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China Further Restricts Internet, Blocks VPN Access

January 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
China Further Restricts Internet, Blocks VPN Access

China is further tightening its grip on access to the Internet by blocking services that allow users to get around government censorship. Several foreign-based operators of virtual private network (VPN) services said Friday that access to their services in China had been disrupted as a result of the crackdown and users are facing a harder time getting to some foreign websites. Virtual private networks work by establishing an encrypted pipe between a computer or smartphone and a server in a foreign... 

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Box Riding High After Success IPO

January 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Box Riding High After Success IPO

Box made a splashy entrance on the New York Stock Exchange Friday, opening at $20.20 per share, or 44 percent higher than the price it had set for itself the night before. With 12.5 million shares for sale, the initial public offering raised some $175 million that Box can now use to invest in its business, and a market capitalization of $1.6 billion. By Friday afternoon, the stock — trading under the symbol “BOX” — had reached as high as $24.73 per share, or 77 percent above... 

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RHEL Finally Available On IBM’s Power8

January 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
RHEL Finally Available On IBM’s Power8

IBM has made the Power8 version of the latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) beta available through its Power Development Platform (PDP) as the firm continues to build support for its Power systems. IBM and Red Hat announced in December that RHEL 7.1 was adding support for the Power8 processor in little endian instruction format, as the beta release was made available for testers to download. This version is available for developers and testers to download from today through the IBM PDP and at IBM... 

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AMD’s Carrizo Coming In The Second Quarter

January 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD’s Carrizo Coming In The Second Quarter

AMD released its earnings today and one cool question came up about the upcoming Carrizo mobile APU. Lisa SU, the new AMD President and CEO, told MKM Partners analyst Ian Ing that Carrizo is coming in Q2 2015. This is a great news and AMD’s Senior VP and outgoing general manager of computing and graphics group John Byrne already shared a few details about his excitement about Carrizo. There are two Carrizo parts, one for big notebooks and All in Ones called Carrizo and a scaled down version... 

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NASA Test New Robotic Helicopter

January 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NASA Test New Robotic Helicopter

The robotic rovers navigating around Mars are limited by what their onboard cameras are capable of viewing. If they could see further ahead, they might be able totravel three times as far in a single Martian day, enabling them to better find sites to explore and gather more information, faster, than they can today. To speed up the rovers’ work, NASA is considering sending a robotic helicopter to Mars that could act as a scout for their explorations. “So why would we want to put a helicopter on... 

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Strange Signal Points To Merging Black Holes

January 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Strange Signal Points To Merging Black Holes

A mysterious light signal from a faraway galaxy could point to two supermassive black holes finishing up a merger in the galaxy’s core, new research reveals. Scientists saw repeating pulses from a quasar — a bright galactic core powered by at least one huge black hole — and say the light is likely being generated during the latter stages of a monster black hole collision. If this interpretation is correct, researchers could learn a great deal more about the final phases of such mergers,... 

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Microsoft Unveils Hologram Visor

January 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft Unveils Hologram Visor

Microsoft Corp surprised the tech world with the unveiling of a prototype hologram visor that can bring the Minecraft video game, Skype calls and even the landscape of Mars to three-dimensional life. The veteran tech pioneer, which long ago lost the mantle of the world’s most inventive company, is making a bold play to regain that title in the face of stiff competition from Google Inc and Apple Inc. Virtual or enhanced reality is the next frontier in computing interaction, with Facebook Inc... 

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ARM Develops IoT For Students

January 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
ARM Develops IoT For Students

ARM has created a course to teach IoT skills to students at University College London (UCL) The course is designed to encourage graduates in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) to seek careers in IT. The IoT Education Kit will teach students how to use the Mbed IoT operating system to create smartphone apps that control mini-robots or wearable devices. Students are expected to be interested in building their own IoT business, or joining IoT-focused enterprises like ARM. The course... 

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LG Refutes Claims Of Overheating Qualcomm Phone Processors

January 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
LG Refutes Claims Of Overheating Qualcomm Phone Processors

South Korean smartphone maker LG Electronics Inc said on Thursday that it has not experienced any overheating problems with Qualcomm Inc’s new Snapdragon processor that is powering a curved-screen device going on sale later this month. “I am very much aware of the various concerns in the market about the (Snapdragon) 810, but the chip’s performance is quite satisfactory,” Woo Ram-chan, LG vice president for mobile product planning, told reporters at a press event for the company’s... 

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Rumors Say Samsung Is Quietly Seeking To Buy Blackberry

January 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Rumors Say Samsung Is Quietly Seeking To Buy Blackberry

For a while, the rumor mill has manufactured hell on earth yarns claiming that Samsung is set to buy the Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry. The deal always seems to fall through, and in any event has never happened. However the Financial Post has found evidence that this time Samsung is actively pursuing a plan to take over or buy a significant stake in BlackBerry. The story is still a rumour because both companies have denied such a plan may be in the works, but a document obtained by the Financial... 

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Google, The Wireless Carrier?

January 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google, The Wireless Carrier?

Google has put in place the framework for its own cellular service by acquiring capacity on the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile USA, according to news reports. The sprawling search company would sell the service directly to consumers, according to The Wall Street Journal, which cited unnamed sources. Tech news site The Information reported on the deals earlier this week. Google is heavily involved in mobile through its Android operating system, the world’s most widely used mobile OS, as well... 

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NGTS Joins The Hunt For Alien Planets

January 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
NGTS Joins The Hunt For Alien Planets

A new alien-planet–hunting telescope has just come online in Chile, and it could help scientists peer into the atmospheres of relatively small planets circling nearby stars. The Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS for short) — located at the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Paranal Observatory — is designed to seek out planets two to eight times the diameter of Earth as they pass in front of their stars. Such a planet will cause the light of the star to dip ever so slightly when... 

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Facebook Going After Hoaxes, Fake News Stories

January 22, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Going After Hoaxes, Fake News Stories

Facebook Inc said it has put measures in place  to clamp down on “hoaxes” and fake news stories that can spread rather rapidly  on its 1.35-billion member online social network. The company said it had introduced an option to allow Facebookusers to flag a story as “purposefully fake or deceitful news” to reduce the distribution of news stories reported as hoaxes. Facebook said it will not remove fake news stories from its website. Instead, the company’s algorithm,... 

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Samsung Dumped Qualcomm Processors In Next Galaxy S Phone

January 22, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Dumped Qualcomm Processors In Next Galaxy S Phone

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will not use Qualcomm Inc’s  processors for the next version of the South Korean technology giant’s flagship Galaxy S smartphone, according to Bloomberg. Such an outcome would be a blow for Qualcomm’s prospects for 2015, with the company already having guided for weaker-than-usual annual revenue growth in a five-year outlook issued in November. Samsung, the world’s No.1 smartphone maker, has been one of the U.S. company’s top customers. Qualcomm’s... 

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The ESA Goes With Red Hat For Cloud Services

January 22, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
The ESA Goes With Red Hat For Cloud Services

The European Space (ESA) has deployed a private, on-premise cloud platform designed to serve its community in Europe. The infrastructure is partly based on a custom version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The ESA Cloud needs to be constantly available to the space agency’s large user base, ensuring high levels of reliability and flexibility and the management capabilities of a modern IT environment, according to Red Hat. Hosted applications include software development and testing, satellite... 

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