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Smartwatch Shipments Forecasted To Surge In 2015

April 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Smartwatch Shipments Forecasted To Surge In 2015

Smartwatch shipments will swell by an impressive 500% this year, fueled by the interest in the coming Apple Watch and its impact on other smartwatches already in the market, according to market research firm IDC. IDC also lowered its Apple Watch forecast to 15.9 million shipments in 2015, down from 22 million, a 28% reduction. That’s partly because more details have surfaced and the sales date of April 24 was later than IDC had previously expected, according to IDC analyst Ryan Reith in an... 

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IBM To Invest $3B In ‘Internet of Things’ Services

April 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM To Invest $3B In ‘Internet of Things’ Services

International Business Machines Corp announced that it will invest $3 billion over the next four years in a new ‘Internet of Things’ unit, hoping to offer its expertise in gathering and making sense of the surge in real-time data. The Armonk, New York-based technology company said its services will be based remotely in the cloud, and offer companies ways to make use of the new and multiplying sources of data such as building sensors, smartphones and home appliances to enhance their own... 

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Will AMD Release Pascal Early Next Year?

April 1, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will AMD Release Pascal Early Next Year?

The world is still expecting the birth of the High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) boosted Fiji GPU, and the first cards based on the new chip should launch in late June, or the end of Q2 2015 if you prefer. AMD is looking ahead and their engineers are working hard on the company’s next generation HBM card, currently codenamed Greenland. We are not sure if this is the name of the whole generation or this is simply a single GPU backed by HBM, that will end up in APUs. Like we said, we doubt that Fiji... 

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Will Intel To Buy Altera?

April 1, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel To Buy Altera?

Shares in Intel have surged after the news leaked that it is trying to buy fellow chipmaker Altera for a cool $10 billion. If it goes ahead it will be Intel’s biggest purchase ever and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector. For those who came in late. Altera, was once part of AMD, and makes programmable chips widely used in mobile phone towers, the military and other industrial applications. Altera’s value to Intel is its programmable chips, which are increasingly... 

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Scientist Discover More Life Ingredients On Mars?

April 1, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Scientist Discover More Life Ingredients On Mars?

The more scientists learn about Mars, the more intriguing the Red Planet becomes as a potential haven for primitive life in the ancient past … and perhaps even the present. A study released today (March 23) reports that ancient Mars harbored a form of nitrogen that could potentially have been used by microbes, if any existed, to build key molecules such as amino acids. An unrelated study suggests that atmospheric carbon monoxide has been a feasible energy source for microbes throughout the... 

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Sprint Picks Chicago To Roll Out Advanced LTE Network

April 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Picks Chicago To Roll Out Advanced LTE Network

Sprint plans to add more than 540 jobs and 115 retail locations in the Chicago area along with its first LTE-Advanced upgrade in the nation. LTE Advanced has the potential of delivering 100 Mbps wireless download speeds. The impact on the city of Chicago proper will be 300 new jobs by the end of 2015. Sprint will also install hundreds of new cellular sites in the city at an expected cost of $45 million by the end of 2016, Sprint said in a statement. LTE Advanced has become more common around the... 

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Chat Tool Slack Admits To Being Hacked

March 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Chat Tool Slack Admits To Being Hacked

The popular group chat tool Slack had its central database hacked in February, according to the company, potentially compromising users’ profile information like log-on data, email addresses and phone numbers. The database also holds any additional information users may have added to their profiles like their Skype IDs. The passwords were encrypted using a hashing technique. There was no indication the hackers were able to decrypt the passwords, Slack Technologies said in a blog post. No financial... 

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Phone Movements, Gestures May Be Key To Fighting Mobile Malware

March 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Phone Movements, Gestures May Be Key To Fighting Mobile Malware

Mobile malware is a growing problem, but researchers from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have developed a new way of detecting when suspicious mobile apps start trouble, such as trying to call premium-rate numbers unbeknowst to a phone’s owner. The technique relies on using the phone’s motion, position and ambient sensors to learn the gestures that users typically make when they initiate phone calls, take pictures or use the phone’s NFC reader to scan credit cards. Some... 

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Toshiba And SanDisk To Launch 48-Layer 3D Flash Chip

March 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Toshiba And SanDisk To Launch 48-Layer 3D Flash Chip

Toshiba has announced the world’s first 48-layer Bit Cost Scalable (BiCS) flash memory chip. The BiCS is a two-bit-per-cell, 128Gb (16GB) device with a 3D-stacked cell structure flash that improves density and significantly reduces the overall size of the chip. Toshiba is already using 15nm dies so, despite the layering, the finished product will be competitively thin. 24 hours after the first announcement, SanDisk made one of its own regarding the announcement. The two companies share a fabrication... 

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Canonical Teams Up With Ericsson For Network Function Virtualization

March 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Canonical Teams Up With Ericsson For Network Function Virtualization

Canonical and Ericsson have announced their arrival into the cloud telecoms market after signing a three-year collaboration to develop network Function Virtualization (NFV) products for software-defined communications networks. The deal will see Ericsson deploying the Ubuntu Server operating system as the host for all its cloud offerings. John Zannos, VP of cloud alliances and channels at Canonical, told The INQUIRER: “It’s actually a very exciting time to be alive, with the pace of change... 

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Alibaba, BMG Sign Music Distribution Deal

March 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Alibaba, BMG Sign Music Distribution Deal

Germany’s BMG music rights company announced that it has signed a music digital distribution deal with China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, as the world’s largest e-commerce giant firms up its bid to become a digital media empire. The deal, one of the first in China made by a major music publisher rather than a label, will bring more than 2.5 million copyrights to Alibaba, whose music platforms already had many of the songs from artists including Kylie Minogue, the Rolling Stones... 

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Can Small Developers Profit In The Mobile Space?

March 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Can Small Developers Profit In The Mobile Space?

Is there a future for smaller developers on mobile devices? That’s an awful question to have to ask, yet it’s one being asked – with some variation in the phrasing or the approach – in quite a lot of contexts recently. Mobile platforms, once seen as safe refuge from the drastic collapse of the mid-range PC and console market, are now themselves displaying the same symptoms; soaring budgets, dependency on franchise or licensed IP, and a market increasingly dominated by the... 

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GPS To Become Obsolete?

March 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
GPS To Become Obsolete?

Finding GPS unreliable in certain situations, the U.S. government is focusing on developing a more reliable real-time position tracking technology whose signals won’t disappear in blind spots and can’t be jammed. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing “radically” new technologies to deliver a more advanced position- and navigation-tracking system that is more reliable and accurate than GPS, according to a document on DARPA research projects recently released. DARPA... 

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Amazon Unleashes Unlimited Storage For $5 A Month

March 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Unleashes Unlimited Storage For $5 A Month

Amazon upped the ante: Unlimited cloud storage for individuals for $5 a month ($59.99 per year). Amazon’s Unlimited Everything Plan allows users to store an infinite number of  photos, videos, files, documents, movies and music in its Cloud Drive. The site also announced a separate $12 per year plan for unlimited photos. People who subscribe to Amazon Prime already get unlimited capacity for photos. Both the Unlimited Everything Plan and the Photos Plan have three-month free trial periods. Online... 

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Will Intel Challenge nVidia In The GPU Space?

March 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel Challenge nVidia In The GPU Space?

Intel has released details of its next -generation Xeon Phi processor and it is starting to look like Intel is gunning for a chunk of Nvidia’s GPU market. According to a briefing from Avinash Sodani, Knights Landing Chief Architect at Intel, a product update by Hugo Saleh, Marketing Director of Intel’s Technical Computing Group, an interactive technical Q&A and a lab demo of a Knights Landing system running on an Intel reference-design system, Nvidia could be Intel’s target. Knights... 

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