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Google Has Unique Way To Provide Cell Service To Puerto Rico

October 9, 2017 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Google Has Unique Way To Provide Cell Service To Puerto Rico

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced that it has approved Alphabet Inc’s application to provide emergency cellular service to Puerto Rico through balloons.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has struggled to regain communications services. The FCC said on Friday that 83 percent of cell sites remain out of service, while wireless communications company are deploying temporary sites. Alphabet, which announced its Project Loon in 2013 to use solar-powered, high-altitude... 

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Google Offer Phone Trade-in Policy In Time For New Pixel Device

September 25, 2017 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Google Offer Phone Trade-in Policy In Time For New Pixel Device

With the Google Pixel 2 gearing up to launch in about two weeks, you may be ready to retire your current phone in anticipation. All signs point to Google trying to make the process smoother. The company launched a trade-in program (scroll down on the right-hand side of the page for details) for those who send in their old phone when buying a new Google Pixel(here’s our review of the first Pixel). Even though this comes ahead of the Pixel 2 launch, it’s likely Google will extend... 

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Astronomers Examine Light Through The Dark Ages Of The Universe

September 12, 2017 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Astronomers Examine Light Through The Dark Ages Of The Universe

How was light able to burst out of the gloom of the cosmic “dark ages,” approximately 500 million years after the Big Bang? New research may provide insight into one of the universe’s longest standing mysteries, and the surprising hero in this story might be everyone’s favorite astronomical villain: black holes. The story starts within the fractions of a second after the Big Bang, when the universe expanded exponentially. It became a cosmic soup of fundamental particles that cooled... 

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FCC Tightens Rules Regarding ‘Robocalls’

July 17, 2017 by   | Category: Uncategorized
FCC Tightens Rules Regarding ‘Robocalls’

The Federal Communications Commission intends to further attack those unwanted “robocalls” and is looking at ways to help consumers block them. On Thursday, the commission voted unanimously to evaluate a system that would allow phone companies to check if a number calling you is legit. The goal is to deter unscrupulous companies that make these automated calls from “spoofing,” or using a fake phone number to trick you into answering their calls. A call authentication system... 

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Satellite Radio Sirius Company Seeks Investment In Pandora

June 9, 2017 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Satellite Radio Sirius Company Seeks Investment In Pandora

Sirius XM Holdings Inc, the U.S. satellite radio company controlled by John Malone’s Liberty Media Corp, is seeking to invest in internet music provider Pandora Media Inc, people familiar with the matter said. Sirius XM is negotiating a private investment in public equity (PIPE) after talks about Sirius XM acquiring Pandora in its entirety ended unsuccessfully over price disagreements, the sources said on Wednesday. If the negotiations between Sirius XM and Pandora come to fruition, the deal... 

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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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