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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

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.


A well-trained dog: Twitter helps Irishwoman find Patch, the terrier who took train to Dublin

July 5, 2012 8:38 am | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK, AP | News | Comments

When Patch hopped aboard the train to Dublin, it took the power of Twitter to reunite the dog with his owner.

WikiLeaks says it has obtained 2.4 million emails from Syria, claims revelations forthcoming

July 5, 2012 8:37 am | by Rapheal Satter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The secret-spilling group WikiLeaks said Thursday it was in the process of publishing material from 2.4 million Syrian emails - many of which it said came from official government accounts.

Mobile payment apps: Good for the seller, good for the buyer

July 2, 2012 4:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

A few months ago, I was buying a large photograph for my dad at a Christmas market in Bethlehem, PA. When it came time to pay, the vendor gave me the “cash or credit” option.  Intrigued by the lack of a credit card machine and rarity of having the credit option at a craft show, I went for my card. The vendor whipped out his iPad, swiped the card through a Square card reader attachment...

Dell buying Quest Software for $2.36 billion

July 2, 2012 10:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dell said Monday that it's buying Quest Software for about $2.36 billion, ending recent speculation about who the unnamed bidder was in the battle for the company with investment firm Insight Venture Partners.

Exclusive: Amazon to take on Brazil's ecommerce jungle

July 2, 2012 9:04 am | by Esteban Israel, Reuters | News | Comments Inc (AMZN.O) is expected to set up a digital bookstore in Brazil in the fourth quarter, as it seeks to get a piece of the fast-growing online retail market in the country that inspired its name.

Poland's Lech Walesa a big fan of social media, wishes it existed when he founded Solidarity

June 29, 2012 12:50 pm | by Monika Scislowska | News | Comments

Lech Walesa is a big fan of social media - and says if he had it back when he founded the Solidarity rights movement in 1980, he wouldn't have had to keep meeting opposition colleagues in stadiums.

APU targets embedded designs that are low power, small form factor, cost-sensitive

June 29, 2012 10:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMD introduced the latest entry to the AMD Embedded G-Series processor family with the AMD Embedded G-T16R Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The AMD G-T16R is targeted at very low power, small form factor and cost-sensitive embedded designs that require a combination of x86 compatibility and graphics. The optimized design of the AMD Embedded G-T16R sips power, with power consumption of just 2.3 watts[iv] on average or 4.5 watts thermal design power (TDP).

Application server enables allows remote access to virtually any serial device via a GSM/GPRS or Ethernet network

June 29, 2012 10:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lantronix today announced the launch of its new PremierWave XC, a unique, hybrid GSM/GPRS and Ethernet dual-port serial device server that allows remote access to, and management of, virtually any serial device via a GSM/GPRS or Ethernet network. PremierWave XC, which is the company's most recent Linux-based application server product...

GPGPU embedded DSP module is AFT-cooled

June 29, 2012 10:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) announced what is said to be the industry’s first rugged Air Flow Through (AFT) cooled GPGPU embedded DSP module. The announcement of the AFT version of CWCDS’ VPX6-490 GPU Application Accelerator, a dual NVIDIA GPU-based 6U VPX module

Scientists develop spray-on battery

June 28, 2012 2:12 pm | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

Scientists in the United States have developed a paint that can store and deliver electrical power just like a battery.

Digital compasses integrate motion and magnetic sensing in a small package for portables

June 28, 2012 12:03 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics expanded its sensor portfolio with a compact e-compass module. The integration of motion and magnetic sensing in a 3 mm x 3 mm x1 mm package is positioned as opening new possibilities for advanced navigation and location-based services

Software design suite designed for wide range of machines

June 28, 2012 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

ach SPEED program itself is intended for designing and calculating a wide range of electro-magnetic machine performances.  The design processes used in all of SPEED’s programs are fast and efficient.  A number of templates are used to establish the machine’s dimensions, to assist in laying out the winding, to select the desired materials, and to compute the machine’s performance at a single operating point, or over a whole speed/torque range.

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