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Yahoo Unveils Livetext Mobile Messaging App

July 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Yahoo Unveils Livetext Mobile Messaging App

Yahoo unveiled a mobile messaging app that combines texting with live one-on-one video. The app, named Livetext, is video calling with a twist: there’s no audio. To communicate, users type texts and emojis that are overlaid onto the screen during the call. The app’s format might sound restricting, but Yahoo says Livetext will help users to communicate more freely. The lack of audio, the company says, removes inhibitions that people might feel when they otherwise receive video calls in... 

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Samsung Plans Price Cut For Galaxy S6 Phones

July 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Plans Price Cut For Galaxy S6 Phones

Lukewarm demand for its flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone and higher marketing costs led Samsung Electronics to another quarter of declining sales and profits in the April to June period. In the key smartphone market, an area led by Samsung until recently, the popularity of Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets and the rise of lower-cost phones from Chinese vendors squeezed Samsung at both the high and low end of the market. The company said Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sales were lower than expected. It... 

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Is Wafer Output Headed Down?

July 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Wafer Output Headed Down?

United Microelectronics (UMC) expects to post an up to 5 per cent decrease in wafer shipments for the third quarter of 2015. The outfit’s capacity rate will fall below 90 per cent for the first time after being flat out for ages. UMC CEO Po-Wen Yen said the third quarter, would suffer from the inventory correction problems that were first noticed in the first quarter. Current weakness in overall demand, partly due to the uncertainties in economic outlook, will prolong the inventory adjustment... 

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Sony Finally On Solid Ground Thanks To The PS4

July 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Sony Finally On Solid Ground Thanks To The PS4

The PlayStation business has had another phenomenal quarter in the first four months of 2015, selling three million PS4 units and turning in an operating income of $160 million from revenues of $2.365 billion. There are now 25.3 million PlayStation 4 units in the hands of players worldwide – a number achieved in less than two full years. The console continues to be the company’s fastest seller – outpacing the PS2, which took two years and eight months to reach the 20 million mark.... 

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Astronomers Find Alien Auroras

July 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Alien Auroras

Astronomers have discovered the first auroras ever seen outside the solar system — alien light shows more powerful than any other auroras ever witnessed, perhaps 1 million times brighter than any on Earth, researchers say. Auroras could soon be detected from distant exoplanets as well, investigators added. Auroras, the radiant displays of colors in the sky known on Earth as the northern or southern lights, are also seen on all of the other planets with magnetic fields in the solar system. They... 

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Uber Jumps Into Car Leasing Business

July 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Uber Jumps Into Car Leasing Business

Uber Technologies has rolled out its own auto leasing subsidiary in an effort to secure more drivers, injecting the fast-growing ride services company directly into the financial services sector for the first time. The move by Uber, announced as a pilot project, follows the end of its partnership with Banco Santander’s U.S. lending unit earlier this year. Uber announced the initiative but disclosed few financial details, though it said it would offer both new and used cars. Uber launched a... 

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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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