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Samsung Finally Launches Bixby Voice App For Galaxy S8

July 20, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Finally Launches Bixby Voice App For Galaxy S8

Samsung has finally officially launched voice capabilities for its Bixby smart sidekick in the US, about three months after the artificial intelligence technology first became available on its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus phones. The company had delayed the launch and missed its own promised “later this spring” deadline, at least in the US. Owners of its newest phones will be able to access Bixby Voice after downloading a software update, rolling out at 9 p.m. PT. South Korean... 

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Google’s Mobile App Gets New Look, Feel

July 20, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Google’s Mobile App Gets New Look, Feel

Google has announced a re-tooling of its search app on mobile phones to include a personalized feed of links about hobbies, travel, sports and other topics, a move that puts the search company into more direct competition with social networks such as Facebook. Google, the world’s largest search engine and a unit of Alphabet Inc, said the changes would begin rolling out in the United States on Wednesday and other countries in the coming weeks. The new offering is called “Google Feed,”... 

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NBC To Host Daily News Show On Snapchat

July 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
NBC To Host Daily News Show On Snapchat

Comcast Corp’s NBC News plans to offer a twice-per-day news show on Snapchat, the company said on Wednesday, part of its push to attract younger viewers who tend to watch TV on mobile devices. Comcast’s NBCUniversal invested $500 million in Snapchat owner Snap Inc  during its initial public offering as it seeks to boost its digital offering. Broadcast news outlets like NBC News face an aging audience. The median age of NBC Nightly News, for example, is 64 years old, according to the... 

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Will WhatsApp Face Competition From Amazon

July 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will WhatsApp Face Competition From Amazon

Just when you thought the messaging app market couldn’t get any more crowded, along come the rumors that Amazon wants a piece of the action. According to AFTV News, Amazon has begun surveying customers about the new messaging service to gauge which features are most important them. Called Anytime, the rumored app will apparently be a one-stop-shop focused on voice and video calls, alongside a photo sharing feature with @mentions, as well as some highly-original real-time filters for photos... 

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Pricing For AMD’s Ryzen 1300X Leaked

July 20, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Pricing For AMD’s Ryzen 1300X Leaked

According to a Reddit post, upcoming Ryzen 3 SKUs, the Ryzen 3 1300X and the Ryzen 3 1200, will be hitting the market at US $129 and US $109 (exc. VAT), respectively. While AMD has revealed a lot of details regarding its two upcoming quad-core Ryzen 3 SKUs yesterday, including the clocks and the launch date, we are still missing a couple of key details, including the TDP, amount of cache and the price. In case you missed it yesterday, both Ryzen 3 SKUs are quad-core parts without SMT (Simultaneous... 

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Is Virtual Reality To Expensive For The Masses

July 20, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Virtual Reality To Expensive For The Masses

The current generation of virtual reality is not dead, but it’s not exactly full of life, either. What once was a pulsating buzz has faded into the background of an industry, not because there are newer, shinier toys to play with, but simply because for all the newness and shine of VR, there has been little evidence that a significant audience exists for the experiences we can deliver at this time. Earlier this week, Oculus instituted a temporary $200 price cut of the Rift, dropping the headset... 

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Premium Nokia 8 Handset May Launch By End Of July

July 19, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Premium Nokia 8 Handset May Launch By End Of July

The premium Nokia 8 could get everything from dual cameras to Qualcomm’s fastest Snapdragon 835 chip (the same one that’s in the Samsung Galaxy S8), according to well-known mobile tipster Evan Blass, who also writes for VentureBeat. The phone may even be unveiled as early as July 31, Blass suggests. If true, this is just what the Nokia brand — once a top-two titan of mobile — needs. After Microsoft sold a company called HMD the rights to use the Nokia mobile name in 2016,... 

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Court Grants FBI Right To Continue Secret Surveillance Requests

July 19, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Court Grants FBI Right To Continue Secret Surveillance Requests

The FBI will be allowed to continue sending surveillance orders to tech companies and ban them from disclosing those requests, an appeals court ruled Monday. Internet company Cloudflare and wireless network operator CREDO Mobile sued the federal government to be allowed to disclose public national security letters they have received. They argued that the letters, which are administrative subpoenas issued by the government to gather information for national security purposes, are unconstitutional... 

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Samsung To Recycle Rare Metals From Old Galaxy Note 7s

July 19, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Recycle Rare Metals From Old Galaxy Note 7s

Electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd announced plans to recover 157 tons worth of rare metals from recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in a bid to minimize the environmental impact of the fire-prone devices. Samsung said in a statement it planned to reuse components such as camera modules, chips and displays as replacement parts on devices sent in for repairs or sell them. It would also recover metals such as cobalt, copper, gold and silver from components that would not be reused. The world’s... 

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Is Google Involved In Shady Research

July 19, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Google Involved In Shady Research

A watchdog group has accused Google of funding academic research to try to influence public opinion and policymakers. Campaign for Accountability (CfA), a Washington-based non-profit that recently launched the Google Transparency Project, said in a report that the company has thrown money at research papers in the US and Europe that appear to support its business interests, covering topics including antitrust, privacy, net neutrality, patents, and copyright. “Google uses its immense wealth... 

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Intel Launches ‘Purley’ Xeon To Compete With AMD’s Epyc Processors

July 19, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Intel Launches ‘Purley’ Xeon To Compete With AMD’s Epyc Processors

Intel has unveiled a new series of ‘Purley’ Xeon server processors based on its new Skylake-SP architecture.  The new Intel Xeon SP (‘Scalable Platform’) CPUs, which feature up to 28 processor cores per socket and six terabytes of system memory, were unveiled in New York on Tuesday, and the firm claims a 1.65 times performance boost, on average, compared to the prior generation Broadwell-based server CPUs.   The launch comes just weeks after AMD unveiled its Epyc line... 

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Is Intel Worried About AMD’s Epyc Processor

July 19, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is Intel Worried About AMD’s Epyc Processor

Intel is clearly feeling a little insecure about AMD’s new Epyc Server processor range based on the RyZen technology. Intel’s press office retreated to the company safe and pulled out its favorite pink handbag and emerged swinging. It did a direct comparison between the two, and in one slide, it mentioned that the Epyc processor was ‘inconsistent’, and called it ‘glued together’. Intel noted that it required a lot of optimisations to get it to work effectively, comparing... 

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Did Astronomers Find More Evidence That Planet 9 Exist

July 19, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did Astronomers Find More Evidence That Planet 9 Exist

A new salvo has been fired in the back-and-forth debate about the existence of Planet Nine. In 2014, astronomers Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo suggested that a giant unseen “perturber” may lurk in the far outer solar system. The duo based this hypothesis on peculiarities in the orbits of the dwarf planet Sedna, the newfound object 2012 VP113 and several other bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune (trans-Neptunian objects, or TNOs). The case grew in January 2016, when astronomers Konstantin... 

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Lloyd’s Of London Sounds The Alarm On Impacts Of Cyber Attacks

July 18, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Lloyd’s Of London Sounds The Alarm On Impacts Of Cyber Attacks

A major, global cyber attack could lead to an average of $53 billion of economic losses, a figure on par with a catastrophic natural disaster such as U.S. Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Lloyd’s of London said in a report on Monday. The report, co-written with risk-modeling firm Cyence, examined potential economic losses from the hypothetical hacking of a cloud service provider and cyber attacks on computer operating systems run by businesses worldwide. Insurers are struggling to estimate their... 

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AT&T Offers ZTE’s Blade Spark Smartphone For Only $99

July 18, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Offers ZTE’s Blade Spark Smartphone For Only $99

These days, low-cost and durable smartphones that will stretch your dollar aren’t too hard to find. Case in point is the newest offering from AT&T and ZTE: the Blade Spark. Available as a prepaid phone, the Blade Spark features a fingerprint reader, a 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor and Android Nougat 7.1.1. Given that it only costs $99, too, the phone is a good deal for anyone looking for a budget phone. The Blade Spark (which has a design that reminds me a lot of 2014’s Motorola Moto... 

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