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Music service Spotify hooks up with Ford in first vehicle foray

February 25, 2013 2:34 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

Streaming music service Spotify has partnered with Ford Motor Co (F.N) to allow its subscribers to listen to music in more than one million Ford vehicles in North America. Owners of Ford models with SYNC AppLink can access Spotify's catalog of more than 20 million songs through voice activation using its smartphone app. The deal, announced by both companies on Monday, is Spotify's first collaboration with an automaker

Tech leaders plan 'virtual march' to push lawmakers on comprehensive immigration overhaul

February 25, 2013 2:33 pm | by ERICA WERNER Associated Press | News | Comments

High-tech leaders including the former heads of AOL and Mozilla are organizing a "virtual march for immigration reform" aimed at pressuring lawmakers to enact sweeping changes to the nation's immigration laws. The effort unveiled Monday is particularly focused on making it easier for the U.S. to attract highly educated immigrants and those aiming to work in high-tech fields

Changes in how people watch TV make measurements much harder

February 25, 2013 2:32 pm | by DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer | News | Comments

Every Tuesday, the Nielsen company publishes a popularity ranking of broadcast television programs that has served as the industry's report card dating back to when most people had only three networks to choose from. And every week, that list gets less and less meaningful.

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Analysis: The near impossible battle against hackers everywhere

February 25, 2013 8:49 am | by Joseph Menn, Reuters | News | Comments

Dire warnings from Washington about a "cyber Pearl Harbor" envision a single surprise strike from a formidable enemy that could destroy power plants nationwide, disable the financial system or cripple the U.S. government. But those on the front lines say it isn't all about protecting U.S. government and corporate networks from a single sudden attack. They report fending off many intrusions at once from perhaps dozens of countries, plus well-funded electronic guerrillas and skilled criminals.

White House directs open access for government research

February 25, 2013 8:47 am | by Mark Felsenthal, Reuters | News | Comments

The White House has moved to make the results of federally funded research available to the public for free within a year, bowing to public pressure for unfettered access to scholarly articles and other materials produced at taxpayers' expense."Americans should have easy access to the results of research they help support," John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, wrote on the White House website.

NYPD, Microsoft create crime-fighting technology; city could make millions in business deal

February 22, 2013 9:02 am | by COLLEEN LONG Associated Press | News | Comments

A 911 call comes in about a possible bomb in lower Manhattan and an alert pops up on computer screens at the New York Police Department, instantly showing officers an interactive map of the neighborhood, footage from nearby security cameras, whether there are high radiation levels and whether any other threats have been made against the city. In a click, police know exactly what they're getting into.

Going wireless in North Korea: Koryolink to begin offering 3G mobile Internet for foreigners

February 22, 2013 9:00 am | by JEAN H. LEE Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea will soon allow foreigners to tweet, Skype and surf the Internet from their cellphones, iPads and other mobile devices in its second relaxation of controls on communications in recent weeks. However, North Korean citizens will not have access to the mobile Internet service to be offered by provider Koryolink within the next week.

SD college tests fingerprint purchasing technology

February 22, 2013 8:57 am | by AMBER HUNT Associated Press | News | Comments

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- Futurists have long proclaimed the coming of a cashless society, where dollar bills and plastic cards are replaced by fingerprint and retina scanners smart enough to distinguish a living, breathing account holder from an identity thief.

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Smart panel series provides high-value cost/performance

February 21, 2013 3:25 pm | Adlink Technology | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology announces the launch of their latest Smart Panels, SP-7W61 and SP-1061. Based on the TI-Sitara AM3715 Cortex-A8 processor 1GHz and Integrated POWERVR SGX Graphics Accelerator, these two products support multiple OS—Linux, Android and Windows—more than other panel PC products in the same price range.

The greatest use of (bus stop) technology ever

February 21, 2013 3:13 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Companies often struggle with how to incorporate new technology in a useful way, but Qualcomm knocked it out of the park this week with their new bus stop surprise. Qualcomm, a company that specializes in wireless technology, decided that they could use the combination of smart phones and boredom at bus stops

Digital I/O interface provides 16 Reed relay outputs

February 20, 2013 4:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The 8003e PCI Express digital I/O interface provides 16 Reed relay outputs. The outputs provide high quality, long-life, dry contact switch closures suitable for low-current applications up to 10VA. Reed relays are normally open and close when energized. The board is PCI Express X1 compliant and is compatible with any PCI Express slot.

Future science: Using 3-D worlds to visualize data

February 20, 2013 2:38 pm | by CARLA K. JOHNSON AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Take a walk through a human brain? Fly over the surface of Mars? Computer scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago are pushing science fiction closer to reality with a wraparound virtual world where a researcher wearing 3-D glasses can do all that and more.

Researchers create semiconductor 'nano-shish-kebabs' with potential for 3-D technologies

February 20, 2013 9:01 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new type of nanoscale structure that resembles a "nano-shish-kebab," consisting of multiple two-dimensional nanosheets that appear to be impaled upon a one-dimensional nanowire.

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Apple says Macs at its offices were hacked, blames exploit that also made Facebook vulnerable

February 20, 2013 8:52 am | News | Comments

Apple says a small number of Mac computers at its offices were infected by malicious software, in an attack similar to the one Facebook acknowledged last week. In both cases, computers were infected through software downloaded from a site for software developers. The attacks took advantage of flaws in the Java plug-in for Web browsers.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

February 19, 2013 4:18 pm | by Polygon Solutions Inc. | Blogs | Comments

On February 21, 2013, women engineers, along with their male counterparts, will engage and mentor as many as one million girls around the country during National Engineers Week Foundation’s 12th Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

Subatomic calculations indicate finite lifespan for universe

February 19, 2013 8:45 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Scientists are still sorting out the details of last year's discovery of the Higgs boson particle, but add up the numbers and it's not looking good for the future of the universe, scientists said Monday. "If you use all the physics that we know now and you do what you think is a straightforward calculation, it's bad news...

Stores are tracking your every move

February 14, 2013 2:11 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When you walk into a store, you basically expect that you’re going to be recorded on a security video and surreptitiously watched by sales associates lest you decide to steal anything. But did you ever stop to think what information the store is gleaning from your cell?

Retrofitting an old-school game controller with a USB interface

February 14, 2013 12:25 pm | by Parker Dorris and Greg Posey | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Playing retro-style, side-scrolling computer games from indie developers with a keyboard and mouse just doesn't feel right. The 16-bit sprite animations, simple player controls and synthesized audio all harken back to the days when game consoles couldn’t deliver photorealistic graphics and lifelike gaming experiences.

Engineers weigh in on best energy management tactics

February 13, 2013 9:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We know ECN readers have varied and valuable opinions – now here’s a great opportunity to showcase them. Send us an answer to the question below and if we think yours is the best, we’ll feature your response in the April print issue. Plus, you’ll get a $15 Starbucks gift card simply for sharing your thoughts.

What Walter Cronkite thought 2001 would look like

February 12, 2013 3:41 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Predictions about future technology are always interesting. Sometimes, the prediction is pretty mainstream, like a mobile phone. Other times they’re a little more ambitious. I’m still waiting for my flying car. But one thing is always guaranteed: Predictions about the future are always fun to watch decades later — particularly if they star Mr. Walter Cronkite.

This device punishes you for skipping a workout

February 11, 2013 2:50 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We’ve all done it. You come home from a long day at the office. Sit down on the couch to watch a little Walking Dead. You feel a little guilty that you haven’t hit the gym or gone for a run, but you figure no one will know. But then your television set turns itself off, then your phone goes down, then your iPad, and then your reading lamp switches off and leaves you in the dark.

U.S. professor finds longest prime number with 17,425,170 digits

February 8, 2013 4:33 pm | by Kevin Murphy, Reuters | News | Comments

After running 1,000 computers non-stop for 39 days to uncover the world's largest prime number yet, a Missouri college professor said this week he is starting all over to top his own record. "It's a never-ending job," said Curtis Cooper, a computer science professor at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Thecomputers are still running, although finding a higher prime number is estimated to take five to seven more years. Thousands of other computers in the United States are making the same search.

Why your car is a better driver than you

February 7, 2013 2:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It came to my attention while working on an article about intelligent systems in cars that people might be a tad touchy when it comes to talking about letting cars do the work when driving.  I’m not talking about infotainment systems or fancy doodads, I’m talking about systems that could greatly improve the safety of cars....

EU to order banks, energy firms to report cyber attacks

February 7, 2013 8:44 am | by Ethan Bilby, Reuters | News | Comments

Around 42,000 firms in the European Union, including airports, banks and hospitals, would have to inform regulators whenever their computers are hacked, under a proposed EU law to be published on Thursday.The law could set a global precedent for safeguarding critical infrastructure against digital attacks that have hit companies...

New York defends its "Amazon tax" in court

February 7, 2013 8:43 am | by Nanette Byrnes, Reuters | News | Comments

  (Reuters) - Major online retailers Amazon.com Inc and Overstock.com on Wednesday told a New York state court that they should be allowed to not charge state sales tax. The case, in the State of New York Court of Appeals, represents one of the first legal tests of recent "Amazon taxes" meant to make online retailers start charging state sales taxes.  

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