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Acer Warms To Takeover Possibility

August 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Acer Warms To Takeover Possibility

Acer Inc founder Stan Shih said he would welcome a takeover of the struggling Taiwanese computer manufacturer after a drastic decline in its stock price, while warning any potential buyer would have to pay a heavy amount. “Welcome,” Shih told reporters in response to a question about whether Acer would be open to a takeover. He added however that any buyer would get an “empty shell” and would pay dearly. “U.S. and European management teams usually are concerned about... 

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Qualcomm To Wirelessly Charge BMWs

August 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm To Wirelessly Charge BMWs

Qualcomm has launched its new Official Safety Car for season two of the FIA’s Formula E Championship. For those not in the know, the Formula E Championship is for electric cars, and they are no longer the milk floats that English people get stuck behind in narrow streets. The new Official Qualcomm Safety Car is the BMW i8 but it will be charged wirelessly with an advanced Qualcomm Halo 7.2kW wireless charging system. The Qualcomm Halo 7.2kW wireless charging system delivers twice the amount... 

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Report Reveals Hi-tech Vehicle Systems Are Rarely Used By Owners

August 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Report Reveals Hi-tech Vehicle Systems Are Rarely Used By Owners

Although car makers are spending billions of dollars to install cutting-edge technologies in vehicles, a new report shows many owners don’t use them. According to J.D. Power’s 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, 20% of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of 33 of the latest technology features. The 2015 DrIVE Report measures driver experiences with in-vehicle technology features during the first 90 days of ownership. The five features owners most commonly report... 

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Samsung Going HBM 2 In 2016

August 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Samsung Going HBM 2  In 2016

High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) will define the future of graphics and it looks like Samsung will be ready to release products using the technology soon. Our friends at Computerbase have broken the story about Samsung making High Bandwidth Memory HBM 2 memory. HBM 2.0 will find its way to HPC and Graphics cards in 2016 and Samsung expects that by 2017 this super-fast type of memory will reach the network market.  The plan is to see HBM 2.0 mainstream by 2018. Our well placed, camera shy sources within... 

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IBM Thinks Businesses Should Block TOR

August 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Thinks Businesses Should Block TOR

IBM security research has found that people are using the so-called dark net to launch cyber attacks, force ransomware demands on punters and make distributed denial-of-service (DoS) attacks. The dark net, accessed via Tor, is often tagged as a threat. The IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Quarterly 3Q 2015 report identifies a spike in bad traffic and leads with a warning. The report introduces Tor as the network that takes people to the dark net. We might start calling it the ferryman and the passage... 

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Facebook Testing ‘M’, Personal Digital Assistant

August 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Testing ‘M’, Personal Digital Assistant

Facebook Inc is testing a personal digital assistant called “M” within its Messenger service that is capable of answering questions with live human help and performing tasks such as buying gifts online and making restaurant reservations. M is “powered by artificial intelligence that’s trained and supervised by people,” David Marcus, vice president of Messaging products, wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday. Rival services like Apple Inc’s Siri, Google Inc’s Google Now... 

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Gogo To Boost In-flight Broadband Speeds With New Technology

August 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Gogo To Boost In-flight Broadband Speeds With New Technology

In-flight broadband provider Gogo’s 2Ku technology has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, paving the way for data speeds up to 70Mbps. The company plans to launch commercial services this year. Clearing this regulatory hurdle was an important step for Gogo. The company has received the final so-called Supplemental Type Certificate from the FAA, which it required in order to launch the next-generation technology. Seven commercial airlines have signed up for either a... 

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Best Buy To Sell Apple Watch In All Stores By September

August 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Best Buy To Sell Apple Watch In All Stores By September

Best Buy will offer the Apple Watch in all of its 1,050 retail locations by the end of September, responding to strong consumer demand for the wearable. By Sept. 4, the Apple Watch will be available in 900 Best Buy stores, and it will appear in the retailer’s remaining locations by the end of the month, CEO Hubert Joly said. Best Buy began selling the wearable in 100 stores as well as online on Aug. 7. The company had planned to expand availability to 200 additional stores by the Christmas... 

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Oracle Shows Off New SPARC Processor

August 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Shows Off New SPARC Processor

Oracle has been sharing a few details about its SPARC processor code-named Sonoma. Sonoma is not a sleeping Italian mama at all but a place where Americans grow wine that Europeans will not touch. Sonoma is supposed to be a “low-cost SPARC processor for enterprise workloads.” The chip uses the SPARC M7 design, DDR4 memory interfaces, PCIe electronics and InfiniBand interfaces in a single package. Eight SPARC 4th generation cores, hooks into the system RAM and built using a 20nm process... 

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Will Samsung Recall The Galaxy Note 5

August 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Will Samsung Recall The Galaxy Note 5

Days after Apple finally decided to replace faulty cameras on a batch of their premium phones, we find out that there’s a serious design flaw in Samsung’s newest flagship phablet with a pen. You know how Apple invests a lot of effort into filming gorgeous-looking promotional videos for their overpriced products? And then, sometimes, they don’t really think the products all the way through, so you may end up having to return it for repairs within weeks from splurging on them? We... 

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Did Stephen Hawking Solve A Major Black Hole Mystery?

August 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Stephen Hawking Solve A Major Black Hole Mystery?

Stephen Hawking may have just solved one of the most vexing mysteries in physics — the “information paradox.” Einstein’s theory of general relativity predicts that the physical information about material gobbled up by a black hole is destroyed, but the laws of quantum mechanics stipulate that information is eternal. Therein lies the paradox. Hawking — working with Malcolm Perry, of the University of Cambridge in England, and Harvard University’s Andrew Stromberg — has... 

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Amazon Expands Prime Now, Adds Alcohol Delivery

August 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Expands Prime Now, Adds Alcohol Delivery

Amazon.com Inc announced that it will begin delivering wine, beer and spirits to U.S. customers for the first time as part of its speedy delivery service, Prime Now. The online retailer is expanding Prime Now, its one- and two-hour service, to Seattle, where the company is headquartered, and offering alcohol deliveries there. Amazon Prime, the company’s $99 per year shopping membership program, offers free two-day delivery on millions of items. It is a key testing ground for the retailer’s... 

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Appeals Court Rules FTC Has Authority To Regulate Cyber Security

August 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Appeals Court Rules FTC Has Authority To Regulate Cyber Security

A U.S. appeals court has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission has authority to regulate corporate cyber security, and may pursue a lawsuit accusing hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp of failing to properly safeguard consumers’ information. The 3-0 decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on Monday upheld an April 2014 lower court ruling allowing the case to go forward. The FTC wants to hold Wyndham accountable for three breaches in 2008 and 2009 in which hackers... 

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Intelligent Energy Tests Hydrogen Powered iPhone 6

August 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Intelligent Energy Tests Hydrogen Powered iPhone 6

A British company rumored to be working closely with Apple has created a hydrogen fuel cell for an iPhone 6 that allows the smartphone to last a week without recharging. According to reports, Intelligent Energy has created a working iPhone 6 prototype that looks no different from any other iPhone 6 except for tiny vents in the rear that allow  imperceptible amounts of water vapor to escape. The prototype contains both a rechargeable battery and its own hydrogen fuel cell, according to a report... 

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Is Metal Gear Solid V Going To Be A Hit?

August 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Metal Gear Solid V Going To Be A Hit?

If Hideo Kojima really is on the outs at Konami, he’s at least going out with a bang. The embargo for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain coverage hit last night, and the first batch of reviews are glowing. IGN’s Vince Ingenito gave the game a 10 out of 10, lavishing praise on the way it adapted the series’ stealth-action formula to an open-world environment. “Right from the moment you’re told to get on your horse and explore the Afghan countryside, Phantom Pain feels... 

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