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Samsung 2016 Smart TVs will be friendly with smart appliances

Samsung 2016 Smart TVs will be friendly with smart appliances

Your house may be getting smarter, but it might also have a lot of tiny, sometimes conflicting brains. That is part of the problem of the Internet of Things, with little islands of independent devices that connect to the Internet and your smartphone but not to each other. Next year, however, Samsung has a solution for that, the one appliance that almost every modern home has: a TV. It's 2016 line up of smart TVs will not only be IoT friendly, some can even be IoT hubs themselves.

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Reality Editor AR app connects IoT devices by drawing lines

Reality Editor AR app connects IoT devices by drawing lines

The number of Internet of Things devices, basically appliances and electronics that can connect to networsk like the Internet, are growing month after month. But each IoT trinket is veritably like its own island that may or may not have bridges to other islands. Wouldn't it be nice if you could all get them to tak to each other like good friends? While there are certainly some attempts to do just that, the best and coolest way would be to simply draw virtual lines between them, which is the premise and promise of MIT Fluid Interfaces' Reality Editor.

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Dojo aims to keep your network devices from spying on you

Dojo aims to keep your network devices from spying on you

A new device has turned up called Dojo that is designed to help keep your connected home secure. The device is designed to monitor the behavior of each device that is connected to your home network and help ensure your privacy. For instance, Dojo is able to tell if your TV is still recording your voice even when it is off and when it is uploading data to the cloud.

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Nokia and Artemis testing pCell tech to add 50x the capacity to LTE networks

Nokia and Artemis testing pCell tech to add 50x the capacity to LTE networks

Nokia and Artemis Networks have announced that they are going to begin testing pCell technology next year in a deal that sees pCell a step closer to deployment. The agreement will see the two firms performing proof-of-concept tests of the pCell tech inside indoor stadiums and other places where high numbers of mobile devices put a significant strain on the capacity of wireless networks.

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Fujitsu’s terahertz receiver can fit inside a smartphone

Fujitsu’s terahertz receiver can fit inside a smartphone

The tech industry is trying to push higher and higher resolutions into devices, even those as small as smartphones. We now have 2K displays on smartphones and Sony just revealed the world's first smartphone 4K screen. But while the entertainment industry is doing its best to catch up, there could be a new bottleneck soon: network speed. To be more specific, the maximum speeds that our small smartphones can support. Fortunately, Japanese electronics giant Fujitsu might be on the cusp of a breakthrough, with an ultra fast receiver module small enough not to bulk up smartphones.

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Digital Reasoning smashes Google’s neural network record

Digital Reasoning smashes Google’s neural network record

Digital Reasoning is a company that works in cognitive computing and it has announced that it has smashed a record set by Google for neural networks. Digital Reasoning has trained a neural network with 160 billion parameters. Google's record was for training a neural network with 11.2 billion parameters. The network with 160 billion parameters also surpasses Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's record of 15 billion parameters.

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Synology DiskStation DS715 and DS215+ NAS servers break cover

Synology DiskStation DS715 and DS215+ NAS servers break cover

Synology has rolled out a couple new network attached storage options known as NAS servers. The new equipment includes the DiskStation DS215+ and the DiskStation DS715. The two NAS devices look very similar on the outside, but have different hardware on the inside. Both do have some similarities though with hardware encryption engines and compact designs.

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Verizon’s FIOS “Skinny Bundle” vs the competition (basically)

Verizon’s FIOS “Skinny Bundle” vs the competition (basically)

So Verizon is launching a new TV service that allows you to pick just a few channels instead of several hundred. So what? How does that compare to the rest of the TV services on the market today? What we're doing here is taking a run down the networks that offer similar services - the few that do - to show you what the real skinny is. Verizon's so-called "skinny bundle" is supposed to launch on the 19th of April - that's just a few days away. Before then, have a look at this.

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Nokia agrees to buy Alcatel-Lucent, hints at HERE musings

Nokia agrees to buy Alcatel-Lucent, hints at HERE musings

It seems that Nokia is one company that can't stay put. Just after being divested of its smartphone, but not tablet, business by Microsoft, the company is on the move again to redefine itself and focus its resources. Once a mobile device company, Nokia now wants to move forward as a network technology company. And to push through its plans, it will be acquiring French rival Alcatel-Lucent. The combined power of the two companies is envisioned, at least by Nokia, to boost R&D on future technologies like 5G, cloud computing, and, of course, the Internet of Things.

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Sprint announces free international messaging, data plan

Sprint announces free international messaging, data plan

Acting in quick response to rival T-Mobile, US mobile carrier Sprint has announced a new plan that allows users free unlimited text messages and 2G data while roaming internationally. Dubbed International Value Roaming, Sprint's new offering doesn't include voice calls, and is limited to a decent number of countries. Phone calls will be priced at $0.20 per minute. This is in comparison to T-Mobile, which offers the same service in more than 120 countries, and with slightly faster data speeds.

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Verizon invests $100 million in struggling Detroit

Verizon invests $100 million in struggling Detroit

Detroit is in bad shape. After the most recent economic issues our country experienced, the bottom fell out of the Motor City; businesses left, and citizens followed. The city we knew is now a shell of itself, trying to rebuild, but at least one company is unafraid of the challenge. Today, Verizon is announcing they’re investing $100 million in Detroit, which will serve to enhance the city’s wireless experience throughout the Metro area. With the placement of 150 ‘small cells’ in Detroit, Verizon is future-proofing a potentially booming area.

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Google in talks with overseas mobile networks to eliminate international roaming

Google in talks with overseas mobile networks to eliminate international roaming

According to new report, Google is said to be involved in negotiations with a number of overseas mobile networks, including the owner of the UK's Three, to allow US subscribers to make calls at domestic rates while traveling. While Google has yet to launch its own much discussed network in the US, the elimination of traditional international roaming fees would certainly be one feature to separate themselves from the existing mobile giants. The only company named in the report is Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa, which has networks in a number of countries other than the UK.

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