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Beastie Boys awarded $1.7 million in Monster case

June 6, 2014 9:22 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a rap: The Beastie Boys have won $1.7 million in a copyright violation case against the maker of Monster Energy drink.Thursday's ruling ends a case in which the two surviving members of the band testified about their staunch opposition to the use of their music in commercial endorsements

Verizon to Netflix: Stop blaming us for bad video

June 6, 2014 9:20 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Communications Inc., the country's fourth-largest home Internet service provider, sent a letter to Netflix Inc. on Thursday, telling it to stop blaming Verizon for bad video quality or face a lawsuit.

Barnes & Noble enlists Samsung to make Nook tablet

June 6, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Samsung to develop Nook tablets, the book seller said Thursday, as it focuses on its Nook software.Barnes & Noble spent years investing heavily in its Nook e-book reader and e-book library, but they struggled to be profitable. And in December the chain said it was evaluating the future of its tablets. Still it offered a new non-tablet e-book reader during the holiday season...

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Cellphone operator reveals scale of gov't snooping

June 6, 2014 9:19 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vodafone, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks Friday, saying authorities in some countries are able to directly access an operator's network without seeking permission.

Connector designed for mobile, wearable devices

June 5, 2014 1:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Adding another I/O (input/output) connector solution for slimmer mobile and wearable devices to its portfolio, TE Connectivity (TE) introduced one of the industry’s first high-speed multi I/O products to transfer USB 3.1 signals in a Micro USB 2.0 form factor. The new product addresses the growing demand for mobile devices to have more increased functionality, higher speed and larger screens that require high-power battery consumption.

Police use hidden GPS unit to track stolen toy

June 5, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Police in Georgia say they used a GPS device hidden inside a Teddy bear to track down the toy and apprehend a suspect in the theft. Athens-Clarke County police say Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling had recently been experiencing thefts of clothing from its collection bin at Georgia Square Mall.

Emotional robot set for sale in Japan next year

June 5, 2014 9:00 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA AP BUSINESS WRITER | News | Comments

A cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Masayoshi Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile. Son's mobile phone company Softbank said Thursday that the robot it has dubbed Pepper will go on sale in Japan in February for 198,000 yen ($1,900). Overseas sales plans are under consideration but undecided.

32-kHz MEMS TCXO features tiny footprint, low power consumption

June 4, 2014 5:41 pm | SiTime Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

SiTime Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA) introduced what it asserts is the smallest, lowest power 32-kHz TCXO (temperature compensated oscillator). With its tiny footprint and very low power consumption, the SiT1552 MEMS TCXO enables…

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This technology can hack your car from 1500 miles away

June 4, 2014 5:15 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Automotive security is odd in that it’s basically nonexistent. We drive around every day in giant, metal contraptions completely controlled by a central computer (more or less) and that computer is essentially open to whoever is bored (or mad) enough to hack it.

Online pirates thrive on legitimate ad dollars

June 4, 2014 12:14 pm | by RYAN NAKASHIMA AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators receive advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald's. That's the conclusion of several recent reports that shed light on Internet piracy's funding sources.

Emotion drives customers to use smartphones with bigger screens

June 4, 2014 11:27 am | by Penn State University | News | Comments

Bigger smartphone screen size may be better for more than just practical reasons, according to researchers. Participants in a study on smartphones indicated that emotional reasons might influence their decision to buy smartphones with bigger screens even more than practical ones,

App measures stress and offers coping techniques

June 4, 2014 11:23 am | by UCSD Jacobs: School of Engineering | News | Comments

Computer scientists at Microsoft Research and the University of California, San Diego have developed a system that combines a mobile application and sensor to detect stress in parents and delivers research-based strategies to help decrease that stress during emotionally charged interactions with their children. The system was initially tested on a small group of parents of children with ADHD.

German museum shows live replica of van Gogh's ear

June 4, 2014 9:17 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A German museum has put on display a copy of Vincent van Gogh's ear that was grown using genetic material provided by one of the 19th-century Dutch artist's living relatives. The Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe said artist Diemut Strebe made the replica using living cells from Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent's brother Theo.

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Man gets 3 months for smuggling dinosaur skeleton

June 4, 2014 9:14 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A Virginia fossils dealer was sentenced Tuesday to three months in prison even after a prosecutor described his cooperation with law enforcement in heroic terms, saying he enabled more than 18 largely complete dinosaur fossils to be located, enough for Mongolia to open its first dinosaur museum.

Instagram vamps up photo editing tools

June 4, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The photo sharing app Instagram is adding editing tools that go beyond the vintage-looking filters that made it popular. The Facebook-owned app said in a blog post Tuesday that users will be able to adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation and other features of photos they take with their smartphones.

AT&T says DirecTV deal would let it build fiber

June 4, 2014 9:08 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP | News | Comments

In an attempt to curry favor with regulators, AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that if it's allowed to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV, it will be able to afford an expansion of fiber connections into more homes to boost their Internet connection speeds.

Judge dismisses lawsuit over NSA cellphone data

June 4, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit an Idaho woman filed against President Barack Obama and other federal officials over the National Security Agency's collection of cellphone information. U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill ruled Tuesday that under current U.S. Supreme Court precedents, the NSA's collection of cellphone data doesn't violate the Fourth Amendment's prohibition of unreasonable searches.

Volume of encrypted email rising amid spying fears

June 4, 2014 9:07 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops. Google and other companies are now automatically encrypting all email, but that doesn't ensure confidentiality unless the recipients' email provider also adopts the technology.

HD audio CODEC integrates Class-D amplifier

June 3, 2014 12:02 pm | Conexant Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Conexant Systems Inc. (Irvine, CA) announced the CX20952, a new HD Audio CODEC that enables high quality audio on computers and tablets with low power consumption, two cap-free headphone amplifiers, and a fully-integrated Class-D amplifier.

Toxic computer waste in the developing world

June 3, 2014 11:52 am | by Inderscience Publishers - Eurekalert! | News | Comments

As the developing world continues to develop, standards of living and access to technology increases. Unfortunately, as personal computers, laptops and mobile phones become increasingly common so the problem of recycling and disposal of such devices when they become technologically obsolete rises too, according to research published in the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management.

Prototype electrolyte sensor to provide immediate read-outs

June 3, 2014 11:51 am | by DOE/Sandia National Laboratories - Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Patients trying to navigate today's complex medical system with its costly laboratory analyses might prefer a pain-free home diagnostic device, worn on the wrist, that can analyze, continuously record and immediately remedy low electrolyte levels.

New Apple Mac, mobile features coming this fall

June 3, 2014 9:09 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's Mac operating system will have easier ways to share and search, while the iOS software for iPhones and iPads is getting new features for keeping tabs on your health and controlling home devices. Apple executive Craig Federighi said data from various fitness-related devices now live in silos, so you can't get a comprehensive picture of your health. He said that will change with HealthKit in iOS 8.

Apple expands into health, home with new software

June 3, 2014 9:07 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people's increasingly digital lives. The new tools for tracking health and controlling household appliances are part of updated operating systems that Apple unveiled Monday in San Francisco at its 25th annual conference for application developers.

3D-printing a better blood vessel

June 2, 2014 2:58 pm | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

Boston, MA – The tangled highway of blood vessels that twists and turns inside our bodies, delivering essential nutrients and disposing of hazardous waste to keep our organs working properly has been a conundrum for scientists trying to make artificial vessels from scratch. Now a team from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) has made headway in fabricating blood vessels using a three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting technique.

Breakthrough in energy storage: Electrical cables that can store energy

June 2, 2014 2:43 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Imagine being able to carry all the juice you needed to power your MP3 player, smartphone and electric car in the fabric of your jacket? Sounds like science fiction, but it may become a reality thanks to breakthrough technology developed at a University of Central Florida research lab.

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