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Sprint and T-Mobile partner for wireless spectrum auction

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 5:00 pm

Mobile phone providers want to have all the wireless spectrum they can get their hands-on. The catch is that wireless spectrum is very expensive making it hard to come up with the cash to get hands-on all the spectrum many firms want. That fact results in some odd bedfellows.

 

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Such is the case with a planned partnership with Sprint and T-Mobile for the upcoming wireless spectrum auctions. The two are teaming up, despite being rivals in the wireless industry, to raise $10 billion that can be used to purchase wireless spectrum according to sources.

 

The spectrum that the two are eyeing is currently used by TV broadcasters. The auction will be held sometime in 2015. The funds that will be used in the spectrum purchase are part of the $45 billion SoftBank has put together to finance the Sprint purchase of T-Mobile, if the deal gets approved.

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 295 people shot down in Ukraine

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 4:20 pm

Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down this morning by suspected Ukrainian rebels near the country's border with Russia, according to Ukrainian Interior Ministry official. The flight with 295 passengers took off from Amsterdam and was heading to Kuala Lumpur, flying around 32,000 feet when it disappeared from radar while in Ukrainian airspace.

 

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A pro-Russian group operating in Ukraine claimed they shot down a Ukrainian military plane - though military and aviation experts note the differences between commercial airliners, such as the Boeing 777, and military aircraft are recognizable. There are no indications an air-to-air missile launched from a fighter jet took down MH17, though details are relatively scarce at the moment. It's unknown if the missile was launched from the Ukrainian or Russian side of the border.

 

Although MH17's flight route is a typical one between the Netherlands and Kuala Lumpur, it seems reckless to fly over a conflict zone in which both sides possess surface-to-air missile technology. Ukrainian officials are scrambling to try to learn more about the incident, as the Prime Minister's office is prepared to launch an immediate inquiry.

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Google now selling aerial Maps images to businesses

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 4:05 pm

Google has announced that it has a new way to make money off its aerial images that you see on Google maps. The search giant is now offering to sell the images to businesses that want to see their assets on a map. Google is selling the images directly to users looking to use them for public service projects.

 

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Those projects can include things like property evaluation, environmental impact studies, and others. These images were previously available to users via the Maps API, but users could only view the images and were unable to manipulate them.

 

"We hear from organizations that they want to own and have access to aerial imagery for their business," said a Google spokesperson. Satellite images are still not available for purchase, only the aerial images Google offers.

Microsoft Bing offers users right to be forgotten in Europe

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 3:04 pm

Not long ago Google began offering users in Europe the ability to submit links to content about them that is listed on the search engine and have those links removed. This is known as the right to be forgotten and is the result of a ruling made this year by the top court in Europe.

 

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Microsoft has now launched a four part online form that Europeans can fill in to have content about them removed from the search engine. The form asks for the name and country of residence for the person and details of the pages that they want blocked.

 

The form also asks if the person is a public figure or is involved in a role that involves trust, leadership, or safety. Microsoft isn't guaranteeing that the content will be removed, but courts allow the person asking for the content to be removed to appeal legally if Microsoft refuses.

UAE wants to send unmanned spacecraft to Mars

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 2:02 pm

The United Arab Emirates is a wealthy nation that makes most of its money off its vast oil reserves. The country is well known for building some very interesting attractions, such as the world's largest tower, and it is now putting its eyes on the heavens.

 

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The UAE wants to send the first Arab spacecraft to Mars in 2021. Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, says that the Arab mission to Mars will prove that the country can deliver scientific contributions to humanity.

 

"Our region is a region of civilization. Our destiny is, once again, to explore, to create, to build and to civilize," said Al Maktoum, who is also UAE's vice president, in a statement. The UAE has wanted Arab nations to create a space agency similar to the ESA. The goal of the UAE is to send an unmanned probe to the red planet.

Largest four-winged dinosaur ever discovered in China

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 1:03 pm

Scientists have discovered a new type of dinosaur in China that is said to be the largest four-winged dinosaur ever discovered. The fossil was discovered in northeastern China and shows a creature with tail feathers that were a foot long. The next longest tail feathers ever discovered on a dinosaur were 9-inches long.

 

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The newly discovered fossil shows that the dinosaur had feathers on its wings and hind legs making it one of only a few four-winged dinosaurs ever discovered. Large, sharp teeth tell the scientists that the dinosaur was carnivorous and it had sharp claws.

 

The newly discovered dinosaur has been called Changyuraptor yangi, the first part of that name means long-feathered raptor and the latter part is to honor the financial supporter of the expedition. Overall, the dinosaur measured four feet long and weighed nine pounds.

Japan isn't the easiest market for Xbox says Microsoft exec

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 12:02 pm

Microsoft hasn't always reached the sales numbers in Japan with past iterations of the Xbox that it wanted despite the consoles being very popular in other countries. Xbox head Phil Spencer recently admitted to that fact when he posted something on Twitter in response to a fan who asked if Microsoft would try and "conquer Japan" since Sony has said the PS4 is only doing OK in the country.

 

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Spencer answered writing, "We will be in Japan in September. Japan hasn't always been the easiest market for us, will be good to launch and be at Tokyo Game Show." One reason that the Xbox and PS4 haven't been as popular as Microsoft and Sony want in Japan is that there has been a lack of games developed in Japan for the consoles.

 

Spencer says that won't be the case this time out with the Xbox One because Microsoft has first party games in development in the region. Microsoft sees Japan as a critical market for the Xbox One.

Amazon Kindle Unlimited to offer all the books you can read

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 11:00 am

Amazon is trying something new to take over the digital book and audio book market with a new service called Kindle Unlimited. The service will cost subscribers $9.99 per month and has a library that has about 600,000 books to read.

 

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Unlimited will also reportedly feature thousands of audio books for users to listen to as well. The service hasn't been announced officially just yet, it was uncovered when a cached link to the service page was rooted out.

 

One potential downside is that the test pages found for Kindle Unlimited didn't show any of the big five publishers including Simon & Schuster or HarperCollins. However, both of those publishers do offer content to a similar service called Oyster. Amazon owns Audible so the entire 8000 title catalog there could be included.

Intel has made no delays for its 10nm process technology

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 10:26 am

Intel is facing troubles with its schedule of 14nm manufacturing process, however the chipmaker said that this won't affect 10nm fabrication's schedule. Intel may be under the pressure to reassure its investors as its postponed its 14nm processor production plans that was supposed to roll out from its Fab 42 plant in Arizona, USA. 10nm is scheduled for mass-production for 2016.

 

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Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich said during its quarterly conference call with financial analysts and investors,"We have done no changes or shift to our 10nm schedule, but we will not really talk about 10nm schedules until next year". However, Intel didn't reveal details about the production of these chips.

 

This might be the reason why Intel may show-off its first 10nm wafer during the upcoming Intel Developer Forum 2014. The demonstration of these wafers should reinvigorate investor's faith in Intel's schedule and in its tick-tock strategy, despite 14nm delays. It is also rumoured that Taiwan-based semi-conductor maker TSMC is also making plans to fabricate 10nm chips, which may also pressure Intel to go ahead of schedule with its 10nm roadmap.

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Apple ebook price fixing settlement to cost $450 million

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 10:21 am

Apple has been in hot water and facing legal action for a while now over alleged ebook price fixing in the US. Apple is now near to making a settlement with 33 US states that accused the firm of hiking up prices of ebooks sold to users in collusion with publishers. The settlement is conditional.

 

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Reports indicate that the settlement, if approved, would cost Apple $450 million. Attorneys in the case would get $50 million and the remaining $400 million would reportedly go back to consumers who purchased books at the inflated price.

 

The settlement will only go ahead if Apple loses an appeal from the 2nd US Circuit court of Appeals in New York. That appeal is from a case in 2013 accusing Apple of participating in a price-fixing conspiracy with publishers to raise the price of ebooks.

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