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Government wants to increase IT spending 1.3% in proposed budget

President Barack Obama's administration has proposed a 1.3% increase in IT spending next fiscal year, raising the government's total IT budget to $89.9 billion. The overall proposed federal budget is $4.1 trillion. This budget includes a 35% increase in cybersecurity spending, to $19 billion, and the appointment of the first chief information security officer. White House officials used the budget unveiling Tuesday to make a point about the Obama administration's IT direction.

Tony Scott, a former top executive at VMware until taking the White House CIO post in last February, said from 2001, to 2009 -- during the administration of former President George W. Bush -- the annual growth in IT spending was about 7.1%. That rate has been slowed to 1.8% annually, he said.

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Pagaré smartstrap turns Pebble into a mobile wallet

Pagare Contactless Payment Smartstraps for Pebble Smartwatch 2The Pebble may not be the most hi-tech and hi-specced smartwatch today but it's certainly one of the coolest. It's simple and gets easy jobs done. Functions may be limited but thanks to a new Kickstarter project, the Pebble will soon be ready to make mobile payments. The Pagaré smartstrap turns your smartwatch into an e-wallet so you can make contactless payment transactions in stores and retailers where it is accepted. The Pagaré is strap is a secure add-on to the smartwatch. Replace the Pebble's current strap with the smart strap that comes with some thin components that store import card or bank details. Phones usually utilize NFC and work with a companion app. This one though doesn't need any mobile device but it still uses NFC connectivity. That means you don't have to bring out your phone to make mobile payment transactions--just wear your Pebble smartwatch. Pagaré also adds a hidden USB connector so you can charge the Pebble directly to a computer via a USB port. The smart strap is expected to work with over nine million retail locations, as well as, public transit. More establishments and transit authority systems will soon be added to the long list of partners that can accept the Pebble-Pagaré framework. Store your card or account details. To make a payment, press the up and down buttons to select which card you want to use to pay. Pagare Contactless Payment Smartstraps for Pebble Smartwatch 8 Some shops that will accept Pagaré include: Whole Foods, GameStop, Macy’s, McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts, Peets Coffee, Toys R Us, Nike, Subway, Sephora, Aeropostale, Bloomingdales, and Jamba Juice among others. You can use any Pebble model with the Pagaré. Pebble Time, Pebble Time Round, or Pebble Time Steel smartwatch is compatible with the smart strap. Fit Pay, the startup behind this project, is trying to raise $120,000. As of this writing, over more than $61,000 have been donated by 1,008 backers with 29 more days to go before deadline. Feel free to donate as little as $5 or as much as $1,999 or more to turn this project into a reality. Pagare Contactless Payment Smartstraps for Pebble Smartwatch 10 Pagare Contactless Payment Smartstraps for Pebble Smartwatch 9 Pagare Contactless Payment Smartstraps for Pebble Smartwatch 7 Pagare Contactless Payment Smartstraps for Pebble Smartwatch 6 Pagare Contactless Payment Smartstraps for Pebble Smartwatch 5 Pagare Contactless Payment Smartstraps for Pebble Smartwatch 4 Pagare Contactless Payment Smartstraps for Pebble Smartwatch 3 SOURCE: Kickstarter

Monument Valley Lego set could become a reality, with enough support

If the idea of manipulating the insane puzzles from popular mobile game Monument Valley with your bare hands sounds fun, there's a chance Lego could make that happen. A proposal for a Monument Valley Lego set has been post on Lego's Ideas website where, with enough support, the set stands a chance at becoming reality. Lego Ideas user Isometry, who submitted the idea, described the set thusly:

My Lego Ideas project is inspired by the Monument Valley game, and aims to capture the journey through a creative 3-D experience. This set includes four minimalist landscape themes that are modular and interactive; featuring rotating walkways, platforms, pillars, staircases, bridges and water wheels; along with three main characters, Ida, Totem and Crow. It is an original Lego design concept with visually attractive elements that are appealing and intriguing to a wide audience.

As cool as the idea is, it certainly isn't guaranteed. First, the Monument Valley set has to reach the magic number of 10,000 supporters (it's currently at just under 1,500 as of this writing), at which point it will move on to Lego's Review Board. After lego evaluates the proposal, it will then decide on whether or the idea becomes reality.

If you're intrigued by the project, you can head to the link below to register your support for the idea.

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Solde, le Oneplus 2 à 345 euros

oneplus-2   OnePlus en promotion. Après avoir fait la livraison gratuite de € 100, One plus a maintenant décidé de baisser les prix. Dorénanvant, le OnePlus 2 coutera  345 euros soit 349 $ ou encore 249 livres. OnePlus 2 moins cher que jamais Voilà une belle occasion de se procurer un téléphone de qualité qui n’a pourtant pas connu autant de succès que le modèle précédent. Rappelons que ce téléphone à un processeur Snapdragon 810, 4 Go de RAM et une batterie assez généreuse et une mémoire de stockage de 64 Go. Les caractéristiques du Oneplus 2 sont les suivants :
  • Ecran 5.5 pouces IPS-NEO 1080p et le contraste 1500: 1
  • Processeur Snapdragon GPU Adreno 810 et 430 v2.1
  • LP 4 Go de RAM mémoire DDR4
  • 64 Go de stockage interne
  • 13MP caméra arrière f / 2.0con OIS et laser mise au point, et 5MP avant
  • USB Type C avec un câble USB (2.0) réversible aux deux extrémités
  • 4G et cartes dual-slot NanoSim
  • batterie 3300mAh (pas de charge rapide ou sans fil)
  • 151,8 x 74,9 x 9,85 mm, 175g
  • Stocker capteur d’empreintes digitales avec 5 titres
  • coulissant bouton latéral avec trois positions du son: tout, la priorité ou pas
  • Quatre retour couvre: Bamboo, Noir abricot, bois de rose, Kevlar et classique Grès Noir (inclus)
  • OS d’oxygène en tant que couche de personnalisation sur Android 5.1 Lollipop / Mise à jour de guimauve
Cet article Solde, le Oneplus 2 à 345 euros est apparu en premier sur Android-France.

Skull Canyon, le mystérieux PC gaming ultra compact signé Intel

Intel est à l’origine d’une gamme de Mini-PC dénommée NUC. Selon leurs configurations, ils s’adressent à différents usages mais le jeu vidéo reste un domaine bien gardé. Cette année, Intel espère changer les « aprioris » avec une nouveauté, le Skull Canyon.

Mini-PC Skull Canyon d'Intel

Le Mini-PC NUC Gaming d’Intel, le Skull Canyon

Le Skull Canyon n’est pas une rumeur puisque quelques journalistes américains ont été conviés lors du CES 2016 à apercevoir l’avenir de la gamme de Mini-PC NUC avec la confirmation de l’arrivée d’un NUC dénommé “Skull Canyon”. L’engin intrigue car si Intel n’a encore rien dévoilé au niveau de sa mécanique, le positionnement « gaming »  surprend surtout face à son facteur de forme qui devrait rester dans la tradition NUC.

Skull Canyon, le gaming dans un format Ultra-compact ?

Il faut s’attendre à une architecture robuste basée probablement autour d’un processeur Skylake Core i7 à l’enveloppe thermique maitrisée, la présence de DDR4 ou encore un stockage à base de SSD M.2. La partie graphique sera le cœur de l’innovation avec d’une part la présence possible d’une solution native Iris Pro 580 alias (GT4e) qui, armée de 72 unités de calcul et de ses 128 Mo d’eDRAM, devrait propulser les performances face au GT3e. Certains évoquent déjà la possibilité d’une framerate de 30 images par seconde sous une définition de 1920 x 1080 pixels en restant raisonnable sur le niveau de rendu.

Une telle solution devrait donc répondre à certains besoins de joueurs mais pouvons-nous vraiment parler de PC gaming ? Si tout se déroule comme prévu, Intel proposera la possibilité d’exploiter une carte graphique en externe et c’est sur ce point que la notion de »gaming » devient une réalité. La question par contre est de savoir comment assurer des débits convenables entre les deux systèmes?  Tout semble reposer sur l’exploitation de dernières interfaces qui apportent une hausse notable des performances.

Le Skull Canyon devrait proposer plusieurs ports USB 3.0, un lecteur de carte SD, des sorties vidéo DisplayPort et HDMI ou encore de l’USB-C et du Thunderbolt 3. Ce dernier avec sa bande passante bi-directionnelle de 40 Gbps peut-être exploité pour la connexion d’un boitier externe accueillant une véritable carte graphique gaming.

The Skull Canyon PC devrait normalement se dévoiler dans quelques semaines sachant qu’un lancement serait programmé pour le deuxième trimestre de cette année. Il n’y a pour le moment aucun tarif.

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Alleged prototypes of the 2016 Moto X, Moto G seen in images

moto_by_lenovoWe’ve already written about the Motorola brand name taking a backseat starting this year – a decision made by Lenovo as it promises to concentrate more on the trendier Moto brand. It will probably come out as something like “Moto by Lenovo”. We’ve also written about Lenovo promising some competitive new phones coming out this July. Could these leaked images of alleged prototypes be the new Moto X and Moto G? moto_2016_leak1 The images look like they were taken hastily – hence the blurred shots – from a Lenovo fabrication facility. But any person with an analytical mind would question why Lenovo would lay these prototypes out in the open like this. A safer conclusion would be that these may be very early prototypes, or part of a batch of prototypes that were considered for final design execution. moto_2016_leak2 Grain of salt included, we do see some interesting details, like a metallic design that definitely has similarities with the Nexus 6P and possibly the iPhone 5S. If you remember your Motos, there has never been quite a huge departure from the look and feel of the Moto X and the Moto G – but possibly this year. moto_2016_leak3 Will Lenovo go metal on the Motos? We will have to wait and see. Midyear is still a ways off, so we will get you information on these new phones as they are available. SOURCE: HelloMotoHK

A Recap Of The 9th Annual Crunchies Awards

Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 12.54.30 PM The 9th Annual Crunchies took place at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco last night. Host Chelsea Peretti had us laughing before our presenters came on stage to announce the winners of this year’s Crunchies. Follow along for some of the highlights of the show, including an operatic musical number, our favorite speeches and some of your social media posts. Read More

SolarCity Beats Q4 Estimates, But Stock Plunges 30 Percent On Soft Outlook

solarcity-earnings-red SolarCity, which is down more than 50 percent over the past year, just released its Q4 2015 earnings. The market has reacted negatively, with the stock trading down about 30 percent after-hours at a price of around $17.50 per-share. While Q4 revenue of $115M and loss of $2.37 per share beat estimates of $111M in revenue and a loss of $2.59 per share, the company’s Q1 2016 forecast… Read More

FBI Director entreats tech firms to release encrypted data used in crimes and terror

FBI Director James Comey again implored tech companies on Tuesday to comply with court orders to reveal encrypted communications that law enforcement considers vital to solving heinous crimes and stopping terrorism.

"We'd like a world where people are able to comply with court orders," Comey said in testimony before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. "It's not about us trying to get a back door, a term that confuses me, frankly. I don't want a door. I don't want a window. I don't want a sliding glass door. I would like people to comply with court orders and that's the conversation we're trying to have."

Major tech firms, especially Apple, have said that decoding encrypted communications is impractical, counterproductive and sometimes impossible -- especially if data is encrypted on a smartphone and can only be decrypted by the phone's user.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge images leaked yet again

Samsung Galaxy S7 edgeWe're pretty sure by now, less than two weeks before the Unpacked Event, you're all hyped up about this year's Galaxy S7. The premium flagship smartphone has been a favorite subject together with the Galaxy Edge and Galaxy Edge+ variants. Like we’ve been saying over and over again, expect more rumors, leaks, and early sightings about the new phones that we’re all still hoping would have a microSD card slot. The photo above is said to be a first look of the real Galaxy S7 Edge. It could be just be a prototype but the image looks legit. How do we know it's #TheNextGalaxy? Words are in Chinese but there’s that SM-G9350 model number we discovered a few months back. However,  SM-G930 is supposed to be for the S7 only while the the phone looks like an S7 Edge. That's an image of an AnTuTu benchmark test results showing a whopping 134,704 score points. Samsung Galaxy S7 3 Another leaked image tells us that the Galaxy S7 will have no more of the camera hump as we noticed before. We can still hope for a full-metal body frame but a source said that it won't be aluminum but a magnesium metal frame this time. The phone pictured here doesn't look like it has a glass back panel though. It looks more plastic but that's understandable if it's only a prototype. Phone looks classy in an all-black finish including the camera. So far, here’s what we know about the specs: 5.5-inch (or 5.1- or 5.7-) Super AMOLED screen, Exynos 8890 or Qualcomm S820, 4GB RAM, 12MP camera with f / 1.7 aperture, 5MP or 8MP front-facing camera, 32GB/64GB onboard storage, microSD card slot, and a 3600mAh battery. We already know that the S7 and the S7 Edge will have better battery life--probably a 17-hour video playback on both the Snapdragon 820 and Exynos model. The camera will boast of a BRITECELL technology that will make images brighter and prove that it's imaging-centric. As for the pricing, it might be the same as last year. Interestingly, the photo is from a source in Vietnam (don't mind the guava). There's information that both phones will be available in the country on March 18--a few weeks after the March 3 announcement. We're crossing our fingers that this will have that IP67-certification just like the old Galaxy S5. VIA: SAMMOBILE, NWE

Gigantic developer Motiga announces more layoffs, may impact beta test

Motiga, the development studio behind upcoming Xbox One and Windows 10 title Gigantic, has hit another rough patch, announcing another round of employee layoffs.










Some Office 365 business customers are being updated to Office 2016

It seems that Microsoft has started rolling out Office 2016 to some of its Office 365 business subscribers. Some users with business subscriptions are reporting that they have been prompted to download the latest version of Microsoft's productivity suite.










Making Gartner Obsolete: Ombud Update

Ombud starts with the value proposition. IT wants the best services for the least money, vendors want to sell with increasing profitability.

SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit now available at a 20% discount

Samsung acquired IoT device maker SmartThings last year and the company has since released several new products. Recently it introduced the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit which features a Hub with compatible accessories. The regular retail price of this kit is $249 but SmartThings is currently offering it at a 20% discount.

The SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit is billed as the easiest way to transform your home into a smart home. It features a Hub that connects with smart sensors, lights, locks, cameras and more. The kit has two multipurpose sensors to monitor which doors, windows or cabinets are opened. There’s also a motion sensor to monitor movement inside the home and an outlet to control lights, small appliances and electronics. Combined, the gadgets and gizmos enable users to monitor and secure their home affordably and even get immediate alerts if there’s unexpected entry or motion in the home. The SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit normally retails for $249 but in honor or Presidents Day it’s offering it for just $199 until February 20.

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U.S. Version Of Politwoops Comes Back Online To Track Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

p1040320 Politwoops, a service that tracks politicians’ deleted tweets in an effort to hold elected officials accountable for the statements they make on social media, is now back online in the U.S. The restoration of the service, announced today by the Sunlight Foundation, follows Twitter’s earlier decision to restore Politwoops’ access to its API after previously having… Read More

Fox Marks Down Its DraftKings Investment By 60 Percent

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, an ad for daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings is displayed in a subway station in Philadelphia. A state judge has barred daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel from doing business in New York.  The order issued Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, by state Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez also denied the country’s two biggest daily fantasy sports sites’ attempts to block the state’s attorney general enforcement action. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia) Twenty-First Century Fox, which invested $160M in DraftKings over the summer, has written down the investment by about 60 percent, according to its 10-Q filed today. Specifically, Fox noted that “based on information concerning DraftKings’ current valuation in a recent financing transaction, the Company determined that a portion of its investment in DraftKings was impaired and… Read More

World’s largest solar plant goes live; will provide power for 1.1M people

The world's largest solar power plant, now live in Morocco, will eventually provide 1.1 million people with power and cut carbon emissions by 760,000 tons a year.

The $9 billion Noor Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant could eventually start exporting energy to the European market.

The Noor Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), paid for with funds approved by The World Bank, is located in the Souss-Massa-Drâa area in Morocco, about 6 miles from Ouarzazate town. It began operation on Thursday. While the World Bank and other development partners provided financial support, the Noor solar plant is a wholly Moroccan project.

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Samsung files trademark application for Always On Display, possibly for Galaxy S7

Samsung-Galaxy-S7-pricingAs we near the launch date for Samsung’s newest flagship, getting information and leaks about the Samsung Galaxy S7 seems to be a regular occurrence now. We got news on the pricing, some information on the battery life, and the existence of a Galaxy S7 Edge model. Now we get this new one, with Samsung apparently filing for trademark on a feature called “Always On Display”, which could possibly be part of the Galaxy S7’s features. The image below tells you one thing – Samsung wants to own the trademark for the term “Always On Display”. It’s a pretty vague term, to say the least – but it wants to own it in the domain that matters to us, in mobile phones and tablets. It's still not clear whether the trademark application will be granted to Samsung, but filing for owning it tells us that the Korean gadget giant is working on such a feature. samsung_trademark_alwayson What could it be? Well, we can deduce as much as we want. Samsung is famous for its AMOLED display technology, which does not use any power when the screen does not show anything. It basically turns off the LED to display the black color – this is why a black wallpaper is great battery saving for a phone with an AMOLED screen. So it’s not a stretch of imagination to get a feature where the phone’s screen is perpetually displaying something small, like time or date or anything like that – on a black background, it would still eat up very little power. Of course, having this for the Galaxy S7 is pure assumption on our part, but it might just happen. There is a slim chance we might see it on the new flagship, and perhaps in future devices from Samsung. It won’t be long now. SOURCE: USPTO

Jeux : Firewatch (Panic) est disponible sur Mac/PC/PS4

Ce n'est pas ce que l'on appelle un "AAA" mais bien un petit jeu indépendant qui tente de se faire une place au soleil : Firewatch sort ce soir sur Steam pour Mac, PC et PS4.Firewatch -2 par mac4everSi l'on vous en parle, ce n'est pas seulement car le titre est prometteur, mais surtout car il est édité par Panic, une petite boite bien connue du mon...

Samsung hopes Raspberry Pi can spread Tizen OS adoption

Samsung sees the popular Raspberry Pi board as a way for a potentially large number of enthusiasts to develop products with the Tizen OS.

For that purpose, the company initiated a port of Tizen 3.0 OS to Raspberry Pi. It is now possible to create custom versions of the latest Tizen OS for the development board through tools provided by Linux-based collaboration projects.

Tizen is being used in mobile devices, wearables, TVs and other products. Samsung hopes users will create Tizen-based IoT devices through Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi boards have sold in the millions and have been used to make robots, wearables, drones and other devices. The Pi 2, which is priced at $35, supports versions of Linux like Raspbian and Ubuntu, and also Microsoft's Windows 10 IoT Core.

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Pourquoi les astronautes sont-ils si faibles de retour sur Terre ?

Les astronautes de la Station spatiale internationale mèneront des expériences pour mieux comprendre les changements subis par l’organisme








IDG Contributor Network: Managing data and the supply chain, from soup to nuts

Campbell Soup, the food manufacturing giant behind brands like Pepperidge Farms, Prego, and V8, made national headlines and gained praise in January when it announced intentions to become the first major food company to start disclosing GMO (genetically modified organisms) ingredients in its products.

This has been a hot topic with consumers in recent years, and represents a major shift for the company which, as The New York Times points out, risks "alienating consumers averse to genetically modified organisms." While only time will tell if a move like this will impact sales, there's no question that it will mean major changes for a very complex supply chain that is managing thousands of products under a large portfolio of brands using ingredients from suppliers all over the world.

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Navy calls on researchers to create firefighting humanoid robot

The U.S. Navy is getting a helping hand from university researchers in its efforts to create a robot that can fight fires onboard its ships.

The Navy is hoping to one day have robots, instead of sailors, take on the dangerous job of tackling onboard fires. To make that happen, it is turning to researchers and students.

The U.S. military’s Office of Naval Research is giving a grant of $600,000 to a Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor to develop motion-planning algorithms for firefighting humanoid robots.

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New Intel 15.40.18.4380 beta drivers fix ‘numerous reported game play issues’

Intel just released their beta 15.40.18.4380 drivers for 4th, 5th, and new 6th generation Intel Core processors. The drivers were evidently published on February 5th but have just been listed on the Intel download site. Once installed, the drivers show a February 2 date for their file information.

The update from Intel appears to mostly address 'game play' issues encountered when playing specific gaming titles.










Vine now lets you create a new video right from its icon with 3D Touch support

Vine, Twitter's app for sharing quick videos, has been updated to take advantage of 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s. With the app's new quick actions, you can start a search or create a new Vine right from the app icon.

Here's what's new in Vine 5.3:

  • Now you can watch an account's Vines in any order you want. From an account page, tap the icon next to Posts and select Newest, Oldest or Popular.
  • With 3D Touch, you can make a Vine or open Explore right from your device's screen.

This release also features a number of smaller improvements and bug fixes. You can grab Vine 5.3 from the App Store right now.










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