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Ericcson Re-commits Focus On Mobile Networks

June 28, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile

Ericsson has decided to squash its goal of winning more clients beyond the telecoms industry to refocus on selling networks to mobile phone firms in a move to cut costs and halt a dramatic fall in its share price. The Swedish firm’s clients in its core business include Vodafone and Verizon but profits have plunged due to competition from Nokia and China’s Huawei and as telecoms companies make savings. Its shares have fallen 30 percent in two years. Ericsson said in 2014 it would diversify... 

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Western Digital Re-submits 11th Hour Bid For Toshiba’s Chip Unit

June 28, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Western Digital Re-submits 11th Hour Bid For Toshiba’s Chip Unit

Western Digital Corp and U.S. private equity firm KKR & Co LP have resubmitted an offer for Toshiba Corp’s  flash memory chip unit, in an eleventh hour effort to stop the conglomerate from signing a deal with its preferred bidder. Western Digital, which jointly runs Toshiba’s main semiconductor plant, has been at loggerheads with its Japanese partner over the sale of the world’s No. 2 producer of NAND chips, and is seeking a U.S. court injunction to prevent any deal that does... 

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Volvo Enlists Nvidia For Self-driving Car Technology

June 28, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Volvo Enlists Nvidia For Self-driving Car Technology

Volvo Cars and Swedish car safety supplier Autoliv have team up with U.S. firm Nvidia Corp, best known for its graphics technology in computer games, to develop software systems for self-driving cars. A joint venture between Volvo, owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holdings, and Autoliv will work with NVIDIA to develop systems that use artificial intelligence to recognize objects around vehicles, anticipate threats and navigate safely. The venture set up last year, called Zenuity, will provide... 

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The EU Proposes Ban On Encryption Backdoors

June 28, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
The EU Proposes Ban On Encryption Backdoors

The EU has done a sensible thing and proposed that end to end encryption be preserved and never be backdoored. This is the kind of proposal that we at the INQUIRER can get behind. Encryption is an important thing that we value. Unfortunately, various governments take an opposing view and think that they should have their own backdoor access to communications. Look, this is awkward. We know you like your ad blocker, but we know you like INQ. And we need to eat. So please, pretty please, can you add... 

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Was The iPhone Originally Suppose To Copy An Android Features?

June 28, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Was The iPhone Originally Suppose To Copy An Android Features?

Steve Jobs wanted the iPhone to be more like Android and have a back button in addition to a home button, however the designers over ruled him. Brian Merchant’s new book, The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, said that if Jobs’ designers had managed to pull it off, it would have meant that the iPhone would have the same look and feel of the Android products which replaced it as the number one operating system. Much has been made skipped over by the Apple Press about how super-cool... 

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NASA Finds More Alien Worlds

June 28, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
NASA Finds More Alien Worlds

NASA announced the latest crop of planet discoveries from the Kepler Space Telescope during a briefing on Monday morning June 19.  The briefing will be at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) during the Kepler Science Conference at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. You can watch the exoplanet announcement here, courtesy of NASA TV. NASA will livestream the conference. The briefing will incude a panel of four experts, according to a statement by NASA: Mario Perez, Kepler program scientist in the... 

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Australia Wants More Access To Encrypted Messages

June 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Australia Wants More Access To Encrypted Messages

Australia has announce that it will seek greater powers to tackle the use of encrypted messaging services used by terrorists and criminals at an upcoming meeting of ministers from the “Five Eyes” intelligence network. The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, will meet in the Canadian city of Ottawa next week, where they will discuss tactics to combat terrorism and border protection, two senior Australian ministers said. Australia has made it clear it wants... 

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Anthem Agrees To Pay $115M Over Data Breach

June 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Anthem Agrees To Pay $115M Over Data Breach

Anthem, the behemoth health insurance company, has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit over a 2015 data breach for a record $115 million. The settlement still has to be approved by US District Court Judge Lucy Koh, who is scheduled to hear the case on August 17 in San Jose, California. And Anthem isn’t admitting any wrongdoing or that “any individuals were harmed as a result of the cyberattack.” “Nevertheless, we are pleased to be putting this litigation behind us, and... 

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Facebook Looks To Enter Original Content TV Market

June 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Looks To Enter Original Content TV Market

Facebook Inc is holding discussions with Hollywood studios about producing scripted, TV-quality shows, with an aim of launching original programming by late summer, according to the Wall Street Journal. The social networking giant has indicated that it was willing to commit to production budgets as high as $3 million per episode, in meetings with Hollywood talent agencies, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Facebook is hoping to target audiences from ages 13 to 34, with... 

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Is e3 Leaving Los Angeles

June 27, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is e3 Leaving Los Angeles

The organizers behind the Electronic Entertainment Expo are considering taking the show away from its traditional home at the Los Angeles Convention Center. During a roundtable interview, ESA CEO Mike Gallagher said his organisation might explore other possible locations if the center fails to upgrade and modernise its facilities, GameSpot reports. The exec specifically hopes to see increased floor space and a smoother route between the West and South halls, currently separated by a length corridor.... 

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Will Xeon Scalable Processing Show Up In Intel Skylake-SP

June 27, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Will Xeon Scalable Processing Show Up In Intel Skylake-SP

While Intel has not got around to releasing its Xeon Scalable Processors it is starting to provide a few more details about the Skylake-SP based microarchitecture. Intel said that a new mesh interconnect architecture has been designed to increase bandwidth between on-chip elements, while simultaneously decreasing latency, and improving power efficiency and scalability. Writing in his bog, Akhilesh Kimar, Skylake-SP CPU Architect said: “The task of adding more cores and interconnecting them to... 

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Facebook Teach Chatbots To Negotiate

June 27, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Facebook Teach Chatbots To Negotiate

Chatbots are being taught how to drive a hard bargain in a new AI experiment carried out by Facebook’s Labs. According to New Scientist, the research could lead to more effective personal assistants able to negotiate on our behalf, sorting out calendar clashes and the like. French website Julie Desk is already offering this kind of AI diary management, but now Facebook has jumped on the bandwagon, looking at perhaps getting you a good deal on your next holiday, according to Mike Lewis from... 

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Young Star Helps Astronomers Solve Stellar Mystery

June 27, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Young Star Helps Astronomers Solve Stellar Mystery

Astronomers using the powerful Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have precisely measured the rotating fountains of gas flowing out from a massive newborn star, revealing the complex interplay between the star’s magnetism and centrifugal forces. Astronomers are still puzzled by the way massive stars form in interstellar space, the new study’s researchers said in a statement. When a massive rotating cloud of gas collapses under gravity, stellar fusion becomes... 

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Amazon Files Patent For ‘Drone Towers’ Delivery Facility

June 26, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Files Patent For ‘Drone Towers’ Delivery Facility

One can argue that Amazon has some lofty ideas for drone delivery. The e-commerce giant has filed a patent application for a “multi-level fulfillment center” that would allow drones to deliver packages in urban areas. Basically, it sounds like a giant robot-powered tower that would make it easy for drones to zip in and out as they deliver packages around a city. There’s a “growing need and desire to locate fulfillment centers within cities, such as in downtown districts... 

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Will Tesla Be Next To Join The Already Crowded Music Streaming Business?

June 26, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will Tesla Be Next To Join The Already Crowded Music Streaming Business?

Move over, Spotify. Eat it, Apple. Later, Tidal. Tesla wants to join the club. That’s at least the latest from Recode, which cites music industry sources saying Tesla has held talks with all the major labels about licensing for a proprietary music streaming service. What isn’t clear is when and if Tesla will rev this effort up, so to speak, or how broad it will be. Will this be just for its cars or for anyone with a phone? Tesla, in a statement, didn’t address the rumor directly,... 

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