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A comparison: Unlimited data plans available at top 5 wireless carriers

August 23, 2012 8:44 am | News | Comments

Two smaller wireless companies, T-Mobile and MetroPCS, announced unlimited-data offerings this week as they try to compete with AT&T and Verizon. It marks a comeback for unlimited wireless data, after the two largest companies stopped signing up customers for such plans.

LG Display’s tablet panel sales revenue more than doubles in Q2

August 22, 2012 4:02 pm | News | Comments

LG Display more than doubled its tablet display sales revenue in the second quarter compared to the first, thanks to panel shipments for Apple Inc.’s iPad, according to the IHS iSuppli Small and Medium Display Service from information and analytics provider IHS. During its most recent results announcement with industry analysts, LGD said its tablet panel revenue reached

Unlimited wireless data returns, as smaller carriers search for edge against AT&T and Verizon

August 22, 2012 2:09 pm | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Unlimited wireless data is back. After sliding off the menu of cellphone plans, data plans with no caps are making a comeback at smaller wireless companies trying to compete with AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile USA, the nation's fourth-largest cellphone company, said Wednesday that it will start selling an unlimited-data plan again on Sept. 5, after stopping sales of such plans early last year.

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Apple, Foxconn improve China plants, but more to do: audit

August 22, 2012 2:07 pm | by Clare Jim and Poornima Gupta, Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc and Foxconn have improved working conditions at Chinese factories that make most of the world's iPads and iPhones, according to auditors the firms enlisted to monitor the process, but tough tasks lie ahead. The Fair Labor Association said on Tuesday local laws require the companies -- which came under fire over conditions at the plants blamed for a series of suicides in 2010...

'Electronic nose' prototype developed

August 22, 2012 8:44 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Research by Nosang Myung, a professor at the University of California, Riverside, Bourns College of Engineering, has enabled a Riverside company to develop an "electronic nose" prototype that can detect small quantities of harmful airborne substances.

Backplane enables users to add four 2.5” SATA or SAS hard drives to a desktop computer

August 21, 2012 4:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

StarTech.com has announced the release of the Mini-SAS to 4x SATA/SAS Backplane (part # SATSAS425BK), which enables users to add four 2.5” SATA or SAS hard drives to a desktop computer, using a single Mini-SAS (SFF-8087) host connection, while requiring only a single 5.25” bay for installation.

Would you eat printed meat?

August 21, 2012 1:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

3D printing is a hot topic issue in the tech world with everything from printed guns to printed arms making headlines around the world.The newest 3D item to hit the scene? Printed meat. Modern Meadows,a firm looking to develop “high value, food grade animal protein”

Brain-wave-reading robot might help stroke patients

August 21, 2012 9:18 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

What comes naturally to most people – to think and then do – is difficult for stroke patients who have lost the full use of their limbs. New research by Rice University, the University of Houston (UH) and TIRR Memorial Hermann aims to help victims recover that ability to the fullest extent possible with a $1.17 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the President's National Robotics Initiative (NRI).

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Spending spree: What you can buy for $665, the price of 1 Apple share

August 21, 2012 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is the world's most valuable company, ever. On Monday, its surging stock propelled the company's value to $624 billion, beating the previous record for market capitalization set by Microsoft Corp. in the heady days of the Internet boom.

Apple becomes most valuable company of all time

August 20, 2012 3:46 pm | by Edward Krudy, Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc became the most valuable public company of all time on Monday, after its market value climbed beyond $620 billion to surpass a milestone set by Microsoft Corp more than a decade ago. Its shares were up 2.3 percent at $662.73 in afternoon trade, after having gained more than 8 percent this month as Wall Street bets on the September 12 rollout of the latest version of the iPhone...

Kickstarter projects generate millions of dollars selling products before they exist

August 20, 2012 8:55 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A funny thing happens on Kickstarter, the website where people ask for money to finance their projects. Sometimes, they get more money than they ask for. Sometimes, they get millions more.In April, three-person startup Pebble Technology sought to raise $100,000 to make 1,000 wristwatches that can be programmed with different clock faces.

AP IMPACT: CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low

August 16, 2012 3:41 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS Associated Press | News | Comments

In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal.

Why 4D technology ruins movies

August 16, 2012 2:42 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Designers are on the constant lookout for ways to enhance the movie-screening experience. It’s easily seen in the evolution from silent films to talkies to color to HD and 3D movies. Oftentimes, now that 3D has made a (dismal) debut in homes and a (really expensive) debut in theaters, 4D is being tossed around as “the next big thing.”

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3-D movies in your living room -- without the glasses

August 16, 2012 2:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lounging on a sofa while watching a 3D movie is an exquisite pleasure for many film fans. Be that as it may, those nettlesome 3D glasses might diminish the fun somewhat. That's why television manufacturers are working on displays that can recreate the spellbinding magic of three-dimensional television images – without the glasses.

Enough praises Intel, Apple for efforts on conflict minerals; Nintendo gets no points

August 16, 2012 2:00 pm | by KRISTA LARSON Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel, Motorola Solutions, HP and Apple have become "pioneers of progress" through their efforts to avoid purchasing minerals that fund armed groups in Central Africa, according to a report released Thursday.

Hold my calls, please: LA restaurant offers discount to diners who check cellphones with staff

August 16, 2012 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Los Angeles restaurant is offering a deal to customers who agree to look at their fellow diners instead of their phone screens.

Serial SRAM devices boast 1 Mbit densities, 80 Mbps speeds and 5-V operation

August 15, 2012 5:56 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its serial SRAM portfolio with four new devices that are said to feature the industry’s largest densities and speeds. They also offer 5-V operation, which remains prevalent in automotive and industrial applications. These 512 Kb and 1 Mb SPI devices maintain the

Who needs a license? Self-driving cars coming our way

August 15, 2012 4:07 pm | by Ben Klayman, Reuters | News | Comments

It's been more than half a century since some of the first concept cars boasting self-driving features were presented to the world and they're still not on the roads. But many auto executives say the industry is on the cusp of welcoming vehicles that make the idea of keeping both hands on the wheel an anachronism.

Major retailers form company that will create a mobile app for faster, easier shopping

August 15, 2012 4:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A bevy of big-name retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best-Buy Co. and Target Corp., are teaming up to create a company that will give customers another way to make purchases: with their cellphones.

A look at how Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 compares with iPad, Tab 2, Surface

August 15, 2012 4:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. on Wednesday announced its latest tablet computer, the Galaxy Note 10.1. Here's a look at its key specifications, compared with key competitors and an earlier Samsung model.

At trial, it's Samsung's turn to say Apple copied

August 14, 2012 2:17 pm | by Dan Levine, Reuters | News | Comments

A Samsung Electronics Co Ltd expert witness testified on Tuesday that Apple Inc's iPhone and iPad violate three of Samsung's patents, as the South Korean electronics company went on offense in the third week of a high stakes trial. Dr. Woodward Yang, an electrical engineering professor at Harvard, said Apple's products use Samsung-patented features for mobile devices, including the process for seamlessly emailing photos.

Court lets Google appeal digital books class status

August 14, 2012 12:44 pm | by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters | News | Comments

Google Inc has won the right to appeal the granting of class status to thousands of authors suing the search engine company over its ambitious plan to create the world's largest digital books library. In a brief order, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York granted Google permission to challenge a May 31 decision by U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin letting authors sue as a group rather than individually.

Would you trust brakes that think for you?

August 14, 2012 11:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In keeping with the vehicle safety theme I’ve self-cultivated with Signal and the inflatable seatbelt, let’s take a look at the world of brakes, specifically Automatic Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS). The idea behind AEBS is that in the event that you, the driver, are unable or incapable of braking in order to avoid a collision with a car, pedestrian, object, your garage door, etc. the car will take (complete or partial) control...

Internet sales tax could foster anti-business climate

August 14, 2012 10:44 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The prospect of an Internet sales tax has hung over the head of e-commerce like the Sword of Damocles. It’s the boogeyman that threatens to pull the World Wide Web into the stone age of brick-and-mortar. But the ugly rumors may finally be true. A bill under consideration in the Senate would impose an Internet sales tax and amend any “competitive” disparity. Prepare to spend a lot more for your online purchases.

U.S. seniors find it's never too late to learn social media

August 14, 2012 8:35 am | by Patricia Reaney, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Seniors, some in their 90s, could soon be making new friends on Facebook thanks to New York libraries offering classes to help the elderly learn, or brush up their social network skills.

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