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Microsoft Confirms Next Generation Of Office To Launch In 2015

October 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Confirms Next Generation Of Office To Launch In 2015

Microsoft has confirmed that it plans to roll out its next version of Office for Windows in the second half of 2015. ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley first reported on comments made by Julia White, general manager of marketing for Office and Office 365, at Microsoft’s Tech Ed Europe conference in Barcelona. According to Foley, White said that the next version of Office on Windows would launch in the last half of next year, a broad timetable that was different from previous speculation, which had... 

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Google Developing Nanoparticles To Aid In Cancer Fight

October 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Developing Nanoparticles To Aid In Cancer Fight

Google is focusing attention on tiny magnetic particles that could aid in cancer detection as well as other health problems by coursing through a patient’s bloodstream. Andrew Conrad, head of the Google X research lab’s Life Sciences Team, told the WSJ.D Live conference that the particles can be directed toward different parts of the body by applying wearable magnetic devices to the skin. The wearable would be able to count the particles and possibly compile information about what potential... 

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Will Big Huge Game Be Able To Make A Comeback?

October 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Big Huge Game Be Able To Make A Comeback?

Brian Reynolds buys the rights to Big Huge Games from the State of Rhode Island at auction and then reopens the studio and teams with Nexon to deliver the new mobile title called DomiNations. The game might be inspired by a lot of games, but the basic idea is that you are the leader of a Stone Age tribe and you have guide your tribe through civilization and human history. The ability exists for you to form alliances, trade with friends, and raid your enemies. Reynolds has not said what is next for... 

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BlackEnergy Malware Wreaking Havoc On Industrial Control Systems

October 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
BlackEnergy Malware Wreaking Havoc On Industrial Control Systems

Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) has warned that industrial control systems (ICS) in the US have been compromised by the BlackEnergy malware for at least two years. The BlackEnergy family of malware is believed to be the same used in the cyber attack against Georgia in 2008. It uses a malicious decoy document to hide its activities, making it easier for the hackers to mount follow-up attacks. US-CERT said the malware campaign is sophisticated and “ongoing”, and attackers taking... 

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Astronomers Discover Icey Surprise On Saturn

October 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover Icey Surprise On Saturn

In a celestial surprise, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has identified a cloud of methane ice high in the stratosphere of Saturn’s huge moon Titan. “The idea that methane clouds could form this high on Titan is completely new,” study lead author Carrie Anderson, a Cassini participating scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in a statement. “Nobody considered that possible before.” Anderson and her colleagues spotted the methane... 

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IBM, Twitter Teaming Up On Data Analytics

October 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM, Twitter Teaming Up On Data Analytics

International Business Machines Corp (IBM) on Wednesday announced a collaboration with Twitter to aid in business decisions using data collected from tweets worldwide. IBM will help businesses predict trends in the marketplace and consumer sentiment about products and brands and will train 10,000 employees to consult businesses on the best use of Twitter data. IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty has been trying to shift the 100-year-old company’s focus away from commoditized hardware to higher-value... 

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3D Printer Shipments Expected To Double By Next Year

October 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
3D Printer Shipments Expected To Double By Next Year

Shipments of 3D printers will double over the next year, reaching 217,350 units in 2015, up from 108,151 in 2014, according to research released by Gartner That rate of growth is expected to increase each year over the next three years. By 2018, Gartner forecast shipments worldwide to top more than 2.4 million units. The report points to the popularity of lower-cost, “plug-and-print” machines that require little or no technological knowledge to use. Users simply plug the machines into... 

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Charles Schwab To Offer Free Investment Planning Offered By ‘Rob o-adviser’

October 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Charles Schwab To Offer Free Investment Planning Offered By ‘Rob o-adviser’

Charles Schwab Corp has confirmed that it will begin offering free automated investment plans picked by computer algorithms in the first quarter of 2015. The program, which will be marketed as Schwab Intelligent Portfolios to retail investors and independent investment advisers, will create portfolios of exchange-traded funds managed by Schwab and other providers. In offering the service without management, transaction or account service fees, Schwab intends to be “disruptive” to competitors... 

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Western Digital Goes Purple

October 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Western Digital Goes Purple

WD announced that it will begin shipping larger capacity drives in its surveillance series. The WD Purple range, launched in February, will now include a 6TB version designed for use in video surveillance environments. WD Purple drives are capable of recording in groups of eight hard drives, monitoring a total of 32 high-definition camera feeds. “Video surveillance has long been a pioneering Internet of Things application,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president and general manager of WD’s... 

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Is nVidia’s Tegra K1 Being Shunned?

October 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is nVidia’s Tegra K1 Being Shunned?

Nvidia Tegra TK1 is being shunned by major phone designers as if it were suffering from ebola, our industry sources have confirmed. It looks like that 2013 is the year of Qualcomm and that every significant design win has Qualcomm processor inside. Mediatek is trying the Tegra TK1with the entry level phones but they still have to prove themselves in the mainstream and high end phones that the European or USA phone market craves. They could get there in time, but didn’t manage it in 2013. Tegra... 

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Amazon Acquires Rooftop Media, Expands Digital Content

October 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Acquires Rooftop Media, Expands Digital Content

Amazon.com Inc is set to acquire online comedy service Rooftop Media, a small deal that underscores the Internet retailer’s broader ambition of becoming a media and entertainment powerhouse. Amazon is persisting in buying content to round out its service, with designs to take on Netflix Inc and other online digital media services. But that increasing spending has helped keep the company in the red, inviting criticism from investors. Audible, the audiobooks service it bought in 2008 for $300... 

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How Far Should Video Games Go With Violence?

October 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
How Far Should Video Games Go With Violence?

Video game violence has been in the spotlight for over two decades now. When Senator Joe Lieberman chaired a subcommittee in 1993 after seeing the violence in Mortal Kombat, the mainstream media started paying close attention. And just five months later, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) was born and assigned Mortal Kombat an “M” for Mature rating. This was undoubtedly a good thing. In the years following, the board continued to tweak its ratings and in combination with retail... 

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Samsung Re-thinking The LED Lighting Business

October 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Samsung Re-thinking The LED Lighting Business

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd  said that it will discontinue its light emitting diode (LED) lighting business outside of South Korea, scaling back what was identified as a key growth business just four years ago. The pullback comes on the heels of Dutch rival Philips recent decision to spin off its century-old lighting business. Price wars have slashed profitability to levels deemed too unattractive in the long run, despite an LED boom that has upended the global incandescent lighting industry. Analysts... 

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Microsoft’s Surface Finally Turns A Profit

October 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft’s Surface Finally Turns A Profit

After two years and nearly $2 billion in losses, Microsoft’s Surface finally became profitable in the September quarter. For the three months ending Sept. 30, Microsoft recorded $908 million in revenue for the Surface tablet line, an increase of 127% over the same quarter in 2013. The nearly one billion in revenue was a one-quarter record for the Surface, and beat the combined revenue of the previous two quarters. Using information in Microsoft’s filing with the U.S. Securities and... 

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Is Microsoft Games Studio Developing A New IP?

October 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Microsoft Games Studio Developing A New IP?

In an interview that Xbox head Phil Spencer gave to IGN, he says that a new IP is in development at one of Microsoft’s development studios. It apparently isn’t a new racing or military space marine title. Spencer says that the Xbox brand needs “new stories and new characters” which provide a “canvas to try new things.” He went on to add that “Sunset Overdrive is a great example of a game that isn’t like anything else in our portfolio, and he thinks that is great. I want to continue... 

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