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Iran's approaching vote brings receding Web access

May 29, 2013 3:44 pm | by NASSER KARIMI and BRIAN MURPHY, Associated Press | News | Comments

From a computer keyboard in London, an Iranian emigre plays the role of counselor, social media guru and all-around adviser for Internet users back home seeking ways around the cyber-blocks set up by authorities in Tehran. These have been busy days. His Twitter account - which goes under the handle of Nariman Gharib - registers a steady stream of calls for help from Iran....

Ivory Coast techies elect new 'Web Mayor'

May 29, 2013 3:09 pm | by ROBBIE COREY-BOULET, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 22-year-old who lives with his parents is the new mayor of Ivory Coast's largest city, at least according to the West African nation's active community of self-described Internet geeks. Abidjan's budding network of bloggers, strategists, designers and Web entrepreneurs organized a separate vote for "Web Mayor," in late April days after Ivorians went to the polls for local elections.

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An electrical switch for magnetism

May 29, 2013 11:42 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a new way of controlling the motion of magnetic domains — the key technology in magnetic memory systems, such as a computer’s hard disk. The new approach requires little power to write and no power to maintain the stored information, and could lead to a new generation of extremely low-power data storage.The new approach controls magnetism by applying a voltage, rather than a magnetic field...

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BGA socket design uses high performance elastomer capable of 40 GHz

May 29, 2013 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics has recently introduced a new BGA socket design using high performance elastomer capable of 40 GHz, very low inductance, high endurance and wide temperature applications. The SM-BGA-9032 socket is designed for 35x35 mm package size

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Portable battery charger harnesses the power of the sun

May 29, 2013 11:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

With the mass proliferation of handheld consumer devices – smartphones, iPods, video games, and every conceivable combination – power has become a ubiquitous requirement. And solar power is, and always has been, the next frontier. The promise of an unlimited, self-sustaining power source is tempting for anyone.

Asia stocks post muted gains on improving US data

May 29, 2013 10:59 am | by PAMELA SAMPSON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Rising U.S. consumer confidence and home prices painted a picture of a rebounding economy, helping Asian stock markets to post muted gains Wednesday. Wall Street resumed its record-breaking rally on Tuesday after the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller survey found that U.S. home prices rose 10.9 percent in March, the most since April 2006.

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US defense programs target of China cyber threat

May 29, 2013 10:58 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

New revelations that China used cyberattacks to access data from nearly 40 U.S. weapons programs and almost 30 other defense technologies have increased pressure on American leaders to take more strident action against Beijing to stem the persistent breaches.

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Australian lawmaker confirms China hacked spy base

May 29, 2013 10:53 am | by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese hackers stole the blueprints of Australia's new spy agency headquarters years ago and the breach has been dealt with since then, an opposition lawmaker said Wednesday in the first confirmation of media reports. "These events did take place some time ago," senior opposition lawmaker George Brandis told Sky News television...

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Ancient cousin of Triceratops highlights turnover among horned dinosaurs

May 29, 2013 10:52 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

The earliest known cousin of Triceratops and Torosaurus — the best-known horned dinosaurs — has been identified based on fossils from north central Montana, further underscoring the diversity of large, plant-eating horned dinosaurs among the fauna of western North America 66 to 80 million years ago....

Tightest job market ever for China's college grads

May 29, 2013 10:47 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the job market in China is still much better than in many other parts of the world, 2013 is being billed locally as the worst for young graduates. A record number of them — about 7 million — are leaving universities and graduate schools to seek their first employment at a time when companies are hiring fewer people.

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Challenges facing widespread implementation of multi-touch technology

May 29, 2013 10:21 am | by Ian Crosby, Zytronic, www.zytronic.co.uk | Articles | Comments

Touchscreen-based interactivity has rapidly progressed from being a desired feature to an almost mandatory requirement for displays utilized in all manner of equipment. Vending machines, home appliances, vehicle control consoles, and industrial instruments increasingly feature a touchscreen.

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IC helps reduce thermal stress on processors in phones and tablets

May 29, 2013 9:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

ams introduced the AS3721, a power management IC (PMIC) with an innovative remote-feedback circuit that helps reduce the thermal stress of applications processors in smartphones and tablets. When paired with new AS3729 point-of-load regulators from ams, the highly-integrated AS3721 provides a complete power management system....

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HotSpot Episode 14: Wearable technology: When will it arrive?

May 29, 2013 9:14 am | Videos | Comments

So the wearable tech revolution seems to keep getting delayed, first with Google Glass and now with the Apple smartwatch, which might end up being another 2014 release. Late 2014, at that. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities warns us not to get our hopes up for a 2013 iWatch, saying software and hardware challenges could force Apple to push its ship date back until late 2014.

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The low-down on solid-state lighting

May 29, 2013 8:59 am | by Editors | Digi-Key | Articles | Comments

Solid-state lighting is continuing its solid growth across a range of industries and applications. ECN recently spoke to Robbie Paul, Lighting Sales Director at Digikey to discuss the solid state lighting market and the latest LED trends. The number of players in the LED market has grown so much over the years it has become crowded and very competitive.

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How computers can learn better

May 29, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Reinforcement learning is a technique, common in computer science, in which a computer system learns how best to solve some problem through trial-and-error. Classic applications of reinforcement learning involve problems as diverse as robot navigation, network administration and automated surveillance.

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