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All major US carriers now support Samsung Pay

October 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Samsung has announced that all major carriers in the United States, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon, now support its mobile payments service Samsung Pay, which was launched in the country on September 28.

“Starting today, October 21, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 users on the major U.S. wireless networks will be able to download and install the Samsung Pay application directly from Google Play,” the South Korean company said.

Samsung specifically mentioned that those on Verizon, which recently jumped on the bandwagon, with devices that need to be updated to work with the service will be automatically prompted for the update when they install the Samsung Pay…

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Nextbit begins accepting pre-orders for its Robin smartphone

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Nextbit has now started accepting pre-orders for its cloud-focused Robin smartphone. Those pre-ordering will have to shell out $399, and the handset – available in mint and midnight color options – is expected to begin shipping in February 2016.

If you aren’t in the know, Robin’s selling point is the way it handles the internal storage, making sure that you never actually run out of space – everything that’s important to you will be available offline, while the rest will be pushed from the cloud upon request. Nextbit not only promises 100GB available cloud space for everyone, but also says it won’t charge for additional space if required.

The company, which is run by former HTC and Google employees, took to Kickstarter for the funding of the smartphone, and raised a total of $1.36 million last…

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Apple patches exploits used in Pangu Team’s recent jailbreak

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Acting fast, Apple has fixed the exploits used by the Pangu Hacking Team in their recently-released jailbreak tool that works on devices running iOS 9 through 9.0.2. The tool in question was released around a week ago.

Apple’s new iOS 9.1 patches the two vulnerabilities found by the Pangu Team: one was a kernel memory corruption issue that allowed arbitrary code execution with kernel privileges, while the other was a heap based buffer overflow issue (in the DNS client library) that allowed privilege elevation.

The Cupertino-based company even credited the Pangu Team for discovering the aforementioned vulnerabilities.

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Will Robots Augment Human Jobs Or Replace Them?

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This is a conversation that is coming to the forefront of every Future of Work discussion. Any time the topic of robots, software, and automation get brought up, the conversation is split up into two parts. On the one hand, many people say jobs will be replaced by robots and automation. When I talk to many executives, however, they say they don’t want to replace jobs. Their goal is to augment the jobs that humans are with doing robots and automation. In the manufacturing space, for example, they do not want to replace human manufacturers, they only want these robots to help these human manufacturers do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.

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Priv briefly shows up on BlackBerry’s official online store; detailed specs, price, and shipping date revealed

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BlackBerry’s debut Android smartphone, the Priv, will cost $750 for the unlocked model in the US and $949 in Canada, according to the official listings of the device on the Canadian company’s online store.

The listings, which have since been taken down, also revealed that the device will ship starting November 16 – for those who aren’t already aware, recent reports have suggested that the handset will be officially up for pre-orders this Friday.

Also revealed were the specifications of the handset: Snapdragon 808 SoC, 5.4-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 at 540 DPI, 3GB RAM, 3410mAh battery – claimed to last 22.5 hours, and 2MP front and 18MP rear camera (offering features like 4k video at 30 fps, OIS, and Phase Detect Auto…

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M 4.9 – 293km E of Ile Rodrigues, Mauritius

October 21, 2015 Leave a comment

DYFI? – I

Time
2015-10-22 03:06:13 UTC
2015-10-22 07:06:13 +04:00 at epicenter
Location
20.075°S 66.187°E
Depth
17.42 km (10.82 mi)

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Back To The Future’s Enduring Technological Lure

October 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Back to the Future Part II’s October 21, 2015 setting — with its hoverboards, Google-esque virtual glasses, and flying cars — still remains a tad beyond our current technological reach. But the film trilogy’s first and third installments, both of which take us back in time, are arguably more indicative of the kind of can-do American triumphalism for which we as a nation still yearn.

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