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Beastie Boys awarded $1.7 million in Monster case

June 6, 2014 9:22 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a rap: The Beastie Boys have won $1.7 million in a copyright violation case against the maker of Monster Energy drink.Thursday's ruling ends a case in which the two surviving members of the band testified about their staunch opposition to the use of their music in commercial endorsements

Verizon to Netflix: Stop blaming us for bad video

June 6, 2014 9:20 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Communications Inc., the country's fourth-largest home Internet service provider, sent a letter to Netflix Inc. on Thursday, telling it to stop blaming Verizon for bad video quality or face a lawsuit.

Barnes & Noble enlists Samsung to make Nook tablet

June 6, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Samsung to develop Nook tablets, the book seller said Thursday, as it focuses on its Nook software.Barnes & Noble spent years investing heavily in its Nook e-book reader and e-book library, but they struggled to be profitable. And in December the chain said it was evaluating the future of its tablets. Still it offered a new non-tablet e-book reader during the holiday season...

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Cellphone operator reveals scale of gov't snooping

June 6, 2014 9:19 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vodafone, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks Friday, saying authorities in some countries are able to directly access an operator's network without seeking permission.

Guard series designed for harsh environments

June 5, 2014 1:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

APEM, Inc.’s (Haverhill, MA) announces the launch of the new accessory line, the MSG Switch Guard Series. The robust, modern design allows for the MSG Series to meet the requirements of the most demanding environments, particularly: defense, aeronautics, off-road vehicles and industrial automation.

Gyroscope designed to be robust

June 5, 2014 1:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Qualtre, Inc is introducing the QGYR330H BAW MEMS gyroscopes, fully integrated, three-axis angular rate sensors with optional digital output based on Qualtré’s patented Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) MEMS technology. The new BAW MEMS gyros are manufactured 

Connector designed for mobile, wearable devices

June 5, 2014 1:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Adding another I/O (input/output) connector solution for slimmer mobile and wearable devices to its portfolio, TE Connectivity (TE) introduced one of the industry’s first high-speed multi I/O products to transfer USB 3.1 signals in a Micro USB 2.0 form factor. The new product addresses the growing demand for mobile devices to have more increased functionality, higher speed and larger screens that require high-power battery consumption.

Intelligent machines for tomorrow’s factory

June 5, 2014 12:32 pm | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Mass production of industrial goods, such as furniture, clothing or ball pens, is inexpensive. In the future, even small series of individualized products might be manufactured rapidly and efficiently by means of intelligent machines that communicate with each other. To this end, researchers of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology...

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Cleaning the air with roof tiles

June 5, 2014 12:24 pm | by University of California, Riverside | News | Comments

A team of University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering students created a roof tile coating that when applied to an average-sized residential roof breaks down the same amount of smog-causing nitrogen oxides per yearas a car driven 11,000 miles

Demonstrating continuous terahertz sources at room temperature

June 5, 2014 12:18 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Imagine a technology that could allow us to see through opaque surfaces without exposure to harmful x-rays, that could give us the ability to detect harmful chemicals and bio-agents from a safe distance, and that could enable us to peer so deeply into space that scientists could better understand the formation of the universe.

Removing the barriers to successful autonomous unmanned aircraft

June 5, 2014 12:14 pm | by National Academy of Sciences | News | Comments

While civil aviation is on the threshold of potentially revolutionary changes with the emergence of increasingly autonomous unmanned aircraft, these new systems pose serious questions about how they will be safely and efficiently integrated into the existing civil aviation structure, says a new report from the National Research Council. The report identifies key barriers and provides...

A new way to make laser-like beams using 1,000x less power

June 5, 2014 12:08 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

With precarious particles called polaritons that straddle the worlds of light and matter, University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated a new, practical and potentially more efficient way to make a coherent laser-like beam. They have made...

GM: Incompetence, negligence led to delayed recall

June 5, 2014 12:03 pm | by TOM KRISHER AND DEE-ANN DURBIN AP AUTO WRITERS | News | Comments

General Motors says a pattern of incompetence and neglect, not a larger conspiracy or cover-up, is to blame for a long-delayed recall of defective ignition switches. GM CEO Mary Barra, who released the results of an internal investifation into the company's missteps on Thursday...

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Photos of the Day: Porsche 918 Spyder

June 5, 2014 11:37 am | by Porsche | Blogs | Comments

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a high-end vehicle created in the Porsche tradition of motorsports. It offers a naturally aspirated V8-enginer with the torque of two electric vehicles. It has a top speed of 93-mph running soley on electric and offers a fuel consumption of 3.1 - 3.0 liters per 100km. 

Engineering Update #61: A planet that shouldn’t exist

June 5, 2014 9:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Announced at a press conference at meeting of the American Astronomical society, was the discovery of a planet that is 17-times heavier than earth called Kepler-10c. The planet exists in the Draco constellation, about 560 light-years from earth. The latest smart phone security: If someone does something suspicious with a phone...

Are squiggly lines the future of password security?

June 5, 2014 9:24 am | by Rutgers University | News | Comments

As more people use smart phones or tablets to pay bills, make purchases, store personal information and even control access to their houses, the need for robust password security has become more critical than ever. A new Rutgers University study shows that free-form gestures

Drones give farmers an eye in the sky to check on crop progress

June 5, 2014 9:21 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

This growing season, crop researchers at the University of Illinois are experimenting with the use of drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – on the university's South Farms. Dennis Bowman, a crop sciences educator with U. of I. Extension, is using two drones to take aerial pictures of crops growing in research plots on the farms. 

Police use hidden GPS unit to track stolen toy

June 5, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Police in Georgia say they used a GPS device hidden inside a Teddy bear to track down the toy and apprehend a suspect in the theft. Athens-Clarke County police say Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling had recently been experiencing thefts of clothing from its collection bin at Georgia Square Mall.

U.S. hottest spots of warming: Northeast, Southwest

June 5, 2014 9:09 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN AP SCIENCE WRITER | News | Comments

The United States is warming fastest at two of its corners, in the Northeast and the Southwest, an analysis of federal temperature records shows. Northeastern states - led by Maine and Vermont - have gotten the hottest in the last 30 years in annual temperature, gaining 2.5 degrees on average. But Southwestern states have heated up the most in the hottest months...

U.S. General says S. Korea databases hacked

June 5, 2014 9:06 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE AP TECHNOLOGY WRITER | News | Comments

The top U.S. military official in South Korea said a hacking incident might have compromised the personal information of thousands of South Koreans employed by the American command. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. Forces in South Korea, apologized Thursday for the "possible theft" from two databases of private details of South Koreans such as names, contact information and work history.

Skip the website? Some small businesses still do

June 5, 2014 9:05 am | by JOSEPH PISANI, AP BUSINESS WRITER | News | Comments

It's cheap. It's easy to do. And it can take less than 20 minutes to set up. Yet more than half of all small businesses still don't have a website. "It's just ridiculous," says Jim Blasingame, a small business author and radio show host. "Every small business needs a website. Period. Nonnegotiable."

Google starts street view in Greece after spat

June 5, 2014 9:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has launched its Street View map service in Greece after winning approval from the privacy authority that blocked the ground-level map application five years ago. Company officials said the service went live Thursday after "extensive and detailed" negotiations with the country's Data Protection Authority, which last year lifted objections made to the project in 2009.

Emotional robot set for sale in Japan next year

June 5, 2014 9:00 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA AP BUSINESS WRITER | News | Comments

A cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Masayoshi Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile. Son's mobile phone company Softbank said Thursday that the robot it has dubbed Pepper will go on sale in Japan in February for 198,000 yen ($1,900). Overseas sales plans are under consideration but undecided.

32-kHz MEMS TCXO features tiny footprint, low power consumption

June 4, 2014 5:41 pm | SiTime Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

SiTime Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA) introduced what it asserts is the smallest, lowest power 32-kHz TCXO (temperature compensated oscillator). With its tiny footprint and very low power consumption, the SiT1552 MEMS TCXO enables…

This technology can hack your car from 1500 miles away

June 4, 2014 5:15 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Automotive security is odd in that it’s basically nonexistent. We drive around every day in giant, metal contraptions completely controlled by a central computer (more or less) and that computer is essentially open to whoever is bored (or mad) enough to hack it.

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