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Mobile Phone Growth In U.S. Continues To Slow Down

October 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mobile Phone Growth In U.S. Continues To Slow Down

The overall mobile phone market in the U.S. will fall off this year by 1% even as many emerging countries around the world see robust growth. After several years of accelerated growth, the U.S. market is feeling the effects of market saturation and smartphone ownership that’s lasting longer than once expected, Ramon Llamas, an analyst IDC, said in an updated forecast. IDC’s five-year forecast issued for October significantly undercuts its April forecast, dropping expectations for U.S.... 

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The Xbox One Goes Social Next Month

October 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
The Xbox One Goes Social Next Month

November Xbox One update, explaining that it will throw a bucketful of new features into the console. The firm polishes the console experience on a monthly basis and this month sees it swathe the device in tweaks and social networking positives. Whether you use the console to browse the internet, talk to people, do social networking, watch television, or even play games, you will see some sort of improvement, according to spokeschap Major Nelson. “We’re bringing you new and exciting ways... 

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Sprint Cuts Jobs At Its Headquarters, More To Follow

October 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Cuts Jobs At Its Headquarters, More To Follow

Sprint recently eliminated more than 400 jobs from its headquarters in Overland Park, Kan., an amount that equals about 6% of the 7,500 workers there. The company is expected to make more job cuts this month, including from other locations in the U.S., further lowering the ranks of its 33,000-person work force. Since January, the company has cut its ranks by about 5,000, from 38,000. The latest headquarters cuts were in IT and portfolio management and Sprint’s network, technology and product areas,... 

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Goes WiGi

October 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Goes WiGi

The WiGig standard has been around since 2009, but we haven’t really seen it hitting that many retail devices. Back at IDF 2014, Intel demonstrated WiGig 802.11ad video, peripherals, 4K video transfer and it promised that Skylake based laptops will come out of the box with the technology. WiGig will let you transfer up to 7Gbpps of audio, video or data via 2.4, 5 or 6GHz bands and is as fast as eight-antenna 802.11ac and nearly 50 times faster than highest 802.11n rate. It is backward compatible... 

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Will Google’s Algorithm Change Stop Piracy?

October 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will Google’s Algorithm Change Stop Piracy?

Nosey Google has updated its search engine algorithms in an attempt to restrict piracy web sites appearing high in its search rankings. The update will mean piracy sites are less likely to appear when people search for music, films and other copyrighted content. The decision to roll out the search changes was announced in a refreshed version of a How Google Fights Piracy report, which was originally published in September 2013. However, this year’s updated report features a couple of developments,... 

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Amazon, Simon & Schuster Sign Deal Over E-books

October 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon, Simon & Schuster Sign Deal Over E-books

Online book retailer Amazon.com Inc revealed that it has signed a multi-year deal with Simon & Schuster Inc, the second Big-Five book publisher, on the future price of e-books. Amazon, which had been in discussions with Simon & Schuster since July over pricing, confirmed the deal first reported by the Business Insider news blog that the two had reached an agreement. Amazon had been locked in a months-long standoff with publisher Hachette Book Group, the fourth-largest U.S. book publisher... 

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Google’s Nexus 6 Unlocked Device To Cost Significantly More

October 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google’s Nexus 6 Unlocked Device To Cost Significantly More

Google’s new Nexus 6 smartphone will be offered at $649, unlocked, when pre-orders begin on Oct. 29. The price is almost twice the $349 starting price charged for the Nexus 5 a year ago. Google didn’t elaborate on the price increase after announcing the Nexus 6, but several analysts said Google may be intending to push the Nexus as a premium brand that can compete with the iPhone 6 and other high-end phones. Google originally developed Android to be inclusive and global, and indeed,... 

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Twitter To Allow Users To Stream Music

October 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter To Allow Users To Stream Music

Twitter Inc  will allow users to play podcasts, music and other audio clips direct from their timelines, or message feeds, by using a  new feature designed in partnership with Berlin-based audio-streaming service SoundCloud. The online messaging service introduced what it dubbed “Audio Card,” through which users can listen to a variety of content whilst browsing their timelines. For starters, Twitter has promised audio from SoundCloud’s partners, which include such diverse sources... 

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nVidia Shield To Get Android Update

October 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
nVidia Shield To Get Android Update

Although has not been publicly confirmed that Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lolipop will be coming to its Nvidia Shield tablet, Nvidia was pretty quiet about the Shield Portable handheld console, so we asked around. It appears that the update will indeed be coming to Shield Portable as well. The first devices on the list to receive the Android 5.0 Lolipop update will be Google’s own Nexus devices, starting with the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 10 as the oldest devices, followed by Google... 

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IBM Launches BlueMix For The IoT

October 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Launches BlueMix For The IoT

IBM has announced its approach to marketing Bluemix cloud services for the Internet of Things (IoT) with its IBM Internet of Things Foundation service based on its Smarter Planet initiative. The firm claims that its IBM Internet of Things Foundation service “makes it possible for a developer to quickly and easily extend an internet-connected device such as a sensor or controller into the [IBM Bluemix] cloud”, and then “build an application [for] the device to collect the data and... 

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Can Red Dwaft Have Planets With Alien Life?

October 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Red Dwaft Have Planets With Alien Life?

Small, dim red dwarfs are by far the most common stars in the Milky Way, making up more than 70 percent of our galaxy’s stellar population. But are they best places to look for alien life? That question will took center stage during a debate on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. EDT (2330 GMT) organized by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). You can watch the event live here on Space.com, courtesy of the CfA, or on the CfA’s “Observatory Nights” YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ObsNights Two... 

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Yahoo To Lay Out Cost-cutting Efforts

October 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo To Lay Out Cost-cutting Efforts

Yahoo Inc is expected today  to reveal cost-cutting efforts and give details of how it is evaluating possible acquisitions as it faces mounting pressure from an activist investor, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person who was briefed on the plan. Yahoo is considering purchasing one or more large technology startups with some of the $5.8 billion it made from the initial public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the newspaper said. Representatives at Yahoo did not immediately respond... 

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MasterCard Testing A New Card With Fingerprint Reader

October 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
MasterCard Testing A New Card With Fingerprint Reader

MasterCard is trying out a contactless payment card with a built-in fingerprint reader that can authorize high-value payments without requiring the user to enter a PIN. The credit-card company showed a prototype of the card in London on Friday along with Zwipe, the Norwegian company that developed the fingerprint recognition technology. The contactless payment card has an integrated fingerprint sensor and a secure data store for the cardholder’s biometric data, which is held only on the card... 

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Amazon Expands Grocery Delivery Service

October 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Expands Grocery Delivery Service

Amazon.com Inc is add more territory to its online grocery delivery program to Brooklyn’s well-heeled Park Slope neighborhood, giving the No. 1 U.S. online retailer a foothold in one of the wealthiest and densest markets in the United States. The AmazonFresh program, which offers same-day or next-day delivery on more than 500,000 items including fresh and frozen groceries, will soon expand to other areas in Brooklyn. The move is part of Amazon’s slow build-out of its “Fresh”... 

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Will TSMC’s FinFet Chips Show Up In Early 2015?

October 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will TSMC’s FinFet Chips Show Up In Early 2015?

TSMC has announced that it will begin volume production of 16nm FinFET products in the second half of 2015, in late Q2 or early Q3. For consumers, this means products based on TSMC 16nm FinFET silicon should appear in late 2015 and early 2016. The first TSMC 16nm FinFET product was announced a few weeks ago. TSMC executive CC Wei said sales of 16nm FinFET products should account for 7-9% of the foundry’s total revenue in Q4 2015. The company already has more than 60 clients lined up for the... 

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