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'Control-Alt-Hack' game lets players try their hand at computer security

July 25, 2012 8:38 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Do you have what it takes to be an ethical hacker? Can you step into the shoes of a professional paid to outsmart supposedly locked-down systems? Now you can at least try, no matter what your background, with a new card game developed by University of Washington computer scientists.

Stop ruining technology with nostalgia

July 24, 2012 4:57 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

New technology is supposed to be an improvement over old technology. It should be more efficient, faster, smaller, or simply just better than its predecessors OR it must offer something so unique, so amazing that you forget that it, in fact, does nothing. It’s the reason smart phones, tablets, and ultrabooks are outselling dumb phones, computers, and laptops of days gone by. People like improvements.

AP Exclusive: Webcams make Alaska bears accessible

July 24, 2012 2:51 pm | by MARK THIESSEN Associated Press | News | Comments

- A new video initiative is bringing the famed brown bears of Alaska's Katmai National Park directly to your computer or smartphone.

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Switcher ICs provide up to 90 W output with accurate PSR

July 24, 2012 11:29 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations announced its LinkSwitch-HP family of off-line switcher ICs that can deliver up to 90 W output power with accurate primary-side regulation (PSR), according to the company. These ICs use control algorithms and the properties of the main power transformer and output diode

Is YouTube a prescription for vertigo?

July 24, 2012 8:46 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS – Watching videos on YouTube may be a new way to show the treatment for a common cause of vertigo, which often goes untreated by physicians, according to a study published in the July 24, 2012, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Navy radio system might be crippling garage door openers in part of Connecticut

July 23, 2012 4:42 pm | by PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press | News | Comments

A radio signal being transmitted out of a submarine base is likely behind reports of garage doors failing to open and close in southeastern Connecticut, the U.S. Navy said Monday.

App aims to improve accessibility for visually impaired

July 23, 2012 8:48 am | by Natasha Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Whether it is getting off a bus or reading a menu, a new app aims to make life easier for the blind or visually impaired.

New lab working on security shoe sole to ID people, experts say it raises privacy questions

July 23, 2012 8:38 am | by Kevin Begos, The Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- High-tech security? Forget those irksome digital eye scans. Meet the biometric shoe.

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UCLA researchers create highly transparent solar cells for windows that generate electricity

July 20, 2012 4:10 pm | News | Comments

UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that is an advance toward giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. Their study appears in the journal ACS Nano.

Morrow Technologies expands JANUS Display portfolio with Planar Systems

July 20, 2012 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The JANUS Displays portfolio has expanded to include Planar’s Clarity Matrix LCD Video Wall and Planar Mosaic Architectural Video Walls.

JANUS Displays adds glasses-free 3D digital signage to product portfolio

July 20, 2012 12:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Morrow Technologies announced that glasses-free 3D video content creation services, 2D to 3D content creation services, and glasses-free 3D displays are now available as part of the JANUS Displays product portfolio due to a business development with Dimenco Displays.

When Coke goes green

July 20, 2012 11:03 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

You know the ECN editors love a good vending machine (also a good pizza). Now we’re thinking green. Introducing the A011 — the name isn’t catchy but the idea sure is. Not only is the A011 vending machine good for the drinks, it’s good for the environment. At a time when a lot of companies are looking for ways to make home appliances smarter and more energy efficient, it appears Coke is doing its part.

Nokia revival hopes fade as analysts cut targets

July 20, 2012 10:35 am | by Tarmo Virki, Reuters | News | Comments

Analysts cut their price targets on Nokia to little more than the value of its cash and patents on Friday as hopes fade that phones using new Microsoft software can revive the ailing mobile company anytime soon.

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Vodafone Q3 revenue down 7.7 pct as emerging market gains offset by patchy European results

July 20, 2012 10:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vodafone Group PLC, Europe's largest mobile phone company, said Friday that revenue fell by 7.7 percent in the three months ending June 30 compared with a year earlier as gains in emerging markets were offset by a patchy performance in Europe.

UMass Amherst, Harvard experts say better systems needed for medical device cybersecurity

July 20, 2012 8:48 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Medical devices save countless lives, and increasingly functions such as data storage and wireless communication allow for individualized patient care and other advances. But after their recent study, an interdisciplinary team of medical researchers and computer scientists warn that federal regulators need to improve how they track security and privacy problems in medical devices.

Viacom, DirecTV agree to end network blackout

July 20, 2012 8:45 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Viacom Inc and DirecTV Group said they reached an agreement to restore Viacom networks to the satellite TV provider's 20 million U.S. subscribers.

Smartphone app automatically detects and reports pothole locations to Boston city officials

July 20, 2012 8:43 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI Associated Press | News | Comments

The next time your car hits a pothole, a new technology could help you immediately tell someone who can do something about it.

Sprint to offer auto insurers tracking technology

July 19, 2012 2:04 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

U.S. wireless carrier Sprint (S.N) said on Thursday it will move into the hot market for tracking technology that lets auto insurers monitor how, where and when their customers drive.

McDonald's says staffers feared professor's digital specs violated privacy in Paris restaurant

July 19, 2012 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's workers in Paris who stopped a Canadian professor from wearing computerized eyeglasses feared he could be recording or photographing people in violation of their privacy, the company said Thursday.

Extending the range of electric vehicles

July 19, 2012 9:46 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside believe they can extend the range of electric vehicles by at least 10 percent by taking into account real-time traffic information, road type and grade and passenger and cargo weight.

TandemLaunch licenses new 3-D technology

July 18, 2012 12:52 pm | News | Comments

3D technology is increasingly used in computer graphics and is a major trend in the entertainment and consumer electronics industry. Today, a large number of movies are either shot in or shown as virtual reality movies based on 3D technology. Most private users, however, have not yet adopted the new technology at home for a number of reasons.

The challenges of electric vehicle chargers

July 18, 2012 12:08 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Charging stations for electric vehicles are still a few years, possibly decades, away from being in every household garage—priced at upwards of $20,000 per unit. Talk about keeping up with the Jones! Despite the challenges of price point, materials, and a general public skepticism, companies are making great strides in designing chargers that are more durable, efficient, functional, and versatile than their predecessors.

In what application areas are end users getting the most ROI from green technology?

July 18, 2012 11:54 am | Articles | Comments

The greatest ROI in green technology is undoubtedly in the manufacturing sector. First, “green” technologies provide great branding and a competitive advantage. Taking advantage of advanced low-power electronics is one major way to do this. With the added intelligence of programmable devices, manufacturing becomes more efficient, faster, and more flexible at the same time.

Near-field communications

July 18, 2012 9:29 am | by Jon Titus, Technical Contributor | Articles | Comments

Near-field communications, which arose from earlier RFID applications, have gained in popularity as manufacturers added NFC capabilities to smart-phone and tablet-computer and as merchants have installed NFC payment devices. So instead of carrying a wallet full of credit and debit cards, consumers can use their smart phones as a mobile-payment "account"...

Cleaning with sunlight

July 18, 2012 8:55 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Summer is just around the corner and it's time to dust off the garden tables and chairs. But garden furniture that has been left in the shade too long is often covered with a slimy film of algae, moss, bacteria and fungi which is difficult or even impossible to remove.

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