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Amazon.com sees delivery drones as future

December 2, 2013 12:49 pm | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amazon.com is working on a way to get customers their goods in 30 minutes or less — by drone. The world's largest e-commerce company said it's working on the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project in its research and development labs. But Amazon says it will take years to advance the technology...

Consumer behavior aggressively tracked this season

December 2, 2013 9:57 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a big question for marketers: What kind of a buyer are you? And, as important, what are you willing to pay? In the search for answers this shopping season, consumer behavior online and off is being tracked aggressively with help from advances in technology. And it can happen whether buyers are on their work computers, mobile devices or just standing in the grocery aisle.

Review: 5 shopping apps to get you the best prices

December 2, 2013 9:53 am | by By JOSEPH PISANI AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Looking to save a few bucks while you shop for holiday gifts? Don't hit the mall without these shopping apps. Many retailers, for instance, will match deals you find elsewhere, so these apps can help you find better prices to show the cashier. Some let you search for coupons, while others tell you whether you're better off buying online instead.

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China claims victory in scrubbing Internet clean

December 2, 2013 9:50 am | by DIDI TANG Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) -- The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party.

Application-ready platform targets mil/aero

November 26, 2013 11:54 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Vadatech has announced its first application-ready platform (ARP). This pre-configured system platform is suited for mil/aero applications requiring front-end deterministic processing and high data rates. The ARP200 Application-Ready Platform for Mil-sensor processing uses

High-speed 40Gbps Gen3 OpenVPX backplane is presented as industry’s first

November 26, 2013 11:27 am | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions announced what it asserts is the industry’s 40 Gbps Gen3 OpenVPX backplane. The new Hybricon Gen3 OpenVPX 6U six-slot Backplane is designed for the end-to-end transmission of the high speed data required for demanding ground and airborne

Cyber resilience metrics needed to meet increased threats

November 25, 2013 1:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cyber threats are rapidly emerging as one of the primary security concerns for the nation and global community as targeted cyber attacks can cause severe consequences to critical infrastructure and sectors of the economy. Recent calls for action have brought the concept of "resilience" in the face of cyber attacks...

NIST demonstrates how losing information can benefit quantum computing

November 25, 2013 1:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Suggesting that quantum computers might benefit from losing some data, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have entangled—linked the quantum properties of—two ions by leaking judiciously chosen information to the environment.  

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GPU accelerator equipped with 12GB of memory

November 25, 2013 12:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Mechanics announces that it now offers the NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerator, the world’s fastest accelerator, as part of its GPU Solutions product line. The Tesla K40 GPU accelerator is equipped with 12GB of memory to process the world’s most challenging computational problems....

Japanese computer makers enhancing Big Data services

November 25, 2013 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Major Japanese computer makers including Fujitsu Ltd. and NEC Corp. are enhancing their respective services for Big Data, or data collected very rapidly in large volumes from a variety of sources. Since Big Data services are seen as limitless and expected to achieve high growth, the companies are offering various services to corporate clients and local governments, their officials said.

Design-specific enclosures intended for credit-card sized computers

November 25, 2013 9:31 am | Hammond | Product Releases | Comments

Hammond Manufacturing has launched a range of design-specific moulded enclosures to support the new types of credit card-sized, low-cost bar- board computers, which, typically running Linux, provide basic functionality across a wide range of applications.

Tech issues block people from NJ online bet test

November 22, 2013 1:54 pm | by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey is allowing adults in the state to click a mouse or swipe a screen for a chance to win money, making it only the third state to offer online gambling. A five-day trial period of Internet gambling began Thursday night when players invited by casinos to test their systems made real-money bets online.

5 Things to Know about $290 million Apple verdict

November 21, 2013 7:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury on Thursday ordered Samsung Electronics to pay Apple $290 million for copying features of the iPhone and iPad. That was in addition to $640 million the South Korea-based Samsung already owed Apple from a previous trial. Samsung plans to appeal the $930 million in damages in a San Jose...

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Carnegie Mellon computer searches web 24/7 to analyze images and teach itself common sense

November 21, 2013 11:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A computer program called the Never Ending Image Learner (NEIL) is running 24 hours a day at Carnegie Mellon University, searching the Web for images, doing its best to understand them on its own and, as it builds a growing visual database, gathering common sense on a massive scale.

PoL DC-DC converter ideal for powering the latest FPGAs and ASICs used in networking, telecommunications, and computing applications

November 21, 2013 10:34 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata announced the first in a series of Point-of- Load (PoL) non-isolated DC-DC converters based on the Digital Control Architecture from Powervation. The DOSA compatible OKLF 25A PoL has been designed to address the industry's growing requirement for low voltages (1.25V and less)....

Handheld digital storage oscilloscopes provide up to 100 MHz bandwidth

November 20, 2013 4:07 pm | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision today announced its new 2510 Series handheld digital storage oscilloscopes (DSO). Four models make up this new line of dual-channel oscilloscopes that includes 60 MHz and 100 MHz bandwidth models in non-isolated and isolated designs.

Photos of the Day: UT Dallas computer scientists create 3-D technique

November 19, 2013 12:30 pm | by University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

UT Dallas computer scientists have developed a technique to make 3-D images that finds practical applications of a theory created by a famous mathematician. This technique uses anisotropic triangles to create 3-D “mesh” computer graphics that more accurately approximate the shapes of the original objects...

Study reveals potential breakthrough in hearing technology

November 18, 2013 1:01 pm | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

Computer engineers and hearing scientists at The Ohio State University have made a potential breakthrough in solving a 50-year-old problem in hearing technology: how to help the hearing-impaired understand speech in the midst of background noise. They describe how they used the latest developments in neural networks...  

Single-atom bit forms smallest memory in the world

November 18, 2013 12:47 pm | by Helmholtz Association | News | Comments

One atom equals one bit: According to this design principle, we would like to construct magnetic data memories in the future. Presently, a compound of several million atoms is needed to stabilize a magnetic bit in a way that hard disk data are secure for several years.

UC research brings a future of mind-reading robots ever closer

November 18, 2013 11:25 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Research on brain-computer interface will be presented at the International Human-Centered Robotics Symposium, and UC's work to pioneer a human-centered robotics curriculum will be discussed. If you think with the release of every new i-device the world is getting closer to thought-controlled smart tech and robotic personal assistants, you might be right.  

This is a real-life Batmobile

November 13, 2013 12:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Batmobile is arguably one of the most recognizable fictional transportation devices. Its sleek design has been imagined and reimagined by every Batman movie and a few comics, but it always maintains that certain je ne sais quoi that makes it powerful, sexy, and impressive all in one.Every so often, a superfan will try to recreate the Batmobile...

Exploring public perceptions of future wearable computing

November 8, 2013 10:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As scientists develop the next wave of smartwatches and other wearable computing, they might want to continue focusing their attention on the arms and the wrists. According to a recent Georgia Tech study, portable electronic devices placed on the collar, torso, waist or pants may cause awkwardness, embarrassment or strange looks.

Slacktivism: 'Liking' on Facebook may mean less giving

November 8, 2013 9:35 am | by Eurekalert! | Blogs | Comments

Would-be donors skip giving when offered the chance to show public support for charities in social media, a new study from the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business finds. "Charities incorrectly assume that connecting with people through social media always leads to more meaningful support," says Sauder PhD student Kirk Kristofferson, who co-authored the forthcoming Journal of Consumer Research article.

Carnegie Mellon researchers use inkblots to improve security of online passwords

November 7, 2013 1:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists have developed a new password system that incorporates inkblots to provide an extra measure of protection when, as so often occurs, lists of passwords get stolen from websites. This new type of password, dubbed a GOTCHA, would be suitable for protecting high-value accounts...

Georgia Tech warns of threats to cloud data storage, mobile devices in latest 'emerging cyber threat'

November 7, 2013 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As more businesses find their way into the cloud, few engage in security measures beyond those provided by the associated cloud storage firm, a new report from Georgia Tech notes. Even fewer seek heightened data protection because of concerns that usability and access to remote data would be significantly reduced.

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