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Ciber board OKs up to $5M in stock buybacks

February 23, 2010 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — Outsourcing firm Ciber Inc. said Tuesday its board approved a plan to buy back up to $5 million in outstanding shares this year.The company repurchased 1.4 million shares in 2009.The company uses buybacks to support shares being bought through its employee stock...

Check this out: Deposit money by taking a photo

February 23, 2010 11:59 am | News | Comments

In the near future, you might not even have to visit a bank or an ATM to deposit a check. You'll simply snap a couple of photos of it with your cell phone. Applications to do just that are already available for Apple's iPhone and other gadgets from USAA, a company that provides insurance and banking mainly for military veterans.

Dow Chemical CEO Liveris elected to IBM board

February 23, 2010 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM Corp. said Tuesday its board elected Andrew Liveris, the chief executive of Dow Chemical Co., as its 14th director.Liveris, 55, spent the majority of his career in Asia and rose to head all of Dow's Asia-Pacific operations before becoming its CEO in 2004.Liveris is also a director of...

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MIT commissions Peratech to develop next generation tactile robotic skin

February 23, 2010 11:27 am | News | Comments

Peratech Limited, the leader in new materials designed for touch technology solutions, has announced that they have been commissioned by the MIT Media Lab to develop a new type of electronic 'skin' that enables robotic devices to detect not only that they have been touched but also where and how hard the touch was.

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Microsoft replays Zune design for phone comeback

February 23, 2010 10:05 am | News | Comments

Apple Inc. rocked the wireless business by combining the functions of a phone and an iPod. Now, more than two years later, Microsoft Corp. has its comeback: phone software that works a lot like its own Zune media player.

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Wireless carriers unite on mobile apps project

February 23, 2010 10:02 am | News | Comments

The world's largest mobile phone carriers say they're joining forces to make it easier for software developers to write apps that will run on as many phones as possible. The "Wholesale Applications Community" announced Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is an attempt to retake the initiative from phone makers like Apple and Nokia, which have applications stores of their own.

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Samsung unveils new smart phone with own software

February 23, 2010 9:52 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., the largest maker of cell phones for the U.S. market, on Sunday revealed the first phone running Samsung's own "smart" software system, bada. With bada, Korea-based Samsung is taking the TouchWiz system used on its touch-screen non-smart phones and making it the basis of a smart phone platform to take on Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry.

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Now Tweeting: White House press secretary Gibbs

February 23, 2010 9:47 am | News | Comments

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has a new way to communicate directly to people - Twitter. President Barack Obama's chief spokesman ventured into the Twitter world on Saturday with his first 'tweet' or Twitter message on his official White House account.

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New media can help fight repression: watchdog group

February 23, 2010 9:42 am | News | Comments

An increase in online journalists and freelancers has made the press more vulnerable to repression, but new media are also helping raise awareness about such attacks, a watchdog group said on Tuesday. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in its annual report, released at a Tokyo news conference...

Skype allowed over Verizon wireless network

February 23, 2010 9:39 am | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless will let customers use the Internet phone service Skype to make free calls on some phones, an application that wireless carriers have been slow to allow. Under a deal announced Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress trade show, users of some Verizon phones who have a voice and data plan will be able to download a free Skype application in late March. That will let them call or instant-message other Skype users for free or call regular phone numbers outside the United States for a fee paid to Skype.

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40 percent in US lack home broadband

February 23, 2010 9:34 am | News | Comments

Roughly 40 percent of Americans do not have high-speed Internet access at home, according to new Commerce Department figures that underscore the challenges facing policymakers who are trying to bring affordable broadband connections to everyone. The Obama administration and Congress have identified universal broadband as a key to driving economic development, producing jobs and bringing educational opportunities and cutting-edge medicine to all corners of the country.

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Intel faced hacker attack same time as Google

February 23, 2010 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel says it was targeted by a "sophisticated" hacker attack this year at about the same time as a spying probe that hit Google.Intel Corp. disclosed the attack in a regulatory filing. The disclosure late Monday doesn't necessarily mean that Intel was infiltrated or that the attackers were the...

CEO: Google's Mobile Moment Has Come

February 23, 2010 9:27 am | News | Comments

Google's Chief Executive Eric Schmidt declared the age of the mobile phone had come as volume, growth and new capabilities had come together in an unprecedented way. Speaking for the first time at Mobile World Congress, the telecom industry's biggest annual fair, Schmidt said the point has come where the best developers wanted to create applications for mobile devices first, before thinking about desktop PCs.

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Smartphones offer problems for networks

February 23, 2010 9:23 am | News | Comments

Google must not be allowed to dominate and block cash from flowing more widely through the mobile telecoms system or else the network operators will not be able to invest to cope with the growing demand for data traffic, Vodafone said on Tuesday. Vittorio Colao, chief executive of the world's largest cellphone networks operator, told the Mobile World Congress trade fair in Barcelona that instead new business models needed to be created to cope with the demand for data services.

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Princeton Professor Claire Gmachl to Speak at Brookhaven Lab on Lasers

February 23, 2010 9:21 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Claire Gmachl, professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University, will give a talk on “Engineering Light: Quantum Cascade Lasers,” at Brookhaven Lab on Wednesday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in the Hamilton Seminar Room.

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