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Internet.org Aims To Provide Free Services To 100 Countries By Next Year

March 5, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Internet.org Aims To Provide Free Services To 100 Countries By Next Year

Internet.org, which is already offering free Internet service in six countries, has a rather aggressive goal to connect to 100 countries in the next year. “We like big, ambitious goals at Facebook,” said Chris Daniels, head of Internet.org in a discussion with several reporters at Mobile World Congress (MWC). Facebook and several partners founded Internet.org two years ago; it is already serving 7 million customers in Colombia, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, India and Zambia. Many of those... 

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nVidia Finally Fixes Linux Bug

March 5, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
nVidia Finally Fixes Linux Bug

Nvidia has fixed an ancient problem in Ubuntu systems which turned the screen into 40 shades of black. The problem has been around for years and is common for anyone using Nvidia gear on Ubuntu systems. When opening the window of a new application, the screen would go black or become transparent. As it turns out, this is actually an old problem and there are bug reports dating back from Ubuntu 12.10 times. However to be fair it was not Nvidia’s fault. The problem was caused by Compiz, which... 

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Mozilla Announces 64-bit Firefox Preview For Windows OS

March 5, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Mozilla Announces 64-bit Firefox Preview For Windows OS

Mozilla announced its first developer preview of a 64-bit Windows version of Firefox. The launch put the 64-bit edition on track to appear as a polished, ready for the public browser by mid-May. “Today we’re happy to announce … 64-bit builds for Firefox Developer Edition are now available on Windows, adding to the already supported platforms of OS X and Linux,” wrote Dave Camp, director of developer tools, and Jason Weathersby, a technical evangelist, in a post to a company... 

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Is AMD’s Mantle Future Dependent Upon DirectX 12?

March 5, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is AMD’s Mantle Future Dependent Upon DirectX 12?

It looks like the Mantle API developed by AMD is slowly reaching its end of its useful life. Mantle has apparently served its purpose as a bridge between DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 and AMD is starting to tell new developers to focus their attention on DirectX and GLnext. Raja Koduri, the Vice President of Visual and Perceptual Computing at AMD said in a blog post: The Mantle SDK also remains available to partners who register in this co-development and evaluation program. However, if you are a developer... 

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Apple Tops Samsung In Global Phone Sales

March 5, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Tops Samsung In Global Phone Sales

Apple Inc sold the most number of smartphones globally in the fourth quarter, beating out Samsung Electronics Co Ltd  for the first time since 2011, according to research firm Gartner. Apple sold 74.83 million smartphones to end users worldwide, ahead of the 73.03 million phones sold by Samsung, according to Gartner’s report. The success of big-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus drove Apple’s sales in its first quarter ended Dec. 27. The company reported a profit of $18 billion for the period,... 

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Can Rotisserie Like Alien Planets Harbor Alien Life?

March 5, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Rotisserie Like Alien Planets Harbor Alien Life?

Planets spinning on their sides were long thought to have climates too extreme for life as we know it on Earth, but now, scientists have found that some of these “rotisserie” worlds might be more hospitable. If these alien planets, which rotate sideways like a pig on a spit, are covered in oceans, they could actually have a mild, springlike climate all year, scientists say, potentially expanding the number of potentially habitable planets where life may be found. In the past two decades... 

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PayPal To Acquire Mobile Wallet Firm Paydiant

March 4, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
PayPal To Acquire Mobile Wallet Firm Paydiant

PayPal is acquiring startup Paydiant to beef up its mobile wallet offerings as competition in the space grows. PayPal didn’t disclose how much it is paying for the Wellesley, Massachusetts, company, which has a platform that companies can use to build their own branded mobile payment and loyalty apps. Several well-known companies use Paydiant’s technology, including Subway and Capital One. It has also been adopted by the Merchant Customer Exchange, a group of major retailers including... 

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BlackBerry Unveils Leap Smartphone

March 4, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Unveils Leap Smartphone

BlackBerry debuted a new mid-market smartphone named the BlackBerry Leap that is set to replace the Z3 device launched a year ago, in a move to woo buyers in certain emerging markets where BlackBerry still has a fairly large client base. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said the phone, unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, would initially hit stores in U.S and European markets around April and be priced around $275. The company also said it planned to roll out two more models... 

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New PowerVR GPU Goes After IoT Devices

March 4, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
New PowerVR GPU Goes After IoT Devices

Imagination has revealed a new four-core PowerVR GPU designed to bring high-quality graphics to smaller, cheaper devices such as budget smartphones, wearables and “space-constrained” Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The PowerVR G6020 GPU is aimed at developers looking to create devices requiring low-power displays, including smartwatches, appliances, connected radios and dashboard screens in vehicles. “This is a tiny GPU for 720p displays on small entry-level phones and tablets,”... 

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Is Microsoft Trying To Replace Your Doctor?

March 4, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Microsoft Trying To Replace Your Doctor?

Software giant Microsoft might be able to resolve a staff shortage in doctors and nurses with AI. Silicon Valley-based Sense.ly is working to bring a human face to telemedicine using Redmond’s Kinect-powered ‘nurse avatar.’ This can provide patient monitoring and follow-up care. Apparently it talks with patients in an incredibly lifelike manner. It’s probably because they have access to a patient’s records and asks appropriate questions related directly to the patient’s past history... 

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Huawei Hints At Big Plans To Sell Phones, Wearables In U.S.

March 4, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Huawei Hints At Big Plans To Sell Phones, Wearables In U.S.

Two years after U.S. lawmakers declared it a national security threat, China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is planning a campaign to win over U.S. consumers, rolling out new mobile phones and wearable devices backed by a marketing effort. China’s second-largest smartphone maker, already with more than $40 billion in annual revenue from a wide range of telecom gear and products, is preparing to introduce Americans to several of its smartphones and wearable devices this year, including its... 

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Astronomers Find Black Hole Missing Link

March 4, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Black Hole Missing Link

A newfound cosmic object may be a long-sought missing link that could help flesh out the black hole family tree. The object appears to be an intermediate-mass black hole (IMBH), astronomers say. Called NGC-2276-3c, it lies in an arm of the spiral galaxy NGC-2276, about 100 million light-years from Earth. IMBHs are thought to contain the mass of a few hundred to a few hundred thousand suns. The black holes are therefore intermediate in size between stellar-mass black holes and the behemoths that lurk... 

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Lenovo Announces 64-Bit Android Tablet For $129

March 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Lenovo Announces 64-Bit Android Tablet For $129

Tablets running 64-bit Android haven’t been on the market forr long but prices are already projected to drop quickly. Lenovo’s 8-inch Tab 2 A8 will ship in June starting at $129, with a 64-bit version of Android 5.0 and a 64-bit quad-core processor from MediaTek. It was one of three tablets Lenovo announced ahead of the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. Sixty-four-bit tablets have a few advantages. They can support more memory and therefore make light work of multimedia-intensive... 

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Will Free-To-Play Hurt The Gaming Industry?

March 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Free-To-Play Hurt The Gaming Industry?

Free to play has an image problem. It’s the most influential and arguably important development in the business of games in decades, a stratospherically successful innovation which has enabled the opening up of games to a wider audience than ever before. Implemented well, with clear understanding of its principles and proper respect afforded to players and creativity alike, it’s more fair and even, in a sense, democratic than old-fashioned models of up-front payment; in theory, players... 

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AT&T To Link Smart Homes With Connected Cars

March 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
AT&T To Link Smart Homes With Connected Cars

AT&T Inc  will link its connected car and smart home technologies to expand its reach in the fast-growing market for Internet-connected devices, a new battleground for the telecom giant and its rivals. The wireless company’s home security and automation service “Digital Life” and connected car service “Drive” will be integrated so users can control their homes from a dashboard in their vehicles, Glenn Lurie, chief executive of AT&T Mobility told Reuters last... 

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