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Mobile Shopping Scores Big During Holiday Season

January 11, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Mobile Shopping Scores Big During Holiday Season

Shopping from mobile devices increased by a whopping 59 percent during the U.S. holiday shopping season, data from analytics firm Comscore Inc showed, as consumers were lured by attractive deals and shipping options. Shoppers spent a total of $12.7 billion through smartphones and tablets beating Comscore’s forecast of $11.7 billion, the company said. “If there is an underlying takeaway from this holiday season, I think it will be remembered as the one where ‘mobile ate brick-and-mortar,”... 

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Justice Department Investigating Uber Data Breach

December 22, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Justice Department Investigating Uber Data Breach

The U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing a criminal investigation of a May 2014 data breach at ride service Uber, including an reviewing whether any employees at competitor Lyft were involved in the episode, sources familiar with the situation said. Earlier this year, Uber revealed that as many as 50,000 of its drivers’ names and their licence numbers had been improperly downloaded. An investigation by Uber determined that an Internet address potentially associated with the breach can be... 

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Twitter Has New Way To Reach Non-active Users

December 14, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Twitter Has New Way To Reach Non-active Users

Twitter Inc said it was testing a feature to show advertisements to people who read tweets without logging in, as it looks to make good on its long-time ambition to monetize non-active users. The company said the feature will help it cash in on an additional half a billion people each month, pushing its shares up as much as 7.8 percent to $26.21 on Thursday – their biggest percentage gain in two months. The promoted tweets and videos will be available on Twitter’s desktop website, particularly... 

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Facebook Sees Monthly Users Swell To Over 1.5B

November 6, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Facebook Sees Monthly Users Swell To Over 1.5B

Facebook sailed past another milestone, reporting Wednesday that its base of monthly active users surpassed 1.5 billion for the first time. Facebook crossed the 1 billion monthly user mark in September 2012, so it’s taken about three years to add the last half billion. It took just over two years to amass the half billion before that. For comparison, Twitter has about 320 million monthly users. Facebook announced the figure with its earnings results for the third quarter, which came in better... 

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Drone Carrying Drugs Crashes

October 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Drone Carrying Drugs Crashes

A drone carrying drugs, a mobile phone, hacksaw blades and other contraband was found crashed in an Oklahoma prison yard on. Officers patrolling the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester noticed the drone lying upside down inside prison grounds after it apparently crashed after hitting razor wire that guarded the facility. The officers found a package of illicit material that had been suspended from the drone by fishing line. It included two 12-in. hacksaw blades, a cell phone, a cell-phone... 

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SSD Market Growing At A Faster Rate Than Expected

September 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
SSD Market Growing At A Faster Rate Than Expected

A new report into the SSD market has concluded that it is getting bigger faster than David Cameron in a butcher’s shop. Beancounters transparency say that the global Solid State Drive (SSD) market was valued at US$15.1 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach US$229.5 billion by 2022. Asia Pacific was the largest revenue contributor in 2014 and accounted for 57.0% of the global solid state drive market. The higher performance requirement in enterprise applications and consumer mobile devices... 

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Internet Growth Rate Slowing, According To U.N. Study

September 22, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Internet Growth Rate Slowing, According To U.N. Study

Growth in the number of people with access to the Internet is slowing, and more than half the world’s population remains offline, the United Nations Broadband Commission said on Monday. Internet access in rich economies is reaching saturation levels but 90 percent of people in the 48 poorest countries have none, its report said. The access growth rate is expected to slow to 8.1 percent this year, down from 8.6 percent in 2014. Until 2012, growth rates had been in double digits for years. “We... 

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Did Mars Have Continents?

July 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Did Mars Have Continents?

Now researchers have found that silica-rich rock much like the continental crust on Earth may be widespread at the site where Curiosity landed on Mars in August 2012. “Mars is supposed to be a basalt-covered world,” study lead author Violaine Sautter, a planetary scientist at France’s Museum of Natural History in Paris, told Space.com. The findings are “quite a surprise,” she added. Sautter and her colleagues analyzed data from 22 rocks probed by Curiosity as the six-wheeled... 

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Box Integrate Microsoft’s Office Online With Its Storage Service.

June 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Box Integrate Microsoft’s Office Online With Its Storage Service.

Box followed competitor Dropbox to integrate Microsoft’s Office Online with its cloud storage service. “Today, we’re introducing Box for Office Online, making it easier than ever for our customers to create and manage their Word docs, PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets securely from anywhere and on any device, right from Box,” said David Still, Box’s chief of mobile products, in a post to his company’s blog. Like the ties between Dropbox and Office... 

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Intel Awards RealSense Developers

May 11, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing, Uncategorized
Intel Awards RealSense Developers

Intel has awarded  $1m to a number of developers as part of its RealSense 3D App Challenge, which was launched last year. Announced by Intel president Renee James at Computex 2014, the RealSense App Challenge was part of Intel’s efforts to boost RealSense globally and generate software innovation around the ecosystem. More than 7,000 software creators in 37 countries applied to compete, and 400 were selected to develop new applications for entertainment, learning and collaboration. Several... 

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GPS To Become Obsolete?

March 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
GPS To Become Obsolete?

Finding GPS unreliable in certain situations, the U.S. government is focusing on developing a more reliable real-time position tracking technology whose signals won’t disappear in blind spots and can’t be jammed. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing “radically” new technologies to deliver a more advanced position- and navigation-tracking system that is more reliable and accurate than GPS, according to a document on DARPA research projects recently released. DARPA... 

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FAA Wants To Open The Skies To Commercial Drones

February 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
FAA Wants To Open The Skies To Commercial Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation is proposing new regulations that lift many of the barriers to commercial use of drones for applications like photography and surveying, but they don’t permit the kind of automated drone use that companies like Amazon.com want for package delivery. The proposed regulations would allow companies to fly drones up to 500 feet at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour during daylight hours. The drone must be flown by a licensed... 

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NGTS Joins The Hunt For Alien Planets

January 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
NGTS Joins The Hunt For Alien Planets

A new alien-planet–hunting telescope has just come online in Chile, and it could help scientists peer into the atmospheres of relatively small planets circling nearby stars. The Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS for short) — located at the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Paranal Observatory — is designed to seek out planets two to eight times the diameter of Earth as they pass in front of their stars. Such a planet will cause the light of the star to dip ever so slightly when... 

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Are Wormholes Real?

December 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Are Wormholes Real?

Kip Thorne, the physicist who brought real science to the movie “Interstellar,” has a history of coming up with ideas that sound like they are straight out of science fiction. We’ve rounded up three of Thorne’s most mind-bending theories — at least one of which may have recently been confirmed. Looking to travel from one star to another, but don’t want the trip to take tens of thousands of years? How about using a wormhole? Wormholes were first theorized in 1916 (although... 

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Facebook Drops Bing From Search Results

December 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Facebook Drops Bing From Search Results

Facebook Inc has discontinued including results from Microsoft Corp’s Bing search engine on its social networking site. The move, confirmed by a company spokesperson, comes as Facebook has revamped its own search offerings, introducing a tool on Monday that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on Facebook. The decision may reflect the increasing importance that Facebook sees in Web search technology, a market dominated by rival Google Inc. Searches... 

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