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Adobe’s Flash Days Are Numbered In Firefox Browser

July 26, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Adobe’s Flash Days Are Numbered In Firefox Browser

Mozilla has announced that  it will follow other browser markers by limiting the use of Flash in Firefox next month. The open-source developer added that in 2017 it will dramatically expand the anti-Flash restrictions: Firefox will require users to explicitly approve the use of Flash for any reason by any website. As have its rivals, Mozilla cast the limitations (this year) and elimination (next year) as victories for Firefox users, citing improved security, longer battery life on laptops and faster... 

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Huawei Posts 40% Increase In Sales Revenue

July 26, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Huawei Posts 40% Increase In Sales Revenue

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, one of the world’s largest telecoms equipment makers, on Monday posted a 40 percent increase in first-half sales revenue and announced it would “maintain current momentum” this year. Sales revenue reached 245.5 billion yuan ($36.8 billion) in the first six months of 2016, the company said in a statement. Operating margin fell to 12 percent from 18 percent in the previous half-year, it said. The Shenzhen-based private company, which competes with Sweden’s... 

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Microsoft’s Office 365 Subscription Slows Signficantly

July 26, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft’s Office 365 Subscription Slows Signficantly

Microsoft said that consumer subscriptions to Office 365 topped 23 million, signaling that the segment’s once quite large year-over-year growth had slowed significantly. The Redmond, Wash. company regularly talks up the latest subscription numbers for the consumer-grade Office 365 plans — the $100 a year Home and the $70 Personal — and did so again this week during an earnings call with Wall Street analysts. “We also see momentum amongst consumers, with now more than 23 million... 

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Are Movie Theaters Moving To Virtual Reality?

July 26, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Are Movie Theaters Moving To Virtual Reality?

Samsung’s Gear VR headset has been installed in a what is believed to be the first Virtual Reality popup cinema. The VIVID VR Cinema has been constructed in Toronto, Canada, where a total of three different films were being shown — The Visitor, where a young couple prepares for the woman’s greatest fear to arrive; Imago, a title about a former dancer in a coma who’s aware of her surroundings; and Sonar, a movie about a drone that discovers a signal on an asteroid. The cinema is small –... 

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Tech Firms Form OTrP To Support IoT Security

July 26, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Tech Firms Form OTrP To Support IoT Security

A bunch of tech firms including ARM and Symantec have joined forces to create a security protocol designed to protect Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The group, which also includes Intercede and Solacia, has created The Open Trust Protocol (OTrP) that is now available for download for prototyping and testing from the IETF website. The OTrP is designed to bring system-level root trust to devices, using secure architecture and trusted code management, akin to how apps on smartphones and tablets that... 

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Dark Matter Continues To Elude Researchers

July 26, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Dark Matter Continues To Elude Researchers

The incredibly sensitive LUX dark-matter detector, buried under a mile of rock, has come up empty on its 20-month search for dark matter — further narrowing down the possible characteristics of the strange substance. Researchers presented the results today (July 21) at the 11th Identification of Dark Matter Conference (IDM2016) in Sheffield, U.K., which gathers together researchers seeking to understand dark matter, the mysterious material that appears to make up more than four-fifths of the universe’s... 

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More Than Half The World Remains Off The Internet

July 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
More Than Half The World Remains Off The Internet

About 3.9 billion people, or 53 percent of the population still remains offline at the end of this year, according to the International Telecommunication Union estimates. Even in Europe, the most connected region, 20.9 percent of all people aren’t online. In Africa, the least connected continent, 74.9 percent are offline. Those figures are part of the annual statistical report from the agency, which is part of the United Nations. The report also showed there’s still a huge divide between rich... 

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Facebook Solar-powered Drone Takes Flight

July 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Solar-powered Drone Takes Flight

Facebook Inc announced that it has completed a successful test flight of a solar-powered drone that it hopes will help it extend internet connectivity to every corner of the planet. Aquila, Facebook’s lightweight, high-altitude aircraft, flew at a few thousand feet for 96 minutes in Yuma, Arizona, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post on his Facebook page. The company ultimately hopes to have a fleet of Aquilas that can fly for at least three months at a time at 60,000 feet (18,290... 

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FCC Presses Phone Companies To Provide ‘Robocall’ Blocking Technology

July 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
FCC Presses Phone Companies To Provide ‘Robocall’ Blocking Technology

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission urged major U.S. phone companies to take immediate steps to make technology that blocks unwanted automated calls available to consumers at no charge. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, in letters to CEOs of major phone companies, said so-called robocalls, automated pre-recorded telephone calls often from telemarketers or scam artists, continue “due in large part to industry inaction.” Wheeler’s letters went to chief executives of companies... 

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Is nVidia’s Geforce GTX 1060 Living Up To The Hype?

July 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is nVidia’s Geforce GTX 1060 Living Up To The Hype?

As announced earlier, Nvidia has officially lifted the NDA off its Geforce GTX 1060 allowing sites to publish reviews which also means that retailers/e-tailers now have the green light to start selling the new graphics card. Based on 16nm GP106 GPU, the new Geforce GTX 1060 is the third Nvidia Geforce graphics card based on the new Pascal GPU architecture. The GP106 GPU packs 1280 CUDA cores, 80 TMUs and 48 ROPs and it will be coming with 6GB of GDDR5 memory with a 192-bit memory interface. The new... 

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Will Nokia Succeed With Android Smartphones?

July 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Will Nokia Succeed With Android Smartphones?

Nokia is reportedly getting ready to make a smartphone comeback with two high-end Android 7.0 Nougat devices. We already know that Nokia is plotting a return to the mobile market. The company revealed in May that it has signed an exclusive agreement with HMD Global, a new company also based in Finland, to create Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets for the next 10 years. Nokia’s comeback might happen in just a few months’ time, as NokiaPowerUser has heard that the firm is plotting... 

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Is ‘Air Conditioning’ The Solution To Survial On An Alien Planet?

July 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is ‘Air Conditioning’ The Solution To Survial On An Alien Planet?

Liquid water is required for life as we know it to evolve. So, in our ongoing quest to find “Earth 2.0,” the discovery of a rocky world possessing bodies of liquid water would be the Holy Grail for astronomers and astrobiologists alike. As we look for these worlds, we seek out exoplanets that orbit their stars within the “habitable zone” — the perfect distance where it’s not too hot or too cold for liquid water to exist. Where should we look for these special exoplanets?... 

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Google Launches New Cloud Natural Language API

July 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Launches New Cloud Natural Language API

Google’s intelligent cloud developer tools added new features with the launch of a new Cloud Natural Language API. The service is aimed at helping developers create applications that understand human language. It’s an important move for Google, as public cloud providers race to host new applications built with intelligent capabilities. Natural language processing allows developers to build apps that can tackle the challenging task of understanding how humans communicate. It is also... 

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Online Video Streaming Biting Into Dish Network Customer Base

July 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Online Video Streaming Biting Into Dish Network Customer Base

U.S. satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp reported an unexpected loss in pay-TV subscribers as more consumers increasingly opt for online video-streaming services. Dish said it lost 281,000 net pay-TV subscribers in the second quarter ended June 30, missing the average analyst estimate of a loss of 91,000 subscribers, according to market research firm FactSet StreetEstimate. However, average revenue per user rose to $89.98 from $87.91, helped by price increases for its video service. Dish raised... 

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Elon Musk Unveils ‘Master Plan’ For Future Tesla Motors Projects

July 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Elon Musk Unveils ‘Master Plan’ For Future Tesla Motors Projects

Tesla Motors Inc  Chief Executive Elon Musk has shared his ambitious plans to expand the company into electric trucks and buses, car sharing and solar energy systems. In a blog post titled “Master Plan, Part Deux,” Musk sketched a vision of an integrated carbon-free energy enterprise offering a wider range of vehicles, and products and services beyond electric cars and batteries. The newest elements of the strategy included plans to develop car and ride sharing programs as well as commercial... 

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