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Does The NSA Have A “Bing” Like Search Engine?

August 27, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Does The NSA Have A “Bing” Like Search Engine?

National Security Agency (NSA) has its own homegrown search engine that it offers to similarly minded US intelligence outfits. Website the Intercept was first to report this and attributes its news to information provided by whistleblowers. It said that the search engine is shared with a number of other US organisations and institutions. The search tool is called ICREACH, according to the report, and has been available and in use for some years. Documents gathered by the Intercept show the system... 

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Do Newborn Stars Destroy Their Stellar Neighborhood?

July 8, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Do Newborn Stars Destroy Their Stellar Neighborhood?

Massive young stars that will eventually destroy their own stellar nursery shine brightly in a dazzling new photo. Cosmic gas cloud Gum 15, which lies 3,000 light-years from Earth, is busily giving birth to huge stars that are, in turn, shaping the cloud’s weird structure. That activity will eventually lead to the nebula’s death, according to representatives with the European Southern Observatory (ESO), which released a new video showing the doomed nebula today (July 2). The cloud consists... 

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Did Mario Kart Save The Wii U?

June 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Did Mario Kart Save The Wii U?

The Wii U has struggled since its launch nearly two years ago, but the console is ready to pull a 3DS-like resurrection, Nintendo of America executive VP of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt stated. The 3DS stumbled at launch, enduring sluggish sales until Nintendo instituted a drastic price cut on the hardware. While Moffitt noted the impact of the price cut, he said a pair of first-party releases was another key driver in reversing the handheld’s fortunes. “We had the price cut in August... 

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Amazon Announces Amazon Dash, Gets Into Grocery Delivery

April 7, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Amazon Announces Amazon Dash, Gets Into Grocery Delivery

Amazon.com Inc unveiled a new product named Amazon Dash on Friday that allows the user to add groceries and household goods to their shopping lists using the company’s AmazonFresh service. A black-and-white hand-held wand-shaped remote-control features a microphone, speaker as well as a bar-code reader and links directly to the user’s AmazonFresh account. The device is available only for users of the AmazonFresh which currently operates exclusively in Southern California, San Francisco... 

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Did The Dinosaur Killing Asteroid Create Acid Rain?

March 13, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Did The Dinosaur Killing Asteroid Create Acid Rain?

The oceans soured into a deadly sulfuric-acid stew after the huge asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs, a new study suggests. Eighty percent of the planet’s species died off at the end of the Cretaceous Period 65.5 million years ago, including most marine life in the upper ocean, as well as swimmers and drifters in lakes and rivers. Scientists blame this mass extinction on the asteroid or comet impact that created the Chicxulub crater in the Gulf of Mexico. A new model of the disaster... 

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Astronomers Discover Black Hole Spinner Half The Speed Of Light

March 7, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Astronomers Discover Black Hole Spinner Half The Speed Of Light

For the first time, astronomers have directly measured how fast a black hole spins, clocking its rotation at nearly half the speed of light. The distant supermassive black hole would ordinarily be too faint to measure, but a rare lineup with a massive elliptical galaxy created a natural telescope known as a gravitational lens that allowed scientists to study the faraway object. “The gravitational lens is crucial,” study co-author Mark Reynolds of the University of Michigan told Space.com... 

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Intel’s Broadwell NUC Expected In October

February 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Intel’s Broadwell NUC Expected In October

Intel’s NUC is about to get its biggest overhaul yet later this year. The tiny barebones should get Broadwell-based Core i3 and Core i5 processors, but that’s not all. It appears that Intel is planning to introduce completely redesigned boxes with plenty of new features. Codenamed Rock Canyon, the new NUC kits will feature miniHDMI and miniDP video outputs, allowing triple display support and 4K/UHD support. In the storage department, Intel went for a standard 2.5-inch bay backed by an M.2 SSD.... 

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Are IT Worker’s Kids Smarter

February 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Are IT Worker’s Kids Smarter

An OECD report into the link between student performance and their parents’ occupations has revealed that if a kid has at least one parent working in IT, business or engineering they will do better in school. The news will be greeted with glee amongst the IT community where it will be suddenly be possible to use a pick-up line “but our kids will be good in school.” Not only were the kids of information and communications technology (ICT) workers top of the country in maths and science, they... 

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Spotify Gearing Up For Possible IPO

February 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Spotify Gearing Up For Possible IPO

Online music streaming service Spotify is looking for a U.S. financial reporting specialist, further fueling rumors that the Swedish start-up is preparing for a share listing, which one banker said could value the firm at $8 billion. Meeting U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) standards for filing financial disclosures are essential for any firm planning to go public and bankers and lawyers said they inferred from the job ad that the company is getting ready for an initial public share... 

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Astronomers Find Wobbly Alien Planet

February 10, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
Astronomers Find Wobbly Alien Planet

Astronomers have discovered an alien planet that wobbles at such a dizzying rate that its seasons must fluctuate wildly. Throughout all of the planet’s fast-changing seasons, however, no forecast would be friendly to humans. The warm planet is a gassy super-Neptune that orbits too close to its two parent stars to be in its system’s “habitable zone,” the region where temperatures would allow liquid water, and perhaps life as we know it, to exist. The faraway world, which lies... 

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Disney To Lay Off Workers In Gaming Division

February 5, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Disney To Lay Off Workers In Gaming Division

Walt Disney Co is making plans to lay off several hundred people in its interactive unit, the division that includes gaming products and the Disney.com website, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week. The job eliminations are expected to begin after Disney releases its quarterly earnings today, the Journal said. Playdom, a social gaming business Disney acquired in 2010, is one division expected to see cutbacks, the newspaper said. Disney is trying to turn around the interactive unit,... 

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Facebook To Develop Standalone Apps

January 31, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Facebook To Develop Standalone Apps

Imagine using a separate Facebook app just for sharing status updates with your closest friends, or maybe co-workers. In the near future, such an app could very well exist. Facebook, as part of plans to divvy up its service, is looking to develop a range of new standalone apps to let people connect with others and share content, perhaps in new ways beyond how they do already. That, in a nutshell, is what CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent a fair amount of time discussing during the company’s fourth-quarter... 

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Yahoo Acquires TomFoolery

January 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Yahoo Acquires TomFoolery

Yahoo is purchasing Tomfoolery, a startup that develops software to better connect employees on the desktop and mobile, it was announced Wednesday. “We’ve reached an agreement to join Yahoo to help build the next generation of communications and community products,” Tomfoolery CEO Kakul Srivastava, a Yahoo alum, said on the company’s blog, confirming reports earlier in the week that Yahoo was in talks to buy the firm. Terms were not disclosed, although a previous report in... 

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New York State Wants To Regulate Virtual Currencies

January 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
New York State Wants To Regulate Virtual Currencies

New York will propose regulating virtual currency firms that do business in the state this year and may require them to obtain a “BitLicense,” state banking regulator Benjamin Lawsky said. The regulations would be geared towards preventing misconduct such as money laundering without derailing a fledgling technology, said Lawsky, the state’s superintendent of financial services. Lawsky was speaking at the start of two days of hearings on online currencies organized by his agency,... 

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Google To Incorporate User’s Info In New Display Advertising

October 14, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Google To Incorporate User’s Info In New Display Advertising

Google Inc plans to roll out new product-endorsement ads incorporating photos, comments and names of its users, in a move to match the “social” ads pioneered by rival Facebook Inc that is raising some privacy concerns. The changes, which Google announced in a revised terms of service policy on Friday, set the stage for Google to introduce “shared endorsements” ads on its sites as well as millions of other websites that are part of Google’s display advertising network. The... 

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