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Verizon hikes data fees in pricing revamp

June 13, 2012 8:54 am | by Sinead Carew | News | Comments

The biggest U.S. mobile operator is also letting customers use their data allowance for multiple devices in the hope of enticing them to connect more gadgets, like tablet computers to its network with the new plans as customers will now be able to avoid paying for separate data subscriptions for each device.

British data regulator reopens investigation into Google over disputed Street View program

June 13, 2012 8:52 am | by Rapheal Satter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's data regulator has reopened its investigation into Google's Street View, saying that an inquiry by authorities in the United States raised new doubts about the disputed program.

Does advertising kill technology?

June 13, 2012 8:48 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s something we hear a lot: “The [xyz] technology sounds amazing; too bad the advertisers are going  to ruin it.” For example, Google Glass. A seemingly exciting and ambitious piece of technology -- until you realize it means having involuntary, interactive advertising experiences one inch from your eye all day.

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Few uses for iPhone battery life extender Third Rail

June 12, 2012 1:06 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

iPhone road-warriors have several power options: They can moderate their usage (yeah, right), carry a charger, or tote a back-up battery system. Third Rail Mobility has an elegant product that, while limited in application, serves as a great back-up power source.

A123 says new battery technology to make EVs cheaper

June 12, 2012 11:41 am | by A. Ananthalakshmi, Reuters, Bangalore | News | Comments

Electric vehicles could become cheaper as A123 Systems Inc announces new lithium ion battery technology.

Eastman Kodak files for auction of Digital Imaging patents

June 12, 2012 9:48 am | by Aman Shah, Reuters, Bangalore | News | Comments

Eastman Kodak Co filed a motion on Monday seeking approval of bidding procedures for bankruptcy auction of its Digital Capture and Kodak imaging Systems and Services patent portfolios, which together comprise more than 1,100 patents.

Shares in navigation device maker TomTom surge on news of Apple deal

June 12, 2012 9:35 am | by The Associated Press, Amsterdam | News | Comments

Shares in Dutch navigation device maker TomTom NV have surged on news that the company will supply map data to Apple Inc.

Apax, JMI to buy software firm Paradigm for about $1 billion

June 12, 2012 9:31 am | by Simon Meads and Michael Erman, Reuters, London/New York | News | Comments

Private equity firm Apax Partners and technology investment firm JMI Equity agreed to pay about $1 billion cash for software group Paradigm, whose technology helps oil and gas companies analyze drilling prospects.

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TSMC sees tech challenge in 450mm wafer race

June 12, 2012 9:26 am | by Argin Chang, Reuters, Taipei | News | Comments

TSMC, the world's top contract chip maker, confirmed on Tuesday it is aiming to manufacture bigger silicon wafers that could lower the cost of chip production, but said technical difficulties will remain in the next five years.

Global demand for lightweight notebooks surged by 248 percent in first quarter: GfK

June 12, 2012 9:10 am | News | Comments

Sleek and stylish notebooks are all the rage nowadays and according to GfK, global demand for ultra-thin notebooks has been seeing consistent uptrend in the last four consecutive quarters which sold over 1.2 million units worldwide. Defined as notebooks 2 centimetres or less in thickness and weigh less than 1.5 kilograms...  

Sainsbury enters e-book market with Anobii buy

June 12, 2012 9:10 am | News | Comments

Britain's third largest supermarket group J Sainsbury has entered the e-book and social network market with the purchase of HMV Group's shareholding in Anobii for a nominal 1 pound ($1.55).

Aging Microsoft lures young tech idealists

June 12, 2012 9:00 am | by Bill Rigby, Reuters | News | Comments

The young interns, some of the nation's best and brightest in technology, business and design, had plenty of enthusiastic words to describe their summer employer.

New MacBooks include thin model with sharper display, starting at $2,199

June 12, 2012 8:55 am | News | Comments

Apple Inc. says its newest MacBook Pro laptop computer will be about as thin as its already-slim MacBook Air. It will also have a sharper display, akin to what the iPhone and the iPad now have.

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Proposals for new Internet suffixes to be released, bids include '.lol,' '.doctor,' '.secure'

June 12, 2012 8:54 am | by Anick Jesdanun | News | Comments

On Wednesday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will release a list of some 2,000 proposals for new Internet address suffixes.  New Internet address suffixes can represent hobbies, ethnic groups, corporate brand names and more.

From application to use: How the Internet will get new domain name suffixes

June 12, 2012 8:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On Wednesday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will release a list of some 2,000 proposals for new Internet address suffixes. They can represent hobbies, ethnic groups, corporate brand names and more.

Verizon to ditch most phone plans, introduce plans 'shared' among family members, devices

June 12, 2012 8:47 am | by Peter Svemsson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest cellphone company, is dropping nearly all of its phone plans in favor of pricing schemes that allow consumers to share data usage among up to ten phones and other devices.

Insight: Google goes softly-softly on European antitrust

June 11, 2012 4:32 pm | by Sebastian Moffett | News | Comments

Despite the EU being a more promising arena for antitrust business than the United States, Google faces a four-billion-dollar fine.

Apple integrates Facebook into iPhone software, makes 'Siri' smarter

June 11, 2012 4:18 pm | by Michael Liedtke and Peter Svensson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fresh off a disappointing initial public offering, Facebook is getting a big boost from Apple, which is building the social network deep into its iPhone and iPad software.

Ubisoft confident on big Wii U bet

June 11, 2012 3:40 pm | by Malathi Nayak and Liana B. Baker | News | Comments

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot hopes Nintendo's upcoming Wii U will be the first of a line-up of new consoles that will give the video game industry a boost and help reverse the French company's waning fortunes.

Apple Live: Cook kicks off Apple's annual developers show in San Francisco

June 11, 2012 1:48 pm | News | Comments

Apple held its annual conference for software developers on Monday to unveil new iPhone software and updated Mac computers, as well as detail future Mac software.

Moving money by cellphone: US-backed effort that bypasses banks starts slowly in Haiti

June 11, 2012 1:35 pm | by Trenton Daniel | News | Comments

In further attempts to rebuild Haiti, the U.S. government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are giving aid to make money transfers available via cell phone in Haiti.  Haitian reception, however, has been lukewarm towards the costly enterprise.

Independent bookstores embrace digital publishing with 'espresso' book machine

June 11, 2012 1:11 pm | by Stacy A. Anderson | News | Comments

With e-readers reducing the print market, the Espresso Book Machine is helping bookstores draw in more clients by providing ease and affordability for those looking to publish their own works, foreign titles, and out of print books.

The future of automotive safety: Cars that talk to each other to prevent crashes

June 11, 2012 1:00 pm | by Joan Lowy | News | Comments

As a safety demonstration, it was a heart-stopper: A Ford Taurus was seconds away from cruising through an intersection when suddenly a row of red lights pulsed on the lower windshield and a warning blared that another car was approaching fast on the cross street. Braking quickly, the driver stopped just as the second car, previously unseen behind a large parked truck, barreled through a red light and across the Ford's path.

Robotics helps us become more competitive

June 11, 2012 11:58 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The event, "RoboCity12: Robots para los ciudadanos" (Robots for the people), hosted by the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales (School of Industrial Engineering - ETSII) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), gathered nearly 40 robots "made in Spain" for two days. The objective was to present the most recent advances in robotics that have been developed in the Community of Madrid, as well as the main innovations that have appeared on the national and international scenes.

Google, author body end spat on internet books

June 11, 2012 9:48 am | News | Comments

Internet search provider Google and authors group Society Men of Letters of France (SGDL) have reached an agreement that ends a dispute dating back to 2006 over the publishing of snippets of books on the internet. The deal puts an end to an appeal procedure, the two groups wrote in a joint statement on Monday.

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