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UNL engineers develop new strong, yet tough nanofibers

UNL engineers develop new strong, yet tough nanofibers

An engineering team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have just developed a new nanofiber that is simultaneously tough and strong. Strength determines how well a material can carry a load, while toughness determines how much energy is required to break said material. Before, it was believed that you would have to sacrifice one attribute for the other, but the UNL team were able to prove that theory wrong. They discovered that by making nanofiber more thinner than it was ever done before, they could give the material not just more strength, but toughness as well.

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Google teams up with FIDO for password replacement

Google teams up with FIDO for password replacement

Google and FIDO, the Fast IDentity Online Alliance, have joined forces in an effort to replace passwords completely with a new authentication system altogether. FIDO is only looking to replace passwords used when trying to log in into online sites and services, saying that the current password system isn't secure enough to protect users. Its message has been reinforced many times over in the past week alone thanks to the Syrian Electronic Army.

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Amazon TV set-top box rumored to be in the works

Amazon TV set-top box rumored to be in the works

Amazon has been investing a lot of its resources into the TV business. Just a few days ago, it launched 14 new original series, with their pilot episodes being available for free for any user. Now it looks like Amazon will be diving even deeper into the TV business by releasing a TV set-top box in the future. According to Business Week's sources, Amazon will be introducing its very own set-top box come this fall.

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ABI: Budget smartphones will equal half of all smartphone shipments in future

ABI: Budget smartphones will equal half of all smartphone shipments in future

It looks like it won't just be low-cost Android tablets that will see a huge boost in the market, but low-budget smartphones as well. According to ABI Research, in the year 2018, budget smartphones will equal about 46% of all smartphone shipments, which is 28% higher than today. Currently, 259 million budget smartphones are expected to ship this year, but in 5 years, that number will increase to a whopping 788 million.

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Apple’s Tim Cook hints at new product launches come fall

Apple’s Tim Cook hints at new product launches come fall

Apple has just released its Q2 earnings results, and it has many analysts and stockholders pleased, however Apple's CEO Tim Cook made a statement that should have many consumers pleased as well. Tim Cook stated, "We've got a lot more surprises in store", and that there will be many new product launches beginning in the fall of this year. While its certain that a new iPhone and new iPad will be on its way, there's also speculation that an Apple TV and an iWatch will be coming as well.

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Analysts question Microsoft Office 365 adoption rate

Analysts question Microsoft Office 365 adoption rate

Microsoft has recently announced that its Office 365 software is starting to be adapted at a higher rate. When it was reporting its 3rd quarter financial results, it stated that Office 365 net seat additions increased 5 times compared to the same quarter last year, and that 25% of its enterprise customers have switched over to the product. Analysts, however, have several questions regarding Microsoft's data.

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Huawei no longer focused on the U.S. market [UPDATE: Statement]

Huawei no longer focused on the U.S. market [UPDATE: Statement]

Huawei, who was once excited to be bringing more of its smartphones into the United States later this year, has decided to stop focusing its priorities on the U.S market, and instead will focus its efforts on bringing its products to the rest of the world. The company stated that its change in focus is due to "geopolitical reasons". For quite a while now, Huawei has been under fire from the United States, Canada, and even the EU due to allegations that the Chinese government is using its smartphones to spy on other nations.

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Google tipped to attain Wavii natural language startup

Google tipped to attain Wavii natural language startup

Google has been said to have acquired Wavii, a natural language processing startup. Wavii is a service that is said to operate the same way as Summly, the news app that was recently swiped up by Yahoo. Both services search for news stories from all around the web, and then create short summaries of the main points of these stories. While Summly gathers separate news articles, Wavii collects entire stories, and provides links to several different sources reporting on the story.

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Developer brings Google+ commenting system to WordPress

Developer brings Google+ commenting system to WordPress

Just last week, Google upgraded its Blogger platform to integrate it more with its social network, Google+. With the new feature, blog posts would feature both direct comments, as well as comments in the Google+ status the Blogger link was featured in. Not only did it consolidate all the comments into one system, users were also able to filter out what types of comments they wanted to see. For example, they could choose to see only comments from certain circles, or they could see comments from everyone.

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