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Stanford University Develops Ant-sized Radios

September 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Stanford University Develops Ant-sized Radios

Scientists at Stanford University have assembled ant-sized radios that could one day help track patients’ temperatures, turn on coffee makers in the morning and prevent forgery. A Stanford engineering team has built a radio, equipped with sensors, computational units and antennas one-tenth the size of Wi-Fi antennas, that is able to gain all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna. No batteries are required. These radios, which are... 

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Are Software Patents Going Bye Bye?

September 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Software Patents Going Bye Bye?

It looks like attempts to apply patents to software are being killed off by the US court system, after the Supreme Court ruled against certain aspects of the software being patented. The Supreme Court’s June ruling on the patentability of software raised as many questions as it answered. One specific software patent went down in flames in the case of Alice v. CLS Bank, but the abstract reasoning of the decision didn’t provide much clarity on which other patents might be in danger. Now... 

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Sharp To Manufacture Low-power Mobile Displays

September 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sharp To Manufacture Low-power Mobile Displays

Sharp has targeted 2017 for mass production of a new display it says will reduce power consumption in mobile phones and tablets. The MEMS-IGZO display, being developed under a 2012 tie-up with Qualcomm subsidiary Pixtronix, could be used in smartphones and tablets as well as larger displays. Compared to current LCDs, MEMS-IGZO technology can operate without blurring the image in temperatures as low as -30 C (-32 F), offers better color purity and gamut, and has ultra-low power consumption. Depending... 

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Google Launches Android One Program

September 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google Launches Android One Program

Google Inc rolled out in India on Monday the first smartphones under its Android One project, pricing them at around 6,399 rupees ($105) to capture the low-cost segment of the world’s fastest growing smartphone market. The Mountain View-Based company tied up with Indian mobile players Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobiles to launch the affordable phones, which are powered by its operating system and aimed at emerging markets. After launching in India, Google said it plans to expand Android... 

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Is Quickflix Trying To Block Netflix In Australia?

September 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Quickflix Trying To Block Netflix In Australia?

Quickflix has sent an open letter to rival Netflix in which it accuses the competitor of not playing fair in the market and letting local users access US services. The open letter is signed by Quickflix CEO Stephen Langsford and addressed to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and the internet community. Langsford asks Netflix to Australia through the front door. He accuses it of ignoring backdoor access to its services, hauling in cash and stepping on Australian rightsholders. “Netflix not only knowingly... 

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Will EA Make Games For Wearables?

September 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will EA Make Games For Wearables?

EA is considering developing games for wearables. The company already has two teams on the job, looking for ways to make wearable games. Their efforts are focused on the Apple Watch for now. EA told CNET that the company has quite a relationship with Apple and Frank Gibeau, head of EA’s mobile gaming arm, said he is impressed with the new Apple A8 SoC. Gibeau added that Apple’s decision to include 128GB storage in flagship models is more good news for gamers, as it raises the bar for developers... 

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Ericsson Acquires Fabrix Systems For $95M

September 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Ericsson Acquires Fabrix Systems For $95M

The distinctions between TV and mobile services continues to merge and in many cases that occurs in the cloud. That’s the logic behind Ericsson’s planned $95 million acquisition of Fabrix Systems, which sells a cloud-based platform for delivering DVR (digital video recorder), video on demand and other services. The acquisition is intended to help service providers deliver what Ericsson calls TV Anywhere, for viewing on multiple devices with high-quality and relevant content for each user.... 

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HP Scoops Up Eucalyptus Software

September 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP Scoops Up Eucalyptus Software

HP is about to make one of its few purchases since it cocked up buying Autonomy in 2011. HP wants to buy cloud software startup Eucalyptus Software which provides open-source software for building private and hybrid clouds, or Internet-based computing services. It is not a big sale — HP is tipped to pay less than $100 million. The acquisition is expected to close in the fiscal fourth quarter, after which Eucalyptus Chief Executive Officer Marten Mickos will join HP as senior vice president... 

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HP May Be Looking To Unload Snapfish

September 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
HP May Be Looking To Unload Snapfish

Hewlett-Packard Co is taking a look at putting its web-based photo sharing service Snapfish on the block, and has held discussions with multiple private equity and industry buyers, a person with knowledge of the situation said. Snapfish, which HP bought for more than $300 million in 2005 and currently sits within its printing and personal systems group, is considered non-core for the company, the person said, asking not to be named because the matter is not public. A spokesman for HP declined to... 

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Intel Sampling Xeon D 14nm

September 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Sampling Xeon D 14nm

Intel has announced that it is sampling its Xeon D 14nm processor family, a system on chip (SoC) optimized to deliver Intel Xeon processor performance for hyperscale workloads. Announcing the news on stage during a keynote at IDF in San Francisco, Intel SVP and GM of the Data Centre Group, Diane Bryant, said that the Intel Xeon processor D, which initially was announced in June, will be based on 14nm process technology and be aimed at mid-range communications. “We’re pleased to announce... 

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Watch Dogs For Wii U Coming In November

September 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Watch Dogs For Wii U Coming In November

Finally, Ubisoft has a release date for the Wii U version of Watch Dogs. While we don’t know if that many people are waiting for the Wii U version, when it does release it could very well end up being one of the last M rated titles for the Wii U console. The release date for the Wii U version of Watch Dogs appears to be November 18th in North America and November 21st in Europe. This ends the original release delay that Ubisoft announced for the Wii U version as resources were moved to prepare... 

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iPhone 6 Plus Already Delayed Due To High Demand

September 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
iPhone 6 Plus Already Delayed Due To High Demand

Customers may have to wait three to four weeks to get their hands on Apple Inc’s  iPhone 6 Plus, after a record number of orders for the company’s latest smartphones put a huge dent in the available supply. The new iPhone 6 goes on sale on Sept. 19 in the United States but the company began taking online orders on Thursday. While the larger 5.5-inch “Plus” models now display a wait time of up to a month, the 4.7-inch version remains available for delivery on Sept. 19, Apple’s... 

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T-Mobile Introduces Wi-Fi Un-leashed

September 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Introduces Wi-Fi Un-leashed

T-Mobile USA is setting its sights on Wi-Fi, offering unlimited voice calls and text messaging over any Wi-Fi network on every new smartphone it sells, including on networks outside the U.S. The new offering, called Wi-Fi Un-leashed, is open to all subscribers to the carrier’s Simple Choice plans. It could vastly expand the places those customers can exchange calls and text messages. In addition to domestic use, it will allow calls into the U.S. from any Wi-Fi network outside the country, using... 

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Is RadioShack Headed For Bankruptcy?

September 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Is RadioShack Headed For Bankruptcy?

Troubled electronics retailer RadioShack Corp says filing for bankruptcy protection is an option if its cash situation worsens, after reporting its tenth straight quarterly loss. The company said it was also exploring other options, including a sale or an investment, and liquidation as the last resort. RadioShack, whose sales have been in free-fall since 2010 as it struggles to compete with internet retailers, said in a regulatory filing it was working with its lenders and landlords to restructure... 

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Intel Shows It’s Wireless Technology

September 12, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Technology
Intel Shows It’s Wireless Technology

Intel demoed its “no wires future” of wireless gigabit docking at its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in California. Intel wireless gigabit docking is a fully cable-free experience that includes wireless docking, wireless display and wireless charging. Intel demonstrated a reference design based on a next generation 14nm Intel processor on stage during its opening keynote on Tuesday. Intel hopes to implement this technology by the end of 2015. “Not only your wireless display, but... 

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