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Sony Pictures CEO had 'no playbook' for mega-hack on studio

January 9, 2015 9:10 am | by Tami Abdollah, AP | Comments

The network was crippled. Days before Thanksgiving, Sony Pictures employees had logged onto computers that flashed a grim message from a hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace. Soon personal information for tens of thousands of current and former workers was...

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Startup brings more efficient tools to Tanzania

January 8, 2015 3:26 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

Back in 2009, alumna Jodie Wu ’09 launched Global Cycle Solutions (GCS) in Tanzania to bring small-scale farmers an innovative product she designed in MIT’s D-Lab: a bike-mounted maize sheller. Easily attached to a bike and powered by pedaling, the low-cost, cast-iron...

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3-D 'Pop-up' silicon structures: Transforming planar materials into 3-D microarchitectures

January 8, 2015 3:23 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | Comments

In the cover feature article of the journal, Science, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign describe a unique process for geometrically transforming two dimensional (2D) micro/nanostructures into extended 3D layouts by exploiting mechanics principles similar to those found in children's 'pop-up' books.a

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Today in Engineering History: America's First Transcontinental Railroad

January 8, 2015 3:19 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor PDD, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1863, California Governor Leland Stanford broke ground for the Central Pacific Railroad in Sacramento. This event marked the beginning of America’s first transcontinental railroad. The Central Pacific Railroad was finally finished in Promontory, Utah in May 1869.

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Photos of the Day: This is how you train for the ISS

January 8, 2015 2:58 pm | by NASA | Comments

Training for a space mission is no joke. Those lucky enough to make it to the International Space Station are basically on their own and must be prepared for all situations. Every part of living on the ISS is practiced on earth in specialized training facilities to ensure that nothing...

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Glass for Backlights: A Possible Game-Changer for LCD and OLED

January 8, 2015 12:31 pm | by DisplaySearch | Comments

At CES 2015, Corning unveiled its new glass product, Iris, which focuses on the light-guide plate (LGP) in edge-lit LCD TVs. Current LGPs in LCD backlight units are made with acrylic, but Corning has proposed a new revolutionary material, glass. The announcement has ignited several discussions in...

Sensors move Army closer to common environment

January 8, 2015 9:32 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

The Army envisions a future where sensors dynamically interact with each other while sharing information with Soldiers. Its researchers are one step closer to enabling this common operating environment through the development of a foundational software architecture.

Defying the Achilles heel of graphene

January 8, 2015 9:12 am | by University of Exeter | Comments

A resilience to extreme conditions by the most transparent, lightweight and flexible material for conducting electricity could help revolutionise the electronic industry, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Exeter have discovered that GraphExeter - a...

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Opportunity rover takes in view from top of Martian hill

January 8, 2015 9:02 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

NASA's Opportunity rover is soaking in the view from its perch atop a Martian hill as engineers continue to fix a problem with its computer memory. The aging rover beamed new images to Earth on Wednesday, confirming it reached the hill informally called Cape Tribulation.

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Drones at CES: Sky's the Limit

January 8, 2015 9:00 am | by HAVEN DALEY, Associated Press | Comments

When you're searching for the hottest gadgets on the floor of this year's consumer electronics show, be sure to look up. For the first time ever, there's an International CES section dedicated to drones. More than 20 companies are showing off dozens of different models...

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Smart and pretty! Fashion designers spruce up smartwatches

January 8, 2015 8:54 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Smartwatches don't have to look ugly to be functional. Clothing and accessories designers are collaborating with engineers to produce computerized wristwatches that people will want to wear all day and night. With Apple Inc. preparing to release a watch line that includes an...

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Sony case statements could cause bind, depending on evidence

January 8, 2015 8:52 am | by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration's extraordinary decision to point fingers at North Korea over the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. could lead to a courtroom spectacle in the event charges are ultimately filed against someone without ties to the isolated country, such as a disgruntled employee or an unrelated hacker.

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Samsung forecasts first annual profit drop in 3 years

January 8, 2015 8:50 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday its annual profit fell for the first time in three years as its smartphone growth lost steam. The company's 2014 operating profit is expected to be about 24.9 trillion won ($22.6 billion), down 32 percent from 2013, based on preliminary...

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Don't sound the death knell for the PC just yet

January 8, 2015 8:47 am | by BRANDON BAILEY AP Technology Writer | Comments

A year ago, pundits were declaring the personal computer dead. Smartphones and tablets were cannibalizing sales, and the once-revolutionary PC seemed unnecessary — and boring. Sure, a smartphone is great for checking emails, snapping photos and playing games. Tablets...

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Photos of the Day: CES 2015

January 7, 2015 3:55 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Consumer Electronic Show is one of the biggest shows of the year and it's where a lot of the major players make their announcements for the year about the new technology. For the 2015 show, Digital Editor Jason Lomberg hit the show floor. Here ECN offers a roundup of a...

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