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goTenna Debuts Personal Antenna In Case Of Disasters

July 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
goTenna Debuts Personal Antenna In Case Of Disasters

A Brooklyn-based startup called goTenna has developed a portable antenna that will come to the rescue when cellular service is unavailable. The portable antenna connects to a smartphone via a Bluetooth Low Energy link. Once connected, users with either an iOS or Android app can then send text messages through the antenna. (The recipient must also have a goTenna, and consequently the product is sold in pairs.) The device uses the 151MHz-154MHz frequencies, with range depending on location. In a densely... 

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Verizon To Begin Slowing Down Data Speeds For Unlimited Subscribers

July 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon To Begin Slowing Down Data Speeds For Unlimited Subscribers

Verizon Communication Inc’s high speed wireless customers who have the company’s legacy unlimited data plans may begin experiencing slower speeds starting Oct. 1, the company said on Friday. The announcement comes as wireless carriers attempt to shift data-hungry subscribers onto tiered plans, which charge customers for individual data packages. Verizon will slow services for the top 5 percent of data users who are on unlimited plans in places where the network is experiencing high demand,... 

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Dell, BlackBerry Downplay Apple-IBM Alliance

July 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Dell, BlackBerry Downplay Apple-IBM Alliance

IBM Corp’s recent move to team up with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unfazed for now. Top executives at Dell and BlackBerry Ltd scoffed at the threat posed by the alliance, arguing the tie-up is unlikely to derail the efforts of their own companies to re-invent themselves. “I do not think that we take the Apple-IBM tie-up terribly seriously. I think it just made a good press... 

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Is GTA 5 Coming To The Xbox One And PS4 In November?

July 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is GTA 5 Coming To The Xbox One And PS4 In November?

Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA 5) might arrive for Playstation 4 (PS4), Xbox One and PC gamers on 7 November, if a UK retailer is to be believed. Rockstar is still yet to cough on a release date for GTA 5 for PCs and next-gen consoles, but said at this year’s E3 conference that the titles will tip up “this fall.” However, UK retailer Gameseek is claiming that the PC version, along with PS4 and Xbox One versions, will start shipping on 7 November. It is so confident that it has even started... 

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Is The Wii-U Making A Comeback?

July 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is The Wii-U Making A Comeback?

A new survey commissioned by IHS in partnership with Gamer Network has shown that E3 gave a huge boost to the number of people interested in buying a Wii U, with purchasing intent growing by 50 per cent over the course of the event. Around one thousand core gamers were surveyed on various purchase intentions before and after the LA show, revealing that, whilst Nintendo’s platform started out with the lowest number of people looking at buying it, it saw the biggest benefit from the show’s... 

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Oracle Goes DaaS

July 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Goes DaaS

Oracle has launched a service to deliver data from the cloud collected from multiple sources in order to drive business intelligence and decision-making. Initially the firm is delivering products using data from marketing and social media, letting enterprise customers use this information for business benefit without having to worry about its source or management. Oracle’s Data as a Service (DaaS) is a suite of offerings that are intended to provide data that can simply be plugged into any... 

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Ultra High Def TV Sales Being Hampered By Steep Prices

July 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Ultra High Def TV Sales Being Hampered By Steep Prices

Ultra high-definition televisions (UHD TVs) have made minor gains in the flat-panel market because prices remain too high, according to a new report from IHS Technology. Among the top 13 LCD display brands worldwide, the share of UHD TV shipments reached just 5% in May, up from 4% in April, 3% in March and 2% in February, according to IHS. While UHD TV share has grown by 1 percentage point for each of the last three months, growth hasn’t budged much since September, when the market was already... 

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Sprint Teams Up With Google To Sell Business Apps

July 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Sprint Teams Up With Google To Sell Business Apps

Sprint announced a partnership with Google to offer the Google Apps for Business cloud service, noting that customers of the service won’t have to use Sprint’s wireless network or Android devices. The partnership helps move Sprint well beyond it’s role as a basic wireless carrier for businesses to one that will bolster basic Google cloud service and access to Google apps with Sprint’s own hands-on professional consulting, much of it free. The announcement comes amid widespread... 

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Device Financing Plan Weighs On AT&T’s Revenue

July 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Device Financing Plan Weighs On AT&T’s Revenue

AT&T Inc’s quarterly revenue rose a weaker than expected 1.6 percent as cheaper service plans offered to customers who forgo subsidized cellular phones made a dent in profit margins. Faced with mounting pressure from competitors, AT&T has unbundled service and device charges, and cut its family data plan and shared value plan prices as it tries to attract customers in a nearly saturated market. “What we saw happen throughout the second quarter were very aggressive promotions... 

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AMD Moving Quickly On Stacked DRAM APUs

July 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Moving Quickly On Stacked DRAM APUs

AMD is fast tracking stacked DRAM deployment and a new presentation leaked by the company  points to APUs with stacked DRAM, or high bandwidth memory (HBM). AMD is calling the project “Fastforward” and it is all about boosting memory bandwidth on upcoming APUs. However, AMD is not talking about specific products yet and it is unclear whether HBM will be implemented on its upcoming Carizzo APU. This seems highly unlikely at this point for a number of reasons and if we were to speculate... 

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Is Internet Explorer Being Exploited By Hackers?

July 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Internet Explorer Being Exploited By Hackers?

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) has seen a 100 percent explosion of reported security vulnerabilities in just six months, according to security firm Bromium labs. Bromium has studied the security vulnerability market intensely and found that in the last six months Microsoft released more security patches than it had during the entire last decade. Internet Explorer also leads in publicly reported exploits. “Internet Explorer took the cap for historic high number of security patches in over... 

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NASA’s New Horizons Quickly Approaching Pluto

July 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
NASA’s New Horizons Quickly Approaching Pluto

Less than a year from now, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will make the first-ever visit to Pluto, potentially revolutionizing scientists’ understanding of the dwarf planet. Because Pluto is so far away — it orbits the sun at an average distance of 3.65 billion miles (5.87 billion kilometers) — many questions about the dwarf planet’s composition and activity remain unanswered. Researchers hope New Horizons will lay some of those questions to rest when it flies by Pluto on July... 

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NASA Upgrades The Robonaut In Space

July 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NASA Upgrades The Robonaut In Space

The 300-pound humanoid robot working on the International Space Station is getting several upgrades, including new processors and software, in preparation of having a pair of legs attached to it. Robonaut 2, also known as R2, is the legless but humanoid robot that has been working on the space station since 2011. “Commander Steve Swanson focused his attention primarily on mobility upgrades for the station’s robotic crew member, Robonaut 2,” NASA reported on its website. “Since... 

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Several Countries Now Have More Wireless Devices Than People

July 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Several Countries Now Have More Wireless Devices Than People

Wireless broadband subscriptions now outnumber people in seven countries as consumers continue to add smartphone and tablet devices to their personal electronics arsenal, according to a new report. Finland, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, South Korea and the U.S. had wireless broadband penetration of more than 100 percent as of December 2013, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday. That means there was more than one wireless broadband subscription per person, usually... 

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Sony Wants To Capitalize On The ‘Selfie’ Boom

July 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony Wants To Capitalize On The ‘Selfie’ Boom

Sony Corp said that it has plans to invest 35 billion yen ($345 million) to increase production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, as the company courts handset makers to get more orders for front-facing camera sensors, used to take selfies. The Japanese firm said it will increase production of stacked CMOS sensors at two factories on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, while completing work on a factory in northwestern Japan it bought from Renesas Electronics Corp for a total investment... 

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