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Renewable Energy Now The Cheapest Source For New Electric Power

April 20, 2017 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Renewable Energy Now The Cheapest Source For New Electric Power

While investments in renewable energy fell last year, a big drop in unsubsidized costs for new wind and solar power installations indicated that they remain popular energy alternatives. Last year, the average “levelized cost” or total cost of generating power from solar worldwide dropped 17% percent, onshore wind costs dropped 18% and offshore wind turbine power costs fell 28%, according to a new report from the United Nations and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). “Well, after... 

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PC Pricing Continue To Rise, Highest Increase Since 2011

February 20, 2017 by   | Category: Uncategorized
PC Pricing Continue To Rise, Highest Increase Since 2011

PC prices are headed upward due to a shortage of a number of components, and the situation isn’t expected to change in the coming quarters. A shortage of DRAM, SSDs, batteries, and LCDs have conspired to drive up PC prices, Gianfranco Lanci, corporate president and chief operating officer at Lenovo, said during an earnings call last Thursday. It’s difficult to pin a number on the price increase because of the number of PC configurations available. The cost of purchasing these components... 

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Uber Researching Self-driving Car’s Bike Lane Problems

December 21, 2016 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Uber Researching Self-driving Car’s Bike Lane Problems

Uber Technologies has acknowledged that its self-driving cars have problems crossing bike lanes, and said it is working to fix the issue, which could have deadly implications for cyclists. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition had warned people that self-driving Uber vehicles take unsafe “right-hook-style” turns through bike lanes rather than first merging with the bike lane and yielding to traffic already in the lane, before taking a turn from the curb, as required by California rules. In... 

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Privacy Groups Appeal To FTC Over Google’s Policy Change

December 21, 2016 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Privacy Groups Appeal To FTC Over Google’s Policy Change

Privacy groups have made their concerns known to the Federal Trade Commission that Google is encroaching on user privacy through a policy change in June that allows it to combine personally identifiable information with browsing data collected by its DoubleClick digital advertising service. The complaint, by Consumer Watchdog and Privacy Rights Clearing House, alleged that Google has created “super-profiles” as it can track user activity on Android mobile phones, with an 88 percent market share... 

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SoftBank Takes $1B Stake In Satellite Startup OneWeb

December 20, 2016 by   | Category: Uncategorized
SoftBank Takes $1B Stake In Satellite Startup OneWeb

SoftBank Group Corp announced intentions to invest $1 billion in OneWeb Ltd, which is building a constellation of satellites to improve global broadband access, the Japanese Internet conglomerate and the U.S. startup firm said. The investment is part of a $1.2 billion fundraising by OneWeb, with the remaining $200 million funded by its current investors. The announcement comes after SoftBank’s founder billionaire businessman Masayoshi Son pledged a $50 billion investment in the United States... 

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Astronomers Find Rare Spinning Pulsar

December 15, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net, Uncategorized
Astronomers Find Rare Spinning Pulsar

Observations of an unusual fast-spinning star may help explain why such stars, known as pulsars, fluctuate in brightness.  The whirling star is a millisecond pulsar (MSP) that’s called J1723-2837. A “millisecond” pulsar is one that rotates all the way around its axis in only a few milliseconds. The star is part of a binary system that includes “one of the fastest-spinning pulsars in our galaxy and its unique companion star,” according to a statement on the discovery... 

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Tesla Doubles Power In Updated Battery System

November 1, 2016 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Tesla Doubles Power In Updated Battery System

Before an  announcement of a new rooftop shingle solar power system, Tesla unveiled the second iteration of its commercial lithium-ion battery storage system — the Powerpack 2. The Powerpack 2 doubles the power capacity over the original Powerpack from 100 kilowatt hours (kWh) to 200kWh. Powerpack 2 is also now matched with a new inverter, designed by Tesla and manufactured at the Gigafactory. The original Powerpack contained 16 individual battery pods, each with an isolated DC-AC converter.... 

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DNA Testing As Part Of Job Applicant Screening?

October 20, 2016 by   | Category: Uncategorized
DNA Testing  As Part Of Job Applicant Screening?

Currently it is illegal to require DNA testing for employment, but as science advances its understanding of genes that correlate to certain desirable traits — such as leadership and intelligence — business may want this information. People seeking leadership roles in business, or even those in search of funding for a start-up, may volunteer their DNA test results to demonstrate that they have the right aptitude, leadership capabilities and intelligence for the job. This may sound far-fetched,... 

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Facebook’s Trending Feature Goes To The Bots

August 29, 2016 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Facebook’s Trending Feature Goes To The Bots

Facebook Inc made updates to its popular “Trending” feature, which shows users the most-talked about topics of the day, to make it more automated and further eliminate the potential for human bias, the company wrote in a blog post. The update is Facebook’s latest attempt in recent months to stress its neutrality as its influence grows. The feature came under scrutiny in May after a news report alleged it suppressed conservative news, which prompted a demand from Republican members... 

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Alibaba’s Revenue Surge By 59%

August 12, 2016 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Alibaba’s Revenue Surge By 59%

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd reported a better-than-expected 59 percent jump in quarterly revenue on Thursday, making it a shining start in a slowing Chinese economy. Alibaba’s total revenue rose to 32.15 billion yuan, or $4.84 billion, in the quarter ended June 30 from 20.25 billion yuan a year earlier. Mobile revenue increased 119.3 percent to 17.51 billion yuan, while monthly mobile active users increased 39 percent. Net income attributable to shareholders fell to... 

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Can Intel Dominate The 5G Space?

August 9, 2016 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Can Intel Dominate The 5G Space?

Intel, Samsung, MediaTek, Huawei and Qualcomm all claim the leadership for 5G and most of them will have a tough time to deliver on this promise. Nokia, Huawei and Ericsson – from the networking component standpoint – claim they can do great things with 5G. Everyone is bound to dominate something that will commercially launch in 2020. Fudzilla invested a lot of time analyzing the wireless communication market as it’s becoming rather interesting. What piqued our interest is that everyone... 

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More Than Half The World Remains Off The Internet

July 25, 2016 by   | Category: Uncategorized
More Than Half The World Remains Off The Internet

About 3.9 billion people, or 53 percent of the population still remains offline at the end of this year, according to the International Telecommunication Union estimates. Even in Europe, the most connected region, 20.9 percent of all people aren’t online. In Africa, the least connected continent, 74.9 percent are offline. Those figures are part of the annual statistical report from the agency, which is part of the United Nations. The report also showed there’s still a huge divide between rich... 

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Microsoft’s Updates Sway, Adds Paid Features

June 30, 2016 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Microsoft’s Updates Sway, Adds Paid Features

After a year on the market, Microsoft’s Sway presentation software has been updated with new functionality available to paying customers. Office 365 subscribers will be able to lock their Sway presentations with passwords, load them up with more multimedia content, and conceal the software they used to make them with an update that Microsoft announced Tuesday. That last feature will be an important change for users who don’t want to have a big banner at the end of their presentations saying they... 

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Airbnb Sues San Francisco, Claims Free Speech Violated

June 29, 2016 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Airbnb Sues San Francisco, Claims Free Speech Violated

Airbnb has filed suit against the city of San Francisco, claiming that a recent ordinance which requires hosts to register with the city violates the online home-sharing company’s free speech rights. A San Francisco law slated to take effect next month requires companies like Airbnb to verify that rentals have a valid registration number issued by the city. The ordinance would impose on the company fines of up to $1,000 per day for each offense. Airbnb’s lawsuit claims that the ordinance... 

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Is Intel Going To Dump McAfee

June 29, 2016 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Is Intel Going To Dump McAfee

Intel has run out of ideas about what it is going to do with it its security business and is apparently planning to flog it off. Five years ago Intel bought McAfee for $7.7bn acquisition. Two years ago it re-branded it as Intel Security. There was talk about chip based security and how important this would be as the world moved to the Internet of Things. Now the company has discussed the future of Intel Security with bankers, including potentially the outfit. The semiconductor company has been... 

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