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Look What’s Coming to Dinner

August 21, 2014 10:40 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I went to lunch with a friend; it was a chance to catch up and treat our daughters. Before we sat down, the girls noticed the kiosk at our table and instantly started playing games. They assured us that nothing popped up on the screen concerning charges, so we allowed them to continue playing whatever word game caught their attention...

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A Magna Carta for the Web

August 21, 2014 4:32 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralizing corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces. It’s up to users to fight for the right to access and openness. The question is, What kind of Internet do we want? ...

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Hacking Gmail with 92 Percent Success

August 21, 2014 4:16 pm | by University of California, Riverside | News | Comments

A team of researchers have identified a weakness believed to exist in Android, Windows and iOS mobile operating systems that could be used to obtain personal information from unsuspecting users. They demonstrated the hack in an Android phone. The researchers tested the method and found it was successful...

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Europe Launches 2 Navigation Satellites

August 21, 2014 4:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Arianespace has signed a deal with the European Space Agency to deploy 12 satellites and help speed up the creation of the European Union's Galileo navigation system. Arianespace said in a statement late Wednesday that it will use three launch vehicles capable of carrying four satellites each...

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Scientists Uncover Clues to Role of Magnetism in Iron-Based Superconductors

August 21, 2014 3:57 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

New measurements of atomic-scale magnetic behavior in iron-based superconductors by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University are challenging conventional wisdom about superconductivity and magnetism. The study published in Advanced Materials provides experimental evidence...

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Laser Device May End Pin Pricks

August 21, 2014 3:47 pm | by Princeton University, Engineering School | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow diabetics to check their condition without pricking themselves to draw blood. "We are working hard to turn engineering solutions into useful tools..."

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Apple Bounces Back to Hit a New High

August 21, 2014 3:24 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs. The milestone represents a dramatic ...

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Engineering Newswire 104: Giant Darts to Probe Mars for Signs of Life

August 21, 2014 3:12 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re creating the future of armored vehicles, waging robot wars, and throwing giant penetrator probes at Mars ...                

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Delivery by Drone

August 21, 2014 3:05 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

New algorithm lets drones monitor their own health during long package-delivery missions. In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of flying robots might serve...

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Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder

August 21, 2014 3:01 pm | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

The smart phone has changed our behavior, sometimes for the better as we are now able to connect and engage with many more people than ever before, sometimes for the worse in that we may have become over-reliant on the connectivity with the outside world that these devices afford us...

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Robots Helping to Heal Sick Children

August 21, 2014 10:38 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Children love robots. In all shapes, sizes, "personalities" and "smarts," these electronic wonders have been found under Christmas trees by kids and unwrapped on birthdays for years. The gift of space-inspired robotics now goes beyond toys. They are lending a helping arm...

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Parks Service Bans Drones Over Appalachian Trail

August 21, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail. The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands. The ban takes effect immediately and lasts...

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Photo of the Day: Big Guys of the Information Technology World

August 21, 2014 10:01 am | by Quartsoft | News | Comments

There are less than 20 companies in the IT industry that are as big as suns with powerful gravitation making thousands of smaller businesses rotate around them. QuartSoft could not help honoring giant IT companies that made it possible for us to be a part of the informational technology world...

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Silicon Labs’ Low Jitter Clock Family

August 20, 2014 5:31 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs has introduced its next-generation Si534x “clock-tree-on-a-chip” portfolio, which includes high-performance clock generators and highly integrated multi-PLL jitter attenuators. These single-chip, ultra-low-jitter timing devices combine clock synthesis and jitter attenuation functionality to reduce...         

Chip Maker Infineon to Buy California Firm for $3B

August 20, 2014 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG says it has agreed to pay $3 billion in cash for California-based semiconductor firm International Rectifier, which produces power-management components used in everything from cars to satellites. Infineon said in Wednesday's announcement that it's paying $40 per share...

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