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Huawei’s Smartphones Gaining Ground, Sees 62% Rise In Devices Shipped

July 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Huawei’s Smartphones Gaining Ground, Sees 62% Rise In Devices Shipped

Huawei Technologies shipped 62% more smartphones in the first half of 2014 than the same period last year, with sales to some countries outside its home turf doubling or even tripling. It shipped smartphone 34.3 million units, boosted by sales of flagship phones the Ascend Mate 2 and the Ascend P7, it said on Tuesday. In the second quarter alone it shipped 20.6 million units, an 85% year-over-year increase. Much of that growth is coming from emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America,... 

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Facebook To Mandate Messenger App For Mobile Chat

July 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Facebook To Mandate Messenger App For Mobile Chat

If you like to send messages via Facebook when you’re on the move, be prepared to download a new app. Facebook has confirmed that it will be deleting the messaging feature from its mobile app over the next few days, and requiring people to use its standalone Messenger app instead. The change follows through on a plan announced in April and for now affects Facebook’s mobile app on iOS and Android. You’ll be able to send and receive messages on the desktop as before. “In the... 

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OkCupid Admits Experimenting On Customers

July 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
OkCupid Admits Experimenting On Customers

OkCupid, a top U.S. dating website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said, weeks after Facebook Inc similarly admitted to misleading users in a psychological study. “When we tell people they are a good match, they act as if they are,” co-founder Christian Rudder wrote in a blog post. “Even when they should be wrong for each other.” Conversely, couples told they were bad matches, even when OkCupid’s algorithm showed... 

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The Pirate Bay Goes To Smartphones?

July 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
The Pirate Bay Goes To Smartphones?

The Pirate Bay, the self-styled “world’s most resilient torrent site”, has released a mobile version of its website for the first time. The Mobile Bay taps into the increasing storage capacity of mobile devices and the growing number of uncapped 4G data plans. Offering millions of uploaded torrents from blockbuster movies and TV shows, cracked software packages and pornography, the vast majority of its content is considered illegal in almost every country of the world, leading to... 

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AMD’s Carrizo Goes Mobile Only

July 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD’s Carrizo Goes Mobile Only

AMD’s upcoming Carrizo APU might not make it to the desktop market at all. According to Italian tech site bitsandchips.it, citing industry sources, AMD plans to limit Carrizo to mobile parts. Furthermore the source claims Carrizo will not support DDR4 memory. We cannot confirm or deny the report at this time. If the rumours turn out to be true, AMD will not have a new desktop platform next year. Bear in mind that Intel is doing the exact same thing by bringing 14nm silicon to mobile rather... 

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Astronomers Develop New Technique To Measure Alien Planets

July 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Develop New Technique To Measure Alien Planets

Astronomers have made the best-ever measurement to date of the radius of an alien world. Using observations by NASA’s Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes, researchers determined that the exoplanet Kepler-93b is 1.48 times the size of Earth, confirming its status as a super-Earth — a world slightly larger than our own — and allowing scientists to conclude that the planet is very likely composed of iron and rock. “With Kepler and Spitzer, we’ve captured the most precise measurement... 

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Phone-unlocking Bill Moves One Step Closer To Law

July 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Phone-unlocking Bill Moves One Step Closer To Law

A bill that allows consumers to unlock their mobile phones for use on other carriers passed its last hurdle in Congress last week, opening the way for it to become law once it is signed by President Barack Obama. Senate Bill 517 overturns a January 2013 decision by the Library of Congress that ruled the unlocking of phones by consumers fell afoul of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). It had previously been permitted under an exception to the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA, which... 

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Bose Sues Beats Over Patent Infringement

July 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Bose Sues Beats Over Patent Infringement

Headphone maker Bose has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against rival Beats Electronics, which Apple recently agreed to purchase in a US$3 billion deal. In its complaint, Bose alleges that the “active noise cancellation” system in Beats Studio and Studio Wireless headphones infringes on five of its patents that relate to digital audio processing, compression and noise cancellation technology. They are U.S. patents 6,717,537; 8,073,150; 8,073,151; 8,054,992; and 8,345,888. In addition... 

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Amazon To Offer 3D Printing

July 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon To Offer 3D Printing

Amazon.com Inc will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys and other items from third-party vendors using a new personalization option on its website. Most of the more than 200 items available on the company’s new 3D printed products store, which was rolled out on Monday, can be customized using a new feature that allows users to rotate and change the item they are viewing. Before it is printed by one of Amazon’s sellers, users... 

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Is The Demand For DRAM Slowing?

July 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is The Demand For DRAM Slowing?

Hynix has reported a slowing down of growth in the memory chip profits as it posted its first drop in quarterly profit in two years, casting doubt on medium-term revenue growth. SK Hynix President Kim Joon-ho told analysts that the problem was a change in product mix and a transition to more complex production technology will crimp third-quarter shipments growth for the key DRAM business. Analysts are concerned that DRAM shipments growth will be increasingly limited in the latter half of the year,... 

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Is Oracle’s Linux 7 Unbreakable?

July 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Oracle’s Linux 7 Unbreakable?

Oracle has announced the release of its Linux distribution Oracle Linux 7. Oracle Linux 7 is the latest release of the company’s version of its enterprise grade Linux flavour that is a fork of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This latest release adds a range of features including XFS, Btrfs, Linux Containers (LXC), Dtrace, Ksplice, Xen enhancements and the Oracle’s Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3. “Oracle Linux continues to provide the most flexible options for customers and partners,... 

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Can A New Test Prove If Voyager Is In Interstellar Space?

July 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can A New Test Prove If Voyager Is In Interstellar Space?

A new test could determine once and for all whether NASA’s Voyager 1 probe has indeed entered interstellar space, some researchers say. While mission team members declared last year that Voyager 1 reached interstellar space in August 2012, not all scientists are sold. Two researchers working with Voyager 1 have drawn up a test to show whether the spacecraft is inside or outside of the heliosphere — the bubble of solar particles and magnetic fields that the sun puffs around itself. The scientists... 

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goTenna Debuts Personal Antenna In Case Of Disasters

July 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
goTenna Debuts Personal Antenna In Case Of Disasters

A Brooklyn-based startup called goTenna has developed a portable antenna that will come to the rescue when cellular service is unavailable. The portable antenna connects to a smartphone via a Bluetooth Low Energy link. Once connected, users with either an iOS or Android app can then send text messages through the antenna. (The recipient must also have a goTenna, and consequently the product is sold in pairs.) The device uses the 151MHz-154MHz frequencies, with range depending on location. In a densely... 

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Verizon To Begin Slowing Down Data Speeds For Unlimited Subscribers

July 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon To Begin Slowing Down Data Speeds For Unlimited Subscribers

Verizon Communication Inc’s high speed wireless customers who have the company’s legacy unlimited data plans may begin experiencing slower speeds starting Oct. 1, the company said on Friday. The announcement comes as wireless carriers attempt to shift data-hungry subscribers onto tiered plans, which charge customers for individual data packages. Verizon will slow services for the top 5 percent of data users who are on unlimited plans in places where the network is experiencing high demand,... 

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Dell, BlackBerry Downplay Apple-IBM Alliance

July 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Dell, BlackBerry Downplay Apple-IBM Alliance

IBM Corp’s recent move to team up with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unfazed for now. Top executives at Dell and BlackBerry Ltd scoffed at the threat posed by the alliance, arguing the tie-up is unlikely to derail the efforts of their own companies to re-invent themselves. “I do not think that we take the Apple-IBM tie-up terribly seriously. I think it just made a good press... 

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