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Uber Hires Security Experts For Vehicle Technology

September 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Uber Hires Security Experts For Vehicle Technology

Uber Technologies Inc  has added two top vehicle security researchers, the company announced, high-profile additions that come as the ride-hailing service ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars. Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter Inc, and Chris Valasek, who worked at security firm IOActive, have resigned from their jobs and will join Uber this week. Miller and Valasek won wide attention this month after demonstrating that they could hack into a moving Jeep. Uber said... 

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T-Mobile Threatens ‘Data Thieves’

September 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Threatens ‘Data Thieves’

T-Mobile USA is on a mission to stop data thieves, which it says are taking advantage of the company’s unlimited high-speed data plan through excessive tethering — the use of smartphone data service on other devices. The carrier offers unlimited 4G LTE on smartphones, but limits data usage through tethering to 7GB a month under a Smartphone Mobile HotSpot feature, which reduces speed beyond that limit. If a customer needs more LTE tethering, he or she can add on more. But CEO John Legere... 

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Does The Xbox One Mini Exist?

September 1, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Does The Xbox One Mini Exist?

The rumor mill might have been a bit broken when it was announced that Microsoft was about to launch an Xbox-mini. The rumor claimed that Microsoft would be holding a launch event in October where people could expect the company to launch the Surface Pro 4, Lumia flagships and an “Xbox One Mini.” It was claimed that the X-box mini would be third the size of the current console and lack a Blu-Ray drive. However Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has now debunked this theory, stating that the... 

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OpenStack Appears To Be Going Non-Profit

September 1, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
OpenStack Appears To Be Going Non-Profit

The OpenStack Community is turning its attention to support for containers and improving the platform’s enterprise-worthiness, as the OpenStack Foundation celebrated gaining non-profit status from the US government, a move that will free up extra resources for development, the organisation said. Foundation executive director Jonathan Bryce said at the OpenStack Silicon Valley conference at California’s Computer History Museum that OpenStack has developed over the past five years into... 

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Boeing Developing Drone Destroying Laser System

September 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Boeing Developing Drone Destroying Laser System

Boeing’s portable drone-destroying laser system is one step closer to reality after a recent test. Earlier this month in California, Boeing’s second-generation, compact-laser weapons system disabled a moving, untethered drone. That’s important because enemies can easily acquire commercially available drones — also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — and use them to deliver explosives or perform reconnaissance. Using a laser of up to two kilowatts, the weapons... 

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Astronomers Contemplate Ways To Discover Alien Life

September 1, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Contemplate Ways To Discover Alien Life

Detecting signs of life very different from that of Earth in the atmospheres of alien planets may be difficult, but it is possible, researchers say. A team of scientists examined models of “super-Earths” — exoplanets slightly larger than Earth — to determine how easily signs of life could be spotted. They determined that such biosignatures could be identified more easily on planets orbiting stars producing relatively low amounts of radiation — but even then only if everything worked... 

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Facebook Deploying New Technology To Catch Pirated Videos

August 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Deploying New Technology To Catch Pirated Videos

Facebook is enhancing its technology to better identify videos uploaded to its site without the proper permission of copyright holders. The move comes amid an explosion in the amount of video viewed on Facebook, posted by regular users, publishers and advertisers alike. Alongside the uptick in video content, copyright holders have complained about videos posted without their permission. A recent report by video marketing and social media consulting companies Tubular and Social@Ogilvy estimated that... 

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HP Moves To Lower The Price Of SSDs

August 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP Moves To Lower The Price Of SSDs

HP has become the second major player to bring an “affordable all-flash array” to market with new additions to the HP 3PAR StoreServ range. The new 8000 series consists of a Starter Kit (20800 AFA) and software updates for the full StoreServ range, and HP can now offer multi-petabyte systems offering 3.2 million IOPS with scale out from two to eight controllers and proven tier-1 resiliency. “Regardless of your size, budget, growth rate, quality of service requirements or even your... 

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Pentagon Partners With Apple And Boeing On Wearable Technology

August 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Pentagon Partners With Apple And Boeing On Wearable Technology

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter granted $75 million to assist a consortium of high-tech firms and researchers develop electronic systems packed with sensors flexible enough to be worn by soldiers or molded onto the skin of a plane. Carter said funding for the Obama administration’s newest manufacturing institute would go to the FlexTech Alliance, a consortium of 162 companies, universities and other groups, from Boeing , Apple and Harvard, to Advantest Akron Polymer Systems and Kalamazoo... 

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Drones To Have Intel Inside

August 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Drones To Have Intel Inside

Chipmaker Intel is taking its competitive game up a notch by investing in its own drones. Intel has written a check for more than US$60 million to Yuneec International, a Chinese aviation company and drone maker. This is not the first time that the Chipmaker has invested in drones. It has written smaller amounts for the drone makers Airware and PrecisionHawk. The Yuneec deal is its largest investment in a drone company yet. Apparently Intel thinks that drones are potential computing platforms for... 

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The EU To Launch Review Of Uber

August 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
The EU To Launch Review Of Uber

The European Commission will launch a study in September of the ride-hailing app Uber in an effort to resolve legal disputes that have pitted the U.S. start-up against conventional taxis across Europe, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Since opening in Paris in 2011, San Francisco-based Uber has run into vehement opposition from taxi drivers, who complain it competes unfairly by bypassing local laws on licensing and safety. Uber has responded by submitting complaints to the European... 

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Did A Black Hole Give A Supernova The Boot?

August 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did  A Black Hole Give A Supernova The Boot?

Isolated supernovae, exploding alone in the empty space between galaxies, may be the result of star pairs ejected from their homes as galaxies merge, new research suggests. “This story has taken lots of twists and turns, and I was surprised every step of the way,” Ryan Foley, principle investigator of the new study, said in a statement from the Hubble Space Telescope news center. Foley and his colleagues studied massive stellar explosions that normally take place inside the confines of... 

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Acer Warms To Takeover Possibility

August 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Acer Warms To Takeover Possibility

Acer Inc founder Stan Shih said he would welcome a takeover of the struggling Taiwanese computer manufacturer after a drastic decline in its stock price, while warning any potential buyer would have to pay a heavy amount. “Welcome,” Shih told reporters in response to a question about whether Acer would be open to a takeover. He added however that any buyer would get an “empty shell” and would pay dearly. “U.S. and European management teams usually are concerned about... 

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Qualcomm To Wirelessly Charge BMWs

August 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm To Wirelessly Charge BMWs

Qualcomm has launched its new Official Safety Car for season two of the FIA’s Formula E Championship. For those not in the know, the Formula E Championship is for electric cars, and they are no longer the milk floats that English people get stuck behind in narrow streets. The new Official Qualcomm Safety Car is the BMW i8 but it will be charged wirelessly with an advanced Qualcomm Halo 7.2kW wireless charging system. The Qualcomm Halo 7.2kW wireless charging system delivers twice the amount... 

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Report Reveals Hi-tech Vehicle Systems Are Rarely Used By Owners

August 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Report Reveals Hi-tech Vehicle Systems Are Rarely Used By Owners

Although car makers are spending billions of dollars to install cutting-edge technologies in vehicles, a new report shows many owners don’t use them. According to J.D. Power’s 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, 20% of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of 33 of the latest technology features. The 2015 DrIVE Report measures driver experiences with in-vehicle technology features during the first 90 days of ownership. The five features owners most commonly report... 

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