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Is EA Slowing Moving Away From Appearing At E3

January 20, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is EA Slowing Moving Away From Appearing At E3

It would appear that the trend of big publishers hosting their own events will continue in 2017. Last year’s E3 show floor was missing booths from the likes of Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Disney and Wargaming. For its part, EA decided it could better serve the fans by hosting its own event next door to E3, and now the publisher has confirmed that EA Play will be making a return for the second year in a row, but it won’t be as close to the Los Angeles Convention Center. EA Play... 

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Will Apple Release Three New Tablets This Year?

January 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will Apple Release Three New Tablets This Year?

Apple has decided that the reason that people are not buying its tablets is because they don’t have enough over-priced versions available. To fix this problem Apple is planning to release three more tablets which contain all the same features you can find in cheaper Chinese Tablets at half the price. According to Digitimes Apple will release three new tablets for 2017, a 9.7-inch iPad, a 10.5-inch iPad, and an upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The 9.7-inch model expected to enter mass production in... 

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Microsoft Acquires Simplygon For 3D Technology

January 20, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Acquires Simplygon For 3D Technology

Microsoft and tools firm Simplygon have today announced that Simplygon is joining the Redmond, Washington-based software giant. Kudo Tsunoda, Corporate Vice President, Next Gen Experiences, Windows and Devices Group, announced the purchase today on the official Microsoft blog. “Simplygon’s technology and talent will strengthen our position in 3D creation, making it easier to capture, create and share in 3D. It builds on and extends our aspirations to empower a new wave of creativity with... 

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Toshiba Considers Selling Stake In Memory Business

January 19, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Toshiba Considers Selling Stake In Memory Business

Toshiba confirmed that it is exploring a spinoff of its memory business but added that nothing had been finalized at this point. The Japanese company said that it positions its memory unit as a business focus. The announcement by Toshiba follows news reports that the company was planning to spin off its semiconductor  business. The company is considering selling a “partial stake” in its semiconductor business to Western Digital in the U.S. to raise funds due to losses in its U.S. nuclear plant... 

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Anticompetition Charges Looming For Qualcomm

January 19, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Anticompetition Charges Looming For Qualcomm

Qualcomm coerced several phone manufacturers into accepting unfavorable technology licensing terms while giving Apple a break in exchange for exclusivity, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has charged. The company used its dominance in baseband processors, which manage cellular communication in mobile devices, to force vendors to pay elevated royalties for Qualcomm technologies, the FTC charged in a complaint filed Tuesday in federal court. At the same time, Qualcomm gave Apple favorable terms so... 

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise To Acquire SimpliVity

January 19, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Hewlett Packard Enterprise To Acquire SimpliVity

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has agreed to acquire  SimpliVity for $650 million as it expands its hyperconverged offerings, and analysts say it’s a great deal. SimpliVity makes management software that helps administrators gain control over data center resources. The tools help enterprises make efficient use of server, storage and networking resources. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter. For months, HPE was rumored to be pursuing SimpliVity, which also offers convergence tools... 

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Will 5G Be A Game Changer?

January 19, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will 5G Be A Game Changer?

The maker of chips Qualcomm has issued a new report which identifies 5G as a significant technology worldwide game-changer. Its new report, “The 5G Economy” looks at the potential economic and social impact of 5G around the world. The study was conducted jointly by research firms IHS Markit, PSB and leading economist Haas School of Business’s, and principal executive officer of the Berkeley Research Group (BRG). Professor David Teece. The 5G Economy includes an economic impact study and opinion... 

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Can Banks Save Billions Using Blockchain?

January 19, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Can Banks Save Billions Using Blockchain?

A new report claims that that blockchain technology could reduce infrastructure costs by an average of 30 percent for eight of the world’s ten biggest banks. Beancounters at Accenture and their chums at the financial services consulting firm McLagan have added up some numbers and divided by their shoe size and worked out that these savings could mean $8-12 billion each year. According to the report, which has the catchy title “Banking on Blockchain: A Value Analysis for Investment Banks” the... 

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Will Windows 10 Redstone 2 Debut In April?

January 19, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Will Windows 10 Redstone 2 Debut In April?

It is looking fairly certain that Windows 10’s second major update will be released in April. The update codenamed Redstone 2 “The Empire Strikes Back” release date has been leaked by Microsoft’s chums Dell and Fitbit. Dell and Fitbit both posted the update news on their forums. Vole has yet to confirm them itself. Dell made the announcement earlier, and effectively squashed rumors that the new update would be happening in March. Fitbit said: “We’re excited to announce that Fitbit... 

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Will The U.S. And Russia Team Up For A Venus Mission?

January 19, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will The U.S. And Russia Team Up For A Venus Mission?

Russia’s space program and NASA are working together on a mission to Venus that would investigate some of the scorching-hot planet’s biggest mysteries, including, perhaps, whether it harbors life. An international team of scientists tasked with fleshing out the main goals of the mission, which is known as Venera-D, is wrapping up its work and will deliver its final report to NASA and the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Space Research Institute by the end of the month, said David Senske,... 

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China’s Baidu Jumps On Augmented Reality Bandwagon

January 18, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
China’s Baidu Jumps On Augmented Reality Bandwagon

Chinese search engine Baidu Inc announced that it has launched an augmented reality (AR) lab in Beijing as part of a $200 million effort to revitalize the company’s shrinking profits with cutting edge technology. The lab, which currently employs 55 people, will initially aim to drive revenue through AR marketing, though will later explore healthcare and education. “AR marketing is taking off,” Andrew Ng, the chief scientist overseeing Baidu’s artificial intelligence (AI),... 

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China Introduces New Rules For Mobile App Stores

January 18, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
China Introduces New Rules For Mobile App Stores

China had mandated that all app stores operating in the country register with its Cyberspace Administration in an effort to combat malware but also to tighten control over uncensored content. The rules took effect Monday, in a country where domestic third-party app stores — not from Apple or Google — are serving billions of downloads to Android smartphones. Chinese internet companies such as Baidu, Tencent and a host of smaller, shadier local app stores have been feeding the demand,... 

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Financial Tech Vendor Misys Launches P2P Lending Software

January 18, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Financial Tech Vendor Misys Launches P2P Lending Software

Financial technology vendor Misys is rolling  out software that will allow banks to provide peer-to-peer lending to their customers as competition from young companies in the sector continues to intensify. The technology would enable retail and corporate banks to connect their customers looking for loans with individual or institutional investors digitally, the private London-based software company said on Tuesday. P2P lenders, which allow consumers and small businesses to borrow from investors... 

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Is TSMC Coming To The U.S.?

January 18, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is TSMC Coming To The U.S.?

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company held its most recent investors conference on January 12th, during which company officials said that it has not ruled out the possibility of building a facility in the US as a response to recent nationalistic pleas to restore American manufacturing jobs. During the investors conference, company chairman Morris Chang said that fabricating chips in the US “may not necessarily be a good thing,” though the option is still under preliminary consideration.... 

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Can The Xbox One S Succeed Without Exclusives?

January 18, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can The Xbox One S Succeed Without Exclusives?

As with many game cancellations, it’s likely we’ll never know exactly why Platinum Games’ Xbox One exclusive Scalebound has been dropped by Microsoft. For a game that’s been in development for several years at a top-flight studio, helmed by one of the most accomplished directors working in the industry today, to be cancelled outright is a pretty big deal. Even acknowledging that most of the cost of launching a game lies in marketing budgets, not development costs, this still... 

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