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+ - Google Testing LTE For Project Loon->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Google's Project Loon is an initiative that seeks to bring wireless broadband to remote areas using high-altitude balloons. While the plan originally involved using unlicensed 2.4 GHz spectrum, a recent filing with the FCC for a test over rural Nevada reveals that the company may be considering using LTE instead. Doing so would mean less network interference, though more regulatory hassle."
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+ - DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Up until three years ago, Meredith Attwell Baker was an Obama-appointed FCC commissioner. Now she's the newly minted CEO of the CTIA, the nation's largest lobbying group for the mobile phone industry. How can we expect regulators to keep a careful watch over industries when high-paying jobs in those industries await them after retirement? One of the most damning sentences in that article: 'More than 80 percent of FCC commissioners since 1980 have gone on to work for companies or groups in the industries they used to regulate.'"
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+ - Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down And You Shut Down Cloud Storage->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Aereo is currently fighting for its life before the Supreme Court, and has issued a warning: if you take us down, you could take the entire cloud storage industry down with us. The company argues that they only provide customers with access to shows picked up by an individual antenna that they've rented. If the constitutes a 'public performance,' then so does the act of downloading a copyrighted document stored in a cloud storage service — even if the customer has purchased the right to use that document."
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+ - Xiaomi: The Chinese Company About To Disrupt The Smartphone Market->

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jfruh (300774) writes "You probably have never heard of Xiaomi, but it's one of the most popular Chinese smartphone companies, and it's about to expand into multiple Asian and Middle Eastern markets. It sells Android phones with great specs at very low prices — a new high-end phone is selling for $129 unsubsidized, for instance. It works this magic by relentlessly cutting margins, selling almost all of its phones online rather than in stores, and has plans to make money off selling apps and content."
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+ - Report: Satellite Communication Systems Rife With Security Flaws->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Considering how much we rely on communications sattelites, a recent report from IOActive ought to make everyone worry: the firmware for a number of satellite communications systems contains easily exploitable vulnerabilities. In one example, they found that malicious code could cut military computers off from communications when they entered a combat zone."
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+ - AMD Not Trying To Get Its Chips Into Low-Cost Tablets->

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jfruh (300774) writes "While Intel is going after low-end Android tablets in a big way chipmaking x86 rival AMD is taking a more judicious approach, looking to focus on the high end. "This idea of contra revenue is foreign to us," said AMD's CEO, referring to Intel's strategy of selling chips at a loss to boost market share. But will Intel's vast resources keep AMD in its niche?"
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+ - Chinese Security Firms Cash In On Windows XP Sunset->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Windows XP is by far the most popular OS in China, which is a problem considering that Microsoft is no longer providing security support for it. But is it a crisis or an opportunity? Chinese security vendor Qihoo 360 is releasing a Windows XP security offering, and other vendors are seeking to do so as well."
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+ - What Tech Products Were Built to Last?->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "When you think about tech products these days, you probably think 'refresh cycle' more than 'built to last.' But as it turns out there are plenty of tech products that put up with hard, daily use year after year. ITworld dug into the BuyItForLife subreddit to suss out 10 such products (some more strictly 'tech' than others). Among those with the strongest recommendations for their ability to outlast their peers: Logitech MX510 mouse, Brother black & white laser printer, Casio G-Shock watch, Alvin Draf-Tec Retrac mechanical pencil, Sony Dream Machine alarm clock. What's your longest-lasting, hardest-working device?"
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+ - Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown-> 1

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jfruh (300774) writes "Over the past few years, the growth rate in Detroit tech jobs has been twice the natural average. The reason is the industry that still makes Detroit a company town: U.S. automotive companies are getting into high tech in a big way, and need qualified people to help them do it. Another bonus: the rent is a lot cheaper than it is in San Francisco."
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+ - MIT Grad Students Declare War On The Power Brick->

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jfruh (300774) writes "In the world of petty tech annoyances, laptop power bricks are among the most annoying: they either take the form of something big and heavy that gets tangled up underfoot, or a huge plug that blocks other outlets. A group of MIT grad students think they've found a better way, a slimmer, lighter alternative that includes a USB port as well that so you can charge your laptop and phone at the same time. They're crowdfunding the project on Kickstarter."
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+ - Oracle Deflects Blame for Troubled Oregon Health Care Site->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Oracle is gearing up for a fight with officials in Oregon over its role developing an expensive health insurance exchange website that still isn't fully operational. In a letter obtained by the Oregonian newspaper this week, Oracle co-president Safra Catz said that Oregon officials have provided the public with a 'false narrative' concerning who is to blame for Cover Oregon's woes. In the letter, Catz pointed out that Oregon's decision to act as their own systems integrator on the project, using Oracle consultants on a time-and-materials basis, was 'criticized frequently by many'. And as far as Oracle is concerned, 'Cover Oregon lacked the skills, knowledge or ability to be successful as the systems integrator on an undertaking of this scope and complexity,' she added."
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+ - Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft->

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jfruh (300774) writes "The Wintel cartel appears to be well and truly dead, as Intel chases after ARM with grim determination into the rapidly growing world of Android tablets. "Our mix of OSes reflects pretty much what you see in the marketplace," the company's CEO said, a nice way of saying they see more potential growth from white-box Chinese tablet makers than from Microsoft Surface. Intel managed to ship 5 million tablet chips in the first quarter of the year, although plunging PC sales meant that company profit overall was still down."
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+ - Intel Expands Quark Processor Line->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "If you haven't heard of Quark, you're not alone: 'It was introduced last minute at the most recent Intel Developer Forum and Intel people were literally pulling analysts aside minutes before the keynotes to give them the word, and then Intel proceeded to tell them nothing,' according to Jim McGregor, president of Tirias Research. 'They made the announcement but didn't give us any details, which is really unusual for them. You kinda got the impression the thing was half-baked at the time,' he said. 'Since then, a clearer picture has emerged,' writes blogger Andy Patrizio. 'Quark is a lower performance version of Atom designed for everything from industrial and automotive to wearables and the Internet of Things. This week, Intel added three more chips to the line: the X1001, X1011 and X1021D, which are the old chips but certified to operate from -40C to +85C while offering the same performance and feature sets as the prior models. The temperature certifications mean these chips will be going into industrial equipment, cars, and other mechanical devices that experience extreme temperature.'"
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+ - Leak: Amazon Phone With 3D Display->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Apparently Amazon thinks we want 3D screens on our phones. Yesterday Boy Genius Report leaked images of what is supposed to be a phone coming from Amazon (BGR has all the nitty-gritty — and not yet official in any way — specs). The phone apparently has six cameras.... One on the back and one on the front for traditional photos and selfies. Then there are 4 more on the front that are intended to do facial tracking in order to properly display a 3D user interface. As blogger Peter Smith points out, 'that's an improvement over the 3DS which requires you to hold the device in the 'sweet spot' for the 3D effect to work properly.' But it also sounds like an expensive system both in terms of hardware and processing cycles."
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