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IBM began mass adoption of iOS prior to its exclusive partnership with Apple, Inc.

IBM began mass adoption of iOS prior to its exclusive partnership with Apple, Inc.

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LG has announced a new way to keep track of your kids.

LG has announced a wrist-worn device designed to let parents keep track of where their child is and listen to what they are up to.

The Kizon uses GPS and wi-fi signals to identify the wearer’s location and sends the information to an Android app.

LG is targeting the device at families with pre-school and primary school children.

However, others have raised concerns about the idea.

“A parent should never solely rely on a device alone. This will only give a false sense of security,” said Peter Bradley, director of services at the charity Kidscape.

Source:  http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28230841

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Scientists have patented a new way to make ultra high-resolution displays.

Scientists have patented a new way to make ultra high-res displays that can bend and are thousandths of a mm thick.

They used a miniscule layer of a phase-change material, that flips between two chemical states when hit with current.

By sandwiching it between transparent electrodes, they made pixels just 300 nanometres across and produced images smaller than the width of human hair.

The design, published in Nature, could be useful in wearable technology, smart contact lenses or foldable screens.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28231084

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BBC Worldwide appeals to fans of Dr. Who not to watch footage that has been leaked online.

Footage from the new series of Doctor Who featuring the latest Time Lord Peter Capaldi has leaked on the internet six weeks prior to broadcast.

The incomplete material was in black and white, missing special effects and heavily watermarked.

BBC Worldwide said the breach was caused by a BBC office in the US and urged fans not to use the material.

The first episode of the new series is due to have its premiere at a screening in Cardiff on 7 August, after which the show’s stars and executive producer Steven Moffat will take it on a world tour leading up to the first TV broadcast.

The opener will be screened on BBC One on 23 August, while a minute-long trailer for the new series was screened on the channel during the half-time break during the World Cup final on Sunday night.

BBC Worldwide made an apology for the leaked scripts last week, and made a similar plea for anyone not to use the material or spoilers associated with it.

Source:  http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28291316

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Scotland could host the UK’s first dedicated base for spaceplanes, according to new government plans.

Scotland could host the UK’s first dedicated base for spaceplanes, according to new government plans.

Ministers want to establish the UK spaceport by 2018 – the first of its kind outside of the US.

Eight aerodromes have been shortlisted and Scotland has six of the potential locations.

The Scottish government said only independence would lead to a greater development of the country’s space industry.

For ministers and the space industry, the major interest in a UK spaceport is as a facility to enable satellite launches, but hopefully it would also become a centre for the new tourism initiatives from specialist operators such as Virgin Galactic and XCor.

Source:  http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-28276525

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Trading of Cynk Technologies shares has been halted by US authorities.

The US Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) has suspended trading in Cynk Technology after shares in the little-known social networking firm surged more than 23,000% in the past month.

Documents showed the firm – which is registered in Nevada with an office in Belize City, Belize – had no revenue and one employee.

Shares in Cynk were traded in a lightly regulated “over the counter” exchange.

The SEC halted trading until 24 July.

Source:  http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28270266

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It’s not Raspberry Pi 2, but Model B+ released Monday, includes two new USB ports, a move to Micro SD, and better power management.

The latest version of the Raspberry Pi Linux computer, known the as Model B+, has just been released.

The device went on sale today with the same $35 price tag as the Model B, but with a few additional tweaks and improvements designed to address the most frequent requests from Raspberry Pi tinkerers. The new additions should make Pi a more convenient and compelling platform to build upon as competition for developers of low-powered devices grows.

Founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation Eben Upton said it’s not “Raspberry Pi 2″ but rather the “final evolution of the original Raspberry Pi”, and so the Model B+ board retains many of the same core elements of its predecessor but in a more coherent design.

The Model B+ retains the ARM-based Broadcom BCM2835 chipset, 512MB of RAM, and 700MHz low-power ARM1176JZ-F applications processor, but replaces the SDCard in previous models with the more space efficient microSD, which is still placed on the left hand side of the device.

The new model also comes with rounded corners and four mounting holes in a rectangular arrangement. Raspberry Pi director of hardware James Adams said this should make it easier to plug in boards on top of the device.

The B+ has two more USB connectors compared to the the two found on the Model B, bringing the count to four ports in total — handy for users that want to plug in a keyboard, monitor, and a wi-fi dongle too, for example.

Other notable changes are extra GPIO pins, which have been increased from the 26 on the Model B to 40 on the Model B+, while the newer model incorporates the previously separate audio and video ports into a single four-port jack.

The Model B+ also promises reduced power consumption by between 0.5W and 1W, and better audio thanks to dedicated low-noise power supply in the audio circuit.

Source: http://www.zdnet.com/raspberry-pi-b-arrives-with-more-pins-ports-and-power-7000031542/

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Microsoft is working on a headband to help blind people “see”.

Microsoft has been working on a device like a headband that could help blind people “see” things around them.

The smart headband has been piloted by a group of eight blind people.

The device gives related information, through an earpiece, when the wearer looks at objects of interest.

Microsoft is not sharing any further information about the project, which has been compared to Google Glass.

It has been developed as part of Cities Unlocked, a joint initiative between Microsoft, Guide Dogs and the Future Cities Catapult, a government-backed initiative looking at developing “smart” city technology.

A spokesman for Cities Unlocked said: “We are working together to explore new ideas, approaches and technologies for people living with sight loss to engage in the community and the environment they live in.”

He continues to say, “We look forward to sharing more details of the project later this year.”

Source:  http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28292898

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Last but not least, Linux support arrives for Chrome Remote Desktop

After pushing Chrome Remote Desktop to mobile, Google has finally announced official beta Linux support for its remote access and administration product.

Earlier this year, Chrome Remote Desktop support was extended from Windows and OS X to Android, allowing users of the extension to get remote access to their Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops from the Chrome browser.

But while Google promised that iOS support would come later this year, at the time there was no mention of equivalent support for remote access from a Linux machine.

That changed with a recent update to Google’s support pages where it has included instructions for how to set up Chrome Remote Desktop support on some Linux distributions. As the page notes, the beta Linux program is limited to Debian and Ubuntu 12.04 or higher.

Source:  http://www.zdnet.com/last-but-not-least-linux-support-arrives-for-chrome-remote-desktop-7000031547/

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Endpoint security myths and why they persist

Endpoint security myths and why they persist

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