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Google May Have A Plan To Bring Wi-Fi To NYC Pay Phones

July 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google May Have A Plan To Bring Wi-Fi To NYC Pay Phones

Google may be amongst a list of hopefuls looking to transform the New York City phone booths of the past into “communication points” of the future with free Wi-Fi and cellphone charging. The dominant search company was among 60 entities that attended a meeting on May 12 to discuss a project to replace or supplement as many as 10,000 pay phones around the city. The list came to light in a Bloomberg News article. Other participants included Samsung, IBM, Cisco Systems, Verizon Wireless,... 

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Yahoo To Purchase Flurry To Beef Up Mobile Ad Revenue

July 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo To Purchase Flurry To Beef Up Mobile Ad Revenue

Yahoo Inc will acquire mobile analytics startup Flurry to beef up a fast-growing mobile advertising business that still lags Google Inc’s  and Facebook Inc’s in scale. Six-year-old Flurry uses analytics to help target ads at consumers by monitoring activity on more than half a million apps on some 1.4 billion mobile devices around the world, Yahoo said in a statement. The startup provides information to help marketers and brands more easily reach their desired audiences, Yahoo... 

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Xiaomi Sets Sights On Premium Smartphone Market With Mi 4 Device

July 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Xiaomi Sets Sights On Premium Smartphone Market With Mi 4 Device

China’s Xiaomi introduced on Tuesday its new flagship Mi 4 smartphone, aimed primarily at the premium handset market dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The Mi 4 has a 5 inch, 1080p screen and a Qualcomm Inc Snapdragon 801 2.5 Ghz processor, said Chief Executive Lei Jun at a launch event in Beijing. But sheathed in iPhone-like metal sides, the Mi 4′s similarities to Apple’s smartphone drew murmurs from the crowd of ‘iPhone’ when showcased by Lei. Founded... 

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Western Digital Updates The Red Line

July 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Western Digital Updates The Red Line

Western Digital has announced an upgrade of its WD Red range, providing a single brand structure across consumer and enterprise. The WD Red range is aimed primarily at network attached storage (NAS) applications, and is joined by a new WD Red Pro line. Both sub-ranges are controlled by upgraded firmware called NASware 3.0. At a briefing last week, Western Digital’s UK country manager Jermaine Campbell explained that the new firmware will be able to instruct the drive to work in different ways... 

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Intel Adds More To Haswell For The Desktop

July 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Adds More To Haswell For The Desktop

Intel has added eight new desktop chips to its price list, ranging from cheap Pentiums to mainstream Core i3 parts. All the chips are dual-cores based on the good old Haswell core. Four new Pentiums are now available. All are dual-core, dual-thread chips with 3MB of L3 cache. The Pentium G3250 is clocked at 3.2GHz, it has a TDP of 53W and it costs $64. The G3250T runs at 2.8GHz, but it has a TDP of 35W. It costs the same. The second 35W part is the Pentium G3450T, which runs at 2.9GHz and costs... 

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Vintage NASA Probe Still Kicking

July 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Vintage NASA Probe Still Kicking

After refusing to fire its engines last week for a course correction, a vintage NASA spacecraft did produce a bit of thrust Wednesday (July 16), proving it still has at least some fuel left after 36 years in space. The International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3), which launched in 1978, is close to Earth right now, but on a trajectory that will send it further out into the solar system. A private group, called the ISEE-3 Reboot Project, is sending commands to the aged NASA probe with the goal of... 

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Twitter Pressed To Release Diversity Data

July 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Pressed To Release Diversity Data

U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson is urging Twitter to release its employee diversity information, which its Silicon Valley peers such as Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Facebook have already done. The Rainbow Push Coalition, founded by Jackson, has also asked Twitter to signal its commitment to inclusion by hosting a public community forum to address the company’s plan to recruit and retain more African American talent. The coalition and black empowerment group, ColorOfChange.org, plans... 

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China’s Rush To The Internet Is Slowing

July 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
China’s Rush To The Internet Is Slowing

China’s once furious pace to get on the Internet is slowing, with the country adding only 14.4 million new Internet users in the first half of 2014, the lowest half-year growth in eight years. There were 632 million Internet users in China in June, according to the government-linked China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). Although China has long reigned as the country with the world’s largest Internet population, the services are still struggling to take off in the rural areas,... 

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Lenovo Says It’s Still In The 8-in. Windows Tablet Game

July 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Lenovo Says It’s Still In The 8-in. Windows Tablet Game

Lenovo on Friday said it would continue selling sub-10-in. Windows tablets in the U.S., backing away from statements it made the day before, when it said it was pulling the ThinkPad 8 from the North American market and had discontinued offering a model of the Miix 2. “We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday,” Lenovo said in a press release published on its website Friday. “Our... 

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Are Governments Doing Enough To Warn People On The Risk of Cybercrime?

July 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Governments Doing Enough To Warn People On The Risk of Cybercrime?

The UK Government isn’t doing enough to warn about the risks of cybercrime on a mass level, security firm Kaspersky has claimed. Speaking at a company roundtable event at the firm’s European hub in London on Thursday, Kaspersky security researcher David Emm said isn’t doing as much as it could be to educate people about cyber security. “I’d like to see the government doing more to get the message out to mainstream citizens and individuals because that’s the bone... 

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Will Microsoft’s Cuts Impact Quantum Break?

July 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Microsoft’s Cuts Impact Quantum Break?

Neither Microsoft of developer Remedy is talking about the effect that the upcoming staff reductions at Microsoft might impact the already deep in development title know as Quantum Break. Quantum Break is said to feature television segments that will be part of the main game with players unlocking new segments at the end of some gameplay segments. The live action television segments can we watched right away or they can be viewed later on mobile devices such as a smart phone or tablet. The run here... 

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Is the Hunt For Alien Planets Heating Up?

July 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is the Hunt For Alien Planets Heating Up?

It’s a time of amazing discovery in the hunt for planets in other solar systems. Over the past six months, more than 700 exoplanets have been found. It seems that each week brings the announcement of another foreign world: a rocky orb that seems much like Earth except that it’s 17 times more massive; a colossal planet that orbits its star at a whopping 2,000 times the distance between Earth and our sun; an Earth-like planet in a two-sun system. On July 9, three astrophysicists — Zachory... 

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Sony’s FeliCa Smartcard Chip Is Gearing Up For Wearables

July 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony’s FeliCa Smartcard Chip Is Gearing Up For Wearables

If you’re waiting for that multi-functional smartwatch of your dreams, Sony is working to add contactless payments to wearables with a new chip. The electronics giant’s FeliCa Networks subsidiary is modifying its FeliCa contactless card technology, widely used in Japan for public transit and e-money payments, for wearables. The company is designing a low-power chip that could be used in wearables such as smartwatches and smart bands, giving them contactless e-money or transit functions... 

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Dell Is Now Accepting Bitcoin Payments

July 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Dell Is Now Accepting Bitcoin Payments

Want to purchase a laptop with bitcoins? Dell is now accepting the digital currency as a form of payment. Consumer and business shoppers can pay for products directly via bitcoins or through Coinbase, a third-party payment processing company, Dell said. Buyers can pay for products through Bitcoin wallets or by scanning a QR code with a smartphone. The volatile Bitcoin has had its share of controversies and exchange shutdowns as the currency matures. Companies like Overstock.com, Newegg, Expedia... 

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Google’s Growth Will Be In A Shift To Mobile

July 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google’s Growth Will Be In A Shift To Mobile

Google Inc  is the more properly positioned than any company to benefit from the shift to mobile, increased local advertising and wearables, analysts said after the search giant posted its 18th straight quarter of 20 percent-plus revenue growth. At least eight brokerages raised their price targets on the stock on Friday by as much as $75, to a high of $745. The company, which is also set to benefit from the so-called “internet of things”, said that second-quarter revenue rose 22 percent... 

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