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Facebook Stepping Up Plans To Get Rid Of Fake Profiles

March 6, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Stepping Up Plans To Get Rid Of Fake Profiles

Facebook is ramping up its efforts to improve how it detects fake profiles, particularly those created by people claiming to be someone else. Fake profiles are a real challenge for Facebook, especially in developing markets. For example, in India there is a significant problem with men creating profiles that impersonate real women, a violation of Facebook’s rules. This makes some women afraid of creating profiles. It’s part of a larger problem in India, where more men are on the Internet... 

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Study Projects Self-driving Cars Could Generate Billions In Revenue

March 6, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Study Projects Self-driving Cars Could Generate Billions In Revenue

Self-driving cars could yield billions of dollars a year in sales from mobile internet services and products, even if occupants spend only a small portion of their free time on the web, according to a new study by McKinsey & Company. The study, released Thursday, also projects that widespread adoption of self-driving cars could lead to a 90 percent reduction in U.S. vehicle crashes, with a potential savings of nearly $200 billion a year from significantly fewer injuries and deaths. In addition,... 

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BMW Denies Rumors Of Car Building Partnership With Apple

March 6, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BMW Denies Rumors Of Car Building Partnership With Apple

German luxury automobile maker BMW said on Thursday its talks with technology giant Apple did not involve developing or building a car, denying a German magazine report. Auto Motor und Sport said in its March 4 edition that the two firms were discussing possibilities for cooperating on the development of a passenger car. Apple was impressed with BMW’s carbon-fiber electric cars, the magazine said, citing a “high ranking BMW manager.” The BMW spokesman said: “We are in regular... 

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IBM Goes Bare Metal On Cloud Servers

March 6, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Goes Bare Metal On Cloud Servers

IBM has announced the availability of OpenPower servers as part of the firm’s SoftLayer bare metal cloud offering. OpenPower, a collaborative foundation run by IBM in conjunction with Google and Nvidia, offers a more open approach to IBM’s Power architecture, and a more liberal licence for the code, in return for shared wisdom from member organisations. Working in conjunction with Tyan and Mellanox Technologies, both partners in the foundation, the bare metal servers are designed to... 

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AMD Goes Virtual With Liquid VR

March 6, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Goes Virtual With Liquid VR

AMD Liquid VR is not a retail product – it is an initiative to develop and deliver the best Virtual Reality (VR) experience in the industry. AMD Liquid VR was announced at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and the company describes it is a “set of innovative technologies focused on enabling exceptional VR content development” for hardware based on AMD silicon. Developers will soon get access to the LiquidVR SDK, which will help them address numerous issues associated with VR... 

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Galaxy Formation Missing Link Discovered

March 6, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Galaxy Formation Missing Link Discovered

A star-forming cosmic powerhouse represents the best evidence of how galaxies in the early universe evolve. A dynamic galaxy more than 12.5 billion light-years away is producing stars nearly 1,000 times faster than the Milky Way. The powerful starburst galaxy, known as AzTEC-3, along with the three more relaxed galaxies around it, may represent the best evidence to date that large galaxies in the early universe grow from smaller ones, in an evolution known as hierarchical merging. The Atacama Large... 

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Internet.org Aims To Provide Free Services To 100 Countries By Next Year

March 5, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Internet.org Aims To Provide Free Services To 100 Countries By Next Year

Internet.org, which is already offering free Internet service in six countries, has a rather aggressive goal to connect to 100 countries in the next year. “We like big, ambitious goals at Facebook,” said Chris Daniels, head of Internet.org in a discussion with several reporters at Mobile World Congress (MWC). Facebook and several partners founded Internet.org two years ago; it is already serving 7 million customers in Colombia, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, India and Zambia. Many of those... 

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nVidia Finally Fixes Linux Bug

March 5, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
nVidia Finally Fixes Linux Bug

Nvidia has fixed an ancient problem in Ubuntu systems which turned the screen into 40 shades of black. The problem has been around for years and is common for anyone using Nvidia gear on Ubuntu systems. When opening the window of a new application, the screen would go black or become transparent. As it turns out, this is actually an old problem and there are bug reports dating back from Ubuntu 12.10 times. However to be fair it was not Nvidia’s fault. The problem was caused by Compiz, which... 

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Mozilla Announces 64-bit Firefox Preview For Windows OS

March 5, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Mozilla Announces 64-bit Firefox Preview For Windows OS

Mozilla announced its first developer preview of a 64-bit Windows version of Firefox. The launch put the 64-bit edition on track to appear as a polished, ready for the public browser by mid-May. “Today we’re happy to announce … 64-bit builds for Firefox Developer Edition are now available on Windows, adding to the already supported platforms of OS X and Linux,” wrote Dave Camp, director of developer tools, and Jason Weathersby, a technical evangelist, in a post to a company... 

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Is AMD’s Mantle Future Dependent Upon DirectX 12?

March 5, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is AMD’s Mantle Future Dependent Upon DirectX 12?

It looks like the Mantle API developed by AMD is slowly reaching its end of its useful life. Mantle has apparently served its purpose as a bridge between DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 and AMD is starting to tell new developers to focus their attention on DirectX and GLnext. Raja Koduri, the Vice President of Visual and Perceptual Computing at AMD said in a blog post: The Mantle SDK also remains available to partners who register in this co-development and evaluation program. However, if you are a developer... 

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Apple Tops Samsung In Global Phone Sales

March 5, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Tops Samsung In Global Phone Sales

Apple Inc sold the most number of smartphones globally in the fourth quarter, beating out Samsung Electronics Co Ltd  for the first time since 2011, according to research firm Gartner. Apple sold 74.83 million smartphones to end users worldwide, ahead of the 73.03 million phones sold by Samsung, according to Gartner’s report. The success of big-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus drove Apple’s sales in its first quarter ended Dec. 27. The company reported a profit of $18 billion for the period,... 

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Can Rotisserie Like Alien Planets Harbor Alien Life?

March 5, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Rotisserie Like Alien Planets Harbor Alien Life?

Planets spinning on their sides were long thought to have climates too extreme for life as we know it on Earth, but now, scientists have found that some of these “rotisserie” worlds might be more hospitable. If these alien planets, which rotate sideways like a pig on a spit, are covered in oceans, they could actually have a mild, springlike climate all year, scientists say, potentially expanding the number of potentially habitable planets where life may be found. In the past two decades... 

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PayPal To Acquire Mobile Wallet Firm Paydiant

March 4, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
PayPal To Acquire Mobile Wallet Firm Paydiant

PayPal is acquiring startup Paydiant to beef up its mobile wallet offerings as competition in the space grows. PayPal didn’t disclose how much it is paying for the Wellesley, Massachusetts, company, which has a platform that companies can use to build their own branded mobile payment and loyalty apps. Several well-known companies use Paydiant’s technology, including Subway and Capital One. It has also been adopted by the Merchant Customer Exchange, a group of major retailers including... 

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BlackBerry Unveils Leap Smartphone

March 4, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Unveils Leap Smartphone

BlackBerry debuted a new mid-market smartphone named the BlackBerry Leap that is set to replace the Z3 device launched a year ago, in a move to woo buyers in certain emerging markets where BlackBerry still has a fairly large client base. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said the phone, unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, would initially hit stores in U.S and European markets around April and be priced around $275. The company also said it planned to roll out two more models... 

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New PowerVR GPU Goes After IoT Devices

March 4, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
New PowerVR GPU Goes After IoT Devices

Imagination has revealed a new four-core PowerVR GPU designed to bring high-quality graphics to smaller, cheaper devices such as budget smartphones, wearables and “space-constrained” Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The PowerVR G6020 GPU is aimed at developers looking to create devices requiring low-power displays, including smartwatches, appliances, connected radios and dashboard screens in vehicles. “This is a tiny GPU for 720p displays on small entry-level phones and tablets,”... 

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