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Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Android and the wearables market is soaring

Are you ready for a smartwatch that knows where you are, what information is important to you and, above all, wants you to forget that you're even wearing it? That seems to be the basic idea behind Google's Android Wear platform, which promises to deliver contextual, relevant information to you whenever you need it, while fading into the background when you don't.
With today's announcement of the Android Wear platform for wearables, much of the discussion has revolved around how Google is following the Android smartphone playbook and focusing on creating an ecosystem that can accommodate multiple manufacturers, with a range of products with different price points and feature sets. And Google has lined up an impressive list of partners, including smartphone makers HTC, LG and Motorola; chipmaker and smartwatch-wannabe Qualcomm; and watchmaker Fossil. Even Samsung, which just last month held a splashy launch for its latest round of Gear smartwatches, is in on the game.
... Google doesn't see wearable devices as full-fledged computers or smartphone replacements.
Those partnerships instantly make Android Wear a major platform in this nascent category. However, what's most interesting about Google's approach isn't the business model, which isn't that different from Microsoft's SPOT platform of a decade ago. What matters most about Android Wear is Google's approach to the category. Unlike, say, Samsung, which initially marketed Galaxy Gear as the real-life successor to Dick Tracy's wrist communicator, Google doesn't see wearable devices as full-fledged computers or smartphone replacements. They're designed to help you get snippets of crucial information -- like the weather, your flight status or whether there's a jellyfish warning in effect for your beach -- when you need them most, and then allow you to get on with the rest of your life.

Brand logos that changed over time

Do you know how brand logos like Ford and IBM looks like in the past? Well, some brand logos are vasarely different from their old logos. With most of logos done by their founders using GIMP or Paint.

I found this infographic done by Financesonline.com and they have consolidated quite a number of brand logos.

How Big Businesses Like Ford or McDonald's Use The Power of Their Logos

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Original Kindle Paperwhite update adds new features

Amazon has been peddling the Kindle Paperwhite reader for a longtime now. If you are using one of the original first generation units, your device lacks some of the features of the second-generation units. Amazon is fixing that with an OTA software update for the first gen Paperwhite.

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One of the big features that the update adds is Goodreads integration. After the update is applied, the "g" icon turns up on the Paperwhite menu bar as it does on newer devices. With Goodreads integration, the user is able to put their books into lists, share digital bookshelves, and post book excerpts among other things.

Goodreads integration isn't all the update brings. Parents get the FreeTime function to be able to track their kids reading habits. Users can also now skim a book without losing their place thanks to Page Flip.

If you take advantage of the word look up feature of the tablet, you will also get new options including dictionary, Wikipedia, and X-Ray information. The update is coming to the first generation Kindle in the next few weeks. It can be downloaded manually if you want the new features now.

Samsung starts manufacturing industry's most advanced 20nm 4Gb DDR3

Samsung Electronics made an announcement that it has started the mass production of 20 nanometer based DDR3 memory modules. The company is using the immersion ArF lithography to roll out 20nm based 4Gb for its most advance DDR3 memory.

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Young-Hyun Jun, the executive VP of memory sales and marketing for Samsung Electronics said,"Samsung's new energy-efficient 20-nanometer DDR3 DRAM will rapidly expand its market base throughout the IT industry including the PC and mobile markets, quickly moving to mainstream status. Samsung will continue to deliver next-generation DRAM and green memory solutions ahead of the competition, while contributing to the growth of the global IT market in close cooperation with our major customers."

Samsung said that it refined its design and manufacturing by using modified double patterning and atomic layer deposition. Because of this, Samsung was able to improve the scaling of its NAND flash memory. According to the manufacturing giant, this technology marks a new milestone as it allows 20nm DRR3 memory production using these equipments. It also helped them to establish a core technology required for next generation 10nm DRAM production.

Thanks to the manufacturing process, Samsung was able to improve its manufacturing productivity by up to 30% higher than previous manufacturing yield of 25nm DDR3 chips and more than twice of 30nm production. It is also 25% energy efficient in comparison 25nm DDR3 chips.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Google is expanding Fiber to 158 more neighborhoods in Kansas City

Google says that it has already laid about 6,000 miles of fiber optic broadband cable throughout Kansas City, and now the company is ready to expand even further. The company plans on extending its Google Fiber coverage to residents in South Kansas City, Kansas City, Grandview, Raytown and Gladstone areas.

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Google says that if there is enough demand in these areas and residents sign up with a $10 registration fee, then they will expand their fiber network to these areas just weeks after the signups are complete. There is a deadline to signup for Google Fiber and its ranges based on the area you live in so check the list below and sign up as fast as possible!

One important note: your fiberhood has a deadline by which you need to reach your signup goal. The deadlines are coming up over the next few weeks, so it's important to sign up as soon as you can.
  • Thursday, April 10 - deadline for residents in 73 fiberhoods in south KCMO, Grandview & Raytown
  • Thursday, May 15 - deadline for residents in 33 fiberhoods in KCMO northwest
  • Monday, June 19 - deadline for residents in 52 fiberhoods in KCMO northeast and Gladstone

We plan to start hooking up homes in these fiberhoods a few weeks after their deadlines, and expect to have all qualified fiberhoods connected by the end of this year. We are also extending this opportunity to the 21 fiberhoods in central KCMO and KCK that didn't qualify for Google Fiber in 2012; these fiberhoods will have until June 19 to tell us they want Fiber.

Eurocom Launches NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M with 8 GB GDDR5 in line of High Performance VGA Upgradeable Gaming Laptops‏


Eurocom is shipping the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M in single and SLI (Dual) configuration in the line of fully configurable, VGA upgradeable, high performance gaming laptops.

The addition of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, the highest performance mobile solution from NVIDIA, gives Eurocom customers an even greater choice of GPU’s to power their gaming laptop with a graphics card to fit every performance level.

“Eurocom created the X series of gaming laptops so our gaming clients can could discover their dark side, the performance, capability and design are unmatched” Mark Bialic, Eurocom el Presidente.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M graphics card has 1536 CUDA cores running at 954 MHz + boost with 8 GB GDDR5 memory running at 2500 MHz. In SLI the two 880M graphics cards offer users up to a whopping 16 GB DDR5 video memory and 3072 CUDA cores giving Eurocom users simply epic performance.

The 15.6” EUROCOM X3 and 17.3” EUROCOM X5 and X7 are equipped with high resolution 1920x1080 FHD displays, upgradeable Intel Core i7 extreme processors, next generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M graphics, multiple storage options (up to 5 physical drives) and up to 32 GB of DDR3-1600/1866 memory.

The NVIDIA GeForce is faster and more power efficient than the previous generation and offers a multitude of cool new features.  The 880M features blazing performance, battery saving technologies such as new NVIDIA Battery Boost, and the addition of cool new gaming features such as ShadowPlay and GameStream.

The 880M is equipped with GPU Boost 2.0 for overclocking to allow for maximum performance.
Enjoying the latest content is all about visuals. The Eurocom line of high performance Gaming Laptops support beautiful full high definition 1080p 1920x1080 matte and glossy displays with the option to go with a fast refresh 120 hz panel.

In the new line of Eurocom gaming notebooks, customers have the options of configuring up to 5 storage drives, by way of two mSATA solid state drives, and two hard or solid state storage drives, an additional storage drive can also take the place of the optical drive. This allows for a wide range of RAID options.

Personalize your own Eurocom laptop weapon with a custom backlit keyboard, with 7 colours, 3 zones and 8 modes you have the ability to dominate and stand out.

Eurocom Gaming Laptops supporting NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
EUROCOM X3 – 15.6”
·         VGA Technology: MXM 3.0; Easy to Upgrade;
·         Display: 15.6-inch FHD 1920-by-1080 with Glossy (Glare) or Matte (Non-Glare); LED Backlit
·         Chipset: Intel HM87 (Haswell)Mobile Express Chipset
·         Processor: 4th Generation Intel Mobile i7 Core; up to i7-4930MX Extreme
·         Memory: up to 32GB; DDR3L-1866/DDR3L-1600; 4 RAM sockets
·         Storage: up to 5 drives; 2x HDD/SSD (SATA3) + 2x mSATA (SATA3) + 1x HDD/SSD via ODD Bay (SATA2); RAID 0/1/5/10
·         Card Reader: 9-in-1 MMC/RSMMC/SD/miniSD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo
·         Optical Drive: DVD-RW or Blu Ray-RW or extra HDD/SSD
·         Keyboard: Iluminated, backlit with customizable 7-colours
·         Webcam: 2M FHD 1920x1080; 30fps; with Samsung HD sensor
·         Audio System: Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3; external 7.1CH audio output; headphone out, microphone in, S/PDIF and Line-in port; two built-in ONKYO Speakers (2.2W)+ Subwoofer (2.5W)
·         Ports: DisplayPort 1.2; HDMI out; Mini Display 1.2; 1x eSATA/USB 3.0; 3x USB 3.0 (1x Powered USB AC/DC); 1x USB 2.0; S/PDIF; Headphone; Mic; Line-in; Firewire-400; RJ45 (LAN)
·         Weight and dimensions: 3.3kg (7.26lbs); WxDxH 375x268x22-45mm (15x10.72x0.88-1.8 inch)

EUROCOM X5 – 17.3”
·         VGA Technology: MXM 3.0; Easy to Upgrade;
·         Display: 15.6-inch FHD 1920-by-1080 with Glossy (Glare) or Matte (Non-Glare); LED Backlit
·         Chipset: Intel HM87 (Haswell) Mobile Express Chipset
·         Processor: Intel 4th Generation Mobile up to i7-4930MX Extreme; socket based; easy to upgrade
·         Memory: up to 32GB; high performance DDR3L-1866/DDR3L-1600; 4 RAM sockets; easy to upgrade
·         Storage: up to 5 drives; 2x HDD/SSD (SATA3) + 2x mSATA (SATA3) + 1x HDD/SSD via ODD Bay (SATA2); RAID 0/1/5/10
·         Card Reader: 9-in-1 MMC/RSMMC/SD/miniSD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo
·         Optical Drive: Blu Ray-RW, DVD-RW or extra HDD/SSD Drive
·         Keyboard: Iluminated, backlit with customizable 7-colours
·         Webcam: 2M FHD 1920x1080; 30fps; with Samsung HD sensor
·         Audio System: Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3; external 7.1CH audio output; headphone out, microphone in, S/PDIF and Line-in port; two built-in ONKYO Speakers (2.2W)+ Subwoofer (2.5W)
·         Ports: DisplayPort 1.2; HDMI out; Mini Display 1.2; 1x eSATA/USB 3.0; 3x USB 3.0 (1x Powered USB AC/DC); 1x USB 2.0; S/PDIF; Headphone; Mic; Line-in; Firewire-400; RJ45 (LAN)
·         Weight and dimensions: 4.1kg (9lbs); WxDxH 414x286x25.3-46.1mm (16.56x11.44x10-1.84")

EUROCOM X7 – 17.3”
·         VGA Technology: supports both SLI and CrossFire; MXM 3.0; Easy to Upgrade;
·         Display: 17.3-inch FHD 1920-by-1080 with Glossy (Glare) or Matte (Non-Glare); 120Hz Optional; LED Backlit
·         Chipset: Intel M87 Mobile Express (Haswell)
·         Processor: 4th Generation Intel Mobile Core i7 4xxx series; up to i7-4930MX Extreme with O/C support
·         Memory: up to 32GB; DDR3L-1866/DDR3L-1600; 4 RAM sockets
·         Storage: up to 5 drives; 2x HDD/SSD (SATA3) + 2x mSATA (SATA3) + 1x HDD/SSD via ODD Bay (SATA2); RAID 0/1/5/10
·         Card Reader: 9-in-1 MMC/RSMMC/SD/miniSD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo
·         Optical Drive: DVD-RW, Blu Ray-RW or extra HDD/SSD
·         Keyboard: Iluminated, backlit with customizable 7-colours
·         Security: TPM 1.2, Fingerprint and Kensington Lock
·         Webcam: two webcams: 5M (front cover) and 1M (backcover); FHD
·         Audio System: Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3; external 7.1CH audio output; headphone out, microphone in, S/PDIF and Line-in port; two built-in ONKYO Speakers (2.2W)+ Subwoofer (2.5W)
·         Ports: 1x Thunderbolt1x DP 1.2 (via Thunderbolt port) 1x HDMI out; 1x eSATA/USB 3.0; 4x USB 3.0 (1x Powered USB AC/DC); 1x USB 2.0; S/PDIF; Headphone; Mic; Line-in; RJ45 (LAN)
·         Weight and dimensions: 4.0kg (8.8lbs); WxDxH 419x295x42-54.8mm (16.76x11.8x1.68-2.19")

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M Specifications:
954 MHz + boost Engine Clock 
1536 CUDA Cores
8 GB GDDR5 Memory
2500 MHz Memory Clock
256-bit GDDR5 memory interface
DirectX 11.2
Shader 5.0
Open GL: 4.4
NVIDIA SLI Ready
GPU Boost 2.0
OpenCL 1.1 and Direct Compute

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Samsung, UCSF partner to address challenges in digital health market

Electronics company Samsung Electronics and researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have teamed up to establish the UCSF-Samsung Digital Health Innovation Lab. The UCSF Mission Bay campus in San Francisco will host the research and technology lab designed for mobile health trial testing.

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The health and medical worlds are heavily involved in the "Internet of Everything," and wearable computing, health sensors, next-generation medical software, and similar technologies are pushing the industry forward.

"There are many new sensors and devices coming onto the market for consumers, but without medical validation, most of these will have limited impacts on health," said Dr. Michael Blum, UCSF associate vice chancellor for Informatics, in a statement. "Meanwhile, many practitioners also have creative ideas for new devices, but they lack the technological knowledge to fully develop them."

There is increased interest in mobile health solutions, which can be used by doctors, nurses, and other medical practitioners in the field - but HIPAA regulations, standardized formats, and other issues must be properly addressed.

Malware authors find low risk, high rewards

Cybercriminals are successfully using malware to steal customer debit and credit card information, company customer lists, and sensitive data seemingly at will. Underground forums have become a popular destination for criminals buying and selling stolen personal information, with analytics used to detail credit limits and which banks have more lenient security procedures in place.

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In one underground forum, for example, a list of 10,000 e-mails - broken down by age, gender, and geographic location - for just $79 for purchase, and there are plenty of similar offers available. Key logger software can be purchased for $35-$50, and customizations can be added for a slightly increased fee.

After the recent Target data breach, which affected more than 70 million in-store customers, more Internet users are becoming aware of cyber threats. Banks have already paid more than $200 million in costs related to the breach, and that number is only expected to increase over the next few months.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Ubuntu-based smartphones coming from Meizu and BQ later this year

After its failed Indiegogo campaign, many though that Canonical would be unable to bring the Unbuntu Edge to reality, but a new partnership with Meizu and BQ, little known mobile phone OEMs, to bring Ubuntu's mobile OS to production devices. While Meizu and Bq are unrecognizable by most US readers, the companies are global powerhouse. Unfortunately no availability at any US carrier has been announced, but Canonical did say that the devices would be available online at several stores as well as on Ubuntu.com.

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Canonical says that the first Ubuntu smartphone will launch later this year, but I suspect that it may not be branded as or have all the features of the Ubuntu Edge we all fell in love with during the Indiegogo campaign last year. Unfortunately, with past Ubuntu smartphone deadlines being passed by months, I would not hold my breath on a timely release, and would realistically look for a launch near or after the holiday season this coming winter. If China-based Meizu and Spanish-based BQ can pull it off in a timely manner, then Ubuntu smartphones could quickly grow to take over lower tier operating systems such as Samsung's delayed Tizen, or even Microsoft's Windows Phone.

Jolla Sailfish OS reaches version 1.0 with phones heading to Europe

Jolla has been working to bring a new smartphone and operating system to market for a while. The first Sailfish smartphone was benchmarked back in November 2013. Those phones hit Finnish carrier DNA at roughly the same time. Jolla is now talking about its plans for the future.

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Jolla says that Sailfish OS has reached version 1.0 and is now ready to ship globally. The operating system has been updated three times since it landed in Finland. Jolla will push out a fourth update for Sailfish in March.

"We're very excited to announce this. We've been working hard together with our user community to make the user experience of the Jolla smartphone and Sailfish OS effortless and distinct. We believe that Jolla now offers a truly viable option for all smartphone users. Naturally we are not stopping here, as we continue to provide monthly software updates to Jolla devices and Sailfish OS," says Marc Dillon, Co-Founder and COO of Jolla.

Jolla Sailfish smartphones are available to order online in all EU nations, Switzerland, and Norway. The smartphones are also available at retailers other than DNA in Finland now. Sailfish smartphones will be coming to Russia, India, and Hong Kong in the near future. There is no mention of US availability. The Sailfish user interface will be released as an app for Android devices in the near future.

Friday, March 07, 2014

New 3D printer from BigRep lets you print full-size furniture

Technology to bring 3D printing closer to the mass market is accelerating, though most 3D printed items tend to be rather small in size. To help demonstrate the effectiveness of printing larger items, BigRep, a company founded in 2014, opens the door to printing items such as furniture. The device is launching worldwide at large trade shows, and begins shipping in two months, with a $39,000 MSRP.

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The BigRep One can print full-scale objects in sizes up to 45x39x47 inches, and has the ability to print plastics, nylons, Laywood (wood fibers mixed with polymers), and Laybrick (something similar to sandstone-type of material).

"We know that the need for 3D prints has increased enormously in the creative industries among architects, artists and inventors, among others," said Lukas Oehmigen, BigRep founder, in a press statement. "We have developed printing technology that lowers costs by about 90%, opening the door to a new dimension. Clients may now affordably produce life-size, three dimensional objects."

Insurance to cover data breaches increasing after recent problems

Recent costly data breaches targeting brick and mortar retailers have led to an uptick in insurance coverage focused on data breaches, including when customer data is lost or stolen. Almost one in three companies have some form of insurance coverage to aid in cyber threats - and cyber insurance policies jumped 20 percent in 2013, according to a New York insurance company.

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However, the increased insurance prices will lead to higher consumer prices, even if it doesn't lead to an easier time for customers with stolen information to work through the layers of bureaucracy. The insurance policies help cover data loss costs, including Target's decision to hire forensic investigators, along with providing credit monitoring and public relations efforts to salvage public perception.

Following the Target breach, in which more than 70 million customers were affected, there has been a drastic increase in cyber insurance, according to industry officials.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Google acquired SlickLogin to replace passwords with inaudible sounds

Google recently acquired an Israel based startup called 'SlickLogin', which indicates that the company is making plans to replace passwords and even two-factor authentication methods with an inaudible sound unique to your phone and Google login.

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SlickLogin has a patented technology where your passwords and two-factor authentication setups can be replaced with a unique and inaudible sound. Once enabled, the website's login page would typically listen to this inaudible sound via your phone and then granting access to your account. This could solve a lot of problems and overcome the possibility of your email account being hacked by someone. All you have to do is hold your smartphone near your PC with the website's login page, and the access will be granted.

The startup's team seem to be excited to work with Google, as they said that the company has been working on some great ideas to make internet safer for everyone.

Once this is implemented properly, Google will not only gain a upper hand in probably having a much better solution than two-factor authentication method, but also would ease people's fear of their Google account being hacked. Google account gives access to a lot more than your gmail account, especially those who manage documents and files via Google drive or their Google+ profile.

Apple / Tesla talks most likely about new battery factory

 Sources tell TweakTown that the meeting was not about an acquisition, but rather a partnership to bring a new-age battery manufacturing facility to the US.

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It's no secret that Tesla has been spending millions on new battery research to ultimately invent a new battery to power its Model S and upcoming Model X vehicles, and it appears as if that research is close to paying off. Sources tell us that the recent meeting between Tesla Motors and Apple were to discuss a partnership that would build a next-generation battery manufacturing facility right here in the USA. Not much is known about the type of batteries that may be manufactured, but chances are good that it is based on Lithium technology.

With backers such as Elon Musk, and record breaking growth on the stock market, one does have to ask why Tesla would need Apple's help, and the answer is quite simple. To minimize risk... Apple has tons of cash just sitting idle in banks, and Tesla knows that they have also been looking at more efficient battery technology. When you really sit back and think about it, Apple is the perfect investor and partner for a new state-of-the-art battery manufacturing facility, and Tesla apparently wants them on board.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Home 3D printers could be $70 billion industry per year


Consumers following 3D printing likely haven't purchased a unit for use at home, but the market could evolve into a $70 billion per year industry, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

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"In spite of widespread publicity around 3D printing over the past year or so, 3D printers designed for home use are only at the beginning of their long journey towards widespread consumer adoption," said David Mercer, Strategy Analytics Principal Analyst, in a press statement. "The industry must overcome a number of barriers if the long-term potential of 3D printing as a consumer market is to be realized."

Smartphones topped feature phones on sales chart for first time


Smartphone sales finally eclipsed the sale of traditional feature phones for the first time in 2013, though smartphone revenue will likely slow as consumers choose from cheaper devices, according to research firm Gartner. Despite the good news that smartphones have outsold feature phones, manufacturers will have to deal with dropping prices and slower-than-expected revenue growth.

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Samsung, Apple and Huawei led the global market in shipped units during 2013, though Lenovo, LG Electronics, and other manufacturers are fighting for consumer attention.

"While the top three mobile manufacturers are dominating the global mobile phone market, their share collectively fell in the fourth quarter of 2013 and yearly as Chinese and regional brands continue to raise their share."

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Humans only make up about 38.5-percent of all internet traffic


Humans are no longer the dominant source of internet traffic if a new report from Incapsula is correct. According to the report, humans only account for about 38.5-percent of all internet traffic while search engines, and robots of a good nature accounts for about 31-percent. The other 30.5-percent are made up of malicious, nefarious, and unsavory robots. Incapsula generated the chart below based on a survey of more than 1.45 billion visits on 20,000 websites from 249 countries around the world.

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Content scrapers account for about 5-percent of internet traffic, while hacking tools make up 4.5-percent. Spam bots and other bad robot-originated traffic combine to make up about 21-percent of global internet traffic. That means that in total Robots make up about 61.5-percent of all the internet traffic in the world. This number seems staggering when you consider that good bot-based traffic is almost eclipsed by the so-called bad-bot traffic, a trend that is expected to increase over the next decade.

Sony's PlayStation 4 winning the console wars in Australia


Just when you though the console wars had died down and the battlefield had began to quieten down, a new report from Sony has came in that refuels the fight. Today Sony announced that its PlayStation 4 is now the best selling console in Australia despite Microsoft claiming it's Xbox One dominated the market down under in 2013.

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Unfortunately, while the PS4 may be the best selling console in Australia at the moment, the country is still suffering from stock shortages of both consoles, and these new numbers could be greatly affected if Sony managed to get new shipments in before Microsoft did. The same can be said for Microsoft's claim of dominance in 2013, as it did manage to get more stock into the country than Sony did, and had a head start of a few weeks over Sony. Ultimately, we will have to wait until later in the year when stock levels even out and the demand no longer outpaces supply before we can get a definitive conclusion on which console Aussies like better.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Mozilla is planning to sell ads within its Firefox browser

Mozilla announced that it will soon begin selling ads within Firefox, its internet browser. This announcement serves as a followup on an earlier announcement made by the company last year when it said that its browser would begin blocking third-party advertising software automatically by default, something that sent the online advertising industry ablaze with chatter on the topic.

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Mozilla says that the ads will appear within Firefox's "New Tabs Page," and will feature both locally targeted as well as mass market ads via a new initiative called "Directory Tiles." Mozilla unveiled a beta version of the Directory Tile system last year for users who opted in to receiving tailored content delivered to them based on their browsing history, and the company says that from its testing, it now sees more than 100 billion "tile impressions" annually. This opens up a big advertising niche that Mozilla hopes to capitalize on.

Supercomputer takes 40 minutes to simulate 1 second of a human brain


K, one of the world's fastest supercomputers based in Japan, is capable of 8.162 petaflops of performance, thanks to its insane 82,944 processors. The supercomputer is capable of driving 1016 billion operations per second, but even then, it is still hard pressed to compete with the brain in your head reading this article.

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It took K around 40 minutes to simulate just 1 single second of human brain activity, even with all of its performance prowess. The experiment on simulated human brain activity involved 1.73 billion virtual nerve cells that were connected to 10.4 trillion virtual synapses, with every virtual synapse containing 24 bytes of memory.

NEST was used on the software side of things, which is a simulator for spiking neural network models that focuses on dynamics, size and structures of neural systems, versus exact morphology of individual neurons.

Researchers are hoping to simulate full brain activity within 10 years, but I think we'll see it sooner rather than later. Once we begin to hit into high gear with quantum computing, we should be simulating much more than the human brain - in my opinion of course.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Apple acquisitions head met with Tesla CEO


Reports are floating around that Apple mergers and acquisitions chief Adrian Perica has met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The thought of Apple's mergers and acquisitions head meeting with Musk seems to indicate that Apple might be considering stepping into the automotive market in a much bigger way than it has with Siri Eyes Free.

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The meeting happened last spring according to a source claiming to be familiar with the meeting. It would be strange for Apple to actually step into the car market. Tesla and Apple are both known as innovative companies. Apple has some of the most successful tech products on the market like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

Tesla on the other hand has one of the best electric vehicles on the market with the Model S. Neither Tesla nor Apple has offered any official comments on the rumored meeting, which certainly is no surprise. It's unclear what Tesla might gain from Apple other than deep pockets. Apple would presumably gain another platform for its technology in the form of its own car.

Apple is also tipped to be heavily exploring medical devices. The iWatch has been rumored to feature a sensor that can predict a heart attack. Apple is looking for ways to expand outside the traditional smartphone and tablet markets where it gets much of its profits and medical devices and cars are categories where the electronics giant is looking to expand. The tablet and smartphone markets are booming, but growth is starting to slow leaving Apple looking for the next big thing.