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Body disposal technology widens green funeral choice

September 13, 2012 8:50 am | by Nina Chestney, Reuters | News | Comments

Burnt, buried or frozen and turned to powder are some of the options for dealing with the remains of a loved one whose last wishes include lessening death's environmental impact.Our demise can have a big environmental impact. Around three quarters of people in the United Kingdom alone are cremated after they die but cremation uses about the same amount of domestic energy as a person uses in a month.

Review: Latest iPhone possesses a mix of style and innovation that Steve Jobs would have loved

September 13, 2012 8:48 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As I played around with the iPhone 5 on Wednesday, I wondered what the late Steve Jobs would have thought about the latest twist on Apple's best-selling device. It didn't take long to conclude Jobs would have been delighted with the iPhone 5's blend of beauty, utility and versatility.

When smart cars get street smart

September 13, 2012 8:47 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

In recent years, there’s been a lot of buzz about automotive infotainment systems — features that are built into recent model cars that can offer anything from satellite navigation, DVD players, internet access and more. This has led to concern from regulators about driver inattention and its impact on safety.


Bike alone? You need this helmet sensor

September 11, 2012 4:12 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

As a naturally clumsy person, I’m all about using technology to improve safety, whether it’s in a car or on a motorcycle. If there was a device that would beep before my knee collided with a desk, cubicle wall, low table, or other immovable object, I would own 12.

Interlink’s VersaPad Touchpad integrated into Toughbook 19

September 11, 2012 10:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Interlink Electronics announced today that Panasonic has integrated Interlink’s VersaPad touchpad technology into a second Panasonic Toughbook mobile computer specifically designed for civilian and military use in the harshest outdoor environments – from oil field to battlefield. Interlink’s VersaPad is now built into the latest Panasonic Toughbook 19 convertible tablet PC...

Android-powered tablets feature 6GB internal flash memory and 32 GB external card memory

September 11, 2012 9:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microtips Technology introduces a new line of Android-powered tablets. Available models include both 7.0” and 10.1” tablets with LED-backlit screen, WVGA to WXGA resolution, multi-touch projective capacitive touch screen and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. All the tablets come with a Cortex A8~A10 CPU, 512MB DDR3 RAM, up to 16GB internal flash memory and 32 GB external card memory.

GoDaddy Web outage takes out small-business sites; cause unclear

September 11, 2012 9:01 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands and possibly millions of websites hosted by went down for several hours on Monday, causing trouble for the mainly small businesses that rely on the service. A Twitter feed that claimed to be affiliated

Silicon Valley still strong, optimistic, as Wall Street sours on stocks of Facebook, Zynga

September 11, 2012 9:00 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY and MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Silicon Valley, it turns out, doesn't revolve around the stock prices of Facebook and its playful sidekick, Zynga. By most indications, tech companies in this hub of innovation are humming along, even as two of its rising stars endure steep declines in their stock prices that have wiped out more than $60 billion in wealth in the past six months.


Istanbul -- The earthquake risk of a megacity

September 10, 2012 9:10 am | by | News | Comments

Today the drilling starts for a seismic monitoring network on the Marmara Sea near Istanbul. Specially designed seismic sensors in eight boreholes on the outskirts of Istanbul and around the eastern Marmara Sea will monitor the seismic activity of the region with high precision.

EU says Microsoft pledged to meet antitrust requests on browsers

September 10, 2012 9:06 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Software giant Microsoft is ready to introduce measures that would address the European Union's antitrust concerns about users' ability to chose between different browsers, European Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Saturday.

Amazon, in switch, will let Kindle users pay to opt out of ads

September 10, 2012 9:05 am | by David Henry, REuters | News | Comments, in an apparent switch in its pricing policy, said over the weekend that it will allow purchasers of its new Kindle Fire tablets to pay $15 extra to turn off advertisements that are built into the devices.

Recipe app aims to provide inspiration for meals

September 10, 2012 9:03 am | by Natasha Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

Anyone looking to expand their culinary horizons beyond steak and potatoes or spaghetti may find inspiration in a new app that provides recipes based on what is already stocked in the refrigerator.

A look at some new content features for Amazon's latest Kindle devices

September 7, 2012 8:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments Inc. unveiled a slew of new Kindle Fire devices and an e-reader called Paperwhite on Thursday at an event in Santa Monica, Calif. The new gadgets range from $119 to $499. It's Amazon's latest effort to compete with Apple's iPad, the No. 1 tablet. Here's a look at some of the interesting new features for the gadgets:


10 must-see posts from August

September 6, 2012 4:23 pm | by Editors | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles for August. They all come with a witty, engaging summary just in case you missed them the first time or want to check up on an old favorite. Keep checking out the Lead and follow us on twitter @ecnmagazine for our most up-to-date articles.

Parallel flash memory family adds high-speed, low-power devices

September 6, 2012 12:18 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its Multi-Purpose Flash Plus (MPF+) portfolio with four new compact 512K x16 Parallel Flash CMOS devices: the SST39VF401C, SST39F402C, SST39LF401C and the SST39LF402C. Manufactured with CMOS SuperFlash technology, these low-power

Samsung's challenge: keep the customer

September 6, 2012 10:40 am | by Jeremy Wagstaff, Asia chief technology correspondent, Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics has built global leadership in mobile phones, but in a fickle industry looks more vulnerable than its nemesis Apple Inc without an 'ecosystem' - software, services, content and customer support - to keep its users loyal. "They need to move out of that mentality of just selling people a device," says Rachel Lashford...

Wireless window sentinel

September 6, 2012 8:56 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A bad weather front is fast approaching and a cloudburst is imminent. If you happen to be away from home, but have left a window open, either deliberately or because you forgot to check one room, you may be in for a wet surprise when you come home.

Pew survey finds more than half of app users have opted not to use one due to privacy concerns

September 6, 2012 8:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Many cellphone users say they have decided not to use an app on their phone because of concerns about privacy.More than half of Americans who use apps say they have decided not to install one once they found out how much personal information they'd have to share, according to a study released Wednesday from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Another big benefit of in-cell touch on Apple’s iPhone 5: Larger battery capacity

September 5, 2012 3:12 pm | by Shawn Lee, DisplaySearch | Blogs | Comments

In the run-up to the iPhone 5 unveiling next month, there is a great deal of discussion about potential new features, including an A6 SoC with quad-core structure, higher clock speed CPU and GPU, larger display with in-cell touch, higher resolution camera, and advanced OS. While it is not clear which of these features will be realized, any that are will result in higher power consumption.

End your parking woes with this foldable car

September 5, 2012 3:12 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Anyone who has ever lived in a city knows what it feels like to drive around attempting to find street parking before giving up and dumping the car in an expensive garage. If you frequently suffer from No Parking Spaces Syndrome (or NPSS)...

Pressure sensor designed for mobile phones, portable devices

September 5, 2012 2:13 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has introduced a new pressure sensor that allows mobile phones and other portable devices to calculate their vertical elevation relative to sea-level with very high accuracy. This means that the mobile device will know not only on which floor of a building it is located, but almost on which step of the staircase.

Tech uses thermal imaging to scan for drunks

September 5, 2012 1:27 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of an editor's favorite pastimes — apart from regaling our readers with the latest products and technology — is imbibing a good adult beverage. But that could become more difficult: A new technology from the University of Patras in Greece uses thermal imaging to detect drunkenness and could prevent inebriated individuals from causing a public disturbance...

Engineering Newswire 2: Advertising on toilet paper

September 5, 2012 9:43 am | Videos | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, toilet paper advertising with scannable QR codes; Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe lab gets threatened with closure; growing a new foot; cars that communicate with each other to prevent crashes; an iTypewriter that defeats the purposes of touch technology; and Apple wins patent grapple with Samsung.

Online sharing, information overload is worldwide problem: poll

September 5, 2012 8:41 am | by Patricia Reaney, Reuters | News | Comments

The languages and the cultures are different, but the pet peeves of mobile technology users around the globe are the same, with most people annoyed by receiving too much information, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

UK paraplegic woman first to take robotic suit home

September 5, 2012 8:39 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

A British woman paralyzed from the chest down by a horse riding accident has become the first person to take home a robotic exoskeleton that enables her to walk. Although bionic exoskeletons have been used in hospitals and rehabilitation centers,

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