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USB Type-C Gaining Traction Over The Standard Audio Jack?

May 31, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
USB Type-C Gaining Traction Over The Standard Audio Jack?

Last month at Intel’s 2016 Developer Forum in Shenzhen, China, the chip giant proposed a broad market transition to remove all 3.5mm audio jacks from the phone and tablet industry and gradually replace them with USB-based audio solutions and Conexant has become the first partner company to embrace the standard with its announcement of two new audio chips, the CX20985 and the CX20899. Conexant is the first company to announce chips designed after Intel’s USB-C Digital Audio standard, according... 

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New Horizons Finds Many Icy Objects Beyond Pluto

May 31, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
New Horizons Finds Many Icy Objects Beyond Pluto

As NASA’s New Horizons probe speeds toward a possible encounter with an object beyond the orbit of Pluto, the spacecraft has made observations of another icy object located in the same outer region of the solar system. New Horizons finished its close encounter with Pluto last July and since then has completed two sets of observations on an object in the Kuiper Belt, the band of objects beyond the orbit of Neptune. The icy body is known as 1994 JR1 and orbits about 32 astronomical units away... 

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Does ASUS Have A New Mobile GPU In Waiting?

May 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does ASUS Have A New Mobile GPU In Waiting?

Asus has dropped a bomb ahead of the Computex 2016 by teasing Nvidia’s upcoming mobile Geforce GPU which is actually faster than desktop GTX Titan X. Teased at its Republic of Gamers website, Asus did not reveal a lot of information but it did show a screenshot of the 3DMark 11 where the new mystery GPU scores above GTX Titan X. While it is obviously based on Nvidia’s new Pascal GPU architecture, there are few information regarding the new mystery GPU, but rumors suggest that this might... 

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Astronomers Gathered In PR To Discuss Methods To Communicate With ET

May 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Gathered In PR To Discuss Methods To Communicate With ET

Scientists are gathering in Puerto Rico today (May 18) to discuss the many forms alien intelligence could take. During the daylong workshop, called “The Intelligence of SETI: Cognition and Communication in Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” astronomers, biologists and other researchers will discuss the best ways to craft a message that could potentially be understood by alien civilizations. This effort will draw upon the incredible diversity of life on Earth, conference organizers and participants... 

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ARM Shows Off 10nm Chip

May 26, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
ARM Shows Off 10nm Chip

ARM’s collaboration with TSMC has finally born some fruit with the tapeout of a 10nm test chip to show off the company’s readiness for the new manufacturing process. The new test chip contains ARM’s yet-to-be-announced “Artemis” CPU core which is named after a goddess who will turn you into deer and tear you apart with wild dogs if you ever see her. [The NDA must have been pretty tough on this chip.ed] In fact things have been ticking along on this project for ages.... 

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Intel’s PC Group Hit The Hardest

May 26, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel’s PC Group Hit The Hardest

Intel’s restructuring axe seems to be falling on its PC client division and software areas with more than 12000 jobs to go. Our well-placed sources are confident that the PC group will be the hardest hit. This is all because the PC market has stopped growing and Intel has to find its way to new markets to supplement loss of this business. Latest research data from IDC indicates that in 2016 PC market will decline from 275.8 million units in 2015 to 260.8 million units in 2016 and the current... 

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MediaTek To Spin-Off Virtual Reality Unit

May 26, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
MediaTek To Spin-Off Virtual Reality Unit

MediaTek is so confident about its VR plans it is going to spin off its VR division to form an independent company in June. A recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News report claims that Mediatek wants the spun off business to drive VR sales. It all sounds pretty good but MediaTek have sort of denied the rerport. Well we say sort of denied it. What it has told the Taiwan Stock Exchange  that it was not the report’s source, which is not quite the same thing.The spin off could go ahead, but... 

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SWIFT To Implement New Security Program After Recent Hacking

May 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized

The SWIFT secure messaging service that underpins international banking announced that it will launch a new security program as it fights to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the Bangladesh Bank heist. The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT)’s chief executive, Gottfried Leibbrandt, told a financial services conference in Brussels that SWIFT will launch a five-point plan later this week. Banks send payment instructions to one another via SWIFT messages. In... 

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Chromebook Outpacing Mac Notebook In U.S. Sales

May 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Chromebook Outpacing Mac Notebook In U.S. Sales

More personal computers powered by Google’s Chrome OS shipped in the U.S. during the first quarter than those built on Apple’s OS X in the same period, IDC  has confirmed. “Chrome PCs overall, including Chrome desktop units like the Chromebox, out-shipped all Apple personal computers, desktop plus notebook, in the U.S. for Q1,” said Jay Chou, one of several IDC analysts who track device shipments, in an email reply to questions. Chromebooks, the inexpensive notebooks that... 

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Facebook Implement Changes To ‘Trending Topics’ Amid Criticism

May 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Implement Changes To ‘Trending Topics’ Amid Criticism

Facebook Inc said that it had made some tweaks to the procedures for its “Trending Topics” section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency. The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias in the selection of news stories for Trending Topics, a feature that is separate from the main “news feed” where most Facebook users get their news. But the world’s largest social... 

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Can eSport Be Used A Promo Tool?

May 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Can eSport Be Used A Promo Tool?

While some publishers establish their own eSports divisions and appoint chief competition officers, Take-Two is approaching the competitive gaming trend with a bit more caution. Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz in advance of the company’s financial earnings report today, CEO and chairman Strauss Zelnick said the field was promising, but still unproven. “eSports we find very interesting,” Zelnick said. “It is, however, still more a promotional tool than anything else. And most... 

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Are Transparent Displays On The Horizon?

May 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Are Transparent Displays On The Horizon?

Almost every sci-fi telivision program has tablets and monitors which are transparent and it seems that Samsung has finally build them. The only problem is that they are not that great to use. Samsung unveiled the first commercial installation of its cutting-edge mirror display at an upscale hair salon in Seoul, South Korea. The 55-inch display units act as a mirror while playing media over the mirrored image. The display represents a (90%) transparent layer over an underlying mirror, and is a genuinely... 

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Astronomers See Young Stars Develop In Cloud Of Gas

May 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers See Young Stars Develop In Cloud Of Gas

A glowing gas cloud full of young stars shines brightly in a new picture from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. The gas cloud, a nebula called LHA 120-N55, is about 163,000 light-years away from Earth and is situated in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby dwarf galaxy that’s one of the Milky Way’s satellites. The image was taken by the VLT’s FOcal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph (FORS2), and its location in space is pinpointed... 

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Microsoft To Make Switching Between IE11 And Edge Browsers Easier

May 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft To Make Switching Between IE11 And Edge Browsers Easier

Microsoft announced that it will introduce changes in this summer’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update to simplify switching from Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) to Edge, and back. The changes will be aimed at enterprises, the only customer group Microsoft recommends running IE11 in the new operating system. “We recognize that some enterprise customers have line-of-business applications built specifically for older web technologies, which require Internet Explorer 11,” the company said in... 

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In-Home Tech Support Companies HelloTech, Geekatoo Merging

May 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
In-Home Tech Support Companies HelloTech, Geekatoo Merging

Los Angeles-based startup HelloTech and rival in-home tech support company Geekatoo announced that they have merged, in a sign of consolidation in the hotly competitive on-demand sector. HelloTech will combine its network of about 150 college students who provide on-demand tech repair to Southern California consumers with Geekatoo’s U.S. network of about 5,000 technicians, the companies said in a joint statement. The merger connects HelloTech with Geekatoo’s national market and provides... 

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