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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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Qualcomm Goes Ultrasonic

March 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Goes Ultrasonic

Qualcomm has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first ‘ultrasonic’ fingerprint scanner, in a bid to improve mobile security and further boost Android’s chances in the enterprise space. The Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint technology debuted during the chipmaker’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) press conference on Monday. The firm claimed that the new feature will outperform the fingerprint scanners found on smartphones such as the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6. Qualcomm... 

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Astronomers Theorizes How Vulcan Planets Formed

March 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Theorizes How Vulcan Planets Formed

The mystery of how blisteringly hot “Vulcan planets” form may now be one step closer to being solved, researchers say. In the past two decades or so, researchers have confirmed the existence of more than 1,800 exoplanets orbiting distant stars. These discoveries have revealed very different kinds of planets from those seen in the solar system, such as super-Earths, which are rocky worlds up to 10 times the mass of Earth. Unexpectedly, astronomers recently found a strange new class of... 

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BlackBerry Announces Plans For Cloud Based Device Management

March 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Announces Plans For Cloud Based Device Management

BlackBerry Ltd announced on Monday it has to plans to roll out a cloud-based version of its device management platform BES12, a move that will make the service more accessible to small- and medium-sized businesses that need to secure devices on their own networks. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry has built a reputation around its device management and security capabilities, catering mainly to the needs of large government agencies and corporations. With data security needs becoming more critical,... 

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Uber Reveals Data Breach Exposed Data On 50,000 Drivers

March 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Uber Reveals Data Breach Exposed Data On 50,000 Drivers

The names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 Uber drivers were exposed in a security breach last year, the company revealed on Friday. Uber found out about a possible breach of its systems in September, and a subsequent investigation revealed an unauthorized third party had accessed one of its databases four months earlier, the company said. The files accessed held the names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 current and former drivers, which Uber described as a “small percentage”... 

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Apple Watch To Replace Car Keys, Says Cook

March 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Watch To Replace Car Keys, Says Cook

Apple Watch will take the place of car keys and its battery will last the whole day, so says Apple Inc’s Chief Executive Tim Cook in an interview with the Telegraph. The watch is designed to replace car keys and the clumsy, large fobs that are now used in many vehicles, Cook told the newspaper. Its battery will last the whole day, and will not take as long to charge as an iPhone, the report quoted Cook as saying. Apple Watch will also work as a credit card through Apple Pay, Cook told the paper,... 

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Lenovo To Offer Free McAfee Over Superfish Security Concerns

March 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Lenovo To Offer Free McAfee Over Superfish Security Concerns

China’s Lenovo Group Ltd announced that it will offer free subscriptions to Intel Corp’s security software to customers who purchased laptops that were shipped with a program known as “Superfish,” which made PCs vulnerable to cyberattacks. Lenovo, the world’s biggest personal computer maker, last week advised customers to uninstall the Superfish program. Security experts and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommended the program be removed because it made... 

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