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Ultra High Def TV Sales Being Hampered By Steep Prices

July 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Ultra High Def TV Sales Being Hampered By Steep Prices

Ultra high-definition televisions (UHD TVs) have made minor gains in the flat-panel market because prices remain too high, according to a new report from IHS Technology. Among the top 13 LCD display brands worldwide, the share of UHD TV shipments reached just 5% in May, up from 4% in April, 3% in March and 2% in February, according to IHS. While UHD TV share has grown by 1 percentage point for each of the last three months, growth hasn’t budged much since September, when the market was already... 

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Sprint Teams Up With Google To Sell Business Apps

July 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Sprint Teams Up With Google To Sell Business Apps

Sprint announced a partnership with Google to offer the Google Apps for Business cloud service, noting that customers of the service won’t have to use Sprint’s wireless network or Android devices. The partnership helps move Sprint well beyond it’s role as a basic wireless carrier for businesses to one that will bolster basic Google cloud service and access to Google apps with Sprint’s own hands-on professional consulting, much of it free. The announcement comes amid widespread... 

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Device Financing Plan Weighs On AT&T’s Revenue

July 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Device Financing Plan Weighs On AT&T’s Revenue

AT&T Inc’s quarterly revenue rose a weaker than expected 1.6 percent as cheaper service plans offered to customers who forgo subsidized cellular phones made a dent in profit margins. Faced with mounting pressure from competitors, AT&T has unbundled service and device charges, and cut its family data plan and shared value plan prices as it tries to attract customers in a nearly saturated market. “What we saw happen throughout the second quarter were very aggressive promotions... 

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AMD Moving Quickly On Stacked DRAM APUs

July 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Moving Quickly On Stacked DRAM APUs

AMD is fast tracking stacked DRAM deployment and a new presentation leaked by the company  points to APUs with stacked DRAM, or high bandwidth memory (HBM). AMD is calling the project “Fastforward” and it is all about boosting memory bandwidth on upcoming APUs. However, AMD is not talking about specific products yet and it is unclear whether HBM will be implemented on its upcoming Carizzo APU. This seems highly unlikely at this point for a number of reasons and if we were to speculate... 

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Is Internet Explorer Being Exploited By Hackers?

July 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Internet Explorer Being Exploited By Hackers?

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) has seen a 100 percent explosion of reported security vulnerabilities in just six months, according to security firm Bromium labs. Bromium has studied the security vulnerability market intensely and found that in the last six months Microsoft released more security patches than it had during the entire last decade. Internet Explorer also leads in publicly reported exploits. “Internet Explorer took the cap for historic high number of security patches in over... 

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NASA’s New Horizons Quickly Approaching Pluto

July 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
NASA’s New Horizons Quickly Approaching Pluto

Less than a year from now, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will make the first-ever visit to Pluto, potentially revolutionizing scientists’ understanding of the dwarf planet. Because Pluto is so far away — it orbits the sun at an average distance of 3.65 billion miles (5.87 billion kilometers) — many questions about the dwarf planet’s composition and activity remain unanswered. Researchers hope New Horizons will lay some of those questions to rest when it flies by Pluto on July... 

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NASA Upgrades The Robonaut In Space

July 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NASA Upgrades The Robonaut In Space

The 300-pound humanoid robot working on the International Space Station is getting several upgrades, including new processors and software, in preparation of having a pair of legs attached to it. Robonaut 2, also known as R2, is the legless but humanoid robot that has been working on the space station since 2011. “Commander Steve Swanson focused his attention primarily on mobility upgrades for the station’s robotic crew member, Robonaut 2,” NASA reported on its website. “Since... 

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Several Countries Now Have More Wireless Devices Than People

July 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Several Countries Now Have More Wireless Devices Than People

Wireless broadband subscriptions now outnumber people in seven countries as consumers continue to add smartphone and tablet devices to their personal electronics arsenal, according to a new report. Finland, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, South Korea and the U.S. had wireless broadband penetration of more than 100 percent as of December 2013, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday. That means there was more than one wireless broadband subscription per person, usually... 

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Sony Wants To Capitalize On The ‘Selfie’ Boom

July 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony Wants To Capitalize On The ‘Selfie’ Boom

Sony Corp said that it has plans to invest 35 billion yen ($345 million) to increase production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, as the company courts handset makers to get more orders for front-facing camera sensors, used to take selfies. The Japanese firm said it will increase production of stacked CMOS sensors at two factories on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, while completing work on a factory in northwestern Japan it bought from Renesas Electronics Corp for a total investment... 

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Will The Console Gaming Market Shrink?

July 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will The Console Gaming Market Shrink?

The new generation of consoles and booming category of free-to-play PC games won’t be enough to keep the market growing indefinitely. According to a Juniper Research report, the market will soon turn south, falling from $46.5 billion worldwide this year to $41 billion in 2019. Despite that 12 percent drop, the PC and console segment will still account for more than half of all gaming revenues through 2019. Additionally, Juniper said software sales on PC and console “will remain relatively... 

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Intel Develops Self-encrypting SSD

July 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Develops Self-encrypting SSD

Intel has announced the Drive Pro 2500 series of solid state disk (SSD) drives that are “self encrypting”, which the firm says makes them more secure against data breaches. Aimed at businesses, the Intel SSD Pro 2500 series will come in a 2.4in 7mm form factor with 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and 480GB capacities, M.2 80mm size with 180GB, 240GB and 360GB capacities, and M.2 60mm size with 180GB or 240GB capacities. Intel promises that each form factor type will provide random input/output... 

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Astronomers Find Alien Planet With The Longest Year

July 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Alien Planet With The Longest Year

A newfound alien planet is one for the record books. The alien planet Kepler-421b — which crosses the face of, or transits, its host star from Earth’s perspective — takes 704 Earth days to complete one orbit, and thus has the longest year known for any transiting alien world, researchers said. (For comparison, Earth orbits the sun once every 365 days, and Mars completes a lap every 780 days.) “Finding Kepler-421b was a stroke of luck,” study lead author David Kipping, of the... 

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Google May Have A Plan To Bring Wi-Fi To NYC Pay Phones

July 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google May Have A Plan To Bring Wi-Fi To NYC Pay Phones

Google may be amongst a list of hopefuls looking to transform the New York City phone booths of the past into “communication points” of the future with free Wi-Fi and cellphone charging. The dominant search company was among 60 entities that attended a meeting on May 12 to discuss a project to replace or supplement as many as 10,000 pay phones around the city. The list came to light in a Bloomberg News article. Other participants included Samsung, IBM, Cisco Systems, Verizon Wireless,... 

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Yahoo To Purchase Flurry To Beef Up Mobile Ad Revenue

July 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo To Purchase Flurry To Beef Up Mobile Ad Revenue

Yahoo Inc will acquire mobile analytics startup Flurry to beef up a fast-growing mobile advertising business that still lags Google Inc’s  and Facebook Inc’s in scale. Six-year-old Flurry uses analytics to help target ads at consumers by monitoring activity on more than half a million apps on some 1.4 billion mobile devices around the world, Yahoo said in a statement. The startup provides information to help marketers and brands more easily reach their desired audiences, Yahoo... 

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Xiaomi Sets Sights On Premium Smartphone Market With Mi 4 Device

July 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Xiaomi Sets Sights On Premium Smartphone Market With Mi 4 Device

China’s Xiaomi introduced on Tuesday its new flagship Mi 4 smartphone, aimed primarily at the premium handset market dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The Mi 4 has a 5 inch, 1080p screen and a Qualcomm Inc Snapdragon 801 2.5 Ghz processor, said Chief Executive Lei Jun at a launch event in Beijing. But sheathed in iPhone-like metal sides, the Mi 4′s similarities to Apple’s smartphone drew murmurs from the crowd of ‘iPhone’ when showcased by Lei. Founded... 

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