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Microsoft To End Detailed Security Bulletins

January 17, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft To End Detailed Security Bulletins

Microsoft discontinue issuing detailed security bulletins in February, which for nearly 20 years have provided individual users and IT professionals information about vulnerabilities and their patches. One patching expert crossed his fingers that Microsoft would make good on its pledge to publish the same information when it switches to a new online database. “I’m on the fence right now,” said Chris Goettl, product manager with patch management vendor Shavlik, of the demise of... 

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Rovio Seeks New Gaming Path, Opening Studio In London

January 17, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Rovio Seeks New Gaming Path, Opening Studio In London

Finnish mobile games and animation developer Rovio Entertainment is intensifying its search for new hit games by opening a studio in London to focus on multiplayer games that would not rely on the company’s Angry Birds brand. Privately-held Rovio has struggled in recent years as profits from the Angry Birds franchise dropped, prompting deep job cuts and divestments. But last year Rovio launched an animated Angry Birds 3D Hollywood film that it said did well at the box office and yielded new... 

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Airbus Envision’s Flying Cars Prototype By Year End

January 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Airbus Envision’s Flying Cars Prototype By Year End

Airbus Group  is gearing up to test a prototype for a self-piloted flying car as a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads by the end of the year, the aerospace group’s chief executive said on Monday. Airbus last year formed a division called Urban Air Mobility that is exploring concepts such as a vehicle to transport individuals or a helicopter-style vehicle that can carry multiple riders. The aim would be for people to book the vehicle using an app, similar to car-sharing schemes. “One... 

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Can AMD Launch Ryzen This Quarter?

January 17, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Can AMD Launch Ryzen This Quarter?

AMD indicated that the official Ryzen launch date will be sometime before March. While they haven’t specifically given an exact date, a talk to be given by AMD at the annual Game Developer Conference (GDC) says the following: “Join AMD Game Engineering team members for an introduction to the recently-launched AMD Ryzen CPU followed by advanced optimisation topics.” Obviously for this to be the subject of the talk Ryzen would have had to be recently launched which means that it is... 

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Will A.I. Help nVidia And AMD Dethrone Intel?

January 17, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Will A.I. Help nVidia And AMD Dethrone Intel?

The move to AI could be the one catalyst which could help AMD and Nvidia carve up Intel’s mighty kingdom. Last year saw Microsoft, Apple, Google develop more software for ARM based chips. During the year AMD and Nvidia saw their stock prices rise as shareholders started to think that they might succeed in taking Intel’s crown. On of the reasons for this is AI which is fast becoming a bigger buzz world than Interent of Things – which is the basket Intel is putting its eggs into. AMD and Nvidia... 

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Is The Milky Way Stealing Stars?

January 17, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is The Milky Way Stealing Stars?

Some of the most distant stars in the Milky Way may have been lifted from another galaxy, research released Wednesday shows. The unintended donor, known as the Sagittarius dwarf, is one of dozens of miniature galaxies that loop around the Milky Way. The Sagittarius dwarf is located about 3.4 million light-years away from Earth. Computer simulations show that Sagittarius paid a price each time it flew by its bigger neighbor. The Milky Way’s heftier gravitational tug has stripped away about one-third... 

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Robot Rights Get Debated In The EU

January 16, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Robot Rights Get Debated In The EU

Robots should be granted rights as “electronic persons,” members of the European Parliament recommended — but not until the machines are all fitted with “kill” switches to shut them down in an emergency. Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee wants the European Commission to propose legislation that will settle a number of ethical and liability issues in the field of robotics — including who is to blame when an autonomous vehicle is involved in a collision. Granting... 

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Tesla Ends Free Charging For New Vehicles

January 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Tesla Ends Free Charging For New Vehicles

It will now cost new Tesla owners about $15 to complete the trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco when using the company’s Supercharging stations. The new pricing applies only to owners who purchase their electric vehicles after this Sunday. Those who bought vehicles before Jan. 15 will continue to receive free charging, the company said. The company this week announced that its charging costs will vary from state to state and depend on which charging “tier” a driver is using.... 

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Nissan Chooses London For Self-driving Car Tests

January 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Nissan Chooses London For Self-driving Car Tests

Japanese automaker Nissan said it will conduct its first European real-world trials of self-driving vehicles in London, choosing Britain just months after it said it would build two new models in the country despite concerns over Brexit. The government has said it wants to encourage the development and testing of autonomous driving technology in Britain, helping build an industry to serve a worldwide market it reckons could be worth around 900 billion pounds ($1.1 trillion) by 2025. On Friday... 

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MediaTek Has A Strong Quarter

January 16, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
MediaTek Has A  Strong Quarter

MediaTek, the fabless semiconductor company from Taiwan that provides SoCs for HDTVs, Blu-ray players and wireless products, saw its revenues jump by 29.2 percent year-over-year to a record high of $8.6 billion (¥$275.51 billion), according to the latest industry reports. Deemed one of the fastest growing chip companies in 2016, MediaTek’s upswing in performance last year is attributed to a larger share of the worldwide smartphone SoC market, along with higher sales in local China and Taiwan... 

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Will Apple’s Supposed Jump In AR Be A Game Changer?

January 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will Apple’s Supposed Jump In AR Be A Game Changer?

The super-cool and innovative tech power house Apple is rumored to have come up with some game-changing glasses which superimpose information and pictures onto reality. Dubbed AR, no other technology company has come up with the idea before and it is believed to be the brain child of Tim Cook himself. Of course, it is all top secret because other companies will steal the idea before Apple gets it to market. However, word on the street is that Apple is working with the German optics manufacturer... 

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Could Garnet Type Planets Support Life?

January 16, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Could Garnet Type Planets Support Life?

Earth’s surface is ever-changing, with tectonic plates bumping together to cause earthquakes and volcanoes, grow mountains and replenish and redistribute elements — and that dynamic environment helps life thrive. But with a slightly different ratio of elements in the sun, the planet could have been far less forgiving. Planets are mostly made of the same stuff as their stars, and researchers have used that fact to simulate two very different rocky planets: one whose upper mantleis mostly the... 

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Security Experts Warn Of New Spora Ransomware

January 13, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Security Experts Warn Of New Spora Ransomware

Security experts have uncovered a new ransomware program dubbed Spora that can perform strong offline file encryption and brings several ‘innovations’ to the ransom payment model. The malware has targeted Russian-speaking users so far, but its authors have also created an English version of their decryption portal, suggesting they will likely expand their attacks to other countries soon. Spora stands out because it can encrypt files without having to contact a command-and-control (CnC)... 

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U.S. Defense Department Testing 3D Printed Drone Swarm

January 13, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
U.S. Defense Department Testing 3D Printed Drone Swarm

The Department of Defense has been testing low-cost, autonomous, micro-drones for low-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. The drones, dubbed Perdix, operate as a swarm and are not individually pre-programmed. Instead, they act as a collective organism with one distributed brain for decision-making, the DOD said in a statement on Monday. “Because every Perdix communicates and collaborates with every other Perdix, the swarm has no leader and can gracefully adapt to... 

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Instagram Stories To Get Advertising

January 13, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Instagram Stories To Get Advertising

Facebook Inc’s Instagram is adding more than 30 advertising partners to one of its fastest-growing features, Instagram Stories, in a bid to boost advertising revenue. The social media company will become a more important player in maintaining Facebook’s growth in advertising revenue in 2017. During the last two earnings calls, Facebook executives said they may soon reach a limit on the amount of ads they can place before users, one of the factors that had driven ad revenue growth. Instagram... 

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