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Motorola unveils 3 smart phones for return to China

January 26, 2015 3:24 pm | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | Comments

Motorola unveiled three smartphone models on Monday for its return to China following a two-year absence from the most populous mobile phone market. Motorola was a mobile phone pioneer in China but pulled out in 2013 after its acquisition....

Cuban youth build secret computer network despite Wi-Fi ban

January 26, 2015 3:22 pm | by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press | Comments

Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world...

Man takes responsibility for drone over White House

January 26, 2015 3:18 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN and JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response and raising fresh questions about security at the presidential mansion. A man later came forward to say ...

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A huge advance in semiconducting graphene

January 26, 2015 12:11 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

A team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Berkeley has demonstrated a new way to change the amount of electrons that reside in a given region within a piece of graphene, they have a...

China takes over lead from Europe in 2013 photovoltaic installations

January 26, 2015 11:36 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A booming photovoltaic market in Asia has propelled China to a global leader in photovoltaic energy installations in 2013, according to the latest edition of the JRC's PV Status Report. The EU has retained its domination in cumulative installed capacity....

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This neurostimulator makes people cry

January 26, 2015 11:30 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

A Stanford University fellow developed implantable neurostimulators to create tears for people who suffer from dry eye. The devices, a little larger than a fingernail, work in pairs. One is inserted into the mucous membrane in the patient’s nasal cavity....

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Brain-wave headset crowdsourced

January 26, 2015 11:15 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

British company Flexctrl Ltd. is crowdfunding a headset designed to enable users to control wireless devices with brain activity. The indiegogo campaign, which began on Dec. 23, has raised £741 ($1,112) out of its £125,000 ($187,000) goal as of Jan. 27....

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Is China’s TV industry slowing down?

January 26, 2015 11:12 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

Recently, two leading local brands announced their TV shipment results in 2014, Skyworth only grew 1% Y/Y in China, 24% Y/Y in overseas market (mainly OEMs); TCL’s overall sales volume of LCD TV decreased 3.5% to 16.57 million sets....

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Preparing for the robot uprising

January 26, 2015 10:52 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Could artificial intelligence programs revolutionize human labor laws? Should autonomous weapons be programmed to comply with the Geneva Conventions? A speculative letter released on Thursday, Jan. 16 by Future of Life Institute, a volunteer-run research ...

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Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys

January 26, 2015 9:39 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water....

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5 ways drones could affect the American food supply

January 26, 2015 9:35 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union....

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Sheriffs want popular police-tracking app disabled

January 26, 2015 9:31 am | by EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press | Comments

Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives ...

Turkish court orders Facebook pages blocked

January 26, 2015 9:10 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has ordered authorities to block access in the country to Facebook pages that "insult" the Prophet Muhammad, in the latest move to censor the Internet. The Anadolu Agency says a court in Ankara issued ...

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New process transforms planar materials into 3D microarchitectures

January 26, 2015 8:21 am | by University of Illinois | 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 ...

There's more to lightning than meets the eye

January 26, 2015 8:12 am | by Duke University | Comments

To study an electrical storm’s internal wiring, researchers watch for either Very High Frequency (VHF) waves caused by the breakdown of air in front of a bolt’s path or radio waves produced by the movement of electrons. While previous studies have ...

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