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Google Launches New Cloud Natural Language API

July 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Launches New Cloud Natural Language API

Google’s intelligent cloud developer tools added new features with the launch of a new Cloud Natural Language API. The service is aimed at helping developers create applications that understand human language. It’s an important move for Google, as public cloud providers race to host new applications built with intelligent capabilities. Natural language processing allows developers to build apps that can tackle the challenging task of understanding how humans communicate. It is also... 

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Online Video Streaming Biting Into Dish Network Customer Base

July 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Online Video Streaming Biting Into Dish Network Customer Base

U.S. satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp reported an unexpected loss in pay-TV subscribers as more consumers increasingly opt for online video-streaming services. Dish said it lost 281,000 net pay-TV subscribers in the second quarter ended June 30, missing the average analyst estimate of a loss of 91,000 subscribers, according to market research firm FactSet StreetEstimate. However, average revenue per user rose to $89.98 from $87.91, helped by price increases for its video service. Dish raised... 

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Elon Musk Unveils ‘Master Plan’ For Future Tesla Motors Projects

July 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Elon Musk Unveils ‘Master Plan’ For Future Tesla Motors Projects

Tesla Motors Inc  Chief Executive Elon Musk has shared his ambitious plans to expand the company into electric trucks and buses, car sharing and solar energy systems. In a blog post titled “Master Plan, Part Deux,” Musk sketched a vision of an integrated carbon-free energy enterprise offering a wider range of vehicles, and products and services beyond electric cars and batteries. The newest elements of the strategy included plans to develop car and ride sharing programs as well as commercial... 

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Does M$ Have A Strategy For Windows?

July 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does M$ Have A Strategy For Windows?

As we reported earlier today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella proclaimed the virtues of its cloud computing platform. But he didn’t say very much about Windows at all. And, according to Seeking Alpha financial analyst Mark Hibben in a note to his clients, it’s almost as if Nadella has given up the ghost on the now long in the tooth operating system. He didn’t say much about smartphones either but admitted that Windows 10 won’t hit the one billion user mark. But there are another billion and a... 

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Qualcomm Appears To Be Back In The Black

July 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Appears To Be Back In The Black

Qualcomm has had a better than expected results in its Q3 earnings, beating street and even its own estimates. Qualcomm offered $5.2 billion to $6 billion revenue guidance and it managed to make $6 billion. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was projected at $0.90 – $1.00 and Qualcomm actually managed to make $1.16. The MSM chip shipments were guided at 175 million to 195 million while the company actually sold 201 million of these chips. Total reported device sales was expected to be between $52 billion and... 

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Kepler Finds Two Planets That May Support Alien Life

July 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Kepler Finds Two Planets That May Support  Alien Life

NASA’s Kepler space telescope has spotted four possibly rocky alien planets orbiting the same star, and two of these newfound worlds might be capable of supporting life. The four exoplanets circle a red dwarf — a star smaller and dimmer than the sun — called K2-72, which lies 181 light-years from Earth in the Aquarius constellation. All four worlds are between 20 percent and 50 percent wider than Earth, making them good candidates to be rocky, discovery team members said. Two of the four... 

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Google’s Transparency Reports Uptick In Governments Requesting User Data

July 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google’s Transparency Reports Uptick In Governments Requesting User Data

Government requests worldwide for user data related to search engine traffic on Google surged by 29% from 2014 to 2015, according to the search site’s most recent Transparency Report. Google reports on the government requests every six months. In the second half of 2015, it said it received more than 40,000 requests for data related to more than 81,000 user accounts; That compares to the first half of the year when Google received about 35,000 requests related to about 69,000 accounts. In... 

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GE Partners With Huawei Technologies To Develop Smart Machines

July 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
GE Partners With Huawei Technologies To Develop Smart Machines

General Electric Co announced that it would partner with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd  to develop smart machines designed to boost productivity, part of a drive to promote its “industrial internet” business in China. The U.S. industrial giant announced the partnership as it launched an $11 million digital space in Shanghai, where it plans to incubate start-ups and have developers work on new software applications to make machines more intelligent. The move is part of GE’s ambitious... 

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Microsoft Steps Up Pressure On Software Pirates, Files Lawsuits

July 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Steps Up Pressure On Software Pirates, Files Lawsuits

Microsoft last week stepped up its campaign to stop software pirates when it filed the fifth lawsuit in as many months accusing unidentified individuals with illegally activating more than 1,000 copies of Windows, including the newest Windows 10, and Office. The suit was filed in a Seattle court last Thursday. It was almost identical to others submitted since February, when Microsoft started a string of cases targeting numerous “John Does.” “Microsoft’s cyberforensics have identified... 

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Researchers Create Atomic Scale Drive

July 21, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Researchers Create Atomic Scale Drive

Researchers have worked out how to create an atomic scale rewritable data-storage device capable of packing 500 terabits onto a single square inch. That is enough to store most readers porn collections in just a couple of feet of data rather than the rooms it takes up now. Apparently you can stuff the entire contents of the US Library of Congress in a 0.1-mm wide cube — we guess that does not include the toilets and the cafe.. The atomic hard drive was developed by Delft University’s... 

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CRYPTXXX Ransomware Is Being Sent Via Spam Email

July 21, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
CRYPTXXX Ransomware Is Being Sent Via Spam Email

Ransomware threat CRYPTXXX is now airborne, according to researchers at security firm Proofpoint, and is being sent out via a spam campaign to some effect. Proofpoint explained in a blog post that CryptXXX is usually included alongside malware packages such as the Neutrino and Angler exploit kits. “CryptXXX has rapidly grown into one of the most prevalent ransomware variants in the wild with widespread distribution via exploit kits such as Neutrino and Angler. As exploit kit traffic has declined... 

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Are The Edges Of The Haibitable Zone Liveable

July 21, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Are The Edges Of The Haibitable Zone Liveable

Earth is situated right in the middle of our sun’s “habitable zone,” and it’s a comfortable place for life. We enjoy a relatively stable climate and the right amount of warmth to allow liquid water. But new research is showing a dramatically different scenario for planets at the outer edge of a star’s habitable zone. That boundary is a dangerous place for life, exhibiting long ice ages with only short bursts of a temperate climate, scientists say — a scenario that... 

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Microsoft Launches Stream Video Sharing Service For The Enterprise

July 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Launches Stream Video Sharing Service For The Enterprise

Microsoft may have YouTube for businesses on its hands with the beta launch of a new service on Monday. It’s called Stream, and it’s supposed to let people easily work together with one another on videos and then share that content both inside and outside their company. In the realm of consumer web services, video is ascending. Facebook has been emphasizing video posts on its popular social network, while YouTube is still going strong. Microsoft is trying to take some of that mojo and... 

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Tesla Says ‘Significant’ Upgrades Coming To Its Autopilot Feature

July 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Tesla Says ‘Significant’ Upgrades Coming To Its Autopilot Feature

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced that he had a “promising call” with Bosch, a German auto-technology supplier that makes the radar sensor for Tesla’s all-electric vehicles. Musk’s tweet said that ‘significant’ upgrades might be possible for Autopilot, but did not specify what those might be. The improvements will eventually be added to vehicles with Autopilot capability via an over-the-air upgrade, Musk said. Tesla is currently under investigation by the National... 

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ZTE Debuts Zmax Pro Smartphone For $99

July 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
ZTE Debuts Zmax Pro Smartphone For $99

ZTE’s $99 ZMax Pro includes some of the latest smartphone technologies, which is a pleasant surprise for a low-priced handset. The smartphone has a 6-in. screen and is available only through MetroPCS in the U.S. It weighs about 175 grams and is 8.9 millimeters thick. It has some top-line features found in the latest smartphones, like a USB Type-C port. It also runs on the latest Android OS 6.0 code-named Marshmallow. The Gorilla Glass 3 screen shows images at a full HD resolution. The handset... 

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