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Microsoft Touts New Power Saving Feature In Windows 10

April 21, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Touts New Power Saving Feature In Windows 10

Microsoft is touting operating system-wide power efficiencies in a recent preview of Windows 10, claiming that the technology will reduce notebook battery consumption by 11% on laptops equipped with the newest processors. The technology, temporarily tagged as “Power Throttling,” was enabled on all copies of Windows 10 Insider build 16176, which Microsoft released Friday. Insider is the beta program Microsoft runs for both enthusiasts and businesses. The latter rely on Insider to learn... 

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Facebook Gives Preview Of Futuristic Brain-to-text Program

April 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Gives Preview Of Futuristic Brain-to-text Program

Facebook Inc has provided a peek inside a secretive unit headed by a former chief of the Pentagon’s research arm, disclosing that the social media company is studying ways for people to communicate by thought and touch. Facebook launched the research shop, called Building 8, last year to conduct long-term work that might lead to hardware products. In charge of the unit is Regina Dugan, who led a similar group at Alphabet Inc’s Google and was previously director of the U.S. Defense Department’s... 

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Bose Headphones Accused Of Spying On Users

April 21, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Bose Headphones Accused Of Spying On Users

Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone owners by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling such data without permission, a lawsuit charged. The complaint filed by Kyle Zak in federal court in Chicago seeks an injunction to stop Bose’s “wholesale disregard” for the privacy of customers who download its free Bose Connect app from Apple Inc or Google Play stores to their smartphones. “People... 

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NAND Prices Appear To Be Sckyrocketing

April 21, 2017 by   | Category: Computing

NAND flash prices have been inflating excessively lately and Phison Electronics chairman Khein Seng Pua warned that prices are set to go up again in the third quarter as end-market demand surges. He told Digitimes that while prices might decrease a little in the second quarter, Chipmakers’ ongoing transition from 2D to 3D NAND memory has led to tight supply and inflated the chip prices. System OEMs are reluctant to deliver their products as the more they sell the more they lose due to soaring... 

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Will Intel’s Skylake X and X299 Appear In Q2?

April 21, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Will Intel’s Skylake X and X299 Appear In Q2?

According to the latest set of rumors, Intel might be scrambling to launch its X299 platform with Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X CPU and these could come in late June/beginning of July. Originally scheduled to launch sometime in Q3 2017, with August as the most obvious target, it appears that Intel has pushed the launch for its new HEDT (High-end Desktop) X299 platform date forward to the 25th and 27th week of this year, which puts it somewhere in the end of June, beginning of July, timeframe.  As detailed... 

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Did NASA Find Oceans Outside Of Earth?

April 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Did NASA Find Oceans Outside Of Earth?

NASA will unveil new discoveries this week that involve alien oceans in Earth’s solar system, space agency officials announced today (April 10).  On Thursday, April 13, NASA will hold a press conference that will “discuss new results about ocean worlds in our solar system,” according to a press release from the agency. The discovery will involve findings from the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which is orbiting Saturn.  “These new... 

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Renewable Energy Now The Cheapest Source For New Electric Power

April 20, 2017 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Renewable Energy Now The Cheapest Source For New Electric Power

While investments in renewable energy fell last year, a big drop in unsubsidized costs for new wind and solar power installations indicated that they remain popular energy alternatives. Last year, the average “levelized cost” or total cost of generating power from solar worldwide dropped 17% percent, onshore wind costs dropped 18% and offshore wind turbine power costs fell 28%, according to a new report from the United Nations and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). “Well, after... 

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Facebook Is A Hub For Augmented Reality, Says Mark Zuckerberg

April 20, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Facebook Is A Hub For Augmented Reality, Says Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Inc is wants to capitalize off of the technology known as augmented reality, a mix of the real and digital worlds best known from the hit smartphone game Pokemon Go, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said. Speaking at F8, the company’s annual conference for software developers, Zuckerberg said Facebook was an obvious hub for businesses to reach people and experiment with augmented reality, although he did not suggest the company was planning to make similar games itself. Pokemon Go,... 

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Baidu Wants In On Automonous Vehicles, Plans Launch In July

April 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Baidu Wants In On Automonous Vehicles, Plans Launch In July

Baidu Inc has announced plans to launch its self-driving car technology for restricted environment in July before gradually introducing fully autonomous driving capabilities on highways and open city roads by 2020. The project is named Apollo after the lunar landing program, the Chinese search giant said, adding it would work with partners who provide vehicles, sensors and other components for the new technology. As part of its push into artificial intelligence (AI), the company in January named... 

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Can AMD Go Wireless In The Virtual reality Space?

April 20, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Can AMD Go Wireless In The Virtual reality Space?

You might seen we’ve writing about millimeter waves several times. and we usually attributed this term to 5G. AMD has just acquired Nitero, a millimeter wave company that wants to use this technology to cut the cord on your VR and AR headset.  AMD has figured out that cables are a very limiting factor in a Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality. This is not a big secret as even if you only had a few minutes to play with one, you quickly realize that making things wireless is more comfortable. The... 

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Is Intel Shrinking?

April 20, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is Intel Shrinking?

Despite promises that Intel made to Donald (Prince of Orange) Trump that it was building new factories in the Land of the Fee, it seems that Intel is still downsizing its US workforce. The number of full-time workers directly employed by Intelnear Rio Rancho fell by 37 percent in 2016 – from 1,900 salaried workers in 2015 to 1,200 as of December – according to the company’s latest annual report to the Sandoval County Commission. Intel spokeswoman Liz Shipley told the Albuquerque Journal in... 

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Astronomers Begin To Understand The Mystery Behind Merging Black Holes

April 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Begin To Understand The Mystery Behind Merging Black Holes

Last year, scientists announced that they had finally observed gravitational waves, the elusive and long sought-after ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were first posited by Albert Einstein. The waves came from a catastrophic event — the collision of two black holes located about 1.3 billion light years away from Earth — and the released energy undulated across the universe, much like ripples in a pond. The detection by the upgraded Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Advanced... 

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New York City May Force Tipping Feature To Be Added To Uber Service

April 19, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
New York City May Force Tipping Feature To Be Added To Uber Service

Ride-services company Uber Technologies Inc may be forced to provide riders a way to tip their drivers, despite its longstanding resistance, if a plan by New York City’s taxi regulator is implemented. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has announced intentions to propose a rule no later than July that would require all for-hire vehicles to allow passengers to tip drivers using the same method they use to pay for the ride. In Uber’s case, this would involve adding a tipping... 

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Mozilla To End Firefox’s Aurora Preview Track

April 19, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Mozilla To End Firefox’s Aurora Preview Track

Mozilla has announced it will discontinue one of Firefox’s preview tracks that have allowed users to test early versions of the browser before wider deployment. Companies running Firefox, and testing the browser using the “Aurora” track, will be automatically migrated to the “Beta” channel today. “It became clear that Aurora was not meeting our expectations as a first stabilization channel,” wrote Dave Camp, director of engineering for Firefox; Sylvestre... 

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Roomba Maker Sues Rivals Over Robotic Vacuum Patent

April 19, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Roomba Maker Sues Rivals Over Robotic Vacuum Patent

IRobot, the maker of the popular Roomba robotic vacuum, has filed a slew of lawsuits alleging that its rivals including The Hoover Co and Black & Decker Corp have been using its patented technology without permission. Bedford, Massachusetts-based iRobot filed lawsuits in federal court in Boston against Hoover, Black & Decker, Bobsweep Inc and Bissell Homecare Inc. IRobot said they infringe on several of its patents covering the idea of an autonomous floor-cleaning robot. “iRobot will... 

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