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MasterCard Testing A New Card With Fingerprint Reader

October 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
MasterCard Testing A New Card With Fingerprint Reader

MasterCard is trying out a contactless payment card with a built-in fingerprint reader that can authorize high-value payments without requiring the user to enter a PIN. The credit-card company showed a prototype of the card in London on Friday along with Zwipe, the Norwegian company that developed the fingerprint recognition technology. The contactless payment card has an integrated fingerprint sensor and a secure data store for the cardholder’s biometric data, which is held only on the card... 

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Amazon Expands Grocery Delivery Service

October 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Expands Grocery Delivery Service

Amazon.com Inc is add more territory to its online grocery delivery program to Brooklyn’s well-heeled Park Slope neighborhood, giving the No. 1 U.S. online retailer a foothold in one of the wealthiest and densest markets in the United States. The AmazonFresh program, which offers same-day or next-day delivery on more than 500,000 items including fresh and frozen groceries, will soon expand to other areas in Brooklyn. The move is part of Amazon’s slow build-out of its “Fresh”... 

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Will TSMC’s FinFet Chips Show Up In Early 2015?

October 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will TSMC’s FinFet Chips Show Up In Early 2015?

TSMC has announced that it will begin volume production of 16nm FinFET products in the second half of 2015, in late Q2 or early Q3. For consumers, this means products based on TSMC 16nm FinFET silicon should appear in late 2015 and early 2016. The first TSMC 16nm FinFET product was announced a few weeks ago. TSMC executive CC Wei said sales of 16nm FinFET products should account for 7-9% of the foundry’s total revenue in Q4 2015. The company already has more than 60 clients lined up for the... 

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Openstack Releases Juno

October 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Openstack Releases Juno

Openstack has reached another major milestone today with the release of Juno, its newest version. The latest version of the cloud computing stack contains 342 new features, 3,219 bug fixes, almost 500,000 lines of modified documentation and a new Architecture Design Guide. 1,419 unique contributors including representatives from 133 companies made it all happen over six months. Last month it was revealed that HP had overtaken Red Hat in terms of overall contributions to Juno, and is closing in on... 

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FCC To Explore Next-Generation Wireless Networks

October 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
FCC To Explore Next-Generation Wireless Networks

U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, on Friday, stated that U.S. regulators will look “to infinity and beyond” to harness new technology that can help build a new generation of mobile wireless connections. The FCC on Friday voted unanimously to open a so-called “notice of inquiry” into what it and the industry can do to turn a new swath of very high-frequency airwaves, previously deemed unusable for mobile networks, into mobile-friendly frequencies. The... 

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Where Should The Search For Life On Mars Start?

October 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Where Should The Search For Life On Mars Start?

Frigid lakes bombarded by UV radiation and boiling, acidic springs are some of the otherworldly Earth environments where scientists plan to hunt for clues to life on Mars. Funded by a new, five-year NASA grant, the researchers will tour the three ages of Mars on Earth — when Mars was cold, wet and habitable; the transition period when water disappeared; and the modern, dry period. The Mars-like environments include hot springs in California and Yellowstone National Park, permafrost on cold Arctic... 

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Tablet Sales Growth Dropped Drastically

October 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Tablet Sales Growth Dropped Drastically

The news about tablet sales isn’t good. Gartner and IDC both recently dramatically lowered their tablet shipment and sales estimates for 2014 and coming years, citing primarily the longer-than-expected time customers keep their existing tablets. (That phenomenon is called the “refresh rate.”) Gartner said it had originally expected 13% tablet sales growth for the year globally; it has now lowered that growth rate to 11%. IDC’s forecast change was even more dire: In June, it... 

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Facebook Doubling Reward For It’s Ad Based Bugs

October 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Doubling Reward For It’s Ad Based Bugs

Facebook is doubling the bounty it will pay for security vulnerabilities related to code that runs its advertising system, the company announced. A comprehensive security audit of its ads code was recently completed, but Facebook “would like to encourage additional scrutiny from whitehats to see what we may have missed,” wrote Collin Greene, a security engineer, in a blog post. “Whitehats” refers to ethical security researchers, as opposed to “blackhats” who take... 

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Will Smartwatches Hit The 100 Million Sales Mark By 2019?

October 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Will Smartwatches Hit The 100 Million Sales Mark By 2019?

With so much hype surrounding smartwatches and wearables in general, one could hardly be blamed for thinking the industry is about tap a new goldmine, but the numbers are not encouraging. Juniper Research now estimates smartwatch shipments will hit 100 million by 2019. The firm expects several high-profile products to launch over the next year or so, helping boost mainstream awareness. However, the figures are anything but encouraging. The report, titled ‘Smart Watches: Market Dynamics, Vendor... 

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Qualcomm Buys CSR

October 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Buys CSR

Qualcomm wants to buy British Bluetooth expert CSR for $2.5 billion. The company is doing rather well in areas like automotive and wearable devices which is exactly where Qualcomm wants to be. CSR has previously said no to any take-over, but the two had remained in talks to reach a deal, with a deadline imposed by UK regulators. There is a chance alternative bidders may emerge, but they might be put off by the huge amounts of cash that Qualcomm is paying. Qualcomm Chief Executive Steven Mollenkopf... 

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TSMC Profit’s Rise

October 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
TSMC Profit’s Rise

Taiwan’s contract chipmaker TSMC surprised Wall Street by doing much better than expected. The outfit made a killing from its smartphone customers to record net profit in the third quarter. TSMC earned a net profit of (US) $2.51 billion in the July-September period, versus expectations of $2.41 billion analysts expected. It also helped the company notch a 26 percent on-quarter rise in revenue from communication devices, even as computer-related revenue fell 6 percent. TSMC had reported net profit... 

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Astronomers Find Early Galactic Mega-City

October 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Early Galactic Mega-City

A new photo of a huge galactic “mega city” under construction in the early universe shows star formation happening in unexpected places, scientists have found. The new image of the Spiderweb Galaxy (also known as MRC 1138-262) shows blobs of dust that are actually galaxies, captured by a European Southern Observatory telescope in Chile. The entire galaxy cluster surrounds a radio galaxy that has a supermassive black hole at its center. Here’s where the surprise came: Scientists... 

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Google Exploring Ultra Fast Wireless Internet

October 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Exploring Ultra Fast Wireless Internet

Google Inc is gearing up to test new technology that may provide the foundation for a wireless version of its high-speed “Fiber” Internet service, according to telecommunication experts who scrutinized the company’s regulatory filings. In a public but little-noticed application with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday, Google asked the agency for permission to conduct tests in California across different wireless spectrums, including a rarely-used millimeter-wave... 

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Oracle Changes Position On Permanent DBA Certifications

October 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Oracle Changes Position On Permanent DBA Certifications

Oracle is requiring database administrators to obtain new certifications if the ones they hold are for older versions of its platform. “Earning an Oracle certification is a well-respected achievement,” the company said on its website. “However, as products age and are removed from Oracle standard support maintenance, the technology becomes less relevant, devaluing the associated credential(s).” While that may seem like a reasonable enough conclusion, one question in a FAQ... 

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Google Adds More Cities To Shopping Delivery Service

October 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Adds More Cities To Shopping Delivery Service

Google Inc announed that it would be expanding its same-day shopping delivery service to three additional U.S. cities and start charging customers for the service, which competes with Amazon.com Inc. The Google Express service, which was earlier only available in certain parts of California and New York City, will be expanded to Boston, Chicago, and Washington D.C., Google said in a blog. Membership for the service, which was earlier called Google Shopping Express, will cost $95 a year, or $10... 

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