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Cloud Services Company Rackspace Being Acquired By Apollo Global Management

August 29, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Cloud Services Company Rackspace Being Acquired By Apollo Global Management

Rackspace announced  that Apollo Global Management, a U.S.-based investment manager, will acquire the company in a deal valued at $4.3 billion. “Our board, with the assistance of independent advisors, determined that this transaction, upon closing, will deliver immediate, significant and certain cash value to our stockholders,” said Graham Weston, co-founder and chairman of Rackspace, in a statement. “We are also excited that this transaction will provide Rackspace with more flexibility... 

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Dropbox Prompts Some Users To Change Passwords

August 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Dropbox Prompts Some Users To Change Passwords

Dropbox is prompting users who signed up before mid-2012 to change their passwords if they haven’t done so already. The cloud storage service said it was asking users to change their passwords as a preventive measure, and not because there is any indication that their accounts were improperly accessed. Dropbox said its security teams learned about an old set of Dropbox user credentials, consisting of email addresses and hashed and salted passwords, which it believes were obtained in 2012 and could... 

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Facebook’s Trending Feature Goes To The Bots

August 29, 2016 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Facebook’s Trending Feature Goes To The Bots

Facebook Inc made updates to its popular “Trending” feature, which shows users the most-talked about topics of the day, to make it more automated and further eliminate the potential for human bias, the company wrote in a blog post. The update is Facebook’s latest attempt in recent months to stress its neutrality as its influence grows. The feature came under scrutiny in May after a news report alleged it suppressed conservative news, which prompted a demand from Republican members... 

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nVidia Updates Its Grid Platform

August 29, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
nVidia Updates Its Grid Platform

Nvidia has updated its Grid software platform with deeper performance profiling and analytics tools for planning, deployment, and support of virtual GPU users. According to the company the improved management tools address both host (server) managment and virtual client monitoring. Nvidia says that with the new Grid software, admins will be able to get information about the number of virtual graphics instances in use and the number they can potentially create. They can also see usage information... 

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Will Google Launch Its Daydream VR Soon?

August 29, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Will Google Launch Its Daydream VR Soon?

Bloomberg claims that Google will be launching its Daydream VR platform in a few weeks. Google is believed to be spending a small fortune getting content ready for the platform, particularly video games and apps, licensing sports leagues and shooting 360-degree videos. Daydream is being hardwired into Android 7.0 which launched this week. Google says that  Samsung, HTC, ZTE, Huawei, Xiaomi, Alcatel, Asus and LG had agreed to make “Daydream ready” smartphones. Google wants the software... 

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Astronomers Find Young Massive Star

August 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Young Massive Star

Astronomers have caught a rare glimpse of an extremely massive star in the early stages of its life, gaining new insight into the way large stellar bodies like this form and evolve. The star, located almost 11,000 light-years from Earth, has a mass 30 times that of the sun, and it’s still growing. Astronomers found that this star is still in the process of collecting material from its parent cloud of gas and dust, which means it is only a baby in cosmic terms and is expected to be even more... 

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Android Malware Using Twitter To Communicate With Infected Phones

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Android Malware Using Twitter To Communicate With Infected Phones

Twitter users aren’t the only ones getting updates from the micro-blogging social media site. One maker of Android malware is also using Twitter to communicate with infected smartphones, according to security firm ESET. The company uncovered the feature in a malicious app called Android/Twitoor. It runs as a backdoor virus that can secretly install other malware on a phone. Typically, the makers of Android malware control their infected smartphones from servers. Commands sent from those servers... 

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Driverless Taxis Debut On Singpaore Streets

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Driverless Taxis Debut On Singpaore Streets

The world’s first driverless taxi debuted Thursday in a limited public trial on the streets of Singapore. Developer nuTonomy invited a select group of people to download their app and ride for free in its “robo-taxi” in a western Singapore hi-tech business district, hoping to get feedback ahead of a planned dull launch of the service in 2018. “This is really a moment in history that’s going to change how cities are built, how we really look at our surroundings,”... 

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Drones Take On Pizza Delivery

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net

A New Zealand pizza chain wants to be the world’s first company to offer a commercial drone delivery service, a milestone in the quest to save time and money with an air-borne supply chain dispensing with people. Some of the world’s biggest companies including Amazon.com Inc and Google, or Alphabet Inc as it is known, have plans to make deliveries by drone and aviation authorities in the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand have been relaxing rules to allow air deliveries. Last... 

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Intel’s Mobile Kaby Lake Arrive In Q2 2017 Too

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Intel’s Mobile Kaby Lake Arrive In Q2 2017 Too

A  report from the folks at NotebookCheck.net shows an Intel slide detailing some updates to the company’s mobile ULV processor lineup based on the Kaby Lake third-generation 14nm processor lineup. As we mentioned in July, Intel is describing Kaby Lake mostly as a “2017 platform” and plans to launch some desktop processors in the fourth quarter of this year, but will have larger volumes planned for Q1 2017 and will probably announce them formally at next year’s CES. Quad-core ULV chips arriving... 

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AMD Bundling Deus-Ex With Gaming Cards

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
AMD Bundling Deus-Ex With Gaming Cards

We already knew that AMD was one of the launch partners for the new Deus Ex: Mankind Divided game and it appears it will be bundled with some of AMD’s hot FX-series CPUs. While we were hoping to see it bundled with some recently launched Polaris-based graphics cards, it appears that AMD wants to give some love to those that decide to buy AMD’s FX-series CPUs. To be available in most popular retail/e-tail stores, the bundle will include a copy of the new Deus Ex: Mankind Divided game with... 

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nVidia NVLINK 2.0 Going In IBM Servers

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
nVidia NVLINK 2.0 Going In IBM Servers

On Monday, PCWorld reported that the first servers expected to use Nvidia’s second-generation NVLINK 2.0 technology will be arriving sometime next year using IBM’s upcoming Power9 chip family. IBM launched its Power8 lineup of superscalar symmetric multiprocessors back in August 2013 at the Hot Chips conference, and the first systems became available in August 2014. The announcement was significant because it signaled the beginning of a continuing partnership between IBM and Nvidia to develop... 

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Are Notebooks Moving To On-Board Memory?

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Are Notebooks Moving To On-Board Memory?

Notebook vendors have largely moved to on-board memory designs and are killing off DIMMs so that they can make their Intel Apollo Lake-based notebooks as slim as possible. According to Digitimes shipments of Intel’s 14nm Apollo Lake CPUs, which feature low-power consumption, high performance and reduced sizes is apparently on the increase and with that a move to on board memory designs. The reason is that the manufactures think an anorexic look is super fashionable. Numbers of new notebooks... 

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MIT Researchers Develop Technique To Triple Wireless Speeds

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
MIT Researchers Develop Technique To Triple Wireless Speeds

MIT researchers have uncovered a way to transfer wireless data using a smartphone at a speed about three times faster and twice as far as existing technology. The researchers developed a technique to coordinate multiple wireless transmitters by synchronizing their wave phases, according to a statement from MIT on Tuesday. Multiple independent transmitters will be able to send data over the same wireless channel to multiple independent receivers without interfering with each other. Since wireless... 

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Judge Sides With Fitbit In Infringement Lawsuit By Jawbone

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Judge Sides With Fitbit In Infringement Lawsuit By Jawbone

Fitbit Inc was cleared of stealing rival Jawbone’s trade secrets, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled on Tuesday, ending Jawbone’s hopes of securing an import ban against Fitbit’s wearable fitness tracking devices. The judge, Dee Lord, said that there had been no violation of the Tariff Act, which gives the commission the power to block products that infringe U.S. intellectual property, because “no party has been shown to have misappropriated any trade secret.” The... 

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