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Cell phone companies see spike in surveillance requests

July 10, 2012 8:48 am | by Jasmin Melvin, Reuters | News | Comments

Mobile phone carriers received more than 1.3 million requests last year from U.S. law enforcement agencies for their customers' phone records and the requests are on the rise, according to data gathered as part of a congressional inquiry into cell phone surveillance.

Cambridge Consultants helps take world’s largest telescope out of the lab

July 9, 2012 5:12 pm | News | Comments

The statistics are vast – a central computer with the processing power of 100 million PCs, enough optical fiber to wrap twice around the earth, and raw data to fill 15 million 64 GB iPods every day. So when Cambridge Consultants, a leading technology design and development firm, was tasked with turning an antenna design for the world’s largest radio telescope into a viable product for volume manufacturing, it was no ordinary challenge.

Printed circuit board is 30 percent smaller than predecessors

July 9, 2012 2:28 pm | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the TDK-Lambda ZWS-B series printed circuit board type AC-DC power supplies – 30 percent smaller, lighter weight, and more efficient range of power supplies than the earlier generation ZWS series.


Samsung wins court case against Apple because its "not as cool"

July 9, 2012 10:36 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics defeated Apple in the latest spat in the rivals' patent wars when a British judge ruled Samsung's Galaxy tablets did not infringe the U.S. company's designs for the iPad because they were "not as cool".

Samsung wins bid to sell Nexus in Apple court battle

July 9, 2012 9:10 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics scored a partial victory against arch-foe Apple Inc on Friday after a U.S. appeals court lifted a freeze on sales of its Galaxy Nexus smartphones but upheld a lower court's decision to temporarily halt sales of its Galaxy 10.1 tablet computer.

Hawking's rival says Higgs wager win is icing on cake

July 9, 2012 9:08 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

The U.S. scientist who won a $100 wager with Stephen Hawking over whether the Higgs boson would ever be found said on Friday winning was the icing on the cake of a major scientific discovery.

Maine filmmaker chats with 12-year-old version of himself in video, thanks to creative editing

July 9, 2012 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A video created by a Maine filmmaker that shows him talking to a younger version of himself thanks to creative editing is making its way across the Internet.

E-waste: Annual gold, silver 'deposits' in new high-tech goods worth $21B; less than 15% recovered

July 6, 2012 12:17 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A staggering 320 tons of gold and more than 7,500 tons of silver are now used annually to make PCs, cell phones, tablet computers and other new electronic and electrical products worldwide, adding more than $21 billion in value each year to the rich fortunes in metals eventually available through "urban mining" of e-waste, experts say.


Modbus RTU data acquisition modules feature compact design for din rail mounting

July 6, 2012 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

ICP DAS USA, Inc. introduced the tM series, a new family of tiny network data acquisition and control modules.  The tM series provides digital input output functions like photo-isolated digital input, photoMOS relay output, relay contact and open-collector output.

Calling all truckers ... not!

July 6, 2012 8:56 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers in India are developing a new technology that will prevent truck drivers and other road users from using their cell phones while driving. The technology based on RFIDs could also be integrated with police traffic monitoring.

Sharing data links in networks of cars

July 6, 2012 8:54 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Wi-Fi is coming to our cars. Ford Motor Co. has been equipping cars with Wi-Fi transmitters since 2010; according to an Agence France-Presse story last year, the company expects that by 2015, 80 percent of the cars it sells in North America will have Wi-Fi built in. The same article cites a host of other manufacturers worldwide that either offer Wi-Fi in some high-end vehicles or belong to standards organizations that are trying to develop recommendations for automotive Wi-Fi.

Most accurate robotic legs mimic human walking gait

July 6, 2012 8:52 am | News | Comments

A group of US researchers has produced a robotic set of legs which they believe is the first to fully model walking in a biologically accurate manner.

Samsung's Galaxy powers record $5.9 billion profit; euro a worry

July 6, 2012 8:37 am | by Miyoung Kim, Reuters | News | Comments

Soaring sales of the Galaxy smartphone drove record quarterly profit of $5.9 billion at Samsung Electronics, though the South Korean tech giant is sweating over how Europe's debt crisis is denting demand in its biggest market for televisions and home appliances.


Virus could black our nearly 250,000 PCs

July 6, 2012 8:35 am | by Jim Finkle, Rueters | News | Comments

About a quarter-million computer users around the world are at risk of losing Internet access on Monday because of malicious software at the heart of a hacking scam that U.S. authorities shut down last November.

U.S online job demand rises in June

July 6, 2012 8:34 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

A monthly gauge of online labor demand in the United States rose in June, led by jobs available in the transportation and warehousing sector, while retail positions regained momentum, the operator of a job search website said on Friday.

Car comedy: Jerry Seinfeld to debut Web series featuring him driving with other comedians

July 6, 2012 8:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

jerry Seinfeld is going back on the road. The comedian announced Thursday that he'll debut the Web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" on July 19. The interview show will feature Seinfeld's comedian friends as guests.

Google to sweep out 'iGoogle' customization service in November 2013 as part of housecleaning

July 6, 2012 8:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is phasing out a service that allows millions of people to personalize its home page with applications such as weather updates and stock quotes

Robot vision: Muscle-like action allows camera to mimic human eye movement

July 5, 2012 12:34 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Using piezoelectric materials, researchers have replicated the muscle motion of the human eye to control camera systems in a way designed to improve the operation of robots. This new muscle-like action could help make robotic tools safer and more effective for MRI-guided surgery and robotic rehabilitation.

New technology reduces data center energy consumption by more than 20 percent

July 5, 2012 8:55 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

FIT4Green –project concentrated in finding new solutions for saving energy in data centres. The project designed and implemented an energy-aware plug-in on top of the current data centres' management tools to orchestrate the allocation of ICT resources and turning off unused equipment. Project achieved its goal: 20 % direct ICT equipment energy savings without compromising compliance with Service Level Agreements (SLA) and Quality of Service (QoS) metrics. The achieved savings in CO2 emissions were on the same scale as in energy. The direct energy savings in the ICT equipment induce also remarkable additional savings due to the reduced needs for cooling, for example.

Stereoscopic 3-D for professional training of football referees

July 5, 2012 8:53 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid are applying stereoscopic 3-D to record exercises on offside position for the FIFA to use as teaching material in professional training courses for assistant referees.

Quantum computing, no cooling required

July 5, 2012 8:50 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

It's a challenge that's long been one of the holy grails of quantum computing: How to create quantum bits, or qubits – the key building blocks of quantum computers - that exist in a solid-state system at room temperature. Most current systems, by comparison, rely on complex and expensive equipment designed to trap a single atom or electron in a vacuum then cool the entire system to close to absolute zero.

Get in line: one Apple store per 216 million Chinese

July 5, 2012 8:47 am | by Melanie Lee, Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has more retail stores in Pennsylvania than in all of China - where it earns a fifth of its revenue - and a slow pace of expansion may cost the firm more than just sales

Japanese inventor hopes ro-butt can develop communication

July 5, 2012 8:44 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

The mechanical buttocks may look like a new low for the world of Japanese robotics, but they may actually mark a new leap into the future of humanoid development

Peru's big, ambitious low-cost program to provide students with laptops gets mixed grades

July 5, 2012 8:42 am | by FRANK BAJAK, AP Technology writer | News | Comments

Peru's distribution of more than 800,000 low-cost laptop computers to children across the country easily ranks as one of the world's most ambitious efforts to leverage digital technology in the fight against poverty.

Olympic technology center confident it can handle threat of cyber-attacks

July 5, 2012 8:40 am | by DAVID STRINGER, AP | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) -- Vital computer systems for London's 2012 Olympic Games have come under repeated cyber-attacks - but only from hackers who were invited to join in thousands of hours of security tests.

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