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FTC takes DirecTV to court, alleges deceptive advertising

March 12, 2015 10:52 am | by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press | Comments

The government is taking the nation's biggest satellite TV provider to court, accusing DirecTV of misleading millions of consumers about the cost of its programming. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that its complaint charges DirecTV Inc....

Jamieson Wardall joins Aerovox Corp as Director of Engineering

March 12, 2015 10:46 am | Comments

Aerovox Corp. has announced that Jamieson Wardall has recently joined the company as Director of Engineering. Jamieson has over 15 years’ experience in new product design and development, operations and manufacturing in the semiconductor industry....

America II signs distribution agreement with IQD Frequency Products

March 12, 2015 10:44 am | Comments

America II Electronics, Inc. announced it has entered into a franchise distribution agreement with IQD Frequency Products, a manufacturer of frequency devices used in commercial-grade, professional-grade, and military applications....


Review: Google laptop impresses, but don't try it offline

March 12, 2015 9:39 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

There's a lot to love about Google's new high-end Chromebook Pixel laptop: a vivid, high-resolution touch screen, powerful speakers and next-generation USB ports meant to standardize power chargers. All for $300 cheaper than the original model. But the Pixel's limitations became clear during ...

Inspector finds State Department lax on preserving emails

March 12, 2015 9:32 am | by CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press | Comments

The State Department's internal watchdog has found that many department employees are not preserving emails for the public record as required by the government. That could mean a substantial amount of lost government information....

3 things to know about HBO's new streaming service

March 12, 2015 9:25 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

In less than a month, people in the U.S. will be able to subscribe to HBO without a cable or satellite TV subscription. The stand-alone HBO Now streaming service unveiled this week will debut in time for the April 12 season premiere ...

Chinese makers roll out wave of Apple watch lookalikes

March 12, 2015 9:16 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | Comments

A month before Apple Inc.'s smartwatch hits the market, China's thriving copycat manufacturers are selling lookalikes, some openly advertised as Apple copies. "Apple Smart Watch with Bluetooth Bracelet," says one vendor on Alibaba Group's ...

Google's safe browsing system targets 'unwanted software'

March 12, 2015 9:10 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Get ready to see more red warning signs online as Google adds ammunition to its technological artillery for targeting devious schemes lurking on websites. The latest weapon is aimed at websites riddled with "unwanted software" - a term that Google uses to describe secretly ...


Flow cell concept car has 1,000 km range

March 12, 2015 9:03 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

A concept car using the first low-voltage flow cell engine in the world was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 3. The Quantino, one of two new models introduced by nanoFlowcell at the show, is powered by a two-sided flow cell....


ZMDI honored with the “Best Company for Innovation & Sustainability for Power Management in Asia” for 2015

March 11, 2015 2:22 pm | Comments

ZMD AG (ZMDI) announces that it is the proud recipient of the 2015 regional “Best Company for Innovation and Sustainability Award for Asia” from the International Alternative Investment Review (IAIR) magazine. The presenter stated that ...

Flying cars, robot petting zoo: It's South by Southwest time

March 11, 2015 1:19 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Flying cars and a robot petting zoo. Mobile wallets and net neutrality. The most outlandish ideas of the future and tech trends shaping the world today will be in focus as the freewheeling South by Southwest Interactive Festival kicks off Friday....

Court scraps Dutch data retention law, cites privacy concern

March 11, 2015 1:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A judge scrapped the Netherlands' data retention law Wednesday, saying that while it helps solve crimes it also breaches the privacy of telephone and Internet users. The ruling by a judge in The Hague followed a similar decision in April by the European Union's top court....

Selfie stick bans go into effect at French, UK attractions

March 11, 2015 1:10 pm | by GREG KELLER Associated Press | Comments

"Selfie sticks" have now been banned at a French palace and a British museum, joining a growing list of global tourist attractions to take such measures. The devices are used to improve snapshots, but critics say they are obnoxious and potentially dangerous....


Smartphones and wearables top shopping lists in 2015

March 11, 2015 8:43 am | Comments announced results from its annual Electronics Shopping Survey and INFOGRAPHIC. The study revealed 75% of consumers will buy new electronics this year (up 4% from 2014) and 36% will spend $500 or more (up 19% from 2014) ...


Inflating to decelerate spacecraft

March 11, 2015 8:02 am | by Duke University | Comments

Thanks in part to the research of Benjamin Goldman, a fourth-year PhD candidate in Duke’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, this scenario may one day become a reality. As a NASA Pathways student trainee ...


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