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Will The EU Push To Break Up Google?

November 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Will The EU Push To Break Up Google?

Members of the European Parliament are preparing a motion calling for the break-up of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services, according to news reports. A draft resolution calling for the break-up should be finalized early next week, with a vote potentially on Thursday, according to a report from The Financial Times. While the European Parliament has no formal power to break up the company, a vote to split Google could put pressure on the European Commission,... 

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Government Officials Warns Consumers To Secure Their Web Cams

November 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Government Officials Warns Consumers To Secure Their Web Cams

Government officials in the U.S. and the UK are warning consumers to secure their webcams after websites that broadcast the contents of those cameras have sprung up online. One of the better-known sites, Insecam, appeared to have gone offline after the warnings, but at least one site that publishes similar content was still available. The websites show footage from security cameras used by businesses and in people’s homes, including CCTV networks that secure buildings and even cameras built... 

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Amazon’s Zocalo Goes Mobile

November 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon’s Zocalo Goes Mobile

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced two much-needed boosts to its fledgling Zocalo productivity platform, making the service mobile and allowing for file capacities of up to 5TB. The service, which is designed to do what Drive does for Google and what Office 365 does for software rental, has gained mobile apps for the first time as Zocalo appears on the Google Play store and Apple App Store. Amazon also mentions availability on the Kindle store, but we’re not sure about that bit. We assume... 

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Is World Of Warcraft On The Rise?

November 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is World Of Warcraft On The Rise?

Blizzard is happy and why shouldn’t they be as World of Warcraft subscriptions are up. The reason for the increase can be traced to the release of the latest expansion pack which was recently released. The latest WOW expansion pack is called Warlords of Draeno and its release has driven subscriptions to 10 million. Selling over 3.3 million copies of the Warlords of Draenor on the first day alone, growth has been seen in all major territories since release. The numbers do include those players that... 

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Apple Pay Enjoys Success As More Retailers Jump Onboard

November 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Pay Enjoys Success As More Retailers Jump Onboard

U.S. consumers have been leery of in-store mobile payments for years, but Apple Pay is making gains in that area just a month after the service launched Oct. 20. Apple’s latest success with Apple Pay includes the addition of support from hundreds of grocery stores within six major chains in the past week: BiLo Holding, 830 stores; Harvey’s and Winn-Dixie, 530; Albertson’s and Jewel-Osco, 180; Shaws and Star Markets, 150; United Food Stores, 60; and Associated Food Stores, 135. Wegmans... 

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Could Alien Life Flourish On A CO2 Based Alien Planet?

November 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Could Alien Life Flourish On A CO2 Based Alien Planet?

Alien life might flourish on an exotic kind of carbon dioxide, researchers say. This “supercritical” carbon dioxide, which has features of both liquids and gases, could be key to extraterrestrial organisms much as water is to biology on Earth. Most familiar as a greenhouse gas that traps heat, helping warm the planet, carbon dioxide is exhaled by animals and used by plants in photosynthesis. While it can exist as a solid, liquid and gas, past a critical point of combined temperature and... 

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Microsoft Announces Office 365 Video, Streaming Service For The Enterprise

November 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Announces Office 365 Video, Streaming Service For The Enterprise

Microsoft unveiled Office 365 Video, a YouTube-like streaming service where enterprises and large organizations can post in-house video content for communication and training. “Office 365 Video provides organizations with a secure, company-wide destination for posting, sharing and discovering video content,” said Mark Kashman, a senior product manager with the Office 365 team, in a blog posting. Kashman touted Video as a tool for internal communications, citing the examples of new-employee... 

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eBay Re-vamping Its Local Delivery Program

November 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
eBay Re-vamping Its Local Delivery Program

EBay Inc is making over its local delivery program and extending more logistics options to smaller merchants that make up the bulk of the e-commerce giant’s sprawling base of marketplace sellers, according to one of its executives. More of eBay’s smaller sellers, including some with annual sales under $100,000, will allow shoppers to buy items online that can be picked up in stores, an option now used by big companies such as Best Buy Co Inc and Toys ‘R’ Us. EBay also plans... 

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Can Qualcomm Compete With Intel In The Server Space?

November 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can Qualcomm Compete With Intel In The Server Space?

Qualcomm has confirmed that it will branch out from offering its Snapdragon mobile chips and will soon launch a line of server processors. The firm’s CEO, Steve Mollenkopf, has remained tight lipped about the plans so far but, according to The Wall Street Journal, said during a meeting with financial analysts in New York on Wednesday that the company is working on chips for the data centre. There’s no timing yet, either, although Mollenkopf said that his firm is currently “engaged... 

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Will Sunset Overdrive Make It To The PC?

November 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Sunset Overdrive Make It To The PC?

Microsoft has seen a number of Xbox One exclusive titles already be ported to the PC. Both Dead Rising 3 and Ryse have already made it to the PC, but we are now again hearing that Sunset Overdrive again is heading to the PC and Forza Horizon 2 maybe following as well. This is not the first time we have heard rumors of Sunset Overdrive coming to the PC. An ad that suggested as much was down played at the time by Insomiac as a mistake. Now Sunset Overdrive and Forza Horizon 2 showed up on Amazon France... 

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Apple To Bundle Beats Music Into iOS

November 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple To Bundle Beats Music Into iOS

Apple Inc will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, according to an article by the Financial Times. The inclusion of the paid-for Beats service in an iOS software update, which would instantly make it available on millions of iPhones and iPads, could happen as early as March, the daily reported, citing people familiar with the situation. The move will mark the company’s first big push into subscription music, at a time... 

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Scientist Discover Largest Web Of Galaxies

November 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Scientist Discover Largest Web Of Galaxies

Scientists working with a telescope in Chile discovered the alignment by studying 93 quasars — objects that shine very brightly and are powered by supermassive black holes — from the early universe. The picture (an artist’s impression created using data collected by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope) shows the quasars aligned in a web of blue against the black sea of space. Earlier studies have found that these quasars are “known to form huge groupings... 

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Nokia Launches N1 Tablet

November 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Nokia Launches N1 Tablet

Finland’s Nokia unveiled a new brand-licensed tablet computer which is designed to rival Apple’s iPad Mini, just six months after the company sold its underperforming phones and devices business to Microsoft for over $7 billion. Nokia, a name which was once synonymous with mobile phones until first Apple and then Samsung Electronics eclipsed the Finnish company with the advent of smart phones, said the manufacturing, distribution and sales of the new N1 tablet, will be handled under... 

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WhatsApp Adds End-to-End Encryption

November 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
WhatsApp Adds End-to-End Encryption

Stepping up efforts to keep its users messages safe from prying eyes, WhatsApp announced that it now supports end-to-end encryption for messages sent between users. The end-to-end encryption comes thanks to a collaboration between WhatsApp and Open Whisper Systems, an open-source development company focused on secure communications. Facebook-owned WhatsApp has more than 600 million users who log in monthly, making Open Whisper’s encryption deployment the largest ever in the area of end-to-end... 

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IBM Unveils Verse, New Enterprise Email Product

November 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
IBM Unveils Verse, New Enterprise Email Product

IBM is going up against cloud-app juggernauts Google and Microsoft with its next generation e-mail client, called Verse, designed to enrich email with social media and analysis. “We felt we could leverage analytics to build an experience that understands your priorities,” said Jeff Schick, general manager of IBM social solutions, of the app that launched as a private beta on Tuesday. “We had the opportunity to reduce clutter and create priority, and to help people be more efficient... 

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