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Mercedes Benz Unveils Self-Driving 18-Wheeler

October 2, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Mercedes Benz Unveils Self-Driving 18-Wheeler

Mercedes-Benz demonstrated an autonomous semi-trailer truck that will be available in a decade and enable long-haul drivers to relax and tend to paperwork and duties other while staying onthe road. The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 was displayed at the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show this month. “In ten years’ time, trucks could be driving autonomously on motorways. Transport efficiency will increase, traffic will be safer for all road users and fuel consumption and CO2 emissions... 

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Study Reveals Internet Speeds Have Increased, DDoS Attacks Down

October 2, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Study Reveals Internet Speeds Have Increased, DDoS Attacks Down

Internet connection speeds are increasing worldwide, while distributed denial-of-service attacks are down, according to the latest report from networking services company Akamai. The second quarter of this year saw a number of firsts, Akamai noted in its 2014 State of the Internet Report. For starters, the average global Internet connection speed rose above the arbitrary but noteworthy milestone of 4Mbps for the first time. The worldwide connection speed jumped 21% from the first to second quarter... 

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TSMC And ARM Announce 64-bit FinFet

October 2, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
TSMC And ARM Announce 64-bit FinFet

TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process (16FinFET or 16FF) is now in risk production. The companies collaborated to optimise ARM’s 64-bit ARMv8 processors designs for the new node. The designs are now being optimised for TSMC’s improved 16FF+ process, which promises to deliver a 11% performance gain in the same power envelope for the A57 and a 35% reduction for the A53. The companies hope to finalise their work on 16FF+ optimisation by the end of the year. The initial results for the first generation 16FF... 

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Oracle’s Java To Focus On IoT

October 2, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle’s Java To Focus On IoT

Oracle has outlined the future of Java at its Openworld conference in San Francisco, with a focus on the Internet of Things (IoT). As part of Oracle’s annual Openworld event, the Javaone expo has seen the company present its ongoing investment in Java Standard Edition (SE) 8, as well as plans for version 9. Among the latest additions are a new version of the Java Development Kit (JDK), which has reached version 20, and a preview of Project Jigsaw, which aims to develop a modular system for... 

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Should The Search For Alien Life Include Searching For Chlorophyll?

October 2, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Should The Search For Alien Life Include Searching For Chlorophyll?

The next generation of space telescopes hunting for signs of extraterrestrial life should focus on water, then oxygen and then alien versions of the plant chemical chlorophyll, a new study suggests. In the past 20 years or so, astronomers have confirmed the existence of nearly 2,000 worlds outside Earth’s solar system. Many of these exoplanets lie in the habitable zones of stars, areas potentially warm enough for the worlds to harbor liquid water on their surfaces. Astrobiologists hope that... 

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eBay Plans Spinoff Of PayPal In 2015

October 2, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
eBay Plans Spinoff Of PayPal In 2015

EBay Inc’s agreement to spin off PayPal next year will give the unit more flexibility to strike deals in the  constantly evolving payments arena as growth at the company’s traditional e-commerce business slows. The surprise move is a huge about-face for eBay’s leadership, including Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe, who resisted shareholder activist Carl Icahn’s calls for a split earlier this year and led a months-long campaign to convince investors that eBay should... 

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MIT Developing Drug Hunting, Underwater Robots

October 1, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
MIT Developing Drug Hunting, Underwater Robots

They may not be as fast or efficient as airport sniffer dogs, but robots are gearing up to take the fight against drug smuggling underwater. Researchers at MIT are working on submersible machines that could use ultrasound to find drugs hidden on ships. Their prototype, which looks like a bowling ball, is designed to move along the hulls of ships. It could use ultrasound scanning to detect hollow spaces in false hulls and propeller shafts where drugs might be stashed. Developed by grad student Sampriti... 

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Lenovo To Release New Yoga Tablets, Hybrids In Time For Holidays

October 1, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Lenovo To Release New Yoga Tablets, Hybrids In Time For Holidays

Lenovo plans on rolling out new Yoga tablets and hybrids in time for the end-of-year holiday season, with actor and venture capitalist Ashton Kutcher having a hand in the design and development of the products. The “innovative and stylish” Yoga products “will become very popular presents for the holiday season,” said Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo’s CEO, during a call on Monday. Lenovo is holding an event in London on Oct. 9 to announce the new products, with Kutcher joining... 

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Oracle Goes After Amazon Amazon Web Services

October 1, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Goes After Amazon Amazon Web Services

Database management firm Oracle has said that its new cloud service will match the price being offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Oracle confirmed the new competitive pricing strategy for its cloud offering at its OpenWorld conference. Chairman Larry Ellison said Oracle’s cloud platform will “have the same pricing as Amazon or any other infrastructure provider.” He said the company’s new platform would include analytics, mobile, identity and social features. Oracle’s... 

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HP Will Offer ARM 64-bit Processors In Moonshot

October 1, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP Will Offer ARM 64-bit Processors In Moonshot

ARM-based processor cartridges for its Moonshot servers, including 64-bit modules for high-performance web caching and integrated digital signal processing (DSP) for specialised tasks such as transcoding and telephony applications. Available immediately, the new server cartridges represent the fourth “leap”, or release of HP’s Moonshot hardware, which is designed to target very specific applications calling for high-density server deployments rather than the general purpose applications... 

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Humana Integrates Health App With Apple’s HealthKit

October 1, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Humana Integrates Health App With Apple’s HealthKit

Humana Inc, which manages private Medicare and individual Obamacare insurance plans, has announced that it has integrated its consumer health application with Apple Inc’s HealthKit. The move, the first announced by a major insurer, allows Humana customers to more easily manage fitness data and other personal health goals, the company said in a statement. Humana’s wellness program, called HumanaVitality, rewards members for hitting these goals, which include being more active, eating better... 

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Can An Exoplanet Make Age It’s Parent Star Age Faster?

October 1, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can An Exoplanet Make Age It’s Parent Star Age Faster?

A nearby star is not acting its age, thanks to the influence of a massive exoplanet. The close-orbiting alien planet, known as WASP-18b, is apparently disrupting the magnetic field of its host star so much that the object is behaving like a much older star, researchers said. “WASP-18b is an extreme exoplanet,” study lead author Ignazio Pillitteri, of the Instituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo in Italy, said in a statement. “It is one of the... 

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BlackBerry’s Passport Smartphone Sold Out, Says CEO

September 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry’s Passport Smartphone Sold Out, Says CEO

BlackBerry’s new qwerty Passport smartphone quickly sold out just hours after going on sale online last Wednesday, with another 200,000 back orders waiting in line, BlackBerry CEO John Chen proudly announced. Chen didn’t indicate how many units were sold online, but said ShopBlackBerry.com sold out the Passport in six hours, with Amazon.com selling iout in 10 hours before customers began leaving online orders that had reached 200,000 as the day it debuted. The device has a price tag... 

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Kuddle, Microsoft To Launch Child Safe Tablet

September 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Kuddle, Microsoft To Launch Child Safe Tablet

Kuddle, a Norwegian photo-sharing app created for children, plans to roll out a child safe tablet with Microsoft on Dec 1, and expects to sign funding deals with several venture capital firms within weeks, its chief executive said on Monday. The Oslo-based company said it was on track to reach its goal of one million users by year-end and plans to soon raise another $5 million of fresh funds on top of the nearly $6 million it has already raised. “We are working with Microsoft on several... 

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Are Graphene Circuits On The Horizon?

September 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Graphene Circuits On The Horizon?

A research team from the University of Texas and German nanotechnology company Aixtron have worked out a way to make wafer-scale graphene measuring between 100 and 300mm. The research offers the prospect of integrating carbon-based graphene, which is just one atom thick, with silicon on a semi-industrial scale. Until now, graphene has proved difficult to manufacture in sufficient area, quantity and reliability for viable use in processors. IBM research scientist Shu-Jen Han led a project that announced... 

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