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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.


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's a'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.”

Barnes & Noble sales light on Nook return

June 19, 2012 12:57 pm | by Brad Dorfman, Reuters | News | Comments

Barnes & Noble Inc reported lower-than-expected quarterly sales, hurt by discounts as its Nook e-reader business competes with's Kindle franchise.

Pearl raises cash, leads move to paid answers

June 19, 2012 12:55 pm | by Sarah McBride, Reuters | News | Comments, a business-oriented question-and-answer service, raises $25 million in a new funding round led by Glynn Capital, with participation from brokerage mogul Charles Schwab, lawyer Larry Sonsini and others.

Kodak sues Apple, claiming interference in patent sales

June 19, 2012 12:45 pm | by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters | News | Comments

Photography pioneer Eastman Kodak Co sued Apple Inc to stop it from interfering with plans to sell a large patent portfolio, a significant part of its bankruptcy restructuring. users will translate web as they learn a new language

June 19, 2012 11:52 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Users of a new, free website,, will help tackle the gargantuan task of translating the Web even as they learn a new language.

Pizza vending machines coming to the U.S.

June 19, 2012 11:40 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

When my stomach’s rumbling at the mall, airport, or hospital, and I’ve got a hankering for doughy, cheesy goodness, I want my pizza now. Not in the 20 minutes it takes to cook a frozen pie or the apocryphal 30-minutes-or-less delivery nonsense. I want it now. Right now. A1 Concepts will rescue my taste buds (and impatience) when it brings pizza vending machines to the U.S. later this year.

Microcontrollers feature ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, tout energy efficiency

June 19, 2012 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor is offering alpha samples of its Kinetis L Series microcontrollers (MCUs) built on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor. These MCUs offer the opportunity for users of legacy 8- and 16-bit architectures to migrate to 32-bit platforms and bring

Verizon raises FiOS bills, adds higher Web speeds

June 19, 2012 9:46 am | by Sinead Carew and Yinka Adegoke, Reuters | News | Comments

Verizon Communications is raising prices for some FiOS customers as it offers higher speeds, a move that one analyst says will potentially lead to higher prices from cable rivals such as Cablevision Systems Corp.

Apple supplier Imagination hit by competition fears

June 19, 2012 9:42 am | by Paul Sandle, Reuters | News | Comments

Booming sales of Apple's iPhones and iPads were not enough to ease concerns on Tuesday that British supplier Imagination Technologies is overly reliant on one customer as rival smartphone and tablet companies snap at the U.S. giant's heels.

Robots get a feel for the world at USC Viterbi

June 19, 2012 9:20 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Robots equipped with tactile sensor able to identify materials through touch, paving the way for more useful prostheses.

Spotify jumps into free online radio with mobile offering; joins Pandora, Slacker, Songza

June 19, 2012 8:54 am | by Ryan Nakashima, Business Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The music-subscription company Spotify is joining Pandora, Slacker and Songza in offering a free radio service for mobile devices in the U.S.

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