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Googling on mobile devices surpasses PCs in US for 1st time

May 6, 2015 10:32 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world. The milestone announced at a ...

Netflix says FCC should demand changes in AT&T-DirecTV deal

May 6, 2015 10:30 am | by MARLEY JAY, AP Business Writer | Comments

Internet video service Netflix is telling the Federal Communication that it should reject AT&T's purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV unless some changes are made. In a letter dated Monday, Netflix said if the deal is completed in its current form ...

US gives farmers approval to spray crops from drones

May 6, 2015 10:27 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | Comments

A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that weighs ...

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Comcast says adding thousands of customer-support jobs

May 6, 2015 10:24 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Comcast, long dogged by a terrible reputation for customer service, is planning to hire thousands and is rolling out new tools to improve its interactions with customers. "There are times you just need to transform things and rethink things from the base level....

Astronomers find farthest galaxy: 13.1 billion light-years

May 6, 2015 10:21 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Astronomers have discovered a baby blue galaxy that is farther away in distance and time than any galaxy ever seen. It's among the universe's first generation of galaxies, from 13.1 billion years ago. Yale and University of California Santa Cruz scientists used three ...

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UAE to explore Mars' atmosphere with probe named 'Hope'

May 6, 2015 10:17 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The United Arab Emirates says its planned 2020 mission to Mars will study the planet's atmosphere and will be appropriately named "Hope." The UAE team behind the project revealed new details on the probe Wednesday.

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Review: Small life enhancements come with Apple Watch

May 6, 2015 10:03 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple Watch isn't so much a lifestyle revolution as it is a collection of small enhancements that add up. Apple's smartwatch has a wider range of apps than rival watches from Samsung, Motorola and others. In my few weeks ...

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For most, N. Korean online shopping not just a click away

May 6, 2015 9:49 am | by ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press | Comments

Online shopping has arrived in North Korea, though it's as isolated from the rest of the world as the country itself, and the vast majority of North Koreans lack the technology to use it. The website Okryu, aimed primarily at smartphone users, offers products from ...

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EU plan hopes to help tech companies compete with US giants

May 6, 2015 9:32 am | by LORNE COOK and RAF CASERT, Associated Press | Comments

The European Union has unveiled a long-term strategy to help its technology companies compete with U.S. giants like Google and Amazon by unifying the continent's digital sector and taking a hard line on abuses by dominant firms.

Daimler's self-driving big rig makes big entrance in Nevada

May 6, 2015 9:28 am | by KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Associated Press | Comments

Its name is "Inspiration" and Daimler Trucks says it's the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads - in this case Nevada's highways - not only for testing, but business, too. Daimler Trucks North America LLC debuted the self-driving ...

MITEI releases report on the future of solar energy

May 6, 2015 9:12 am | by Melissa Abraham, MIT Energy Initiative | Comments

Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting humanity’s future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions — but to realize this potential will require increased emphasis on developing lower-cost technologies and more effective deployment ...

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New chip architecture may provide foundation for quantum computer

May 5, 2015 5:01 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Quantum computers are in theory capable of simulating the interactions of molecules at a level of detail far beyond the capabilities of even the largest supercomputers today. Such simulations could revolutionize ...

A model approach for sustainable phosphorus recovery from wastewater

May 5, 2015 4:58 pm | by American Society of Agronomy | Comments

A new approach to wastewater treatment may be key in efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Moreover, it can be profitable. Phosphorus is an essential element for human nutrition. It plays multiple roles in the human body, including ...

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Market Disrupter

May 5, 2015 4:52 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

This award is designed to highlight any product from any category as one that forever changed the electronic engineering industry or a particular vertical within the industry. No matter what the specific product is, the focus should be on industry impact.

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Education Innovation

May 5, 2015 4:48 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

This category honors the efforts of companies that work with universities to impact students’ introduction to design engineering. Criteria may include, but is not limited to: a company’s efforts to improve how design engineering is taught, tools and kits ...

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