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Qatar National Bank Admits Customer Data Released By Hackers Is Authentic

May 3, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Qatar National Bank Admits Customer Data Released By Hackers Is Authentic

Qatar National Bank has confirmed that its systems were hacked but said that the information released online was a combination of data picked up from the attack and from other sources such as social media. The incident will not have a financial impact on the bank’s customers, whose accounts are secure, the bank said — without providing details of how its systems were hacked, the possible identity of the hackers and what information was harvested. The announcement Sunday by one of the leading... 

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Microsoft Makes Edge, Bing The Only Search Box Options For Cortana

May 3, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Makes Edge, Bing The Only Search Box Options For Cortana

Microsoft began blocking competitor’s browsers and search providers from using Windows 10′s Cortana search box, the operating system’s prime search real estate. “To ensure we can deliver the integrated search experience designed for Windows 10, Microsoft Edge will be the only browser that will launch when you search from the Cortana box,” said Ryan Gavin, general manager of search marketing, in a post to a Microsoft company blog. The Cortana search box — at the... 

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Phishing Apps Continue To Play Google Play

May 3, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile

Google’s attempts to safeguard the Android app store — Google Play — are far from perfect, with malicious apps routinely slipping through its review process. Such was the case for multiple phishing applications this year that posed as client apps for popular online payment services. Researchers from security firm PhishLabs claim that they’ve found 11 such applications since the beginning of 2016 hosted on Google Play, most of them created by the same group of attackers. The... 

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VeVo Hits 17 Billion While Calling Goof The Devil

May 3, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
VeVo Hits 17 Billion While Calling Goof The Devil

Vevo might be the new MTV for millennials, who might not know MTV that played music a few decades ago. Vevo CEO Erik Huggers had an interview at a Hunter Walk blog talking about YouTube, subscription base and the future. Vevo CEO, ex Intel and ex BBC executive Erik Huggers mentioned that the Vevo will get a subscription based service but for the time being the company will stay with add supported content. Huggers first worked first on the iBBC player and later at Intel OnCue, then Verizon before... 

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Greedy Billionaire Investor Dumps Entire Apple Portfolio

May 3, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Greedy Billionaire Investor Dumps Entire Apple Portfolio

Billionaire activist investor and Apple cheerleader Carl Icahn has dumped his entire stake in Apple because he thinks the writing is on the wall for the tech company. Icahn has been a big fan of Apple since he started investing three years ago. He has also made a fortune out of his investment.  But he said that Apple’s glory days could be over because the company has become too dependent on the whims of the Chinese government. Icahn, who owned 45.8 million Apple shares at the end of last year,... 

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Are Tablets Dead?

May 3, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Tablets Dead?

There more evidence that tablets were never the game-changer that Steve Jobs tried to peddle them as, and were just the keyboardless netbooks we said they were. IDC siad that for the first quarter of 2016, overall worldwide tablet shipments fell to 39.6 million, a 14.7 percent drop from the same period a year ago,  However the only part of the segment which did ok were tablets with keyboards – or as we used to call them, netbooks. IDC said that the decline of ordinary tablets was partly due to... 

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Elon Musk Opens Training ‘Gym’ For AI Programmers

May 2, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Elon Musk Opens Training ‘Gym’ For AI Programmers

Techie entrepreneur Elon Musk has rolled out an open-source training “gym” for artificial-intelligence programmers. It’s an interesting move for a man who in 2014 said artificial intelligence, or A.I., will pose a threat to the human race. “I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence,” Musk said about a year and a half ago during an MIT symposium. “If I were to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that…... 

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As TV Stations Offer Up Wireless Spectrum, 5G Will Be Easier

May 2, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
As TV Stations Offer Up Wireless Spectrum, 5G Will Be Easier

Television stations have agreed to sell off 126MHz of premium wireless spectrum to mobile carriers in an ongoing U.S. Federal Communications Commission auction, potentially bringing higher speeds and more reliable networks to customers. The 126MHz of spectrum was the highest amount anticipated by the FCC in the so-called incentive auction, agency officials said Friday. In most areas of the country, the agency will be able to auction 10 blocks of 10MHz to mobile carriers and other interested bidders. This... 

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TiVo To Be Acquired By Rovi

May 2, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
TiVo To Be Acquired By Rovi

Online entertainment company Rovi plans to purchase digital video recording firm TiVo for $1.1 billion in a stock and cash deal, the companies announced on Friday. TiVo has cloud-based technology for integrating live, recorded, on-demand and Internet television into one user interface, with search, discovery, viewing and recording options from a variety of devices. Its technology has been deployed by operators including Virgin Media and Vodafone Spain. Rovi announced in March that Sharp’s new... 

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Samsung Scores With Apple

May 2, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Scores With Apple

After five years, it seems that Apple is back to loving Samsung’s NAND flash memory again. According to ETNews, Samsung will be back inside the iPhone 7 after five years.  While many thought that the reason that Apple pulled Samsung out of the iPhone 6s was pettiness over the trademark battle over who invented the rounded rectangle, it turns out that Apple’s wanted electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding requirements or special coatings on the memory packages. Apple was looking... 

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Is Motorola Going To Court?

May 2, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is Motorola Going To Court?

Lenovo owned Motorola has been slapped with a $5m class action lawsuit over allegations of shoddy customer service and not honoring warranty policies. News of the lawsuit comes via Trusted Reviews, which learned this week that the complaint was filed against Motorola on 21 April in Illinois, accusing the company of “unfair, unscrupulous, immoral and oppressive” business practices. The lawsuit’s main plaintiff, Douglas Lynch, decided to take legal action after a long-drawn out battle... 

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Do Parallel Universes Exist?

May 2, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Do Parallel Universes Exist?

Is our universe unique? From science fiction to science fact, there is a proposal out there that suggests that there could be other universes besides our own, where all the choices you made in this life played out in alternate realities. So, instead of turning down that job offer that took you from the United States to China, the alternate universe would show the outcome if you decided to venture to Asia instead. The idea is pervasive in comic books and movies. For example, in the 2009 “Star... 

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Apple’s Mac Slump Continues, Sales Tumble 12%

April 29, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Apple’s Mac Slump Continues, Sales Tumble 12%

Apple revealed that it sold 4 million Macs in the March quarter, a 12% decline from the same period the year before, and a larger contraction than for the personal computer business as a whole. The year-over-year downturn in Mac sales was the second straight down quarter, and excepting a brutal 22% drop at the end of 2012, the largest since Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007. Analysts at IDC and Gartner earlier this month pegged the continued contraction of the PC industry at 11.5% and 9.6%, respectively.... 

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Intel’s Updated USB Type-C Designed To Replace Headphone Jacks

April 29, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Intel’s Updated USB Type-C Designed To Replace Headphone Jacks

Intel this week unveiled plans to make an upgraded USB Type-C connector that would enable audio input and output, potentially replacing the long-standard 3.5 millimeter headphone jack used in today’s electronic devices. Intel, which revealed its plans during a lecture at its Intel Developers Forum (IDF) in Shenzhen, China, also believes USB Type-C would simplify connections of multi-channel audio equipment to various devices. Unlike the traditional 3.5mm analogue audio jack, a USB Type-C interface... 

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Samsung’s Gear 360 VR Camera Goes On Sale

April 29, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung’s Gear 360 VR Camera Goes On Sale

Samsung’s Gear 360 camera for creating virtual reality content went on sale online today, the company announced. The Gear 360 will initially be available only in South Korea and Singapore, a company representative said. A U.S. shipping date hasn’t been announced. In Korea, it will cost 399,000 won (US$347). The camera, a bit larger than a golf ball, is Samsung’s bid to get consumers involved in creating virtual-reality content instead of just consuming it. “We think 2016 is shaping up... 

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