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Single-photon detection, generation, and applications featured in Optical Engineering

September 26, 2014 9:15 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new special section on single-photon detection, generation, and applications in Optical Engineering highlights research on technologies with applications in areas as diverse as space exploration and quantum computing, furthering the field....

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Mechanized human hands: System designed to improve hand function lost to nerve damage

September 26, 2014 9:10 am | by Oregon State University | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created that could improve the transmission of mechanical forces and movement while implanted inside the body.

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Intel invests up to $1.5B in China mobile venture

September 26, 2014 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Intel will pay up to $1.5 billion for a 20 percent state in a Chinese venture that will design and make Intel-branded chips for mobile phones and other electronics. The Chinese chipmakers Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics are controlled by Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a state-owned company funded by Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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JRTC takes on cyber, hybrid, conventional threats as training evolves with missions

September 26, 2014 8:33 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

When the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), descended from the night sky into the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, last month, it not only marked the first large-scale joint forced entry air assault in more than 11 years, it also...

Apple bites stock market

September 25, 2014 5:29 pm | by Matthew Craft - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

A stumble by Apple set off the worst rout in the stock market since July on Thursday. Apple dropped nearly 4 percent following its announcement late Wednesday that it had pulled a software update which prevented users from making phone calls. Other technology stocks also slumped. The selling...

New technology tracks tiniest pollutants in real time

September 25, 2014 4:35 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

September 25, 2014 Atlanta, GA A team of six faculty members at the Georgia Institute of Technology has been awarded a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award, totaling approximately $700,000 from NSF and Georgia Tech’s office of...

Apple's response to iPhone glitches is key

September 25, 2014 3:29 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Apple's response to a high-profile gaffe involving its iPhone software may be more important than the glitch itself. As the giant tech company scrambled to fix a software glitch that left some of its new iPhones unable to make calls, some analysts said Thursday that Apple is doing the right thing...

Apple stock falls amid new iPhone glitches

September 25, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Apple's stock fell nearly 3 percent on Thursday, after some customers complained that a software update interfered with voice calls on their new iPhones, while others noted that the larger iPhone model could be vulnerable to bending. The stock decline led a broader decline in technology shares. ...

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iPhone 6 advances display technology; Panel shipments to exceed 100 million in 2014

September 25, 2014 12:33 pm | by DisplaySearch | Comments

Since the announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 9th, Apple’s new smartphone has captured attention around the world. Not only loyal Apple fans, who can be expected to wait on lines to purchase any new Apple product, but other consumers are willing to pay to switch from other...

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A galaxy of deception - Hubble snaps what looks like a young galaxy in the local Universe

September 25, 2014 12:30 pm | by European Space Agency | Comments

Astronomers usually have to peer very far into the distance to see back in time, and view the Universe as it was when it was young. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy DDO 68, otherwise known as UGC 5340, was thought to offer an exception. This ragged collection of stars and...

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US stock market sinks as Apple drags down tech

September 25, 2014 12:29 pm | by Matthew Craft - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Technology companies are leading a broad drop in U.S. stocks that has pulled the Dow Jones industrial average down 200 points. The steep decline comes a day after the market had its biggest gain in more than a month. Apple dropped more than 3 percent after the company pulled a software update for...

Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns

September 25, 2014 10:06 am | by MEAD GRUVER and MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press | Comments

A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

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Cyber experts warn of 'Bash' bug

September 25, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

New warnings are emerging of a security flaw known as the "Bash" bug, which cyber experts say may pose a serious threat to computers using Unix-based operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X. The Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued a warning about the vulnerability this week.

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Drones for moviemaking face likely FAA approval

September 25, 2014 9:59 am | by JOAN LOWY Associated Press | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, said attorneys and a company official familiar with the decision.

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Review: Samsung Alpha big on design, short on tech

September 25, 2014 9:55 am | by ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple filled a gaping hole in its product lineup with new iPhones boasting larger screens like Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphones. Now, Samsung is coming out with a smaller phone that looks and feels more like an iPhone. The new iPhones measure 4.7 inches...

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