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Microsoft Acquires Solair, Dives Deeper Into IoT

May 5, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Acquires Solair, Dives Deeper Into IoT

Microsoft took a deeper dive into Internet of Things technology  with the purchasing of Solair, an Italian company that operates a cloud-based IoT platform. According to a Microsoft blog post, Solair’s technology will be used to upgrade the company’s Azure IoT Suite, a collection of cloud services meant to help companies use the Internet of Things. Microsoft and Solair didn’t disclose the financial terms of their deal. Solair’s technology, which already uses Microsoft’s... 

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Google, Fiat Chrysler Turns Focus To Self-driving Minivans

May 5, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google, Fiat Chrysler Turns Focus To Self-driving Minivans

Alphabet Inc’s Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV  have agreed to team up and build a fleet of 100 self-driving minivans, marking the first time that a Silicon Valley firm has teamed up with a traditional carmaker to develop an autonomous vehicle. Google and Fiat said the deal announced on Tuesday was the first time Google has worked directly with an automaker “to integrate its self-driving system, including its sensors and software, into a passenger vehicle.” The growing... 

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India Says No To Apple’s Used iPhones

May 5, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
India Says No To Apple’s Used iPhones

India has squashed a plan by Apple Inc to import used iPhones, according to a government official, dealing a blow to the U.S. tech giant that has been seeking to revive waning sales of its flagship smartphones. Apple sells what it calls refurbished iPhones at a discount in some countries, including the United States. Extending this practice to India would have likely helped it increase its share in one of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets against competitors with much cheaper offerings. But... 

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Semiconductor Sales Improving

May 5, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Semiconductor Sales Improving

Global semiconductor sales saw a slight increase in March for the first time in five months. According to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) trade group March chip sales totaled $26.1 billion on a three-month average basis, up 0.3% compared with February. Total first quarter chip sales totaled just $78.3 billion, down 5.5 per cent  compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 and down 5.8 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2015. John Neuffer, SIA president and CEO, in a statement that... 

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Chinese Invent Electronic Paper

May 5, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Chinese Invent Electronic Paper

China, which gave the world traditional paper, has come up with a successor which could shake up electronic gadgets such as wearable devices and e-readers. This particular type of paper is made from graphene which is super light and strong. The electronic paper has been made by Guangzhou OED Technologies in partnership with another company in the Chongqing Province. The paper is 0.335 nanometers thick and can be used to create hard or flexible graphene displays. Graphene e-paper can conduct heat... 

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Astronomers Discover Dark Matter Galaxy

May 5, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover Dark Matter Galaxy

Sometimes, a flaw in your magnifying glass can be a good thing; in the case of some new research, it can even reveal invisible dark matter galaxies. Astronomers probing the sky used the gravity of  a massive galaxy as a natural magnifying glass, and they found a strange distortion on its edge. That distortion proved to be a smaller, invisible galaxy composed of dark matter. The discovery, explained in a new video, could pave the way to finding more of these unusual objects, providing a better understanding... 

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Oracle Pushes Deeper Into Cloud Computing With Another Acquisition

May 4, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Oracle Pushes Deeper Into Cloud Computing With Another Acquisition

Right on the heels of a similar acquisition last week, Oracle has announced it will pay $532 million to buy Opower, a provider of cloud services to the utilities industry. Once a die-hard cloud holdout, Oracle has been making up for lost time by buying a foothold in specific industries through acquisitions such as this one. Last week’s Textura buy gave it a leg up in engineering and construction. “It’s a good move on Oracle’s part, and it definitely strengthens Oracle’s cloud... 

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Dell Technologies To Become New Name Of Combined Dell, EMC

May 4, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Dell Technologies To Become New Name Of Combined Dell, EMC

Dell’s planned $67 billion purchase of EMC will create a broad collection of businesses called Dell Technologies. Under that banner, the pure Dell name will live on in the company’s client business, including its PCs, while its enterprise infrastructure division will be called Dell EMC, chairman and CEO Michael Dell announced on Monday at EMC World in Las Vegas. Dell Technologies will be the only company selling everything from edge devices to core data centers and cloud infrastructure, a mission... 

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Amazon To Beef Up Alexa With Investment In TrackR

May 4, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon To Beef Up Alexa With Investment In TrackR

Amazon.com Inc is investing between $250,000 and $500,000 in Bluetooth technology firm TrackR to expand the reach of its Alexa virtual assistant, according to a source familiar with the matter Alexa is the cloud-based system that controls the Amazon Echo, a speaker system launched by Amazon in 2014 that has emerged as a surprise hit. “Alexa” is the name the device responds to when users make requests, such as “turn on radio.” Amazon and TrackR declined to comment on the size... 

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Samsung Shows Off New FinFet Process

May 4, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Samsung Shows Off New FinFet Process

Samsung Electronics is introducing a third 14-nano FinFET system semiconductor process that has lower electricity consumption and production cost than previous cost. According to the Electronic Times, Samsung said that it will soon be completing development of Low-Power Compact (LPC) 14-nano FinFET process. Strategic partners of Samsung’s foundry business are predicting that this process will be used in anger by the end of the year. All this is moving fast Samsung mass-produced Low Power Early... 

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Sony Patents Eyeball Camera

May 4, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Sony Patents Eyeball Camera

Recently, Sony Computer Entertainment filed a patent with the USPTO to integrate a camera into a wearer’s contact lens, complete with the imaging sensor as well as data storage and a wireless communication module. The technology, powered wirelessly and controlled by blinking, also offers the possibility of auto-focus, zooming and image stabilization. Sony is the second to file a patent for integrating a wearable camera into a contact lens, after it was discovered that Samsung filed a patent... 

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What Can We Expect From Smartphones In The Future?

May 4, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
What Can We Expect From Smartphones In The Future?

The smartphone market has hit a bit of a lull. Sure, they’ve got bigger and faster (that’s what she said) but it’s been hard to get really excited about new phones recently beyond the fact that, well, they’re new. The iPhone 7 may – or may not – change this, but it’s more likely to be a new design, a slightly faster processor and maybe a new iOS version. But what if we look further into the future, say 2020 or 2021, and devices like the iPhone 9 or Galaxy S9?... 

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Qatar National Bank Admits Customer Data Released By Hackers Is Authentic

May 3, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Qatar National Bank Admits Customer Data Released By Hackers Is Authentic

Qatar National Bank has confirmed that its systems were hacked but said that the information released online was a combination of data picked up from the attack and from other sources such as social media. The incident will not have a financial impact on the bank’s customers, whose accounts are secure, the bank said — without providing details of how its systems were hacked, the possible identity of the hackers and what information was harvested. The announcement Sunday by one of the leading... 

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Microsoft Makes Edge, Bing The Only Search Box Options For Cortana

May 3, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Makes Edge, Bing The Only Search Box Options For Cortana

Microsoft began blocking competitor’s browsers and search providers from using Windows 10′s Cortana search box, the operating system’s prime search real estate. “To ensure we can deliver the integrated search experience designed for Windows 10, Microsoft Edge will be the only browser that will launch when you search from the Cortana box,” said Ryan Gavin, general manager of search marketing, in a post to a Microsoft company blog. The Cortana search box — at the... 

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Phishing Apps Continue To Play Google Play

May 3, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile

Google’s attempts to safeguard the Android app store — Google Play — are far from perfect, with malicious apps routinely slipping through its review process. Such was the case for multiple phishing applications this year that posed as client apps for popular online payment services. Researchers from security firm PhishLabs claim that they’ve found 11 such applications since the beginning of 2016 hosted on Google Play, most of them created by the same group of attackers. The... 

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