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Insurance Companies Want Access To Your Fitbit Data

April 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Insurance Companies Want Access To Your Fitbit Data

Could a 15 minute work out save you 15% on your life insurance? If you sign up with John Hancock, it could. The company has become the first to offer ratepayers a discount when they use Fitbit wristbands that enable exercise tracking. For years now, consumers have been able to plug a dongle into their car’s onboard diagnostics port and send driving data to Progressive, State Farm, or other auto insurance firms who offer reduced rates for good driving. Now, John Hancock policyholders who wear... 

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Apple Pay Headed To Canada

April 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Pay Headed To Canada

Apple Inc is gearing up to launch its electronic payments service in Canada in November, the first international expansion of Apple Pay, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The iPhone maker is in talks with Canada’s six biggest banks, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank , Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and National Bank of Canada, the people told the Journal. The banks are open to an agreement, but are... 

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Qualcomm Gives Snapdragon More Umph

April 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Gives Snapdragon More Umph

Qualcomm has released a new Trepn Profiler app for Android which will profile Snapdragon processors and tinker with them. The Trepn Profiler app identifies apps that overwork the CPU or are eating too much data. The app will pinpoint which of the apps drain the battery faster. All data that will be obtained by this app can provide information you need to know which program is slowing down your phone. Most Android phone users will not give a damn, but developers will find it useful. Those who are... 

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AMD To Power Samsung’s Digital Media

April 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD To Power Samsung’s Digital Media

AMD’s Embedded R-Series accelerated processing unit, previously codenamed “Bald Eagle,” is powering Samsung’s latest set-back-box digital media players. AMD’s Embedded R-Series accelerated processing unit, previously codenamed “Bald Eagle,” is powering Samsung’s latest set-back-box digital media players. Bald Eagle was designed for high performance at low power with broad connectivity but mostly for digital signage. It seems that new Samsung SBB-B64DV4... 

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Is EA Shuttering It’s Free To Play Model?

April 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is EA Shuttering It’s Free To Play Model?

EA is shuttering four high-profile free-to-play games, all of them allied to popular IP like Battlefield and FIFA. Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, Need for Speed World and FIFA World will all continue for another 90 days, at which point they will be taken offline for good. Further development on the games has stopped already. “In more than five years since most of these titles launched, how we play games has changed dramatically,” said Patrick Soderlund, EVP of EA Games, in... 

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Microsoft Unveils Office Touch Apps For Windows Phones

April 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft Unveils Office Touch Apps For Windows Phones

Microsoft Corp has finally rolled out a long-awaited suite of touch-friendly Office apps that allow Windows phone users to work on Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents on their phones with touch commands and to transfer them easily between devices. Test versions of what Microsoft is calling its Office Universal apps are available to download immediately and full versions will be available by the end of the month, Microsoft said. Many Office users have waited months for Microsoft to introduce... 

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IKEA Launches Wireless Charging Furniture Collection

April 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
IKEA Launches Wireless Charging Furniture Collection

IKEA has rolled out its Wireless Charging collection of furniture, which has built-in Qi-enabled wireless chargers for compatible mobile phones. In addition to offering bedside tables, floor- and table lamps, desks and simple charging pads, IKEA is also selling a DIY kit that lets users embed wireless chargers into furniture of their choice. The furniture, and other items in IKEA’s wireless charging collection, ranges in price from $9.99 to $119. The Wireless Charging collection will be rolled... 

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Twitter Re-designs Home Page, Hopes To Attract New Users

April 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Re-designs Home Page, Hopes To Attract New Users

Twitter, hoping to attract new users, is turning its home page into a portal for news and content around dozens of topics. Twitter.com has been redesigned to make content posted to the site more accessible to people who do not have accounts with the service. Those people can visit the site, and as of Wednesday they will find 18 tabs leading to streams of content on various topics, whether it be country singers, general news, or travel guides. There’s also dozens of other curated streams of... 

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Huawei Unveils P8 And P8 Max Smartphones

April 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Huawei Unveils P8 And P8 Max Smartphones

China’s Huawei unveiled its flagship P8 and P8 Max mobile phones, devices that stack up against the latest models from Samsung and Apple in technical specifications if not marketing budget. The P8, which runs Google’s Android operating system, has a 5.2 inch display screen — slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S6, unveiled last month, and the iPhone 6 — and an eight-core 64-bit processor. Made from a single piece of metal, the phone is thinner than its rivals, with a width... 

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Samsung Starts Producing NVMe PCIe Solid State Drives

April 17, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Samsung Starts Producing NVMe PCIe Solid State Drives

Samsung Electronics has started mass production of what it claims is the industry’s first Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) PCIe solid state drive (SSD), which has an M.2 form factor for use in PCs and workstations. Samsung said in an announcement that it is “the first in the industry” to bring NVMe SSDs to OEMs for the PC market. The SM951-NVMe operates at low power in standby mode and is the most compact of any NVMe SSD out there, according to the firm. “Our new NVMe SSD... 

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Midiatek Developing Two SoC’s for Tablets

April 17, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Midiatek Developing Two SoC’s for Tablets

MediaTek is working on two new tablet SoCs and one of them is rumored to be a $5 design. The MT8735 looks like a tablet version of Mediatek’s smartphone SoCs based on ARM’s Cortex-A53 core. The chip can also handle LTE (FDD and TDD), along with 3G and dual-band WiFi. This means it should end up in affordable data-enabled tablets. There’s no word on the clocks or GPU. The MT8163 is supposed to be the company’s entry-level tablet part. Priced at around $5, the chip does not appear to feature... 

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Was Earth Hit By A Mercury Size Object?

April 17, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Was Earth Hit By A Mercury Size Object?

A key ingredient of the early Earth may have been a chunk of rock much like Mercury, scientists say. This finding could help explain how Earth’s magnetic field has lasted for billions of years, researchers added. Scientists think Earth formed at about the same time as the sun and the rest of the solar system about 4.6 billion years ago from a giant, rotating cloud of gas and dust. Earth and the other rocky planets coalesced from smaller asteroid-sized bodies that accreted or stuck together... 

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RadioShack Moving Forward With Plans To Sell Customer Data

April 16, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
RadioShack Moving Forward With Plans To Sell Customer Data

RadioShack plans to keep moving forward with its plan to sell its customer data, despite opposition from a number of states. The company has asked a bankruptcy court for approval for a second auction of its assets, which includes the consumer data. The state of Texas, which is leading the action by the states, opposed the sale of personally identifiable information (PII), citing the online and in-store privacy policies of the bankrupt consumer electronics retailer. The state claimed that it found... 

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Jawbone, Amex Team Up On NFC Enabled Fitness Band

April 16, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Jawbone, Amex Team Up On NFC Enabled Fitness Band

Fitness-band maker Jawbone and charge card company American Express plan to give cardholders the ability to purchase goods using a future fitness band equipped with NFC, according to a report. Neither company would confirm the new product, said to be announced this week, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report said AmEx payments won’t be possible with the coming Jawbone UP3, but will appear on a future product. Apple Watch, which last Friday went on pre-order, will also support NFC payments.... 

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RedHat And Canonical Discuss Linux 4.0

April 16, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
RedHat And Canonical Discuss Linux 4.0

Red Hat has been telling everyone  its plans to integrate the latest Linux 4.0 kernel into its products. In a statement, a spokesman told us, “Red Hat’s upstream community projects will begin working with 4.0 almost immediately; in fact, Fedora 22 Alpha was based on the RC1 version of the 4.0 kernel. “From a productization perspective, we will keep an eye on these integration efforts for possible inclusion into Red Hat’s enterprise portfolio. “As with all of our enterprise-grade... 

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