. “In the future... 

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Canon Show Off 250 megapixel Image Sensor

September 10, 2015 by   | Category: Technology
Canon Show Off 250 megapixel Image Sensor

Canon has introduced a 250-megapixel image sensor capable of fitting into DSLR cameras. Dubbed the APS-H CMOS sensor, Canon claims it can snap the “lettering on the side of an airplane flying at a distance of approximately 19 km (11 miles) from the shooting location. Quite how that would make a good photo, we are uncertain, but nevertheless the technology is there. Canon claims the sensor has more pixels for its size than any other on the market and can shoot images at five frames per second... 

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Is Sharp Selling Off Its Display Division?

February 17, 2015 by   | Category: Technology
Is Sharp Selling Off Its Display Division?

A senior Sharp executive has denied that the Japanese company wants to ditch its failing display business, after it warned it will likely book its third annual net loss in four years. This time Sharp is blaming weak demand from Chinese smartphone makers and it will book a net loss of $256 million this fiscal year through March compared with a previous forecast of a 30 billion net profit. Rumors abounded that Sharp may need to reconsider its strategy including a possible sale of the display business. But... 

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Are Tablets On The Way Out?

February 4, 2015 by   | Category: Technology
Are Tablets On The Way Out?

The keyboardless netbooks once touted by the Tame Apple Press as game changing, continue their death spiral of doom as the fad dries up. Worldwide tablet shipments plunged 12 percent year-over-year to 67 million units in Q4 2014, which research firm Canalys says marks its first ever decline after several quarters of slowing demand. The reason is that Phabets, which Steve Jobs said would not work, have taken over making Tablets, which never found their killer app, out of date. Last quarter was the... 

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Nokia Threaten Star-Up Over The Use Of “HERE”

February 3, 2015 by   | Category: Technology
Nokia Threaten Star-Up Over The Use Of “HERE”

Nokia has, in its wisdom, written to a UK start-up that offers a check-in system called Here to tell it to stop using the term because it might confuse people who use a Finnish mapping system. Nokia Here competes against offerings from Google and Apple, and the firm is apparently very troubled by a London-based minnow that offers an app called Lowdown. The app includes a free feature called Here that offers conference or business meeting attendees an easy way to express their arrival. Lowdown, in... 

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Will Google Have More Antitrust Issues With Android?

December 22, 2014 by   | Category: Technology
Will Google Have More Antitrust Issues With Android?

Google is reportedly looking to save itself from the worst excesses of a US antitrust case concerning the Android operating system. Google has some experience of antitrust cases and we imagine that it would be very easy to grow to dislike them. Reuters reports that Google would like to avoid the antitrust investigation over Android, and has already attempted to get the courts to join it in this sentiment. Two smartphone users have raised the case against the firm because they feel that home-grown... 

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Will We See Major Changes In Bluetooth 4.2?

December 9, 2014 by   | Category: Technology
Will We See Major Changes In Bluetooth 4.2?

New versions of wireless technology standards aren’t often a big deal, there are far too few car chases and full frontal nudity, but the latest Bluetooth 4.2 is apparently going to change that. The new spec allows Bluetooth devices to connect to the Internet through newer home routers supporting IPv6. This should drastically simplify home automation, as it would avoid the need for dedicated Bluetooth hubs or devices with built-in Wi-Fi. This will bring about some significant changes. Home automation... 

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Intel’s Security Exec Jumps Ship

December 8, 2014 by   | Category: Technology
Intel’s Security Exec Jumps Ship

Michael Fey has left Intel Security Group to become chief operating officer at Blue Coat. Blue Coat is apparently not the traditional garb of a British Holiday Camp entertainer, but apparently a privately owned network security company. Fey was one of the few top McAfee managers to stay with the company after it was bought by Intel in 2011. McAfee is now part of Intel Security Group, where Fey had been chief technology officer. Fey said that his role at Blue Coat would be “very similar”... 

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Researchers At MIT Devleop Edible Batteries

November 10, 2014 by   | Category: Technology
Researchers At MIT Devleop Edible Batteries

MIT has come up with a technique which allows terminally dim children, begat of stupid parents, to swallow batteries. Apparently year, nearly 4,000 children go to emergency rooms after swallowing button batteries which can cause burns that permanently damage the esophagus, tears in the digestive tract, and in some cases, even removing the kid from the gene pool. Boffins at MIT, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital have devised a new way to coat batteries with a special... 

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Intel Shows It’s Wireless Technology

September 12, 2014 by   | Category: Technology
Intel Shows It’s Wireless Technology

Intel demoed its “no wires future” of wireless gigabit docking at its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in California. Intel wireless gigabit docking is a fully cable-free experience that includes wireless docking, wireless display and wireless charging. Intel demonstrated a reference design based on a next generation 14nm Intel processor on stage during its opening keynote on Tuesday. Intel hopes to implement this technology by the end of 2015. “Not only your wireless display, but... 

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Is Apple Copying Google?

June 16, 2014 by   | Category: Technology
Is Apple Copying Google?

PC Advisor has been going through Apple’s latest iOS 8 operating system and is finding features which appear to be a direct lift from Google. Of course it has to say that Apple is being brilliant and original about stealing the ideas. After it points out that Apple did not invent the music player but it did steal it better than anyone else. The top 5 iOS 8 features Apple stole from Android include: Typing suggestions: Start typing and suggested words will appear letter by letter. Hit the correct... 

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Fujitsu Improving Haptic Feedback Tablets

March 6, 2014 by   | Category: Technology
Fujitsu Improving Haptic Feedback Tablets

Fujitsu Labs have worked out a way to improve vibration feedback when typing on a virtual keyboard. The prototype haptic sensory tablet emits ultrasonic vibrations under the surface of the tablet’s display. The company says that although producing ultrasonic vibrations would generally require a good deal of power, its engineers have come up with a way of shrinking down the tech and allowing a tablet prototype to run its haptic feedback system. Essentially, the vibrations create a layer of high... 

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