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Apple’s Mac Slump Continues, Sales Tumble 12%

April 29, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Apple’s Mac Slump Continues, Sales Tumble 12%

Apple revealed that it sold 4 million Macs in the March quarter, a 12% decline from the same period the year before, and a larger contraction than for the personal computer business as a whole. The year-over-year downturn in Mac sales was the second straight down quarter, and excepting a brutal 22% drop at the end of 2012, the largest since Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007. Analysts at IDC and Gartner earlier this month pegged the continued contraction of the PC industry at 11.5% and 9.6%, respectively.... 

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Intel’s Updated USB Type-C Designed To Replace Headphone Jacks

April 29, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Intel’s Updated USB Type-C Designed To Replace Headphone Jacks

Intel this week unveiled plans to make an upgraded USB Type-C connector that would enable audio input and output, potentially replacing the long-standard 3.5 millimeter headphone jack used in today’s electronic devices. Intel, which revealed its plans during a lecture at its Intel Developers Forum (IDF) in Shenzhen, China, also believes USB Type-C would simplify connections of multi-channel audio equipment to various devices. Unlike the traditional 3.5mm analogue audio jack, a USB Type-C interface... 

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Samsung’s Gear 360 VR Camera Goes On Sale

April 29, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung’s Gear 360 VR Camera Goes On Sale

Samsung’s Gear 360 camera for creating virtual reality content went on sale online today, the company announced. The Gear 360 will initially be available only in South Korea and Singapore, a company representative said. A U.S. shipping date hasn’t been announced. In Korea, it will cost 399,000 won (US$347). The camera, a bit larger than a golf ball, is Samsung’s bid to get consumers involved in creating virtual-reality content instead of just consuming it. “We think 2016 is shaping up... 

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Can USB-C Replace The 3.5mm Headphone Jack?

April 29, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can USB-C Replace The 3.5mm Headphone Jack?

Intel has called for the standard 3.5mm headphone jack to be dropped in favor of connections like USB-C. Intel does not think there is much wrong with the 3.5mm audio jack, but apparently there are more advantages to a digital connection. USB-C would allow would mean higher quality and “cleaner” audio, apparently. USB-C could also allow for headphones to track health data like your body temperature and tell the doctors if your ears are bleeding. At present, Intel is finalizing the USB Type-C... 

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Is Nintendo Making A Mistaking With The NX?

April 29, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Nintendo Making A Mistaking With The NX?

Nintendo has confirmed that its next-gen console, the Nintendo NX, will launch in March 2017. Causing many to screw up their Christmas lists, the company told shareholders during its earnings call on Tuesday: “For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed ‘NX’ with a brand-new concept. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally.” Probably also causing some to cancel a trip to Los Angeles, Nintendo said that the... 

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Astronomers Find Dwarf Planet With Moon

April 29, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Dwarf Planet With Moon

The dwarf planet Makemake has some company out in the cold, dark depths of the outer solar system. Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a moon orbiting Makemake, which is the second-brightest object in the distant Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. (Pluto is the brightest of these bodies.) The newfound satellite — the first ever spotted around Makemake — is 1,300 times fainter than the dwarf planet and is thought to be about 100 miles (160 kilometers) in diameter, researchers... 

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Twitter Troubles Continue, Misses Revenue Estimates

April 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Twitter Troubles Continue, Misses Revenue Estimates

Twitter Inc  disappointed investors once again with first-quarter results that revealed stagnant revenue growth as the microblogging service struggles to grab new users amid efforts to improve its complicated interface with several new features. Twitter’s user base grew modestly to 310 million monthly active users in the quarter ended March 31 from 305 million in the fourth quarter, above analysts’ expectations. But investors were let down by the revenue miss since outlining a turnaround... 

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Mac Finally Gets Skype For Business App

April 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net

Microsoft’s new business communication product is finally making its way to the Mac. The company announced the first technical preview of Skype for Business for Mac on Tuesday, giving users of Apple computers an easy way to connect to meetings they have scheduled through Microsoft’s professional audio and videoconferencing software. When users sign into the app, they’ll see their Skype for Business meetings for the current day and the following one, and will be able to easily join... 

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Apple Optimistic About iPhone SE Sales

April 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Optimistic About iPhone SE Sales

After experiencing its first-ever drop in iPhone sales, Apple Inc sought to reassure investors by saying its latest and cheapest model was in strong demand after being launched in late March. Some retailers and suppliers in Asia aren’t so sure. In a Reuters survey of 10 retailers in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, seven – including four Apple Stores – reported solid early demand, but three third-party retailers said sales were weak. Two suppliers of components for Apple... 

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Does Acer Support Virtual Reality?

April 28, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does Acer Support Virtual Reality?

Acer’s boss Jason Chen says his company will not make its own VR devices and will focus on getting its gaming products to work with the existing VR platforms. Eyebrows were raised when Acer released its new Predator series products which support  virtual reality devices. The thought was that Acer might have a device of its own in the works. However Acer CEO Jason Chen said there were no plans and the goal was to get everythink working with the four current major VR platforms Oculus, HTC’s... 

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Can Astronomers Finally Explain The “WOW! Singal?

April 28, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Astronomers Finally Explain The “WOW! Singal?

The story behind the famous “Wow!” signal has an eerie quality that has inspired countless science fiction alien encounters and is often lauded as one of the strongest pieces of evidence that we are, in fact, not alone in the universe. However, its “alien intelligence” authenticity has been questioned since that fabled night on Aug. 15, 1977 at 10:16 p.m. ET when astronomer Jerry Ehman used the Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope to sweep the skies for signals... 

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Will NASA Go OpenStack At JPL?

April 28, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will NASA Go OpenStack At JPL?

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has built a new private cloud based on Red Hat’s build of the OpenStack framework to fulfill the growing computing requirements of its space missions, such as the Mars rovers. The move was announced to coincide with the OpenStack Summit, and means that NASA’s JPL has access to enterprise-scale computing resources that will enable researchers to tap into their own private cloud and maximise the organisation’s server and storage capacity... 

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Microsoft Kicks Off Two-for-one Lumia Phone Sale

April 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft Kicks Off Two-for-one Lumia Phone Sale

Microsoft announced the launch of a two-for-one deal for its Windows-based smartphones, tossing in a free Lumia 950 when customers buy a $649 unlocked top-tier Lumia 950 XL. The give-away will run until May 1, or while supplies last, Microsoft said on its e-store. Last week, Microsoft told Wall Street that sales of its Lumia devices — virtually the only smartphones powered by Windows 10 Mobile — plummeted 73% in the March quarter compared to the year before, falling from 8.8 million... 

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Google Teams With Ford, Uber On Self-driving Car Coalition

April 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Teams With Ford, Uber On Self-driving Car Coalition

Alphabet Inc’s Google unit, Ford Motor Co, Volvo Cars and two ride-sharing companies announced on Tuesday that they are forming a coalition to urge federal action on self-driving cars. The coalition, which also includes Uber Technologies Inc  and Lyft, is “to work with lawmakers, regulators, and the public to realize the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles.” The group said David Strickland, the former top official of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,... 

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T-Mobile Revenue Up, Continues Attracting New Customers

April 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Revenue Up, Continues Attracting New Customers

T-Mobile US Inc reported a better-than-expected 10.6 percent rise in quarterly revenue and raised its forecast for customer additions in 2016 as popular discounts aided the No.3 U.S. wireless carrier by subscribers attract more business. T-Mobile has been offering cheaper leasing plans and free music and video streaming to lure customers away from larger rivals Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc. T-Mobile, controlled by Deutsche Telekom, said it added 2.2 million customers on a net basis... 

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