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Microsoft Begins Purge Of Dubious Apps In Windows App Store

August 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft Begins Purge Of Dubious Apps In Windows App Store

Microsoft has started getting rid of sham Windows Store apps that try to dupe users into paying for free software, the company has announced. “Most of the developers behind apps that are found to violate our policies have good intentions and agree to make the necessary changes when notified,” said Todd Brix, general manager for the Windows Store, in a blog post yesterday. “Others have been less receptive, causing us to remove more than 1,500 apps as part of this review so far.” The... 

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Samsung Unveils First Of Its Kind Smartwatch, Mobile Phone Not Required

August 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Unveils First Of Its Kind Smartwatch, Mobile Phone Not Required

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday debuted what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby, in the South Korean firm’s latest effort to find a new growth driver. The world’s biggest smartphone maker has been pushing hard to develop the wearable devices market as it looks to counter slowing earnings in its mobile division, which led to weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings. Samsung is hardly alone in pushing wearables,... 

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Bitcoin Adoption Rate Continues Its Upward Trajectory

August 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Bitcoin Adoption Rate Continues Its Upward Trajectory

Bitcoin is gaing greater acceptance at U.S. online merchants including Overstock.com and Expedia, as customers use a digital currency that just a few years ago was virtually unknown but is now showing some staying power. Though sales paid for in bitcoin so far at vendors interviewed for this article have been a fraction of one percent, they expect that as acceptance grows, the online currency will one day be as ubiquitous as the internet. “Bitcoin isn’t going anywhere; it’s here... 

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VMWare Releases Workplace Suite

August 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
VMWare Releases Workplace Suite

VMware has released its Workplace Suite — a combined platform to deploy and manage applications and desktops from the cloud to laptops, smartphones, tablets, or whatever. The suite comes as part of a partnership with Google and NVIDIA, VMware has been showing the world the ability for VMware Workplace Suite to stream even graphics-intensive Windows applications to Google Chromebooks. VMware is billing this as an initiative to bring data and applications closer to the places users actually... 

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New IBM Power System 8 Range Enroute

August 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
New IBM Power System 8 Range Enroute

Doug Balog General Manager of IBM Power Systems has hinted that biggish blue is about to release a new range of power 8 servers. Talking to Server Watch Balog said that the strategy for accelerating Power is by using the OpenPower Foundation, which currently has over 50 members. IBM recently shed its x86 industry-standard server business in a deal with Lenovo. As a result, instead of being an Intel server partner, IBM is now mostly a competitor. Balog’s thinks that an open approach is now... 

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Do White Dwarfs Hold The Key To Supernova Explosions?

August 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Do White Dwarfs Hold The Key To Supernova Explosions?

Supernovas, the most powerful stellar explosions in the universe, may result from catastrophic nuclear explosions on dead stars, new research shows. Scientists had long theorized that such nuclear events cause some supernovas, but now researchers finally have direct evidence. A supernova shines brightly enough to briefly outshine all the stars in its galaxy, making it visible from halfway across the universe. Such explosions are rare, only occurring within each galaxy about every 100 years. For decades,... 

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HP Recalls 6M Laptop Power Cords Over Fire Concerns

August 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
HP Recalls 6M Laptop Power Cords Over Fire Concerns

Hewlett-Packard has recalled more than 6 million laptop power cords that could potentially cause fire and/or burning hazards. HP is recalling LS-15 AC power cords used with HP and Compaq branded laptops. The company is recalling about 5.6 million power cords in the U.S. and 446,000 units in Canada. The cord pulls out of one end of the AC adapter. It came with laptops and accessories sold between September 2010 through June 2012, HP said on its power cord recall website. There have been 29 reports... 

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Tesla Motors Recruits Hackers For Security Challenge

August 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Tesla Motors Recruits Hackers For Security Challenge

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors is searching for security researchers to hack its vehicles. The Silicon Valley based high-tech auto maker will hire up to 30 full-time hackers whose job will be to identify and resolve vulnerabilities in the sophisticated firmware that controls its cars. “Our security team is focused on advancing technology to secure connected cars,” a company spokesman said via email. The focus is on “setting new standards for security and creating new capabilities... 

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IBM Softlayer Goes Bare Metal

August 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Softlayer Goes Bare Metal

IBM’s Softlayer announced on Tuesday that it is offering bare metal servers that are deployed in less than 30 minutes and billed by the hour. The new hourly bare metal servers are single tenant servers connecting directly to Softlayer’s global private network, which the company said allows for seamless integration between data centres without additional networking fees, offers unlimited inter-data centre bandwidth, and delivers exceptional performance and security. Softlayer added... 

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Apple To Go Big With iPad Next Year

August 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple To Go Big With iPad Next Year

First there was the iPad at around 10 inches and then there was the iPad Mini that is closer to 8 inches. Now Apple Inc is gearing up to roll out a larger, 12.9-inch version of its once dominant iPad for 2015, with production set to begin in the first quarter of next year, Bloomberg cited people with knowledge of the matter as saying on Tuesday. The report comes as Apple struggles with declining sales of its tablets, which are faltering as people replace iPads less frequently than expected and larger... 

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Seagate Launches 8TB Hard-Drive

August 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Seagate Launches 8TB Hard-Drive

Seagate has become the first disk drive maker to ship an 8TB hard drive. The 3.5in SATA3 hard drive is designed for data centers and servers with an eye to cloud content and backup disaster recovery storage. It comes with multi-disc RV tolerance to bolster performance. “As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build... 

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Did Scientist Discover Microbial Life Inside A Martian Rock?

August 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Scientist Discover Microbial Life Inside A Martian Rock?

Scientists have found a strange structure resembling a microbial cell inside a Martian meteorite, but they’re not claiming that it’s evidence of Red Planet life. The researchers discovered the microscopic oval object within the Nakhla Mars meteorite, which fell to Earth in Egypt in 1911. While the structure’s appearance is intriguing, it most likely formed as a result of geological rather than biological processes, team members said. “The consideration of possible biotic scenarios... 

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Apple Replacing Some iPhone 5 Batteries Free Of Charge

August 27, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Replacing Some iPhone 5 Batteries Free Of Charge

Apple has agreed to replace some iPhone 5 batteries free of charge, claiming that “a very small percentage” of the smartphones needed to be charged more often and that those charges were quickly exhausted. The program, which was announced last week, only in a support document published on Apple’s website, offered free battery replacements for iPhone 5 devices that “suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” According to Apple, the... 

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Qantas, Virgin To Allow Smartphone Usage Throughout Flights

August 27, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Qantas, Virgin To Allow Smartphone Usage Throughout Flights

Australian airlines Qantas Airways Ltd and Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd said passengers may use mobile phones and tablets during their flights, after a regulator relaxed a ban on electronic devices on planes. The airlines said they would begin allowing passengers to use personal electronic devices for the duration of their flight after Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority followed a similar ruling from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in 2013. The Australian airlines will... 

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Amazon Acquires Live-Streaming Game Network Twitch For Nearly $1B

August 27, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Acquires Live-Streaming Game Network Twitch For Nearly $1B

Amazon.com Inc has acquired live-streaming gamingnetwork Twitch Interactive for about $970 million in cash, reflecting Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos’ vision to transform Amazon into an Internet destination beyond its roots in retail operations. The deal, jointly announced by the two companies, is the largest deal in Amazon’s 20-year history and will help the U.S. e-commerce company vie with Apple Inc and Google Inc in the fast-growing world of online gaming, which accounts for... 

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