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Future Electronics and Crocus Technology sign global distribution agreement

March 26, 2014 10:04 am | Comments

Future Electronics today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Crocus Technology, a leading developer of magnetically enhanced semiconductor technologies for mobile security, embedded microcontrollers, harsh environment electronics and magnetic sensors....

In search of a few good apps

March 26, 2014 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

While the Food and Drug Administration has released guidelines for the regulation of mobile health (mHealth) apps that act as medical devices or as accessories to medical devices, the vast majority of mHealth apps remain unregulated and unevaluated.

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Robotic arm probes chemistry of 3-D objects by mass spectrometry

March 26, 2014 9:09 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When life on Earth first started, simple molecules bonded together into precursors of modern genetic material. One theory is that the catalytic minerals on a meteorite's surface jump-started life's first chemical reactions. But scientists need a way to directly analyze these rough, irregularly shaped surfaces....

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Photos of the Day: The Crabster CR200 autonomous underwater vehicle

March 26, 2014 9:06 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Crabster CR200 autonomous underwater vehicle is designed to explore shipwrecks, conduct marine research, search and rescue operations, and other deep-sea missions. Created by the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), the Crabster can walk along the ocean floor....

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Marc Andreessen predicts “Libertarians will turn on Bitcoin”

March 26, 2014 2:14 am | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

Venture capitalist and browser inventor Marc Andreessen says Bitcoin will soon outgrow the “fringe” politics that helped get it started. Bitcoin got where it is today in no small part thanks to early adopters of a libertarian bent, who prized the idea of replacing conventional currencies....

Netscape Creator: 'Bitcoin Matters'

March 26, 2014 1:09 am | by AllVoices | Comments

Today, two of the biggest venture capitalists that stand behind bitcoin shot back at the cryptocurrency's skeptic. Marc Andreessen, creator of ‘90s browser Netscape, and Balaji Srinivasan, who just joined the firm Berkshire Hathaway, spoke at the Coin Summit conference...

Coming Soon: Android Apps for Wearable Devices

March 26, 2014 12:11 am | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

Developers and designers are now building apps for Google’s smart watch platform.The designers of the forthcoming Moto 360 hope they’ve passed a fashion test. In contrast to the often bulky and boxy smart watches released to date (see “Smart Watches Need a Makeover, and a Shrink Ray”), their device...

IRS will tax bitcoin as property

March 25, 2014 11:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

It wouldn't be tax season without the IRS declaring sweeping changes that affect the 2013 taxes that many people have already submitted. In a Tuesday announcement, the agency declared that the virtual currency knows as bitcoin is considered taxable property....

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Facebook buys virtual reality co. Oculus for $2B

March 25, 2014 9:09 pm | by Barbara Ortutay - AP Technology Writers - Associated Press | Comments

Facebook has agreed to buy Oculus for $2 billion, betting that its virtual reality technology may be a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained. "This is a long-term bet on the future of computing," said Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday on a call with analysts....

NASA solicits new collaborative partnerships with commercial space industry

March 25, 2014 5:14 pm | by NASA | Comments

Building on the success of NASA's commercial spaceflight initiatives, agency officials announced Monday plans to solicit proposals from U.S. private enterprises for unfunded partnerships to collaboratively develop new commercial space capabilities....

Turkey bans Twitter

March 25, 2014 5:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

The Turkish government has recently banned Twitter and is said to be "fighting a losing battle." Since Turkey banned Twitter and attempted to curb communications from its citizens, Turkish Twitter users have been using virtual private networks (VPN), anonymous browser...

Police keep quiet about cell-tracking technology

March 25, 2014 1:11 pm | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | Comments

Police across the country may be intercepting phone calls or text messages to find suspects using a technology tool known as Stingray. But they're refusing to turn over details about its use or heavily censoring files when they do. Police say Stingray, a suitcase-size device that pretends it's a cell tower, is useful....

China demands answers from US over spying claims

March 25, 2014 1:08 pm | Comments

China said Monday it was demanding an explanation from Washington over allegations U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei and targeted top Chinese officials and government institutions....

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Whispers, secrets and lies? Anonymity apps rise

March 25, 2014 1:04 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

At a time when Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are pushing people to put forward their most polished, put-together selves, a new class of mobile applications aims for a bit more honesty. Among the latest is Secret, created by two former Google engineers....

Feds reach out to kids over online predators

March 25, 2014 12:46 pm | by AMY TAXIN, Associated Press | Comments

Federal agents are reaching out to children to get them to use street smarts online in a nationwide push to prevent sexual exploitation cases. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will send agents to school auditoriums and community centers across the country....

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