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Audi Tests Self-driving Car In Florida

July 31, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Audi Tests Self-driving Car In Florida

Audi this week tested a self-driving car on a Tampa highway that had been recently designated as an automated driving and connected car test bed. The car manufacturer demonstrated how its “Piloted” driving technology installed in an Audi A7 was able to handle driving functions on freeway conditions up to 40 mph. Audi plans to begin offering the initial version of Piloted driving – called Traffic Jam Pilot – to the public within five years. The ability to conduct research... 

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Free iPhone App Available To Encrypt Voice Calls

July 31, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Free iPhone App Available To Encrypt Voice Calls

An open-source project has released the first free application for the iPhone that scrambles voice calls, which would ward off government surveillance or eavesdropping by hackers. Signal comes from Open Whisper Systems, who also created RedPhone and TextSecure, both Android applications that encrypt calls and text messages. The application is compatible with RedPhone and eventually RedPhone and TextSecure will be combined in a single Android application and called Signal as well, according to... 

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Netflix Strikes Deal With AT&T To Ensure Smooth Streaming

July 31, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Netflix Strikes Deal With AT&T To Ensure Smooth Streaming

Video streaming service Netflix has agreed to pay U.S. broadband provider AT&T Inc to ensure smooth delivery of Netflix content to Internet users, according to a statement made by both companies The announcement of the deal, put together in May, comes as Netflix has been waging a public campaign against such fees, which they present as tolls, and calling on the Federal Communications Commission to review the market. Having brokered this so-called interconnection agreement, AT&T and Netflix... 

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Can Moving From TCP/IP Speed Up The Internet?

July 31, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can Moving From TCP/IP Speed Up The Internet?

A team of Danish boffins have worked out that the Internet could be sped up by more than five times if there were some significant changes to TCP/IP. The researchers who hang out at Aalborg University say that a lot of the TCP/IP system needs to be junked in favour of something called “Random Linear Network Coding” (RLNC). Basically this means using new mathematical algorithms on routing problems to eliminate retransmissions and cut congestion. Researchers say that experiments with their new... 

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Fifty Percent Of Android Apps May Have Security Holes

July 31, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Fifty Percent Of Android Apps May Have Security Holes

Researchers that discovered the Heartbleed security vulnerability have warned that over half of the 50 most popular Android mobile apps have inherited security vulnerabilities through the irresponsible recycling of software libraries. Codenomicon, which coined the term “Heartbleed” upon discovering the OpenSSL flaw, will name and shame app developers later this month when it publishes its findings on those that neglected robust security practices. Preliminary results from a study by Codenomicon... 

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Intel’s 5th Gen Broadwell Coming In Three Flavors

July 31, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel’s 5th Gen Broadwell Coming In Three Flavors

Intel’s 5th Core processor family, codenamed Broadwell, will launch in three lines for the mobile segment. We are talking about upcoming Broadwell 14nm processors that will start appearing in Q4 2014 and will continue to launch trough the first half of 2015. The 5th generation Core 5Y70 and three other similar parts belong to the Y-line of processors. these are BGA processors with 4.5W TDP and they draw significantly less power than the Y-line of processors belonging to the Haswell generation.... 

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Huawei’s Smartphones Gaining Ground, Sees 62% Rise In Devices Shipped

July 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Huawei’s Smartphones Gaining Ground, Sees 62% Rise In Devices Shipped

Huawei Technologies shipped 62% more smartphones in the first half of 2014 than the same period last year, with sales to some countries outside its home turf doubling or even tripling. It shipped smartphone 34.3 million units, boosted by sales of flagship phones the Ascend Mate 2 and the Ascend P7, it said on Tuesday. In the second quarter alone it shipped 20.6 million units, an 85% year-over-year increase. Much of that growth is coming from emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America,... 

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Facebook To Mandate Messenger App For Mobile Chat

July 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Facebook To Mandate Messenger App For Mobile Chat

If you like to send messages via Facebook when you’re on the move, be prepared to download a new app. Facebook has confirmed that it will be deleting the messaging feature from its mobile app over the next few days, and requiring people to use its standalone Messenger app instead. The change follows through on a plan announced in April and for now affects Facebook’s mobile app on iOS and Android. You’ll be able to send and receive messages on the desktop as before. “In the... 

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OkCupid Admits Experimenting On Customers

July 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
OkCupid Admits Experimenting On Customers

OkCupid, a top U.S. dating website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said, weeks after Facebook Inc similarly admitted to misleading users in a psychological study. “When we tell people they are a good match, they act as if they are,” co-founder Christian Rudder wrote in a blog post. “Even when they should be wrong for each other.” Conversely, couples told they were bad matches, even when OkCupid’s algorithm showed... 

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The Pirate Bay Goes To Smartphones?

July 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
The Pirate Bay Goes To Smartphones?

The Pirate Bay, the self-styled “world’s most resilient torrent site”, has released a mobile version of its website for the first time. The Mobile Bay taps into the increasing storage capacity of mobile devices and the growing number of uncapped 4G data plans. Offering millions of uploaded torrents from blockbuster movies and TV shows, cracked software packages and pornography, the vast majority of its content is considered illegal in almost every country of the world, leading to... 

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AMD’s Carrizo Goes Mobile Only

July 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD’s Carrizo Goes Mobile Only

AMD’s upcoming Carrizo APU might not make it to the desktop market at all. According to Italian tech site bitsandchips.it, citing industry sources, AMD plans to limit Carrizo to mobile parts. Furthermore the source claims Carrizo will not support DDR4 memory. We cannot confirm or deny the report at this time. If the rumours turn out to be true, AMD will not have a new desktop platform next year. Bear in mind that Intel is doing the exact same thing by bringing 14nm silicon to mobile rather... 

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Astronomers Develop New Technique To Measure Alien Planets

July 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Develop New Technique To Measure Alien Planets

Astronomers have made the best-ever measurement to date of the radius of an alien world. Using observations by NASA’s Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes, researchers determined that the exoplanet Kepler-93b is 1.48 times the size of Earth, confirming its status as a super-Earth — a world slightly larger than our own — and allowing scientists to conclude that the planet is very likely composed of iron and rock. “With Kepler and Spitzer, we’ve captured the most precise measurement... 

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Phone-unlocking Bill Moves One Step Closer To Law

July 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Phone-unlocking Bill Moves One Step Closer To Law

A bill that allows consumers to unlock their mobile phones for use on other carriers passed its last hurdle in Congress last week, opening the way for it to become law once it is signed by President Barack Obama. Senate Bill 517 overturns a January 2013 decision by the Library of Congress that ruled the unlocking of phones by consumers fell afoul of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). It had previously been permitted under an exception to the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA, which... 

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Bose Sues Beats Over Patent Infringement

July 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Bose Sues Beats Over Patent Infringement

Headphone maker Bose has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against rival Beats Electronics, which Apple recently agreed to purchase in a US$3 billion deal. In its complaint, Bose alleges that the “active noise cancellation” system in Beats Studio and Studio Wireless headphones infringes on five of its patents that relate to digital audio processing, compression and noise cancellation technology. They are U.S. patents 6,717,537; 8,073,150; 8,073,151; 8,054,992; and 8,345,888. In addition... 

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Amazon To Offer 3D Printing

July 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon To Offer 3D Printing

Amazon.com Inc will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys and other items from third-party vendors using a new personalization option on its website. Most of the more than 200 items available on the company’s new 3D printed products store, which was rolled out on Monday, can be customized using a new feature that allows users to rotate and change the item they are viewing. Before it is printed by one of Amazon’s sellers, users... 

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