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Slack Acquires Screen Hero

January 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Slack Acquires Screen Hero

Slack, the IRC-for-businesses company, has acquired screen-sharing collaboration startup Screenhero with an eye toward adding valuable new communications capabilities to its software. The deal, which was for an undisclosed sum of cash and stocks, sees Screenhero’s six-person team joining Slack to add screensharing, video chat and voice conferencing to the company’s core enterprise chat room service. Screenhero is designed to let big teams work together like small teams and has found... 

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Microsoft Attempting To Attract More Mobile Users With Freebies

January 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft Attempting To Attract More Mobile Users With Freebies

Microsoft Corp made its popular Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications available,free of charge, on Android tablets, further signifying its drive to attract as many mobile customers as possible using its software. It also released an app for its popular Outlook email program to run on Apple Inc’s iPhone and iPad, hoping to attract the millions of users familiar with Outlook from their work desktops. The new releases are the latest gambits in Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella’s attempt... 

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Is Qualcomm Losing Steam?

January 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Qualcomm Losing Steam?

Qualcomm is one of the most successful companies to come out of the smartphone revolution that’s taking place. That’s because their mobile chips are powering many of the devices currently on the market. The company’s successful strategy was once again confirmed by the latest financial statements with profit estimates between $26 and $28 billion for the full fiscal year. But not everything’s rosy inside Qualcomm as the company did mention they recently lost “a large customer”. Who could... 

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LG Profits Rise

January 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
LG Profits Rise

LG Display posted $1.245 billon in operating profit last year which is a 16.7 percent rise from a year earlier. It is the largest increase in six years boosted by stronger demand for handset displays. In a filing to the Korea Exchange, the LG affiliate said sales were down 2.1 percent. Despite the drop in sales, its net profit jumped 119 percent on stronger margins. This means that the company can pay its first dividend in four years. Analysts were positive about the result and its outlook for the... 

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Amazon Courting The Enterprise With New ‘WorkMail’ Service

January 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Courting The Enterprise With New ‘WorkMail’ Service

Amazon.com Inc ramped up its attempts to woo corporate clients by announcing an email and scheduling service that will compete with Microsoft Corp and Google Inc . The service, dubbed WorkMail, will launch in the second quarter and has been developed by the company’s cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services (AWS). It highlights Amazon’s efforts to convince deep-pocketed companies, called enterprises in tech parlance, to shift more of their work to AWS. Launching an email and scheduling... 

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Astronomer Find Ancient Alien Worlds Nearly As Old As the Universe

January 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomer Find Ancient Alien Worlds Nearly As Old As the Universe

Five rocky alien worlds that are 80 percent as old as the universe itself have been discovered, suggesting that Earth-size planets have been a feature of the Milky Way galaxy almost since its beginning. The newfound exoplanets circle Kepler-444, an 11.2-billion-year-old star about 25 percent smaller than the sun that lies 117 light-years from Earth. All of the worlds are Venus-size or smaller and are therefore rocky, though scientists know nothing else about their composition. All five alien planets... 

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DEA Has A Program That Tracks Cars Moving Across The Country

January 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
DEA Has A Program That Tracks Cars Moving Across The Country

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program to track cars close to the U.S.-Mexican border has been gradually expanded nationwide and is regularly used by other law enforcement agencies searching for criminal suspects. The extent of the system, which is said to contain hundreds of millions of records on motorists and their journeys, was disclosed in documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union as part of a Freedom of Information Act request. Much of the information disclosed to the... 

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Google Fiber Expanding South

January 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Fiber Expanding South

Google Fiber is expanding to the metro areas of Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., reaching 18 cities in those areas. The fiber optic cable service, with speeds of 1Gbps, is already active in the Kansas City area, as well as Provo, Utah, and Austin, Texas. Google has been working with city leaders in the new areas for the past year, “and now the really hard work begins,” said Dennis Kish, vice president of Google Fiber in a blog posting. He also said Google continues... 

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DoS Bug Found In Android

January 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
DoS Bug Found In Android

Security researchers have discovered a bug in the Android WiFi Direct feature that could allow hackers to launch denial-of-service (DoS) attacks on Android devices. WiFi Direct allows Android devices to connect to one another directly without needing a third-party device like a wireless router. The feature runs as standard in most Android smartphones today. The guys at Core Security found the vulnerability, dubbed CVE-2014-0997, and said that a number of Android smartphones are vulnerable and can... 

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AMD’s Summit Ridge Processor Details Leaked

January 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD’s Summit Ridge Processor Details Leaked

AMD’s first 14nm processors are codenamed Summit Ridge and they are reportedly based on an all-new architecture dubbed Zen. Information on the new architecture and the Summit Ridge design is still very sketchy. According to Sweclockers, the chips will feature up to eight CPU cores, support for DDR4 memory and TDPs of up to 95W. Summit Ridge will use a new socket, designated FM3. This suggests we are looking at A-series APUs, but there is no word on graphics and the eight-core design points to... 

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Yahoo To Spinoff Shares In Alibaba

January 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo To Spinoff Shares In Alibaba

Yahoo Inc plans to spin off its 15 percent stake in China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , caving to demands to hand over to shareholders its prized e-commerce investment valued at roughly $40 billion. The move to spin off the Alibaba stake satisfies a persistent investor demand, but could also ratchet up pressure on Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer to make quicker progress in strengthening Yahoo’s struggling media and advertising business. “It’s not going to be easy from... 

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Can A Galactic Bubble Expose Dark Matter?

January 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can A Galactic Bubble Expose Dark Matter?

Compared to other galaxies, the Milky Way is relatively peaceful. Even the center of our galaxy, where things are the most tumultuous, experiences relatively few violent events. Unlike in other galaxies, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way doesn’t ravenously suck in huge meals of gas or spit out enormous jets of radiation and light. But our galaxy wasn’t always so sleepy. In 2010, a team of scientists working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovered a pair... 

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Facebook Testing New Stripped Down Version Of Its Mobile App

January 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Facebook Testing New Stripped Down Version Of Its Mobile App

Facebook is testing a scaled down version of its mobile app that requires far less data, which could boost usage of the social networking service among people with weaker Internet service or older phones. Facebook “Lite” is available for devices running Android 2.2 and up. The size of the free app is 252 kilobytes, and it’s meant for 2G networks in areas with limited connectivity. Users can perform a bunch of basic functions like post status updates with photos, comment on people’s... 

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Auto Industry Helps Texas Instruments Bottom Line

January 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Auto Industry Helps Texas Instruments Bottom Line

Texas Instruments appears to have done rather well thanks to a growing demand for chips from the car industry. The company posted fourth-quarter revenue of $3.27 billion, up 8 percent from the year-ago period and slightly above what the cocaine nose jobs of Wall Street predicted by reading their tarot cards. This was mostly because TI deepened its focus on analogue and embedded chips which are in demand from carmakers, telecom companies and industrial customers. Revenue from Texas Instruments’... 

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Dropbox Acquires Startup Pixelapse

January 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Dropbox Acquires Startup Pixelapse

Dropbox, never one to shy away from an acquisition, has purchased startup Pixelapse, which provides a GitHub-like version control service for “tens of thousands” of visual designers. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. “Our new development efforts will be focused on bringing the same kinds of collaboration and workflow experiences that you’re used to in Pixelapse over to the core Dropbox product,” said the company’s traditional “hey we’ve been... 

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