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GPS To Become Obsolete?

March 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
GPS To Become Obsolete?

Finding GPS unreliable in certain situations, the U.S. government is focusing on developing a more reliable real-time position tracking technology whose signals won’t disappear in blind spots and can’t be jammed. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing “radically” new technologies to deliver a more advanced position- and navigation-tracking system that is more reliable and accurate than GPS, according to a document on DARPA research projects recently released. DARPA... 

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Amazon Unleashes Unlimited Storage For $5 A Month

March 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Unleashes Unlimited Storage For $5 A Month

Amazon upped the ante: Unlimited cloud storage for individuals for $5 a month ($59.99 per year). Amazon’s Unlimited Everything Plan allows users to store an infinite number of  photos, videos, files, documents, movies and music in its Cloud Drive. The site also announced a separate $12 per year plan for unlimited photos. People who subscribe to Amazon Prime already get unlimited capacity for photos. Both the Unlimited Everything Plan and the Photos Plan have three-month free trial periods. Online... 

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Will Intel Challenge nVidia In The GPU Space?

March 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel Challenge nVidia In The GPU Space?

Intel has released details of its next -generation Xeon Phi processor and it is starting to look like Intel is gunning for a chunk of Nvidia’s GPU market. According to a briefing from Avinash Sodani, Knights Landing Chief Architect at Intel, a product update by Hugo Saleh, Marketing Director of Intel’s Technical Computing Group, an interactive technical Q&A and a lab demo of a Knights Landing system running on an Intel reference-design system, Nvidia could be Intel’s target. Knights... 

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Are Free-To-Play Games Still In Its Infancy

March 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Free-To-Play Games Still In Its Infancy

During a presentation at the Game Developers Conference earlier this month, Boss Fight Entertainment’s Damion Schubert suggested the industry to drop the term “whales,” calling it disrespectful to the heavy spenders that make the free-to-play business model possible. As an alternative, he proposed calling them “patrons,” as their largesse allows the masses to enjoy these works that otherwise could not be made and maintained. After his talk, Schubert spoke with GamesIndustry.biz... 

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Can Black Holes Destroy Star Formation?

March 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Black Holes Destroy Star Formation?

Giant winds from black holes can blast gas through galaxies at extraordinary speeds, pulling the plug on star formation, researchers say. This finding reveals how black holes can direct the fates of entire galaxies, scientists added. The hearts of most and possibly all galaxies harbor supermassive black holes millions to billions of times the mass of the sun. Many are relatively quiet, like the one sitting at the center of the Milky Way. However, others, known as active galactic nuclei, voraciously... 

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Amazon Rumored To Be Pursuing Net-a-Porter

March 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Rumored To Be Pursuing Net-a-Porter

Amazon.com is holding discussions to acquire online luxury retailer Net-a-porter in what could be the biggest acquisition yet for the e-commerce giant, but the negotiations are in early stages and could fall apart, Forbes reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. The potential deal, first reported by Women’s Wear Daily, could value Net-a-Porter lower than the valuation of 2 billion euros ($2.16 billion) reported by the fashion industry trade journal, Forbes reported last Thursday,... 

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Panasonic On The Hunt For Acquisition Targets

March 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Panasonic On The Hunt For Acquisition Targets

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp said it is gearing up to spend 1 trillion yen ($8.4 billion) on acquisitions over the next four years, bolstered by a stronger profit outlook for its automotive and housing technology businesses. Chief Executive Kazuhiro Tsuga said at a briefing on Thursday that Panasonic doesn’t have specific acquisition targets in mind for now. But he said the firm will spend around 200 billion yen on M&A in the fiscal year that kicks off in April alone, and pledged... 

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Oracle Launches OpenStack Platform With Intel

March 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Launches OpenStack Platform With Intel

Oracle and Intel have teamed up for the first demonstration of carrier-grade network function virtualization (NFV), which will allow communication service providers to use a virtualized, software-defined model without degradation of service or reliability. The Oracle-led project uses the Intel Open Network Platform (ONP) to create a robust service over NFV, using intelligent direction of software to create viable software-defined networking that replaces the clunky equipment still prevalent in even... 

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USB 3.1 To Arrive With New Desktops Later This Year

March 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
USB 3.1 To Arrive With New Desktops Later This Year

The emerging USB 3.1 standard is on track to reach desktops as hardware companies release motherboards with ports that can transfer data twice as fast as the previous USB technology. MSI recently announced a 970A SLI Krait motherboard that will support the AMD processors and the USB 3.1 protocol. Motherboards with USB 3.1 ports have also been released by Gigabyte, ASRock and Asus, but those boards support Intel chips. USB 3.1 can shuffle data between a host device and peripheral at 10Gbps, which... 

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Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Will Support 8K Resolution

March 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Will Support 8K Resolution

Software King of the World Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system will support screen resolutions that will not be available on commercial displays for years. At the WinHEC conference Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 will support 8K (7680*4320) resolution for monitors, which is unlikely show up on the market this year or next. It also showed off minimum and maximum resolutions supported by its upcoming Windows 10. It looks like the new operating system will support 6″+ phone and tablet... 

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AMD Shows Plans For ARM Servers

March 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Shows Plans For ARM Servers

Buried in AMD’s shareholders’ report, there was a some suprising detail about the outfit’s first ARM 64-bit server SoCs. For those who came in late, they are supposed to be going on sale in the first half of 2015. We know that the ARM Cortex-A57 architecture based SoC has been codenamed ‘Hierofalcon.’ AMD started sampling these Embedded R-series chips last year and is aiming to release the chipset in the first half of this year for embedded data center applications,... 

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Facebook Opening Parse For IoT Development

March 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Opening Parse For IoT Development

Facebook is opening up Parse, its suite of back-end software development tools, to create Internet of Things apps for items like smart home appliances and activity trackers. By making Parse available for IoT, Facebook hopes to strengthen its ties to a wider group of developers in a growing industry via three new software development kits aimed specifically at IoT, unveiled Wednesday at the company’s F8 developer conference in San Francisco. The tools are aimed at making it easier for outside... 

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Verizon To Bolster 100G Metro Fiber-optic Network

March 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Verizon To Bolster 100G Metro Fiber-optic Network

Verizon has announced new technology to bolster its super-fast 100 Gbps fiber-optic network serving metro areas, but didn’t reveal where the work will be done or other details. The vague announcement raised the question of whether Verizon is simply trying to show its competitive value against Google and AT&T, which have both announced fiber Internet services in a number of cities. “I think Verizon is trying to play catch up to the others without saying it that way,” said independent... 

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Google Said To Be Devolping Bill Payment Service For Gmail

March 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Said To Be Devolping Bill Payment Service For Gmail

Google reportedly is working on a service to allow that will allow users to pay their bills from their Gmail accounts. The service, dubbed Pony Express, would ask users to provide personal information, including credit card and Social Security numbers, to a third-party company that would verify their identity, according to a Re/code report on Tuesday. Google also would work with vendors that distribute bills on behalf of service providers like insurance companies, telecom carriers and utilities,... 

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Azul Goes Java Embedded

March 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Azul Goes Java Embedded

Azul Systems, the company behind the wildly popular Zing and Zulu runtimes for Java, has been discussing its latest product, Zulu Embedded. Azul specializes in bespoke open source Java runtimes and has announced that it is expanding into embedded product lines. Scott Sellers, CEO and co-founder, and Howard Green, VP of marketing, were keen to extol the virtues of an embedded system. “If you go with an Oracle system, not only do you have to pay a license fee but you are restricted to off-the-peg... 

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