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Harvard Developing Self-Organizing Robots

August 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Harvard Developing Self-Organizing Robots

Harvard researchers have developed a process for thousands of robots to coordinate their actions so that they can complete a single task, such as arrange themselves into a star formation. The work, led by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ computer science professor Radhika Nagpal, is part of an ongoing effort to investigate ways that machines can mimic biological processes, using AI (artificial intelligence) algorithms. The researchers built 1,024 small, mobile, three-legged... 

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Windows ‘Threshold’ To Debut In Coming Weeks

August 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Windows ‘Threshold’ To Debut In Coming Weeks

Microsoft will unveil a preview of “Threshold,” the current code name for Windows 8′s successor, as soon as next month, according to an online report on Monday. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, citing unnamed sources, said that Microsoft will deliver a “technical preview” of Threshold late in September or early in October. Previously, Foley had reported that Microsoft would offer a preview of some kind this fall. Threshold may be officially named “Windows 9″... 

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Apple Changes Policy, Begins Storage Of User Personal Data In China

August 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Apple Changes Policy, Begins Storage Of User Personal Data In China

Apple Inc has started the processing of keeping the personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, marking the first time the tech giant is storing user data on Chinese soil. The storage of user data in China represents a departure from the policies of some technology companies, notably Google Inc, which has long refused to build data centers in China due to censorship and privacy concerns. Apple said the move was part of an effort to improve the speed and reliability of its... 

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Applied Materials Profits Up

August 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Applied Materials Profits Up

Chip-equipment maker Applied Materials has surprised most of the cocaine nose jobs of Wall Street with a better-than-expected third-quarter profit. It appears that contract manufacturers are spending more on technology used to make smartphone and memory chips. The company also forecast current-quarter adjusted profit largely above analysts’ average estimate. Chief Executive Gary Dickerson said that demand for DRAM chips is expected to grow in the current quarter. Applied Materials, which also... 

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Could CFC’s Help With The Search For Alien Life?

August 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Could CFC’s Help With The Search For Alien Life?

Chemicals once found in hairspray may serve as signs of alien life on faraway worlds, researchers say. These compounds may reveal that extraterrestrials have disastrously altered their planets, scientists added. To detect biomarkers, or signs of life, on distant worlds, scientists have often focused on molecules such as oxygen, which theoretically disappears quickly from atmospheres unless life is present to provide a constant supply of the gas. By looking at light passing through atmospheres of... 

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NASA Find Strange Light At The Center Of A Supermassive Black Hole

August 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
NASA Find Strange Light At The Center Of A Supermassive Black Hole

A NASA spacecraft has spotted strange light shifts near the heart of a supermassive black hole that could help scientists better understand the inner workings of these monstrous objects. The agency’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Arrayprobe, or NuSTAR, looked on as a mysterious X-ray source, called a corona, moved closer to a supermassive black hole. The black hole’s immense gravity pulled harder on the corona the closer it came, stretching and blurring the X-ray light in the process,... 

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SMS Audio Introduces Biometric Headphones

August 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
SMS Audio Introduces Biometric Headphones

Want to monitor your heart rate while running and listening to music? SMS Audio’s BioSport In-Ear Headphones, announced at an event will tell you. The headphones are good for people who work out as well as those who just want to check their heart rate, said Brian Nohe, president of SMS Audio, which was founded by rapper 50 Cent, who is the majority owner. 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, wanted headphones with top-quality audio, fit, form and functionality, Nohe said. The rapper,... 

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Sprint Is Planning Price Cuts And Layoffs

August 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Is Planning Price Cuts And Layoffs

Sprint’s new CEO Marcelo Claure addressed employees for the first time and promised price reductions are coming very soon, according to a report. Sprint didn’t deny the report of Marcelo’s comments. A spokesman also confirmed Friday that Sprint is “focusing on providing the best value in the market.” According to the account of Claure’s comments, he told workers, “We’re going to change our plans to make sure every customer in America thinks twice about... 

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FCC Extends Deadline For ‘Net Neutrality’ Comments

August 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
FCC Extends Deadline For ‘Net Neutrality’ Comments

U.S. Federal Communications Commission has said it would accept public comments on its proposed new “net neutrality” rules through Sept. 15, giving the American public extra time to voice their opinions and concerns on how they think Internet traffic should be regulated. The FCC has received more than 1 million comments already on new rules for how Internet services providers should be allowed to manage web traffic on their networks. The FCC had set a deadline of July 15 for the initial... 

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Intel Buys Axxia

August 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Intel Buys Axxia

Intel has picked up the Axxia networking business of LSI for $650m in a cash only deal. Previous owner Avago bought LSI for $6.6bn earlier this year. During 2014, it has been breaking up and divesting divisions of the company to shore up its core semiconductor business. Earlier this year, Avago sold LSI’s solid-state disk (SSD) drive division to Seagate for $450m. Intel intends to use the Axxia purchase to boost its wireless network offering into an intelligent flexible network based on common... 

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Are SSD Prices Finally Falling?

August 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are SSD Prices Finally Falling?

OCZ is launching a brand-new series of solid state drives today, targeted squarely at budget-conscious, mainstream consumers and significantly drops the cost of SSDs. The move which is seen as being forced on the company by Intel’s own price cuts mean a change in OCZ’s strategy. Last month Intel announced the specs and pricing of its next-generation X25-M drives. Intel will sell a 80GB drive to sell for $225 and the 160GB drive to sell for $440. The move meant that OCZ, whose cheapest high... 

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Is the Universe Missing Light?

August 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is the Universe Missing Light?

An extraordinary amount of ultraviolet light appears to be missing from the universe, scientists have found. One potential source of this missing light might be the mysterious dark matter that makes up most of the mass in the cosmos. But a simpler explanation could be that ultra violet light escapes from galaxies more easily than is currently thought, according to the new research. This puzzle begins with hydrogen, the most common element in the universe, which makes up about 75 percent of known... 

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Microsoft Updates Bing To Make Search Phrasing Easier

August 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Updates Bing To Make Search Phrasing Easier

Microsoft has included some new updates to its Bing search engine that lets you phrase queries in a way that feels more natural. The company said the new functionality makes using Bing more like “having a conversation.” It lets you ask questions sequentially that build off each other, so you don’t have to keep repeating the topic you’re asking about. For instance, if you ask Bing, ”Who wrote Dracula”? “Bram Stoker” pops up at the top of the screen.... 

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Lenovo Selling More Mobile Phones Than PCs

August 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Lenovo Selling More Mobile Phones Than PCs

Lenovo’s growing presence in PCs and smartphones boosted the company’s net profit by 23% in the second quarter. The company reported Thursday that its net profit reached $214 million, while quarterly revenue increased 18 percent year-over-year to $10.4 billion. Although better known as a PC maker, Lenovo has been making major gains selling mobile handsets in its home market of China. It is now the country’s largest smartphone vendor with a 12.5% share of the market, according to... 

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Intel Explores Wearable Devices For Disease Research

August 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Intel Explores Wearable Devices For Disease Research

Intel Corp plans to utilize wearable gadgets such as smart watches to monitor patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and collect data that can be shared with researchers. The chip maker said it is partnering with the Michael J. Fox Foundation, established by the actor and Parkinson’s sufferer in 2000, to conduct a multi-phase research study of the neurodegenerative brain disease. An estimated five million people globally have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, the second-most-common... 

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