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Dell's Numbers Show PC Industry Staggering Back

August 28, 2009 5:32 am | Comments

Dell Inc.'s second-quarter results reinforce what other tech heavyweights have shown recently about the health of the personal-computer industry: it's still wounded by the recession, but is staggering back to its feet, thanks to consumers, bargain prices and little "netbook" laptops for surfing the Internet. The Round Rock, Texas-based company reported Thursday that profit fell 23 percent and sales fell 22 percent in the May-July period.

TiVo Sues Over DVR Patents

August 27, 2009 7:19 am | Comments

TiVo Inc. on Wednesday sued AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. for patent infringement, including one covering the ability to pause and rewind live TV. The DVR maker filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, seeking damages for past infringement and a permanent injunction.

IBM X-Force Security Report Calls Web Insecure

August 27, 2009 6:53 am | by Jennifer LeClaire, | Comments

Web insecurity. That's the two-word summary of IBM's X-Force 2009 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report. Big Blue released its latest survey Wednesday with some troubling news: Web client, server and content threats are converging to create an untenable risk landscape.

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Internet Campaigning Arrives Cautiously in Japan

August 27, 2009 5:44 am | Comments

Japan is one of the world's most Internet-savvy nations - except when it comes to politics. Decades-old rules have effectively banned campaigning on the Web. But this Sunday's general election is testing that restriction with some candidates blogging, tweeting and posting speeches on YouTube. A 1950 law, aimed at keeping costs down and leveling the competition among candidates

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India 3G Auction May Happen Soon

August 27, 2009 5:08 am | by by James Middleton | Comments

Analysts have reason to believe that the long awaited Indian 3G spectrum auction may take place sooner rather than later, although its expected impact on competition and technology is thought to be vastly overstated.

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Moon Mission Faces Fiscal Issues

August 27, 2009 4:54 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN | Comments

NASA will test the powerful first stage of its new Ares moon rocket Thursday, a milestone in a program that has already spent $7 billion for a rocket that astronauts may never use. When that first stage is tested, it will be mounted horizontally. The engine will fire, shake and make lots of noise. But by design, it will not leave the ground. The same could be said for NASA's plans to go to the moon, Mars or beyond Earth orbit.

Nokia Breaks into Banking

August 26, 2009 9:05 am | Comments

The world’s leading mobile handset manufacturer, Finland’s Nokia, announced a move into financial services on Wednesday. The new direction for Nokia will see it working with mobile payment specialist Obopay, in which Nokia invested $70m in March this year.

Wikipedia Testing new Method to Curb False Info

August 26, 2009 4:42 am | Comments

Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that has drawn some decidedly juvenile pranks, is looking to impose more discipline with new restrictions on the editing of articles. The latest changes come as Wikipedia tries to balance a need for credibility and a desire for openness. While anyone can still edit entries, the site is testing pages that won't register changes until they are approved by an experienced Wikipedia editor.

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`Phishing' Drops; are Scammers Switching Tactics?

August 26, 2009 4:38 am | Comments

Internet criminals might be rethinking a favorite scam for stealing people's personal information. A report being released Wednesday by IBM Corp. shows a big drop in the volume of "phishing" e-mails, in which fraud artists send what looks like a legitimate message from a bank or some other company.

South Korean Satellite Launch Misses Orbit

August 25, 2009 8:32 am | by JIN-MAN LEE, Hyung-jin Kim, and Kwang-tae Kim | Comments

South Korea launched its first rocket Tuesday, just months after rival North Korea's launch drew international anger, but space officials said the satellite it carried failed to enter its intended orbit. A Science Ministry statement called the launch a "partial success," as the satellite separated from the rocket normally before entering a different orbit. The launch could boost South Korea's space ambitions, but the North warned it would keep a close eye on the international response. There was no immediate comment from North Korea.

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Gravity-Wave Experiment Modifies Some String Theories

August 25, 2009 8:19 am | by Clara Moskowitz | Comments

This time, scientists are excited to find nothing. In results announced today, a huge physics experiment built to detect gravitational waves has yet to find any. Rather than be disappointed by the null findings, physicists say the results were expected, and in fact help them narrow down possibilities for what the universe was like just after it was born.

Student to Build Robotics for Oregon Zoo Elephants

August 25, 2009 6:32 am | Comments

Liberty, SC - Rohan Jhunjhunwala is passionate about robotics and technology. As a student at the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon, Jhunjhunwala, a mechanical engineering leader on the school’s competitive robotics society, was approached to build a robotics system for the elephants at the Oregon Zoo.

Space Shuttle Lauch Postponed

August 25, 2009 5:48 am | by MARCIA DUNN | Comments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – NASA will try again to launch the shuttle Discovery to the international space station on Wednesday after having to call it off early Tuesday because of thunderstorms.

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Apple's Snow Leopard Goes on Sale Friday

August 25, 2009 5:39 am | Comments

Apple Inc.'s latest operating system software, Snow Leopard, will go on sale this Friday. The Mac OS X version 10.6 software will debut at Apple's retail stores and authorized resellers nationwide. Apple's online store is now taking pre-orders. Snow Leopard's release comes days before its promised September launch. It precedes by two months the launch of Microsoft Corp.'s next operating system, Windows 7.

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Microsoft Adds App Access to Non-smart Phones

August 25, 2009 5:19 am | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is giving people with regular cell phones access to the same kinds of programs that smart phone owners have embraced. Microsoft's OneApp software, announced Monday, is aimed at developing countries where so-called "feature phones" and prepaid systems are prevalent. Microsoft's first partner is Blue Label Telecoms Group of South Africa, which sells prepaid cell phone minutes.

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