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Windows 8 to bridge gap between PC, mobile devices

October 25, 2012 7:31 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft launched a radical redesign of its world-dominating Windows operating system Thursday, introducing a touch-enabled interface that attempts to bridge the gap between personal computers and fast-growing mobile devices powered by the company's fiercest competitors. The debut of Windows 8...

Now the mobile phone goes emotional

October 25, 2012 3:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Mobile devices include an increasing number of input and output techniques that are currently not used for communication. Recent research results by Dr Eve Hoggan from HIIT / University of Helsinki, Finland, however, indicate that a synchronous haptic communication system has value as...

Next-generation capacitive-touch platform includes high-resolution sensing

October 25, 2012 1:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corporation announced the SX95xx platform of capacitive touch ICs for a wide range of home appliances and consumer electronics. The feature-rich touch button family enhances the ECO mode present in many green home electronics by integrating an IR decoder for system wake up.


Video game with biofeedback teaches children to curb their anger

October 25, 2012 9:26 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Children with serious anger problems can be helped by a simple video game that hones their ability to regulate their emotions, finds a pilot study at Boston Children's Hospital. Results were published online October 24 in the journal Adolescent Psychiatry...

Company develops device that fools red-light cameras

October 24, 2012 12:27 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Red-light cameras are a hot-button issue. One side calls them a necessary safety precaution, while the other questions their constitutionality. Not to mention, since the red-light camera are run by big business that occasionally gets paid by the ticket, it seems a little shady.

Global TV demand expected to be flat in 2013, according to NPD DisplaySearch

October 24, 2012 10:49 am | News | Comments

With consumers all over the world facing continued economic uncertainty, global TV demand is expected to be flat in 2013, after shipments of all TV types declined by more than 4% in 2012, to 237M, according to the latest results from the NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Advanced Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report.

New finding could pave way to faster, smaller electronics

October 24, 2012 9:12 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

University of California, Davis, researchers for the first time have looked inside gallium manganese arsenide, a type of material known as a "dilute magnetic semiconductor" that could open up an entirely new class of faster, smaller devices based on an emerging field known as "spintronics.

Touchscreen controller features a small footprint optimized for touchscreens up to 17.3 inches

October 23, 2012 1:49 pm | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel Corporation announced it is shipping the maXTouchS Series touchscreen controllers designed for the rapidly growing Ultrabook and notebook markets. Building upon the success of the maXTouch S Series, the new Windows 8 Certified Atmel mXT3432S is a touchscreen controller with a small footprint optimized for touchscreens up to 17.3 inches.


Gadgets add complexity to brutal bank layoffs

October 23, 2012 9:06 am | by Sarah White, Reuters | News | Comments

In the high-tech, gadget-addicted world of investment banking, layoffs are becoming more complex and brutal as firms try to stop sensitive data leaving with employees. Sackings are usually swift, with bankers escorted out, a few belongings thrown into boxes and Blackberries and phones disabled the minute they get their marching orders.

Federal agency to switch to iPhone, drop BlackBerry

October 23, 2012 9:05 am | by Nicola Leske, Reuters | News | Comments

  The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) said it will end its contract with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd in favor of Apple Inc's iPhone, dealing a new blow to RIM just months before it launches a vital new device. The agency said in a solicitation document posted last week  

Apple expected to reveal smaller iPad on Tuesday; price is big question mark

October 23, 2012 9:01 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The price tag remains a big question mark as Apple prepares Tuesday to unveil what is expected to be a smaller iPad. Apple hasn't said anything about the device, but the veil of secrecy that the company throws over unreleased products has been a see-through affair this year. Most of the details

Nokia launches $980 million bond offering

October 23, 2012 5:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. is planning to raise €750 million ($980 million) via an issue of bonds as part of an effort to build up its reserves ahead of next month's launch of phones running Microsoft's new Windows 8 software. The launch is a hugely important event for the struggling cellphone maker, which has...

High-tech product announcements this fall

October 22, 2012 4:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's high season for consumer electronics. Manufacturers of various gadgets are unveiling their holiday lineups. Add to that products surrounding a new version of Windows coming out Friday. Here's a recap of the announcements so far: — Sept. 4: Microsoft Corp. releases the first major update to...


Early Look at Windows 8 Baffles Consumers

October 22, 2012 12:40 pm | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The release of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system is a week away, and consumers are in for a shock. Windows, used in one form or another for a generation, is getting a completely different look that will force users to learn new ways to get things done.

Tokyo court finds Apple doesn't infringe Samsung patents

October 22, 2012 12:09 pm | by CNET | News | Comments

Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported over the weekend that Apple won a pair of cases against Samsung over the last several weeks. The first, which came down in mid-September, found that Apple did not infringe a Samsung patent...

Consumer electronics industry announces Ultra High-Definition

October 22, 2012 11:59 am | News | Comments

The next generation of so-called “4K” high-definition display technology for the home giant-screen TVs with more than eight million pixels of resolution, four times the resolution of today’s high-definition televisions will be called “Ultra High-Definition” or “Ultra HD,” connoting its superiority over conventional HDTV, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

Samsung kicking Apple to curb for LCD panels

October 22, 2012 11:56 am | by CNET | News | Comments

The Korea Times says Samsung will replace the lost Apple business with more display orders from Samsung's handset business and Amazon. Samsung's display business plans to end its LCD panel supply agreement with Apple...

Analysis: Most companies won't be early adopters of Windows 8

October 22, 2012 9:44 am | by Bill Rigby, Reuters | News | Comments

There was once a time when the launch of a new Windows operating system was a huge deal for the technology departments in many businesses. Not anymore. Microsoft Corp's release of Windows 8 on Friday is likely to be a non-event for most companies -- and some experts say many may never adopt it.

Video-sharing applications put users in the picture

October 22, 2012 9:43 am | by Natasha Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

  Text messaging is fast and efficient but a new video-sharing application aims to put users in the picture. The London-based company Six3 has launched a new video-sharing app by the same name that will enable users to send short video messages as easily as sending a text. Whether it is a business traveler  

Barley genome breakthrough may lead to better beer

October 19, 2012 9:27 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

An international consortium of scientists has published a high resolution draft of the barley genome in a move that could not only improve yields and disease resistance but may also hold the key to better beer. "This research will streamline efforts to improve barley production through breeding for improved varieties,

Down Periscope: After 60 years, the print edition of Newsweek is coming to an end

October 19, 2012 9:21 am | by JERRY SCHWARTZ Associated Press | News | Comments

There was a time when the newsweeklies set the agenda for the nation's conversation - when Time and Newsweek would digest the events of the week and Americans would wait by their mailboxes to see what was on the covers. Those days have passed, and come the end of the year, the print edition of

Could this "shocking" technology save 12 billion dollars a year?

October 19, 2012 9:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | News | Comments

One of the biggest challenges in immobile patients is bedsores. Because patients usually end up laying in a bed or sitting in a wheelchair, a lot of pressure is exerted on the skin and tissue over bony areas of the body like the heel, ankle, hips, or buttocks. That unrelenting pressure can often result in bedsores, a difficult- to- treat condition.

Sony to close factory, cut workforce by 2,000

October 19, 2012 5:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. says it plans to close a factory in central Japan, tweaking its restructuring plan by cutting 2,000 jobs from its workforce in moves expected to save it $385 million. The company's Minokamo factory, in Gifu prefecture, employs 840 people making lenses for digital cameras, lens blocks...

Google, Samsung to sell Chrome laptop for $249

October 18, 2012 9:52 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is dangling a low-priced laptop computer in front of consumers as rivals Microsoft and Apple prepare to release their latest gadgets. The lightweight computer unveiled Thursday will sell for $249 and is being made in a partnership with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., which also makes...

Apple Loses Appeal in Tablet Patent Dispute With Samsung

October 18, 2012 12:27 pm | by Stan Schroeder | News | Comments

Apple lost its appeal of a UK court’s ruling that Samsung did not copy the iPad with its Galaxy tablet, Reuters reports. In July, Britain’s High Court ruled in favor of Samsung, explaining that Samsung’s Galaxy tablet, despite certain similarities, is simply “not as cool.”    

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