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Workhorse Wants In On The Drone Delivery Business

July 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Workhorse Wants In On The Drone Delivery Business

Workhorse, a truck maker based in Loveland, Ohio apparently wants in on the drone package delivery business. Workhorse isn’t as high profile as Amazon or Google, but it demonstrated an eight-rotor delivery drone designed to work with its electric trucks and use some of the same battery technology. “Our concept is, you have a package-delivery drone that rides on top of a truck as the driver goes about his day, and helps to pick off outliers on his route to help cut down on the cost of... 

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Twitter Woes Continue, User Growth Rate Slows

July 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Woes Continue, User Growth Rate Slows

Twitter Inc’s shares continued to drop after the microblogging company said its number of monthly average users grew at the slowest pace since it went public in 2013. “This is unacceptable and we’re not happy about it,” Jack Dorsey, who stepped in as interim chief executive on July 1, said on a call with analysts. Twitter said it had 304 million core users in the second quarter, up from 302 million in the prior quarter. Twitter’s struggles to increase its audience worries... 

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Is Intel Trying To Divide To Conquer?

July 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Intel Trying To Divide To Conquer?

Intel is trying to boost promotion of its desktop CPU platforms by dividing the market into six pieces. According to Digitimes which has its paws on the cunning plan said that Intel is talking about something called an Enthusiast Tower. An Enthusiast Tower, is not a ride at Disneyland, it is the gaming, video/audio content and high performance sector. What Intel defines as “mainstream” has high performance-price ratios.  “All-in-one (AIO) PCs”, “Mini PCs (NUC)”, “Portable AIO PCs”... 

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Nokia Unveils Virtual Reality Camera

July 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Nokia Unveils Virtual Reality Camera

Finland’s Nokia, once the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, has debuted a spherical camera designed for making 3D movies and games that can be watched and played with virtual reality headsets. The device, showcased at an event in Los Angeles, takes video and audio in 360 degrees with eight sensors and microphones, and is the first from Nokia’s digital media solutions business — one of its new focuses for future growth. Nokia is going through restructuring after... 

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The NSA Plans To Stop Snooping Bulk Data

July 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
The NSA Plans To Stop Snooping Bulk Data

The National Security Agency has said that it will end its access to most bulk data collected under a controversial surveillance program in November, but keep records for litigation purposes. The office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a statement that the bulk telephony data — the subject of leaks by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden which shocked many in the US and abroad — would be destroyed “as soon as possible” to comply with a law passed by... 

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Will E.T. Destroy Mankind?

July 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will E.T. Destroy Mankind?

This week, famed physicist Stephen Hawking helped launch a major new effort to search for signs of intelligent alien life in the cosmos, even though he thinks it’s likely that such creatures would try to destroy humanity. Since at least 2010, Hawking has spoken publicly about his fears that an advanced alien civilization would have no problem wiping out the human race the way a human might wipe out a colony of ants. At the media event announcing the new project, he noted that human beings... 

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NSA To Lose Access To Bulk Phone Data In November

July 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NSA To Lose Access To Bulk Phone Data In November

The U.S. National Security Agency will no longer have access to the bulk telephone records data it has collected at the end of November, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced . Congress voted in June to rein in the NSA’s mass collection of U.S. phone metadata, which includes information such as the timing and location of calls. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, also known as the FISA court, then gave the NSA 180 days to wind down the program. The Director... 

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Facebook Invites More Mobile Operators To Internet.org

July 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Facebook Invites More Mobile Operators To Internet.org

Facebook is inviting additional mobile operators to join Internet.org, its project to bring Internet access to poorly connected parts of the world. Internet.org turns one year old this week, and Facebook says it’s ready to scale the project to reach more people. The company is making it easier for more mobile operators to join the project by launching an online portal where they’ll find technical tools and best practices to help them get started. So far, Facebook has been working with... 

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Will HTML5 Hide Web Exploits?

July 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will HTML5 Hide Web Exploits?

Some of the features introduced in HTML5 can be used to hide web-based exploits and help them evade security. Researchers from the University of Salerno and the Sapienza University of Rome in Italy have used three different techniques to obfuscate exploits like the ones usually used in drive-by download attacks. Functionality provided by HTML5 can be efficient for malware obfuscation, the Italians have proved. Modern security software can detect a big chunk of threats, but if they use some HTML5... 

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Will Intel’s Skylake Come To NUCs?

July 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel’s Skylake Come To NUCs?

Intel is expected to upgrade its Compute Stick and NUC solutions to Skylake processors starting October. ECS, Gigabyte, Asustek and ASRock are expected to launch related products. Sales for the Compute Stick and NUC have been rising and it appears that Intel sees gold in the mini PC segment’s potential. NUC s are seeing stable demand in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Europe. Intel is set to release solutions with its new Core m5/m3 processors codenamed Cedar City in the fourth... 

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In Spite Of Technical Issues Kepler Keeps Finding Planets

July 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
In Spite Of Technical Issues Kepler Keeps Finding Planets

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope continues to zero in on the first “alien Earth” despite being hobbled by a malfunction more than two years ago. Last Thursday (July 23), mission scientists announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, which they and NASA officials described as the most Earth-like exoplanet yet found. Kepler-452b circles a sunlike star at about the same distance Earth orbits the sun, but the alien world is about 60 percent wider than our home planet, so it’s... 

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Car And Pedestrian Collision App Coming Soon

July 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Car And Pedestrian Collision App Coming Soon

A safety system that links vehicles and smartphones to stop those heart-stopping near misses between cars and pedestrians could be standardized by the end of this year. The technology involves smartphones broadcasting data over a short-range radio channel to nearby cars, so the cars can determine if a collision is likely. Unlike today’s radar-based systems, this has the ability to warn around blind corners and can alert both the driver and pedestrian. It’s being developed by engineers... 

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Samsung To Sell Monitor That Can Wirelessly Charge Smartphones

July 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung To Sell Monitor That Can Wirelessly Charge Smartphones

Samsung Electronics wants to unclutter your home with a monitor that can wirelessly charge smartphones and other mobile devices. The SE370 monitor will come in 23.6-inch and 27-inch formats and is the industry’s first to have an integrated wireless charging station, the South Korean manufacturer said Monday. But your phone will have to support the Qi wireless charging standard, which was developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and is supported by makers such as Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC... 

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Does Steam Have A Security Issue?

July 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Does Steam Have A Security Issue?

A security problem with the Steam gaming on-demand system means that players and their personal details are at risk. It is possible that one day we will report on which companies made it through the night without being hacked or without exposing their users. For now, though, the opposite is the norm and today we are reporting about a problem with gaming system Steam that, you guessed it, has dangled the personal details of punters within the reach of ne’er-do-wells. The news is not coming out... 

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Massive iPhone Counterfeiting Operation Shut Down In China

July 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Massive iPhone Counterfeiting Operation Shut Down In China

Police in Beijing have raided a factory that made more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as 120 million yuan ($19 million), including some that reached the United States, and have arrested nine suspects in the counterfeiting operation. Apple is one of the most popular brands in China, where authorities have stepped up efforts in recent years to dispel the country’s reputation for turning out counterfeit goods. Officials have taken stiffer action to enforce intellectual property (IP)... 

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