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Microsoft To Make Switching Between IE11 And Edge Browsers Easier

May 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft To Make Switching Between IE11 And Edge Browsers Easier

Microsoft announced that it will introduce changes in this summer’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update to simplify switching from Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) to Edge, and back. The changes will be aimed at enterprises, the only customer group Microsoft recommends running IE11 in the new operating system. “We recognize that some enterprise customers have line-of-business applications built specifically for older web technologies, which require Internet Explorer 11,” the company said in... 

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In-Home Tech Support Companies HelloTech, Geekatoo Merging

May 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
In-Home Tech Support Companies HelloTech, Geekatoo Merging

Los Angeles-based startup HelloTech and rival in-home tech support company Geekatoo announced that they have merged, in a sign of consolidation in the hotly competitive on-demand sector. HelloTech will combine its network of about 150 college students who provide on-demand tech repair to Southern California consumers with Geekatoo’s U.S. network of about 5,000 technicians, the companies said in a joint statement. The merger connects HelloTech with Geekatoo’s national market and provides... 

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SWIFT Asks Customers To Help Fight Bank Fraud

May 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
SWIFT Asks Customers To Help Fight Bank Fraud

Financial transaction network SWIFT is asking its customers to help it end a string of high-profile banking frauds perpetrated using its network. The SWIFT network itself is still secure, it insisted in a letter to banks and financial institutions. However, some of its customers have suffered security breaches in their own infrastructure, allowing attackers to fraudulently authorize transactions and send them over the SWIFT network, it said. That’s the best explanation so far for how authenticated... 

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Is Qualcomm Getting Into Drones?

May 24, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Qualcomm Getting Into Drones?

It looks like that Qualcomm wants to make drones smarter and the company plans to use the Snapdragon developer board to do so. We had a chance to see the proof of concept drones that are capable of knowing and mapping environment. Hugo Swart, Sr Director, Head IoE-consumer electronics at Qualcomm, has explained that the general direction in smart drone market at this time is the consumer electronic. Swart confirmed that the first drones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight drone platform technology... 

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How Often Does Jupiter Get Whacked?

May 24, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
How Often Does Jupiter Get Whacked?

Jupiter doesn’t get whacked by asteroids and comets quite as often as scientists had thought. Objects big enough to generate a fireball visible from Earth — such as the spectacular one that occurred on March 17 — slam into Jupiter about 6.5 times per year, according to a new study based on the pooled observations of amateur astronomers around the world. “In three years since our program started, amateur contributors from Europe, the U.S. and Australia have analyzed the equivalent... 

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nVidia Outs The Tesla M10

May 24, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
nVidia Outs The Tesla M10

Nvidia has been talking about its Tesla M10 GPU designed to run on the latest version of the company’s GRID technology. For those who came in late, GRID technology is supposed to give servers a kick in the graphics back-end. It powers virtual desktops and support cloud-powered gaming. Nvidia says the Tesla M10 GPU can support up to 64 desktops per board and 128 per server with two boards. This means shedloads of virtual machines  which are potentially dead and alive. The new graphics card... 

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Nokia Slashes Another 1,000 Jobs

May 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Slashes Another 1,000 Jobs

Nokia is eliminating 1,032 jobs in Finland as part of a cost-cutting plan following its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, the telecom network equipment maker said in a statement last Friday. Finland’s biggest company has cut thousands of jobs in its home country over the past decade as its once-dominant phone business was eclipsed by the rise of smartphone rivals. Nokia started the latest cost cutting program in April and is targeting 900 million euros ($1 billion) of operating cost synergies... 

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Google’s Tensor Processing Unit Improves Machine Learning

May 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Google’s Tensor Processing Unit Improves Machine Learning

Google has taken a giant step forward with the speed of its machine learning systems by developing its own custom chip that it’s been using for over a year. The company was rumored to have been designing its own chip, based partly on job ads it posted in recent years. But until today it had kept the effort largely under wraps. It calls the chip a Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU, named after the TensorFlow software it uses for its machine learning programs. In a blog post, Google engineer Norm... 

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UPS And SAP To Offer On-demand 3D Printing Service

May 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
UPS And SAP To Offer On-demand 3D Printing Service

UPS and SAP announced plans to offer a distributed, on-demand manufacturing network based on 3D printing that will be available through The UPS Store in more than 60 locations around the U.S. 3D printed goods will also be available through UPS’ Fast Radius on-demand production platform and its 3D printing factory in Louisville, KY. “The integration into one additive manufacturing and logistics solution this summer will make 3D printing accessible to more potential users, enabling them... 

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Are Developers Responsible A Games Success?

May 23, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Developers Responsible A Games Success?

Orcs Must Die! Studio Robot Entertainment is a rare breed nowadays – in an age where you’re either indie or AAA, the Plano, Texas-based company (one of several Texas developers that rose from the ashes of Age of Empires studio Ensemble) has managed to succeed as a mid-sized outfit. When Robot was formed in 2009, the company operated on a small scale, but things really changed when it landed a major investment from Chinese media giant Tencent in 2014. That enabled Robot to scale up and... 

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ARM Acquires Vision

May 23, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
ARM Acquires Vision

British chip maker ARM has acquired Apical which is an imaging and embedded computer Vision Company in a $350 million cash deal. Apical’s products are used in more than 1.5 billion smartphones and 300 million other devices, all over the world, including IP cameras, digital stills cameras and tablets. Its products will be used in ARM’s ‘next generation vehicles’, security systems, robotics, mobile and other consumer, smart building, industrial or retail application. These devices will be able... 

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Is AMD Making Gains In The GPU Space?

May 23, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is AMD Making Gains In The GPU Space?

Figures from Mercury Research show that AMD appears to be clawing back some market share. Of course market share does not mean profits, but it is the sort of news that AMD needs. Particularly, it does not appear that AMD is doing that much. Mercury Research’s latest GPU market report, show that in the first quarter overall graphics unit volumes declined by 10.2 per cent in comparison to last year. However AMD gained discrete GPU market share. This surge was on the back of AMD’s Radeon R9 Series... 

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Hacker Offering 167 Million LinkedIn User Records For Sale

May 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Hacker Offering 167 Million LinkedIn User Records For Sale

A hacker is attempting to sell a database dump containing account records for 167 million LinkedIn users. The announcement was posted on a dark market website called TheRealDeal by a user who wants 5 bitcoins, or around $2,200, for the data set that supposedly contains user IDs, email addresses and SHA1 password hashes for 167,370,940 users. According to the sale ad, the dump does not cover LinkedIn’s complete database. Indeed, LinkedIn claims on its website to have more than 433 million registered... 

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Apple To Open Maps Product Development Center In India

May 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Apple To Open Maps Product Development Center In India

Moving forward with his attempt to attract Indian customers and developers, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook announced that the company was setting up a new development center for its Maps product in Hyderabad in south India. Apple earlier on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility in Bangalore to focus on helping developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform. Cook is on his first visit to India, where the company... 

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Google Unveils A.I. Challenger To Amazon’s Alexa

May 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Unveils A.I. Challenger To Amazon’s Alexa

Alphabet’s Google Inc  introduced us to its answer to Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant along with new messaging and virtual reality products at its annual I/O developer conference on Wednesday, doubling down on artificial intelligence and machine learning as the keys to its future. Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai introduced Google Assistant, a virtual personal assistant, along with the tabletop speaker appliance Google Home. He also unveiled Allo, a new messaging service that will... 

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