Representatives of some of the largest trade groups representing the communications industry, including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and American Cable Association, are urging the Federal Communications Commission not to disrupt long-standing rules on consumer privacy. Under Open Internet rules, the FCC has more authority over digital privacy, a domain traditionally governed by the Federal Trade Commission.
Mattel is bringing back its ThingMaker toy, originally launched in the 1960s, as a 3D printer that prints small toys designed on an iOS or Android device. The application is already available for use with other 3D printers, and the $299 ThingMaker is scheduled to come to market this fall.
Cinemax has been added to the Sling TV lineup, marking the first time the network is available to viewers who don't subscribe to cable or satellite TV. The service costs viewers $10 per month, in addition to DISH Network's $20-per-month Sling TV subscription fee.
Android users run the risk of downloading malicious apps if they frequent any of four third-party Android stores, Trend Micro reports. The security company says the offending apps contain components that seek root access to users' devices.
The private social media lives of Wyoming students would be off-limits to teachers and administrators under a proposed law that recently passed unanimously through the state Senate's education committee. The bill would exempt social media accounts engaged in school business and would not stop teachers from scouring public accounts.
The Internet is one step closer to permanent protection from taxes after the US Senate voted to approve the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act on Thursday. The act, which is headed to the White House for final approval, would prevent the government from enforcing taxes for things such as e-mail and bandwidth but would not apply to sales tax for goods bought online.
Rackspace says it will now offer cloud support to Red Hat OpenStack platforms as part of its "fanatical support" pledge announced last year. In addition to hosting its own public and private clouds, Rackspace also provides support for Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure public cloud.
Qualcomm on Thursday introduced the Snapdragon X16 LTE, its first gigabit-class Long-Term Evolution modem chip. "Qualcomm wins the ‘first to 1 Gbps race’ which is important for bragging rights, but more significant in how much of a lead they have over everyone else," said Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy. Qualcomm also debuted the Snapdragon 625, 435 and 425 mobile processors and the Snapdragon Wear Platform for developing wearable electronics.
Samsung Electronics has reportedly created a resistive random-access memory chip with a 3D cross-point structure, industry sources say. The 3D ReRAM is said to offer a significant improvement in performance compared with NAND flash memory devices and could be used in application chipsets, image sensors, memory cards and solid-state drives.
VMware is aiming to make its network virtualization platform, dubbed NSX, the company's biggest win since its vSphere server virtualization offerings that claim 80% of the market in enterprise data centers. CEO Pat Gelsinger noted NSX will run on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure clouds, and called the transition to NSX "more important" than vSphere was.
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