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Is The Mobile Space Drying Up?

May 22, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is The Mobile Space Drying Up?

According to Digitimes, heading into the second quarter of 2015, Taiwan touch panel makers have sudden got conservative outlooks and some are even predicting that their revenues will drop another 15-20 per cent. he reason is that consumers don’t want game changing tablets and despite the claim that they are moving over to phablets instead the smartphone market is still pretty pants. While Taiwan’s overall shipments are expected to grow in the second quarter, with makers expected to ship... 

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Will Intel Launch A New Version Of Thunderbolt?

May 22, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel Launch A New Version Of Thunderbolt?

Intel is just about to release a new version of Thunderbolt, just as its most major customer – Apple, has dropped the technology from its 12-inch MacBook. Intel has hinted that it will reveal the “next generation of Thunderbolt” at a press event to be held next month at the Computex trade show in Taipei. The latest version of Thunderbolt, version 2.0, can transfer data at speeds up to 20Mbps (bits per second), which is twice as fast as the latest USB 3.1. Chipzilla has been working... 

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Will Chaotic Planets Hamper The Search For Alien Life?

May 22, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will Chaotic Planets Hamper The Search For Alien Life?

“Chaotic planets” that possess wildly unpredictable orbits and climates likely circle distant stars, suggesting that some alien worlds that look habitable might actually be hostile to life for millions of years at a time, a new study reports. In the past two decades or so, astronomers have confirmed the existence of more than 1,800 exoplanets or planets orbiting distant stars. These worlds often differ greatly from any planets in our own solar system. For instance, so-called “hot... 

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Tech Companies Push Senate To Pass NSA Reform Bill

May 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Tech Companies Push Senate To Pass NSA Reform Bill

Reform Government Surveillance, an organization that represents technology giants like Google, Apple and Microsoft, is pushing the U.S. Senate not to delay reform of National Security Agency surveillance by extending expiring provisions of the Patriot Act. The House of Representatives voted 338-88 last week to approve the USA Freedom Act that would, among other things, stop the controversial bulk collection of phone records of Americans by the NSA, including by placing restrictions on the search... 

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Dropbox Releases ‘Universal App’ For Windows Phones, Tablets

May 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Dropbox Releases ‘Universal App’ For Windows Phones, Tablets

Dropbox previously released its cloud storage service on Windows phones and tablets, and on Tuesday the company followed up with a universal app that expands the feature sets for both types of devices. The update automatically adapts to the user’s screen size and delivers a number of new features, including the ability for Windows Phone users to upload videos directly from their devices. In the interests of multitasking, Windows Phone users can also now upload multiple files at once. And they... 

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Huawei Jumps Into IoT With New Operating System

May 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Huawei Jumps Into IoT With New Operating System

China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, known for its telecom equipment, became the latest tech giant to present its own take on the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), centered on an operating system designed to allow household and business appliances to communicate with each other online. At an event in Beijing, Huawei executives showcased its “Agile IoT” architecture, including an operating system called LiteOS to control basic devices. This marks the firm’s most significant... 

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Scammers Using Malware To Go After Oil Companies

May 21, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Scammers Using Malware To Go After Oil Companies

Scammers are running wild through British oil company networks without needing to use malware, according to Panda Security. Hacking is not new, stealing information and data from firms is not new, but doing so without using malware is unusual. Panda has dubbed the scam Operation Oil Tanker (PDF), which it said has made its way into systems through a socially engineered email and a lone staffer. The security firm said that antivirus systems failed to stop the attacks, but that its own demo software... 

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Openstack Boost Its Hybrid Cloud Services

May 21, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Openstack Boost Its Hybrid Cloud Services

The Openstack Foundation has announced new interoperability testing requirements for OpenStack-branded products and is claiming rapid adoption of the federated identity service introduced in the latest OpenStack release that makes it easier to combine private and public cloud resources. Foundation executive director Jonathan Bryce said at the first OpenStack Summit event of 2015 that the vision for the OpenStack project was to create a “global footprint of interoperable clouds” that... 

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Astronomers Discover Rare Quartet of Quasars

May 21, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover Rare Quartet of Quasars

A giant nebula in the early universe hits the jackpot when it comes to rare, bright objects known as quasars, boasting four within surprisingly close proximity to one another. The first known quasar quartet lies in a cloud of cool gas that could provide a clue to the objects’ unusual closeness. “Multiple-quasar systems are rare, because quasars themselves are rare,” Joseph Hennawi, of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany, told Space.com by email. “The typical... 

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Asus To Offer The Zenfone 2 For $199

May 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Asus To Offer The Zenfone 2 For $199

Asus isn’t exactly known for smartphones in the U.S., but the company is trying to make a strong statement with the Zenfone 2, which packs more storage than similarly priced competitors. The Zenfone 2, which has a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, starts at $199. It will began shipping on Tuesday with Google’s Android 5.0 mobile operating system. A model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage goes for $299, while the $199 model has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.... 

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Apple Bolsters Mapping Technology With Coherent Acquisition

May 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Bolsters Mapping Technology With Coherent Acquisition

Apple, which has been focusing efforts on beefing up its mapping technology since ditching Google Maps in 2012, has acquired Coherent Navigation, a startup offering a high-accuracy GPS navigation service. Coherent’s navigation system is used in the Iridium satellite network, according to the LinkedIn profile of Paul Lego, who was CEO of the company before going to work for Apple. Coherent, which was founded in 2008 and is based in the San Francisco area, counts the U.S. government as a customer... 

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Will Tablets Stage A Comeback?

May 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Tablets Stage A Comeback?

Analyst at IDC have consulted their tarot cards and are predicting that tablets will survive in the business area. The overall tablet market in Western Europe remained challenged in the first quarter of 2015, declining 10.5 percent on year with shipments totaling 8.5 million units. The contraction, was the result of consumers realising that tablets were a fad and had no actually use at all. But IDC sees a feature for the technology in the commercial space with volumes increasing 51.3per cent... 

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Is Imagination Calling Out ARM?

May 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Imagination Calling Out ARM?

The war of words between Imagination and ARM is starting to become more colourful with the head of Imagination Technologies dubbing his rival a “big gorilla .” Hossein Yassaie has accused ARM Holdings of exploiting its monopoly for chip designs that power the world’s electronic devices. What is interesting is that both companies are British and both seem to be headed on a collision course. Imagination moved into ARM’s heartland of producing central processing units (CPUs)... 

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AT&T To Offer Exclusive Content For Connected Cars

May 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
AT&T To Offer Exclusive Content For Connected Cars

AT&T Inc is preparing to bring connected car users exclusive content such as videos and games that can be streamed onto personal mobile devices later this year, AT&T’s senior vice president of emerging devices Chris Penrose said. “It’s no different than being able to hook onto a Wi-Fi hotspot anywhere and get access to content you already subscribe to and get unique content that you could only get in the back of the vehicle,” Penrose said. AT&T has signed up eight... 

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Is Apple Being Dumped?

May 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Apple Being Dumped?

The dumping of Apple shares by top hedge funds is continuing to gather speed and now even the Tame Apple Press  is noticing. Reuters took time out from its busy schedule of promoting Apple producst to report the surprise news that Top US hedge fund management firms, including Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors and Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management, continued to reduce or slash stakes altogether in Apple during the first quarter. We say surprise news, but we had noticed it when it actually... 

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