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Microsoft makes design central to its future

Posted by on 22/07/2014
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Microsoft makes design central to its future

Microsoft makes design central to its future

  REDMOND: Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, he designed food – or “food concepts,” he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that can be pulled with two fingers from a car cup […]

Discarded Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity

Posted by on 19/07/2014
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Discarded Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity

Discarded Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity

NEW YORK: The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each. As a result, the devices didn’t become a runaway hit as Nokia’s low-cost answer to serving emerging markets. Nokia X phones were devised to be a gateway to the company’s pricier Lumia […]

Drive-ins use creativity to afford digital switch

Posted by on 14/07/2014
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Drive-ins use creativity to afford digital switch

Drive-ins use creativity to afford digital switch

SACO: Many in the movie industry feared the need to convert to digital could be the death knell for drive-ins, but drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch. Drive-in movie theater operators say more than 200 of the remaining 348 drive-ins in the US have made the expensive conversion from film to […]

Heads up! Supermoon is here

Posted by on 13/07/2014
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Heads up! Supermoon is here

Heads up! Supermoon is here

NEW YORK: Look! Up in the sky! It’s supermoon! Because our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth, these full moons will appear to be unusually large. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. When it’s close and full, it appears bigger and brighter than normal, although the difference can be hard […]

Nothing is impossible at EMC’s Redefine Possible – Vmax is next big thing in hybrid cloud innovation

Posted by on 12/07/2014
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Nothing is impossible at EMC’s Redefine Possible – Vmax is next big thing in hybrid cloud innovation

Nothing is impossible at EMC’s Redefine Possible – Vmax is next big thing in hybrid cloud innovation

LONDON: Storage virtualization juggernaut EMC held its Redefine Possible event in London on July 8, where The VAR Guy was treated to several new products and updates to EMC’s existing XtremIO platform. In keeping with classic British sci-fi fashion, the Doctor Who-themed event featured numerous TARDIS-like police booths and references to England’s most popular doctor, […]

A look at the Minuteman missile, mission, future

Posted by on 09/07/2014
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A look at the Minuteman missile, mission, future

A look at the Minuteman missile, mission, future

  NEW YORK: The Air Force’s nuclear missiles have stood ready for war on short notice for more than 50 years. Americans tend to assume the missiles are safe, if they even remember they exist. But safety cannot be taken for granted. President John F. Kennedy said the missiles represent “the most awesome destructive power […]

MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time – Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text

Posted by on 08/07/2014
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MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time – Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text

MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time – Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text

CAMBRIDGE: Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user’s finger, equipped […]

Tablets to overtake PCs by 2015

Posted by on 07/07/2014
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Tablets to overtake PCs by 2015

Tablets to overtake PCs by 2015

WASHINGTON: Tablet computers will outsell personal computers by 2015 globally in another sign of the shifting tech landscape, a survey showed yesterday. A report by the research firm Gartner said that the shift comes despite a cooling of the tablet market in 2014 and some stability in PC sales, due to upgrades of aging devices. […]

UK opens probe into Facebook’s experiment

Posted by on 04/07/2014
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UK opens probe into Facebook’s experiment

UK opens probe into Facebook’s experiment

  LONDON: British regulators are investigating revelations that Facebook treated hordes of its users like laboratory rats in an experiment probing into their emotions. The Information Commissioner’s Office said Wednesday that it wants to learn more about the circumstances underlying a 2-year-old study carried out by two US universities and the world’s largest social network. […]

Cyber crooks may have stolen billions in Brazilian online payments

Posted by on 02/07/2014
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Cyber crooks may have stolen billions in Brazilian online payments

Cyber crooks may have stolen billions in Brazilian online payments

NEW YORK: Cyber criminals may have stolen billions of dollars from a popular Brazilian online payment system using malicious software that caused the funds to be sent to accounts controlled by fraudsters, according to a research report released yesterday. EMC Corp’s RSA Security said cyber criminals have been using software known as “Eupuds” to steal […]

Google shutting down Orkut social network

Posted by on 01/07/2014
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Google shutting down Orkut social network

Google shutting down Orkut social network

SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Monday said it is shutting down Orkut, its “first foray into social networking,” to focus on YouTube, Blogger, and Google+ services that have proven more popular. The California technology titan will pull the plug on 10-year-old Orkut at the end of September. “Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have […]

Students who send explicit texts more likely to be sexually active – 40% of children sending more than 100 texts a day

Posted by on 01/07/2014
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Students who send explicit texts more likely to be sexually active – 40% of children sending more than 100 texts a day

Students who send explicit texts more likely to be sexually active – 40% of children sending more than 100 texts a day

NEW YORK: Parents who catch their middle schoolaged children sexting may be justified in suspecting something more, a new study suggests. Adolescents who sent or received sexually explicit photos or text messages were three to seven times more likely to be sexually active than their peers not involved in sexting, according to a survey of […]

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