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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Social Corporate Responsibility

May 6, 2015 3:00 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

This award honors organizational efforts to be a greater corporate member of society, from a local to a global level. Good works criteria may include, but is not limited to, efforts to curb electronic waste and improve recyclability, overall carbon footprint reduction ...


2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Material Technology Innovation

May 6, 2015 2:53 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

This award will be given to the entrant with the most significant technical development during the year 2014 in the field of material development. From materials used to make batteries for wireless devices, to the use of GaN (Galium Nitride) to ...


Space debris from satellite explosion increases collision risk for space craft

May 6, 2015 10:54 am | by University of Southampton | Comments

Debris from the US Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F13 satellite, which recently exploded in orbit, could pose a threat to other spacecraft and missions according to new research from the University of Southampton.


Boxing match pops up on phones as TV habits change

May 6, 2015 10:36 am | by TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writer | Comments

It should have been a proud moment for TV: A much-hyped sports event drawing in millions of paying viewers and showcasing the clout still held by traditional media heavyweights. Instead, the broadcast of Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight ...

Googling on mobile devices surpasses PCs in US for 1st time

May 6, 2015 10:32 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world. The milestone announced at a ...

Netflix says FCC should demand changes in AT&T-DirecTV deal

May 6, 2015 10:30 am | by MARLEY JAY, AP Business Writer | Comments

Internet video service Netflix is telling the Federal Communication that it should reject AT&T's purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV unless some changes are made. In a letter dated Monday, Netflix said if the deal is completed in its current form ...

US gives farmers approval to spray crops from drones

May 6, 2015 10:27 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | Comments

A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that weighs ...


Comcast says adding thousands of customer-support jobs

May 6, 2015 10:24 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Comcast, long dogged by a terrible reputation for customer service, is planning to hire thousands and is rolling out new tools to improve its interactions with customers. "There are times you just need to transform things and rethink things from the base level....


Astronomers find farthest galaxy: 13.1 billion light-years

May 6, 2015 10:21 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Astronomers have discovered a baby blue galaxy that is farther away in distance and time than any galaxy ever seen. It's among the universe's first generation of galaxies, from 13.1 billion years ago. Yale and University of California Santa Cruz scientists used three ...


UAE to explore Mars' atmosphere with probe named 'Hope'

May 6, 2015 10:17 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The United Arab Emirates says its planned 2020 mission to Mars will study the planet's atmosphere and will be appropriately named "Hope." The UAE team behind the project revealed new details on the probe Wednesday.


Review: Small life enhancements come with Apple Watch

May 6, 2015 10:03 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple Watch isn't so much a lifestyle revolution as it is a collection of small enhancements that add up. Apple's smartwatch has a wider range of apps than rival watches from Samsung, Motorola and others. In my few weeks ...


For most, N. Korean online shopping not just a click away

May 6, 2015 9:49 am | by ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press | Comments

Online shopping has arrived in North Korea, though it's as isolated from the rest of the world as the country itself, and the vast majority of North Koreans lack the technology to use it. The website Okryu, aimed primarily at smartphone users, offers products from ...

EU plan hopes to help tech companies compete with US giants

May 6, 2015 9:32 am | by LORNE COOK and RAF CASERT, Associated Press | Comments

The European Union has unveiled a long-term strategy to help its technology companies compete with U.S. giants like Google and Amazon by unifying the continent's digital sector and taking a hard line on abuses by dominant firms.


Daimler's self-driving big rig makes big entrance in Nevada

May 6, 2015 9:28 am | by KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Associated Press | Comments

Its name is "Inspiration" and Daimler Trucks says it's the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads - in this case Nevada's highways - not only for testing, but business, too. Daimler Trucks North America LLC debuted the self-driving ...

MITEI releases report on the future of solar energy

May 6, 2015 9:12 am | by Melissa Abraham, MIT Energy Initiative | Comments

Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting humanity’s future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions — but to realize this potential will require increased emphasis on developing lower-cost technologies and more effective deployment ...



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