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GaN on GaN LED achieves world-record setting wall-plug-efficiency

February 24, 2014 12:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Soraa (Fremont, CA) announced today the world’s most efficient LED, which it will integrate into the market’s first full-visible-spectrum, large-form-factor lamps. Soraa’s third generation (Gen3) GaN on GaN LED achieves world-record setting wall-plug-efficiency, outperforming the nearest competitor by 20% at normal operating conditions.

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Corporate deals drive US stocks back to record highs

February 24, 2014 11:30 am | by Ken Sweet, AP Markets Writer | News | Comments

The Standard & Poor's 500 index pushed into record territory Monday after a round of corporate deal making. The index last closed at an all-time high nearly six weeks ago, then slumped as investors grew worried about slowing growth in the U.S. and China, as well as emerging markets like Argentina.

Netflix shares edge up in premarket on news of streaming deal with Comcast

February 24, 2014 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix shares edged up ahead of Monday's opening bell on news that the online video service had reached a deal with Comcast to ensure that its TV shows and movies are streamed smoothly. No details have been released about payments to Comcast, which had long been resisted by Netflix, which uses a tremendous amount of bandwidth.

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WhatsApp service restored after brief outage following deal to be bought by Facebook for $19B

February 24, 2014 11:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WhatsApp is starting to work again after the messaging app that Facebook is buying for $19 billion had some technical trouble. Associated Press reporters noticed that the app wasn't functioning Saturday starting at about noon PST, but by 2:30 p.m., Twitter users around the world began saying WhatsApp is working again.

Photos of the Day: The XchangE Tesla autonomous concept car

February 24, 2014 11:09 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The XchangE autonomous concept car from Rinspeed — engineered by 4erC — takes a Tesla Model S and modifies it into a luxury vehicle that you don’t need to drive. Is this the future of automobiles? Underlining the point that the XchangE probably won’t be cheap, the concept car includes a 32-inch, 4k monitor in the rear seat....

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EBay responds to Icahn's letter, says that it plans to stick with PayPal business

February 24, 2014 11:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 EBay says it's sticking with PayPal, whether minority shareholder Carl Icahn likes it or not. The online auction site said Monday that it continues to believe stockholders are best served by keeping PayPal as part of the company. EBay was responding to a blistering letter from Icahn that pressed for the San Jose, Calif., company to shed the payments business.

Naval War College publishes online WWII operational diary of Nimitz, Pacific fleet commander

February 24, 2014 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Naval War College has released a trove of World War II information by posting online the operational diary kept by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz during the war against Japan. The more than 4,000 pages includes a running estimate of the situation for every day of the war in the Pacific compiled by Nimitz's planning staff, starting with Dec. 7, 1941, the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. It is posted at www.usnwc.edu/graybook .

Nokia makes low-cost Android phones as maker of rival Windows software buys its phone business

February 24, 2014 10:42 am | by Anick Jesdanun and Joseph Wilson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia is targeting emerging markets with three low-cost smartphones that use Google's Android operating system rather than the Windows Phone software from Microsoft, which is about to take over Nokia's handset business. Nokia will ditch many of the Google services that come with Android and use instead the Microsoft services such as Bing search, Skype communications and OneDrive file storage.

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Sony showcases phone with ultra-HD video recording, noise-cancelation audio

February 24, 2014 10:37 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony is borrowing innovations from its audio and camcorder businesses and incorporating its new Xperia Z2 smartphone with noise-cancelling technology and ultra-high-definition video recording. Kazuo Hirai, president and CEO of Sony Corp., described Sony's new lineup as "products that are built on the shoulders of 60 years of design, engineering and artistic excellence."

South Korea's LG Electronics to offer its first smartwatch this year

February 24, 2014 10:30 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. said it will launch a computerized wristwatch later this year, entering a nascent market where Samsung Electronics Co., Sony Corp. and smaller companies such as Pebble are already jostling for dominance. Park Jong-seok, president of LG's mobile communications division, said...LG's strategy is not to release a half-baked product, but like other smartwatches, the LG smartwatch will be paired with a smartphone.

Nanotracer tester tells about wells

February 24, 2014 10:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A tabletop device invented at Rice University can tell how efficiently a nanoparticle would travel through a well and may provide a wealth of information for oil and gas producers. The device gathers data on how tracers – microscopic particles that can be pumped into and recovered from wells – move through deep rock formations....

Why the self-driving car will be the greatest technology of all time (seriously)

February 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I am in desperate need of a self-driving car. We’re talking desperate. I would pay a considerable amount of money — in this circumstance not only does the self-driving car exist, it is widely available and I have hit the lottery — for a self-driving car.

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Spring Windows update to address use on non-touch devices; phone update also planned

February 24, 2014 9:51 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

 Microsoft will update its Windows system this spring to address some of the gripes people have had when they use devices without touch capabilities. Windows 8 and last fall's 8.1 update were designed for a touch environment. But some of the gesture commands don't translate well when using traditional mouse and keyboard controls. Among other things, Microsoft Corp. will add search, power and settings buttons to the Start page...  

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Rinspeed XchangE autonomous concept car

February 24, 2014 9:48 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

Autonomous driving is set to become reality in the near future. While the major automakers are putting the finishing touches on the technology, the Swiss idea factory Rinspeed puts man at the center of the autonomous car. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show Rinspeed presents the "XchangE" study to the public in a world premiere.

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Stream of stars in Andromeda satellite galaxy shows cosmic collision

February 24, 2014 9:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Andromeda Galaxy is surrounded by a swarm of small satellite galaxies. Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, have detected a stream of stars in one of the Andromeda Galaxy's outer satellite galaxies, a dwarf galaxy called Andromeda II.

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