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IBM Launches Watson Analytics

September 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM Launches Watson Analytics

In an effort to expand its Watson analysis technology, IBM is trying out a new service that can answer questions business managers might have about their data. IBM has launched a beta of Watson Analytics, an interactive Q&A service designed to answer questions and highlight trends within sets of enterprise data. The service “is about putting powerful analytics in the hands of every business user,” said Eric Sall, IBM vice president of marketing for business analytics. Traditional... 

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Ohio Wooing Amazon For Billion Dollar Data Center

September 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Ohio Wooing Amazon For Billion Dollar Data Center

State and local officials in Ohio are attempting to woo Amazon.com Inc with tax breaks and other perks to convince the No. 1 U.S. online retailer to build a $1.1 billion data center in central Ohio and create 120 jobs, according to public records. The records offer a rare look at the typically tight-lipped company’s growth plans for its popular cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services, founded in 2006. There are 10 AWS data centers, called regions within the company, around the world,... 

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AMD and Ubuntu Working Together On Canonical

September 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD and Ubuntu Working Together On Canonical

AMD has joined with Ubuntu Linux vendor Canonical to make it easier for users to deploy an Openstack private cloud. The partnership comprises of the Seamicro SM15000 server, the Ubuntu LTS 14.04 Linux distribution and Openstack, which includes a set of tools to build more flexible and reliable private clouds. “The AMD and Canonical collaboration overcomes the complexity of deploying OpenStack technology and provides an out of the box experience making it possible to deploy a private cloud in... 

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Boeing, SpaceX Teaming Up To Build ‘Space Taxis’

September 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Boeing, SpaceX Teaming Up To Build ‘Space Taxis’

NASA will join forces with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated “space taxis” to transport astronauts to the International Space Station, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for rides. The U.S. space agency also considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp, but opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and California’s SpaceX with contracts valued at a combined $6.8 billion to develop, certify and fly their seven-person capsules. Boeing... 

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Does Lexar Have The Fastest SD Cards?

September 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does Lexar Have The Fastest SD Cards?

flash storage vendor to claim the title of the fastest SD card. Just a day after we reported on the Sandisk Extreme Pro microSDXC UHS-I card, the Micron subsiduary has announced the Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II range. The new UHS-II standard cards offer transfer speeds of up to 300MBps, with write speeds of 260MBps, making them up to three times the speed of the Sandisk UHS-I card. “UHS-II technology really raises the bar in terms of performance. The latest UHS-II additions to... 

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Is Adobe’s Subscription Plan Working?

September 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Adobe’s Subscription Plan Working?

Adobe has posted a 46 per cent year-on-year drop in net profits, placing its strategy of shifting customers to cloud subscriptions into doubt. For two years, the company has tried to stop punters making one-off purchases of software and move them on to Creative Cloud subscriptions. It worked well initially but it seems that the results are not that good with Adobe blaming higher operating expenses and weaker profit margins for the sharp dip in profits. Revenue from Adobe’s digital media business,... 

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IBM New Training Program Results In Pay Cut For Enrolled Employees

September 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM New Training Program Results In Pay Cut For Enrolled Employees

IBM has started a new training program that will cut the pay of participating employees by 10%. According to an IBM internal memo dated Sept 12th. The memo sent to affected employees begins by telling the worker that an assessment has revealed “that some managers and employees have not kept pace with acquiring the skills and expertise needed to address changing client needs, technology and market requirements.” It then tells the recipient that “you have been identified as one of... 

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Google Targeting New Mexico To Test Internet Delivery Drones

September 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Targeting New Mexico To Test Internet Delivery Drones

Google is gearing up to test Internet delivery by drone high above New Mexico, according to a government filing. The company has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to use two blocks of frequencies for the tests, which are scheduled to last about six months and begin in October. They will be conducted above an area of more than 1,400 square kilometers in the center of New Mexico to the east of Albuquerque. “Google recently acquired Titan Aerospace, a firm that specializes... 

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Is PayPal Taking Shots At Apple Pay?

September 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is PayPal Taking Shots At Apple Pay?

Paypal has taken out some full page newspaper ads that try to lure users away from Apple Pay and back to its long-standing alternative. eBay-owned Paypal has already swiped at Apple Pay in a blog post, but it wasn’t very critical. It asked consumers a number of questions about how they might choose a payment provider, and reminded them of the things that they should consider before deciding to embrace Apple Pay. That was on 9 September, at which time the firm kicked off a marketing campaign,... 

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Apple iPhone 6 Pre-orders Sets Record With 4M On First Day

September 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple iPhone 6 Pre-orders Sets Record With 4M On First Day

Apple Inc said many customers will have to wait until October for their new iPhones after a record 4 million first-day pre-orders were logged, double the number for the iPhone 5 two years ago. The company said demand had outstripped supply of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which feature larger screens and longer battery life. Deliveries of pre-orders will begin on Friday and will continue through October. Bumper first-day pre-orders point to first-weekend sales of up to 10 million units, analysts... 

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Will Intel Debut NUC This Year?

September 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel Debut NUC This Year?

Everyone is not too happy with Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) brand that the company came up with for its small form factor desktop replacements at IDF 2012. Intel started shipping these small desktops in early 2013. NUC started off with Sandy Bridge-based parts codenamed Ski Lake (DCP847SK) and with the Celeron 847 it got quite a lot of attention thanks to more affordable pricing. A year after Intel launched multiple Core i3 based SKUs with Ivy Bridge and this year it introduced models based... 

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Can Venus Like Planets Help The Search For Alien Life?

September 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Venus Like Planets Help The Search For Alien Life?

Exoplanet hunters have just made it easier to identify alien Venuses, in the hopes that doing so will lead to the discovery of more alien Earths. A team of researchers has delineated the “Venus Zone,” the range of distances from a host star where planets are likely to resemble Earth’s similarly sized sister world, which has been rendered unlivably hot due to a runaway greenhouse effect. The new study should help scientists get a better handle on how many of the rocky planets spotted... 

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Stanford University Develops Ant-sized Radios

September 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Stanford University Develops Ant-sized Radios

Scientists at Stanford University have assembled ant-sized radios that could one day help track patients’ temperatures, turn on coffee makers in the morning and prevent forgery. A Stanford engineering team has built a radio, equipped with sensors, computational units and antennas one-tenth the size of Wi-Fi antennas, that is able to gain all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna. No batteries are required. These radios, which are... 

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Are Software Patents Going Bye Bye?

September 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Software Patents Going Bye Bye?

It looks like attempts to apply patents to software are being killed off by the US court system, after the Supreme Court ruled against certain aspects of the software being patented. The Supreme Court’s June ruling on the patentability of software raised as many questions as it answered. One specific software patent went down in flames in the case of Alice v. CLS Bank, but the abstract reasoning of the decision didn’t provide much clarity on which other patents might be in danger. Now... 

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Sharp To Manufacture Low-power Mobile Displays

September 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sharp To Manufacture Low-power Mobile Displays

Sharp has targeted 2017 for mass production of a new display it says will reduce power consumption in mobile phones and tablets. The MEMS-IGZO display, being developed under a 2012 tie-up with Qualcomm subsidiary Pixtronix, could be used in smartphones and tablets as well as larger displays. Compared to current LCDs, MEMS-IGZO technology can operate without blurring the image in temperatures as low as -30 C (-32 F), offers better color purity and gamut, and has ultra-low power consumption. Depending... 

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