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6 must-have apps for a stress-free summer

June 22, 2012 8:51 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Between the heat, the busy weekends, and the school-free kids, summer can be more stressful than stress-free. Don’t worry, like every problem these days, there’s an app for that. For the sake of sanity, we’ve compiled a list of the best apps to keep your summer from feeling like a punishment. Nothing kills a day at the beach like an unexpected, hostile Facebook message from your mom...

Insight: Look, no hands! Augmented reality gets a grip

June 21, 2012 3:27 pm | by Harro Ten Wolde and Tarmo Virki | News | Comments

One day in March 2000, just days before the dot-com bubble began its journey back to earth, German engineer Thomas Alt first glimpsed the future of technology.

Rise of gadgets doubles costs of lightning damage

June 21, 2012 2:27 pm | News | Comments

The cost of insurance claims for lightning strikes nearly doubled between 2004 and 2011, even as the actual number of claims shrank dramatically, and an industry trade group says fancy new TVs and videogame consoles are to blame.

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Why I won’t trade my iPad for a Windows tablet

June 21, 2012 9:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

When Microsoft announced their not-so-secret news that they were releasing a tablet on Monday, it didn’t really take anyone by surprise. It was only a matter of time before the big-name competitor delivered a platform for Windows 8. For the sake of full disclosure, I am an Apple fan(atic). I haven’t owned a non-mac computer in years—after watching every single Dell laptop crash in college...

Outlet outrage, peeping techs top travel peeves: survey

June 20, 2012 9:00 am | by By Joseph O'Leary, Reuters | News | Comments

American travelers don't want to leave home without their laptops and smartphones, fear the devices will be stolen, and suffer outlet outrage if they can't find somewhere to recharge them, according to a new survey released on Wednesday.

UK government report backs open access science publishing

June 20, 2012 8:57 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

The shift toward open access to publicly funded scientific research should be supported with an extra 50 million to 60 million pounds a year in public money, according to a UK government-commissioned report.

Samsung, LG hope billion dollar bets on new wafer-thin TV display will boost flagging sales

June 20, 2012 8:54 am | by By YOUKYUNG LEE AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean TV manufacturers are making billion dollar bets on a new display technology that promises an even thinner screen and imagery of eye-popping clarity. It might prove to be a costly last gasp of innovation from an industry finding it ever harder to excite consumers who've been wowed by smartphones and tablets.

It's a bird...it's a plane...it's a Volkswagen!

June 19, 2012 4:39 pm | by Sara Cohen, Editorial Intern, WDD Magazine | Articles | Comments

The ‘People’s Car Project’ debuted in China last year, as an experimental website aimed at soliciting ideas for future car models from Chinese inhabitants. The site received 119,000 concept-based ideas from its 33 million hits. The project aims to bring the Chinese public- VW’s largest market- to the forefront of its design team, and help the German automaker develop the “Volkswagen model of the future.”

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Barnes & Noble sales light on Nook return

June 19, 2012 12:57 pm | by Brad Dorfman, Reuters | News | Comments

Barnes & Noble Inc reported lower-than-expected quarterly sales, hurt by discounts as its Nook e-reader business competes with Amazon.com's Kindle franchise.

Pearl raises cash, leads move to paid answers

June 19, 2012 12:55 pm | by Sarah McBride, Reuters | News | Comments

Pearl.com, a business-oriented question-and-answer service, raises $25 million in a new funding round led by Glynn Capital, with participation from brokerage mogul Charles Schwab, lawyer Larry Sonsini and others.

Kodak sues Apple, claiming interference in patent sales

June 19, 2012 12:45 pm | by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters | News | Comments

Photography pioneer Eastman Kodak Co sued Apple Inc to stop it from interfering with plans to sell a large patent portfolio, a significant part of its bankruptcy restructuring.

Duolingo.com users will translate web as they learn a new language

June 19, 2012 11:52 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Users of a new, free website, Duolingo.com, will help tackle the gargantuan task of translating the Web even as they learn a new language.

Pizza vending machines coming to the U.S.

June 19, 2012 11:40 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

When my stomach’s rumbling at the mall, airport, or hospital, and I’ve got a hankering for doughy, cheesy goodness, I want my pizza now. Not in the 20 minutes it takes to cook a frozen pie or the apocryphal 30-minutes-or-less delivery nonsense. I want it now. Right now. A1 Concepts will rescue my taste buds (and impatience) when it brings pizza vending machines to the U.S. later this year.

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Microcontrollers feature ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, tout energy efficiency

June 19, 2012 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor is offering alpha samples of its Kinetis L Series microcontrollers (MCUs) built on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor. These MCUs offer the opportunity for users of legacy 8- and 16-bit architectures to migrate to 32-bit platforms and bring

Verizon raises FiOS bills, adds higher Web speeds

June 19, 2012 9:46 am | by Sinead Carew and Yinka Adegoke, Reuters | News | Comments

Verizon Communications is raising prices for some FiOS customers as it offers higher speeds, a move that one analyst says will potentially lead to higher prices from cable rivals such as Cablevision Systems Corp.

Apple supplier Imagination hit by competition fears

June 19, 2012 9:42 am | by Paul Sandle, Reuters | News | Comments

Booming sales of Apple's iPhones and iPads were not enough to ease concerns on Tuesday that British supplier Imagination Technologies is overly reliant on one customer as rival smartphone and tablet companies snap at the U.S. giant's heels.

Robots get a feel for the world at USC Viterbi

June 19, 2012 9:20 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Robots equipped with tactile sensor able to identify materials through touch, paving the way for more useful prostheses.

Spotify jumps into free online radio with mobile offering; joins Pandora, Slacker, Songza

June 19, 2012 8:54 am | by Ryan Nakashima, Business Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The music-subscription company Spotify is joining Pandora, Slacker and Songza in offering a free radio service for mobile devices in the U.S.

For Microsoft, promise of tablets has always been greater than reality

June 19, 2012 8:45 am | by Peter Svensson, Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

For decades, the tablet computer was like a mirage in the technology industry: a great idea, seemingly reachable on the horizon, that disappointed as hopeful companies got closer. Microsoft has experienced this cycle of hope and disappointment many times.

Proximity and ambient light optical sensor features .8mm height

June 18, 2012 3:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced a fully integrated proximity and ambient light optical sensor, the VCNL4020, which includes an IR emitter, a photo-pin-diode for proximity, a signal processing IC and a 16-bit ADC.

Facebook to buy facial-recognition startup

June 18, 2012 1:49 pm | by Alexei Oreskovic, Reuters | News | Comments

Facebook Inc agreed to acquire Face.com, the company that currently provides facial-recognition technology used by the world's largest social network to help users identify and tag photos.

NTT Docomo backs Silicon Valley photo-sharing startup

June 18, 2012 1:06 pm | by Poornima Gupta, Reuters | News | Comments

Japanese mobile phone operator NTT Docomo Inc's venture arm has taken a stake in Silicon Valley startup Cooliris, which recently sold one of its divisions to another Asian carrier, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd.

Six-axis sensor integrates accelerometer and magnetometer, targets mobile devices

June 18, 2012 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale introduced an Xtrinsic six-axis sensor that combines high resolution motion sensing and heading technology with an accelerometer and a magnetometer in a single package. The new Xtrinsic FXOS8700CQ sensor is optimized for mobile applications, including

New Songza iPad app curates music to suit your mood

June 18, 2012 11:29 am | by Natasha Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

Songza launched its iPad app, with a "music concierge" feature, which streams music tailored to your current situation and mood.

Colored split loom highly flexible, kick resistant

June 18, 2012 11:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Micro Plastics’ has added COLOR to their Polyethylene and Nylon lines of wire routing split loom. To satisfy customer demand, they now offer all sizes of their Nylon Split Loom in orange, to accommodate applications where identification is critical to safety.

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