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Smartphones power record Samsung profit of $5.9 billion during Apple lull

July 27, 2012 9:09 am | by Miyoung Kim, Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co, the world's top technology firm by revenue, reported on Friday a record operating profit of $5.9 billion for the June quarter, as rampant Galaxy S handset sales helped stretch its lead over Apple Inc.

NASA X-ray concept inspired from a roll of Scotch® tape

July 27, 2012 8:45 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The inspiration behind NASA scientist Maxim Markevitch's quest to build a highly specialized X-ray mirror using a never-before-tried technique comes from an unusual source: a roll of Scotch® tape.

Review: New Mac software well worth $20 for online storage, syncing, mobile-friendly features

July 27, 2012 8:43 am | by Anick Jesdanun, Technology Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mobile devices are already responsible for the bulk of Apple's sales and profits. Now, Apple is making the new Mac system even more like the iOS software that powers its iPhones and iPads.


Bomb joke tweeter wins landmark ruling

July 27, 2012 8:42 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

A British man who joked on Twitter that he would blow up an airport after it closed because of snow has had his conviction for sending a "menacing" message overturned in a landmark ruling for users of social media websites.

Google to offer its warp-speed Internet service in Kansas City area for $70 a month

July 26, 2012 2:07 pm | by MARIA FISHER and PETER SVENSSON, the AP | News | Comments

Google Inc. revealed Thursday what it will charge for its long-awaited, ultra-fast Internet service in Kansas City: $70 per month.

Pop music too loud and all sounds the same: official

July 26, 2012 10:57 am | News | Comments

Comforting news for anyone over the age of 35, scientists have worked out that modern pop music really is louder and does all sound the same.

PCIe Gen3 switches tout versatility

July 26, 2012 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

PLX Technology announced new ultra-high lane count PCI Express (PCIe) Gen3 switches for storage systems, high-end graphics and communications platforms. The new ExpressLane PCIeGen3 switches include the PEX8796 (96 lanes, 24 ports), PEX8780 (80 lanes, 20 ports) and PEX8764 (64 lanes, 16 ports)

Designing a better seatbelt

July 26, 2012 10:52 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to safety in new cars, seat belts are a no brainer. They reduce crash-related injuries and death by 50 percent, according to the CDC. Forty-nine states—New Hampshire is taking Live Free or Die a little seriously—have laws requiring people to wear seatbelts, and it’s estimated about 80 percent of people actually wear the belts when they’re in the car.


Hacking experts find new ways to attack Android phones

July 26, 2012 8:44 am | by Jim Finkle, Reuters | News | Comments

Hacking experts on Wednesday demonstrated ways to attack Android smartphones using methods they said work on virtually all such devices in use today, despite recent efforts by search engine giant Google to boost protection.

Study finds world leaders take to Twitter, but new 'Twiplomacy' has its limits

July 26, 2012 8:41 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press | News | Comments

Almost two-thirds of world leaders have joined the Twitterverse where President Barack Obama and his tweet on gay marriage are the most popular to date, says a new study Thursday.

Antenna selection and implementation

July 25, 2012 4:20 pm | by Chris Anderson – Chief Solutions Technologist, Spectrum Design Solutions, | Blogs | Comments

The antenna has the single largest impact on the performance of any Telit radio implementation, whether it‘s cellular, GPS or short range. It can be very difficult for developers without the proper tools and experience to select and implement an antenna properly. Antenna performance is influenced by conductive and absorptive system elements like

States press Congress to make Internet merchants collect sales taxes for them

July 25, 2012 3:38 pm | by ANDRES GONZALEZ, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 21 states have simplified how they collect taxes in hopes of recovering an estimated $20 billion in sales taxes that go uncollected by out-of-state online merchants every year. But the nation's governors say they still need help from Congress.

Robot Road Run: Racing robots game inspired by EU robotic project arrives as iPhone app

July 25, 2012 3:37 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London have launched a fun new smartphone app that lets users interact with and control their own emotional pet robot, using ideas taken from a recent European robotics research project called LIREC.


New York Times drops BlackBerry app

July 25, 2012 3:33 pm | by Allison Martell, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - BlackBerry users can no longer use the official New York Times app to read news stories over their devices, in a fresh blow to Research In Motion, the maker of the smartphone once considered an essential tool for business professionals.

New data pricing from Verizon, AT&T may complicate family life

July 25, 2012 3:31 pm | by Sinead Carew, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Arguments around U.S. family dinner tables may soon go from who talked too much on the phone this month to who used up the family's Internet service.

UK information watchdog orders city to stop recording taxi cab conversations

July 25, 2012 3:27 pm | by CASSANDRA VINOGRAD, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's information watchdog on Wednesday ordered a city council to stop the mandatory recording of people's conversations in taxis, saying the policy breaches the Data Protection act.

Undergrads invent cell phone screener to combat anemia in developing world

July 25, 2012 10:00 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Could a low-cost screening device connected to a cell phone save thousands of women and children from anemia-related deaths and disabilities?

'Control-Alt-Hack' game lets players try their hand at computer security

July 25, 2012 8:38 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Do you have what it takes to be an ethical hacker? Can you step into the shoes of a professional paid to outsmart supposedly locked-down systems? Now you can at least try, no matter what your background, with a new card game developed by University of Washington computer scientists.

Stop ruining technology with nostalgia

July 24, 2012 4:57 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

New technology is supposed to be an improvement over old technology. It should be more efficient, faster, smaller, or simply just better than its predecessors OR it must offer something so unique, so amazing that you forget that it, in fact, does nothing. It’s the reason smart phones, tablets, and ultrabooks are outselling dumb phones, computers, and laptops of days gone by. People like improvements.

AP Exclusive: Webcams make Alaska bears accessible

July 24, 2012 2:51 pm | by MARK THIESSEN Associated Press | News | Comments

- A new video initiative is bringing the famed brown bears of Alaska's Katmai National Park directly to your computer or smartphone.

Switcher ICs provide up to 90 W output with accurate PSR

July 24, 2012 11:29 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations announced its LinkSwitch-HP family of off-line switcher ICs that can deliver up to 90 W output power with accurate primary-side regulation (PSR), according to the company. These ICs use control algorithms and the properties of the main power transformer and output diode

Is YouTube a prescription for vertigo?

July 24, 2012 8:46 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS – Watching videos on YouTube may be a new way to show the treatment for a common cause of vertigo, which often goes untreated by physicians, according to a study published in the July 24, 2012, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Navy radio system might be crippling garage door openers in part of Connecticut

July 23, 2012 4:42 pm | by PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press | News | Comments

A radio signal being transmitted out of a submarine base is likely behind reports of garage doors failing to open and close in southeastern Connecticut, the U.S. Navy said Monday.

App aims to improve accessibility for visually impaired

July 23, 2012 8:48 am | by Natasha Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Whether it is getting off a bus or reading a menu, a new app aims to make life easier for the blind or visually impaired.

New lab working on security shoe sole to ID people, experts say it raises privacy questions

July 23, 2012 8:38 am | by Kevin Begos, The Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- High-tech security? Forget those irksome digital eye scans. Meet the biometric shoe.

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