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State Farm Files Lawsuit Againt Apple Over iPhone Fire

July 25, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
State Farm Files Lawsuit Againt Apple Over iPhone Fire

We live in an age of exploding cell phone batteries, apparently. In a new case, indeed, insurer State Farm and one of its customers, Wisconsin resident Xai Thao, allege that one of Apple’s older iPhones had a defective battery that led to a fire last year. A lawsuit filed by both State Farm and Thao claims that her iPhone 4S “failed” and “started a fire at Thao’s home.” The lawsuit further claims that “preliminary investigations show evidence of a significant... 

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Telegram App Adopts Disappear Messages Like Snapchat

July 25, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Telegram App Adopts Disappear Messages Like Snapchat

Telegram, which gained notoriety for its encrypted messaging service, just upped its privacy game for users. The app now lets you send your friends “self-destructing” photos and videos that disappear after a few seconds, the company said in a recentblog post. How long it takes for the media to go away depends on how long you set the timer for. If this update sounds all too familiar, that’s because it’s similar to Snapchat’s ephemeral pictures and video. Snapchat... 

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Spotify Inching Closer To A Deal With Warner Music

July 25, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Spotify Inching Closer To A Deal With Warner Music

Music streaming company Spotify is one step closer to reaching a new licensing pact with Warner Music Inc, the last big music royalty deal it needs before pushing ahead with a U.S. stock market listing, four sources familiar with the situation said. The parties are positive a deal could be signed by September as major issues such as granting loss-making Spotify a more favorable revenue split in return for making some new albums accessible only to its paying subscribers for a defined period have... 

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Does Windows 10 Support Intel’s Atom Chip

July 25, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Does Windows 10 Support Intel’s Atom Chip

While most people expected that Windows 10 would last a while, it appears that some Intel users will not get feature updates. ZDNet’s Ed Bott has written that systems built around Intel’s Clover Trail Atom processors are blocked from installing Windows 10 Version 1703, known as the Creators Update. For those with the memory of goldfish, Intel’s Clover Trail Atom processors are generally low-cost, low-power machines released between 2012 and 2015. The devices that the chips are... 

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Did The Dow Jones Cloud Server Leak Personal Data

July 25, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did The Dow Jones Cloud Server Leak Personal Data

A security Company called Upguard has exposed a problem with a Dow Jones server that partially exposed the details of as many as 4 million people. This is bad news for Dow Jones and its punters. UpGuard suggests that there was some oversight in the setting up of the weak point, which could have been avoided. If it has been avoided a lot of people might be the sole owners of their own email addresses and some of their credit card details unmolested. “The UpGuard Cyber Risk Team can now report... 

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Are ‘Super-Earth’ Alien Planets Carving Up Planet-Forming Disks

July 25, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Are ‘Super-Earth’ Alien Planets Carving Up Planet-Forming Disks

NASA’s Kepler space telescope and other instruments have revealed the existence of thousands of alien planets. Most of them are “super-Earths” — rocky worlds with Earth- to Neptune-size masses.  But the existence of so many super-Earths seems to contradict astronomers’ understanding of planet formation. Indeed, observations of newborn solar systems show features that seem to need the presence of more massive gas giants like Jupiter. Scientists may have just solved that... 

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Samsung To Officially Launch Galaxy Note 8 On August 23rd

July 24, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Officially Launch Galaxy Note 8 On August 23rd

Samsung’s is gearing up to “do bigger things.” The company has announced plans to hold its next Unpacked event — presumably the Galaxy Note 8 — at 11 a.m. ET on Aug. 23 in New York’s Park Avenue Armory. The invitation provided to press showed the outline of a phone that looks similar to the shape of the Galaxy S8 — a screen that appears to curve around the long sides of the phone and thin bezels at the top and bottom. It also shows a bright blue stylus,... 

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Louis Vuitton Launches e-Commerce Website

July 24, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Louis Vuitton Launches e-Commerce Website

French fashion brand Louis Vuitton, part of luxury giant LVMH, announced it had launched an e-commerce website in China to tap a booming online shopping market. Louis Vuitton, which opened its first store in Beijing in 1992, said the website offered leather goods, small leather goods, shoes, accessories, watch and jewelry, luggage, and the newly launched Les Parfums Louis Vuitton. Payments can be made via UnionPay, Alipay and WeChat, the statement said. The website will be available in 12 cities... 

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Lyft Forms Sel-driving Car Division, Speeds Up Autonomous Vehicle Efforts

July 24, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Lyft Forms Sel-driving Car Division, Speeds Up Autonomous Vehicle Efforts

Lyft Inc has formed an autonomous cars division, company executives said, a bold investment for the second-largest U.S. ride-services firm as it jockeys for position in the highly competitive self-driving vehicle race. The executives said on Thursday the company would soon open a facility in Palo Alto, California, that would eventually be staffed by “several hundred” engineers. Lyft engineers will collaborate there with autonomous vehicle experts from other companies to build self-driving... 

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Do Video Games Help Critical Thinking

July 24, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Do Video Games Help Critical Thinking

At the Develop conference in Brighton this week, the team behind a new charitable foundation called The Near Future Society asked developers to embrace games as a tool for critical thinking; an antidote to a cultural landscape in which “fake news, bias and extremism” are increasingly powerful forces. The Near Future Society was initially conceived by Oliver Lewis, a former diplomat and the current VP of corporate development at Improbable. Lewis was joined onstage by Nick Button-Brown,... 

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Does Apple Prefer Qualcomm 4G Inside

July 24, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Does Apple Prefer Qualcomm 4G Inside

Our well-informed sources are whispering that Apple might order more Qualcomm 4G modems for the upcoming iPhone compared to the orders for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.  The reason is simple, most US carriers wants to play the Gigabit LTE card for the holiday season, especially in the US and, guess what, Intel’s XMM 7480 doesn’t support it. Fudzilla has talked a lot about the fact that Intel will get inside of the iPhone business and this has happened with the debut of the iPhone 7 / 7 Plus using Intel’s... 

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Astronomers Detect Weird Radio Signal From Red Dwarf

July 24, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Detect Weird Radio Signal From Red Dwarf

Strange radio signals have been spotted coming from the vicinity of a nearby star — but don’t get your hopes up that aliens are responsible. On May 12, the 1,000-foot-wide (305 meters) Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico detected “some very peculiar signals” apparently emanating from Ross 128, a red dwarf star that lies just 11 light-years from Earth. “The signals consisted of broadband quasi-periodic nonpolarized pulses with very strong dispersion-like features,”... 

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T-Mobile Continues Winning Streak, Adds 1.3M New Customers

July 21, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Continues Winning Streak, Adds 1.3M New Customers

The nation’s third-largest mobile carrier said it added 1.3 million net new customers in the second quarter, aided largely by the 786,000 new phone customers on a post-paid plan, or who pay at the end of the month. The figure topped at least one Wall Street firm’s expectations. The numbers underscore the fact that despite the rival carriers throwing themselves at you for your business, T-Mobile continues to win over new customers. The heightened pressure has resulted in more deals for... 

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Facebook Exploring Subscription Based News

July 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Exploring Subscription Based News

Facebook Inc is holding preliminary discussions with several news publishers about how its social media site can better support subscription business models, the company’s head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, said in a statement on Wednesday. The statement comes a day after TheStreet reported that Facebook plans to launch a subscription-based news product, citing comments by Brown at a conference. Facebook will begin initial tests in October, TheStreet reported. The feature is likely... 

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Amazon Jumps Into Social Media Shopping With Spark Launch

July 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Jumps Into Social Media Shopping With Spark Launch

Amazon.com Inc has rolled out a social feature called Spark that encourages members to showcase and purchase products on its platforms, the retail giant’s first clear move into the world of social media. Spark, which is currently only available for Amazon’s premium paying Prime members, encourages users to share photos and videos, just like popular social media platforms Instagram and Pinterest. The new feature publicly launched on Tuesday for use on mobile devices that use Apple’s... 

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