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Smartphones Sales Posts 4% Gain In Second Quarter

August 23, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Smartphones Sales Posts 4% Gain In Second Quarter

Global smartphone sales enjoyed a 4.3% bump in the second quarter compared to a year ago, but iPhone sales declined for the third straight quarter, market research firm Gartner announced. Gartner’s figures for second-quarter smartphone growth were more optimistic than numbers reported by Strategy Analytics and Canalys recently. Both had reported modest growth of no more than 3% in smartphone shipments. IDC last month reported second-quarter shipments were flat, growing just 0.3%. Gartner’s... 

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Get Ready To Pay Taxes For Using Ride-Hailing Apps In Massachusetts

August 23, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Get Ready To Pay Taxes For Using Ride-Hailing Apps In Massachusetts

Massachusetts will begin levying a 5-cent fee per trip on ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft and spend the money on the traditional taxi industry, a subsidy that appears to be the first of its kind in the United States. Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed the nickel fee into law this month as part of a sweeping package of regulations for the industry. Ride services are not enthusiastic about the fee. “I don’t think we should be in the business of subsidizing potential competitors,”... 

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Samsung To Launch Refurbished Smartphone Program

August 23, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Launch Refurbished Smartphone Program

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is gearing up to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The South Korean technology firm is looking for ways to sustain earnings momentum after reviving its mobile profits by restructuring its product line-up. As growth in the global smartphone market hits a plateau, Samsung wants to maximize its cost efficiency and keep operating margins above 10 percent. The... 

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Intel’s Kaby Lake Line-Up Revealed

August 23, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Intel’s Kaby Lake Line-Up Revealed

Chinese tech website Coolaler posted an extensive list of Intel’s upcoming Kaby Lake desktop processors based on Socket LGA 1151 yesterday. There are 10 processors in the list, all quad-core parts with TDPs ranging from 35W up to 95W – and only two unlocked models. The lineup is broken up into three segments – “K” series for unlocked parts, “S” series which means “standard” parts without suffixes, and “T” series which means low-power variants. Core i7 7700K, Core i7 7700 and... 

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Are Black Holes Really Black?

August 23, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Are Black Holes Really Black?

Black Hole Are black holes truly black? A new laboratory experiment points toward “no.” Using a simulated black hole made from soundwaves, scientists have observed a phenomenon known as Hawking radiation: a faint energy emission that, in theory, is created right at the edge of a black hole’s event horizon, or the point beyond which even light cannot escape.  If Hawking radiation comes from astrophysical black holes (not just those created in a lab), it would mean these objects... 

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HipChat Adds Videocalling Feature

August 22, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
HipChat Adds Videocalling Feature

It just became easier for HipChat customers to see one another whenever they want it. The company launched new group video calling and screen sharing functionality that lets up to 10 other people share a virtual face-to-face meeting. Users can spin up a call in a HipChat channel, or bring additional people into a one-on-one video call. That way, people who work in far-flung teams can get onto the same page face-to-face, using the same software that they count on for text chat during the day. HipChat’s... 

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Hyundai, Google Discussing Self-driving Car Deal

August 22, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Hyundai, Google Discussing Self-driving Car Deal

Hyundai President Jeong Jin Haeng said that his company is holding discussions with Alphabet’s Google unit about helping it develop a self-driving car. The world’s fifth largest automaker hopes to enter into a symbiotic relationship, where it will bring its manufacturing prowess to Google and the Silicon Valley giant will help the automaker’s autonomous technology development. “Hyundai is lagging behind the competition to develop autonomous vehicles,” Ko Tae Bong,... 

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Major Technology Giants Join Forces To Crackdown on ‘Robocalls’

August 22, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Major Technology Giants Join Forces To Crackdown on ‘Robocalls’

Major technology and communication companies announced they are joining the U.S. government to crack down on “robocalls,” automated, prerecorded phone calls that regulators have labeled a “scourge.” AT&T Inc, Google parent Alphabet Inc, Apple Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and Comcast Corp are among members of the “Robocall Strike Force” that held its first meeting with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. The strike force will report to the FCC by... 

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Are Power Outlets A Security Risk?

August 22, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net

It if we did not have enough to worry about, it seems that, thanks to the internet of things, we have to be concerned about the security of our powerpoints. Security researchers from Bitdefender have found an IoT smart electrical socket which leaks your Wi-Fi password, your email credentials and is so poorly coded that attackers can use it to hijack the device and use it for DDoS attacks. In the good old days all the power point could do was turn electrical equipment on and off. Bitdefender didn’t... 

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Are People Too Busy To Deal With Security

August 22, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Are People Too Busy To Deal With Security

Security Notices Only ten percent of people respond to and deal with desktop security alerts immediately, suggesting that the rest of the population simply ignores them or just lets it happen automatically. You know the sort of warning. It might be Chrome telling you that something is untrusted, something like that. They are very easy to become blind to, like cookie warnings for example, and the study, which comes from Brigham Young University (BYU) and Google engineers, said that most people just... 

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AMD Goes Turbo

August 22, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
AMD Goes Turbo

AMD has put TrueAudio Next onto Github as part of its LiquidVR SDK. AMD is trying to tackle the same audio problems as targeted by Nvidia’s VRWorks Audio. The aim according to the brief is to: “Create a scalable AMD technology that enables full real-time dynamic physics-based audio acoustics rendering, leveraging the powerful resources of AMD GPU Compute.” In other words, it will give immersive audio alongside VR headsets and allow audio to catch up a bit with graphics. Writing in the... 

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Toshiba Finally Back In The Black

August 19, 2016 by   | Category: Technology
Toshiba Finally Back In The Black

Last Friday, Toshiba Corporation said that an extensive company restructuring effort over the past year has allowed it to produce a profit of $197 million (¥20.1 billion) for the first time in six consecutive quarters. This is a noticeable turnaround from a $64.2 million (¥6.5 billion) loss a year earlier, yet still comes in below a $330.8 million profit based on five analyst estimates. Now, the present Toshiba has emerged as a company focused on semiconductors, nuclear energy and social infrastructure.... 

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Did Meteorites Destroys Life On Mars?

August 18, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did Meteorites Destroys Life On Mars?

The sites of meteorite impacts on Mars are often considered to be good places to look for life. After all, it’s most likely that if any trace of life (past or present) ever took hold on the Red Planet, it would most likely be preserved under the bedrock of Mars’ harsh surface. Should there be a recent impact, could we search the debris to seek-out this recently excavated pristine rock for life? Alas, in new research, this kind of impact crater search could be a fool’s errand; the... 

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Apple Finally Jumps On The AR Bandwagon

August 17, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Apple Finally Jumps On The AR Bandwagon

Apple is trying to convince the world it is “coming up with something new” by talking a lot about Artificial Reality. It is a fairly logical development, the company has operated a reality distortion field to create an alternative universe where its products are new and revolutionary and light years ahead of everyone else’s. It will be curious to see how Apple integrates its reality with the real world, given that it is having a problem with that. Apple CEO Tim Cook has been doing his best... 

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nVidia Dumps The Shield Tablet

August 17, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
nVidia Dumps The Shield Tablet

According to leaked FCC documentation, it appears that Nvidia has decided to cancel its new Shield Tablet, that was earlier spotted in the in the FCC filing. According to a leaked document from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) database, dated August 1st and spotted by Androidpolice.com, Nvidia has decided to cancel the tablet “for business reasons”. The earlier rumored Shield Tablet refresh, which was spotted at FCC, packed some impressive specifications, including an 8-inch... 

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