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'No-sleep energy bugs' drain smartphone batteries

June 14, 2012 9:01 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers have proposed a method to automatically detect a new class of software glitches in smartphones called "no-sleep energy bugs," which can entirely drain batteries while the phones are not in use.

Telescope to hunt black holes reaches orbit

June 14, 2012 8:54 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

An innovative X-ray telescope blasted off aboard an unmanned air-launched rocket on Wednesday to begin a two-year mission to ferret out black holes and other high-energy celestial phenomena in space, NASA officials said.

First Look: MacBook screen with 4 times the pixels sets new standard for PCs

June 14, 2012 8:53 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When I was 13, I was sent to the optician for the first time, and came home with glasses. Suddenly, the world was sharp all around me. I was surprised by the crisp lines of the tree branches against the sky. It was news to me that I was near-sighted, because I had been used to seeing the world in a blur. Apple Inc. sells a similar epiphany, starting this week, in the shape of a notebook computer. One of its new MacBook Pro models has a "Retina" display, a screen that packs four times as many pixels as a standard display.

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Robotic assistants may adapt to humans in the factory

June 13, 2012 3:21 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

In today's manufacturing plants, the division of labor between humans and robots is quite clear: Large, automated robots are typically cordoned off in metal cages, manipulating heavy machinery and performing repetitive tasks, while humans work in less hazardous areas on jobs requiring finer detail.

New software forecasts noise levels in the street

June 13, 2012 3:19 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

This application yields a prediction of urban noise levels using a dataset (street type, road conditions, average speed of the vehicles passing by, road works, etc), with a reliability of 95%.

Intel CFO eyes more connected living rooms

June 13, 2012 3:17 pm | by Noel Randewich, Rueters | News | Comments

New markets including home entertainment will be major sources of growth for Intel Corp as more gadgets become connected to the Internet and drive demand for powerful data centers, the top chipmaker's chief financial officer said.

Michelle Obama joins social network Pinterest, pins old and new scenes of family life

June 13, 2012 3:16 pm | News | Comments

Michelle Obama is up on Pinterest. The first lady's profile on the social networking site went live Wednesday with three boards highlighting photos from around the White House, "great memories" and Father's Day.

Thin, flexible printed batteries bring sound to novelty fire truck

June 13, 2012 9:33 am | Videos | Comments

Here’s an example of how thin, printed flexible batteries are used to bring life to novelty items. Here, you can see the batteries mounted into this interactive toy fire tuck from Novalia Ltd. Conductive ink sensitive touch points enable the sounds. These batteries are suitable for

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Analysis: Apple's big enemy in smartphone wars: delay

June 13, 2012 8:58 am | by Dan Levine, Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc has spent nearly three years fighting its rivals in a global smartphone patent war. Now, setbacks in two key U.S. court cases are laying bare why a drawn-out battle could be bad news for the iPhone maker.

Experts warn of shortage of U.S. cyber pros

June 13, 2012 8:56 am | by Jim Finkle and Noel Randewich, Rueters | News | Comments

Symantec Corp Chief Executive Enrique Salem told the Reuters Media and Technology Summit in New York that his company was working with the U.S. military, other government agencies and universities to help develop new programs to train security professionals

Verizon hikes data fees in pricing revamp

June 13, 2012 8:54 am | by Sinead Carew | News | Comments

The biggest U.S. mobile operator is also letting customers use their data allowance for multiple devices in the hope of enticing them to connect more gadgets, like tablet computers to its network with the new plans as customers will now be able to avoid paying for separate data subscriptions for each device.

British data regulator reopens investigation into Google over disputed Street View program

June 13, 2012 8:52 am | by Rapheal Satter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's data regulator has reopened its investigation into Google's Street View, saying that an inquiry by authorities in the United States raised new doubts about the disputed program.

Does advertising kill technology?

June 13, 2012 8:48 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s something we hear a lot: “The [xyz] technology sounds amazing; too bad the advertisers are going  to ruin it.” For example, Google Glass. A seemingly exciting and ambitious piece of technology -- until you realize it means having involuntary, interactive advertising experiences one inch from your eye all day.

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Few uses for iPhone battery life extender Third Rail

June 12, 2012 1:06 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

iPhone road-warriors have several power options: They can moderate their usage (yeah, right), carry a charger, or tote a back-up battery system. Third Rail Mobility has an elegant product that, while limited in application, serves as a great back-up power source.

A123 says new battery technology to make EVs cheaper

June 12, 2012 11:41 am | by A. Ananthalakshmi, Reuters, Bangalore | News | Comments

Electric vehicles could become cheaper as A123 Systems Inc announces new lithium ion battery technology.

Eastman Kodak files for auction of Digital Imaging patents

June 12, 2012 9:48 am | by Aman Shah, Reuters, Bangalore | News | Comments

Eastman Kodak Co filed a motion on Monday seeking approval of bidding procedures for bankruptcy auction of its Digital Capture and Kodak imaging Systems and Services patent portfolios, which together comprise more than 1,100 patents.

Shares in navigation device maker TomTom surge on news of Apple deal

June 12, 2012 9:35 am | by The Associated Press, Amsterdam | News | Comments

Shares in Dutch navigation device maker TomTom NV have surged on news that the company will supply map data to Apple Inc.

Apax, JMI to buy software firm Paradigm for about $1 billion

June 12, 2012 9:31 am | by Simon Meads and Michael Erman, Reuters, London/New York | News | Comments

Private equity firm Apax Partners and technology investment firm JMI Equity agreed to pay about $1 billion cash for software group Paradigm, whose technology helps oil and gas companies analyze drilling prospects.

TSMC sees tech challenge in 450mm wafer race

June 12, 2012 9:26 am | by Argin Chang, Reuters, Taipei | News | Comments

TSMC, the world's top contract chip maker, confirmed on Tuesday it is aiming to manufacture bigger silicon wafers that could lower the cost of chip production, but said technical difficulties will remain in the next five years.

Global demand for lightweight notebooks surged by 248 percent in first quarter: GfK

June 12, 2012 9:10 am | News | Comments

Sleek and stylish notebooks are all the rage nowadays and according to GfK, global demand for ultra-thin notebooks has been seeing consistent uptrend in the last four consecutive quarters which sold over 1.2 million units worldwide. Defined as notebooks 2 centimetres or less in thickness and weigh less than 1.5 kilograms...  

Sainsbury enters e-book market with Anobii buy

June 12, 2012 9:10 am | News | Comments

Britain's third largest supermarket group J Sainsbury has entered the e-book and social network market with the purchase of HMV Group's shareholding in Anobii for a nominal 1 pound ($1.55).

Aging Microsoft lures young tech idealists

June 12, 2012 9:00 am | by Bill Rigby, Reuters | News | Comments

The young interns, some of the nation's best and brightest in technology, business and design, had plenty of enthusiastic words to describe their summer employer.

New MacBooks include thin model with sharper display, starting at $2,199

June 12, 2012 8:55 am | News | Comments

Apple Inc. says its newest MacBook Pro laptop computer will be about as thin as its already-slim MacBook Air. It will also have a sharper display, akin to what the iPhone and the iPad now have.

Proposals for new Internet suffixes to be released, bids include '.lol,' '.doctor,' '.secure'

June 12, 2012 8:54 am | by Anick Jesdanun | News | Comments

On Wednesday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will release a list of some 2,000 proposals for new Internet address suffixes.  New Internet address suffixes can represent hobbies, ethnic groups, corporate brand names and more.

From application to use: How the Internet will get new domain name suffixes

June 12, 2012 8:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On Wednesday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will release a list of some 2,000 proposals for new Internet address suffixes. They can represent hobbies, ethnic groups, corporate brand names and more.

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