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Amsterdam goes green with electric scooter taxis

October 2, 2012 8:37 am | by Roberta Cowan, Reuters | News | Comments

Six years ago Dutchman Ruben Beugels was on an Amsterdam tram that broke down, leaving him stuck in an out-of-the way place, and late for an appointment when he couldn't quickly find another means of transport."I was very frustrated at being late, and it was then that I thought, hey a scooter

Genetically engineered cow makes anti-allergy milk

October 2, 2012 8:35 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Researchers in New Zealand have genetically engineered a cow to produce milk with very little of a protein that causes an allergic reaction in some children.They hope the technique, which uses a process called RNA interference that reduces the activity of certain genes without eliminating it completely, can be used to control other traits in livestock

Software-based programmable automation controller ideal for computationally intensive applications

October 1, 2012 3:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial automation manufacturer Opto 22 has announced SoftPAC(tm), a software-based programmable automation controller (PAC) ideal for use with computationally intensive applications as well as applications that must log, manipulate, and exchange large amounts of data. SoftPAC joins Opto 22's existing

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10 must-see posts from September

October 1, 2012 12:28 pm | by The ECN Editors | Articles | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles for September. They all come with a witty, engaging summary just in case you missed them the first time or want to check up on an old favorite. Keep checking out the Lead and follow us on twitter @ecnmagazine for our most up-to-date articles.

Lenovo Counting on China Advantage to Challenge Apple Lead

September 28, 2012 3:05 pm | by Bloomberg | News | Comments

Lenovo Group Ltd. set to overtake Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) as the biggest PC maker this year, now has its sights on the smartphone and tablet markets, as it takes on Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. in China. “We want to test the market, see the first steps toward success in China, then roll out to the rest of world,” Chief Executive Officer Yang Yuanqing said.

Type-6 COM Express module provides full PC software and hardware compatibility

September 27, 2012 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Integration announces the new SBC-K7. SBC-K7 is an ideal platform for embedded instrumentation that combines an Atom or i7 PC running Windows/Linux/VxWorks with a Xilinx Kintex7 FPGA plus dual, industry-compliant FMC (FPGA mezzanine card) I/O sites.

The emergency worker’s best friend: A backpack that maps

September 27, 2012 9:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Emergency workers risk their lives to keep us safe, and they’re often walking into situations essentially blind. If they run into a problem, they have only primitive ways of warning those coming in behind them. But, with the help of the researchers, the days of flying blind may be coming to a rapid end.

Computers match humans in understanding art

September 27, 2012 8:55 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Understanding and evaluating art has widely been considered as a task meant for humans, until now. Computer scientists Lior Shamir and Jane Tarakhovsky of Lawrence Technological University in Michigan tackled the question "can machines understand art?" The results were very surprising.

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Paper: Federal law needed to safeguard 'digital afterlives'

September 27, 2012 8:54 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Federal law ought to play a stronger role in regulating social networking sites by allowing users to determine what happens to their "digital afterlives," says a recently published paper by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law. Allowing social networking sites to set their own policies regarding the content associated with the accounts of deceased users does

Artificially intelligent game bots pass the Turing test on Turing's centenary

September 27, 2012 8:50 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An artificially intelligent virtual gamer created by computer scientists at The University of Texas at Austin has won the BotPrize by convincing a panel of judges that it was more human-like than half the humans it competed against. The competition was sponsored by 2K Games and was set inside the virtual world of "Unreal Tournament 2004,"

U.S.-based Micron takes 20 percent share of the NAND flash market

September 26, 2012 11:12 am | News | Comments

For the first time since it entered the industry seven years ago, U.S.-based Micron Technology Inc. managed to cross the 20 percent market share threshold in the NAND flash memory business during the second quarter. Micron posted the strongest sequential performance of all NAND suppliers, with second-quarter revenue amounting to

Nobody's driving: California governor signs legislation paving the way for driverless cars

September 26, 2012 9:10 am | by TERENCE CHEA Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown rode to Google headquarters in a self-driving Toyota Prius before signing legislation Tuesday that will pave the way for driverless cars in California. The bill by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla will establish safety and performance regulations to test and operate autonomous vehicles on state roads and highways.

How a space hater becomes a space junkie

September 26, 2012 8:55 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor, Space Nerd | Articles | Comments

Space has never really interested me. When I was forced to go to a Star Trek museum at age 10 and a man dressed as a Klingon--the fictional warrior race--chased me around the gift shop, I was pretty much done with how “fun” space could be.

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Einstein's brain is now interactive iPad app

September 25, 2012 9:51 am | by CARLA K. JOHNSON AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The brain that revolutionized physics now can be downloaded as an app for $9.99. But it won't help you win at Angry Birds. While Albert Einstein's genius isn't included, an exclusive iPad application launched Tuesday promises to make detailed images of his brain more accessible to scientists than ever before

This app could save your teen driver’s life

September 25, 2012 9:26 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

We’ve all seen it. You’re driving down the road and see someone driving erratically only to find that person is messing with the radio, yelling at their reprobate children, shaving, eating, or applying makeup. Distracted driving has taken on an entirely new meaning with the advent of texting.

Toyota drops plan for widespread sales of electric car

September 24, 2012 8:53 am | by DYLAN LOVAN Associated Press | News | Comments

  Toyota Motor Corp has scrapped plans for widespread sales of a new all-electric minicar, saying it had misread the market and the ability of still-emerging battery technology to meet consumer demands. Toyota, which had already taken a more conservative view of the market for battery-powered  

Swiss railway weighs challenge to Apple over trademark clock

September 21, 2012 2:11 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

Swiss railway operator SBB and a Swiss watchmaker are considering challenging Apple over the striking similarity between the country's trademark station clocks and the clock on a new operating system for the iPad."We now have to agree on the legal framework between SBB and Apple,

Virtual boundaries: How environmental cues affect motivation and task-oriented behavior

September 21, 2012 2:08 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Much of our daily lives are spent completing tasks that involve a degree of waiting, such as remaining on hold while scheduling a doctor's appointment or standing in line at an ATM. Faced with a wait, some people postpone, avoid, or abandon their task. Others endure the wait but feel dissatisfied and frustrated by the experience.

Researchers examine how characteristics of automated voice systems affect users' experience

September 21, 2012 2:08 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The personality and gender of the automated voices you hear when calling your credit card company or receiving directions from your GPS navigational system may have an unconscious effect on your perception of the technology. Human factors/ergonomics researchers have studied

Intelligent systems add brainpower to everyday electronics

September 21, 2012 9:56 am | by Fernando Mujica, Director of System Architectures Lab of the Systems and Applications R&D Center, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) | Articles | Comments

What is an intelligent system? It’s any system that can input information, analyze it, and intelligently make decisions or take actions as a result. Intelligent systems have been emerging for decades, but they are on the brink of an intelligence explosion that will revolutionize the way we interact with machines, making our world smarter, safer and more fun.

Optical waveguide connects semiconductor chips

September 21, 2012 8:53 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A team of KIT researchers directed by Professor Christian Koos has succeeded in developing a novel optical connection between semiconductor chips. "Photonic wire bonding" reaches data transmission rates in the range of several terabits per second and is suited perfectly for production on the industrial scale.

Computers get a better way to detect threats

September 21, 2012 8:52 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

UT Dallas computer scientists have developed a technique to automatically allow one computer in a virtual network to monitor another for intrusions, viruses or anything else that could cause a computer to malfunction.The technique has been dubbed "space travel"

TECNALIA develops smart furniture

September 21, 2012 8:50 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

TECNALIA has taken another step in the manufacture of furniture of the future. Along with GRUMAL, companies, NUEVA LINEA, ELSON ELECTRONICA and EKOLEDS,, and framed in the WoodTouch project, it has developed a new concept of touch interaction with furniture and wood surfaces,

Once usability becomes secure

September 21, 2012 8:49 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Risk increases with comfort: "Single Sign-On" permits users to access all their protected Web resources, replacing repeated sign-ins with passwords. However, attackers also know about the advantages such a single point of attack offers to them. Andreas Mayer, who is writing his PhD thesis

3-D display screen on mobile devices could be on the horizon

September 21, 2012 8:46 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Imagine a mobile device that visually displays a street map and whose screen physically mutates to show the hilly terrain and buildings. A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, have developed a new type of screen display that not only moves but also physically tilts.

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