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Amazon and USPS Sunday delivery comes to more cities

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 9, 2014 3:02 pm

One of the big benefits of ordering items from Amazon is that in some areas they will actually deliver your purchases on a Sunday, greatly shortening the time you have to wait to get your stuff. Amazon and the USPS have announced that they have expanded that Sunday delivery service to more cities.

 

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There are 15 new cities that now have Sunday deliveries. The new cities include Austin, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; College Station, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Lexington, Ky; New Orleans, La; Oklahoma City, Okla; Philadelphia, Pa; San Antonio, Texas; Shreveport, La; and Waco, Texas.

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Sprint to throttle top 5% of data users in congested areas

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 9, 2014 2:07 pm

One of the big reasons that many users stuck with Sprint for their mobile phones was that the company was the only carrier that still offered unlimited data. That is set to change with Sprint announcing to customers recently that it would begin "prioritization management" better known as throttling to prevent network congestion.

 

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This throttling will be used on Sprint, Virgin Mobile USA, and Boost Mobile customers. The top 5% of data users will be throttled in congested areas to ensure service for all users according to Sprint. Those pre-paid customers will see data speeds cut to 128 kbps after using 2.5GB of data at normal speed. The throttled speed was previously 256 kbps.

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Amazon banned Mediabridge for threatening its customer over a review

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Networking | Posted: May 9, 2014 2:03 pm

Earlier, we reported that Mediabridge's lawyer threatened an Amazon buyer when he posted a review, complaining about Medialink's Wireless-N router. Amazon decided to crack a whip over Mediabridge, and barred from selling its products through the online retail giant's e-commerce website.

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It started when the review posted in reddit that he was served with a letter from Mediabridge's lawyers. They demanded that he should take down the review, refrain from talking about the company and its products directly and indirectly and also agree never to purchase any of its products. The company also didn't like that he highlighted the product was a Tenda Router, according to a review site.

 

As one would imagine, this resulted to a Streisand effect, and many redditors were outraged by such actions. One of the commenters suggested that the reviewer should email to Mediabridge and complain about Mediabridge. Though its not sure that's what prompted the company to ban Mediabridge, but the US-based networking company's selling privileges are revoked as soon as it was possible.

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uberFAMILY offers rides with car seats for children

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 9, 2014 1:07 pm

Parents who are traveling with kids in a city that leaves them without a car can find it challenging to get a ride that has a child seat. Uber is one of the more popular car services out there that use an app to get a car to take you wherever you need to go. Uber has a new service called uberFAMILY that makes it easy for parents to hail a car that has a child seat inside.

 

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UberFAMILY is a subset of uberX that is available in New York only right now and caters to people with kids. The uberFAMILY service carries a $10 surcharge for the car seat. Drivers participating in the car seat program have all been trained and certified in car seat installation.

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ZTE Open C Firefox OS smartphone turns up on eBay

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 9, 2014 12:02 pm

ZTE has started selling an open and unlocked smartphone that runs the Firefox OS on eBay. The smartphone originally launched in China where it aimed at first time smartphone buyers. In the US, it will be sold via eBay and will cost $99.99.

 

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Mozilla hopes to eventually bring the smartphone to the US via a major carrier with Sprint tipped to be the carrier partner. No time frame for that to happen has been announced.

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Security researcher estimates 300k servers still Heartbleed vulnerable

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 9, 2014 11:31 am

It has been about a month now since the Heartbleed vulnerability was first discovered. That is plenty of time for most admins to patch the flaw in their servers and ensure that the flaw doesn't affect users. Despite the time passing to patch the flaw there is still a huge number of servers out there that are vulnerable.

 

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A security researcher named Robert Graham has published a report that says his investigation has found that at least 300,000 servers are still vulnerable to Heartbleed. He comes by that statistic after rescanning for port 443 to check for vulnerable systems.

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Facebook expands demographic targeting via Audience Insights

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 9, 2014 11:02 am

Advertisers are always out to glean as much data from web users as possible. Facebook is one of those advertisers that targets ads at its users using information from profiles. The social networking giant has announced that it has expanded those targeting capabilities with the roll out of Audience insights.

 

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Audience Insights gives Facebook the ability to target users based on metrics like demographic traits, geography, and their purchase history. Facebook says that before the roll out of Audience Insights it only offered advertisers an audience estimator tool.

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PS4 DualShock light bar is there due to Project Morpheus

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 9, 2014 10:36 am

When the Sony PS4 originally launched many gamers were annoyed at the blue light bar on top of the console's DualShock 4 game controller. The annoyance was because the light reflected in the TV and was too bright for some user's tastes.

 

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Developers at Sony say that the big problem for them was that they were unable to tell anyone what that bright blue light was actually for. They are now speaking out and have said that the light bar is actually there to support Project Morpheus. We talked about that Sony VR headset about back in March.

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Scientists have created the first living thing with 'alien' DNA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 9, 2014 9:29 am

"Alien" DNA has been created, with scientists creating the first organism using "alien" DNA. When it comes to normal DNA, which is found in the genes of every single organism, the twin strands of the double helix are bonded with each other with four bases - known as T, G, A, and C.

 

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This new organism adds two new bases, X and Y, which creates a new strand of DNA that has never occurred in the billions of years of Earth's evolution, or anywhere else in the universe. The created, "alien" DNA also reproduces normally, preserving the new DNA during its reproduction. This new breakthrough should pave the way for highly customized organisms, which include bacteria, animals and even humans.

 

This study was 15 years in the making, had scientists at the Scripps Research Institute working hard for over a decade, with their research published in Nature Today, with "A semi-synthetic organism with an expanded genetic alphabet". If you want to read more on the alien DNA, check out the source here.

Breaking Bad in 4K is coming in June thanks to Netflix

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 9, 2014 8:29 am

Netflix has just announced that it will be unleashing remastered episodes of the phenomenally successful and popular Breaking Bad, something that will arrive in 4K with 5.1 surround sound.

 

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Chief Streaming and Partnerships Officer for Netflix, Greg Peters, said: "You'll see us license more and more content. So we'll do Breaking Bad, but we'll also do all of the Originals that make sense that have a format or style that benefit from that better video quality. It won't be a lot. The whole corpus of content that we have, we're basically talking about either stuff that's new or that's being remastered off of film, which we'll see more and more of. So we'll start small, but get bigger and bigger".

 

Netflix also has plans to make Orange is the New Black available in 4K, as well as some interesting extras available in Ultra HD, such as cast interviews, and more.

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