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Photos of the Day: A smartgun that calls for automated backup

December 3, 2014 | by ECN Staff | Comments

The .9 mm pistol would contain a chip that communicated with the officer’s smart phone to send a “yellow” alert when the gun is drawn and a “red” alert when fired. Santa Cruz Sheriff Phil Wowak — whose department is testing the new system ...

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Constantly changing online prices stump shoppers

December 22, 2014 9:03 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | Comments

Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low." A growing number of retailers are using software that ...

5 ways to make your email safer in case of a hack attack

December 22, 2014 8:59 am | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | Comments

The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way ...

N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

December 22, 2014 8:55 am | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House and the Pentagon. Such rhetoric is routine from North Korea's massive propaganda machine....

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California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

December 22, 2014 8:51 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | Comments

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe. It's a rare case of the law getting ahead of ...

The consumer electronics Americans want this holiday season

December 18, 2014 3:17 pm | by LG | Comments

Christmas is almost here, and procrastinators are hitting local malls, big-box retailers and department stores in droves to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones. Already deep into the holiday buying season, consumers will likely find crowds, full parking lots and ...

Big data may be fashion industry's next must-have accessory

December 18, 2014 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Big data may be the next new thing to hit the fashion industry's runways, according to a team of researchers. By analyzing relevant words and phrases from fashion reviews, researchers were able to identify a network of influence among major designers and track how ...

Choreography of an electron pair

December 18, 2014 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists are continuously advancing the control they can exert over matter. A German-Spanish team working with researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg has now become the first to image the motion of the ...

New technique moves researchers closer to new range of biosensors

December 18, 2014 1:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found a way of binding peptides to the surface of gallium nitride (GaN) in a way that keeps the peptides stable even when exposed to water and radiation. The discovery moves researchers one step ...

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How the physics of champagne bubbles may help address the world's future energy needs

December 18, 2014 1:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Uncork a bottle of champagne, and as the pressure of the liquid is abruptly removed, bubbles immediately form and then rapidly begin the process of "coarsening," in which larger bubbles grow at the expense of smaller ones. This fundamental nonequilibrium ...

Comics plus engineering equals a national award

December 18, 2014 1:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A University of California, Riverside assistant professor who is an expert on the science of superheroes will receive an award from a national engineering organization that was previously won by military leaders, a congressman, a Secretary of Defense and astronauts, including ...

Internet addiction affects 6 percent of people worldwide

December 18, 2014 12:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Internet addiction is an impulse-control problem marked by an inability to inhibit Internet use, which can adversely affect a person's life, including their health and interpersonal relationships. The prevalence of Internet addiction varies among regions around ...

Drones might help show how tornados form

December 18, 2014 10:48 am | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | Comments

Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form. Drones can penetrate parts of ...

Stolen emails reveal lapses in Sony security practices

December 18, 2014 10:41 am | by TED BRIDIS, Associated Press | Comments

In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to ...

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Gift Guide: Home products come with connectivity

December 18, 2014 10:37 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what? To give you a feel for what that connectivity ...

A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities

December 18, 2014 10:32 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet. But the country Washington suspects is behind a devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has managed to orchestrate a string of crippling cyber infiltrations of South Korean computer systems....

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