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PC Pricing Continue To Rise, Highest Increase Since 2011

February 20, 2017 by   | Category: Uncategorized
PC Pricing Continue To Rise, Highest Increase Since 2011

PC prices are headed upward due to a shortage of a number of components, and the situation isn’t expected to change in the coming quarters. A shortage of DRAM, SSDs, batteries, and LCDs have conspired to drive up PC prices, Gianfranco Lanci, corporate president and chief operating officer at Lenovo, said during an earnings call last Thursday. It’s difficult to pin a number on the price increase because of the number of PC configurations available. The cost of purchasing these components... 

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Cosmic Rays Named As Possible Cause Of Computer Crashes

February 20, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Cosmic Rays Named As Possible Cause Of Computer Crashes

When your PC crashes or phone freezes, don’t be so quick to blame the manufacturer. Cosmic rays — or rather the electrically charged particles they generate — may be the real culprit. While harmless to living organisms, a small number of these particles have enough energy to interfere with the operation of the microelectronic circuitry in our personal devices. It’s called a single-event upset or SEU. During an SEU, particles alter an individual bit of data stored in a chip’s... 

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Android Apps Poses Security Risk For Cars

February 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Android Apps Poses Security Risk For Cars

Android applications that allow millions of drivers to remotely locate and unlock their vehicles are missing security features that could prevent tampering by hackers. Researchers from antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab took seven of the most popular Android apps that accompany connected cars from various manufacturers, and analyzed them from the perspective of a compromised Android device. The apps and manufacturers have not been named. The researchers looked at whether such apps use any of the available... 

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Does Virtual Reality Need A Hit Game To Succeed?

February 20, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Does Virtual Reality Need A Hit Game To Succeed?

For many, the success of Resident Evil 7 and its atmospheric campaign has offered a glimpse of what a “killer app” for virtual reality might look like; the game that shifts the common perception of VR from an intriguing glimpse of the future, to an essential part of contemporary entertainment. The term will be familiar to anyone who has seen the launch of a new console, but, as a panel of experts discussed today at Casual Connect Europe, VR defies such easy categorization. The discussion... 

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Will Politics Bring Down The Gaming Industry?

February 20, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Politics Bring Down The Gaming Industry?

If you’re someone who makes a living from videogames – as most readers of this site are – then political developments around the world at the moment should deeply concern you. I’m sure, of course, that a great many of you are concerned about things ranging from President Trump’s Muslim travel ban to the UK Parliament’s vote for “Hard Brexit” or the looming elections in Holland and France simply on the basis of being politically aware and engaged. However,... 

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Did Hubble Find The Most Ancient Galaxy In The Universe?

February 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did Hubble Find The Most Ancient Galaxy In The Universe?

A new technique that removes the light of foreground galaxy clusters is giving astronomers a direct look at a generation of galaxies dating back to the universe’s baby years. The discovery is considered a key piece of evidence for a critical, but poorly understood period of time when the universe switched from being dark to radiating light. Scientists theorize that energy from first-generation galaxies transformed the dark, electrically neutral universe into ionized and radiating plasma. But... 

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Microsoft, Tata Motors Announce Strategic Collaboration

February 17, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft, Tata Motors Announce Strategic Collaboration

Tata Motors Ltd and Microsoft India both announced a strategic collaboration on the technology front to make driving a more personalized experiences for the customers, the companies said in a joint statement. The first vehicle showcasing the vision of the enhanced driving experiences will be unveiled at the Geneva International Motor show on March 7, they said. “Using IoT (internet of things), AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning technologies, we will provide vehicle owners in... 

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U.S. Solar Growth Continues To Soar, Surpasses Previous Record

February 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
U.S. Solar Growth Continues To Soar, Surpasses Previous Record

The U.S. solar market came close to doubling its electricity-generating capacity last year, as 14.6 gigawatts (GW) of new photovoltaic capacity was installed throughout the country. There was a 95% increase in new solar installations over the previous year, when 7.4GW were installed, according to a new report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The complete report — titled “U.S. Solar Market Insight, 2016 Year in Review” — is due to be released... 

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Verizon Reportedly Gets Discount On Yahoo Acquisition

February 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Verizon Reportedly Gets Discount On Yahoo Acquisition

Verizon Communications Inc  is close to an updated deal to purchase Yahoo Inc’s core internet business for $250 million to $350 million less than the original agreed price of $4.83 billion, according to a source briefed on the matter. Since last year, Verizon had been trying to persuade Yahoo to amend the terms of the acquisition agreement to reflect the economic damage from two cyber attacks. A source told Reuters that the deal, which could come as soon as this week, will entail Verizon... 

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Will Ryzen Boost AMD’s Stock Price?

February 17, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Will Ryzen Boost AMD’s Stock Price?

It has been reported a few times that Zen and the desktop part Ryzen are a crucial part of AMD’s strategy in the future. The fact that our sources confirm that Ryzen will compete well against Core i7 Extreme edition will definitely help AMD’s stock. AMD’s John Taylor, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Marketing at AMD showcased Zen running the CPU at Computex in June 1st 2016 and the stock market reacted favorably to it. Since early January last year, AMD stock grew tremendously from $1.90... 

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Oracle Still Going After Google Over Java

February 17, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Oracle Still Going After Google Over Java

Oracle has decided that it is not going to give up trying to convince the world that Google owes it billions for Android software. For the last seven years, Google and Oracle have been slugging it out over copyright over Java applets, which Oracle insists are the key to making Android run. It has gone through two federal trials and bounced around at appeals courts, including a brief stop at the US Supreme Court. Oracle has sought as much as $9 billion in the case. Other than one loss, which was... 

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Is Proxima b Uninhabitable Due To Superflares?

February 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Proxima b Uninhabitable Due To Superflares?

The nearby alien planet Proxima b is not a great candidate to host life as we know it, a new study suggests. Immensely powerful flares from Proxima b’s parent star likely stripped some of life’s key building blocks from the Earth-size alien world’s atmosphere long ago, according to the study, which investigated the life-hosting potential of planets circling the small, dim stars known as red dwarfs. Red dwarfs are the most common stars in the Milky Way, making up about 75 percent... 

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Apple Finally Overtakes Samsung In Smartphones Sales

February 16, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Apple Finally Overtakes Samsung In Smartphones Sales

Apple has outpaced Samsung Electronics in smartphone sales for the first time in two years, but that victory might just be short-lived. Samsung sold 76.8 million smartphones in the fourth quarter, giving it a market share of 17.8 percent, but it was just beaten by Apple, which sold 77 million iPhones for a 17.9 percent share, according to figures from market research firm Gartner. The fourth quarter is usually a strong one for Apple, boosted by holiday sales of the new generation of iPhones it... 

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AT&T Has Plans For IoT Network Later This Year

February 16, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Has Plans For IoT Network Later This Year

AT&T is accelerating its planned debuted of LTE-M, an IoT network that’s already being used to track shipping containers and pallets, monitor water use and connect fleets to the internet. The carrier said Tuesday it will have nationwide LTE-M coverage in the U.S. by the middle of this year, six months ahead of schedule. Previously, AT&T had said LTE-M would cover the U.S. by year’s end. That means everywhere in the country that AT&T has an LTE network, it will also offer LTE-M. By... 

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Facebook Launches App For Smart TVs

February 16, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Facebook Launches App For Smart TVs

Facebook Inc is launching an app for smart TVs that will aid the social network’s users in being able to view its videos on a larger screens. The app will roll out soon from app stores for Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV and Amazon Fire TV, the company said in a blogpost on Tuesday. The blogpost also said users can scroll through their news feed and simultaneously watch videos on their timeline.  Sound also fades in and out as one scrolls through videos in news feed now. Videos in news feed... 

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