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FCC Launches Investigation into Mobility Fund Mapping Rule Violations

The FCC is launching an investigation into major carriers who are accused of Mobility Fund mapping rule violations. These carriers may have submitted incorrect coverage area maps. The FCC seeks to allocate up to $4.53 billion over the next decade to advance 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) high-speed ...

Chinese Hackers Are Expected to be Charged with Breaking into U.S. Service Providers

The Chinese government sponsored hacking group known as "APT 10" or "cloudhopper" is expected to be charged with a multiyear scheme of breaking into U.S. technology service providers in order to compromise the networks of their clients. "The service providers often are not the initial victim; instead, hackers sometimes ...

Sleep Number Considered Integrating Audio Snoring Detection Technology into Beds

Sleep Number added a few interesting lines to its privacy policy that detailed the audio data collection capabilities of its $3,000 beds. In fact these few spurious lines were indeed false as a company rep confirmed that the current lineup of Sleep Number beds do not have this capability. ...

IBM Unveils Analog Chip with Phase Change Memory

At the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting, IBM unveiled a 8-bit analog chip with phase change memory. Abu Sebastian, the lead researcher for the project, says that in-memory calculations are a key to the efficiency of the chip. Instead of storing a single bit of information like a traditional memory ...

Over 560,000 Tricked Into Downloading Malware from Google Play

Even though Google is rejecting and removing Play Store apps at a furious pace, some malware is still getting through with relative ease. Forbes reports that more than 560,000 users have downloaded at least one of 13 malicious apps from a developer called "Luiz Pinto." These apps masqueraded as car, ...

New Research into Bending Light Could Lead to Light-Based Computing

Engineers at Duke University have demonstrated a device that can bend light around tight corners with virtually no losses due to backscattering. The engineers have created a device that uses photonic crystals and the concept of topological insulators to allow light to pass on the surface while blocking it ...

TSMC Is Close to Securing IBM Contract

TSMC is close to securing a deal to produce premium server chips for IBM. IBM produces far less servers than Intel, but are considered to be the "Rolls Royce" of servers as they are much more expensive. "IBM mainframes can fetch anywhere from $300,000 to $1 million or ...

SpaceX Receives FCC Approval to Launch Low Earth Orbit Internet Satellites into Space

SpaceX has won FCC approval to launch 7,518 Starlink low Earth orbit internet satellites into space. These satellites will initially create a blanket of internet coverage for the USA, but the program is expected to expand worldwide as SpaceX seeks to broaden the network to 12,000 units. Kepler ...

Amazon Plans to Move into Queens Tallest Building

The owner of the former CItigroup tower in Long Island has announced that Amazon is moving into the 1.5 million square glass tower. Citigroup is seeking to vacate the building by 2020 and the move is considered a boon for the Savanna firm that owns the building. "We're ...

Small Rocket Launches are Turning Into Big Business

While enormous rockets like the Falcon Heavy and the BFR tend to dominate the headlines and the public's imagination, the New York Times asserts that the small rocket industry is experiencing a kind of renaissance. Tasks that previously required car-sized satellites can now be accomplished by something the size of ...

Volunteers Are Keeping an IBM 1401 Mainframe Alive

Think your vintage computer hardware is old? Ken Shirriff, Robert Garne, and their associates probably have you beat. The IBM 1401 was introduced in 1959, and these guys are keeping one alive in a computer museum. The system is reportedly a pain to maintain, as the volunteers have to go ...

NASA Details Plan to Turn Rocks Into Rocket Fuel on Mars

In a piece on Spectrum, NASA detailed their plans to mine dust on heavenly bodies in our solar system, and turn it into rocket fuel. That already sounds difficult, but according to NASA "Swamp Works" team leader Kurt W. Leucht, mining on Mars is even harder than you'd think. For ...