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Twitter Pressed To Release Diversity Data

July 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Pressed To Release Diversity Data

U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson is urging Twitter to release its employee diversity information, which its Silicon Valley peers such as Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Facebook have already done. The Rainbow Push Coalition, founded by Jackson, has also asked Twitter to signal its commitment to inclusion by hosting a public community forum to address the company’s plan to recruit and retain more African American talent. The coalition and black empowerment group, ColorOfChange.org, plans... 

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China’s Rush To The Internet Is Slowing

July 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
China’s Rush To The Internet Is Slowing

China’s once furious pace to get on the Internet is slowing, with the country adding only 14.4 million new Internet users in the first half of 2014, the lowest half-year growth in eight years. There were 632 million Internet users in China in June, according to the government-linked China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). Although China has long reigned as the country with the world’s largest Internet population, the services are still struggling to take off in the rural areas,... 

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Lenovo Says It’s Still In The 8-in. Windows Tablet Game

July 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Lenovo Says It’s Still In The 8-in. Windows Tablet Game

Lenovo on Friday said it would continue selling sub-10-in. Windows tablets in the U.S., backing away from statements it made the day before, when it said it was pulling the ThinkPad 8 from the North American market and had discontinued offering a model of the Miix 2. “We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday,” Lenovo said in a press release published on its website Friday. “Our... 

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Are Governments Doing Enough To Warn People On The Risk of Cybercrime?

July 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Governments Doing Enough To Warn People On The Risk of Cybercrime?

The UK Government isn’t doing enough to warn about the risks of cybercrime on a mass level, security firm Kaspersky has claimed. Speaking at a company roundtable event at the firm’s European hub in London on Thursday, Kaspersky security researcher David Emm said isn’t doing as much as it could be to educate people about cyber security. “I’d like to see the government doing more to get the message out to mainstream citizens and individuals because that’s the bone... 

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Will Microsoft’s Cuts Impact Quantum Break?

July 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Microsoft’s Cuts Impact Quantum Break?

Neither Microsoft of developer Remedy is talking about the effect that the upcoming staff reductions at Microsoft might impact the already deep in development title know as Quantum Break. Quantum Break is said to feature television segments that will be part of the main game with players unlocking new segments at the end of some gameplay segments. The live action television segments can we watched right away or they can be viewed later on mobile devices such as a smart phone or tablet. The run here... 

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Is the Hunt For Alien Planets Heating Up?

July 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is the Hunt For Alien Planets Heating Up?

It’s a time of amazing discovery in the hunt for planets in other solar systems. Over the past six months, more than 700 exoplanets have been found. It seems that each week brings the announcement of another foreign world: a rocky orb that seems much like Earth except that it’s 17 times more massive; a colossal planet that orbits its star at a whopping 2,000 times the distance between Earth and our sun; an Earth-like planet in a two-sun system. On July 9, three astrophysicists — Zachory... 

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Sony’s FeliCa Smartcard Chip Is Gearing Up For Wearables

July 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony’s FeliCa Smartcard Chip Is Gearing Up For Wearables

If you’re waiting for that multi-functional smartwatch of your dreams, Sony is working to add contactless payments to wearables with a new chip. The electronics giant’s FeliCa Networks subsidiary is modifying its FeliCa contactless card technology, widely used in Japan for public transit and e-money payments, for wearables. The company is designing a low-power chip that could be used in wearables such as smartwatches and smart bands, giving them contactless e-money or transit functions... 

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Dell Is Now Accepting Bitcoin Payments

July 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Dell Is Now Accepting Bitcoin Payments

Want to purchase a laptop with bitcoins? Dell is now accepting the digital currency as a form of payment. Consumer and business shoppers can pay for products directly via bitcoins or through Coinbase, a third-party payment processing company, Dell said. Buyers can pay for products through Bitcoin wallets or by scanning a QR code with a smartphone. The volatile Bitcoin has had its share of controversies and exchange shutdowns as the currency matures. Companies like Overstock.com, Newegg, Expedia... 

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Google’s Growth Will Be In A Shift To Mobile

July 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google’s Growth Will Be In A Shift To Mobile

Google Inc  is the more properly positioned than any company to benefit from the shift to mobile, increased local advertising and wearables, analysts said after the search giant posted its 18th straight quarter of 20 percent-plus revenue growth. At least eight brokerages raised their price targets on the stock on Friday by as much as $75, to a high of $745. The company, which is also set to benefit from the so-called “internet of things”, said that second-quarter revenue rose 22 percent... 

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The EC Goes After Apple

July 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
The EC Goes After Apple

The European Commission (EC) has scolded Apple for its lack of action on its “misleading” in-app purchase practices, while praising Google for its impending changes. The EC said on Friday that has teamed with national authorities to put an end to the ongoing in-app purchases problem , which has lead to it receiving a “large number of complaints” related to inadvertent purchases of virtual crap by children. EU commissioner for Consumer Policy Neven Mimica said in a statement,... 

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AMD Tumbles

July 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Tumbles

AMD’s debt load is causing huge problems for the chipmaker — this quarter it had another substantial loss. The tame Apple Press has been claiming that AMD’s woes are caused by the fact it did not move to mobile as was directed by the profit Steve Jobs. They claim, along with some of the dafter analysts, that mobile computing has replaced the PC and companies that stuck to the “old technology” suffered. However that does not explain how Intel made a stonking profit mostly because of... 

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Imagination Technologies Shrinking Again

July 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Imagination Technologies Shrinking Again

Mobile GPU designer Imagination Technologies has announced the world’s smallest mobile GPU. The PowerVR GX5300 takes up just 0.55mm2 on a 28nm die, which means it’s as small as a grain of salt. It operates at 250MHz and the company says it can handle everyday tasks with ease. The GPU features full OpenGL ES 2.0 compatibility PVRTC texture compression technology and of course the emphasis is on ultra-low power consumption. The company is not saying anything about the actual consumption, but the... 

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Nearly 1M Fake Apps Are Targeting Your Mobile Devices

July 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nearly 1M Fake Apps Are Targeting Your Mobile Devices

Fake apps purposely masked to look like official ones but actually designed to steal user data are increasingly targeting Android phone users, according to a study by Trend Micro. The company looked at the top 50 free apps in Google’s Play Store and then searched Google’s app store and others to see if fake versions existed. It found fake versions existed for 77 percent of the apps. The fake apps are often made to look like the real ones and have the same functions, but carry a dangerous... 

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Amazon.com Considering Unlimited E-book Subscription Offer

July 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon.com Considering Unlimited E-book Subscription Offer

Amazon.com appears to be considering a $9.99-a-month e-book and audiobook subscription service dubbed “Kindle Unlimited.” The as-yet-unreleased service would offer unlimited access to more than 600,000 book titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device, according to a test page that was briefly online. The test page was cached before it was taken down. The test page was apparently first spotted by gigaom.com. Amazon.com did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The test... 

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Will Qualcomm And Apple Give TSMC The Boot

July 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Qualcomm And Apple Give TSMC The Boot

TSMC saw its share price drop dramatically on Thursday as analysts predicted a loss of orders for next generation chips from Apple and Qualcomm. Falling by almost six percent, the share price fell after industry expert and KGI Securities analyst Michael Li predicted that big device and chip designers such as Apple and Qualcomm will likely buy a larger proportion of 14nm smartphone chips from Samsung rather than TSMC beginning in the second half of 2015, according to Reuters. Liu did not reveal the... 

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