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Musical robot companion enhances listener experience

June 26, 2012 4:24 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Shimi, a musical companion developed by Georgia Tech's Center for Music Technology, recommends songs, dances to the beat and keeps the music pumping based on listener feedback.

Microcontrollers feature ARM Cortex-M core for projects needing digital signal control

June 26, 2012 3:42 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics is now delivering the first samples of its new STM32 F3 series of microcontrollers, featuring the ARM Cortex-M core, to major OEM customers.

Oscilloscope named in top 100 technologically significant products

June 26, 2012 10:13 am | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK –June 21, 2012-- Oscium's oscilloscope has been recognized as one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. An independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine selected Oscium’s iPad oscilloscope (iMSO-104) for the prestigious R&D 100 Award.

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For Samsung, Galaxy halo effect comes with supply crunch

June 26, 2012 9:16 am | by Miyoung Kim, Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics' struggle to keep pace with rampant demand for its new Galaxy S III smartphone may have cost the South Korean firm some 2 million units of sales in just a month.

SBA Communications to buy tower sites for $1.45 billion

June 26, 2012 9:14 am | by Supantha Mukherjee, Reuters | News | Comments

Wireless tower operator SBA Communications Corp will buy 3,252 mobile phone tower sites in the United States and Puerto Rico from privately held TowerCo for about $1.45 billion to benefit from an explosion in data traffic.

Facebook draws user ire with quiet switcheroo in email contact listing

June 26, 2012 9:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook has changed your email address. At least that's how many felt after a quiet but vast change in the way the company displays users' contact information.

Microsoft to buy Yammer for $1.2 billion

June 25, 2012 4:31 pm | by Bill Rigby, Reuters | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp agreed to buy online social network firm Yammer Inc for $1.2 billion in cash, which will allow the software company to offer a service like Facebook Inc's to corporate customers.

Fitness monitors: Moving beyond glorified pedometers to maximize performance

June 25, 2012 4:28 pm | by Clara Ennist, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Most people overestimate the calories they burn during workouts and underestimate the calories they consume. Even as a longtime ballet dancer and avid devotee of Bikram yoga and Pilates, I too have been guilty of the occasional post-workout overindulgence. Online information, while helpful for a rough estimate of calories burned, is often incorrect or misleading.

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In UK court, 2 LulzSec hackers plead guilty to attacks on CIA, PBS, and News International

June 25, 2012 2:36 pm | by Rapheal Satter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two British hackers linked to the notorious Lulz Security group pleaded guilty to a slew of computer crimes Monday, the latest blow against online miscreants whose exploits have grabbed headlines and embarrassed governments around the world.

Super junction MOSFETs employ ultra-low on-state resistance for reverse recovery performance

June 25, 2012 1:27 pm | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation today announced the availability of three new super-junction MOSFETs.

T-Mobile USA to buy wireless spectrum rights from Verizon; contingent on Verizon-cable deal

June 25, 2012 9:55 am | by Peter Svensson, Technology Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA says it has agreed to buy wireless spectrum rights from Verizon Wireless and swap other spectrum holdings with the company, bolstering the ability of both to offer faster wireless data services.

Judge blocks Apple in Google smartphone war

June 25, 2012 9:43 am | by Dan Levine and Jessica Dye, Reuters | News | Comments

A U.S. judge on Friday ruled that Apple Inc cannot pursue an injunction against Google's Motorola Mobility unit, effectively ending a key case for the iPhone maker in the smartphone patent wars.

RIM considers splitting business in two: paper

June 25, 2012 9:41 am | by Kylie MacLellan, Reuters | News | Comments

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is considering splitting its business in two, separating its struggling handset manufacturing division from its messaging network, The Sunday Times reported.

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Lenovo shares hit 4-month low on concern over PC outlook

June 25, 2012 9:37 am | by Vikram Subhedar and Lee Chyen Yee, Reuters | News | Comments

Shares of Lenovo Group Ltd, the world's No.2 PC maker, fell by more than 6 percent to a more than four-month intraday low on market concern over the outlook for the PC market amid the global economic slowdown.

HP may cut up to 1,000 jobs in Germany: magazine

June 25, 2012 9:34 am | by Andreas Cremer, Reuters | News | Comments

Hewlett Packard, the world's largest personal computer maker, may cut as many as 1,000 jobs in Germany as part of planned European-wide redundancies, WirtschaftsWoche reported, citing an unnamed staff representative.

Samsung expects Galaxy S III sales to hit 10 million in July even as demand outpaces supply

June 25, 2012 9:00 am | by Youkyung Lee, Technology Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., the world's top mobile phone maker, said Monday it expects global sales of the latest Galaxy smartphone to surpass 10 million in July even as it struggles to keep up with demand because of component shortages.

Japan rivals Sony, Panasonic typing up in next-generation displays for TVs

June 25, 2012 8:47 am | by Yuri Kageyama, Business Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Long-time Japanese rivals Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. are working together to develop next-generation TV panels called OLEDs in a reversal of decades of rivalry as they try to catch up with South Korea's Samsung Electronics.

"Flame" can sabotage computers, attack Iran: expert

June 22, 2012 9:10 am | News | Comments

The powerful Flame computer virus is not only capable of espionage but it can also sabotage computer systems and likely was used to attack Iran in April, according to a leading security company, Symantec Corp.

6 must-have apps for a stress-free summer

June 22, 2012 8:51 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Between the heat, the busy weekends, and the school-free kids, summer can be more stressful than stress-free. Don’t worry, like every problem these days, there’s an app for that. For the sake of sanity, we’ve compiled a list of the best apps to keep your summer from feeling like a punishment. Nothing kills a day at the beach like an unexpected, hostile Facebook message from your mom...

Insight: Look, no hands! Augmented reality gets a grip

June 21, 2012 3:27 pm | by Harro Ten Wolde and Tarmo Virki | News | Comments

One day in March 2000, just days before the dot-com bubble began its journey back to earth, German engineer Thomas Alt first glimpsed the future of technology.

Rise of gadgets doubles costs of lightning damage

June 21, 2012 2:27 pm | News | Comments

The cost of insurance claims for lightning strikes nearly doubled between 2004 and 2011, even as the actual number of claims shrank dramatically, and an industry trade group says fancy new TVs and videogame consoles are to blame.

Why I won’t trade my iPad for a Windows tablet

June 21, 2012 9:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

When Microsoft announced their not-so-secret news that they were releasing a tablet on Monday, it didn’t really take anyone by surprise. It was only a matter of time before the big-name competitor delivered a platform for Windows 8. For the sake of full disclosure, I am an Apple fan(atic). I haven’t owned a non-mac computer in years—after watching every single Dell laptop crash in college...

Outlet outrage, peeping techs top travel peeves: survey

June 20, 2012 9:00 am | by By Joseph O'Leary, Reuters | News | Comments

American travelers don't want to leave home without their laptops and smartphones, fear the devices will be stolen, and suffer outlet outrage if they can't find somewhere to recharge them, according to a new survey released on Wednesday.

UK government report backs open access science publishing

June 20, 2012 8:57 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

The shift toward open access to publicly funded scientific research should be supported with an extra 50 million to 60 million pounds a year in public money, according to a UK government-commissioned report.

It's a bird...it's a plane...it's a Volkswagen!

June 19, 2012 4:39 pm | by Sara Cohen, Editorial Intern, WDD Magazine | Articles | Comments

The ‘People’s Car Project’ debuted in China last year, as an experimental website aimed at soliciting ideas for future car models from Chinese inhabitants. The site received 119,000 concept-based ideas from its 33 million hits. The project aims to bring the Chinese public- VW’s largest market- to the forefront of its design team, and help the German automaker develop the “Volkswagen model of the future.”

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