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Wireless Performance Still Not So Great In Big Cities Of LA, NYC

March 23, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Wireless Performance Still Not So Great In Big Cities Of LA, NYC

The two biggest cities in the U.S. — New York City and Los Angeles –still fall below many smaller U.S. cities in overall wireless performance, according to millions of field tests performed by RootMetrics in the second half of 2016. The New York metro area, with 18 million people, ranked just 66th in the latest round of tests of the nation’s largest 125 metro areas. Meanwhile, L.A., with 12.1 million people, ranked 49th. In testing done by RootMetrics in the first half of last... 

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Apple’s New Video App Clips Challenges Facebook, Snapchat

March 23, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Apple’s New Video App Clips Challenges Facebook, Snapchat

With the release of a new video app called Clips, Apple Inc continues its move towards fully engaging in the messaging world, where its huge base of iPhone users could help it compete with Snap Inc’s Snapchat and Facebook Inc’s Messenger. Clips, which will hit Apple’s App Store in April, lets customers take videos and add animated captions and titles, complete with colorful emoji symbols. The app also makes it possible to stitch together multiple video clips and add speech bubbles... 

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Advertising Coalition Agree To Online Ads Standards

March 23, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Advertising Coalition Agree To Online Ads Standards

A broad coalition of advertising trade groups, ad buyers and sellers from Western Europe and the United States are pushing the industry to stop using annoying online marketing formats that have given rise to use of ad-blockers. The types of ads the coalition has identified as falling below standard include pop-up advertisements, auto-play video ads with sound, flashing animated ads and full-screen ads that mask underlying content from readers or viewers. The explosion of ad-blocking tools has launched... 

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Q1 2017 Tablet Shipment Continue To Drop

March 23, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Q1 2017 Tablet Shipment Continue To Drop

It is no hidden secret that worldwide tablet shipments have progressively begun a decline over the past three years, since the industry began experiencing year-over-year slumps to the present number of 39.6 million units in Q4 2016. Once again, for the second time in a year, the overall tablet market is expected to drop to under 40 million units in the first quarter of 2017, with an expected shipment rate of 39.03 million units. While shipment forecasts are subject to variability depending on the... 

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Was Intel’s Purchase Of MobileEye A Good Move?

March 23, 2017 by   | Category: Technology
Was Intel’s Purchase Of MobileEye A Good Move?

Intel has just written a $13.5 billion cheque buying its Jerusalem-based partner MobilEye. MobilEye is one of the largest players in autonomous vehicle tech and hit the headlines recently when it had a spat with Tesla following a fatal Model S crash in Florida. However, it recently teamed with Intel on BMW’s iNext self-driving platform, which the automaker aims to put into service by 2021. Intel and MobileEye’s cunning plan is to build a “scalable architecture” that can be used... 

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AMD’s Vega Benchmarks Continue To Leak

March 23, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
AMD’s Vega Benchmarks Continue To Leak

An alleged SiSoft benchmark result leak that has been spotted recently has revealed a bit more information on what appears to be at least one version of the upcoming AMD Vega GPU. According to the data provided by the benchmark result, which was originally spotted by Videocardz.com, the GPU features 64 CUs for a total of 4096 Stream Processors as well as comes with 8GB of VRAM on a 2048-bit memory interface (two HMB2 stacks, each with 4GB and 1024-bit memory interface). Despite the obviously wrong... 

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Samsung Reveals More Details About Personal Digital Assistant ‘Bixby’

March 22, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Reveals More Details About Personal Digital Assistant ‘Bixby’

Samsung has revealed that Bixby, an intelligent voice assistant, will run on the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone scheduled to be announced March 29 in New York. Bixby will be activated using a special physical button on the side of the phone, differentiating it from some other assistants that rely on a trigger word, like “Alexa” or “Siri.” Samsung also said Bixby will eventually work on millions of Samsung-made devices, potentially including TVs and washing machines. The S8... 

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Alibaba Pushes Further Into Entertainment With Latest Acquisition Of Damai

March 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Alibaba Pushes Further Into Entertainment With Latest Acquisition Of Damai

China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd  has completed the purchase of online ticketing platform Damai.cn, the e-commerce giant announced on, marking a further push into entertainment by the firm as it expands beyond its core online retail business. “Ali announces its acquisition of Damai, part of our big entertainment strategy,” the firm said on its Sina Weibo platform. Alibaba first invested in Damai in 2014. “This continues an earnest three-year romance.” In a separate... 

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Microsoft, Adobe Team Up On Data Sharing Deal

March 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft, Adobe Team Up On Data Sharing Deal

Microsoft Corp and Adobe Systems Inc have decided to team up to make their respective sales and marketing software products more potent competitors to Salesforce.com Inc and Oracle Corp offerings. On the eve of San Jose, California-based Adobe’s annual user conference, the company said that it will work with Microsoft to create a shared data format between Adobe’s marketing software suite, which the company is re-naming its Experience Cloud, and Microsoft’s sales software, called Dynamics,... 

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Can Washington D.C. Become The Center Of eSports?

March 22, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can Washington D.C. Become The Center Of eSports?

Washington D.C. intends to become the home of eSports in the United States, with a strategy that includes sponsorship of the NRG Esports team and the construction of a $65 million stadium. The city’s plans, which were revealed to Mashable, will be executed by Events D.C., the District of Columbia’s convention and sports authority. The deal with NRG Esports is among the first instances of a city sponsoring a pro gaming organisation, and Washington D.C. will now have its logo and branding... 

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Seagate 12TB Drive Focuses On TDMR

March 22, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Seagate 12TB Drive Focuses On TDMR

According to senior executives familiar with Seagate’s research and development plans, the company plans to fine-tune the next three years of its HDD developments using shingled magnetic recording (SMR), two-dimensional magnetic recording (TDMR), and heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). Back in July, the company announced a new line of Barracuda Guardian Series drives with up to 10TB of capacity for desktops, network-attached storage and surveillance systems. The drives offer sustained data... 

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Is A Mysterious Cosmic Light Powering Alien Spaceships?

March 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is A Mysterious Cosmic Light Powering Alien Spaceships?

Bizarre flashes of cosmic light may actually be generated by advanced alien civilizations, as a way to accelerate interstellar spacecraft to tremendous speeds, a new study suggests. Astronomers have catalogued just 20 or so of these brief, superbright flashes, which are known as fast radio bursts (FRBs), since the first one was detected in 2007. FRBs seem to be coming from galaxies billions of light-years away, but what’s causing them remains a mystery. “Fast radio bursts are exceedingly... 

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BlackBerry’s Secusmart To Roll Out Updated SecSuite Smartphone Product

March 21, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry’s Secusmart To Roll Out Updated SecSuite Smartphone Product

Secusmart, a BlackBerry subsidiary, plans to introduce a version of its SecuSuite security software that will be compatible with Samsung Electronics’ Knox platform later this year. That means that organizations looking for smartphones offering government-grade security will be able to buy the Samsung Galaxy S7 or, soon, the S8 rather than the now-discontinued BlackBerry OS smartphones. In addition to encrypting communications and data stored on the device, the new SecuSuite also secures voice... 

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Experian And Finicity Join Forces, Aims To Speed Up Lending Process

March 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Experian And Finicity Join Forces, Aims To Speed Up Lending Process

Credit bureau Experian Plc has joined forces with technology firm Finicity to launch a new product geared toward speeding up the consumer lending process in the United States making it more digital. By using Finicity’s technology, which aggregates data on accounts from thousands of banks and financial institutions, Experian’s new service will give lenders real-time access to information on a customer’s assets, income and ability to pay, the companies said. This means consumers... 

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IBM Launches Blockchain Service For Developers

March 21, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
IBM Launches Blockchain Service For Developers

International Business Machines Corp has unveiled a service that will allow businesses to build applications on its cloud using blockchain code from the Hyperledger Project, the cross-industry group led by the Linux Foundation. The U.S. technology company said on Monday its new product called IBM Blockchain was the first service for developers to build enterprise-grade technology using Hyperledger Fabric, the first code set to be released by the open source group. The Fabric blockchain can process... 

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