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Is Twitter About To Go On The Auction Block?

September 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Twitter About To Go On The Auction Block?

Twitter Inc has initiated discussions with several technology companies to explore putting itself up for sale, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, signaling the start of what is likely to be a slow-rolling auction of the high-profile but profit-challenged social media company. A sale of Twitter has been the subject of on-again, off-again rumors for many months as the company grapples with stagnant user growth, soft advertising sales and losses running at hundreds of millions of dollars... 

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Is The IOT Really Taking Off?

September 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is The IOT Really Taking Off?

While every IT company in the entire universe appears to be hyping the internet of things (IoT) as the next big thing, there’s very little substance to the claims. That’s according to Malcolm Penn, chairman and CEO of semiconductor analyst firm Future Horizons. Speaking at a conference in London, Penn said: “The IoT is overhyped but some common sense is entering. The IoT is not one space. Everybody has their own spin on it.” He said that the next phase of the IoT is “mercifully not wearables”... 

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Notebook Sells Spike In August

September 26, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Notebook Sells Spike In August

Figures just in for August show that there has been a spike in the sales of notebooks. Beancounters at Digitimes research have added up some numbers and divided by their shoe size and come to the conclusion that the top-5 notebook vendors and top-3 notebook ODMs saw their shipments rise 27 percent  and 31 percent a month in August. While it could mean that the notebook recession is over, the beancounters think that the spike is due to inventory preparation for the year-end holidays in Europe and... 

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Does Space Dust Reveal Doomed Black Holes?

September 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Does Space Dust Reveal Doomed Black Holes?

A doomed star falling into a black hole may produce a flare of light that “echoes” through nearby dust clouds, according to two new studies.  Monster black holes can be millions of times more massive than the sun. If a star happens to wander too close, the black hole’s extreme gravitational forces can tear the star into shreds, in an event called “stellar tidal disruption.”  This kind of stellar destruction may also spit out a bright flare of energy in the form of... 

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Many Cisco Devices Remain Vulnerable To NSA Exploits

September 23, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Many Cisco Devices Remain Vulnerable To NSA Exploits

More than 840,000 Cisco networking devices globally are exposed to a vulnerability that’s similar to one exploited by a hacking group believed to be linked to the U.S. National Security Agency. The vulnerability was announced by Cisco last week and it affects the IOS, IOS XE and IOS XR software that powers many of its networking devices. The flaw allows hackers to remotely extract the contents of a device’s memory, which can lead to the exposure of sensitive information. The vulnerability... 

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Super Carmaker McClaren Denies Rumors Of Apple Takeover

September 23, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Super Carmaker McClaren Denies Rumors Of Apple Takeover

McLaren shot down a reports that Apple Inc had made an approach for the British Formula One team owner and supercar maker. “We can confirm that McLaren is not in discussion with Apple in respect of any potential investment,” a McLaren spokesman said. “As you would expect, the nature of our brand means we regularly have confidential conversations with a wide range of parties, but we keep them confidential.” The Financial Times newspaper, citing three sources it said had been... 

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Google Launches AI Chat App Allo

September 23, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Google Launches AI Chat App Allo

Google-parent Alphabet Inc rolled out Allo, a messaging app that integrates Google’s search feature and a chatbot that uses machine learning to “improve” itself over time. The new messaging service, which was unveiled in May, will compete with Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp and Messenger. The much-anticipated launch comes a month after Google rolled out Duo, its video calling app. Allo features a chatbot powered by Google Assistant, a virtual personal assistant like Apple Inc’s Siri. Users... 

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Apple Appears To Be Going With Polaris

September 23, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Apple Appears To Be Going With Polaris

Apple is going to be putting AMD’s Polaris under the bonnet of its much needed iMac refresh. According to Headlines & Global News in October the fruity tax-dodger is going to announce that its iMac is going to be refreshed after four years and will be finally dragged kicking and screaming into 2016. AMD will be supplying the Radeon 400 Series Polaris graphics processing units which apparently will be in a powerful enough flavour to run Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technology. LG will... 

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4K TV Sales Growing Fast

September 23, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
4K TV Sales Growing Fast

Despite having limited content, 4K Ultra HD televisions are expected to double sales to 15 million units in the US in 2016. Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association said that the next-generation TVs are now being adopted at a faster rate than predecessor high-definition TVs. Sales of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players are also selling at a fast rate. Shapiro said that 62 percent of consumers plan to buy a consumer electronics viewing device in the next year while a third will buy a smartphone,... 

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Astronomers Find Binary Alien Worlds

September 23, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Binary Alien Worlds

Astronomers may have found the first binary planets ever observed beyond our solar system. The two objects straddle the dividing line between gas giants and odd “failed stars” known as brown dwarfs in terms of mass, researchers said. The newfound bodies are also similar to each other in size and age. “They’re probably brother and sister,” Daniella Gagliuffi told Space.com. Gagliuffi, a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego, found the objects amid... 

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AT&T Announces Low-cost, High-speed Wireless Internet Service AirGig

September 22, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Announces Low-cost, High-speed Wireless Internet Service AirGig

AT&T unveiled a low-cost, high-speed wireless internet technology that relies on plastic antennas stationed along medium-voltage power lines. The signals will not travel through the conductive materials inside the power lines, as with more expensive technologies that were tried and mostly failed a decade ago, AT&T executives said on a conference call. Instead, the plastic antennas will be attached to the power lines and serve as a mesh network to distribute signals to homes and businesses.... 

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Apple Announces Goes All In On Renewable Energy

September 22, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Apple Announces Goes All In On Renewable Energy

Apple announced that it has committed to powering all of its data centers and corporate offices off of renewable energy, joining a group of other corporations committed to the same clean energy goal. Apple said it has joined RE100, a global initiative by influential businesses committed to using 100% renewable electricity. To date, RE100 has amassed membership from 77 corporations. Other RE100 members include Hewlett Packard Enterprise, VMware, Rackspace and Wells Fargo. Apple’s announcement... 

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New Orders For Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Resume In U.S.

September 22, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
New Orders For Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Resume In U.S.

U.S. mobile carrier Verizon Communications Inc has resumed taking orders for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, after having stopped sales of the device earlier due to fire-prone batteries. Samsung has recalled about 1 million Note 7 smartphones in the United States, offering to replace or refund the flagship phones. Their susceptibility to catching fire – with more than 100 cases reported across the globe – has damaged the image of the South Korean company. Globally,... 

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Intel Goes Bullish

September 22, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Intel Goes Bullish

It is starting to look like the PC market is picking up and Intel has raised its quarterly revenue forecast for the first time in more than two years. Shares in Intel as much as 4.1 percent to a more than 15-year high on the back of the news which indicates the PC depression might be finally coming to an end.. Sales in the company’s PC business declined three percent to $7.3 billion in the latest quarter. The unit includes sales of chips for mobile phones and tablets. But Intel said that the... 

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AMD’s Vega 10 Hits 24 TFlops

September 22, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
AMD’s Vega 10 Hits 24 TFlops

Vega 10 is coming next year and it seems that it will be faster than the P100 card. P100 (21.2 TFlops) is a supercomputer part and has much higher theoretical performance than GP102 (10.97 TFlops). According to the raw numbers, AMD Vega 10 with 24Tflops, Vega 10 will significantly outperform Geforce Titan X.  Thanks to our well informed and reliable friends, Fudzilla has learned that you can expect as much as 24 TFlops of half precision performance and 12 TFlops of single precision performance.... 

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