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Ultrasound Can Now Monitor the Health of Your Car Engine

December 12, 2012 5:53 am | Comments

A system that uses ultrasound technology to look inside car engines could lead to more efficient engines – and huge fuel savings for motorists. Ultrasound scans have long been a fundamental tool in healthcare for looking inside the human body, but they have never before been put to use in testing the health of a modern combustion engine.

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Honey, Intel Shrunk the Mobile Processor

December 12, 2012 4:43 am | Comments

Intel will be ready to produce its next-generation mobile processors at high volumes in 2013, the company said at an industry conference yesterday. The new chips will use Intel's 22-nanometer technology, already present in current PCs and Macs. It's harder to integrate new chip tech in mobile processors because of their system-on-a-chip (SoC) nature, which includes things like RAM and graphics (those components are typically separated on a PC).

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MediaTek Launches Its First Quad-Core Processor

December 12, 2012 4:30 am | Comments

Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek announced its first quad-core SoC (System on chip) processor Tuesday, the first of its kind to hit the market. “Its not the first one announced, it’s the first one shipping, ” MediaTek spokesperson Finbarr Moynihan told Mashable during a demo of the new mobile processor earlier this week.

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Readers Prefer 'Print-Like' Newsreading Experience on Tablets

December 12, 2012 4:20 am | Comments

Young Americans may not buy many print newspapers, but they do enjoy a "print-like" reading experience. A joint survey of news consumers from the Pew Research Center and The Economist found that 60% of Americans under the age of 40 prefer a traditional, print-like news reading experience on tablets, free of interactive components like audio and video.

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Apple Reportedly Testing Early TV Set Designs

December 12, 2012 4:15 am | Comments

Apple is currently testing several TV set designs, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing unnamed sources from Apple's supply chain. The company is reportedly working with China's Hon Hai (better known as Foxconn) and Japan's Sharp on the design of the new television. This doesn't mean we'll see an Apple TV set very soon, though, as these prototypes are still far from hitting the market.

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Wahoo Bluetooth Scale Keeps Track of All Your Weigh-Ins

December 11, 2012 5:40 am | Comments

A Bluetooth-enabled scale is one of those gadgets you think you don't really need until you have one. With a wireless scale you can have your weight (and in some cases BMI and body fat percentage) sent to a private account associated with the scale where you can track your weight overtime.

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MiFi With Touchscreen is a Road Warrior's Dream

December 10, 2012 6:34 am | Comments

Meet the Novatel MiFi Liberate: the first mobile access point with a touchscreen, letting you configure it without connecting it to a computer. If you're not familiar with mobile access points, these handy gadgets allow you to hook up to the Internet via cellular networks. It's useful, often essential, if you're in an area that has no Wi-Fi.

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Why You Can Never Truly Delete Your Email

December 10, 2012 6:30 am | Comments

Think that clicking “delete” will actually delete your email? Think again. When a user “deletes” an email in the normal fashion, it becomes invisible to that user and is immediately a candidate to be overwritten. But until it is in fact overwritten, it exists. And it may persist longer on company servers.

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Best Buy Trims $50 Off iPhone

December 10, 2012 5:24 am | Comments

Holiday shoppers looking for an iPhone 5 or 4S can save some cash courtesy of a new sale at Best Buy. The retailer is currently discounting all the various flavors of the iPhone by $50 . That means the 16GB iPhone 5 is selling for $149.99, the 32GB for $249.99, and the 64GB for $349.99.

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Tiny Structure Gives Big Boost to Solar Power

December 10, 2012 4:55 am | Comments

Princeton researchers have found a simple and economic way to nearly triple the efficiency of organic solar cells, the cheap and flexible plastic devices that many scientists believe could be the future of solar power. The researchers, led by electrical engineer Stephen Chou , were able to increase the efficiency 175 percent by using a nanostructured "sandwich" of metal and plastic that collects and traps light.

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Point of Light

December 10, 2012 4:52 am | Comments

As technology advances, it tends to shrink. From cell phones to laptops—powered by increasingly faster and tinier processors—everything is getting thinner and sleeker. And now light beams are getting smaller, too. Engineers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have created a device that can focus light into a point just a few nanometers (billionths of a meter) across—an achievement they say may lead to next-generation applications in computing, communications, and imaging.

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SpaceX Poised to Enter Space Again With Two New Missions

December 10, 2012 4:46 am | Comments

While NASA is placed on the back burner due to U.S. President Barack Obama 's plan to cut the agency's planetary science funding , its private counterpart SpaceX has been green-lit to return to space. The United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center awarded two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV)-class missions to the company: DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory) and STP-2 (Space Test Program 2).

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Amazon Lowers Price of Kindle Fire HD 8.9 by $50 in One-Day Deal

December 10, 2012 4:42 am | by Amazon has lowered the price of its 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD by $50 in a special one-day deal. | Comments

The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD sports a 1920x1200 resolution screen, a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, a front facing HD camera and 16 or 32GB of storage memory. The standard price for the 16GB variant is $299. Though the deal is valid only today, it might end before the end of the day, as Amazon warns that quantities are limited.

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Transporter Provides Your Own Private Off-Cloud Storage for Sharing Files

December 10, 2012 4:39 am | Comments

Users of free cloud-storage providers, such as Dropbox , Google Drive and Apple iCloud , are often faced with file-size limitations and lack of privacy. What's more, upgrades typically require recurring fees. One Santa Clara, Calif.-based company is offering an alternative way to share, access and protect files.

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Should Schools Use RFID Chips to Track Students?

December 6, 2012 9:59 am | Comments

By Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor A few weeks ago, I came across an article on Slate talking about a school in Texas that had put RFID tags [ http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/10/11/rfid_tracking_texas_schools_force_kids_to_wear_electronic_chips.html ] in the student ID cards that everyone has to wear.

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