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Lenovo executive dismisses Nokia bid talk as "joke"

August 1, 2012 8:43 am | by Tarmo Virki, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo on Wednesday quashed market speculation it was interested in buying struggling Finnish cellphone maker Nokia.

Do you have what it takes to be a Roundtable expert?

July 31, 2012 4:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We here at ECN love to hear what you have to say, so for our October issue we’re opening up the Roundtable discussion to our faithful readers. Typically, the Roundtable is an editorial section consisting of short commentary by five or six experts in a particular vertical market. Check out the most recent Roundtable from August here.

Enough with the Twitter Olympics

July 31, 2012 3:38 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s official, people: Twitter has taken over the Olympics. Yes, we all know about Ryan Loche and Michael Phelps. Even the Queen’s granddaughter (a silver medalist) is popping up in the Olympic news, but let’s focus on what’s important during this competition: Twitter. It seems for every story you read about the craziness of antiquated gymnastic rules and disappointing defeats, there is a story about Twitter.


Adding a '3D print' button to animation software

July 31, 2012 2:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Watch out, Barbie: omnivorous beasts are assembling in a 3D printer near you. A group of graphics experts led by computer scientists at Harvard have created an add-on software tool that translates video game characters -- or any other three-dimensional animations -- into fully articulated action figures, with the help of a 3D printer.  

Microsoft relaunches Hotmail as social-friendly Outlook

July 31, 2012 2:50 pm | by Bill Rigby, Reuters | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp unveiled a revamped, Facebook-friendly version of its free, online email service on Tuesday in an attempt to reverse market share losses to Google Inc's fast-growing Gmail.

Power chips help conserve energy, speed adoption of universal charging

July 31, 2012 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced power management controllers that are said to save standby power to help smart phone users consume less electricity with their 5-W cube adapters, even when they are left plugged into the wall. The new UCC28700 primary-side controllers will

Olympics fans find ways to circumvent NBC's online control

July 31, 2012 8:41 am | by Liana B. Baker and Yinka Adegoke, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - It took Jason Legate, a Walnut Creek, California-resident, all of 10 minutes to connect his computer to a London-based server and access BBC's coverage of the Olympics Saturday, thereby circumventing NBC's lock on coverage in the United States.

Lotus leaf inspires fog-free finish for transparent surfaces

July 30, 2012 4:04 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Inspired by the water-repellent properties of the lotus leaf, a group of scientists in China has discovered a way to impart a fog-free, self-cleaning finish to glass and other transparent materials. "Superhydrophobic" surfaces, such as the lotus leaf, are excellent at repelling water and also boast other "smart" self-cleaning, anti-glare, anti-icing, and anti-corrosion properties. By using hollow silica nanoparticles that resemble raspberries, scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences were able to apply a clear, slick, water-repellent surface to glass.


Public can explore time-lapse videos of Earth with new tool from Carnegie Mellon and Google

July 30, 2012 4:01 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH—Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, working with colleagues at Google and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), have adapted their technology for interactively exploring time-lapse imagery to create a tool that enables anyone to easily access 13 years of NASA Landsat images of the Earth's surface.

Twitter suspends reporter's account for NBC tweet

July 30, 2012 3:59 pm | by Gerry Shih and Matthew Keys, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc and NBC Universal's move to suppress a British reporter's tweets related to the network's Olympics coverage may have backfired after the incident became fodder for Twitter chatter around the world on Monday.

Networcsim hoping to broaden wireless revolution

July 30, 2012 9:26 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A Tennessee company has licensed award-winning software from Oak Ridge National Laboratory that will help industries install wireless networks more cost-effectively in challenging environments such as mines, offshore drilling platforms and factory floors.

Don't tweet if you want TV, London fans told

July 30, 2012 9:23 am | by Avril Ormsby and Paul Sandle, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Sports fans attending the London Olympics were told on Sunday to avoid non-urgent text messages and tweets during events because overloading of data networks was affecting television coverage.

Analysis: Critics assail 1980s-era hacking law as out of step

July 30, 2012 9:21 am | by Grant McCool, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - A 1984 U.S. anti-hacking law passed when computer crime was in its infancy is under fire for potentially going too far in criminalizing the actions of employees who violate workplace policies.


In 360-degree vistas, Google Street View delivers road trips through 5 Calif. national parks

July 30, 2012 9:17 am | by TRACIE CONE Associated Press | News | Comments

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Imagine being the only driver on a two-lane asphalt highway as the stark desolation of Death Valley National park passes on each side and the crystal blue sky stretches up from the horizon.

2 South Koreans arrested in theft of data from 8 million cellphone customers

July 30, 2012 9:13 am | by HYUNG-JIN KIM and YOUKYUNG LEE Associated Press | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean police said they arrested two men who allegedly stole the personal details of about 8 million mobile phone subscribers and sold the data to marketing companies in one of the country's biggest hacking schemes.

Apple, Samsung face off in federal court over patents to iPhones, iPads

July 30, 2012 9:12 am | by PAUL ELIAS Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Two tech titans will square off in federal court Monday in a closely watched trial over control of the U.S. smartphone and computer tablet markets.

Google admits it did not delete Street View data

July 27, 2012 12:42 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Google Inc said on Friday it had not kept its promise to delete all the personal data, such as emails, its Street View cars collected in Britain and other countries in 2010.

Gumball machines delivering digital treats

July 27, 2012 10:25 am | by Clara Ennist, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Razorfish has done it: created a machine that combines the technology that most fascinates ECN editors—vending machines—with the type of technology that receives the most frustration from the ECN editorial staff—nostalgic and useless. Using Near Field Communication (NFC), Razorfish has created a Gumball machine with a twist. Rather than dispensing a piece of gum that loses its flavor and elasticity in seconds, this Gumball machine gives users a tiny piece of digital technology.

Why YouTube should remain anonymous

July 27, 2012 9:45 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Anyone who has ever spent any time on YouTube reading the comments is familiar with—as Slate calls it-- the “abandon all hope ye who enter here” atmosphere of the community. When you dare scroll down past the episode of Hogan’s Heroes you’ve been watching, you’ll find all manner of misogynistic, racist, homophobic, anti-liberal, anti-conservative, anti-religion...

Sprint loss widens as Nextel shutdown looms, but monthly fees improve; stock leaps

July 27, 2012 9:16 am | by Peter Svensson, Technology Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sprint Nextel Corp., the country's third-largest wireless carrier, on Thursday reported a wider loss for the second quarter as wrote down the value of its moribund Nextel network.

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.

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