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Samsung to reportedly make A9 processors for Apple's next-gen iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 4, 2015 5:27 am

Apple's next generation iPhone should be unveiled later this year, and will have its A9 processor built by its main competitor; Samsung. Samsung has reportedly won the contract from TSMC, who made the A8 processors for the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets.

 

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Samsung will reportedly begin making Apple A9 processors at its Giheung plant in South Korea, according to sources of Bloomberg. Additional orders will be filled with Globalfoundries, one of Samsung's partners. With Samsung and TSMC fighting for contracts from companies like Apple and Qualcomm, it's quite the scoop for Samsung and its continued dominance of the industry.

 

TSMC is currently the world's largest contract manufacturer of chips, with the Taiwanese giant spending around $12 billion in plants and equipment in order to secure contracts from Apple and Qualcomm. Losing a large contract like this to Samsung isn't going to bode well with TSMC, but according to analysts, TSMC won't be laying low, as they'll reclaim the upper hand in 2016.

ABC rebooting 'The Muppets' TV show

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 4, 2015 5:15 am

Hot on the heels of confirmation that Jim Henson's classic 'Fraggle Rock' TV show is coming to movie screens in the near future, it seems that 'The Muppets' is doing the reverse - and coming back to TV screens.

 

 

TVLine is reporting that ABC is looking to bring the property back to TV screens following the release of two financially and critically successful films in recent years, with 'Big Bang Theory' co-creator Bill Prady taking the chair as co-writer and executive producer. It's said that the network will film a pilot episode later this month under the working title 'Muppets 2015'.

 

The last 'Muppets' TV show; 'Muppets Tonight' in 1996 was a flop and cancelled after just 10 episodes. Disney purchased the franchise rights in 2004.

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MI6 admits the difficulties of trying to keep up with cybercriminals

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 7:26 pm

There is a technology arms race currently underway between the US and UK governments trying to compete against cybercriminals and terrorists using the Internet effectively. Cybercriminals are increasingly organized, some of them state-funded, and able to launch sophisticated attacks easily.

 

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During a recent speech, MI6 officials said agents are trying to battle against opponents "unconstrained by consideration of ethics and law," able to more easily put the UK at risk. Although espionage can be easier to track due to technological footprints, it also opens the door to cyber mercenaries able to share and launch coordinated attacks.

 

"Using data appropriate and proportionately offers us a priceless opportunity to be even more deliberate and targeted in what we do, and so be better at protecting our agents and this country," said Alex Younger, chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).

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IBM invests $3B to help develop Internet of Things infrastructure

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 5:59 pm

IBM plans to invest $3 billion in an operation to develop an Internet of Things (IoT) division tasked with handling data from smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles, and other Things. The platform will be open so manufacturers can ensure their apps and connected devices are optimized for IoT connectivity.

 

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The company understands that the majority of data generated and collected cannot be analyzed, as there is no proper infrastructure to do so - but will work with partnering companies to develop tools and services for app developers.

 

"Our knowledge of the world grows with every connected sensor and device, but too often we are not acting on it, even when we know we can ensure a better result," said Bob Picciano, SVP of IBM Analytics. "IBM will enable clients and industry partners apply IoT data to build solutions based on an open platform. This is a major focus of investment for IBM because it's a rish and broad-based opportunity where innovation matters."

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'Furious 7' could be next $1 billion box office movie

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 4:46 pm

Furious 7 is estimated to rack up between $275 million and $280 million in the United States during its run in movie theaters, according to Boxoffice.com. Combined with global box office sales, it's quite possible the movie will end up racking up $1 billion worldwide. The movie is out today.

 

 

Fast and Furious 6 earned $238 million in the domestic box office and $550 million in international markets, earning $788 million worldwide. Furious 7 is expected to surpass that figure, especially as it is the last movie and the series - and Paul Walker's death in a car accident before the movie was done filming.

 

"This is definitely shaping up to be massive," said Phil Contrino, VP and chief analyst for BoxOffice.com, in a statement to Business Insider. "With a movie like this, it's important not to get too carried away with expectations because in the lead-up to a big movie, that's all people are talking about, and it's easy to keep saying, 'It's going to be bigger, and bigger, and bigger.' That said, I think it has a legitimate shot at becoming the next member of the $1 billion global club."

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Save Over 70% On The Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 4:15 pm

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Senator wants to end rebate incentives for Tesla buyers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 10:25 am

California created rebate incentives to help spur interest in electric vehicles and other clean-air vehicles, but the program is now under fire. Specifically, there is additional criticism when drivers are purchasing Tesla vehicles, as they carry a premium price tag.

 

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The state provides $2,500 in incentives for electric car purchases, and up to $5,000 for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

 

"it's hard for the average Californian to understand why someone buying a $100,000 car should get a rebate," said Senator Ted Gaines, in a public statement. "That's the same question I posed to myself, and it was hard to justify."

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lmfaceroll puts the finishing touches on the MSI gaming cabinet

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 9:31 am

If Thermaltake's Level 10 case still isn't big enough for you, lmfaceroll might put you on the right track with their amazing MSI Gaming cabinet.

 

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Based around an MSI Gaming 7 motherboard and with two MSI GTX 780ti video cards ensuring no game is left un-maxed, this case is tied together with a full custom watercooling setup.

 

As the summary states: "watercool ALL the things!" Even the mechanical storage drives aren't safe, explained by lmfaceroll as implemented "due to there being a tonne of space in a desk/cabinet. It fills out the space a lot more."

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Bring your own fanboy - a real TRON motorbike is here to buy

By: Chris Smith | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 7:34 am

Still inspired by TRON: Legacy and want to live part of the life yourself? We might have a solution for you.

 

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Originally built for the Andrews Collection which is explained by Gizmodo as "one of America's biggest and best car collections," this bike is now up for auction alongside plenty of other cool vehicles.

 

In as-new condition, this bike is looking to gather around $25,000 - $40,000 in total with no reserve set in place. If you're really looking to sell the house and make a vehicular investment, now might be the time!

Aussie Google Maps breast flasher called to appear in court

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 6:27 am

Karen Davis, 28 year old mother of three from Port Pirie, had something a little different on her bucket list. Sitting right next to meeting ex-AFL player and current media personality Sam Newman was to flash her k-cup breasts at the Google maps car as it went through updating local street view images.

 

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Part of the reason for this addition to her list was that of long distance friendship, with Davis stating "I have a friend over in the UK and we Google map each other's houses. I thought I'd give him something interesting to look at." Taken in January and uploaded this month, Davis has ignored online Facebook critics who have labeled her as "disgusting filth."

 

Davis claims this action is somewhat part of her "freedom of speech," furthering "I used to be ashamed of my bust size and now I've accepted it and I embrace it."

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