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Nokia Slashes Another 1,000 Jobs

May 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Slashes Another 1,000 Jobs

Nokia is eliminating 1,032 jobs in Finland as part of a cost-cutting plan following its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, the telecom network equipment maker said in a statement last Friday. Finland’s biggest company has cut thousands of jobs in its home country over the past decade as its once-dominant phone business was eclipsed by the rise of smartphone rivals. Nokia started the latest cost cutting program in April and is targeting 900 million euros ($1 billion) of operating cost synergies... 

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Google’s Tensor Processing Unit Improves Machine Learning

May 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Google’s Tensor Processing Unit Improves Machine Learning

Google has taken a giant step forward with the speed of its machine learning systems by developing its own custom chip that it’s been using for over a year. The company was rumored to have been designing its own chip, based partly on job ads it posted in recent years. But until today it had kept the effort largely under wraps. It calls the chip a Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU, named after the TensorFlow software it uses for its machine learning programs. In a blog post, Google engineer Norm... 

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UPS And SAP To Offer On-demand 3D Printing Service

May 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
UPS And SAP To Offer On-demand 3D Printing Service

UPS and SAP announced plans to offer a distributed, on-demand manufacturing network based on 3D printing that will be available through The UPS Store in more than 60 locations around the U.S. 3D printed goods will also be available through UPS’ Fast Radius on-demand production platform and its 3D printing factory in Louisville, KY. “The integration into one additive manufacturing and logistics solution this summer will make 3D printing accessible to more potential users, enabling them... 

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Are Developers Responsible A Games Success?

May 23, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Developers Responsible A Games Success?

Orcs Must Die! Studio Robot Entertainment is a rare breed nowadays – in an age where you’re either indie or AAA, the Plano, Texas-based company (one of several Texas developers that rose from the ashes of Age of Empires studio Ensemble) has managed to succeed as a mid-sized outfit. When Robot was formed in 2009, the company operated on a small scale, but things really changed when it landed a major investment from Chinese media giant Tencent in 2014. That enabled Robot to scale up and... 

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ARM Acquires Vision

May 23, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
ARM Acquires Vision

British chip maker ARM has acquired Apical which is an imaging and embedded computer Vision Company in a $350 million cash deal. Apical’s products are used in more than 1.5 billion smartphones and 300 million other devices, all over the world, including IP cameras, digital stills cameras and tablets. Its products will be used in ARM’s ‘next generation vehicles’, security systems, robotics, mobile and other consumer, smart building, industrial or retail application. These devices will be able... 

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Is AMD Making Gains In The GPU Space?

May 23, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is AMD Making Gains In The GPU Space?

Figures from Mercury Research show that AMD appears to be clawing back some market share. Of course market share does not mean profits, but it is the sort of news that AMD needs. Particularly, it does not appear that AMD is doing that much. Mercury Research’s latest GPU market report, show that in the first quarter overall graphics unit volumes declined by 10.2 per cent in comparison to last year. However AMD gained discrete GPU market share. This surge was on the back of AMD’s Radeon R9 Series... 

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Hacker Offering 167 Million LinkedIn User Records For Sale

May 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Hacker Offering 167 Million LinkedIn User Records For Sale

A hacker is attempting to sell a database dump containing account records for 167 million LinkedIn users. The announcement was posted on a dark market website called TheRealDeal by a user who wants 5 bitcoins, or around $2,200, for the data set that supposedly contains user IDs, email addresses and SHA1 password hashes for 167,370,940 users. According to the sale ad, the dump does not cover LinkedIn’s complete database. Indeed, LinkedIn claims on its website to have more than 433 million registered... 

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Apple To Open Maps Product Development Center In India

May 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Apple To Open Maps Product Development Center In India

Moving forward with his attempt to attract Indian customers and developers, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook announced that the company was setting up a new development center for its Maps product in Hyderabad in south India. Apple earlier on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility in Bangalore to focus on helping developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform. Cook is on his first visit to India, where the company... 

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Google Unveils A.I. Challenger To Amazon’s Alexa

May 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Unveils A.I. Challenger To Amazon’s Alexa

Alphabet’s Google Inc  introduced us to its answer to Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant along with new messaging and virtual reality products at its annual I/O developer conference on Wednesday, doubling down on artificial intelligence and machine learning as the keys to its future. Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai introduced Google Assistant, a virtual personal assistant, along with the tabletop speaker appliance Google Home. He also unveiled Allo, a new messaging service that will... 

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Apple Goes Further With Intel

May 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Apple Goes Further With Intel

Intel has scored a more significant chunk of the upcoming iPhone 7 which is due to be released this year. Digitimes deep throats claim that Intel will  supply half the modem chips for use in the new iPhones slated for launch in September 2016. Intel will itself package the modem chips for the upcoming new iPhones, but have contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and tester King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) to manufacture the chips, the sources said. Qualcomm is currently the supplier... 

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IBM Develops Cheaper DRM

May 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Develops Cheaper DRM

The ever shrinking Biggish Blue is working on a cheaper alternative to DRAM by making it denser. Dubbed phase-change memory (PCM) the technology could give enterprises and consumers faster access to data at lower cost. IBM says it’s achieved a density rating of three bits on each cell, which is 50 percent more than the company showed off in 2011 with a two-bit form of PCM. The denser the RAM is the more capacity can be squeezed out of the pricey tech. PCM works by changing a glass-like substance... 

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Astronomers Debate The Search For E.T.

May 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Debate The Search For E.T.

What are the odds that alien life exists elsewhere in the universe? At a major physics meeting, experts talked about updates to historic predictions about whether humans are alone in the cosmos. In 1961, astronomer Frank Drake wrote an equation to quantify the likelihood of finding a technologically advanced civilization elsewhere in the universe. The so-called Drake equation took into account factors such as the fraction of stars with planets around them and the fraction of those planets that would... 

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ARM Acquires Computer Visual Technology Firm Apical

May 19, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
ARM Acquires Computer Visual Technology Firm Apical

ARM has purchased Apical, a U.K. designer of embedded computer vision technology, and will incorporate that technology into future ARM microprocessor and system-on-chip designs, it has announced. The move will open up new opportunities for designers of autonomous vehicles and security systems, among other connected things, according to ARM CEO Simon Segars. Computer vision is in its early stages, and Apical is at the forefront of embedding such technology, he said. Apical’s technologies is... 

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Hyundai Motor’s Next-Gen Fuel-Cell Electric Car Launching In 2018

May 19, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Hyundai Motor’s Next-Gen Fuel-Cell Electric Car Launching In 2018

Hyundai Motor Co aims to launch its next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle in early 2018, Vice Chairman Yang Woong-chul said, to better compete with Japanese rivals and meet tougher emissions rules. Hyundai rolled out the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle in 2013, dubbed the Tucson Fuel Cell, but sales have trailed expectations due in part to a lack of refueling stations and a high price tag. For its new fuel cell vehicle, the automaker is set to double the driving range to... 

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Microsoft Exiting Feature Phone Market, Sales Division

May 19, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft Exiting Feature Phone Market, Sales Division

Microsoft Corp has announced that it is selling its entry-level feature phone assets to FIH Mobile Ltd and HMD Global Oy for $350 million. FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Co Ltd, would also acquire Microsoft Mobile Vietnam as a part of this deal, Microsoft said. The company said its 4,500 employees from Vietnam will transfer to or will have an opportunity to join FIH Mobile or HMD Global Oy. Microsoft will transfer all of its feature phone assets, including brands, software... 

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