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New Toshiba Sensor To Improve Mobile Device Photos

September 2, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
New Toshiba Sensor To Improve Mobile Device Photos

Toshiba has created a new image sensor for mobile phones and tablets that promises better image resolution for run-of-the-mill smartphones when it goes into mass production. The T4KA7 is a 1/2.4-inch, 20-megapixel backside illuminated sensor with a 1.12 micrometer pixel size, which provides for a smaller sensor size overall. The sensor allows for a lower module height of under 6 millimeters compared to the current 20-megapixel, 1.2-micrometer sensors, the company said. “T4KA7 is the first 1.12-micrometer,... 

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Did Scientist Discover Solar Neutrinos?

September 2, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Scientist Discover Solar Neutrinos?

Tiny particles forged in the heart of the sun have been detected for the first time, offering scientists a glimpse into the nuclear fusion core of our closest star. The subatomic particles, called neutrinos, are hallmarks of the dominant fusion process insidethe sun. Created in the first step of a reaction sequence responsible for the majority of the sun’s fusion, the particles have long eluded detection. Now, an international collaboration of more than 100 scientists working with the Borexino... 

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Will GTA 5 Debut This Fall On The Xbox One And PS4?

September 2, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will GTA 5 Debut This Fall On The Xbox One And PS4?

Sources are saying that it is very possible and maybe even likely that Grand Theft Auto 5 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC will not make it for release this holiday season. Instead it is very likely that it might slip till first quarter of 2015 instead. The rumors of it not making release this holiday season started at Gamescom, but the whispering has not stopped. According to those claiming to be in the know, Rockstar did have a new version of GTA 5 for next-gen that it was showing at Gamecom,... 

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Tablet Sales Still Up, But Growth Slowing

September 2, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Tablet Sales Still Up, But Growth Slowing

Tablet sales worldwide will continue to grow this year, but not at the pace previously expected, according to a recently released forecast. After four years of double- and triple-digit growth, worldwide tablet shipments this year will grow by just 6.5% over last year, according to IDC. The research firm had previously forecast 12.1% growth. The tablet market is maturing and long-term trends are becoming clearer, said Jean Philippe Bouchard, research director for tablets. More money is being spent... 

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Is The EU Going After Qualcomm

September 2, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is The EU Going After Qualcomm

Qualcomm faces an antitrust investigation in Europe, even as it seeks to end a probe of its alleged monopoly practices in China. Reuters reported that Qualcomm is looking for an amicable resolution of an investigation conducted by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) over suspicions that it holds a monopoly in the Chinese telecoms market. The investigation involves allegations that Qualcomm’s China subsidiary has been overcharging and exploiting its position in the... 

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AT&T Files Suit Against Cox Communications

September 2, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
AT&T Files Suit Against Cox Communications

AT&T has filed a suit against Cox Communications for infringing eight patents dealing with network quality after the regional cable provider ignored its complaints about the issue. In the suit filed Friday in Delaware federal court against Cox and more than 30 of its regional units, AT&T said that Cox had been warned about the claims of patent infringement as far back as 2009. It said Cox delayed negotiations and refused to take a license for the technologies. AT&T claims the patents... 

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Microsoft Begins Purge Of Dubious Apps In Windows App Store

August 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft Begins Purge Of Dubious Apps In Windows App Store

Microsoft has started getting rid of sham Windows Store apps that try to dupe users into paying for free software, the company has announced. “Most of the developers behind apps that are found to violate our policies have good intentions and agree to make the necessary changes when notified,” said Todd Brix, general manager for the Windows Store, in a blog post yesterday. “Others have been less receptive, causing us to remove more than 1,500 apps as part of this review so far.” The... 

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Samsung Unveils First Of Its Kind Smartwatch, Mobile Phone Not Required

August 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Unveils First Of Its Kind Smartwatch, Mobile Phone Not Required

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday debuted what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby, in the South Korean firm’s latest effort to find a new growth driver. The world’s biggest smartphone maker has been pushing hard to develop the wearable devices market as it looks to counter slowing earnings in its mobile division, which led to weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings. Samsung is hardly alone in pushing wearables,... 

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Bitcoin Adoption Rate Continues Its Upward Trajectory

August 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Bitcoin Adoption Rate Continues Its Upward Trajectory

Bitcoin is gaing greater acceptance at U.S. online merchants including Overstock.com and Expedia, as customers use a digital currency that just a few years ago was virtually unknown but is now showing some staying power. Though sales paid for in bitcoin so far at vendors interviewed for this article have been a fraction of one percent, they expect that as acceptance grows, the online currency will one day be as ubiquitous as the internet. “Bitcoin isn’t going anywhere; it’s here... 

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VMWare Releases Workplace Suite

August 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
VMWare Releases Workplace Suite

VMware has released its Workplace Suite — a combined platform to deploy and manage applications and desktops from the cloud to laptops, smartphones, tablets, or whatever. The suite comes as part of a partnership with Google and NVIDIA, VMware has been showing the world the ability for VMware Workplace Suite to stream even graphics-intensive Windows applications to Google Chromebooks. VMware is billing this as an initiative to bring data and applications closer to the places users actually... 

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New IBM Power System 8 Range Enroute

August 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
New IBM Power System 8 Range Enroute

Doug Balog General Manager of IBM Power Systems has hinted that biggish blue is about to release a new range of power 8 servers. Talking to Server Watch Balog said that the strategy for accelerating Power is by using the OpenPower Foundation, which currently has over 50 members. IBM recently shed its x86 industry-standard server business in a deal with Lenovo. As a result, instead of being an Intel server partner, IBM is now mostly a competitor. Balog’s thinks that an open approach is now... 

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Do White Dwarfs Hold The Key To Supernova Explosions?

August 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Do White Dwarfs Hold The Key To Supernova Explosions?

Supernovas, the most powerful stellar explosions in the universe, may result from catastrophic nuclear explosions on dead stars, new research shows. Scientists had long theorized that such nuclear events cause some supernovas, but now researchers finally have direct evidence. A supernova shines brightly enough to briefly outshine all the stars in its galaxy, making it visible from halfway across the universe. Such explosions are rare, only occurring within each galaxy about every 100 years. For decades,... 

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HP Recalls 6M Laptop Power Cords Over Fire Concerns

August 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
HP Recalls 6M Laptop Power Cords Over Fire Concerns

Hewlett-Packard has recalled more than 6 million laptop power cords that could potentially cause fire and/or burning hazards. HP is recalling LS-15 AC power cords used with HP and Compaq branded laptops. The company is recalling about 5.6 million power cords in the U.S. and 446,000 units in Canada. The cord pulls out of one end of the AC adapter. It came with laptops and accessories sold between September 2010 through June 2012, HP said on its power cord recall website. There have been 29 reports... 

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Tesla Motors Recruits Hackers For Security Challenge

August 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Tesla Motors Recruits Hackers For Security Challenge

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors is searching for security researchers to hack its vehicles. The Silicon Valley based high-tech auto maker will hire up to 30 full-time hackers whose job will be to identify and resolve vulnerabilities in the sophisticated firmware that controls its cars. “Our security team is focused on advancing technology to secure connected cars,” a company spokesman said via email. The focus is on “setting new standards for security and creating new capabilities... 

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IBM Softlayer Goes Bare Metal

August 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Softlayer Goes Bare Metal

IBM’s Softlayer announced on Tuesday that it is offering bare metal servers that are deployed in less than 30 minutes and billed by the hour. The new hourly bare metal servers are single tenant servers connecting directly to Softlayer’s global private network, which the company said allows for seamless integration between data centres without additional networking fees, offers unlimited inter-data centre bandwidth, and delivers exceptional performance and security. Softlayer added... 

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