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BlackBerry’s Passport Smartphone Sold Out, Says CEO

September 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry’s Passport Smartphone Sold Out, Says CEO

BlackBerry’s new qwerty Passport smartphone quickly sold out just hours after going on sale online last Wednesday, with another 200,000 back orders waiting in line, BlackBerry CEO John Chen proudly announced. Chen didn’t indicate how many units were sold online, but said ShopBlackBerry.com sold out the Passport in six hours, with Amazon.com selling iout in 10 hours before customers began leaving online orders that had reached 200,000 as the day it debuted. The device has a price tag... 

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Kuddle, Microsoft To Launch Child Safe Tablet

September 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Kuddle, Microsoft To Launch Child Safe Tablet

Kuddle, a Norwegian photo-sharing app created for children, plans to roll out a child safe tablet with Microsoft on Dec 1, and expects to sign funding deals with several venture capital firms within weeks, its chief executive said on Monday. The Oslo-based company said it was on track to reach its goal of one million users by year-end and plans to soon raise another $5 million of fresh funds on top of the nearly $6 million it has already raised. “We are working with Microsoft on several... 

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Are Graphene Circuits On The Horizon?

September 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Graphene Circuits On The Horizon?

A research team from the University of Texas and German nanotechnology company Aixtron have worked out a way to make wafer-scale graphene measuring between 100 and 300mm. The research offers the prospect of integrating carbon-based graphene, which is just one atom thick, with silicon on a semi-industrial scale. Until now, graphene has proved difficult to manufacture in sufficient area, quantity and reliability for viable use in processors. IBM research scientist Shu-Jen Han led a project that announced... 

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Will Sony’s Morpheus Succeed?

September 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Sony’s Morpheus Succeed?

PS4 is going gangbusters, 3DS continues to impress, Steam and Kickstarter have between them overseen an extraordinary revitalisation of PC gaming, and mobile gaming goes from strength to strength; yet it’s absolutely clear where the eager eyes of most gamers are turned right now. Virtual reality headsets are, not for the first time, the single most exciting thing in interactive entertainment. At the Tokyo Game Show and its surrounding events, the strongest contrast to the huge number of mobile... 

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Will IaaS Become A Crisis?

September 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will IaaS Become A Crisis?

Big public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) players may be on the brink of a crisis and are slashing prices while spending billions on building out and staffing their operations. Steve Brazier, CEO at Canalys has warned resellers to be careful about the financials of their cloud suppliers because he fears a melt-down. He said that millions of dollars has been spent on building out public cloud infrastructure and yet no one in the world is profitable. Amazon Web Services lost $2bn in the last four... 

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BMW Begins Automated Driving Trials

September 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
BMW Begins Automated Driving Trials

German luxury carmaker BMW is partnering with Chinese internet giant Baidu to kick off highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. BMW research vehicles capable of highly automated driving have already undergone thousands of kilometers of trials on German autobahns. The project will now be expanded to include other large cities in China, BMW said on Monday. “BMW is embarking on a further research project which will pave the way for highly automated driving in China as well,”... 

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Mobile Devices OK’d For In-flight Use In Europe

September 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mobile Devices OK’d For In-flight Use In Europe

Airline passengers traveling on European airline flights will be able to leave their cell phones and other mobile gadgets on throughout the entire flight, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said on Friday. European airlines can allow any kind of electronic devices such as tablets, laptops and smartphones to remain switched on for the entire trip without having to use the airplane mode. Switching to airplane mode was mandatory until now. “This is the latest regulatory step towards enabling... 

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Oracle Releases Openstack Framework For The Cloud

September 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Releases Openstack Framework For The Cloud

Oracle has released its version of Openstack for Oracle Linux, its distribution of the Openstack cloud framework integrated with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Server virtualisation, providing customers with increased choice and interoperability for building cloud infrastructure. Available as a free download from Oracle’s Public Yum Server and the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN), Oracle’s Openstack build installs on top of Oracle Linux and allows users to run virtual machines using any guest... 

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RedHat Ups Game With Fedora 21

September 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
RedHat Ups Game With Fedora 21

RedHat has announced the Fedora 21 Alpha release for Fedora developers and any brave users that want to help test it. Fedora is the leading edge – some might say bleeding edge – distribution of Linux that is sponsored by Red Hat. That’s where Red Hat and other developers do new development work that eventually appears in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and other Red Hat based Linux distributions, including Centos, Scientific Linux and Mageia, among others. Therefore, what Fedora... 

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FBI Is Concerned About Encryption On Smartphones

September 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
FBI Is Concerned About Encryption On Smartphones

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation expressed some concerns about moves by Apple and Google to include encryption on smartphones, the agency’s director has stated. Quick law enforcement access to the contents of smartphones could save lives in some kidnapping and terrorism cases, FBI Director James Comey said in a briefing with some reporters. Comey said he’s concerned that smartphone companies are marketing “something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the... 

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Astronomers Find New Molecule In Space Dust

September 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find New Molecule In Space Dust

The discovery of a strangely branched organic molecule in the depths of interstellar space has capped a decades-long search for the carbon-bearing stuff. The molecule in question — iso-propyl cyanide (i-C3H7CN) — was spotted in Sagittarius B2, a huge star-making cloud of gas and dust near the center of the Milky Way, about 27,000 light-years from the sun. The discovery suggests that some of the key ingredients for life on Earth could have originated in interstellar space. A specific molecule... 

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BlackBerry Shrink Loss, Sees Rising Sales

September 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Shrink Loss, Sees Rising Sales

BlackBerry Ltd reported a smaller quarterly loss on Friday and is showing encouraging signals about its endangered smartphone business as well as its software and services sales, spurring a more than 4 percent jump in its shares. The Canadian company, a smartphone pioneer pushed to the margins by Apple’s iPhone and devices running Google’s Android software, is now focusing more on software and services than on hardware as it works through a long turnaround. On the services front, the... 

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General Motors Hires Its First Cybersecurity Chief

September 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
General Motors Hires Its First Cybersecurity Chief

General Motors Co has named an engineer to serve as its first cybersecurity chief as the No. 1 U.S. automaker and its rivals are starting to focus on how to better secure their vehicles against hackers. The No. 1 U.S. automaker promoted manager Jeff Massimilla to the post as part of an eight-month review of its product design and engineering, said GM Vice President of Global Product Development Mark Reuss. “If you look at the technology…as we put semi-autonomous and autonomous systems into... 

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Jimmy Johns The Latest Chain To Fall Victim To Data Breach

September 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Jimmy Johns The Latest Chain To Fall Victim To Data Breach

Sandwich restaurant chain Jimmy John’s said there was a potential data breach involving customers’ credit and debit card information at 216 of its stores and franchised locations on July 30. An intruder stole log-in credentials from the company’s vendor and used the credentials to remotely access the point-of-sale systems at some corporate and franchised locations between June 16 and Sept. 5, the company said. The chain is the latest victim in a series of security breaches among retailers... 

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MediaTek Jump Into “The Internet Of Things” Space

September 26, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
MediaTek Jump Into “The Internet Of Things” Space

SoC designer MediaTek has launched a new push to develop technologies used in wearables and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. Dubbed MediaTek Labs, the new organisation will offer tools for developers such as software and hardware development kits (SDKs and HDKs), but it will also offer other forms of support, i.e. tech support and marketing. MediaTek LinkIt dev platform The MediaTek LinkIt platform promises to offer a full-service approach for developers keen to enter the space. It allows developers... 

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