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European Commission wades into global tech patents war

December 20, 2012 12:10 pm | by Ethan Bilby, Reuters | News | Comments

EU regulators are poised to accuse Samsung of breaking competition rules in filing patent lawsuits against rival Apple, in the EU's first formal challenge to the consumer electronic industry's patent wars. "We will issue a statement of objections very soon," the European Union's competition chief Joaquin Almunia said on Thursday, referring to the Commission's charge sheet.

Telenor warns Europe falling behind U.S. in telecoms

December 20, 2012 12:08 pm | by Balazs Koranyi and Joachim Dagenborg, Reuters | News | Comments

Europe has fallen behind the United States in mobile telephone network development because its regulatory framework is fragmented and does not provide incentives for investment, the head of Norwegian telecoms group Telenor told Reuters.

New material for stretchy electronics inspired by nature

December 12, 2012 12:13 pm | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

Scientists in Switzerland have come up with a material mimicking the way tendons connect to bones, which could speed the development of stretchy, wearable electronic devices. The stretchable electronics industry is in its infancy but devices that are able to flex without breaking could revolutionize devices from smartphones and solar cells to medical implants.


British astronomer Patrick Moore dies at 89

December 10, 2012 9:10 am | by GREGORY KATZ Associated Press | News | Comments

British astronomer and broadcaster Patrick Moore died Sunday, according to friends and colleagues. He was 89. He died at his home in the coastal town of Selsey in southern England, according to a statement released Sunday. No specific cause of death was given,

EU mulls more flexible online copyright law

December 6, 2012 1:46 pm | by Claire Davenport, Reuters | News | Comments

Internet users in Europe may be allowed to copy parts of some copyrighted files legally under reforms to outdated rules governing the murky world of online piracy, EU officials said on Wednesday. Entertainment and software companies, who say they are losing billions of dollars of revenues to pirates, have been lobbying the bloc....

UK dials up "virtual doctors" in big telehealth push

December 6, 2012 1:39 pm | by Ben Hirschler, Reuters | News | Comments

Shirley Silvers thinks the "virtual doctor" who monitors her chronic lung condition via mobile phone is wonderful. "It is like having my doctor sitting on my sofa," said the 64-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent in central England, explaining how her temperature, oxygen levels and sputum color - a barometer for infection - are now checked daily from home.

Swiss spy agency warns U.S., Britain about huge data leak

December 4, 2012 9:19 am | by Mark Hosenball, Reuters | News | Comments

Secret information on counter-terrorism shared by foreign governments may have been compromised by a massive data theft by a senior IT technician for the NDB, Switzerland's intelligence service, European national security sources said.

New body scanner offers virtual tape measure for online shopping

November 26, 2012 11:06 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

British researchers have come up with a new body scanning device that gives accurate measurements and could boost online clothes shopping. Shoppers are still nervous about ordering clothes online because they often do not fit and, some say, there will never be a substitute for trying something on....


France considers broad tax clampdown on web companies

November 18, 2012 8:24 pm | News | Comments

The French government is discussing how to tax internet companies such as Google and Amazon both at the national and international levels, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Ultra-low noise mixed-signal chip improves performance in Siemens X-ray computed tomography scanner

November 14, 2012 10:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

ams announced that it is supplying a highly integrated ASIC which enables a new Siemens photo-detector module for computer tomography (CT) to deliver higher resolution images at lower X-ray dosages. The ams ASIC, which is part of Siemens’ new Stellar CT photo-detector module, captures and digitizes images of a patient’s body.

EU: Spain, Italy putting EU emissions cuts at risk

October 24, 2012 9:08 am | by KARL RITTER and JAN M. OLSEN Associated Press | News | Comments

Debt-ridden Spain and Italy could hinder the European Union from achieving its goal of cutting greenhouse emissions under an international climate pact, the EU's environmental agency said Wednesday. The EU considers itself at the forefront of the fight against climate change and as a bloc it's on track to meet its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol,

Apple Loses Appeal in Tablet Patent Dispute With Samsung

October 18, 2012 12:27 pm | by Stan Schroeder | News | Comments

Apple lost its appeal of a UK court’s ruling that Samsung did not copy the iPad with its Galaxy tablet, Reuters reports. In July, Britain’s High Court ruled in favor of Samsung, explaining that Samsung’s Galaxy tablet, despite certain similarities, is simply “not as cool.”    

Tech standards body diluting Web privacy: EU official

October 11, 2012 9:42 am | by Claire Davenport, Reuters | News | Comments

Internet standard-setters are watering down a tool that is supposed to help Web users hide their data from companies, the EU's Internet chief, Neelie Kroes, will say on Thursday. When a Web user 'likes' something on Facebook or reads an online newspaper, a dozen or more companies are squirreling away data on their tastes, habits, gender and age.


Module designed for European utility meter industry

September 25, 2012 10:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced the market introduction of the ME70-169 wireless M-Bus module for the European utility meter industry. The new module operates on European license-free frequency of 169MHz allowing manufacturers to quickly integrate utility metering products which meet

Europe space agency eyes manned flights with China

September 12, 2012 8:47 am | by FRANK JORDANS Associated Press | News | Comments

European astronauts could hitch a ride into orbit aboard Chinese spacecraft before the end of the decade, a senior official at the European Space Agency said Tuesday. The head of ESA's human spaceflight division said his agency

EU says Microsoft pledged to meet antitrust requests on browsers

September 10, 2012 9:06 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Software giant Microsoft is ready to introduce measures that would address the European Union's antitrust concerns about users' ability to chose between different browsers, European Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Saturday.

Premier Farnell partners with Sony UK Technology Centre to manufacture the Raspberry Pi in the UK

September 6, 2012 4:55 pm | News | Comments

Premier Farnell has agreed to a multi-million pound deal with Sony UK Technology Centre (UKTec) that will see the revolutionary Raspberry Pi computer manufactured in the UK for the first time. This deal is a major coup for the UK manufacturing industry and represents a return home for the innovative British-designed Raspberry Pi...  

Smartphones see accelerated rise to dominance

August 30, 2012 10:26 am | News | Comments

Driven by increased demand from developed regions for high-end models, along with an unexpectedly strong push from emerging economies for lower-cost products, smartphones are expected to rise to account for the majority of global cellphone shipments in 2013 — two years earlier than previously predicted.

Germany hosting massive tech nerds party

August 23, 2012 8:37 am | Videos | Comments

Thousands of geeks and nerds have gathered at an unused airport in Berlin to hold their version of a summer festival. But the event may play an important role in driving future technology. From the AP report: Bringing together developers, designers, and businesspeople fosters intense brainstorming and networking.

Lab in the Wild asks: What's your Internet like?

August 6, 2012 2:36 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Cambridge, Mass – August 6, 2012 - One size fits all? Not on the Web. Users from different countries and cultures actually interact with information in different ways. To explore how people click and tap through the vast network of online offerings, a team of computer scientists from Harvard have launched the "Lab in the Wild".

Tech start-ups: the last refuge of Spanish optimism

August 6, 2012 8:53 am | by Clare Kane, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Half of Spain's youth are unemployed, and yet at the Wayra business start-up project on Madrid's majestic Gran Via avenue, young people buzz around an office chatting animatedly, typing furiously and holding up trails of wire and computer parts.

Enough with the Twitter Olympics

July 31, 2012 3:38 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s official, people: Twitter has taken over the Olympics. Yes, we all know about Ryan Loche and Michael Phelps. Even the Queen’s granddaughter (a silver medalist) is popping up in the Olympic news, but let’s focus on what’s important during this competition: Twitter. It seems for every story you read about the craziness of antiquated gymnastic rules and disappointing defeats, there is a story about Twitter.

Olympics fans find ways to circumvent NBC's online control

July 31, 2012 8:41 am | by Liana B. Baker and Yinka Adegoke, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - It took Jason Legate, a Walnut Creek, California-resident, all of 10 minutes to connect his computer to a London-based server and access BBC's coverage of the Olympics Saturday, thereby circumventing NBC's lock on coverage in the United States.

Don't tweet if you want TV, London fans told

July 30, 2012 9:23 am | by Avril Ormsby and Paul Sandle, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Sports fans attending the London Olympics were told on Sunday to avoid non-urgent text messages and tweets during events because overloading of data networks was affecting television coverage.

EU wants Google concessions for all platforms: sources

July 20, 2012 1:15 pm | by Foo Yun Chee, Reuters | News | Comments

EU regulators, investigating Google for alleged anti-competitive behavior, want the internet search giant to offer concessions that cover all platforms, including computers, tablets and mobile devices, two people familiar with the issue said on Friday.

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