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Would you trust brakes that think for you?

August 14, 2012 11:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In keeping with the vehicle safety theme I’ve self-cultivated with Signal and the inflatable seatbelt, let’s take a look at the world of brakes, specifically Automatic Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS). The idea behind AEBS is that in the event that you, the driver, are unable or incapable of braking in order to avoid a collision with a car, pedestrian, object, your garage door, etc. the car will take (complete or partial) control...

Internet sales tax could foster anti-business climate

August 14, 2012 10:44 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The prospect of an Internet sales tax has hung over the head of e-commerce like the Sword of Damocles. It’s the boogeyman that threatens to pull the World Wide Web into the stone age of brick-and-mortar. But the ugly rumors may finally be true. A bill under consideration in the Senate would impose an Internet sales tax and amend any “competitive” disparity. Prepare to spend a lot more for your online purchases.

U.S. seniors find it's never too late to learn social media

August 14, 2012 8:35 am | by Patricia Reaney, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Seniors, some in their 90s, could soon be making new friends on Facebook thanks to New York libraries offering classes to help the elderly learn, or brush up their social network skills.

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NTU scientist invents pocket living room TV

August 13, 2012 1:32 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Leaving your TV show midway because you had to leave your home will no longer happen as you can now 'pull' the programme on your TV screen onto your tablet and continue watching it seamlessly.

Researchers invent system for 3-D reconstruction of sparse facial hair and skin

August 13, 2012 9:11 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Disney Research, Zürich, ETH Zürich, and Cornell University have invented a system to digitize facial hair and skin. Capturing facial skin and geometry is a fundamental technology for a variety of computer-based special effects for movies.

Innovative technology meets a luxury brand: The Audi Pavilion

August 10, 2012 9:22 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Audi AG has been making luxury cars since 1932 when four car companies of the 19th and early 20th centuries—Audi, DKW, Horch, and Wanderer—joined to form the company which exists today. The cars are known for their sleek lines, German engineering, high  performance and tech-savvy interior.

Courtroom tension boils in Apple-Samsung showdown

August 10, 2012 8:43 am | by Dan Levine, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - It was the end of a long week in court in the Apple-Samsung legal war, and Samsung attorney John Quinn was trying to block his adversary, Apple attorney Bill Lee, from showing the jury a document.

Sewage-munching microbes may generate electricity

August 9, 2012 2:59 pm | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

Microbes used to treat human waste might also generate enough electricity to power whole sewage plants, scientists hope.

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Three-axis gyroscope promises power, speed and design-in advantages

August 9, 2012 10:33 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has unveiled a small, low-power chip-scale gyroscope for advanced motion-sensing applications. ST’s L3GD20H gyroscope measures 3 mm x 3 mm and 1 mm high - the smallest available, according to the company. Occupying little over half the volume of its predecessor, yet offering

Virus found in Middle East that can spy on finance transactions

August 9, 2012 9:18 am | by Jim Finkle, Rueters | News | Comments

 A new cyber surveillance virus has been found in the Middle East that can spy on financial transactions, email and social networking activity, according to a leading computer security firm, Kaspersky Lab.

Mobile app sparks Obama camp voter drive, privacy fears

August 9, 2012 8:39 am | by Eric Johnson, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has taken its digital infrastructure to the streets, arming its ground troops with mobile software that maps Democratic voters and canvassing strategies - and raising the blood pressure of privacy activists who worry about possible misuse.

Android extends dominance in smartphones worldwide, thanks to Samsung's phones

August 9, 2012 8:37 am | by ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- Got an iPhone? You're in the minority. There were four Android phones for every iPhone shipped in the second quarter, research firm IDC said Wednesday. That's up from a ratio of 2.5 to 1 in the same period last year.

App lets riders hail a NYC cab without lifting a hand; Smartphones connect riders, drivers

August 9, 2012 8:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hailing a taxi on a New York street is going high-tech - with a smartphone application.

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Google's Internet search engine to pull info from users' Gmail accounts in latest expansion

August 8, 2012 3:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's Internet search engine is getting more personal by highlighting information drawn from its users' Gmail accounts on its main results page.

Cost-effective production of infrared lenses

August 8, 2012 3:25 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Rain pelts down on the roof of the car; it is difficult to make out anything in the pitch dark. Suddenly, a deer runs out of the forest and onto the road, but the driver cannot respond in time. When it comes to such dangerous situations, micro-bolometers constitute one way of "extending" the human eye and defusing such dangerous situations. They detect infrared rays – in other words, the heat emitted by a living creature – and in case of danger, warn the driver through an acoustic signal or a warning light. At about 2,000 euros, these devices are still quite expensive and are only being used in luxury-class vehicles.

With microchip real estate at a premium, Drexel engineers look for a wireless solution

August 8, 2012 3:23 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA -- "Location, location, location": That age-old key to successful real estate investing has also been the driving mantra in microchip architecture. But with space on the tiny silicon chips at a premium, as demand for faster, smaller technology increases, engineers at Drexel University could be adding "bandwidth" and "frequency" to the chip design paradigm by adding wireless antennas to the chips.

Former Apple designer says Samsung phones looked similar

August 8, 2012 8:37 am | by Edwin Chan, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - The focus of Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics courtroom battle shifted to the iPhone's iconic display on Tuesday, as the U.S. company called on a former employee and award-winning graphic designer to back up claims that Samsung gadgets look "confusingly similar."

Facebook opens doors to real-money gambling in Britain

August 8, 2012 8:35 am | by Alexei Oreskovic, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc will allow users in Britain to wager real money on its service, opening its doors to gambling for the first time as revenue growth slows at the world's No. 1 social network.

Starbucks to start accepting Square mobile payments

August 8, 2012 8:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- Starbucks Corp. will soon be the first national chain to let customers pay with Square's mobile payment application.

Ten tips for smart battery implementation

August 7, 2012 4:47 pm | by Adam Hickerson, Raveon Technologies, www.raveon.com | Blogs | Comments

Smart battery design starts with knowing the details of the system that is using the battery power. A battery does not make a system battery-powered. For operational lifetimes measured in days, weeks or years, power must be a design consideration from the ground up.

Wired Magazine: Where do earbuds come from?

August 7, 2012 4:14 pm | by Wired Magazine | Videos | Comments

Wired contributor Steven Leckart visits Plantronics, the company responsible for creating the headset that transmitted "One small step for man..." on the moon in 1969. Now, they make ear molds to collect data for improving headsets.- Wired Magazine

This week from NASA: Landing Curiousity, test firings for project Morpheus, International space station

August 7, 2012 4:02 pm | Videos | Comments

This week on @NASA Following a daring plunge through the Martian Atmosphere -- billed as 7-minutes of Terror, The Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover made a successful, on-target landing on the Red Planet in Gale Crater. Curiosity is scheduled to conduct a two-year mission to investigate the most intriguing places on Mars in an effort to determine if microbial life is possible on the planet. Also, engineers at the Johnson Space Center have conducted test firings of the Project Morpheus Lander, the quickest trip ever to the International Space Station of an unpiloted Russian Progress resupply ship, Marking History at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility and more! -NASA Television

Ultracapacitor modules are ideal for power conditioning, voltage sag compensation

August 7, 2012 3:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ioxus, Inc.announced it is offering thin cell ultracapacitor module designs worldwide for power conditioning and automated guided vehicle (AGV) applications. Ioxus THiNCAP™ iMOD™ modules consist of high power, thin, flexible ultracapacitor packs, instead of cylindrical cells, making them ideal for a variety of applications where small form factor is valued. The THiNCAP iMOD modules save space and weight, benefiting users with a reduced total cost of ownership as compared to batteries with longer life, higher cycle count, wider operational temperature range and reduced maintenance requiremen

Eco-computer with a natural wood look

August 7, 2012 2:28 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A work tool, a leisure activity resource, a personal assistant - computers are ubiquitous. Yet the environmental performance for today's computers leaves a lot to be desired: they rapidly become obsolete, typically contain toxic substances as flame retardants and have individual components that are difficult to recycle. Moreover, they consume plenty of power whose production, in turn, causes the release of CO2 into the atmosphere.

A simple way to help cities monitor traffic more accurately

August 7, 2012 2:25 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cities count the number of cars on the road in order to plan everything from the timing of stoplights to road repairs. But the in-road metal detectors that do the counting can make errors – most often by registering that a car is present when one isn't.

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