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Nintendos’s New Healthcare Division To Develop Sleep Tracking Device

October 31, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Nintendos’s New Healthcare Division To Develop Sleep Tracking Device

Video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd will develop a device to monitor a user’s fatigue and map their sleep, Chief Executive Satoru Iwata said on Thursday, the first offering from the company’s newly created healthcare division. The device will be co-created with U.S. firm ResMed Inc, which currently makes products to treat sleep disorders, and will be available in the financial year ending March 2016. “By using our know-how in gaming… to analyse sleep and fatigue, we can create... 

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Xiaomi Becomes World’s Third-Largest Smartphone Vendor

October 31, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Xiaomi Becomes World’s Third-Largest Smartphone Vendor

China’s Xiaomi Inc has nudged it’s way into being the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor just three years after first hitting the market, trailing only Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc, according to a new industry study. Strategy Analytics said Xiaomi accounted for 6 percent of all 320 million smartphones shipped during July-September. Samsung made up 25 percent, down from 35 percent a year earlier due to rising competition from several directions. Apple’s share... 

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Microsoft’s MDM Finally Coming To Office 365

October 31, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Microsoft’s MDM Finally Coming To Office 365

Microsoft will rollout mobile device management (MDM) capabilities to Office 365 in 2015, making it easier for firms to manage corporate data across a range of mobile devices, including those running iOS and Android as well as Windows. Microsoft unveiled the updates coming to its Office 365 cloud-delivered productivity suite in 2015 at its TechEd Europe conference. These will enable customers to apply security policies against devices that connect to Office 365 to ensure that email and documents... 

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Will Ninja Theory’s Hellblade Make A Profit?

October 31, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Ninja Theory’s Hellblade Make A Profit?

Ninja Theory’s Hellblade will need to sell only 300,000 units to recoup its development budget. After releasing a string of AAA console titles to varying levels of commercial success, the UK-based studio is attempting to establish what it describes as a “third way” of making games – one that falls somewhere between what we have traditionally called AAA and Indie. Smaller scale, lower cost, with no sacrifices made in terms of creative risks and quality of execution. “We’re... 

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Astronomers Discover Cosmic Pinwheel Surrounding Nearby Galaxy

October 31, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover Cosmic Pinwheel Surrounding Nearby Galaxy

A ring of newborn stars wheels around the core of an ancient galaxy in an amazing new image captured by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The photo, taken by Spitzer observatory in infrared light, shows a burst of starbirth in the galaxy NGC 1291, which lies 33 million light-years from Earth and is about 12 billion years old. Older stars are colored blue in the photo and cluster mostly in the central region of the galaxy; younger, red stars appear around the fringes. “The rest of the galaxy... 

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Microsoft Debuts $199 Fitness Device

October 31, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft Debuts $199 Fitness Device

Microsoft Corp introduced a device called “MicrosoftBand” that will allow users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime, marking the world’s largest software company’s foray into the wearable technology market. The wrist-worn device has sensors that monitor pulse rate, measure calorie burn and track sleep quality, Microsoft said in a blog post. Microsoft said the device will be available in the United States in limited quantities from Thursday for $199. Apple Inc unveiled... 

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Microsoft Confirms Next Generation Of Office To Launch In 2015

October 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Confirms Next Generation Of Office To Launch In 2015

Microsoft has confirmed that it plans to roll out its next version of Office for Windows in the second half of 2015. ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley first reported on comments made by Julia White, general manager of marketing for Office and Office 365, at Microsoft’s Tech Ed Europe conference in Barcelona. According to Foley, White said that the next version of Office on Windows would launch in the last half of next year, a broad timetable that was different from previous speculation, which had... 

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Google Developing Nanoparticles To Aid In Cancer Fight

October 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Developing Nanoparticles To Aid In Cancer Fight

Google is focusing attention on tiny magnetic particles that could aid in cancer detection as well as other health problems by coursing through a patient’s bloodstream. Andrew Conrad, head of the Google X research lab’s Life Sciences Team, told the WSJ.D Live conference that the particles can be directed toward different parts of the body by applying wearable magnetic devices to the skin. The wearable would be able to count the particles and possibly compile information about what potential... 

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Will Big Huge Game Be Able To Make A Comeback?

October 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Big Huge Game Be Able To Make A Comeback?

Brian Reynolds buys the rights to Big Huge Games from the State of Rhode Island at auction and then reopens the studio and teams with Nexon to deliver the new mobile title called DomiNations. The game might be inspired by a lot of games, but the basic idea is that you are the leader of a Stone Age tribe and you have guide your tribe through civilization and human history. The ability exists for you to form alliances, trade with friends, and raid your enemies. Reynolds has not said what is next for... 

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BlackEnergy Malware Wreaking Havoc On Industrial Control Systems

October 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
BlackEnergy Malware Wreaking Havoc On Industrial Control Systems

Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) has warned that industrial control systems (ICS) in the US have been compromised by the BlackEnergy malware for at least two years. The BlackEnergy family of malware is believed to be the same used in the cyber attack against Georgia in 2008. It uses a malicious decoy document to hide its activities, making it easier for the hackers to mount follow-up attacks. US-CERT said the malware campaign is sophisticated and “ongoing”, and attackers taking... 

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Astronomers Discover Icey Surprise On Saturn

October 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover Icey Surprise On Saturn

In a celestial surprise, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has identified a cloud of methane ice high in the stratosphere of Saturn’s huge moon Titan. “The idea that methane clouds could form this high on Titan is completely new,” study lead author Carrie Anderson, a Cassini participating scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in a statement. “Nobody considered that possible before.” Anderson and her colleagues spotted the methane... 

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IBM, Twitter Teaming Up On Data Analytics

October 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM, Twitter Teaming Up On Data Analytics

International Business Machines Corp (IBM) on Wednesday announced a collaboration with Twitter to aid in business decisions using data collected from tweets worldwide. IBM will help businesses predict trends in the marketplace and consumer sentiment about products and brands and will train 10,000 employees to consult businesses on the best use of Twitter data. IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty has been trying to shift the 100-year-old company’s focus away from commoditized hardware to higher-value... 

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3D Printer Shipments Expected To Double By Next Year

October 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
3D Printer Shipments Expected To Double By Next Year

Shipments of 3D printers will double over the next year, reaching 217,350 units in 2015, up from 108,151 in 2014, according to research released by Gartner That rate of growth is expected to increase each year over the next three years. By 2018, Gartner forecast shipments worldwide to top more than 2.4 million units. The report points to the popularity of lower-cost, “plug-and-print” machines that require little or no technological knowledge to use. Users simply plug the machines into... 

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Charles Schwab To Offer Free Investment Planning Offered By ‘Rob o-adviser’

October 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Charles Schwab To Offer Free Investment Planning Offered By ‘Rob o-adviser’

Charles Schwab Corp has confirmed that it will begin offering free automated investment plans picked by computer algorithms in the first quarter of 2015. The program, which will be marketed as Schwab Intelligent Portfolios to retail investors and independent investment advisers, will create portfolios of exchange-traded funds managed by Schwab and other providers. In offering the service without management, transaction or account service fees, Schwab intends to be “disruptive” to competitors... 

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Western Digital Goes Purple

October 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Western Digital Goes Purple

WD announced that it will begin shipping larger capacity drives in its surveillance series. The WD Purple range, launched in February, will now include a 6TB version designed for use in video surveillance environments. WD Purple drives are capable of recording in groups of eight hard drives, monitoring a total of 32 high-definition camera feeds. “Video surveillance has long been a pioneering Internet of Things application,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president and general manager of WD’s... 

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