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SAP Expands IoT Footprint With Plat.One Acquisition

September 30, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
SAP Expands IoT Footprint With Plat.One Acquisition

SAP has acquired IoT software developer Plat.One,taking the first step of a plan to invest $2 billion in the internet of things over the next five years. Some of those billions will be spent on the creation of IoT development labs around the world, SAP said Wednesday. It already has plans for such labs in Berlin, Johannesburg, Munich, Palo Alto, Shanghai and São Leopoldo in Brazil. The company is also rolling out a series of “jump-start” and “accelerator” IoT software... 

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Mozilla Brings New Ad-blocking Feature To Firefox

September 30, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Mozilla Brings New Ad-blocking Feature To Firefox

Mozilla has unveiled three new test features for Firefox, including one that separates YouTube videos from the browser and another that may signal towards a more aggressive ad-blocking strategy by the open-source developer. “We’re excited to announce the release of three new Test Pilot experiments,” said Nick Nguyen, the vice president of Firefox, in a post to a company blog. “These features will help you share and manage screenshots; keep streaming video front and center;... 

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Apple Score Another Enterprise Win With Deloitte Deal

September 30, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Apple Score Another Enterprise Win With Deloitte Deal

Apple Inc and Deloitte LLP announced a partnership  in which the consultant will open a new practice to encourage business clients to work with Apple products, the tech firm’s latest attempt to boost enterprise sales as its key product, the iPhone, shows signs of maturation. More than 5,000 Deloitte advisers will be included in the Apple initiative, the companies said. The consulting firm also launched EnterpriseNext, a program aimed at helping clients make better use of Apple products and... 

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Will Intel Succeed In Banking With Blockchain?

September 30, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will Intel Succeed In Banking With Blockchain?

The Intel backed blockchain project has apparently passed its tests with more than eight finance outfits on their bond transactions. For those that came in late, blockchain is similar technology which is behind bitcoin and is being looked at by the finance houses as a secure way to carrying out banking translations. Intel has baded a financial innovation start-up R3 to push the tech and it trialed it with eight banks, including HSBC and State Street. The platform featured advanced smart contract... 

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Is The Firefox OS History?

September 30, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Is The Firefox OS History?

Big Cheeses at the Mozzarella Foundation have announced that they are killing off the Firefox OS. For those who came in late, the OS was supposed to be part of a cunning plan to provide a new sort of operating system for mobiles as an alternative to Android. However, it was greeted by a loud sounding yawn by customers and manufacturers alike. Now Mozilla has said that it will stop its efforts to build and ship smartphones through carrier partners. Apparently it had a cunning plan to re-position the... 

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Astronomers Discover The Galactic Bones Of The Milky Way

September 30, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover The Galactic Bones Of The Milky Way

The skeleton of the Milky Way galaxy is coming into focus: A group of researchers recently dug up a cache galactic “bones” using a method that could answer key questions about these objects. Galactic “bones” are long, cold, dense filaments of gas that have been discovered running through the center of the Milky Way’s spiral arms. But many other filaments have also been found in the fringes of the galactic arms, or in between them, prompting questions about where these... 

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MasterCard Launches Developer’s Platform For App Creation

September 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
MasterCard Launches Developer’s Platform For App Creation

Mastercard has unveiled an ambitious open Mastercard Developers platform to help third-party developers easily create commerce-related apps and services. Developers will be able to use six different coding languages to work with 25 different Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) in payment, data, security and experimental areas. The experimental category includes APIs for bot commerce such as chatbots and virtual reality and augmented reality devices. In one example of how a bot commerce API... 

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Health Insurer Aetna To Offer Discount On Apple Smartwatches

September 29, 2016 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Health Insurer Aetna To Offer Discount On Apple Smartwatches

Health insurer Aetna Inc said it would provide some customers discounts on Apple Inc’s smartwatch, marking the first deal made by the tech giant with an insurer for its devices. Aetna, which has about 23 million members in the United States, will also give away the Apple Watch for free to its nearly 50,000 employees, Aetna said in a statement on Tuesday. The deal could help Apple boost the appeal of its Watch to potential customers as the company looks to target health and fitness conscious... 

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Sears Teams Up With Uber To Enhance Rewards Program

September 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Sears Teams Up With Uber To Enhance Rewards Program

Sears Holdings Corp is joining forces with ride-services company Uber Technologies Inc as the struggling retailer tries to make its rewards program more attractive to shoppers. Sears is betting on its Shop Your Way loyalty plan, which offers points and tailored deals to members, as the company looks to revive sales. The program accounted for 75 percent of the company’s sales through the first half of 2016. Riders who link their Uber account to Sears’ loyalty plan will receive up to $2... 

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Are Developers Giving Up On The Oculus Rift

September 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Are Developers Giving Up On The Oculus Rift

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe has emphasized the freedom that Oculus VR allows its employees to support their personal views, a freedom he said also applied to Palmer Luckey. In a post on his Facebook page, Iribe spoke about Luckey’s regret at the negative impact the situation had created for “the company, our partners, and the industry.” However, he offered a measure of support for Oculus VR’s founder, citing Luckey’s right to independent political beliefs. “Everyone... 

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DoesThe PS4 Pro Truly Offer 4K Gaming?

September 29, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
DoesThe PS4 Pro Truly Offer 4K Gaming?

A little bit of clarity can go a long way. A few weeks ago at the reveal of the PS4 Pro, in a staff roundtable I questioned whether Sony’s new console would hurt Microsoft’s chances with the more powerful Scorpio. I also gave Sony an edge because of its HDR rollout to all PS4s. As it turns out, the HDR update is practically useless (no games supported yet and no video streaming) and the PS4 Pro itself will see most games upscaled, according to Sony Interactive boss Andrew House. While... 

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Hawking’s Still Does Not Want To Deal With E.T.

September 29, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Hawking’s Still Does Not Want To Deal With E.T.

Humanity should be wary of seeking out contact with alien civilizations, Stephen Hawking has warned once again. In 2010, the famed astrophysicist said that intelligent aliens may be rapacious marauders, roaming the cosmos in search of resources to plunder and planets to conquer and colonize. He reiterates that basic concern in “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places,” a new documentary streaming now on the CuriosityStream video service. “One day, we might receive a signal from... 

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Turns To Microsoft’s Azure Cloud For Connected Cars

September 28, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Renault-Nissan Alliance Turns To Microsoft’s Azure Cloud For Connected Cars

Microsoft has inked a deal to aid the Renault-Nissan Alliance in developing next-generation connected services for self-driving cars that will be enabled through Microsoft’s Azure cloud infrastructure. Azure cloud services, the companies said, will be the foundation for more advanced navigation features, vehicle monitoring and predictive vehicle maintenance and for mobile connectivity and over-the-air updates. Renault-Nissan plans to develop connectivity technologies and features to support... 

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Samsung Says Over 60% Of Defective Samsung Note 7 Phones Have Been Recovered

September 28, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Says Over 60% Of Defective Samsung Note 7 Phones Have Been Recovered

Samsung Electronics Co announced it has received back more than 60 percent of recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in South Korea and the United States, suggesting it is making progress in its attempts to recover from the crisis. In a statement, Samsung said it was focused on replacing all affected devices “as quickly and efficiently” as possible and reiterated its request that customers affected by the current recall should power off their device and turn them in. The world’s... 

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Microsoft Acknowledges Windows 10 Adoption Rate Has Cooled

September 28, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Acknowledges Windows 10 Adoption Rate Has Cooled

Microsoft has acknowledged that the Windows 10 adoption rate has slowed when it claimed the new operating system was running on approximately 400 million devices. The company reset the Windows 10 uptake status on the same day it kicked off the 2016 edition of its Ignite conference in Atlanta. Microsoft’s last Windows 10 update was at the end of June, a month before it halted the free upgrade for consumers and small businesses running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Then Microsoft pegged the number... 

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