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Gift Guide: Do homework when buying tablet for kid

December 12, 2013 9:46 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Tablet computers are expected to top many kids' holiday lists, but parents need to do their homework first. Kids' tablets range from educational toys that perform more like hand-hand gaming devices to Android tablets good for whole family.

NASA audit finds Google execs saved on jet fuel

December 12, 2013 9:41 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

An aircraft fleet owned by Google's founders and former CEO received improper discounts on jet fuel that saved the three billionaires up to $5.3 million dating back to depths of the Great Recession in 2009, according to a government report released Wednesday.

Photos of the Day: Amazon grocery delivery rolls into San Francisco

December 12, 2013 9:35 am | News | Comments

Amazon.com Inc.'s grocery delivery service is rolling into San Francisco. The online retailer said it is expanding its AmazonFresh service into its third city after testing it in Los Angeles and Seattle. The service provides same-day and early-morning delivery of more than 500,000 Amazon products....

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Labor group sees progress at major Apple supplier

December 12, 2013 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work. The audit released Thursday by the Fair...

SKorea court: Apple didn't violate Samsung patents

December 12, 2013 12:23 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets. A Seoul Central District Court judge ruled...

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Display module features CoreAVI software drivers to deliver 20-year lifecycle support

December 11, 2013 4:53 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions has introduced its highest performance embedded graphics module, the new VPX3-716 3U OpenVPX six head graphics display card, its first based on AMD’s next generation embedded Radeon Adelaar GPU. The rugged VPX3-716 module is designed for use on deployed airborne and ground vehicle platforms....

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Robot representatives open doors for the isolated

December 11, 2013 2:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Psychologists from the University of Exeter are leading a major project looking at how robots can enable people to interact in public spaces – without actually being there. The £2 million three-year project, Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Spaces, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)...

Countdown to zero: New 'zero-dimensional' carbon nanotube may lead to superthin electronics

December 11, 2013 2:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Synthetic, man-made cells and ultrathin electronics built from a new form of "zero-dimensional" carbon nanotube may be possible through research at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering. The research, ""Zero-Dimensional" Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes," was published in the journal Angewandte Chemie.

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French bill to expand spying powers is criticized

December 11, 2013 1:39 pm | by SARAH DiLORENZO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The French government, which was among the most vocal critics of U.S. spying practices, is now coming under fire for trying to expand its own digital surveillance capabilities. A law making its way through parliament would give French intelligence services access to telephone and Internet usage data....

Gift Guide: Navigating maze of phone, plan choices

December 11, 2013 1:34 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

So you're ready to buy a new smartphone for your loved one. Which do you choose? Before you do anything, you have to decide whether to buy the phone outright or go the traditional route of buying a carrier-subsidized one with a two-year service contract.

Army network stays connected even when 'jumping the TOC'

December 11, 2013 1:00 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Current technologies such as Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2, the Army's mobile tactical communications network backbone, and emerging solutions like the Modular Integrated Command Post -- a vehicle that efficiently provides networking equipment and power to support a command post -- are enhancing a commander's ability to lead from anywhere on the battlefield....

Cyberspace warriors graduate with Army's newest military occupational specialty

December 11, 2013 1:00 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The network is under attack! Cyber attacks are a daily reality and are growing in sophistication and complexity. How does the Army keep pace with this evolving threat and defend its network? Fifteen Soldiers made history when they were awarded the newest Army military occupational specialty....

3D electronic printing holds promise of various applications for Soldiers

December 11, 2013 1:00 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

As researchers at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., explore the potential of 3-dimensional printing, they envision the potential to embed a radio antenna on the side of a Soldier's helmet, or print sensors directly onto a weapon or even an article of clothing....

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Mission command goes mobile

December 11, 2013 1:00 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

This year the Army plans to field Joint Battle Command-Platform, the next-generation system providing mounted mission command, friendly force tracking and situational awareness capabilities. JBC-P will also serve as the first version of the Mounted Computing Environment, one of six computing environments that make up the Army's Common Operating Environment....

This flying dress could be the start of wearable transportation

December 11, 2013 12:44 pm | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Pop singer Lady Gaga has worn some pretty weird outfits on stage (meat, anyone?), but her latest is so crazy, we might just all be wearing some version of it in the future. A flying dress sounds pretty fun — at least once a week I’d like to hover down to the mailbox.

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