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Expert wants to help nab Russian password thieves

August 11, 2014 10:55 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | Comments

The hackers are a tight knit group, 10 or 11. They live in a Russian town, and have real jobs. But in their down time, the cybercriminals have spent the past seven months gathering a hoard of personal data, stealing 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists....

China tightens grip on instant messaging services

August 11, 2014 10:52 am | by Associated Press | Comments

China's government tightened control over popular instant messaging services Thursday after telling South Korea that access to some foreign services was blocked because they were used to exchange terrorism-related information. The government announced that only established media companies ...

Spying revelations lead to German encryption boom

August 11, 2014 10:51 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA and FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

Revelations about the National Security Agency's electronic eavesdropping capabilities have sparked anger in Germany and a boom in encryption services that make it hard for the most sophisticated spies to read emails, listen to calls or comb through texts. Jon Callas, co-founder of Silent Circle ...

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Global market for fiber-optic sensors to reach $2.2 billion by 2018

August 11, 2014 10:30 am | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report, FIBER OPTIC SENSORS: GLOBAL MARKETS, the global market for fiber optic sensors (FOS) is expected to reach $2.2 billion by 2018, registering a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5% from 2013 to 2018. Medical and defense are the two markets....

Spectacular 3-D sketching system revolutionizes design interaction and collaboration

August 11, 2014 9:12 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Collaborative three-dimensional sketching is now possible thanks to a system known as Hyve-3D that University of Montreal researchers are presenting today at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference in Vancouver. "Hyve-3D is a new interface for 3D content creation via embodied and collaborative 3D sketching"....

Pairing old technologies with new for next generation electronic devices

August 11, 2014 9:09 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

UCL scientists have discovered a new method to efficiently generate and control currents based on the magnetic nature of electrons in semi-conducting materials, offering a radical way to develop a new generation of electronic devices. One promising approach to developing new technologies is to exploit the electron's tiny magnetic moment....

Outdoor enthusiasts use gadgets to stay plugged in

August 11, 2014 9:07 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | Comments

It used to be that outdoor enthusiasts went into the wilderness to unplug. Now, most want to stay plugged in to their electronic devices as long as they can. As a result, companies are catering to hikers, bikers, skiers, and paddle boarders....

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Cultural changes in attitude toward TV

August 11, 2014 9:04 am | by DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer | Comments

Manjula Stokes has twice sworn off television, once throwing a set off her deck in a fit over an ex-husband's sports obsession. Now she's a devotee of programs like "Downton Abbey," `'Mad Men," `'Survivor" and "Masters of Sex." The teacher from Santa Cruz, California, illustrates a subtle change....

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US bots flagged Ebola before outbreak announced

August 11, 2014 9:00 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | Comments

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health Organization formally announced the epidemic....

Bad behavior on social media can cost recruits

August 11, 2014 8:59 am | by RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer | Comments

At St. Paul's Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama, the high school that produced Crimson Tide quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Jake Coker, there's a new preseason ritual for football players: the social media talk. It's about more than minding their manners....

Infographic: Battery drain and how to stop it

August 11, 2014 8:53 am | Comments

In this Infographic, "Infographic: Battery drain and how to stop it": Despite huge advances in technology, battery drain is an ongoing problem. Is it ever going to be solved? And, more importantly, what can we do to extend the life of our batteries in the meantime?

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NASA selects U.S. Small Business Technology Transfer projects for further development

August 8, 2014 2:17 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA has selected 23 proposals from small business and research institution teams to continue the development of innovative technologies that will support future agency mission needs and may also prove viable as commercial products and services....

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Peer-reviewed paper says all ivory markets must close

August 8, 2014 9:37 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The message is simple: to save elephants, all ivory markets must close and all ivory stockpiles must be destroyed, according to a new peer-reviewed paper by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The paper says that corruption, organized crime, and a lack of enforcement make any legal trade of ivory a major factor contributing to the demise of Africa's elephants....

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Step closer to birth of the sun

August 8, 2014 9:23 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers are a step closer to understanding the birth of the sun. Published in Science, the team led by Dr Maria Lugaro and Professor Alexander Heger, from Monash University, have investigated the solar system's prehistoric phase and the events that led to the birth of the sun....

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Stock prices of companies that use the same underwriter tend to move together

August 8, 2014 9:18 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The stock prices of companies that use the same lead underwriter during their equity offerings tend to move together, according to a new study by financial economics experts at Rice University and the University of Alabama. "We tested the hypothesis that investment banking networks affect stock prices and trading behavior," said James Weston, a professor of finance at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business....

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