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Apple's war with Google heats up

June 11, 2012 9:12 am | by Poornima Gupta, Reuters | News | Comments

When Apple Inc kicks off its annual conference for software developers on Monday, all the power players in the Apple universe will be on hand, save the one that is in many ways driving the agenda: Google Inc.

New app allows sharing of mobile Internet access

June 11, 2012 9:10 am | by Natasha Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

Traveling and looking for Internet access? A new smartphone app allows users to share mobile Web access for free with other people nearby who have the same app.

In Canada's version of Silicon Valley, angst as iconic BlackBerry suddenly looks outmoded

June 11, 2012 9:08 am | by Rob Gillias, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama couldn't bear to part with his BlackBerry. Oprah Winfrey declared it one of her "favorite things." It could be so addictive that it was nicknamed "the CrackBerry.

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Is ur #MD 2 square? Some doctors defy 'technophobe' image, tweeting and texting with patients

June 11, 2012 9:07 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Is your doctor a technophobe? Increasingly, the answer may be no. There's a stereotype that says doctors shun technology that might threaten patients' privacy and their own pocketbooks. But a new breed of physicians is texting health messages to patients, tracking disease trends on Twitter, identifying medical problems on Facebook pages and communicating with patients through email.

Integrated sensor solution serves portable devices based on the Windows 8 OS

June 8, 2012 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor announced its support of Microsoft® Windows® 8 sensor requirements with a fully enabled 12-axis sensor development reference platform.

Barnes & Noble says e-books settlement hurts public

June 8, 2012 11:08 am | by Phil Wahba, Reuters | News | Comments

Barnes & Noble has objected to the U.S. government's proposed settlement of its price-fixing lawsuit against top publishers, saying it would harm book sellers and "millions and millions" of book buyers. The top U.S. bookstore chain, which has been battling with Amazon.com in the growing e-books market...

Hybrid "ultrabooks" blur line between tablets, laptops

June 8, 2012 11:04 am | by Lee Chyen Yee and Clare Jim, Reuters | News | Comments

Slide it, flip it or snap it on and off. The way keyboards are connected to touch screens on the latest generation of computing devices is making it tough to differentiate a tablet from notebook or an ultrabook. Microsoft Corp, which has long been the dominant force in PCs but has fallen far behind in the tablet race, is set to unveil its Windows 8 operating system later this year...

Inductors target consumer, industrial power applications

June 8, 2012 10:00 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has expanded its line of thin film, multi-layer organic (MLO), and broadband wire-wound conical inductors to include a new series of shielded and non-shielded SMD power inductors.  Designated the Lmax series, these inductors feature

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5 reasons every subway needs Wi-Fi

June 8, 2012 9:38 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s tough to imagine in the 21st century: a musty, dimly-lit, underground tunnel — crammed full of people — that’s essentially a black hole of wireless signals. Behold the glory of the NYC subway system.

From AT&T to Virgin Mobile: A look at how iPhone availability has expanded in the US

June 7, 2012 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Since Verizon Wireless broke AT&T's exclusive grip on the iPhone last year, several other phone carriers now offer Apple's popular smartphone. Here's a look at how iPhone availability has expanded in the U.S.:

Weizmann Institute solar technology to convert greenhouse gas into fuel

June 7, 2012 10:12 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Australian venture will use solar technology developed at the Weizmann Institute of Science to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of brown coal. The venture has been recently launched in Israel by NewCO2Fuels Ltd., a subsidiary of the Australian company Greenearth Energy Ltd., which has acquired an exclusive worldwide license for the solar technology from Yeda, the Weizmann Institute's technology transfer arm.

Virgin Mobile gets prepaid iPhone, starting at $549 for phone, $30 per month for service

June 7, 2012 9:22 am | by Peter Svemsson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virgin Mobile, one of Sprint's brands for prepaid, no-contract phone service, said Thursday it will start selling the iPhone on June 29, charging $549 for a basic model.

Less time commuting, less time polluting

June 6, 2012 4:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

If you’ve ever commuted, at some point you’ve probably felt like you’re spending more time stuck in traffic than at your desk. A team of students in Germany is trying to shorten your commute, and limit the amount of emissions released into the atmosphere by your car while you’re stuck in traffic. The project, called Greenway, is a GPS with the ability to access a cloud containing real-time traffic information.

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Google deploying planes over cities for 3D maps

June 6, 2012 3:14 pm | by By Alexei Oreskovic | News | Comments

Google Inc is deploying a fleet of small, camera-equipped airplanes above several cities, the Internet search company's latest step in its ambitious and sometimes controversial plan to create a photo-based map of the world.

Australian defense minister off-line in China to avoid cyber spying: media

June 6, 2012 8:51 am | by Maggie Lu Yueyang, Reuters | News | Comments

Australia's Defense Minister Stephen Smith left his laptop and mobile phone in Hong Kong to avoid cyber espionage in mainland China where he will attend bilateral defense minister talks on Wednesday, Australian media reported.

Nokia fights back with cheap touchscreen phones

June 6, 2012 8:49 am | by Tarmo Virki and Terhi Kinnunen, Reuters | News | Comments

Struggling mobile phone maker Nokia Oyj has unveiled its first full touchscreen phones aimed at the budget end of the market, as it looks to fill a gap in its product range and catch up with rivals, particularly in emerging markets.

Nations must talk to halt "cyber terrorism": Kaspersky

June 6, 2012 8:47 am | by Tova Cohen and Maayan Lubell, Reuters | News | Comments

Eugene Kaspersky, whose lab discovered the Flame virus that has attacked computers in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East, said on Wednesday only a global effort could stop a new era of "cyber terrorism".

Solar plane completes maiden intercontinental trip

June 6, 2012 8:45 am | by Zakia Abdennebi, Reuters | News | Comments

A solar energy plane landed in Morocco on Tuesday, completing the world's first intercontinental flight powered by the sun to show the potential for pollution-free air travel.

Venus makes last in lifetime move across face of sun

June 6, 2012 8:41 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

The planet Venus made a slow transit across the face of the sun on Tuesday, the last such passing that will be visible from Earth for 105 years.

Mobile, social games increase in necessity as big video game conference kicks off in LA

June 6, 2012 8:39 am | by Barbara Ortutay,0 Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Games for smartphones, tablet computers and Facebook are becoming essential for major video game companies even as the industry's largest U.S. trade show remains largely a showcase for their latest flashy console titles.

To improve reports, use diagrams wisely

June 5, 2012 11:51 am | by Jon Titus, Technical Contributor | Articles | Comments

Engineers can follow my tips to ensure their diagrams enhance their writing.

Apple faces delay in seeking U.S. ban of Samsung tablets

June 5, 2012 10:28 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Apple Inc is facing delays in renewing its request that a U.S. judge ban Samsung Electronics' Galaxy 10.1 tablets, a key battleground in the worldwide patent wars between the technology giants.

Skywatchers prepare for rare Venus fly-by

June 5, 2012 8:52 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Transits of Venus happen in pairs eight years apart, with more than a century between cycles. During the pass, Venus appears as a small, dark round spot moving across the face of the sun, like a bug on a dinner plat

IPC-4204A provides guidance on high speeds and fine lines

June 4, 2012 3:40 pm | News | Comments

As chip speeds skyrocket and system sizes diminish, designers and manufacturers face new and complex challenges. To help them address these challenges and ensure that products meet performance and reliability requirements,

Exclusive:Iranian cell-phone carrier obtained banned U.S. technology

June 4, 2012 2:10 pm | by Steve Stecklow, Reuters | News | Comments

A fast-growing Iranian mobile-phone network managed to obtain sophisticated U.S. computer equipment despite sanctions that prohibit sales of American technology to Iran, interviews and documents show.

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