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Google To Release Fix For Buzzing Sound In Pixel 2

November 22, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Google To Release Fix For Buzzing Sound In Pixel 2

Last month, Pixel 2 owners reported strange noises coming from their phones, including clicking noises like a ticking clock and high-pitched sounds. Google acknowledged the problem affecting some devices, and promised a fix. Looks like it’s coming sooner rather than later. “Coming weeks” is still completely nebulous, but it does suggest a time frame of December or January. The audio issues are part of a string of bad press befalling the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Phone owners... 

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CBS Channels Go Dark On Dish Network

November 22, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
CBS Channels Go Dark On Dish Network

CBS Corp’s TV stations no longer broadcasting for Dish Network Corp’s customers over a network carriage deal dispute, the companies said early Tuesday. Dish said in a statement that CBS rejected its offer to extend their contract while negotiations continued. “This particular dispute is yet another example of the company punishing its subscribers instead of negotiating a fair carriage deal that reflects the current marketplace,” CBS said in a separate statement. CBS and 28 other CBS-owned... 

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China’s Tencent Surpasses Facebook In Value

November 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
China’s Tencent Surpasses Facebook In Value

Tencent Holdings Ltd has had an impressive week – becoming the first Chinese firm to be worth more than $500 billion and surpassing Facebook to be the world’s fifth-most valuable company. Earnings for China’s biggest social network and gaming firm have surged on the popularity of its smartphone games led by titles such as Honour of Kings – a fantasy role-playing game, which has as many active players as the population of Germany.  Also driving earnings has been its messaging-to-payment... 

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Did EA Screw Up SW Battlefront II With Microtransactions

November 22, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Did EA Screw Up SW Battlefront II With Microtransactions

EA has suspended microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II following a furor over loot boxes, hours before the game’s launch earlier today. Loot boxes have been increasingly controversial in recent months but the backlash towards Star Wars Battlefront II has eclipsed the debate. While other developers and publishers have been embroiled in the controversy, EA has taken the brunt due to the imbalance potentially caused by randomized loot in a competitive multiplayer shooter. “We hear... 

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Did Kaspersky Hack NSA Staff

November 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did Kaspersky Hack NSA Staff

Kaspersky has denied it played a role in hacking into the personal computer of a US National Security Agency (NSA) worker. Kaspersky Lab has published a report detailing an internal investigation it launched examining allegations that its software was used to compromise an NSA employee’s home computer. In early October, a report published in the Wall Street Journal claimed that the firm’s software was used to download confidential data from an American agent’s home computer. However,... 

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Astronomers Get New Telescope To Find Exploding Stars

November 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Get New Telescope To Find Exploding Stars

A powerful new camera that will help scientists search for exploding stars and fast-moving objects in Earth’s solar system has captured its first image of the night sky. The Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) is officially up and running at the California Institute of Technology’s Palomar Observatoryin the mountains northeast of San Diego. Its primary piece of hardware is a wide-field camera, attached to a 48-inch (122 centimeters) telescope, that can image the entire visible plane of the... 

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Apple Mac Sales Slump

November 21, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Apple Mac Sales Slump

Apple announced last week that it had sold a record number of Macs for a September quarter. “The Mac…had its best year ever, with the highest annual Mac revenue in Apple’s history,” said CEO Tim Cook in prepared remarks during a Nov. 2 call with Wall Street analysts. Apple recorded revenue of $25.8 billion from Mac sales in its fiscal 2017, which ended Sept. 30. Mac unit sales of nearly 5.4 million bested both industry and financial analysts’ expectations. Before Apple... 

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Facebook Workplace Finds Enterprise Client in Virgin Atlantic

November 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Workplace Finds Enterprise Client in Virgin Atlantic

The nature of Virgin Atlantic’s business means many of its employees are continuously globetrotting. Ensuring effective communications channels – a challenge for any company – isn’t easy: nearly half of the airline’s 10,000 employees are cabin or cockpit crew members. Two months ago, the airline rolled out Facebook’s Workplace, the business version of the social network tool, in a bid to improve information-sharing between staff and senior execs. It currently functions primarily as... 

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Verizon Wireless To Sign A Streaming Deal With NFL

November 21, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Wireless To Sign A Streaming Deal With NFL

Verizon Communications Inc, no. 1 U.S. wireless carrier, is closing in on a deal  with the National Football League for digital streaming rights, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. With the new agreement, Verizon will be able to give subscribers access to games on all devices, including big-screen TVs, and not just phones, according to the people, Bloomberg said. Verizon will lose exclusive rights to air games on mobile devices, Bloomberg quoted two people as saying. Verizon’s... 

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HP Set To Offer New Cloud Service Called OneSphere

November 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
HP Set To Offer New Cloud Service Called OneSphere

HPE is planning to announce a new product called OneSphere that could help companies track when employees use public clouds like Amazon Web Services. HPE filed a trademark application late last month for OneSphere. The description of the product included with the application is wide ranging but has several references to hardware, and implies that OneSphere will help customers track and reduce the amount of money they’re spending on clouds like AWS. The trademark application said that  OneSphere... 

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Linux Appears To Be The King In The Supercomputing Space

November 21, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Linux Appears To Be The King In The Supercomputing Space

Looking at the November 2017 TOP500 Supercomputer list one thing is particularly clear – the open saucy Linux is king. In 1998, Linux first appeared on the TOP500 Supercomputer list and it was regarded as unusual – indeed many just said it was because it was really Unix in drag. But the November list showed that all 500 of the world’s fastest supercomputers are running Linux. There had only been two non-Linux systems left on the list but the pair of Chinese IBM POWER computers running AIX... 

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Astronomers Find New Alien Planet Suitable For Life

November 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find New Alien Planet Suitable For Life

A newfound exoplanet may be one of the best bets to host alien life ever discovered — and it’s right in Earth’s backyard, cosmically speaking. Astronomers have spotted a roughly Earth-mass world circling the small, dim star Ross 128, which lies just 11 light-years from the sun. The planet, known as Ross 128b, may have surface temperatures amenable to life as we know it, the researchers announced in a new study that will appear in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Ross 128b is... 

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Republic Wireless Building It’s Own Smart Speaker System

November 20, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Republic Wireless Building It’s Own Smart Speaker System

Phone calls are still new features for both the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers, both of which focused on music and house controls before adding calling. Wireless carrier Republic Wireless announced plans to take the opposite approach, saying it will enter the space with a speaker that appears to be all about phone calls. The Anywhere HQ is the company’s first hardware product. It’s an LTE-connected speaker that can be used to make calls, as well as issue commands. Like... 

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Volkswagen Ramps Up Electric Cars Ambitions

November 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Volkswagen Ramps Up Electric Cars Ambitions

Volkswagen has approved a 34 billion euro ($40 bln) spending plan that speeds up its efforts to become a global leader in electric cars. The world’s largest carmaker by unit sales will spend the money on electric cars, autonomous driving and new mobility services by the end of 2022, it said after a meeting of its supervisory board. “With the planning round now approved, we are laying the foundation for making Volkswagen the world’s No. 1 player in electric mobility by 2025,” Chief Executive... 

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Apple Delays Launch of HomePod Smart Speaker

November 20, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Delays Launch of HomePod Smart Speaker

Apple Inc has delayed the launch of its HomePod smart speaker, pushing it to early next year from December, the company said, missing the holiday shopping season as the market for such devices becomes increasingly competitive. “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod … but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the U.S., UK and Australia in early 2018,” an Apple spokeswoman said via email.  Apple introduced the voice-controlled... 

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