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Verizon to ditch most phone plans, introduce plans 'shared' among family members, devices

June 12, 2012 8:47 am | by Peter Svemsson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest cellphone company, is dropping nearly all of its phone plans in favor of pricing schemes that allow consumers to share data usage among up to ten phones and other devices.

Insight: Google goes softly-softly on European antitrust

June 11, 2012 4:32 pm | by Sebastian Moffett | News | Comments

Despite the EU being a more promising arena for antitrust business than the United States, Google faces a four-billion-dollar fine.

Apple integrates Facebook into iPhone software, makes 'Siri' smarter

June 11, 2012 4:18 pm | by Michael Liedtke and Peter Svensson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fresh off a disappointing initial public offering, Facebook is getting a big boost from Apple, which is building the social network deep into its iPhone and iPad software.

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Ubisoft confident on big Wii U bet

June 11, 2012 3:40 pm | by Malathi Nayak and Liana B. Baker | News | Comments

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot hopes Nintendo's upcoming Wii U will be the first of a line-up of new consoles that will give the video game industry a boost and help reverse the French company's waning fortunes.

Apple Live: Cook kicks off Apple's annual developers show in San Francisco

June 11, 2012 1:48 pm | News | Comments

Apple held its annual conference for software developers on Monday to unveil new iPhone software and updated Mac computers, as well as detail future Mac software.

Moving money by cellphone: US-backed effort that bypasses banks starts slowly in Haiti

June 11, 2012 1:35 pm | by Trenton Daniel | News | Comments

In further attempts to rebuild Haiti, the U.S. government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are giving aid to make money transfers available via cell phone in Haiti.  Haitian reception, however, has been lukewarm towards the costly enterprise.

Independent bookstores embrace digital publishing with 'espresso' book machine

June 11, 2012 1:11 pm | by Stacy A. Anderson | News | Comments

With e-readers reducing the print market, the Espresso Book Machine is helping bookstores draw in more clients by providing ease and affordability for those looking to publish their own works, foreign titles, and out of print books.

The future of automotive safety: Cars that talk to each other to prevent crashes

June 11, 2012 1:00 pm | by Joan Lowy | News | Comments

As a safety demonstration, it was a heart-stopper: A Ford Taurus was seconds away from cruising through an intersection when suddenly a row of red lights pulsed on the lower windshield and a warning blared that another car was approaching fast on the cross street. Braking quickly, the driver stopped just as the second car, previously unseen behind a large parked truck, barreled through a red light and across the Ford's path.

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Robotics helps us become more competitive

June 11, 2012 11:58 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The event, "RoboCity12: Robots para los ciudadanos" (Robots for the people), hosted by the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales (School of Industrial Engineering - ETSII) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), gathered nearly 40 robots "made in Spain" for two days. The objective was to present the most recent advances in robotics that have been developed in the Community of Madrid, as well as the main innovations that have appeared on the national and international scenes.

Google, author body end spat on internet books

June 11, 2012 9:48 am | News | Comments

Internet search provider Google and authors group Society Men of Letters of France (SGDL) have reached an agreement that ends a dispute dating back to 2006 over the publishing of snippets of books on the internet. The deal puts an end to an appeal procedure, the two groups wrote in a joint statement on Monday.

Apple's war with Google heats up

June 11, 2012 9:12 am | by Poornima Gupta, Reuters | News | Comments

When Apple Inc kicks off its annual conference for software developers on Monday, all the power players in the Apple universe will be on hand, save the one that is in many ways driving the agenda: Google Inc.

New app allows sharing of mobile Internet access

June 11, 2012 9:10 am | by Natasha Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

Traveling and looking for Internet access? A new smartphone app allows users to share mobile Web access for free with other people nearby who have the same app.

In Canada's version of Silicon Valley, angst as iconic BlackBerry suddenly looks outmoded

June 11, 2012 9:08 am | by Rob Gillias, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama couldn't bear to part with his BlackBerry. Oprah Winfrey declared it one of her "favorite things." It could be so addictive that it was nicknamed "the CrackBerry.

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Is ur #MD 2 square? Some doctors defy 'technophobe' image, tweeting and texting with patients

June 11, 2012 9:07 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Is your doctor a technophobe? Increasingly, the answer may be no. There's a stereotype that says doctors shun technology that might threaten patients' privacy and their own pocketbooks. But a new breed of physicians is texting health messages to patients, tracking disease trends on Twitter, identifying medical problems on Facebook pages and communicating with patients through email.

Integrated sensor solution serves portable devices based on the Windows 8 OS

June 8, 2012 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor announced its support of Microsoft® Windows® 8 sensor requirements with a fully enabled 12-axis sensor development reference platform.

Barnes & Noble says e-books settlement hurts public

June 8, 2012 11:08 am | by Phil Wahba, Reuters | News | Comments

Barnes & Noble has objected to the U.S. government's proposed settlement of its price-fixing lawsuit against top publishers, saying it would harm book sellers and "millions and millions" of book buyers. The top U.S. bookstore chain, which has been battling with Amazon.com in the growing e-books market...

Hybrid "ultrabooks" blur line between tablets, laptops

June 8, 2012 11:04 am | by Lee Chyen Yee and Clare Jim, Reuters | News | Comments

Slide it, flip it or snap it on and off. The way keyboards are connected to touch screens on the latest generation of computing devices is making it tough to differentiate a tablet from notebook or an ultrabook. Microsoft Corp, which has long been the dominant force in PCs but has fallen far behind in the tablet race, is set to unveil its Windows 8 operating system later this year...

Inductors target consumer, industrial power applications

June 8, 2012 10:00 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has expanded its line of thin film, multi-layer organic (MLO), and broadband wire-wound conical inductors to include a new series of shielded and non-shielded SMD power inductors.  Designated the Lmax series, these inductors feature

5 reasons every subway needs Wi-Fi

June 8, 2012 9:38 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s tough to imagine in the 21st century: a musty, dimly-lit, underground tunnel — crammed full of people — that’s essentially a black hole of wireless signals. Behold the glory of the NYC subway system.

From AT&T to Virgin Mobile: A look at how iPhone availability has expanded in the US

June 7, 2012 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Since Verizon Wireless broke AT&T's exclusive grip on the iPhone last year, several other phone carriers now offer Apple's popular smartphone. Here's a look at how iPhone availability has expanded in the U.S.:

Weizmann Institute solar technology to convert greenhouse gas into fuel

June 7, 2012 10:12 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Australian venture will use solar technology developed at the Weizmann Institute of Science to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of brown coal. The venture has been recently launched in Israel by NewCO2Fuels Ltd., a subsidiary of the Australian company Greenearth Energy Ltd., which has acquired an exclusive worldwide license for the solar technology from Yeda, the Weizmann Institute's technology transfer arm.

Virgin Mobile gets prepaid iPhone, starting at $549 for phone, $30 per month for service

June 7, 2012 9:22 am | by Peter Svemsson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virgin Mobile, one of Sprint's brands for prepaid, no-contract phone service, said Thursday it will start selling the iPhone on June 29, charging $549 for a basic model.

Less time commuting, less time polluting

June 6, 2012 4:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

If you’ve ever commuted, at some point you’ve probably felt like you’re spending more time stuck in traffic than at your desk. A team of students in Germany is trying to shorten your commute, and limit the amount of emissions released into the atmosphere by your car while you’re stuck in traffic. The project, called Greenway, is a GPS with the ability to access a cloud containing real-time traffic information.

Google deploying planes over cities for 3D maps

June 6, 2012 3:14 pm | by By Alexei Oreskovic | News | Comments

Google Inc is deploying a fleet of small, camera-equipped airplanes above several cities, the Internet search company's latest step in its ambitious and sometimes controversial plan to create a photo-based map of the world.

Australian defense minister off-line in China to avoid cyber spying: media

June 6, 2012 8:51 am | by Maggie Lu Yueyang, Reuters | News | Comments

Australia's Defense Minister Stephen Smith left his laptop and mobile phone in Hong Kong to avoid cyber espionage in mainland China where he will attend bilateral defense minister talks on Wednesday, Australian media reported.

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