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New technology eliminates plant toxins

August 6, 2012 8:55 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Plants produce toxins to defend themselves against potential enemies, from herbivorous pests to diseases. Oilseed rape plants produce glucosinolates to serve this purpose. However, due to the content of glucosinolates, farmers can only use limited quantities of the protein-rich rapeseed for pig and chicken feed. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen has developed a method to hinder unwanted toxins from entering the edible parts of the plant. The breakthrough was published today in the prominent scientific journal Nature.

Tech start-ups: the last refuge of Spanish optimism

August 6, 2012 8:53 am | by Clare Kane, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Half of Spain's youth are unemployed, and yet at the Wayra business start-up project on Madrid's majestic Gran Via avenue, young people buzz around an office chatting animatedly, typing furiously and holding up trails of wire and computer parts.

Apple's Jobs was open to making a smaller iPad: executive

August 6, 2012 8:52 am | by Poornima Gupta, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Steve Jobs was receptive to Apple Inc making a smaller tablet, a senior executive said in a 2011 email revealed on Friday, fanning speculation it plans to make a mini-iPad to take on cheaper gadgets from Google Inc and Amazon


Reuters Twitter account hacked, false tweets about Syria sent

August 6, 2012 8:51 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Reuters News said one of its Twitter accounts was hacked on Sunday and false tweets were posted, mainly related to the current armed struggle in Syria. "Earlier today @ReutersTech was hacked and changed to @ReutersME," said a spokesperson for Reuters, which is owned by Thomson Reuters CorpTO>. "The account has been suspended and is currently under investigation."

Apple and Samsung take Australian legal battle to the "hot tub"

August 6, 2012 8:50 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd are embroiled in a high-stakes patent battle in several countries around the world, but only in Australia are they also engaged in "hot tubbing."

Analysis: Why Twitter apologized over NBC Olympics flap

August 3, 2012 4:04 pm | by Erin Geiger Smith, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - The microblogging site Twitter has been so abuzz about NBC's tape-delayed coverage of the Olympics that the #nbcfail hashtag was created last week as a way to consolidate criticism of the network.

Reuters blogging platform hacked, false Syria blog posted

August 3, 2012 4:02 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Thomson Reuters said the blogging platform of the Reuters News website was compromised on Friday and a false posting purporting to carry an interview with a Syrian rebel leader was illegally posted on a Reuters' journalist's blog.

This helmet attachment could save lives

August 3, 2012 10:39 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

In 2007, 72.34 motorcycles per 100,000 registered ended up in a fatal crash, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For the sake of comparison, for cars the number for cars is 13.10 for each 100,000. In 2010, there were 3,615 motorcycle fatalities in the United States. That’s down from a high of 5,312 in 2008.


AT&T goes on spectrum shopping binge, stitching together space on airwaves in 3 deals

August 3, 2012 9:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T Inc. has gone on a shopping spree for wireless spectrum, striking three separate deals that should let it increase its capacity for wireless broadband.

Hopes dim for Sharp amid Japan's TV industry sunset

August 3, 2012 9:04 am | by Tim Kelly, Reuters | News | Comments

Sharp Corp shares tumbled nearly 30 percent to their lowest closing level since 1976 on Friday as investors questioned whether Japan's last major maker of television panels will survive the sunset of the country's TV industry.

Smartphone maker HTC 2Q profit falls 58 percent as more competition hurts sales

August 3, 2012 8:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan smartphone maker HTC Corp. reported Friday a 58 percent drop in second quarter profit year-on-year, its third consecutive quarterly decline as intensifying competition from Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. hurt sales.

RIM to launch new PlayBook line next week

August 3, 2012 8:41 am | by Euan Rocha, Reuters | News | Comments

Canada's Research In Motion has chosen its home country to launch a PlayBook tablet with built-in support for cellular networks, a crucial feature missing from its poor-selling initial models.

Samsung tries to stay in consumer spotlight ahead of launch of latest iPhone

August 3, 2012 8:36 am | by Youkyung Lee, Technology Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest mobile-phone maker, said Friday it plans to show a new mobile device in late August, trying to stay in the consumer spotlight ahead of Apple's expected release of the latest iPhone in September.


Smart wireless power outlets

August 2, 2012 2:17 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Soon there will be no need for special timers to switch lighting on and off or operate household appliances when the homeowner is absent. In future, all this can be done by means of a smartphone or PC, thanks to Internet-enabled wireless power outlets that support the new IPv6 Internet protocol. The smart socket was developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication Systems ESK in Munich in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM in Kaiserslautern and the industrial partner embedded brains GmbH. "We have been able to connect the power outlets wirelessly using the IPv6 protocol," says ESK research engineer Günter Hildebrandt. "All household appliances plugged in one of the sockets can be switched on and off remotely using an IPv6-compatible device such as a smartphone or laptop PC – from anywhere."

Apple seeks severe punishment for Samsung lawyer's actions

August 2, 2012 2:08 pm | by Dan Levine, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Apple Inc asked a U.S. judge on Thursday to punish Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for a Samsung attorney's conduct by ordering that the South Korean company has infringed Apple's phone design patents, according to a court filing.

British athletes fall foul of Olympic branding rules by sporting unauthorized headphones

August 2, 2012 2:07 pm | by Jill Lawless, AP | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) -- British Olympic chiefs have clamped down on a bit of guerrilla marketing that saw the country's athletes sporting stylish - but non sponsor-brand - headphones at the games.

RIM launches new line of PlayBook tablets

August 2, 2012 10:20 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Research In Motion chose its home country to launch a PlayBook tablet with built-in support for cellular networks, a crucial feature that its initial models lacked.

Sharp to start shipping iPhone screens to Apple this month

August 2, 2012 9:02 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Japan's Sharp Corp. said it will start shipping screens destined for a new Apple iPhone that is widely expected to be released in October ahead of the pre-Christmas shopping season.

FTC wants to extend rules on child online privacy to reflect changes in digital world

August 2, 2012 8:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators want to update rules aimed at protecting children's online privacy to account for newer developments such as Facebook and mobile games. A 1998 law requires websites to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under 13. But the digital world has changed greatly since then.

Full-on tech, social media turn avoiding Olympic spoilers into a sport of its own

August 2, 2012 8:58 am | by LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mandy Hauck turned 25 on Wednesday, but she's avoiding Facebook and her happy birthday messages to steer clear of Olympic spoilers about her favorite sport, fencing.

China's Twitter: Democracy accelerant or the best surveillance tool Beijing ever had?

August 2, 2012 8:57 am | by ALEXA OLESEN Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) -- China's Twitter was raucous Thursday with horn-tooting over Beijing's gold rush at the London Olympics, a digital reflection of the nation's exuberant mood - embellished with flashing emoticons. Earlier passions have been ignited on the site by a deadly high speed rail crash and outrage over factory pollution.

SPI real-time clock/calendars series expands with 10-pin packages

August 1, 2012 12:15 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the expansion of its stand-alone Real-Time Clock/Calendar (RTCC) portfolio with the new 10-pin, SPI MCP795XX family. These devices offer many of the same features as the larger 14-pin MCP795WXX family, including

Lenovo executive dismisses Nokia bid talk as "joke"

August 1, 2012 8:43 am | by Tarmo Virki, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo on Wednesday quashed market speculation it was interested in buying struggling Finnish cellphone maker Nokia.

Verizon Wireless settles FCC probe into blocking of Internet-sharing apps for $1.25 million

August 1, 2012 8:42 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- In the first move of its kind, the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday said it's accepting a $1.25 million settlement from Verizon Wireless to end an investigation into whether the company asked Google Inc. to withhold so-called "tethering" software for Internet sharing.

Lawyer for Twitter says website erred by pointing out reporter's tweet to NBC

August 1, 2012 8:40 am | by Jay Cohen, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) -- Twitter is acknowledging a mistake in how it handled a tweet by a Los Angeles-based journalist that included the email of the NBC Olympics president.

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