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FCC To Seeks To Halt ISP Privacy Rules It Passed In October

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
FCC To Seeks To Halt ISP Privacy Rules It Passed In October

The new chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans on  requesting a stay on privacy rules for broadband providers that the agency just passed in October. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will ask for either a full commission vote on the stay before parts of the rules take effect next Thursday or he will instruct FCC staff to delay part of the rules pending a commission vote, a spokesman said Friday. The rules, passed when the FCC had a Democratic majority, require broadband providers to... 

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Tesla Plans Three More Gigafactories

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Tesla Plans Three More Gigafactories

Tesla is making plans for a total of five Gigafactories, where it will manufacture solar panels and battery systems for both its electric vehicles and for home and commercial energy storage. “Later this year, we expect to finalize locations for Gigafactories 3, 4 and possibly 5,” the company stated in a letter to shareholders. Tesla has already begun installing Model 3 manufacturing equipment in its Fremont, Calif. plant and at Gigafactory 1 in Reno, Nev. It’s first Gigafactory... 

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Self-driving Car Wars Heat Up In Waymo, Uber Lawsuit

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Self-driving Car Wars Heat Up In Waymo, Uber Lawsuit

Alphabet Inc’s  Waymo self-driving car unit filed a lawsuit against Uber Technologies and its autonomous trucking subsidiary Otto last Thursday over allegations of theft of its confidential and proprietary sensor technology. Waymo accused Uber and Otto, acquired by the ride services company in August, with stealing confidential information on Waymo’s Lidar sensor technology to help speed its own efforts in autonomous technology. “Uber’s LiDAR technology is actually Waymo’s... 

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Are Amazon Tablets Taking Over?

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Are Amazon Tablets Taking Over?

While research groups like IDC and Gartner have shown an overall 15.6 decrease in worldwide tablet shipments in 2016, the market has not gone entirely belly-up, as Amazon continues to pull ahead with a phenomenal 99.4 percent increase in annual tablet growth during the same period. According to a report by the folks at TrendForce, Amazon managed to ship 11 million Fire-series tablets over the course of 2016 even as global tablet shipments fell by 6.6 percent from the previous year. While the sales... 

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Intel Gives More Details About Optane

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Intel Gives More Details About Optane

If you were hoping to get your paws onIntel’s delayed Optane non-volatile memory devices you might need to also invest in a Kaby Lake system. While Intel first unveiled Optane in 2015, it told us that the tech would appear in 2016. The tech is a an implementation of 3D Xpoint technology and is designed to bridge the gap between fast-but-small volatile DRAM and the slower non-volatile mass storage which can store more. Intel claimed Optane would offer performance similar to dynamic RAM (DRAM) but... 

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Did The Universe Ever Go Dark?

February 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did The Universe Ever Go Dark?

About 5 billion years ago, everything changed. The expansion of the universe, which had been gradually decelerating for billions of years, reversed course and entered into a period of unbridled acceleration. (It was sort of like a car that switches from decelerating to accelerating, but is still moving forward the whole time.) The unhurried, deliberate process of structure formation — the gradual buildup of ever-larger assemblies of matter from galaxies to groups to clusters — froze and began... 

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Flickering Hard Drive LED Can Be Used By Hackers

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Flickering Hard Drive LED Can Be Used By Hackers

The mostly ignored blinking lights on servers and desktop PCs may give away secrets if a hacker can hijack them with malware. Researchers in Israel have come up with an innovative hack that turns a computer’s LED light into a signaling system that shows passwords and other sensitive data. The researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev demonstrated the hack in a YouTube video posted Wednesday. It shows a hacked computer broadcasting the data through a computer’s LED light, with a drone... 

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Verizon Bringing 5G To 11 U.S. Cities

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Bringing 5G To 11 U.S. Cities

Verizon Communications Inc has announced that it would begin offering its high-speed wireless 5G network to certain customers in 11 U.S. cities in the first half of 2017. Verizon will begin pilot testing 5G “pre-commercial services” in cities, including Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The company had said last July that it laid out plans to conduct trials for its 5G network this year. New 5G networks are expected to provide speeds at least 10 times... 

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Google’s Jigsaw Rolls Out Initiative To Combat Online Abuse

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Google’s Jigsaw Rolls Out Initiative To Combat Online Abuse

Alphabet Inc’s Google and subsidiary Jigsaw rolled out a new technology to aid news organizations and online platforms  in identifying abusive comments on their websites. The technology, called Perspective, will review comments and score them based on how similar they are to comments people said were “toxic” or likely to make them leave a conversation. It has been tested on the New York Times and the companies hope to extend it to other news organizations such as The Guardian... 

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Linux To Support Virtual GPUs

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Linux To Support Virtual GPUs

pen source’s Mr Sweary Linus Torvalds announced the general availability of the Linux 4.10 kernel series, which includes virtual GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) support. Linus wrote in the announcement, adding “On the whole, 4.10 didn’t end up as small as it initially looked”. The kernel has a lot of improvements, security features, and support for the newest hardware components which makes it more than just a normal update. Most importantly there is support for virtual... 

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Is MediaTek’s Helio X30 Processor Going To Do Well In The Market?

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is MediaTek’s Helio X30 Processor Going To Do Well In The Market?

MediaTek is planning a Helio X30 in 10nm later this year but news from Taiwan indicates that some key customers didn’t order the new flagship 10 core chip.  One of the main reasons might be the increased competition in the Chinese market and companies cannot afford to have two designs of the same phone with Qualcomm or a MediaTek chip in. The rumor is that Xiaomi, MediaTek’s big customer, might be coming up with its own Pinecone SoC and this will put some additional pressure on MediaTek’s... 

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The ESA Plan To Launch PLATO in 2024 To Search For Alien Planets

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
The ESA Plan To Launch PLATO in 2024 To Search For Alien Planets

PLATO is a European Space Agency telescope set to launch in 2024. The name is an acronym for “PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars.” The overall goal of the mission is to figure out under what conditions planets form and whether those conditions are favorable for life.  To do this, PLATO will seek out and investigate Earth-size exoplanets, especially planets that orbit in the habitable zone around sun-like stars. (The habitable zone is usually defined as the area around a star... 

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New Qualcomm, Intel Modems Boasts LTE Speeds Greater Than 1Gbps

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
New Qualcomm, Intel Modems Boasts LTE Speeds Greater Than 1Gbps

With every new generation of smartphone, LTE connections gain more speed. That’s because the devices have faster modems that can transfer data at previously unheard of download speeds. The top modem providers are Intel and Qualcomm, whose cellular chips are used in the iPhone. Both have announced modems that will push LTE connections to speeds well over those of regular home internet connections. Qualcomm unveiled the X20 LTE chipset, which can transfer data at speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. Intel... 

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Facebook Pursuing Deal To Live Stream MLB Baseball Games

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Pursuing Deal To Live Stream MLB Baseball Games

Facebook Inc is currently negotiating with Major League Baseball to live stream one game per week during the upcoming season, which could be a key win as the social media platform works to offer more live sports, according to two people familiar with the situation. Facebook has pushed to sign deals with owners of sports rights to live stream their games, going after an audience that competitor Twitter Inc is also trying to capture, according to sports media consultants. For social media platforms... 

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Yahoo Agrees To Verizon’s Discounted Acquisition Deal

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Agrees To Verizon’s Discounted Acquisition Deal

Verizon Communications Inc reconfirmed plans to acquire Yahoo Inc’s  core business for $4.48 billion, lowering its original offer by $350 million in the wake of two massive cyber attacks at the internet company. The closing of the deal, which was first announced in July, had been delayed as the companies assessed the fallout from two data breaches that Yahoo disclosed last year. The No. 1 U.S. wireless carrier had been trying to persuade Yahoo to amend the terms of the agreement following... 

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