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A plan by Qualcomm to get Samsung Electronics to make its Snapdragon 820 chip could lead to faster smartphones, offering longer battery life by early next year.

The chip company will get its top-line device manufactured in factories belonging to Samsung, according to a news report by Re/code. The South Korean company will make the Snapdragon 820 chip using the 14-nanometer process, which will also be used to make Apple’s next A9 chip.

The Snapdragon 820 chip was announced last month at Mobile World Congress and is expected to start shipping later this year. Qualcomm hasn’t shared information about where it will be manufactured, but Samsung’s 14-nm process will provide big performance and power advantages over current Snapdragon chips.

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When Microsoft's cloud platform, then known as Windows Azure, was first launched, it was strictly a Platform-as-a-Service offering. Apps written for Azure were deployed onto Windows and used Azure's services such as storage, queues, and SQL databases. But management of the operating system and configuration of the virtual hardware beneath it was strictly Microsoft's concern. In 2012, Azure added a VM role providing Infrastructure-as-a-Service capabilities in addition to the existing PaaS services.

Azure CTO Mark Russinovich announced today a new iteration the Azure PaaS offering, with Azure Service Fabric. Service Fabric provides a set of tools to do things such as offer smarter deployment with rolling upgrades to new application versions, health monitoring, automated rollbacks to earlier versions, scaling, and load balancing.

Service Fabric is built for "microservices," where the functional parts that make up a service are split into small units that can be individually deployed, updated, distributed, and scaled. These smaller units are run in containers rather than directly on VMs. Service Fabric can handle the management and scaling of these containers, with potentially hundreds of containerized microservices running on a single VM.

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penciling_in writes: There are no silver bullets in Internet security, warns Paul Vixie in a co-authored piece along with Cyber Security Specialist Frode Hommedal: "Just as 'data' is being sold as 'intelligence', a lot of security technologies are being sold as 'security solutions' rather than what they really are: very narrow-focused appliances that, as a best case, can be part of your broader security effort." We have to stop playing "cops and robbers" and pretending that all of us are potential targets of nation-states, or pretending that any of our security vendors are like NORAD, warn the authors.

Vixie adds, "We in the Internet security business look for current attacks and learn from those how to detect and prevent those attacks and maybe how to predict, detect, and prevent what's coming next. But rest assured that there is no end game — we put one bad guy in prison for every hundred or so new bad guys who come into the field each month. There is no device or method, however powerful, which will offer a salient defense for more than a short time. The bad guys endlessly adapt; so must we. Importantly, the bad guys understand how our systems work; so must we."

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Less than a week after star fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld showed off pictures of his yellow gold Apple Watch Edition with custom all-gold link bracelet, Beyonce was seen at Coachella wearing what appears to be the same combination.

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Beyonce was spotted donning the ultra luxe Apple Watch while attending a set by David Guetta on Sunday, the last day of this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. A closer look at Beyonce's custom gold-on-gold Watch was made available on Monday through the artist's official visual blog.

Interestingly, the Watch is being worn on Beyonce's right arm with Digital Crown facing away from the wrist, meaning she has not changed screen orientation settings for "left handed" use. Apple Watch allows owners to flip the user interface from a general settings menu, accommodating both right- and left-handers.

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Wondering what you were searching for online a few years ago? You now have a (relatively) easy way to find out. Google has quietly trotted out an option to download your entire search history. So long as you searched using your Google account, you'll have a permanent record. Of course, this is something of a mixed blessing given how pervasive Google is at this stage. While the archive may help you dig up a keyword you're struggling to remember, something tells us that it'd be all too easy to dredge up embarrassing memories -- we hope you didn't Google your classroom crush.

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One of Kabam's biggest hits, Kingdoms of Camelot, is one of the most successful strategy games ever. Kabam

Game maker Kabam has its sights set on the top of Apple's App Store charts, and it has a new plan for getting there.

The San Francisco-based video game developer, best known for strategy game like Kingdoms of Camelot, said it is reorganizing its teams to help it make a stronger showing against the likes of Supercell's strategy game Clash of Clans and King's puzzle sensation Candy Crush Saga. To do that, Kabam will add imagery and animations that look as if they could come from an Xbox or PlayStation video game console, though they're played on a smartphone or a tablet.

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Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair are the creators of High Maintenance, which has become a pretty big hit for online video platform Vimeo. The series, which follows a Brooklyn-based weed delivery man around the city, peers into the lives of his customers as they deal with all the stress, anxiety and health issues his product is there to alleviate.

Sinclair plays the delivery man, known only as “the guy,” and he’s more or less a passive observer to the rest of the characters. High Maintenance focuses on a different customer each episode, which was a creative decision prompted by budget constraints than anything else. Originally just a passion project for the couple, Blichfeld and Sinclair asked friends to take part and work for free on day-long shoots when available.

While they never expected to get famous from High Maintenance, the show has found a devoted following. That in turn led Vimeo to invest in more episodes of the show to appear as part of its paid Vimeo On Demand service. With that funding, the creators got some budget to be a little bit more creative and get out of just following the guy’s customers at home.

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I’m a fan of Disney’s research labs. Meant largely to help Disney discover new ways to innovate in their parks and products, it’s a seemingly endless stream of crazy thinking.

Much of what they build and share is really, really cool, but hard to imagine being used by anyone outside of Disney. This crazy robot that draws massive pictures on the beach? It’s cool as heck, but unless you own a big stretch of beach to act as a canvas (as Disney does with its resorts), it’s not super practical.

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Get Motivated for House Chores with an Awesome Theme Song

Music can affect you in a lot of positive ways, and motivation is a huge one. Designating a house chore theme song that pumps you up can quickly turn a “I just don’t wanna” into “Let’s do this!”

Warriors marched into battle with drums and trumpets, college teams pumped themselves up with fight songs, and Jennifer Hunter at Apartment Therapy recommends psyching yourself up with a motivating theme song:

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Orangutan_thumbA young orangutan rescued from the backpack of an alleged wildlife trafficker.

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A suspected wildlife trafficker was carrying a living orangutan in a backpack when he was arrested this month in Indonesia, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

WCS assisted the state prosecutor of North Sumatra, an Indonesian province, who arrested the suspect on April 13 in the provincial capital, Medan.

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Whether you’re an enthusiast video maker looking to shoot 4K YouTube content, a one-man journalist, or an indie filmmaker on a budget, Canon is introducing a new high-end video camcorder that targets this audience. The XC10 4K Digital Camcorder is compact and lightweight, and it can record in either cinematic 4K or 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) at 30 frames per second (fps), as well as standard Full HD (1080) at 60 fps – covering all the resolution standards for today and the near future. With its newly developed 1-inch CMOS sensor, it can also shoot 12-megapixel still photos, and extract 8-megapixel stills from video recorded in 4K.

The XC10 has a 10x wide-angle zoom lens with a 2x digital teleconverter (in 35mm-equivalent terms, it’s 24.1-241mm for photos, and 27.3-273mm for videos), and a five-axis optical image stabilization system aid in steady Full HD video and still images (five-axis not support when shooting 4K). Video is recorded either onto a CFast card (4K) or SD (Full HD) card. Unlike the 4K camcorders in Canon’s Cinema EOS series, the lens is fixed. In addition, there’s a touch LCD that swivels, mic and headphone jacks, fast and slow-motion recording modes, ISO range of 160 to 20,000, built-in neutral density (ND) filter, and Wi-Fi connectivity for remote operation via a Web browser or smart device. An optional viewfinder is available.

With its compact size and unique, DSLR-like design, operating one should feel more like using a Canon EOS camera than one of the Cinema EOS camcorders.

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Breaking from past practice, Qualcomm plans to have its next-generation Snapdragon 820 processor manufactured at Samsung’s chip-making plants, according to sources familiar with Qualcomm’s roadmap and Samsung’s foundry operations.

Historically, Qualcomm has manufactured its leading-edge chips largely at contract chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. as well as other foundries. However, Samsung has had an edge over TSMC and other chip plants because it is cranking out chips using thinner 14-nanometer wiring, compared with 20-nanometer transistors at TSMC. All other things being equal, thinner wires mean smaller and less costly chips as well as better battery performance.

Qualcomm saw its current high-end chip, the Snapdragon 810, shut out of Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 in favor of Samsung’s homegrown Exynos chip. As a result, Qualcomm had to cut its financial outlook for the year even as the 810 won a spot in other flagship products, such as the latest HTC One and LG Flex 2.

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In space, communications have always served two purposes. One is to convey important mission information (Houston, we have a problem). The other is to transmit the experiences of the weightless few to the earthbound millions (This is Major Tom to Ground Control).

This most recent comm—a collection of point of view videos from astronauts hanging out on the International Space Station—falls into the second category. It’s a simple capture: just the slow motions of a space walk, with nary a sound to be heard (almost, at least—the buzzing in the background is likely the fan running in the spacesuit, vibrating the platform on which the GoPro is mounted). But it’s part of a long, rich history of messages sent from the brink of the unknown, just for the heck of it.

Just trace their lineage back to the earliest travel communiques. From Marco Polo’s travels to Edmund Hillary’s views from the summit; from Neil Armstrong’s small step to Chris Hadfield’s David Bowie impression. The early accounts may be padded with giant birds or veiled braggadocio, but the most fantastic thing about any of these transmissions is simply where they came from.

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The Best Chromebook For Every Need

I basically live in Google’s Chrome web browser. It’s a decision I made to save my sanity when it became part of my job to change laptops every few weeks. No need to back up files that way! But it made me wonder how well I could live with only Chrome—if I could replace my laptop with a Chromebook instead.

Chromebooks are simple. They’re internet-computing distilled down to a platonic ideal of typing and looking and clicking and typing. And just as important (for my wallet), Chromebooks are cheap. You can find them for as little as $150. But which ones are any good?

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x200b;How Elon Musk Almost Sold Tesla To Google For $11 Billion

In early 2013 Tesla was in dire straits. The automaker was struggling to take orders, produce, and deliver the first batch of Model S sedans, and those that did roll out of the factory were of dubious build quality at best. Tesla was on the verge of implosion, so Elon Musk called up his friend Larry Page at Google.

The trials and tribulations of the launch of the Model S are well documented, and a new book by Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, outlines just how close to the brink Tesla was in late 2012 and early 2013.

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Google already let you tap and swipe with your thumb and fingers to peck out text on your Android device. You could dictate to your phone or tablet, too. Now they’ve got a new app that lets you use your fingerpen to compose messages.

Handwriting Input landed in Google Play a few days ago, and it brings a Galaxy Note S Pen-style input experience to any Android device. Just switch inputs from your default keyboard to Handwriting and you can trace words on-screen using your finger (or a stylus, or a sausage, etc.) instead.

Google’s pretty good at deciphering even the messiest writing. They’ve gotten plenty of practice over the years, thanks to things like CAPTCHA codes, their book digitizing efforts, and Google Docs’ OCR abilities. Their experience — paired with corrections submitted by millions of users over the years — have helped build a highly-sophisticated text recognition system.

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TELECOMS OUTFIT BT has announced a security service that advises major players in the automobile industry of the possible cyber threats facing connected cars with a view to fixing vulnerabilities before the vehicles go on sale.

Assure Ethical Hacking for Vehicles (AEHV) will see BT's 'security specialists', including 'ethical hackers', test the exposure of connected vehicles to cyber attacks, and provide a standardised way to test systems by imitating attacks, reporting possible vulnerabilities and providing recommendations.

AEHV includes a range of tests targeted at the "attack surfaces" of the vehicle, covering interfaces that are accessible inside the car, such as Bluetooth links, USB ports and the DVD drive, as well as external connections such as links to mobile networks and power plugs.

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Google expands the capabilities of its BigQuery system to allow real-time data stream processing and event analysis.
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Google has announced updates to Google BigQuery and Cloud Dataflow -- the search giant's two big data management systems that compete with Amazon Web Services' DynamoDB and Data Pipeline.

In a blog, Google's William Vambenepe, lead product manager for big data on Google's Cloud Platform, claimed Google has implemented a more thorough "cloud way" to managing big data than other IaaS providers. By that Vambenepe means the service is provided without the user needing to know anything about how it's deployed, scaled, or managed, making it a "NoOps" service.

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