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Lenovo Announces 64-Bit Android Tablet For $129

March 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Lenovo Announces 64-Bit Android Tablet For $129

Tablets running 64-bit Android haven’t been on the market forr long but prices are already projected to drop quickly. Lenovo’s 8-inch Tab 2 A8 will ship in June starting at $129, with a 64-bit version of Android 5.0 and a 64-bit quad-core processor from MediaTek. It was one of three tablets Lenovo announced ahead of the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. Sixty-four-bit tablets have a few advantages. They can support more memory and therefore make light work of multimedia-intensive... 

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Will Free-To-Play Hurt The Gaming Industry?

March 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Free-To-Play Hurt The Gaming Industry?

Free to play has an image problem. It’s the most influential and arguably important development in the business of games in decades, a stratospherically successful innovation which has enabled the opening up of games to a wider audience than ever before. Implemented well, with clear understanding of its principles and proper respect afforded to players and creativity alike, it’s more fair and even, in a sense, democratic than old-fashioned models of up-front payment; in theory, players... 

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AT&T To Link Smart Homes With Connected Cars

March 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
AT&T To Link Smart Homes With Connected Cars

AT&T Inc  will link its connected car and smart home technologies to expand its reach in the fast-growing market for Internet-connected devices, a new battleground for the telecom giant and its rivals. The wireless company’s home security and automation service “Digital Life” and connected car service “Drive” will be integrated so users can control their homes from a dashboard in their vehicles, Glenn Lurie, chief executive of AT&T Mobility told Reuters last... 

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Qualcomm Goes Ultrasonic

March 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Goes Ultrasonic

Qualcomm has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first ‘ultrasonic’ fingerprint scanner, in a bid to improve mobile security and further boost Android’s chances in the enterprise space. The Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint technology debuted during the chipmaker’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) press conference on Monday. The firm claimed that the new feature will outperform the fingerprint scanners found on smartphones such as the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6. Qualcomm... 

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Astronomers Theorizes How Vulcan Planets Formed

March 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Theorizes How Vulcan Planets Formed

The mystery of how blisteringly hot “Vulcan planets” form may now be one step closer to being solved, researchers say. In the past two decades or so, researchers have confirmed the existence of more than 1,800 exoplanets orbiting distant stars. These discoveries have revealed very different kinds of planets from those seen in the solar system, such as super-Earths, which are rocky worlds up to 10 times the mass of Earth. Unexpectedly, astronomers recently found a strange new class of... 

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BlackBerry Announces Plans For Cloud Based Device Management

March 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Announces Plans For Cloud Based Device Management

BlackBerry Ltd announced on Monday it has to plans to roll out a cloud-based version of its device management platform BES12, a move that will make the service more accessible to small- and medium-sized businesses that need to secure devices on their own networks. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry has built a reputation around its device management and security capabilities, catering mainly to the needs of large government agencies and corporations. With data security needs becoming more critical,... 

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Uber Reveals Data Breach Exposed Data On 50,000 Drivers

March 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Uber Reveals Data Breach Exposed Data On 50,000 Drivers

The names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 Uber drivers were exposed in a security breach last year, the company revealed on Friday. Uber found out about a possible breach of its systems in September, and a subsequent investigation revealed an unauthorized third party had accessed one of its databases four months earlier, the company said. The files accessed held the names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 current and former drivers, which Uber described as a “small percentage”... 

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Apple Watch To Replace Car Keys, Says Cook

March 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Watch To Replace Car Keys, Says Cook

Apple Watch will take the place of car keys and its battery will last the whole day, so says Apple Inc’s Chief Executive Tim Cook in an interview with the Telegraph. The watch is designed to replace car keys and the clumsy, large fobs that are now used in many vehicles, Cook told the newspaper. Its battery will last the whole day, and will not take as long to charge as an iPhone, the report quoted Cook as saying. Apple Watch will also work as a credit card through Apple Pay, Cook told the paper,... 

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Lenovo To Offer Free McAfee Over Superfish Security Concerns

March 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Lenovo To Offer Free McAfee Over Superfish Security Concerns

China’s Lenovo Group Ltd announced that it will offer free subscriptions to Intel Corp’s security software to customers who purchased laptops that were shipped with a program known as “Superfish,” which made PCs vulnerable to cyberattacks. Lenovo, the world’s biggest personal computer maker, last week advised customers to uninstall the Superfish program. Security experts and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommended the program be removed because it made... 

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Can MediaTek Give Qualcomm A Run For Its Money?

March 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can MediaTek Give Qualcomm A Run For Its Money?

While Qualcomm’s 20nm Snapdragon 810 SoC might be the star of upcoming flagship smartphones, it appears that MediaTek has its own horse for the race, the octa-core MT6795. Spotted by GforGames site, in a GeekBench test results and running inside an unknown smartphone, MediaTek’s MT6795 managed to score 886 points in the single-core test and 4536 points in the multi-core test. These results were enough to put it neck to neck with the mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC tested in the LG... 

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Will DirectX 12 Allow AMD and nVidia To Play Together?

March 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will DirectX 12 Allow AMD and nVidia To Play Together?

DirectX 12 looks set to bring Nvidia and AMD together, in a way that neither will be particularly happy about. According to Toms Hardware one of the unexpected features of DirectX 12 is the ability to use Nvidia GPUs alongside AMD GPUs in multi-card configurations. This is because DirectX 12 operates at a lower level than previous versions of the API it is able to treat all available video resources as one unit. Card model and brand makes no difference to a machine running DX12. This could mean that... 

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Will NASA Search Alien Life On Europa?

March 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will NASA Search Alien Life On Europa?

A potential NASA mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa may end up hunting for signs of life on the icy, ocean-harboring world. NASA officials have asked scientists to consider ways that a Europa mission could search for evidence of alien life in the plumes of water vapor that apparently blast into space from Europa’s south polar region. These plumes, which NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope spotted in December 2012, provide a possible way to sample Europa’s ocean of liquid water, which... 

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China Drops Big Technology Brands From State Purchase Lists

February 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
China Drops Big Technology Brands From State Purchase Lists

China has removed some of the world’s most popular technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more home grown products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance. Others put the shift down to a protectionist impulse to shield China’s domestic technology industry from competition. Chief casualty is U.S. network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc, which in 2012 counted 60 products on the Central Government... 

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Flash Drives To Become More Secure And Faster

February 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Flash Drives To Become More Secure And Faster

Flash drives in mobile devices are set to become faster and secure thanks to a new standard signed off by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association. eMMC version 5.1, will allow for a new mobile storage that will provide faster access. Flash drives based on eMMC 5.1 can handle 4K streaming and more data-intensive tasks. Samsung has started making 64GB, 32GB and 16GB drives based on the new standard and is shipping units to customers, but has not said whether those drives will be used in the Galaxy... 

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Google Continues Wooing Enterprise Users With Android For Work Launch

February 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google Continues Wooing Enterprise Users With Android For Work Launch

Google Inc rolled out an initiative  to make smartphones running its Android software more appealing to corporations, a move that could help extend the Internet technology giant reach into workplaces. Google said on its official blog that its Android for Work program will provide improved security and management features for corporations that want to give their employees Android smartphones. Smartphones supported by the new initiative will be able to keep an employee’s work and personal apps... 

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