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Politics, economics weight on moguls' minds at Sun Valley

July 16, 2012 9:46 am | by Lisa Richwine and Liana B. Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - The 30th edition of the renowned Allen & Co media conference came to a close on Saturday with executives focused on the impending U.S. election as they heard from business and political leaders, including a finale with Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett.

The brave new world of tomorrow's tablets

July 16, 2012 9:44 am | by Poornima Gupta and Noel Randewich, Reuters | News | Comments

Reuters) - Tablets with paper-thin screens that can be folded and tucked into your back pocket, artificial intelligence and augmented reality -- the stuff of science fiction may be coming to a store near you.

Chip maker Nvidia says up to 400,000 users' encrypted passwords compromised in attacks

July 16, 2012 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. semiconductor maker Nvidia Corp. says up to 400,000 users of its forums have had their encrypted passwords compromised in attacks dating back to early July.


What’s the deal with Apple’s environmental policy?

July 16, 2012 8:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

You may have heard that Apple recently asked environmental watchdog EPEAT to remove 39 of its products from its registry and informed the organization it will no longer submit its computers for testing. It seems like an odd request, considering Apple helped create EPEAT in 2006 along with the government and several other big computer players.

Getting amped: Caltech researchers develop instrument for exploring the cosmos and the quantum world

July 13, 2012 3:42 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have developed a new type of amplifier for boosting electrical signals. The device can be used for everything from studying stars, galaxies, and black holes to exploring the quantum world and developing quantum computers.

eBay's hottest business brings benefits, risks

July 13, 2012 1:29 pm | by Alistair Barr, Reuters | News | Comments

Bill Me Later offers credit to online shoppers, letting them pay typically a few months after purchases, and is a potentially juicy new source of profit growth for eBay.

Cable assemblies designed to support system integrators

July 13, 2012 11:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

San-tron, Inc., has introduced its new line of SRX cable assemblies for low PIM requirements. The SRX line is an engineered suite of low PIM cable assemblies designed to support system integrators. Several different deployment scenarios encompassing cabinet integration, short cable runs or jumper applications, long haul cable runs, indoor use, outdoor use, riser, and plenum environments, have been accommodated for and include interconnect options for SMA, N, 7/16, and TNC mating.

Private subway cars: The personal luxury of today

July 13, 2012 10:05 am | by Clara Ennist, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Pininfarina, the Italian automaker, has come up with a solution to long commutes and rude passengers on the subway with its Personal Rapid Transit Vehicle.


NPD says US retail sales of video games fell 29 percent in May, 7th month of decline

July 13, 2012 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new report says U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware, software and accessories fell for a seventh consecutive month.

Controlling your computer with your eyes

July 13, 2012 9:14 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Millions of people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries or amputees could soon interact with their computers and surroundings using just their eyes, thanks to a new device that costs less than £40.

Insight: Despite sanctions, Apple gear booms in Iran

July 13, 2012 9:13 am | by Marcus George, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - At its gleaming store, RadanMac offers the latest Apple gear - the new iPad, iPhones, iPods, laptops, all-in-one desktop computers and more.

Investors remain leery of Netflix 1 year after video service's price increase irked customers

July 13, 2012 9:11 am | by By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Netflix is more popular among couch potatoes than investors a year after its polarizing decision to raise U.S. prices for video subscription services.

The only acceptable use for QR Codes

July 13, 2012 9:01 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

As you may have noticed, I’m not a fan of QR Codes, particularly by government entities, but mostly in any situation.


Drive toward a viable 'City of the Future'

July 12, 2012 4:09 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The urbanization of the world continues to evolve – not only in emerging nations, but in the industrialized world like Europe as well. Already more than half of all the earth's inhabitants live in cities; by 2030, it will be 60 percent. As densely populated sites of human cohabitation, cities are ecological and social tinder boxes. Experts believe that the need for urban space will double by 2050. Megacities also generate megaproblems: With an insatiable appetite, they consume energy, raw materials and space – in addition to producing pollutants, wastewater streams and mountains of rubbish. The transportation system is overloaded, resulting in overcrowding, lack of parking and traffic jams.

Platinum is wrong stuff for fuel cells

July 12, 2012 4:06 pm | News | Comments

Fuel cells are inefficient because the catalyst most commonly used to convert chemical energy to electricity is made of the wrong material, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University argues. Rather than continue the futile effort to tweak that material - platinum - to make it work better, Chemistry Professor Alfred Anderson urges his colleagues to start anew.

Sailing with nerves of glass

July 12, 2012 4:04 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The constant hunger to break new records has turned boat building into a high-tech business. The racing yachts that compete at international regattas today are sporting machines designed to reach top speeds. The process of optimizing the boats has been ongoing for decades.

Yahoo breach puts users of other sites at risk

July 12, 2012 3:56 pm | by Jim Finkle, Rueters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc reported the theft of some 400,000 user names and passwords to access websites including its own, saying that hackers had taken advantage of a security vulnerability in its computer systems.

NBC launches 2 apps to watch the Olympics on the iPad, iPad and some Android devices

July 12, 2012 3:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC is launching two mobile apps that will let people watch Olympics events as they happen, look up athlete profiles and access other extra content on their iPads, iPhones and certain Android devices.

Why you’ll never win Rocks—Paper—Scissors again

July 12, 2012 10:02 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Prepare yourselves, board game junkies, the robots are taking over. If you’re one of those people who is naturally gifted at board games—not your humble editor—it’s time to stand up and take notice. Advances in artificial intelligence are allowing designers the ability and tools to create robots your tiny human brain can’t possibly compete with.

NIST releases test framework for upgrading smart electrical meters

July 12, 2012 8:38 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Next-generation "smart" electrical meters for residential and commercial buildings will have computerized operating systems just as laptops or mobile devices do. On July 10, 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published its first-ever draft guidelines* to help utility companies test their procedures for upgrading meters securely from a remote location.

No getting lost at Smithsonian with app

July 12, 2012 8:35 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

With nearly 20 museums, galleries and the National Zoo, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. can be a daunting experience, but new maps on an app may make it less confusing and easier for visitors to maneuver.

Analysis: Is Twitter building ad business at the expense of innovation?

July 12, 2012 8:34 am | by Gerry Shih, Reuters | News | Comments

Is Twitter a technology platform, a media company -- or both?

Social networks scan for sexual predators, with uneven results

July 12, 2012 8:33 am | by By Joseph Menn, Reuters | News | Comments

On March 9 of this year, a piece of Facebook software spotted something suspicious.

Viacom blocks online episodes in pay TV fee fight with DirecTV

July 12, 2012 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Viacom is ramping up its war with DirecTV over how much it is paid for shows including "The Daily Show" and "SpongeBob SquarePants." Unfortunately, its latest tactic is causing some collateral damage.

Apple pulls its products from environmental ratings registry, San Francisco stops buying Macs

July 12, 2012 8:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's withdrawal from an environmental ratings registry has prompted at least one city - San Francisco - to stop buying its computers.

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