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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."

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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 Melrose.com, 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.

New device powers gadgets through walking

June 15, 2012 8:55 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

British scientists have built a novel device that converts body movement into electricity capable of powering small gadgets such as GPS trackers.

Microsoft to make 'major' announcement in Los Angeles; speculation ranges from tablets to Xbox

June 15, 2012 8:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is being secretive about a "major" announcement it plans to make in Los Angeles on Monday. The company invited media to an afternoon event, but it says it won't divulge the location until that morning. In an email, the company says, "This will be a major Microsoft announcement - you will not want to miss it."

Rugbeer: Tackling technology in advertising

June 15, 2012 8:45 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Have you ever had a vending machine eat your dollar while you stand, helpless, as it destroys your dream of a tasty afternoon snack? Honestly, who hasn’t wanted to tackle a vending machine at least once? Here’s your chance. Following in the footsteps of Coca-Cola’s Hug Machine, Ogilvy+Mather public relations has taken creative advertising to an entirely different level.

Movea is selected as technology partner for next-generation tennis racquet “Babolat Play & Connect”

June 14, 2012 10:29 am | News | Comments

Movea has been selected as technology partner by Babolat, the leading tennis equipment manufacturer, in a groundbreaking effort to develop the racquet of the future. The "Babolat Play & Connect" racquet will be the first-ever MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) technology enabled racquet with the built-in ability to gather and analyse game data and provide information...

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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.

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.

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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

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.

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.

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