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Can Fiber Broadband Access Boost Homes Value?

July 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Can Fiber Broadband Access Boost Homes Value?

The availability of really fast broadband in your neighborhood could boost homes value by more than 3 percent. High-speed fiber broadband service, with 1 Gbps download speeds, can add more than $5,400 to the value of an average U.S. home, according to a study commissioned by the Fiber to the Home Council Americas (FTTH), an advocacy group made up of fiber equipment vendors and broadband providers. That $5,400 figure is approximately equal to adding a new fireplace, half of a new bathroom or a quarter... 

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Can Alien Planets Have Makeovers?

July 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can Alien Planets Have Makeovers?

Astronomers may have discovered an exoplanet that has found the elixir to planetary youth, knocking billions of years off its age. Until now, stellar rejuvenation has been pure conjecture, but after studying a white dwarf star called PG 0010+280, it turns out that one very interesting explanation for an excess in detected infrared radiation may be down to the presence of an exoplanet that was given a facelift. White dwarf stars are the remnant husks of stars that have died. Eventually, when a star... 

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Will nVidia’s Quadro Debut In August?

July 1, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will nVidia’s Quadro Debut In August?

Nvidia appears to be readying new members of its professional Quadro range of graphics cards in time for the August SIGGRAPH 2015 event. According to VideoCardz the latest Nvidia graphics driver for the Quadro range of graphics cards includes a telltale text string revealing Nvidia’s dark satanic intension. The new driver adds support for: NVIDIA_DEV.13F0.1152.103C = “NVIDIA Quadro M5000″ NVIDIA_DEV.13F1.1153.103C = “NVIDIA Quadro M4000″ NVIDIA_DEV.13F2= “NVIDIA... 

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Microsoft Display Ads Business Going To AOL

July 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Display Ads Business Going To AOL

Microsoft Corp that it will hand over its display advertising business to AOL Inc and sell some map-generating technology to ride-hailing app company Uber, as it scales back on unprofitable operations. The moves mean Microsoft will focus on its growing search advertising business based on its Bing search engine, and displaying maps on its Windows devices rather than generating the maps themselves. Microsoft, which employs hundreds of people in its display ad business around the world, said those... 

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Amazon Adds More Countries To List Of Places It Will Offer Loans

June 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Adds More Countries To List Of Places It Will Offer Loans

Amazon.com Inc will rollout its business loan program for small sellers later this year in eight new places including China, where credit is becoming a key factor in competing for new vendors and grabbing market share. Until now, the e-retailer has offered the service only in the United States and Japan. Amazon Lending, founded in 2012, now plans to offer short-term working capital loans in other countries where it operates a third-party, seller-run marketplace business, the head of Amazon Marketplace,... 

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Will nVidia Drop Its Prices?

June 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will nVidia Drop Its Prices?

Nvidia is about to release a range of price cuts in a bid to see off AMD in the longer term. While the price cuts have already happened in the US, in the EU Nvidia’s GTX 980, GTX 980Ti and Titan X are still kept high  because people were buying them at the prices the Green Goblin was asking. In the US where competition between AMD and Nvidia is tighter, the prices dropped by 10 per cent. Ironically since Europeans are more loyal to Nvidia in the high-end graphics cards market the outfit decided... 

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Yahoo Still Plagued By Sluggish Growth

June 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yahoo Still Plagued By Sluggish Growth

Yahoo’s share gains since November from a partnership with Mozilla may be a clue about whether the search company can gain new users through the just-announced contract to change Internet Explorer’s and Chrome’s default search through installations of Oracle’s Java. Although the news of the Yahoo-Oracle partnership got the lion’s share of attention, CEO Marissa Mayer also used last week’s shareholder meeting to mention the Mozilla pact. The five-year contract... 

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Cisco Warns Of Bug In Virtual App

June 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Cisco Warns Of Bug In Virtual App

Cisco has warned of a default Secure Shell vulnerability in three of its virtual applications. The flaw could allow attackers to decrypt traffic exchanged in the services, and has been detailed in a Cisco security advisory. It affects Cisco’s Web Security Virtual Appliance (SMAv), Email Security Virtual Appliance and Security Management Virtual Appliance, which are already commercially available. Cisco said that it “is not aware of any public announcements or malicious use of the vulnerabilities”,... 

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RedHat Goes PaaS With Linux

June 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
RedHat Goes PaaS With Linux

Red Hat has announced the release of OpenShift Enterprise (OSE) 3, a new version of its Platform-as-a-Service offering. Based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)7, Openshift is built on Docker Linux containers with Kubernetes orchestration using technology developed in collaboration with Google. The news comes in a busy week for Red Hat, which has also announced a new productivity tie-up with Samsung and taken a leading role in the formation of a new alliance known as the Open Container Project... 

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Samsung To Launch For Tizen OS Phones This Year

June 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Launch For Tizen OS Phones This Year

Behemoth smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to roll out more handsets running on its own Tizen operating system later this year, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday. Samsung will launch several Tizen smartphones at varying prices, the person said without disclosing other specifications. The person declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter. A spokeswoman for the South Korean firm declined to comment. Samsung aims to build its own ecosystem... 

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Samsung To Stop Disabling Windows Updates On PCs, Tablets

June 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Samsung To Stop Disabling Windows Updates On PCs, Tablets

Samsung agreed to stop disabling Windows Update on its PCs and tablets, bowing to a chorus of complaints — including Microsoft’s — that it had interfered with the way users intended the patch service to work on their devices. “We will be issuing a patch through the Samsung Software Update notification process to revert back to the recommended automatic Windows Update settings within a few days,” a Samsung spokesperson said in an emailed statement Friday afternoon. Samsung’s... 

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NASA, Microsoft Team Up On Holographic Glasses

June 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NASA, Microsoft Team Up On Holographic Glasses

The International Space Station is going to feel a little bit more like Star Trek. NASA announced that it is collaborating with Microsoft to enable astronauts onboard the orbiting space station to use the company’s virtual reality headset. Two pairs of Microsoft’s HoloLens computerized eyeglasses are scheduled to be sent to the space station when SpaceX launches its seventh commercial resupply mission on June 28. “HoloLens and other virtual and mixed reality devices are cutting... 

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IBM Partners With Box

June 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Partners With Box

IBM and BOX have signed a global agreement to combine their strengths into a cloud powerhouse. The star-crossed ones said in a joint statement: “The integration of IBM and Box technologies, combined with our global cloud capabilities and the ability to enrich content with analytics, will help unlock actionable insights for use across the enterprise.” Box will bring its collaboration and productivity tools to the party, while IBM brings social, analytic, infrastructure and security services. The... 

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Honeywell Teams Up With Intel For IoT Security

June 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Honeywell Teams Up With Intel For IoT Security

Honeywell has teamed with Intel Security to help bolster protection against hackers looking to tap into critical industrial infrastructure and Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the connected home. Honeywell’s Process Solutions (HPS) division announced on Thursday that it is integrating Intel Security’s McAfee technologies with its Industrial Cyber Security Solutions (ICSS) so that thermostat customers are better secured against threats from malware targeting IoT devices that could... 

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Astronomers Discover Comet-Like Alien Planet

June 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Discover Comet-Like Alien Planet

A Neptune-size planet appears to be masquerading as a comet, with a gargantuan stream of gas flowing behind it like a comet’s tail. The bizarre find is the first of its kind ever discovered by astronomers. The strange, cometlike planet, known as GJ 436b, is orbiting a red dwarf star and is about 22 times as massive as Earth. Astronomers detected the giant gas cloud around the planet using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory. “I was astonished by the mere... 

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