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The only acceptable use for QR Codes

July 13, 2012 9:01 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

As you may have noticed, I’m not a fan of QR Codes, particularly by government entities, but mostly in any situation.

Drive toward a viable 'City of the Future'

July 12, 2012 4:09 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The urbanization of the world continues to evolve – not only in emerging nations, but in the industrialized world like Europe as well. Already more than half of all the earth's inhabitants live in cities; by 2030, it will be 60 percent. As densely populated sites of human cohabitation, cities are ecological and social tinder boxes. Experts believe that the need for urban space will double by 2050. Megacities also generate megaproblems: With an insatiable appetite, they consume energy, raw materials and space – in addition to producing pollutants, wastewater streams and mountains of rubbish. The transportation system is overloaded, resulting in overcrowding, lack of parking and traffic jams.

Platinum is wrong stuff for fuel cells

July 12, 2012 4:06 pm | News | Comments

Fuel cells are inefficient because the catalyst most commonly used to convert chemical energy to electricity is made of the wrong material, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University argues. Rather than continue the futile effort to tweak that material - platinum - to make it work better, Chemistry Professor Alfred Anderson urges his colleagues to start anew.

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Sailing with nerves of glass

July 12, 2012 4:04 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The constant hunger to break new records has turned boat building into a high-tech business. The racing yachts that compete at international regattas today are sporting machines designed to reach top speeds. The process of optimizing the boats has been ongoing for decades.

Yahoo breach puts users of other sites at risk

July 12, 2012 3:56 pm | by Jim Finkle, Rueters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc reported the theft of some 400,000 user names and passwords to access websites including its own, saying that hackers had taken advantage of a security vulnerability in its computer systems.

NBC launches 2 apps to watch the Olympics on the iPad, iPad and some Android devices

July 12, 2012 3:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC is launching two mobile apps that will let people watch Olympics events as they happen, look up athlete profiles and access other extra content on their iPads, iPhones and certain Android devices.

Why you’ll never win Rocks—Paper—Scissors again

July 12, 2012 10:02 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Prepare yourselves, board game junkies, the robots are taking over. If you’re one of those people who is naturally gifted at board games—not your humble editor—it’s time to stand up and take notice. Advances in artificial intelligence are allowing designers the ability and tools to create robots your tiny human brain can’t possibly compete with.

NIST releases test framework for upgrading smart electrical meters

July 12, 2012 8:38 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Next-generation "smart" electrical meters for residential and commercial buildings will have computerized operating systems just as laptops or mobile devices do. On July 10, 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published its first-ever draft guidelines* to help utility companies test their procedures for upgrading meters securely from a remote location.

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No getting lost at Smithsonian with app

July 12, 2012 8:35 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

With nearly 20 museums, galleries and the National Zoo, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. can be a daunting experience, but new maps on an app may make it less confusing and easier for visitors to maneuver.

Analysis: Is Twitter building ad business at the expense of innovation?

July 12, 2012 8:34 am | by Gerry Shih, Reuters | News | Comments

Is Twitter a technology platform, a media company -- or both?

Social networks scan for sexual predators, with uneven results

July 12, 2012 8:33 am | by By Joseph Menn, Reuters | News | Comments

On March 9 of this year, a piece of Facebook software spotted something suspicious.

Viacom blocks online episodes in pay TV fee fight with DirecTV

July 12, 2012 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Viacom is ramping up its war with DirecTV over how much it is paid for shows including "The Daily Show" and "SpongeBob SquarePants." Unfortunately, its latest tactic is causing some collateral damage.

Apple pulls its products from environmental ratings registry, San Francisco stops buying Macs

July 12, 2012 8:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's withdrawal from an environmental ratings registry has prompted at least one city - San Francisco - to stop buying its computers.

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Yahoo says it's investigating a reports of a breach involving 450,000 passwords

July 12, 2012 8:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo Inc. says it's investigating reports of a security breach that has purportedly exposed nearly half a million users' email addresses and passwords.

40W desktop adapter designed to power Ultrabooks

July 11, 2012 10:53 am | Phihong | Product Releases | Comments

Phihong USA has designed a small, lightweight, and energy-efficient adapter for mobile devices that require battery charging, such as Ultrabook and Netbook computers. Designated the PSA40W-190, the 40W adapter features a 19V output at 2.1A, a peak current output of 2.3A, and is compliant with all major worldwide energy efficiency standards.

White LEDs directly on paper

July 11, 2012 8:53 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

In his thesis, Gul Amin, who recently received his doctorate at the Physical Electronics and Nanotechnology group, Campus Norrköping, shows how it is possible to grow white LEDs directly on paper and also to print them on wallpaper for example - this method has a patent pending.

Can robots improve patient care in the ICU?

July 11, 2012 8:50 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Remote presence robots are used in intensive care units (ICUs) to help critical care physicians supplement on-site patient visits and maintain more frequent patient interactions

New app rescues people from bad dates

July 11, 2012 8:48 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Most people have been there, trapped on an awkward date that is going nowhere. But relief could be on the way with a new app that provides an incoming rescue call.

Controller ICs promise smaller, greener power adapters to 40 W

July 10, 2012 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

iWatt, Inc. debuted its newest PrimAccurate controller platform. According to the company, the new iW1699 and iW1760 digital pulse width modulation (PWM) controllers allow power adapter designers to meet stringent emerging global energy regulations for AC/DC power adapters, which require them to

Carnegie Mellon's smart headlight system will have drivers seeing through the rain

July 10, 2012 8:51 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH—Drivers can struggle to see when driving at night in a rainstorm or snowstorm, but a smart headlight system invented by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute can improve visibility by constantly redirecting light to shine between particles of precipitation.

Cell phone companies see spike in surveillance requests

July 10, 2012 8:48 am | by Jasmin Melvin, Reuters | News | Comments

Mobile phone carriers received more than 1.3 million requests last year from U.S. law enforcement agencies for their customers' phone records and the requests are on the rise, according to data gathered as part of a congressional inquiry into cell phone surveillance.

Peripheral board designed for harsh, mobile environments

July 9, 2012 2:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. now offers the G201, a 3U CompactPCI Serial peripheral board that incorporates four front-end USB 3.0 host interfaces, used to connect fast USB 3.0 devices or to extend the 2.0 USB interfaces of the CPU board.

Printed circuit board is 30 percent smaller than predecessors

July 9, 2012 2:28 pm | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the TDK-Lambda ZWS-B series printed circuit board type AC-DC power supplies – 30 percent smaller, lighter weight, and more efficient range of power supplies than the earlier generation ZWS series.

Samsung wins court case against Apple because its "not as cool"

July 9, 2012 10:36 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics defeated Apple in the latest spat in the rivals' patent wars when a British judge ruled Samsung's Galaxy tablets did not infringe the U.S. company's designs for the iPad because they were "not as cool".

Audio IC features three-channel mixing playback, parallel processing

July 9, 2012 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nuvoton Technology Corp. introduced the ISD2360, the company’s first ChipCorder device with three-channel mixing playback and general-purpose input/output (GPIO) parallel processing. Desirable for automotive, medical-alert, instrumentation and point-of-purchase applications, the IC enables

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