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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.

Advertisement 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.

For Microsoft, promise of tablets has always been greater than reality

June 19, 2012 8:45 am | by Peter Svensson, Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

For decades, the tablet computer was like a mirage in the technology industry: a great idea, seemingly reachable on the horizon, that disappointed as hopeful companies got closer. Microsoft has experienced this cycle of hope and disappointment many times.

Proximity and ambient light optical sensor features .8mm height

June 18, 2012 3:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced a fully integrated proximity and ambient light optical sensor, the VCNL4020, which includes an IR emitter, a photo-pin-diode for proximity, a signal processing IC and a 16-bit ADC.

Facebook to buy facial-recognition startup

June 18, 2012 1:49 pm | by Alexei Oreskovic, Reuters | News | Comments

Facebook Inc agreed to acquire, the company that currently provides facial-recognition technology used by the world's largest social network to help users identify and tag photos.


NTT Docomo backs Silicon Valley photo-sharing startup

June 18, 2012 1:06 pm | by Poornima Gupta, Reuters | News | Comments

Japanese mobile phone operator NTT Docomo Inc's venture arm has taken a stake in Silicon Valley startup Cooliris, which recently sold one of its divisions to another Asian carrier, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd.

Six-axis sensor integrates accelerometer and magnetometer, targets mobile devices

June 18, 2012 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale introduced an Xtrinsic six-axis sensor that combines high resolution motion sensing and heading technology with an accelerometer and a magnetometer in a single package. The new Xtrinsic FXOS8700CQ sensor is optimized for mobile applications, including

New Songza iPad app curates music to suit your mood

June 18, 2012 11:29 am | by Natasha Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

Songza launched its iPad app, with a "music concierge" feature, which streams music tailored to your current situation and mood.

Colored split loom highly flexible, kick resistant

June 18, 2012 11:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Micro Plastics’ has added COLOR to their Polyethylene and Nylon lines of wire routing split loom. To satisfy customer demand, they now offer all sizes of their Nylon Split Loom in orange, to accommodate applications where identification is critical to safety.

Vodafone gets go-ahead for $1.6 billion takeover of CWW

June 18, 2012 11:15 am | by Paul Sandle, Reuters | News | Comments

Mobile phone group Vodafone's 1.04 billion-pound ($1.6 billion) agreed offer for Cable & Wireless Worldwide looked certain to succeed on Monday after the British fixed line network operator's biggest shareholder dropped its opposition.

Kickstarter: Helpful website or project killer?

June 18, 2012 10:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It seems innovative technology often gets stuck in the dark chasm that exists between a great idea and a final product. Between skyrocketing production costs, the difficulties of marketing on a limited budget, and unexpected hiccups, some projects never get off the ground. Kickstarter, a crowd-sourced funding website where inventors raise enough to manufacture their product, seems like the perfect solution to technological limbo.

Celestica to end manufacturing services for RIM

June 18, 2012 9:13 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Celestica Inc, a contract electronics manufacturer, said it will wind down its manufacturing services for BlackBerry maker Research in Motion over the next three to six months.

FCC may take up issue of cell phone radiation

June 18, 2012 9:10 am | by Julie Steenhuysen and Jasmin Melvin, Reuters | News | Comments

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is asking for a review of the agency's stance on radiofrequency energy emitted from cell phones amid lingering concerns that the devices may cause brain tumors.

Google: Government requests to censor content "alarming"

June 18, 2012 9:05 am | by Claire Davenport, Reuters | News | Comments

Google has received more than 1,000 requests from authorities to take down content from its search results or YouTube video in the last six months of 2011, the company said on Monday, denouncing what it said was an alarming trend.

Talk of Microsoft tablet resurfaces

June 18, 2012 9:00 am | by Bill Rigby, Reuters | News | Comments

Speculations that Microsoft will unveil a tablet continue as Microsoft prepares to make a major announcement after the close of the market on Monday.

Phones gain ability to learn by touching tags, other phones

June 18, 2012 8:49 am | by Peter Svensson, Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphones set to be released this month by Samsung and Sony will be able to learn things when you touch them to pre-programmed "tags."

Retailers feast on free Facebook tools, shun ads

June 15, 2012 8:56 am | by Alistair Barr, Reuters | News | Comments

Krishan Agarwal, president of online luxury watch vendor, told a roomful of attentive Internet retailers last week how Facebook had helped his company generate about 25 percent more sales in two years. Then he dropped a bombshell: Melrose spent less than $1,500 on Facebook ads during that time. Everything else the company did with Facebook was free.

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