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Gooligan Malware Gains Access To Over 1M Google Accounts

December 2, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Gooligan Malware Gains Access To Over 1M Google Accounts

A new Android malware has succeeded in gaining access to more than 1 million Google accounts, and it continues to infect new devices, according to security firm Checkpoint. “We believe that it is the largest Google account breach to date,” the security firm said in blog post. The malware, called Gooligan, has been preying on devices running older versions of Android, from 4.1 to 5.1, which are still used widely, especially in Asia. Gooligan masquerades as legitimate-looking Android apps. Checkpoint... 

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Nokia Smartphones Poised For A Comeback

December 2, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Smartphones Poised For A Comeback

Nokia smartphones are gearing up for a comeback after former managers at the Finnish company licensed the handset brand from Microsoft and struck up partnerships with Google and phone manufacturer Foxconn. Nokia was once the world’s dominant cellphone maker but missed the shift to smartphones and then chose Microsoft’s unpopular Windows operating system for its “Lumia” range. Nokia quit smartphones in 2014 by selling its handset activities to Microsoft to focus on mobile... 

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Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence To Patrol Live Videos

December 2, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence To Patrol Live Videos

Facebook Inc is developing a way to automatically flag offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company’s director of applied machine learning. The social media company has been embroiled in a number of content moderation controversies this year, from facing international outcry after removing an iconic Vietnam War photo due to nudity, to allowing the spread of fake news on its site. Facebook... 

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Is The PSVR Really Selling?

December 2, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The PSVR Really Selling?

As the numbers from Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend continue to trickle in, many analysts are examining how the holiday sales picture is coming together this year. While The NPD Group is not ready to give its full assessment just yet, the firm did note to GamesIndustry.biz that digital promotions on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live were much more aggressive this year and may have impacted the retail channel. Digital aside, the sector that seemed to struggle the most is virtual reality, according... 

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Is There A Need For A Mobile Netflix?

December 2, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Is There A Need For A Mobile Netflix?

A former Rovio exec has formed a new firm that hopes to revolutionize the way mobile games are played with Hatch, a new cloud-based streaming platform for smartphones. Unveiled during this week’s Slush Festival in Finland, the venture is headed up by CEO Juhani Honkala, previously SVP of Rovio Entertainment, and centers around an instant game collection that players will be able to access without the need for downloads, installations or updates. The service is planned for soft launch on Android... 

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Is The Planet Mercury Really Hot?

December 2, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is The Planet Mercury Really Hot?

Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. But although it boasts the most widely varying temperatures in the solar system, it is not the hottest planet How is this possible? Orbiting between 28 and 43 million miles (46 and 70 million kilometers) from the sun, Mercury, also the smallest planet, feels the brunt of the solar rays. According to NASA, the tiny world suffers the most extreme temperature range of any other planet in the solar system. The day side of the planet reaches temperatures of up... 

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Toyota Puts Bigger Focus On All Electric Vehicles

December 1, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Toyota Puts Bigger Focus On All Electric Vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp has tasked its president to lead their newly formed electric car division, flagging its commitment to develop a technology that the automaker has been slow to embrace. The change comes as the United States, China and European countries are encouraging automakers to make more all-electric battery cars as they push alternative energy strategies. Akio Toyoda, grandson of the company’s founder Kiichiro Toyoda, has been at the helm of the world’s largest automaker since 2009.... 

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The NHTSA Wants To Block Mobile Apps From Drivers

December 1, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
The NHTSA Wants To Block Mobile Apps From Drivers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed new guidelines that is requesting automakers to create a way to block applications on smartphones or tablets that can distract drivers. Currently no safety guidelines exist for mobile devices when they are used while driving, the NHTSA said. The new guidelines, which were published last week and are in a comment period, instruct automakers to create a “Driver Mode” similar to Apple’s Airplane Mode on iPhones,... 

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Facebook Adds Popular Games To Messenger App

December 1, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Adds Popular Games To Messenger App

For users who enjoy the popular Facebook Messenger app, it’s game time. The social network has rolled out a feature that allows users to play hugely popular games such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders, the company’s latest attempt to get users spend more time on its messaging app. The new feature, initially rolled out in 30 countries with 17 games, will be available on the latest versions of iOS and Android operating systems. A user, in the midst of a conversation, can tap on a game controller... 

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Is TSMC Going 12nm Too?

December 1, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Is TSMC Going 12nm Too?

According to industry sources, TSMC is planning to introduce a 12 nanometer half-node process to enhance competition with 28nm and lower process nodes that have been adopted over the past few years. The chip manufacturer’s 12nm process node will join its existing 16nm process portfolio as a smaller option in order to give it a competitive advantage against Samsung and GlobalFoundries. It is expected to offer improved leakage characteristics at a lower cost than its 16nm lineup. TSMC currently offers... 

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Intel Makes A Score With Delphi Automotive

December 1, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Intel Makes A Score With Delphi Automotive

Intel has signed a deal with Auto parts maker Delphi Automotive Plc and Israeli technology firm Mobileye. The move will put Intel chips under the bonnet of their joint effort to produce self-driving vehicles by 2019. Intel is also working with German luxury car maker BMW AG and Mobileye on self-driving technology. However so far, the chip maker has not made much of a dent in the autonomous vehicle market. Glen De Vos, Delphi’s vice president of engineering announced that Intel will provide... 

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Did Astronomers Find A Habitable Planet?

December 1, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did Astronomers Find A Habitable Planet?

A potentially Earth-like planet circles a bright star 150 light-years away, casting a shadow tracked from space — and now from Earth, too. The planet, called K2-3d, was originally seen crossing in front of its star by NASA’s Kepler space telescope during that instrument’s ongoing K2 mission. Researchers brought the Okayama Astrophysical Observatory’s 188-centimeter (6 feet) telescope to bear on the speck to fine-tune their understanding of the exoplanet’s orbit down to a... 

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AT&T Launches New Video Streaming Service

November 30, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
AT&T Launches New Video Streaming Service

If you’re looking ditch cable TV, a new video streaming service from AT&T will be available starting today. DirecTV Now is a flexible pay-as-you-go streaming service that starts at US$35 per month. DirectTV’s conventional satellite service is the foundation, but the content will be streamed over the internet. Traditionally, users needed a two-year commitment and credit check to get DirecTV, but those requirements are not needed for the new service. The streaming service will work... 

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Nissan To Offer Maintenance Alert Option For Internet-connected Cars

November 30, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Nissan To Offer Maintenance Alert Option For Internet-connected Cars

Nissan Motor Co will mark its first major entry into internet-connected cars by offering an option in some new vehicles that will use big data technology to notify drivers when vehicle maintenance is required. As automakers compete fiercely to develop self-driving cars and improve the customer experience inside vehicles, Japan’s second-largest car maker said on Tuesday it will begin rolling out the service in Japan and India in 2017, followed by other countries through 2020. With the availability... 

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Delphi Automotive, Mobileye To Use Intel Chip For Self-driving Cars

November 30, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Delphi Automotive, Mobileye To Use Intel Chip For Self-driving Cars

Auto parts maker Delphi Automotive Plc and Israeli technology firm Mobileye NV will use an Intel Corp chip for their joint effort to produce self-driving vehicles by 2019, the companies said on Tuesday. The move is a boost for the world’s largest semiconductor maker, which is also working with German luxury car maker BMW AG and Mobileye on self-driving technology, but has not been able to extend its broader chip dominance into the fast-emerging autonomous vehicle market. Companies from Alphabet... 

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