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Answering the reshoring question

February 25, 2014 11:08 am | by Pramod Gupta, Aakash Gupta, Hector Gutierrez, and Patrick Van den Bossche, A.T. Kearney | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. has become a more attractive destination for manufacturing over the last few years. That’s a fact. And several U.S. companies are indeed bringing back their manufacturing operations. Several others are asking the question: “Should we reshore our activities as well?”

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Only a matter of time till computers know you better than you know yourself

February 25, 2014 11:01 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

We have “smart” phones, watches, homes, cars, and even toothbrushes, and they’re getting smarter by the second. What will artificial intelligence revolutionize next? Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, bets it’ll be the search engine.

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Talking in 3D: Discussing and administrating complex construction models via a web browser

February 25, 2014 10:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Redevelopment of the London King's Cross station and the nearby neighborhood was announced in 2005 and completed with a grand opening in 2012. The internationally well-recognized engineering services firm Arup, famous among other things for their work on the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, and the Allianz Arena in Munich, worked on this 400 million pound construction project.

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Pinwheel 'living' crystals and the origin of life

February 25, 2014 10:12 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Simply making nanoparticles spin coaxes them to arrange themselves into what University of Michigan researchers call 'living rotating crystals' that could serve as a nanopump. They may also, incidentally, shed light on the origin of life itself. The researchers refer to the crystals as 'living'....

Portable hydrogen fuel cell unit to provide green, sustainable power to Honolulu port

February 25, 2014 10:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Clean hydrogen power that's expected to lower emissions and reduce energy consumption will be coming to the Port of Honolulu in 2015 after the completion of a new fuel cell technology demonstration, one that could lead to a commercial technology for ports worldwide.

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NY says IBM adding jobs in Buffalo, Hudson Valley

February 25, 2014 10:08 am | by Josefa Velasquez - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM said Monday it will keep 3,100 high-tech jobs in upstate New York and add 500 more in Buffalo. The agreement between the company and the State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering increases IBM's commitment of high-tech jobs at semiconductor plants in Dutchess...

Tumors 'light up' with new, unique imaging system using scorpion venom protein and a laser

February 25, 2014 10:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute and Department of Neurosurgery have developed a unique, compact, relatively inexpensive imaging device to "light up" malignant brain tumors and other cancers. The experimental system consists of a special camera designed and developed at Cedars-Sinai....

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Photos of the Day: The UAE's drone delivery service

February 25, 2014 9:49 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

While the U.S. struggles to adopt rules and regulations for domestic drone usage — putting Amazon’s planned 30-minute drone delivery service on the backburner for years, possibly decades — the United Arab Emirates plans to introduce their own fleet of drone couriers.

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Xbox, Broadcast: Twitch live video game broadcasting coming to Xbox One

February 25, 2014 9:31 am | by Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

Xbox One will soon be Twitchier than the PlayStation 4. The popular video game broadcasting service Twitch is bringing a slew of fresh features to Microsoft's newest console. An update next month will add the ability to live stream video games, join in on games with broadcasters, initiate game broadcasts with voice commands, archive game clips and watch Twitch streams broadcast from any device, including the PS4.

Can entrenched energy systems undergo rapid changes?

February 25, 2014 9:30 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The world’s energy infrastructure — with its massive generating plants, mines, refineries, electric grids, and gas stations — is often likened to an aircraft carrier: Trying to change its direction is a slow and difficult process. But at times, such changes can take place with surprising rapidity, as some speakers pointed out at this year’s MIT Energy Conference.One stunning recent example, author Daniel Yergin said, has been the chan...

Major bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox goes bust, companies say; development rocks virtual currency

February 25, 2014 9:25 am | by Raphael Satter and Yuriko Nagano, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A major bitcoin exchange has gone bust after secretly racking up catastrophic losses, other virtual currency companies said Tuesday - a potentially fatal blow for the exotic new form of money. The website of Tokyo-based Mt. Gox was returning a blank page Tuesday.

BlackBerry announces new phones, services, as part of comeback strategy

February 25, 2014 9:18 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

BlackBerry will release a low-cost phone in Indonesia in April and plans a broader release of a phone that restores a beloved row of control keys with a track pad. The Indonesia phone, the Z3, will sell for less than $200 without subsidies, the company said Tuesday. It will later expand to other markets in southeast Asia. BlackBerry Ltd. CEO John Chen said a version with faster, 4G connectivity is planned for the rest of the world...

LinkedIn to launch in Chinese as it expands in the country; will censor content when required

February 25, 2014 9:15 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

 LinkedIn is launching a Chinese-language site for the world's most populous Internet market and says it will comply with the communist government's censorship rules. The professional networking service will compete with established Chinese-language services Tianji, owned by France's Viadeo SA, and homegrown rivals Ruolin and Dajie. LinkedIn says it has 4 million users in China but until now its service was in English.

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To target next billions in emerging markets, phone makers balance cost, performance

February 25, 2014 9:12 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Here's the rub for companies: A good part of the key markets they serve already own smartphones and use them to connect various Internet services. How do you grow from there? Companies from Facebook to Firefox are looking to emerging markets for the next few billion people.

Creating animated characters outdoors

February 25, 2014 8:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

So far, film studios have had to put in huge amounts of effort to set monsters, superheroes, fairies or other virtual characters into real feature film scenes. Within the so-called motion capturing process, real actors wear skintight suits with markers on them. These suits reflect infrared light that is emitted and captured by special cameras.

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