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MIT Researchers Develop Technique To Triple Wireless Speeds

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
MIT Researchers Develop Technique To Triple Wireless Speeds

MIT researchers have uncovered a way to transfer wireless data using a smartphone at a speed about three times faster and twice as far as existing technology. The researchers developed a technique to coordinate multiple wireless transmitters by synchronizing their wave phases, according to a statement from MIT on Tuesday. Multiple independent transmitters will be able to send data over the same wireless channel to multiple independent receivers without interfering with each other. Since wireless... 

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Judge Sides With Fitbit In Infringement Lawsuit By Jawbone

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Judge Sides With Fitbit In Infringement Lawsuit By Jawbone

Fitbit Inc was cleared of stealing rival Jawbone’s trade secrets, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled on Tuesday, ending Jawbone’s hopes of securing an import ban against Fitbit’s wearable fitness tracking devices. The judge, Dee Lord, said that there had been no violation of the Tariff Act, which gives the commission the power to block products that infringe U.S. intellectual property, because “no party has been shown to have misappropriated any trade secret.” The... 

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Sales Exceed Supply Chain’s Expectations

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Sales Exceed Supply Chain’s Expectations

Better-than-expected demand for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s new Galaxy Note 7 is creating supply problems worldwide, the South Korean tech giant said, suggesting strong initial sales for the new premium smartphone. While robust demand could help deliver another solid quarter of earnings, Samsung also risks missing out on potential sales if it cannot boost supply quickly. Rivals such as Apple Inc are poised to launch new phones which could pull customers away from Samsung if a shortage persists. “As... 

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Microsoft Makes A Deal With Lenovo

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Makes A Deal With Lenovo

Software King of the World Microsoft has apparently been seen in public with the PC supremo Lenovo and insiders have been told that they want something more serious. The pair have announced that they are deepening strategic ties but have not hinted about financial details. Instead Lenovo will load Microsoft’s productivity apps, including Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype on select Lenovo devices that use the Android operating system. Microsoft did not say how much gear would be involved in the... 

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EA Appears To Be Going HD With Old Games

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
EA Appears To Be Going HD With Old Games

Electronic Arts has one of the deepest back catalogs in the industry, but to date it has steered clear of mining it for new revenue through remastered and HD editions. That’s likely to change soon, according to a Game Informer interview with EA Studios executive VP Patrick Soderlund from last week at Gamescom. When asked if anything in EA’s stance on remasters had evolved in the last year, Soderlund tipped the publisher’s hand. “What’s changed is that there is proof... 

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Alien Structure Continues To Mystify Astronomers

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Alien Structure Continues To Mystify Astronomers

Nearly a year after first making headlines around the world, “Tabby’s star” is still guarding its secrets. In September 2015, a team led by Yale University astronomer Tabetha Boyajian announced that a star about 1,500 light-years from Earth called KIC 8462852 had dimmed oddly and dramatically several times over the past few years. These dimming events, which were detected by NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope, were far too substantial to be caused by an orbiting... 

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Microsoft Releases 64-bit Versions Of Office 2016 Applications For Mac

August 24, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Releases 64-bit Versions Of Office 2016 Applications For Mac

Microsoft has released 64-bit versions of its Office 2016 applications for the Mac, after a series of previews since April. The five apps — Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word — will be updated to 64-bit for all customers, including those with an Office 2016 retail license, a consumer or commercial subscription to Office 365, and a volume license. Most users will be updated automatically as the suite launches an update app on its regular schedule. Microsoft has been testing... 

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Target To Focus More On Digital Efforts To Enhance Customer Experience

August 24, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Target To Focus More On Digital Efforts To Enhance Customer Experience

U.S. retailer Target Corp plans to put more emphasis on technologies that enhance customers’ store experience and on other digital efforts, Chief Information Officer Mike McNamara said. Target will focus on its website, Target.com, and offline-online experiences such as order pickup and digital marketing, McNamara said in a blog post on the company’s website. “Technology and supply chain are the new battlegrounds for retail,” he said. “The retailers with the strongest... 

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Samsung To Offer A Third Tizen OS Smartphone

August 24, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Offer A Third Tizen OS Smartphone

South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd announced that it will begin selling its third smartphone powered by the company’s own Tizen mobile operating system in India next week. The Z2 phone, equipped with a 4-inch screen and India-specific features such as a safety mode for motorcyclists, will be the cheapest Tizen phone Samsung has launched to date at 4,590 rupees ($68.44). The phone, the first Tizen-powered device that will run on 4G networks, will start selling in India... 

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AMD’s 32-Core Send Coming In Q2 2017

August 24, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
AMD’s 32-Core Send Coming In Q2 2017

AMD has revealed a heap of details about its 32-core Zen based product – codenamed Naples – and we have a few things to add.  According to our well-informed sources the engineering samples were expected in Q4 2016 which starts in October. Remember, we were the first to mention Naples in detail in June 2016. Sometimes AMD calls these products  Alpha versions  but it looks like AMD was able to demonstrate the CPU a bit earlier as it did a public demonstration at the event in San Francisco... 

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Intel To Focus On The Backend For 5G

August 24, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Intel To Focus On The Backend For 5G

Fresh after scoring a reasonably sized contract for the iPhone, Intel is getting more excited about its mobile business and is talking about its 5G plans. 5G is a good thing to talk about as there is no standard yet and it could be years away before carriers think of moving to away from 4G. However, it does inspire confidence that companies, like Intel are busy researching it. However the Intel Developer Forum (IDF),in San Francisco heard how Intel is not that interested in trying to create 5G modems... 

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Is Proxima Centauri The Next Gateway?

August 24, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Proxima Centauri The Next Gateway?

What if our planet becomes unlivable and our future selves decide to take to the stars in the hope of starting all over again. Where would we go? Mars could be a good choice as it’s the most habitable world beyond Earth in our solar system — though it would be a struggle. But say if we found a planet, not too dissimilar to Earth, orbiting a nearby star? Could that incentivize us to not only become an “interplanetary species” but also an interstellar one? Well, rumor has it that... 

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Smartphones Sales Posts 4% Gain In Second Quarter

August 23, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Smartphones Sales Posts 4% Gain In Second Quarter

Global smartphone sales enjoyed a 4.3% bump in the second quarter compared to a year ago, but iPhone sales declined for the third straight quarter, market research firm Gartner announced. Gartner’s figures for second-quarter smartphone growth were more optimistic than numbers reported by Strategy Analytics and Canalys recently. Both had reported modest growth of no more than 3% in smartphone shipments. IDC last month reported second-quarter shipments were flat, growing just 0.3%. Gartner’s... 

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Get Ready To Pay Taxes For Using Ride-Hailing Apps In Massachusetts

August 23, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Get Ready To Pay Taxes For Using Ride-Hailing Apps In Massachusetts

Massachusetts will begin levying a 5-cent fee per trip on ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft and spend the money on the traditional taxi industry, a subsidy that appears to be the first of its kind in the United States. Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed the nickel fee into law this month as part of a sweeping package of regulations for the industry. Ride services are not enthusiastic about the fee. “I don’t think we should be in the business of subsidizing potential competitors,”... 

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Samsung To Launch Refurbished Smartphone Program

August 23, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Launch Refurbished Smartphone Program

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is gearing up to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The South Korean technology firm is looking for ways to sustain earnings momentum after reviving its mobile profits by restructuring its product line-up. As growth in the global smartphone market hits a plateau, Samsung wants to maximize its cost efficiency and keep operating margins above 10 percent. The... 

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