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Emotion drives customers to use smartphones with bigger screens

June 4, 2014 11:27 am | by Penn State University | News | Comments

Bigger smartphone screen size may be better for more than just practical reasons, according to researchers. Participants in a study on smartphones indicated that emotional reasons might influence their decision to buy smartphones with bigger screens even more than practical ones,

App measures stress and offers coping techniques

June 4, 2014 11:23 am | by UCSD Jacobs: School of Engineering | News | Comments

Computer scientists at Microsoft Research and the University of California, San Diego have developed a system that combines a mobile application and sensor to detect stress in parents and delivers research-based strategies to help decrease that stress during emotionally charged interactions with their children. The system was initially tested on a small group of parents of children with ADHD.

German museum shows live replica of van Gogh's ear

June 4, 2014 9:17 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A German museum has put on display a copy of Vincent van Gogh's ear that was grown using genetic material provided by one of the 19th-century Dutch artist's living relatives. The Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe said artist Diemut Strebe made the replica using living cells from Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent's brother Theo.

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Man gets 3 months for smuggling dinosaur skeleton

June 4, 2014 9:14 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A Virginia fossils dealer was sentenced Tuesday to three months in prison even after a prosecutor described his cooperation with law enforcement in heroic terms, saying he enabled more than 18 largely complete dinosaur fossils to be located, enough for Mongolia to open its first dinosaur museum.

Instagram vamps up photo editing tools

June 4, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The photo sharing app Instagram is adding editing tools that go beyond the vintage-looking filters that made it popular. The Facebook-owned app said in a blog post Tuesday that users will be able to adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation and other features of photos they take with their smartphones.

AT&T says DirecTV deal would let it build fiber

June 4, 2014 9:08 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP | News | Comments

In an attempt to curry favor with regulators, AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that if it's allowed to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV, it will be able to afford an expansion of fiber connections into more homes to boost their Internet connection speeds.

Judge dismisses lawsuit over NSA cellphone data

June 4, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit an Idaho woman filed against President Barack Obama and other federal officials over the National Security Agency's collection of cellphone information. U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill ruled Tuesday that under current U.S. Supreme Court precedents, the NSA's collection of cellphone data doesn't violate the Fourth Amendment's prohibition of unreasonable searches.

Volume of encrypted email rising amid spying fears

June 4, 2014 9:07 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops. Google and other companies are now automatically encrypting all email, but that doesn't ensure confidentiality unless the recipients' email provider also adopts the technology.

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HD audio CODEC integrates Class-D amplifier

June 3, 2014 12:02 pm | Conexant Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Conexant Systems Inc. (Irvine, CA) announced the CX20952, a new HD Audio CODEC that enables high quality audio on computers and tablets with low power consumption, two cap-free headphone amplifiers, and a fully-integrated Class-D amplifier.

Toxic computer waste in the developing world

June 3, 2014 11:52 am | by Inderscience Publishers - Eurekalert! | News | Comments

As the developing world continues to develop, standards of living and access to technology increases. Unfortunately, as personal computers, laptops and mobile phones become increasingly common so the problem of recycling and disposal of such devices when they become technologically obsolete rises too, according to research published in the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management.

Prototype electrolyte sensor to provide immediate read-outs

June 3, 2014 11:51 am | by DOE/Sandia National Laboratories - Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Patients trying to navigate today's complex medical system with its costly laboratory analyses might prefer a pain-free home diagnostic device, worn on the wrist, that can analyze, continuously record and immediately remedy low electrolyte levels.

New Apple Mac, mobile features coming this fall

June 3, 2014 9:09 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's Mac operating system will have easier ways to share and search, while the iOS software for iPhones and iPads is getting new features for keeping tabs on your health and controlling home devices. Apple executive Craig Federighi said data from various fitness-related devices now live in silos, so you can't get a comprehensive picture of your health. He said that will change with HealthKit in iOS 8.

Apple expands into health, home with new software

June 3, 2014 9:07 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people's increasingly digital lives. The new tools for tracking health and controlling household appliances are part of updated operating systems that Apple unveiled Monday in San Francisco at its 25th annual conference for application developers.

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3D-printing a better blood vessel

June 2, 2014 2:58 pm | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

Boston, MA – The tangled highway of blood vessels that twists and turns inside our bodies, delivering essential nutrients and disposing of hazardous waste to keep our organs working properly has been a conundrum for scientists trying to make artificial vessels from scratch. Now a team from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) has made headway in fabricating blood vessels using a three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting technique.

Breakthrough in energy storage: Electrical cables that can store energy

June 2, 2014 2:43 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Imagine being able to carry all the juice you needed to power your MP3 player, smartphone and electric car in the fabric of your jacket? Sounds like science fiction, but it may become a reality thanks to breakthrough technology developed at a University of Central Florida research lab.

Proposed $40 million settlement set for players

June 2, 2014 10:44 am | by TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

A $40 million settlement has been completed that will pay college football and basketball players dating to 2003 for the use of their likenesses in NCAA-branded videogames. The payouts could go to more than 100,000 athletes, including some current players, who were either on college rosters or had their images used in videogames made by Electronic Arts featuring college teams.

Publishers, public meet at BookExpo

June 2, 2014 10:42 am | News | Comments

Publishers and the public met this weekend at BookExpo America, the annual industry convention, and seemed to speak in different languages. If you were part of the book business, "Amazon" was a dirty word and "Hachette" an applause line as editors, booksellers, writers and agents pondered, fretted...

Obama carbon rule gives states more time to comply

June 2, 2014 10:39 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO and JOSH LEDERMAN, AP | News | Comments

In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday that cuts carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, but pushes the deadline for some states to comply until long after President Barack Obama leaves office.

Apple will try to defy skeptics at Monday showcase

June 2, 2014 10:36 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple has spent most of this year promising to defy the skeptics who believe the iPhone and iPad maker lost its ingenuity when Steve Jobs died in 2011. This week should provide a better sense of whether Apple is heading down promising new avenues of growth or whether it's still wandering aimlessly around well-trod territory in search of another breakthrough.

Uninterruptible power supply usage in harsh environments

May 30, 2014 11:49 am | by Michael A. Stout, VP of Engineering, Falcon Electric, Inc., www.FalconUPS.com | Articles | Comments

Today’s microprocessor-based electronics can be found in just about everything in the home. Inside the dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, television, telephone and a myriad of other devices including home computers. Shortly after the introduction of home computers, the demand for low cost uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) significantly increased....

Can this wind turbine reduce your energy bill by half?

May 30, 2014 8:43 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Two of the issues that come up frequently when discussing wind energy options are the noise and the actual output of the turbine. The noise issue is more of a problem for big turbines, that may look majestic from far away, when you live nearby they can make a bit of noise.

Solution aims to transform audio jack into multi-purpose, self-powered data port

May 29, 2014 9:25 am | Nxp Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Eindhoven, Netherlands) announced a new Smartphone Quick-Jack Solution that is said to simplify connecting a variety of external devices to smartphones for self-powered data communications. Adapting the standard 3.5-mm audio jack found on smartphones…

Creating "smartphone-like” user interfaces in resource-limited embedded graphics applications

May 29, 2014 7:33 am | by Paolo Tamayo, Principal Applications Engineer, Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Articles | Comments

I blame the smart phones! Everyone now expects to see “smartphone-like” user interfaces in everything that has a display. Coffee makers, security systems and thermostat panels are just a few of the examples where you will see integrated colored screens....

iPhone case military drop-tested and editor-approved

May 28, 2014 3:36 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Like most people, I can be a tad … careless with my baby, aka, my iPhone 4S, but I can’t imagine life without it. Amazing that I grew up without the newfangled idea of portable phones. So finding suitable protection for what can only be described as my lifeblood is a top priority....

Watch kids react to old computers

May 28, 2014 1:26 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

On the order of cheesy, manipulative internet memes, watching children befuddled by legacy technology ranks just above cat videos and duckfaces. And here’s another one. And let’s face it: Kids these days are spoiled. Kids are lucky to live in such an advanced technological age....

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