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Electronics Makers Scrambling For Memory Chips As iPhone 8 Looms

June 22, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Electronics Makers Scrambling For Memory Chips As iPhone 8 Looms

Global electronics makers are making a last dash to secure a stock memory chips to keep production lines running as Apple Inc’s  new iPhone 8 launch later this year threatens to worsen a global squeeze on supply. While heavyweights such as Apple and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd- which is also the world’s top memory chip maker – will not be seriously hit, industry sources and analysts say some electronics makers are paying a premium to lock into longer-term contracts. Others are... 

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Uber Reverses Course, Adds Tipping Feature To App

June 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Uber Reverses Course, Adds Tipping Feature To App

Uber has finally decided to allow drivers to collect tips through its smartphone app, an about-face from previous company policy, as part of the ride-services firm’s broader effort to improve an often-contentious relationship. San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc had for years opposed adding a tipping feature to its app despite drivers’ arguments the extra money would help compensate for decreasing wages. The issue had been a longstanding source of disagreement between Uber and... 

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Honda Factory Hit By WannaCry Ransomware

June 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Honda Factory Hit By WannaCry Ransomware

Honda Motor Co confirmed that it halted production at a domestic vehicle plant for a day this week after finding the WannaCry ransomware that struck globally last month in its computer network. The automaker shut production on Monday at its Sayama plant, northwest of Tokyo, which produces models including the Accord sedan, Odyssey Minivan and Step Wagon compact multipurpose vehicle and has a daily output of around 1,000 vehicles. Honda discovered on Sunday that the virus had affected networks across... 

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Will nVidia’s Next GeForce Go HBM2

June 22, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Will nVidia’s Next GeForce Go HBM2

Volta is out for artificial intelligence, machine learning applications and it will be shipping in DGX 1 systems, mainly for deep learning and AI. The next Geforce will be a  completely separate chip. Of course, Nvidia won’t jump and manufacture a high end Geforce card with 21 billion transistors. That would be the Volta that Nvidia CEO Jensen launched back in May. That would be both risky and expensive. One of the key reasons is that Nvidia doesn’t really have to push the technology possibilities... 

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Ransomware-as-a-Service Now Targeting Macs

June 22, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Ransomware-as-a-Service Now Targeting Macs

Security researchers have found the first evidence of ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) affecting Apple machines, dubbed ‘MacRansom.’ Fortinet’s security research team, FortiGuard Labs, uncovered the tool, which uses a web portal hosted in a TOR network (an anonymous network that bounces the signal around a relay of volunteer computers, to conceal the source); an increasingly-popular form of attack. The variant is not readily available through the portal, and instead, buyers must... 

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Astronomers Use Hubble To Capture Extremely Bright Galaxies

June 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Use Hubble To Capture Extremely Bright Galaxies

A glittering jackpot of ultrabright galaxies bursting with star formation has been revealed in a series of stunning images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.   The galaxies captured in these images sparkle like jewels of cosmic light. These massive collections of stars are each as much as 10,000 times more luminous than the Milky Way in the infrared range, or 10 trillion to 100 trillion times the brightness of the sun. They are also forming about 10,000 new stars each year, according to a statement... 

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Apple And Ikea Team Up On Virtual Furniture

June 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Apple And Ikea Team Up On Virtual Furniture

Ikea, the famous flat-pack furniture manufacturer, is developing an app that will digitally overlay true-to-size furniture using Apple’s new ARKit technology. Looking through the window of an iPhone or iPad, you’ll be able to see how Ikea’s furniture could look in your home before you have to buy or assemble anything. Apple unveiled ARKit at its WWDC conference earlier this month, naming the Swedish furniture company as one of its partners, but other details were scarce. Now, thanks... 

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Continental Joins Self-driving Platform Led By BMW, Intel

June 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Continental Joins Self-driving Platform Led By BMW, Intel

Continental  announced that it will be joining a self-driving platform developed by BMW, Intel  and Mobileye with the German auto parts and tire maker handling integration of components and software. The costs to integrate hardware, software and data and the accelerating pace of development of self-driving vehicles has sparked a growing number of alliances between automakers and suppliers. Continental, the world’s second-biggest supplier to carmakers by sales, said it would play a key... 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Gets August Launch Date

June 21, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Gets August Launch Date

Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd  plans to host a launch event in New York City for its next Galaxy Note smartphone in the second half of August, a person familiar with the matter has revealed to Reuters. The person, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and so declined to be identified, said the Galaxy Note 8 will sport a curved screen that is marginally larger than the 6.2-inch version of the Galaxy S8 smartphone and feature two rear cameras. The Note 7 was equipped with... 

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Will Doom VR Be A Successful Game

June 21, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Doom VR Be A Successful Game

Doom is getting a virtual reality (VR) mode that will up the frights and will probably have you clawing at your face. You know Doom, everyone knows Doom and people are always trying to play it on things that it was never meant to go on, like cash machines and cars, for example. Doom was born for VR. The facefirst run and shoot game will lend itself very well to the format, and we can admit to wanting a go on it. There is a reveal trailer, and Doom VFR certainly looks, smells and bleeds like the Doom... 

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Astronomer Find The Building Blocks Of Life Found Around Baby Star

June 21, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomer Find The Building Blocks Of Life Found Around Baby Star

The young, triple-star system IRAS 16293-2422 is located approximately 400 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Ophiuchus. The infant stars in this system have a similar mass to the sun, but are still in the early stages of formation.  Researchers have detected a complex organic molecule called methyl isocyanate near the stars. This is the first time that the molecule, which can be a precursor to life, has been found around sun-like protostars, according to a statement from the European... 

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Is Intel’s 10nm Cannon Lake On Schedule

June 21, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is Intel’s 10nm Cannon Lake On Schedule

Intel has officially announced that its 9th generation Core Cannon Lake CPUs, based on 10nm manufacturing process, are on track as well as that its Ice Lake architecture has  taped out. According to a post over at Intel’s official Twitter account, the company has reached another milestone for 10nm manufacturing process, with Cannon Lake CPUs on track while 2nd-generation Ice Lake CPUs are on track, too. Despite its confidence in the 10nm manufacturing process, which is only well founded if... 

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Amazon’s Acquisition Of Slack Could Mean Deeper Enterprise Presence

June 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon’s Acquisition Of Slack Could Mean Deeper Enterprise Presence

Online retail giant Amazon is rumored to be interested in purchasing collaboration firm Slack Technologies — a possibility that could give Amazon a more direct entry into the enterprise. “Bottom line: this could be a good move for Amazon in terms of upping their game in the enterprise collaboration market, but the devil is in the details of staying power and execution versus competitors like Google, Microsoft and Facebook,” said Forrester analyst Art Schoeller. Bloomberg News reported... 

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YouTube Introduces New Steps To Fight Extremists Videos

June 20, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
YouTube Introduces New Steps To Fight Extremists Videos

Alphabet Inc’s Google has committed to introducing more measures to identify and remove terrorist or violent extremist content on its video sharing platform YouTube, the company said in a blog post. Google said it would take a tougher position on videos containing supremacist or inflammatory religious content by issuing a warning and not monetizing or recommending them for user endorsements, even if they do not clearly violate its policies. The company will also employ more engineering resources... 

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Ybrain Headband Treats Depression

June 20, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Ybrain Headband Treats Depression

The 21st century is increasingly acknowledging that depression as a serious illness, and now a team from South Korea wants to treat it with 21st century technology. South Korean startup Ybrain’s Mindd headband sends weak electronic currents to the frontal lobe of your brain, reports The Korea Herald. The process, neuroscientifically referred to as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), aims to stimulate the frontal lobe — where decreased activity is associated with depression. Ybrain... 

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