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Google Assistant Comes To Bose Premium Headphones

September 22, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Assistant Comes To Bose Premium Headphones

Last month Bose accidentally leaked shots in a newsletter of what appeared to be a new version of its top noise-canceling headphone, the QuietComfort 35. The tip-off was an extra button on the headphones that tech sleuths speculated had something to do with a possible voice assistant. Now Bose has officially announced the not-so-secret QuietComfort 35 II or QC35 II and told us that the new “Action” button on the left ear cup allows you to connect to your Google Assistant without... 

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Google Acquiring Pixel Smartphone Making Unit of HTC

September 22, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Google Acquiring Pixel Smartphone Making Unit of HTC

Alphabet Inc’s Google confirmed that it would pay $1.1 billion for the division at Taiwan’s HTC Corp that develops the U.S. firm’s Pixel smartphones – its second major foray into phone hardware after an earlier costly failure. The all-cash deal will see Google gain 2,000 HTC employees, roughly equivalent to one fifth of the Taiwanese firm’s total workforce. It will also acquire a non-exclusive license for HTC’s intellectual property and the two firms agreed to look at other areas... 

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Skype, WhatsApp Calls Allowed Again In Saudi Arabia

September 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Skype, WhatsApp Calls Allowed Again In Saudi Arabia

The Saudi government has rescinded its ban on calls made through online apps on Thursday but will monitor and censor them, a government spokesman said. All online voice and video call services – such as Microsoft’s Skype, Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger, and Rakuten’s Viber – that satisfy regulatory requirements were set to become accessible overnight. However, on Thursday morning, Viber appeared to remain blocked inside the kingdom, and WhatsApp worked only when connected... 

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Is MediaTek Falling Behind

September 22, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is MediaTek Falling Behind

According to Digitimes, the outfit is not going be able to release anything using these technologies in 2018, as it has moved to focus on the mid-range smartphone market segment. MediaTek has shifted its R&D resources to the Helio P series mobile chips designed for mid-range devices, and put the development of its high-end Helio X series on hold.  Alll this could be a warning that Taiwan’s IC design industry growth could be limited. MediaTek has been a leading Taiwan-based IC designer... 

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Is nVidia Planning A Geforce 1070 Ti

September 22, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is nVidia Planning A Geforce 1070 Ti

According to the newest leak, Nvidia may be working on a GTX 1070 Ti, which could put a lot of pressure on AMD’s RX Vega lineup. The alleged GTX 1070 Ti was originally spotted as a part of a specifications list on My Drivers site, caught by PCPer.com, and is listed as the Asus GTX 1070 Ti Strix O8G. While there were no precise details regarding the card, the O8G in the name suggests it packs 8GB of memory. Further rumors suggest that it could be based on the latest GP104 GPU and pack 2304 CUDA... 

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Astronomers Find Titanium Oxide On Aline Planet

September 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Titanium Oxide On Aline Planet

For the first time ever, titanium oxide has been spotted in an exoplanet’s skies, a new study reports. Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile detected the substance in the atmosphere of WASP-19b, a huge, scorching-hot planet located 815 light-years from Earth. The presence of titanium oxide in the atmosphere of WASP-19b can have substantial effects on the atmospheric temperature structure and circulation,” study co-author Ryan MacDonald,... 

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YouTube Introduces Fan Sponsorship Service

September 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
YouTube Introduces Fan Sponsorship Service

YouTube Gaming fans will now be able to directly donate money to their favorite eligible creators with sponsorships, the company announced.  A monthly $4.99 payment gives fans perks such as custom emoji and access to exclusive live chats. Fans can also purchase digital goods directly from the channels. In order to be eligible, creators must be over 18 years old and have a Gaming channel which is monetized and enabled for live streaming. The channel must also have over 1,000 subscribers. Early... 

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T-Mobile, Sprint Merger Talks Heat Up

September 21, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile, Sprint Merger Talks Heat Up

T-Mobile and Sprint are a hot topic in the world of wireless. The nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers are in active discussions for a merger, according to a person familiar with the talks. It could take anywhere between three and five weeks before the deal might be made official, although there’s no guarantee it will go through. CNBC’s David Faber was the first to report on the talks. A merger would mark the culmination of years of flirting between T-Mobile and... 

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Amazon Is Developing It’s Own ‘Smart Glasses’

September 21, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon Is Developing It’s Own ‘Smart Glasses’

Amazon.com Inc is busy developing its first wearable device – a pair of ‘smart glasses’, the Financial Times reported earlier this week. The device, designed like a regular pair of spectacles, will allow Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa to be summoned anytime at all places, the report said, citing people familiar with the plans. There would be a bone-conduction audio system in the device to allow the wearer to hear Alexa without inserting headphones into his or her ears, according... 

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Are Hackers From North Korea Stealing Bitcoins

September 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Are Hackers From North Korea Stealing Bitcoins

North Korea’s hackers may be stealing bitcoin and other virtual currencies in a bid to evade sanctions and obtain hard currencies to fund the regime. That’s according to a blog post by security firm FireEye. While state-sponsored North Korean cyber-criminals have been targeting banks and the global financial system for some time in order to fund the isolated state, FireEye believes that hackers are now attempting to steal virtual currencies too. Since May 2017, FireEye says it has observed... 

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Did Qualcomm Inadvertently Help Apple

September 21, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Did Qualcomm Inadvertently Help Apple

Qualcomm has published a blog post that praises itself and its Android partners for inventing all the industry firsts that Apple is claiming to have invented in its iPhone X. These include wireless charging, dual-camera systems, OLED smartphone screens, edge-to-edge displays, and more features that the upcoming iPhone X has. The blog is a reminder to Apple about how dependent the fruity cargo-cult is on Qualcomm technology. Inventions from Qualcomm lay the foundation for so many technologies and... 

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With Boron On Mars Prove Life Once Existed

September 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
With Boron On Mars Prove Life Once Existed

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has discovered boron in Gale Crater — new evidence that the Red Planet may have been able to support life on its surface in the ancient past. Boron is a very interesting element to astrologists; on Earth, it’s thought to stabilize the sugary molecule ribose. Ribose is a key component of ribonucleic acid (RNA), a molecule that’s present in all living cells and drives metabolic processes. But ribose is notoriously unstable, and to form RNA, it is thought... 

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FitBit May Have Been Used In Red Sox’s Signs Theft

September 20, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
FitBit May Have Been Used In Red Sox’s Signs Theft

An Apple Watch might not have been the device the Boston Red Sox used to allegedly steal signs from the New York Yankees after all. The Yankees filed a complaint earlier this month with Major League Baseball saying the Red Sox were stealing pitch signs by using the smartwatch during a four-game series last month in Boston, according to The New York Times. The Yankees provided a video showing a Red Sox staffer looking at his wrist wearable and relaying a message to players, possibly tipping off... 

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Salesforce Launches Fund For Artificial Intelligence Start-ups

September 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Salesforce Launches Fund For Artificial Intelligence Start-ups

The venture arm of Salesforce.com Inc is launching a $50 million fund to invest in start-ups employing artificial intelligence, the cloud computing firm told Reuters. Salesforce, whose software helps businesses sell, market and track customer activity, has been increasing its use of AI since launching its ‘Einstein’ technology a year ago, which uses automation and data-driven features. “There’s a tremendous surge in companies who are providing unique AI innovations,” said John Somorjai,... 

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Fake ‘E-coins’ Shut Down By Switzerland

September 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Fake ‘E-coins’ Shut Down By Switzerland

Switzerland’s financial watchdog has shut down what it said was the provider of a fake cryptocurrency and is investigating around a dozen other possible fraud cases, in the latest clamp-down on the risks involving virtual money. The move by the FINMA watchdog comes on the heels of Chinese authorities’ ordering Beijing-based cryptocurrency exchanges to stop trading and immediately notify users of their closure. Virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, which are issued and usually controlled by their... 

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