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Ericsson Developing Next-gen LTE, Focuses On IoT

September 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Ericsson Developing Next-gen LTE, Focuses On IoT

Ericsson is developing LTE with faster upload speeds, as well as using unlicensed spectrum to speed up downloads and customizing the technology for Internet of Things applications. The Swedish telecom equipment vendor is planning on showing off some of the developments at the CTIA Super Mobility conference next week in Las Vegas. 5G will likely be one of the hottest topics at CTIA, but LTE still has lots mileage left — after all, the first two letters stand for Long Term. And it’s a lot easier... 

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Verizon To Offer Virtualized Firewall Service

September 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon To Offer Virtualized Firewall Service

Verizon will begin offering a virtualized firewall service across its global network later this month, part of its move into software-defined networking. The goal is to help businesses such as manufacturers or retailers, who may be running networks in far-flung places, to have better security when connecting their applications to the corporate network, said Shawn Hakl, head of network platforms and managed services for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. The type of organizations Verizon is aiming to... 

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MediaTeks Helio X30 Processor Comes To Light

September 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
MediaTeks Helio X30 Processor Comes To Light

The rumored Helio X30 is real and if you thought that X20 was not enough to see off Snapdragon 820, it looks like the Helio X30 has a much better chance. All new Helio X20 deca-core has two A72 at 2.5GHz, four A53 at 2.0 and four A53 cores at 1.4 GHz. It has Core pilot 3.0 is a smart scheduler that decides which core gets what task. This processor has every chance to be faster than Snapdragon 620 from Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 620 comes with four A72 cores at 1.8GHz and four A53 at 1.4 GHz but we... 

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Instagram Adds New Specialized Message Features

September 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Instagram Adds New Specialized Message Features

Facebook Inc’s Instagram unveiled new features that will allow users to exchange messages in private and group conversations as the photo and video-sharing service attempts to keep up with growing messaging service Snapchat. The upgrade by Instagram, which has more than 300 million users, is the latest move in the escalating battle for a young audience addicted to messaging with younger and hipper rival Snapchat, which has 100 million users and growing. The new features mean Instagram users... 

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nVidia Launches Grid 2.0

September 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
nVidia Launches Grid 2.0

Nvidia has announced the release of its Grid 2.0 servers and expects it will have industry support. The idea is to deliver even most graphics-intensive applications to any connected device virtually. Several major vendors including Cisco, Dell, HP and Lenovo have a GRID solution to run on 125 server models including new blade servers. Nvidia worked closely with Cytrix and Cmware to bring the powerful experience to the users. Nvidia tells us that IT departments can offer their workers the instant... 

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Is Life Spreading Across The Universe Like An Epidemic?

September 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Life Spreading Across The Universe Like An Epidemic?

As astronomers get closer to finding potential signatures of life on faraway planets, a new mathematical description shows how to understand life’s spread — and to determine if it’s jumping from star to star. If life arose on other planets, did it spontaneously grow from raw materials every time? Or did it dart from planet to planet and star to star, spreading across the universe? Telltale mathematical patterns of where life signatures appear could reveal the answer, authors of the... 

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Malware Being Preloaded On New Unused Phones, Study Reveals

September 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Malware Being Preloaded On New Unused Phones, Study Reveals

New phones are supposed to be a clean,untouched devices. But alarmingly, that’s not always the case. Security company G Data has identified more than 20 mobile phones that have malware installed despite being marketed as new, according to a research report. And it doesn’t appear the infection is occurring during manufacturing. “Somebody is unlocking the phone and putting the malware on there and relocking the phone,” said Andy Hayter, security evangelist for G Data. Many... 

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LinkedIn Rolls Out Revamped Messaging Service

September 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
LinkedIn Rolls Out Revamped Messaging Service

LinkedIn Corp has unveiled a revamped messaging service along the lines of modern chat apps, departing from its unpopular design that resembled email. The new service will include features such as GIFs and stickers to add a “little extra personality” to user’s chats, the company said in a blog post. The messaging service now has improved push and email notifications and messages are organized in a chat-style format with conversation threads akin to most messaging apps today such... 

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Xiaomi Develops Their Own SoC

September 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Xiaomi Develops Their Own SoC

Xiaomi is the latest big phone manufacturer trying to make its own SoCs to differentiate itself from the fearsome competition. China’s biggest smartphone manufacturer is working on its own SoC that is scheduled to appear in 2016. Details are thin on the ground but it would appear that the company is working on its own ARM based chip. This will help company to compete with Apple, Samsung and Huawei. These three already have an inhouse SoC. Apple started making its own SoC a while ago with the... 

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Will GPU Open Sourcing Work

September 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will GPU Open Sourcing Work

An open saucy general-purpose graphics processor (GPGPU) has been unveiled at the Hot Chips event. The GPGPU is relatively crude and is part of another piece of an emerging open-source hardware platform called MIAOW. Karu Sankaralingam, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said that an open source hardware platform is emerging that has inherent value He said that big companies will someday be built using open source hardware, just as multi-billion-dollar... 

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IBM Integrates Blue Box Into SoftLayer

September 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Integrates Blue Box Into SoftLayer

IBM has declared the integration of Blue Box Cloud into its OpenStack private cloud options, where it will sit in a perfect marriage with subsidiary SoftLayer. Angel Diaz, Big Blue’s vice president of cloud infrastructure and technology, who explained that it really was the best of both worlds, and felt the best analogy was about British dessert foods. Go on Angel, we’re listening. “No application is an island. What this announcement does is allow customers the best of both worlds... 

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PayPal Rival, Klarna Launches In USA

September 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
PayPal Rival, Klarna Launches In USA

Payments firm Klarna debuted its U.S business on Tuesday and announced that Overstock.com, one of the biggest U.S. online retailers, would be its first major retail partner. The company, which has grown throughoutn Europe and gained a 10 percent share of the Northern European e-commerce market, said it had partnered with around 10 U.S. merchants so far. Sweden-based Klarna, founded in 2005 and backed by investors such as Sequoia Capital and Atomico, is now planning for rapid expansion in the United... 

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Uber Hires Security Experts For Vehicle Technology

September 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Uber Hires Security Experts For Vehicle Technology

Uber Technologies Inc  has added two top vehicle security researchers, the company announced, high-profile additions that come as the ride-hailing service ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars. Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter Inc, and Chris Valasek, who worked at security firm IOActive, have resigned from their jobs and will join Uber this week. Miller and Valasek won wide attention this month after demonstrating that they could hack into a moving Jeep. Uber said... 

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T-Mobile Threatens ‘Data Thieves’

September 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Threatens ‘Data Thieves’

T-Mobile USA is on a mission to stop data thieves, which it says are taking advantage of the company’s unlimited high-speed data plan through excessive tethering — the use of smartphone data service on other devices. The carrier offers unlimited 4G LTE on smartphones, but limits data usage through tethering to 7GB a month under a Smartphone Mobile HotSpot feature, which reduces speed beyond that limit. If a customer needs more LTE tethering, he or she can add on more. But CEO John Legere... 

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Does The Xbox One Mini Exist?

September 1, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Does The Xbox One Mini Exist?

The rumor mill might have been a bit broken when it was announced that Microsoft was about to launch an Xbox-mini. The rumor claimed that Microsoft would be holding a launch event in October where people could expect the company to launch the Surface Pro 4, Lumia flagships and an “Xbox One Mini.” It was claimed that the X-box mini would be third the size of the current console and lack a Blu-Ray drive. However Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has now debunked this theory, stating that the... 

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