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Intel Looks To Android To Boost Tablet Business

April 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Intel Looks To Android To Boost Tablet Business

Its becoming more obvious lately that Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to make a dent in the tablet market, and with Windows struggling on those devices, Android is where it’s at. Intel hopes to see its processors used in 40 million tablets this year, and 80% to 90% of those will be running Google’s Android OS, CEO Brian Krzanich said on Tuesday. “Our mix of OSes reflects pretty much what you see in the marketplace,” Krzanich... 

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Google Glass One Day Sale Proves Successful

April 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Glass One Day Sale Proves Successful

Google’s one-day sale of Google Glass appears to have been a success with all units sold out, a blog post by the technology titan suggests. “All spots in the Explorer Program have been claimed for now, but if you missed it this time, don’t worry,” the Google Glass team wrote on its blog on Wednesday. “We’ll be trying new ways to expand the Explorer program in the future.” Google did not respond to a request for more information, but an earlier post about... 

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Red Hat Goes Atomic

April 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Red Hat Goes Atomic

The Red Hat Summit kicked off in San Francisco on Tuesday, and continued today with a raft of announcements. Red Hat launched a new fork of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) with the title “Atomic Host”. The new version is stripped down to enable lightweight deployment of software containers. Although the mainline edition also support software containers, this lightweight version improves portability. This is part of a wider Red Hat initiative, Project Atomic, which also sees virtualisation... 

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Reddit Going After More Users, Advertisers With New Feature

April 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Reddit Going After More Users, Advertisers With New Feature

Reddit, a website with a retro-’90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As, is trying to attract even more followers, and advertising, by allowing members of its passionate community to post their own news more quickly and easily. Reddit, majority owned by Conde Nast parent Advanced Publications, last month unveiled a new feature that lets users of the nine-year-old site post live updates, allowing them to report in real time. The live updates... 

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MediaTek Shows Off New LTE SoC

April 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
MediaTek Shows Off New LTE SoC

MediaTek has shown off one of its most interesting SoC designs to date at the China Electronic Information Expo. The MT6595 was announced a while ago, but this is apparently the first time MediaTek showcased it in action. It is a big.LITTLE octa-core with integrated LTE support. It has four Cortex A17 cores backed by four Cortex A7 cores and it can hit 2.2GHz. The GPU of choice is the PowerVR G6200. It supports 2K4K video playback and recording, as well as H.265. It can deal with a 20-megapixel camera,... 

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Can Dwarf Planets Show The Patterns of Life?

April 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Dwarf Planets Show The Patterns of Life?

On March 26, researchers announced the discovery of 2012 VP133, an estimated 280-mile wide (450-kilometer) object that lies just beyond the Kuiper Belt of icy objects that swarm outside of Neptune’s orbit. The new object is nicknamed “Biden” after the vice-president of the United States, because both Joe Biden and 2012 VP133 are “VPs.” It is one of only two dwarf planets discovered beyond the Kuiper Belt, with Sedna (a decade ago) being the other one. The paper, “A... 

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Microsoft Updates Office Online

April 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Updates Office Online

Microsoft is updating its Web-based Office Online suite, closing the features gap with the main Office 365 and Office 2013 suites installed on users’ devices. “We know you want features that allow you to move as seamlessly as possible between Office Online and the desktop,” wrote Kaberi Chowdhury, an Office Online technical product manager, in a blog post Monday. Improvements to Excel Online include the ability to insert new comments, edit and delete existing comments, and properly... 

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Google Reveals Email Scanning Practices In Revised Terms Of Service

April 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Reveals Email Scanning Practices In Revised Terms Of Service

Google Inc updated its terms of service earlier this week, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users’ emails, both when messages are stored on Google’s servers and when they are in transit, a controversial practice that has been at the heart of litigation. Last month, a U.S. judge decided not to combine several lawsuits... 

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Mt. Gox Founder Refuses To Appear In U.S. Regarding Bankruptcy

April 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Mt. Gox Founder Refuses To Appear In U.S. Regarding Bankruptcy

Mark Karpeles, the founder of Mt. Gox, has refused to come to the United States to answer questions about the Japanese bitcoin exchange’s U.S. bankruptcy case, Mt. Gox lawyers told a federal judge on Monday. In the court filing, Mt. Gox lawyers cited a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which has closely monitored virtualcurrencies like bitcoin. “Mr. Karpeles is now in the process of obtaining counsel to represent him with respect... 

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Are Deep Discounts Good For Gaming?

April 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Deep Discounts Good For Gaming?

Double Fine has warned indies of the dangers of devaluing their products, citing its new publishing initiative as a way of protecting against that outcome. In an interview with USgamer, COO Justin Bailey expressed concern over the harmful side-effects of low price-points and deep discounting for indie games. By giving away too much for too little, he warned, indie developers could reach a similar situation as that found in the casual market. “I think what indies really need to watch out for... 

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Did Astronomers Find The Recipe For Stars?

April 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Astronomers Find The Recipe For Stars?

The formation of stars determines where new planetary systems can arise as well as the structure and evolution of galaxies. Learning more about star formation could help scientists understand the remaining mysteries about the birth of galaxies, including how the supermassive black holes at their hearts apparently originated so early in the universe’s history. A dearth of data on the way matter is distributed within star-forming clouds has limited the accuracy of star formation models. Now scientists... 

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Can Lasers Find Gravitional Waves?

April 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Lasers Find Gravitional Waves?

The ripples from violent cosmic collisions can be felt far across the universe, and thanks to a new, sensitive detector expected to start collecting data next year, scientists might be able to see evidence of those gravitational waves from Earth for the first time. When two neutron stars (remnants of supernova explosions) merge or when a black hole merges with a neutron star, the reverberations of the merger can extend throughout the cosmos. Light, however, only tells us so much. To learn more about... 

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Intel Shows Off New Hybrid Laptop Geared Towards Schools

April 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Intel Shows Off New Hybrid Laptop Geared Towards Schools

Intel unveiled a laptop-tablet hybrid with Windows 8.1 for the education market, where Chromebooks and tablets are also vying for customers. The Intel Education 2-in-1 hybrid has a 10.1-inch screen that can detach from a keyboard base to turn into a tablet. Intel makes reference designs, which are then replicated by device makers and sold to educational institutions. The 2-in-1 has a quad-core Intel Atom processor Z3740D, which is based on the Bay Trail architecture. The battery lasts about eight... 

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BlackBerry Plans To Release Patch For ‘Heartbleed’ Vulnerability

April 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Plans To Release Patch For ‘Heartbleed’ Vulnerability

BlackBerry Ltd said it will release security updates for messaging software for Android and iOS devices by Friday to address vulnerabilities in programs related to the “Heartbleed” security threat. Researchers last week warned they uncovered Heartbleed, a bug that targets the OpenSSL software commonly used to keep data secure, potentially allowing hackers to steal massive troves of information without leaving a trace. Security experts initially told companies to focus on securing vulnerable... 

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Can Micro-Consoles Compete With True Gaming Consoles?

April 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Can Micro-Consoles Compete With True Gaming Consoles?

With Amazon’s Fire TV device the first out the door, the second wave of microconsoles has just kicked off. Amazon’s device will be joined in reasonably short order by one from Google, with an app-capable update of the Apple TV device also likely in the works. Who else will join the party is unclear; Sony’s Vita TV, quietly soft-launched in Japan last year, remains a potentially fascinating contender if it had the right messaging and services behind it, but for now it’s out... 

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