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Facebook To Promote Posts Tied To Trendy Or Popular Topics

September 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook To Promote Posts Tied To Trendy Or Popular Topics

Facebook users begin to see more posts higher in their feeds tied to popular events or topics of conversation, with less popular posts getting pushed further down. The change comes courtesy of an update to Facebook’s news feed algorithm announced Thursday, focused on giving users “more timely stories.” It affects posts both from users’ friends and from pages to which they’re connected. Facebook wants more of its users to engage on the site when they might be watching... 

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Sony Launches SDK For SmartEyeglass

September 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony Launches SDK For SmartEyeglass

Sony has rolled out an SDK (software development kit) for its SmartEyeglass head-mounted display, another step toward challenging Google Glass. The glasses can connect to Android smartphones via Bluetooth and project green monochrome text or basic graphics across a field within the lenses. Sony said it will begin sales of the eyewear to developers by March 31, the end of its fiscal year. They will be sold in Japan, the U.S. and some European countries. The Developer Preview SDK includes an emulator,... 

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Will AMD’s FreeSync Appear In Early 2015?

September 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will AMD’s FreeSync Appear In Early 2015?

Last week in San Francisco we spent some time with Richard Huddy, AMD’s Chief gaming scientist to get a glimpse what is going on in the world of AMD graphics. Of course we touched on Mantle, AMD’s future in graphics and FreeSync, the company’s alternative to Nvidia G-Sync. Now a week later AMD is ready to announce that MStar, Novatek and Realtek scaler manufactures are getting ready with DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync and AMD’s Project FreeSync. They should be done by end of the year with... 

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RedHat Scoops Up FeedHenry To Bolster Mobile Space

September 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
RedHat Scoops Up FeedHenry To Bolster Mobile Space

Red Hat has acquired Feedhenry, a designer of mobile apps for the enterprise market. The company sees the acquisition as a key driver to offer cross-platform support for its existing software products, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux Openstack 7, which it released earlier this year. Feedhenry uses Node.js architecture to create mobile apps supporting both the client and server, running natively across Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry, as well as offering web apps in HTML5. It combines... 

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France’s Iliad To Decide On T-Mobile Bid In October

September 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
France’s Iliad To Decide On T-Mobile Bid In October

French budget-conscious telecom operator Iliad has set a mid-October deadline to decide whether to improve its bid for T-Mobile US or walk away as it faces resistance from seller Deutsche Telekom, several people familiar with the situation said. Deutsche Telekom, which owns 66 percent of the fourth-largest U.S. carrier, has doubts that Iliad will be able to improve the U.S. business since the French startup has no track record in the country, a source close to the German company’s management... 

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Galaxy Discovery Give New Clues On The Early Universe

September 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Galaxy Discovery Give New Clues On The Early Universe

A burgeoning galactic core nicknamed “Sparky” is showing scientists how galaxies grew and evolved early in the universe’s history. Multiple telescopes on the ground and in space gathered information on Sparky, which is more formally known as GOODS-N-774. The half-built galaxy lies 11 billion light-years from Earth, so viewing it gives astronomers a glimpse into processes that occurred less than 3 billion years after the Big Bang that created the universe. “It’s a formation... 

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Yelp Settles FTC With FTC Over Child Privacy Violation Charges

September 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Yelp Settles FTC With FTC Over Child Privacy Violation Charges

Yelp has agreed to pay $450,000 to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that the firm accepted registrations to its services from children under 13 through its apps. The FTC had earlier on Tuesday lodged a complaint against the service that connects people with local businesses, stating that it had violated a number of rules, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Before 2009, users could only register through the website, where Yelp had a screening mechanism... 

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Amazon Expands Kindle Lineup, Increases Pricing

September 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon Expands Kindle Lineup, Increases Pricing

Amazon.com Inc continued its push into hardware with the debut of six new or upgraded devices, including a high-end $199 e-reader called the Kindle Voyage and its cheapest-ever touch-screen tablet. The No. 1 U.S. online retailer also revamped its basic Kindle e-reader to include a touch screen. It will cost $79, about 15 percent more than the current basic model. Other new devices unveiled on Wednesday are a $99 Kindle Fire HD tablet, which includes a smaller, six-inch screen as well as a tablet... 

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Can Dell Make A Profitable Low Cost ARM Server?

September 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can Dell Make A Profitable Low Cost ARM Server?

Michael Dell, founder of Dell, has said the company may use ARM for its mainstream servers. Speaking at the Dell Solutions Summit in Brussels, Dell said: “If ARM works, really works, and costs less, we will use ARM.” This is a bit of a poke in the eye for the company’s relationship with Intel. The company has just released the 13th generation of its PowerEdge server suite, based on Intel’s newest Xeon chip, the E5 2600 v3. Dell said that as ARM moved to 64-bit architecture; it became more... 

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Toshiba Decides To Boot The PC Brand

September 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Toshiba Decides To Boot The PC Brand

Toshiba is cutting its PC workforce by about 900 people and sales bases by more than half as part of its restructuring of its struggling consumer PC operations. The big idea is to focus on business clients rather than consumers who are still hanging on to their old machines. Toshiba will withdraw from certain consumer markets but it would not specify which ones. It said it will cut its sales bases around the world from 32 to 13 during its 2014 fiscal year, which ends March 31. The outfit did not... 

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Did The Milky Way Galaxy Form From Colossal Crashes?

September 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did The Milky Way Galaxy Form From Colossal Crashes?

The history of the Milky Way has a new wrinkle. Scientists used radio telescopes like the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array — a vast array of receivers in Chile — used to probe galaxies within 40 million to 600 million light-years from Earth. After observing dozens of merging galaxies, astrophysics found that many galactic collisions will create disc galaxies similar to the Milky Way, a surprising finding. Their observations of carbon monoxide in 37 colliding galaxies showed pancake-shaped... 

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Ericsson Exiting Modem Business

September 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Ericsson Exiting Modem Business

Ericsson, the world’s largest mobile network equipment manufacturer, is shutting down its modem business, shutting a loss-making unit with the departure of about 1,000 staff. The decision comes amid falling prices of modems, rising demands on research and development and a shrinking market as more smartphone makers buy modems and processors, which Ericsson does not make, together. The Swedish company had said it would evaluate the future of the business within 18 to 24 months of taking it on... 

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IBM Launches Watson Analytics

September 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM Launches Watson Analytics

In an effort to expand its Watson analysis technology, IBM is trying out a new service that can answer questions business managers might have about their data. IBM has launched a beta of Watson Analytics, an interactive Q&A service designed to answer questions and highlight trends within sets of enterprise data. The service “is about putting powerful analytics in the hands of every business user,” said Eric Sall, IBM vice president of marketing for business analytics. Traditional... 

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Ohio Wooing Amazon For Billion Dollar Data Center

September 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Ohio Wooing Amazon For Billion Dollar Data Center

State and local officials in Ohio are attempting to woo Amazon.com Inc with tax breaks and other perks to convince the No. 1 U.S. online retailer to build a $1.1 billion data center in central Ohio and create 120 jobs, according to public records. The records offer a rare look at the typically tight-lipped company’s growth plans for its popular cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services, founded in 2006. There are 10 AWS data centers, called regions within the company, around the world,... 

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AMD and Ubuntu Working Together On Canonical

September 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD and Ubuntu Working Together On Canonical

AMD has joined with Ubuntu Linux vendor Canonical to make it easier for users to deploy an Openstack private cloud. The partnership comprises of the Seamicro SM15000 server, the Ubuntu LTS 14.04 Linux distribution and Openstack, which includes a set of tools to build more flexible and reliable private clouds. “The AMD and Canonical collaboration overcomes the complexity of deploying OpenStack technology and provides an out of the box experience making it possible to deploy a private cloud in... 

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