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Samsung reveals potential for smart TVs to eavesdrop

February 10, 2015 1:44 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung's smart TV could be listening. And sharing. Voice recognition technology in the South Korean company's Internet connected TVs captures and transmits nearby conversations. The potential for TVs to eavesdrop ...

Let hackers in: Experts say traps might be better than walls

February 10, 2015 1:41 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Ever since the Internet blossomed in the 1990s, cybersecurity was built on the idea that computers could be protected by a digital quarantine. Now, as hackers routinely overwhelm such defenses, experts say cybersecurity is beyond due an overhaul. Their message ...

Softbank to add learning technology to empathetic robot

February 10, 2015 1:38 pm | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

Japanese mobile carrier Softbank said Tuesday it will incorporate artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its empathetic robot Pepper that will be available to Japanese consumers around midyear. The AI engine "Watson" is already used in health care, travel ...

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Independent smartwatches lead market predictions

February 10, 2015 1:26 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Android leads the charge as the global smartwatch market grows. The market is predicted to reach $32.9 billion by 2020, a growth of 67.6 percent in six years, said a report from Allied Market Research. Extension smartwatches, those like the Pebble Steel ...

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Scientists devise breakthrough technique for mapping temperature in tiny devices

February 9, 2015 4:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Overheating is a major problem for the microprocessors that run our smartphones and computers. But a team of UCLA and USC scientists have made a breakthrough that should enable engineers to design microprocessors that minimize that problem: They have developed ...

DARPA taps lab to help restore sense of touch to amputees

February 9, 2015 4:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently selected Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to join a collaborative research team that intends to build the world's first neural system to enable naturalistic feeling and movements in ...

Waterproof mobile device protection without compromising acoustic quality

February 9, 2015 3:56 pm | by W. L. Gore & Associates | Comments

Today’s consumers expect mobile devices to function reliably wherever they are — on the beach, on a ski lift riding to the top of a mountain, or hiking through the wilderness. Incipio Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Irvine, CA, is a global manufacturer of mobile device accessories that ...

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A new design tool for metamaterials

February 9, 2015 3:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Metamaterials - artificial nanostructures engineered with electromagnetic properties not found in nature - offer tantalizing future prospects such as high resolution optical microscopes and superfast optical computers. To realize the vast potential of metamaterials, however, scientists ...

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The benefits of silicon carbide for sensors in harsh environments

February 9, 2015 3:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The use of silicon carbide as a semiconductor for mechanical and electrical sensor devices is showing promise for improved operations and safety in harsh working environments, according to new research from Griffith University. Experiments with silicon carbide grown ...

Dish's online TV package debuts with addition of AMC

February 9, 2015 3:34 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Dish Network's online television package, Sling TV, has made a formal debut Monday with additions to its previously announced lineup. The $20-a-month package now comes with AMC, joining a lineup of 11 other channels that include ESPN, CNN and the Disney Channel. That means subscribers ...

Paris to ban the most polluting diesel vehicles by 2020

February 9, 2015 3:32 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has presented a plan to ban most diesel vehicles from the city by 2020 in order to lower air pollution. By July, diesel buses and trucks will be banned during the daytime from entering the city but not from the ring road around Paris, Hidalgo explained ...

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GE develops tiny, battery-less, bomb-sniffing stickers

February 9, 2015 2:57 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

A tiny sticker inspired by the molecular structure of butterfly wings could detect the smallest traces of chemicals and explosives at airports, shipping ports, and other heavily trafficked areas, GE said. Radislav Potyrailo, a chemical sensing principal scientist at GE Global Research ...

Student winners of Space Tools Challenge announced

February 9, 2015 2:34 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

A multipurpose maintenance tool designed by a high school student will be 3D printed on the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Space Tools Challenge. Winner Robert Hillan of Enterprise, Ala. designed the Multipurpose Precision Maintenance Tool (MPMT)....

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Naval leaders: Uncertainty will drive innovation for the future force

February 9, 2015 1:12 pm | by Office of Naval Research | Comments

At the Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO in Washington D.C., Department of Navy leaders on Feb. 5 called for investment in new ideas and scientific research to keep the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps technologically superior in increasingly uncertain times....

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Lighting the world with Habitat for Humanity

February 9, 2015 11:45 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Hand-built Habitat for Humanity homes can not only provide shelter for those who need it, but save energy and promote the environment too, if they’re made with the right materials. To that end, New Jersey-based lighting company MaxLite announced a four-year, $1 million pledge to ...

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