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Amazon Ready To Ship Large-Format Kindle DX

June 15, 2009 8:05 am | by Mark Long | Comments

Amazon has begun taking orders for its new Kindle DX e-reader, which is slated to begin shipping on Wednesday. The device has enough storage capacity to accommodate 3,500 books, the company said. The wireless device -- which sports a big 9.7-inch diagonal screen but is just one-third of an inch thick -- delivers instant access to magazines, newspapers and more than 285,000 books without users having to pay a monthly cellular bill. Amazon says e-books purchased for the device are delivered in less than 60 seconds over a built-in 3G wireless link that is widely available in all 50 states.

Weak Security Enables Credit Card Hacks

June 15, 2009 7:19 am | by JORDAN ROBERTSON | Comments

Every time you swipe your credit card and wait for the transaction to be approved, sensitive data including your name and account number are ferried from store to bank through computer networks, each step a potential opening for hackers.

Fifteen Classic PC Design Mistakes

June 15, 2009 7:07 am | Comments

There’s no such thing as the perfect computer, and never has been. But in the personal computer’s long and varied history, some computers have been decidedly less perfect than others. Many early PCs shipped with major design flaws that either sunk platforms outright or considerably slowed down their adoption by the public.

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New Facebook URLs Raise Cyber-Squatting Fears

June 15, 2009 6:18 am | Comments

Facebook's new personalised URLs feature has already come under fire from experts who believe it could be abused by cyber-squatters. The new service, which went live on Saturday, allows account holders to register more distinctive URLs for their profiles by choosing a specific username, which will then be displayed in the URL link to their profile.

GOP Says Democrat Climate Bill is Another Tax

June 15, 2009 6:04 am | by H. JOSEF HEBERT | Comments

Republicans on Saturday slammed a Democratic bill before the House that seeks to address climate change, arguing that it amounts to an energy tax on consumers. In the GOP's weekly radio and Internet address, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence said Congress should instead open the way for more domestic oil and natural gas production and ease regulatory barriers for building new nuclear power plants.

Lightning Takes Down Amazon's Cloud

June 12, 2009 7:18 am | by by Andrew Donoghue | Comments

Amazon.com is blaming the latest outage to hit its Elastic Compute Cloud service on a lightning strike at one of its data centers.

Yahoo Hires CFO from Altera

June 12, 2009 7:10 am | by by Alexei Oreskovic, Tiffany Wu, and Richard Chang | Comments

Yahoo Inc on Thursday named Altera Corp's chief financial officer as its finance chief, the latest move by the Internet company to rebuild itself in the image of its new chief executive. Tim Morse -- who also worked at General Electric Co for 15 years -- will succeed Blake Jorgensen as CFO, reporting to CEO Carol Bartz, who has been reshuffling management and streamlining operations since she took over the helm of the company in January.

Analog TV Cutoff Brings Confusion to Some

June 12, 2009 6:47 am | by PETER SVENSSON | Comments

TV stations across the U.S. started cutting their analog signals Friday morning, ending a 60-year run for the technology and likely stranding more than 1 million unprepared homes without TV service.

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Bad E-Manners Can Cost You A Lot

June 12, 2009 6:27 am | Comments

A political coup in New York's statehouse can be traced back to an incident in which a top lawmaker so enraged a wealthy backer by peering at e-mails on his BlackBerry that his patron engineered his ouster.

Eleven Astronauts to Form Largest Off-Planet Party

June 11, 2009 7:03 am | by MARCIA DUNN | Comments

Mix seven shuttle astronauts and six space station residents and you set a record for the biggest off-the-planet gathering. NASA is aiming to launch Endeavour on Saturday morning to the international space station for a long, laborious construction job. When the shuttle pulls up, there will be 13 people at the station — the most people ever together in space at one time.

Thinnest Superconducting Metal Created

June 11, 2009 6:09 am | Comments

A superconducting sheet of lead only two atoms thick, the thinnest superconducting metal layer ever created, has been developed by physicists at The University of Texas at Austin.

NKU Breaks Ground on Advanced Informatics Center

June 11, 2009 5:51 am | Comments

Northern Kentucky University broke ground recently on a new, $55 million, ultra high-tech Center for Informatics that will house the university’s new College of Informatics, which combines all information-related disciplines under one college. The Center, largely funded with state dollars, will be built to provide the ultimate intersection of education and economic development, and is a key strategy for the region’s 2015 goal to create 50,000 new jobs.

Microlender Reaches Out to US Small Business

June 10, 2009 8:34 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Comments

Kiva.org has spent the past 3 1/2 years raising money on the Internet to finance destitute entrepreneurs in 44 impoverished countries. Now in a sign of the economy's spreading despair, the online "microlender" is reaching out to low-income entrepreneurs in the United States

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USA Today to Introduce For-Pay Digital Edition

June 10, 2009 8:24 am | Comments

The new publisher of USA Today plans to introduce an electronic replica of the printed newspaper and charge readers for it. The new version will be sent by e-mail to readers beginning Aug. 3 and cost slightly less than printed editions of USA Today, which is the nation's largest newspaper by circulation

Technology Makes Bright Full-Color Electronic Readers

June 10, 2009 7:11 am | by Wendy Beckman | Comments

Thinking about getting an e-reader but not sure if you like reading the dim screen? An international collaboration of the University of Cincinnati, Sun Chemical, Polymer Vision and Gamma Dynamics has announced Electrofluidic Display Technology (EFD), the first technology to electrically switch the appearance of pigments in a manner that provides visual brilliance equal to conventional printed media.

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