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Verizon Wins Top Honors For Mobile Network Performance In U.S. Cities

July 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Wins Top Honors For Mobile Network Performance In U.S. Cities

RootMetrics awarded Verizon Wireless its seal of approval in its latest biannual ranking of wireless network performance in cities across the U.S. Verizon ranked first or was tied for first in 115 of 125 cities for overall network performance during the first half of 2014, leading all three other national carriers — AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Sprint didn’t finish first in any of the cities, while Verizon tied with either AT&T or T-Mobile, or both, in 56. That meant that AT&T... 

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Google, Dropbox Team Up To Ward Off Patent Trolls

July 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google, Dropbox Team Up To Ward Off Patent Trolls

Google, Dropbox and a few other high-tech firms have devised a new way to help protect themselves against patent trolls. Patent trolls, or “non-practicing entities,” are companies that buy up old patents and try to monetize them by accusing others of infringement. They usually request a one-off licensing fee to end a lawsuit, something many companies reluctantly pay because it’s cheaper than defending the claim. The practice has become a significant problem in the high-tech field,... 

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eBay’s Braintree Wants To Boost Mobile Shopping

July 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
eBay’s Braintree Wants To Boost Mobile Shopping

Braintree, the payments gateway owned by eBay Inc, is working on removing a hurdle for e-commerce companies by making it easier for customers to directly pay for products on their smart phones. The company rolled out a set of tools for software developers on Wednesday that allows businesses to deduct payments directly from a customer’s PayPal account. The developer kit is the first big push from Braintree since it was bought by eBay for $800 million last year to help PayPal, eBay’s payments... 

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Can Mobile Devices Push Gaming To New Heights

July 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Can Mobile Devices Push Gaming To New Heights

By 2017, mobile and online games could push worldwide gaming software revenues to $100 billion. That’s according to Digi-Capital’s latest Global Games Investment Review report, which said the mobile/online game market could make up a whopping 60 percent ($60 billion) of that total thanks to a compound annual growth rate of nearly 24 percent since 2011. The firm found mobile was the main driver of record mergers and acquisitions activity in the last year, accounting for $4.6 billion of... 

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Are Semiconductor Sales Making A Comback?

July 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Semiconductor Sales Making A Comback?

Semiconductor revenue has grown by almost seven percent worldwide, analyst firm Gartner has said. In its forecast for the second quarter, Gartner said that revenue is expected to reach $336bn this year, up 6.7 percent from the same quarter last year. The growth has surpassed analysts’ earlier expectations, up from the previous quarter’s forecast of 5.4 percent growth. The growing trend is particularly evident in companies such as foundry leader TSMC, Gartner explained, which is expecting... 

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Voyager 1 Goes Intersellar

July 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Voyager 1 Goes Intersellar

New data collected by NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft have helped scientists confirm that the far-flung probe is indeed cruising through interstellar space, the researchers say. Voyager 1 made headlines around the world last year when mission scientists announced that the probe had apparently left the heliosphere — the huge bubble of charged particles and magnetic fields surrounding the sun — in August 2012. They came to this conclusion after analyzing measurements Voyager 1 made in the wake... 

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Facebook Takes On Lecpetex Spam Botnet

July 10, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Takes On Lecpetex Spam Botnet

Facebook said police in Greece made two arrests last week in connection with a little-known spamming botnet called “Lecpetex,” which used hacked computers look for the Litecoin virtual currency. As many as 50,000 Facebook accounts were affected, and as many as 250,000 computers worldwide, primarily in Greece, Poland, Norway, India, Portugal and the U.S., according to a blog post on Tuesday from Facebook’s Threat Infrastructure team. The social networking site described the difficulties... 

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Standalone Wearables Coming This Year, Says AT&T

July 10, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Standalone Wearables Coming This Year, Says AT&T

The most successful wearable devices will be ones that can operate without a phone, and AT&T will have at least one of them by the end of this year, the man who manages the carrier’s partnerships said. “It needs to be an independent device. It needs to do something different for the end user, for people to buy it en masse,” said Glenn Lurie, AT&T’s president of emerging enterprises and partnerships. A likely place to start could be wearables for wellness, such as a... 

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Verizon Says U.S. Government Made 150,000 Requests For Customer Data

July 10, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Says U.S. Government Made 150,000 Requests For Customer Data

The U.S. government made approximately 150,000 requests for customer information from Verizon Communications in the first half of 2014, most of them subpoenas, the country’s largest wireless carrier has reported. The report is the second summary of government requests Verizon has publicly issued since shareholders pressured the company to divulge information it shared with the government in December. The government issued 72,342 subpoenas, half of which request subscriber information on a given... 

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Qualcomm Believes Mobile Devices Will Drive 4K Adoption

July 10, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Qualcomm Believes Mobile Devices Will Drive 4K Adoption

QUALCOMM has stated that mobile devices will be the driving force behind the dominance of 4K content creation and consumption due to the general mass adoption of smartphones and the affordability of devices that support the resolution. Speaking at a Qualcomm and EE event in Westminster today, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Europe Enrico Salvatori showed a slide entitled “Mobile is the driving force behind the rise of 4K: the biggest generator of 4K content could be in your pocket already”. “4K... 

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Another Security Flaw Found In Adobe Flash

July 10, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Another Security Flaw Found In Adobe Flash

Another critical security flaw has been found for Adobe’s Flash plug-in. Google Engineer Michele Spagnuolo has written an exploit tool, called “Rosetta Flash” which allows hackers to steal your cookies and other data using malicious Flash .SWF files. The flaw has been known about since Adam was a boy, had been left unfixed until now as nobody had found a way to harness it for evil. Twitter, Microsoft, Google and Instagram have already patched their sites, but beware of others... 

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Could Jupiter Aid In The Search For E.T.?

July 10, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Could Jupiter Aid In The Search For E.T.?

Powerful radio signals that Jupiter generates could be used to help researchers scan its giant moons for oceans that could be home to extraterrestrial life, according to a recent study submitted to the journal Icarus. Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, possesses 67 known moons, including three giant icy moons that might possess liquid oceans underneath their frozen surfaces. Astrobiologists want to investigate Europa, Ganymede and Callisto for extraterrestrial life, as there is life... 

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Firefox Losing Share Of Browser Market

July 9, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Firefox Losing Share Of Browser Market

Firefox’s user share on all platforms — desktop and mobile — has spiraled downward in the last two months as its desktop browser continued to bleed and its attempt to capture users on smartphones failed to move the needle, new data shows. Apple’s Safari fared almost as poorly since April, also losing significant user share, with a continued decline on mobile and a sudden slide on the desktop to blame. During June, 17.3% of those who went online surfed the Web using a mobile... 

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Blue Cross Mistake Exposes 18,000 Doctors Social Security Numbers

July 9, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Blue Cross Mistake Exposes 18,000 Doctors Social Security Numbers

The Social Security numbers of nearly 18,000 California doctors and health-care providers were mistakenly made public after a slip-up at health insurance provider Blue Shield of California, the organization said. The numbers were included in monthly filings on medical providers that Blue Shield is required to make to the state’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). The provider rosters for February, March and April 2013 included the data and were available under the state’s public... 

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AT&T Announces It Will Carry LG Smartwatch

July 9, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
AT&T Announces It Will Carry LG Smartwatch

AT&T Inc announced that it will be the first U.S. wireless carrier to sell LG Electronics’ smartwatch, a wrist watch that connects to Android phones and answers voice commands, and goes on sale on July 11. The announcement comes as demand for wearable devices surges. Juniper Research estimates the value of the wearable device market this year at $1.5 billion, up from $800 million in 2013. The LG “G Watch,” which was made in partnership with Google Inc, will sell for $229 and... 

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