US Appeal Failed: Apple conspired to fix e-book prices

A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a judge’s ruling that Apple Inc had conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, in a win for the U.S. Justice

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The appeal followed a July 2013 decision by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan that Apple played a “central role” in a conspiracy with publishers to eliminate retail price competition and raise e-book prices.  –  The Justice Department, which secured the ruling following a non-jury trial, said the scheme caused some e-book prices to rise to $12.99 or $14.99 from the $9.99 price charged by market leader Amazon.com .  –  The publishers that the Justice Department said co-conspirators are Apple along with Lagardere SCA’s Hachette Book Group Inc, News Corp’s HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Penguin Group Inc, CBS Corp’s Simon & Schuster Inc and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH’s Macmillan

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Samsung Galaxy A8 Emerges In Leaked Hands-On Video

VideoThis past December, Samsung introduced the A series of the Galaxy line — which included the 4.5-inch Samsung Galaxy A3 and the 5-inch Samsung Galaxy A5. And the 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy A7 was released about three months later. Samsung trademarked the Galaxy A6, Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A9 in March, indicating […]

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The Galaxy A8 is expected to be 5.9mm thin (0.23 inches), thus making it the slimmest Samsung smartphone. However, the slim Galaxy A8 will likely pack some impressive hardware despite its slim metal body. The Galaxy A8 appears to have a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display (1920 x 1080 resolution at 386ppi), meaning it will have a display that is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. And the weight is believed to be set at 142g.  –  The Galaxy A8 will likely have a 64-bit octacore Qualcomm QCOM +0.02% Snapdragon 615 processor, Adreno 405 graphics, 2GB of RAM and a fingerprint sensor. In terms of storage capacity, the Galaxy A8 will have 16GB with an option to expand it using a microSD card. The Galaxy A8 reportedly has a 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a massive 3,050 mAh battery. It will probably ship with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box and would be compatible with the Android M update. Like Samsung’s other flagship devices, the Galaxy A8 has the TouchWiz user interface layered on top of Android

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Jaunt shows high-end Neo VR camera for professionals

The Google-funded startup’s Neo camera won’t compete with the search giant’s Jump virtual-reality camera system

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Jaunt, a startup that develops software and hardware for creating virtual reality content, is showing off a high-end camera for capturing 360-degree video that can be pieced together to form immersive environments.  The “professional-grade” camera, which is code-named the Neo, was designed for elaborate projects, like producing movies and recording concerts, Jaunt said Tuesday when it shared details on the device.  –  Jaunt doesn’t plan on selling the camera, instead, customers can rent Neo. Those customers have included clothing manufacturer North Face and fashion magazine Elle. Jaunt’s camera has also been used to record concerts by Paul McCartney and Jack White. –  The first camera will come out in August. The startup plans on building dozens of cameras this year, van Hoff said. Jaunt isn’t releasing pricing information.    –  Another company that came out with a 360-degree camera is Google, which is an investor in Jaunt. Google’s camera, called Jump, debuted at the company’s developer conference in May and was built with help from GoPro.

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Cisco to buy OpenDNS for $635 million to boost security business

Cisco Systems Inc said on Tuesday it would buy OpenDNS, a privately held cloud-based security firm, for $635 million, the latest move to boost its security business as cyber attacks

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Cisco has been buying a number of security companies, which has made its relatively tiny security business one of its fastest growing areas in the past two years.  –  OpenDNS uses predictive intelligence to block malware, botnets and phishing threats that antivirus and firewalls miss. Cisco was a minority investor and was one of the backers that invested $35 million in OpenDNS in May last year  The latest move for $635 million, is to boost its security business as cyber attacks increase in number and sophistication.

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Optimizing Manufacturing with the IoT

White Paper: Internet of Things pilot shows how data analytics applied to equipment and sensors brings efficiency, cost savings to manufacturing.

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Intel evaluated three test cases.  The 1st aimed to reduce incorrectly rejected units by automated test equipment.  The analytics were able to predict 90% of potential tester failures to significantly reduce rejection of good units.  A 2nd case predicted issues in soldering related to process deviations, reducing equipment downtime, and enabling proactive maintenance. A 3rd case concerned image analytics and automating visual inspection of marginal quality units.  The image analytics reduced the selection time by a factor of ten compared to the manual method.    –  This paper outlines an Internet of Things (IoT) pilot in one of Intel’s manufacturing facilities to show how data analytics applied to factory equipment and sensors can bring operational efficiencies and cost savings to manufacturing processes. With industry collaboration from Cloudera, Dell, Mitsubishi Electric, and Revolution Analytics, this IoT big data analytics project is forecasted to save millions of dollars annually along with additional return on investment business value.

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Samsung Wants to Double Battery Life on Future Smartphones

The company’s future smartphones may hold their charge for twice as long as today’s handsets.

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2X the normal run time you get on current smartphone batteries. 

How does it work?  the battery uses a silicon anode — which offers more capacity than a traditional battery — with layers of graphene on top “to improve the density and longevity that would otherwise suffer.”

“The graphene layers anchored onto the silicon surface accommodate the volume expansion of silicon via a sliding process between adjacent graphene layers,”  “When paired with a commercial lithium cobalt oxide cathode, the silicon carbide-free graphene coating allows the full cell to reach volumetric energy densities of 972 and 700Whl−1 at first and 200th cycle, respectively, 1.8 and 1.5 times higher than those of current commercial lithium-ion batteries.”  The technology is now pending patent approval in the U.S., Europe, China, and Korea.  A separate report from Korea Times, meanwhile, said that LG is also working on a new battery technology for smartwatches. It’s hexagonal and could improve storage capacity by 25%.  – Don’t expect to see it in Samsung’s next flagship handset just yet. Given that this is still a research project, it could be years before the technology actually makes its way to market. Samsung reportedly expects to start using it in smartphones within the next three years.

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Washington D.C. has met the Internet of things and it’s freaked out

The Capitol is awash in articles about the Internet of things. Here’s what politicians really need to know.

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The Politico issue a column that ran Monday in the Washington Post by Vivek Wadhwa that claims that when your fridge stops ordering you cheesecakes because your scale told it you were overweight, the internet of things will have gone too far. Apparently it’s open season on scaremongering in D.C.  These stories suss out how much politicians know about the internet of things (some are confused and some have FitBits!) and tell us that our privacy – or in Wadhwa’s case, our free will – is about to disappear. But what’s lost is the nuance of how governments should respond. Not only do these articles paint a somewhat unrealistic sense of what is likely to occur using the internet of things, they neglect to offer concrete solutions for managing what is an inevitable shift in how our society will operate.

In the 15 stories the Politico mag The Agenda offers, more than half are designed to scare with headlines like “Your Fridge is Spying on you” (what is with the fear of fridges?) or “I coined ‘Internet of Things.’ Now I think it’s the first big tech race the U.S. might lose.” Only one is designed to offer any actual solutions and is a Q&A with a lawyer on how to regulate the Internet of things.  But before we get to regulation, it’s clear that people in D.C. aren’t sure what the heck the internet of things is.  – And people wonder why I don’t think the US govt. should NOT get involved with or regulate the IoT until they actually have an informed point of view.

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Are Chromebooks Good Laptops for Students?

There’s a lot to like about Chromebooks. They’re budget-friendly, have a lot of options, and are powerful enough to get things done. If you’re a student shopping for a laptop for school, they may be pretty attractive. For some students, Chromebooks are a savvy purchase, but for others, it’s a nightmare waiting to happen. Let’s see where you fall.

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Here are some of the types of students who can benefit from a Chromebook:

Students who do everything on the web: For most of us, the majority of the tools and services we work with are on the web, or have great webapps that we could use instead of programs installed locally.
Students who have reliable internet access: Even though Chrome OS has some offline capabilities and applications, most of its power comes from being always connected. 
Students who want one computer on the go and another as a home base: One great thing about Chromebooks is that they’re really affordable. A good one can run you a couple hundred dollars, compared to the thousands you’ll spend on a more powerful laptop. Students who don’t play video games (or do, just not on their Chromebook): Gaming on a Chromebook is pretty much a non-starter, unless the games you play are primarily web-based games

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12 New IoT Products Launched By Cisco

Cisco continues to make inroads in the booming Internet-of-Things market after launching more than a dozen new IoT-focused products on Monday.

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The lineup includes: Industrial Switches, an Industrial Access Point, 4G/LTE Field Routers, Fog Data Services for Data Analytics  (for devices at the edge of collection of data, rather than using the cloud),  a 5MP IP Camera, 720p Mobile Dome IP Camera, an IoT Field Network Director Software, a Fog Director Platform, IOx Middleware Services, an Embedded Services Router, and a Mobile IP Gateway that is a gateway specifically designed for transportation solutions in environments such as buses, trains and planes.  

 

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