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MIT Developing Drug Hunting, Underwater Robots

October 1, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
MIT Developing Drug Hunting, Underwater Robots

They may not be as fast or efficient as airport sniffer dogs, but robots are gearing up to take the fight against drug smuggling underwater. Researchers at MIT are working on submersible machines that could use ultrasound to find drugs hidden on ships. Their prototype, which looks like a bowling ball, is designed to move along the hulls of ships. It could use ultrasound scanning to detect hollow spaces in false hulls and propeller shafts where drugs might be stashed. Developed by grad student Sampriti... 

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Lenovo To Release New Yoga Tablets, Hybrids In Time For Holidays

October 1, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Lenovo To Release New Yoga Tablets, Hybrids In Time For Holidays

Lenovo plans on rolling out new Yoga tablets and hybrids in time for the end-of-year holiday season, with actor and venture capitalist Ashton Kutcher having a hand in the design and development of the products. The “innovative and stylish” Yoga products “will become very popular presents for the holiday season,” said Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo’s CEO, during a call on Monday. Lenovo is holding an event in London on Oct. 9 to announce the new products, with Kutcher joining... 

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Oracle Goes After Amazon Amazon Web Services

October 1, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Goes After Amazon Amazon Web Services

Database management firm Oracle has said that its new cloud service will match the price being offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Oracle confirmed the new competitive pricing strategy for its cloud offering at its OpenWorld conference. Chairman Larry Ellison said Oracle’s cloud platform will “have the same pricing as Amazon or any other infrastructure provider.” He said the company’s new platform would include analytics, mobile, identity and social features. Oracle’s... 

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HP Will Offer ARM 64-bit Processors In Moonshot

October 1, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP Will Offer ARM 64-bit Processors In Moonshot

ARM-based processor cartridges for its Moonshot servers, including 64-bit modules for high-performance web caching and integrated digital signal processing (DSP) for specialised tasks such as transcoding and telephony applications. Available immediately, the new server cartridges represent the fourth “leap”, or release of HP’s Moonshot hardware, which is designed to target very specific applications calling for high-density server deployments rather than the general purpose applications... 

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Humana Integrates Health App With Apple’s HealthKit

October 1, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Humana Integrates Health App With Apple’s HealthKit

Humana Inc, which manages private Medicare and individual Obamacare insurance plans, has announced that it has integrated its consumer health application with Apple Inc’s HealthKit. The move, the first announced by a major insurer, allows Humana customers to more easily manage fitness data and other personal health goals, the company said in a statement. Humana’s wellness program, called HumanaVitality, rewards members for hitting these goals, which include being more active, eating better... 

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Can An Exoplanet Make Age It’s Parent Star Age Faster?

October 1, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can An Exoplanet Make Age It’s Parent Star Age Faster?

A nearby star is not acting its age, thanks to the influence of a massive exoplanet. The close-orbiting alien planet, known as WASP-18b, is apparently disrupting the magnetic field of its host star so much that the object is behaving like a much older star, researchers said. “WASP-18b is an extreme exoplanet,” study lead author Ignazio Pillitteri, of the Instituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo in Italy, said in a statement. “It is one of the... 

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BlackBerry’s Passport Smartphone Sold Out, Says CEO

September 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry’s Passport Smartphone Sold Out, Says CEO

BlackBerry’s new qwerty Passport smartphone quickly sold out just hours after going on sale online last Wednesday, with another 200,000 back orders waiting in line, BlackBerry CEO John Chen proudly announced. Chen didn’t indicate how many units were sold online, but said ShopBlackBerry.com sold out the Passport in six hours, with Amazon.com selling iout in 10 hours before customers began leaving online orders that had reached 200,000 as the day it debuted. The device has a price tag... 

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Kuddle, Microsoft To Launch Child Safe Tablet

September 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Kuddle, Microsoft To Launch Child Safe Tablet

Kuddle, a Norwegian photo-sharing app created for children, plans to roll out a child safe tablet with Microsoft on Dec 1, and expects to sign funding deals with several venture capital firms within weeks, its chief executive said on Monday. The Oslo-based company said it was on track to reach its goal of one million users by year-end and plans to soon raise another $5 million of fresh funds on top of the nearly $6 million it has already raised. “We are working with Microsoft on several... 

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Are Graphene Circuits On The Horizon?

September 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Graphene Circuits On The Horizon?

A research team from the University of Texas and German nanotechnology company Aixtron have worked out a way to make wafer-scale graphene measuring between 100 and 300mm. The research offers the prospect of integrating carbon-based graphene, which is just one atom thick, with silicon on a semi-industrial scale. Until now, graphene has proved difficult to manufacture in sufficient area, quantity and reliability for viable use in processors. IBM research scientist Shu-Jen Han led a project that announced... 

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Will Sony’s Morpheus Succeed?

September 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Sony’s Morpheus Succeed?

PS4 is going gangbusters, 3DS continues to impress, Steam and Kickstarter have between them overseen an extraordinary revitalisation of PC gaming, and mobile gaming goes from strength to strength; yet it’s absolutely clear where the eager eyes of most gamers are turned right now. Virtual reality headsets are, not for the first time, the single most exciting thing in interactive entertainment. At the Tokyo Game Show and its surrounding events, the strongest contrast to the huge number of mobile... 

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Will IaaS Become A Crisis?

September 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will IaaS Become A Crisis?

Big public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) players may be on the brink of a crisis and are slashing prices while spending billions on building out and staffing their operations. Steve Brazier, CEO at Canalys has warned resellers to be careful about the financials of their cloud suppliers because he fears a melt-down. He said that millions of dollars has been spent on building out public cloud infrastructure and yet no one in the world is profitable. Amazon Web Services lost $2bn in the last four... 

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BMW Begins Automated Driving Trials

September 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
BMW Begins Automated Driving Trials

German luxury carmaker BMW is partnering with Chinese internet giant Baidu to kick off highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. BMW research vehicles capable of highly automated driving have already undergone thousands of kilometers of trials on German autobahns. The project will now be expanded to include other large cities in China, BMW said on Monday. “BMW is embarking on a further research project which will pave the way for highly automated driving in China as well,”... 

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Mobile Devices OK’d For In-flight Use In Europe

September 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mobile Devices OK’d For In-flight Use In Europe

Airline passengers traveling on European airline flights will be able to leave their cell phones and other mobile gadgets on throughout the entire flight, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said on Friday. European airlines can allow any kind of electronic devices such as tablets, laptops and smartphones to remain switched on for the entire trip without having to use the airplane mode. Switching to airplane mode was mandatory until now. “This is the latest regulatory step towards enabling... 

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Oracle Releases Openstack Framework For The Cloud

September 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Releases Openstack Framework For The Cloud

Oracle has released its version of Openstack for Oracle Linux, its distribution of the Openstack cloud framework integrated with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Server virtualisation, providing customers with increased choice and interoperability for building cloud infrastructure. Available as a free download from Oracle’s Public Yum Server and the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN), Oracle’s Openstack build installs on top of Oracle Linux and allows users to run virtual machines using any guest... 

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RedHat Ups Game With Fedora 21

September 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
RedHat Ups Game With Fedora 21

RedHat has announced the Fedora 21 Alpha release for Fedora developers and any brave users that want to help test it. Fedora is the leading edge – some might say bleeding edge – distribution of Linux that is sponsored by Red Hat. That’s where Red Hat and other developers do new development work that eventually appears in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and other Red Hat based Linux distributions, including Centos, Scientific Linux and Mageia, among others. Therefore, what Fedora... 

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