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Maths Helps Mobiles & Tablets Match Eyes' Ability to Switch From Sunshine to Shadow

December 5, 2012 6:04 am | Comments

Researchers have pushed the boundaries of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video to match our own eyes’ ability to cope with the real world's ever rapidly changing light intensity - such as sun simply going behind clouds. Now researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick, have found a way to compress and stream HDR video directly to monitors and mobile devices, such as an iPad, bringing enormous benefits to industries including gaming and security.

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The Year in Cybersecurity: Malware, Social Media and Web Exploits

December 5, 2012 6:02 am | Comments

This was the year of malware. In particular, according to the latest Sophos annnual report on cybersecurity, the year that's coming to a close saw a resurgence of web malware, and 80% of attacks on the web came in the form or redirects from legitimate sites infiltrated with malicious code. At the same time, the report warns, cybersecurity is not just about the desktop computer or Windows anymore.

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Can E-Books and Libraries Coexist?

December 5, 2012 6:00 am | Comments

Print -- literature, journalism, you name it -- has experienced an extended obituary over the last decade, alongside the rise of digital media. But a recent Pew study found that even as sales of e-readers like Nook and Kindle grow swiftly, young people still frequent libraries more than you might think, and print books remain popular.

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12 Entrepreneurs Share Advice on Incubators

December 5, 2012 5:57 am | Comments

An incubator is an opportunity for company founders to take an idea out of the confines of reality -- to put it in boot camp, so to speak, and plug it with resources to achieve growth that could not otherwise be generated. These resources include mentorship, access to top talent and time set aside to work solely on their company.

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Has Facebook Found Its Next Instagram?

December 4, 2012 4:27 am | Comments

Facebook may have found its next big acquisition. The social networking company is said to be interested in buying WhatsApp, a popular mobile messaging service for iPhones, Androids and other smartphones, according to a recent report in TechCrunch   citing "sources close to the matter.

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Teardown Reveals Some New iMacs Are Assembled in the U.S.

December 4, 2012 4:21 am | Comments

  As is customary with all new Apple gadgets, the folks from iFixit have torn the new, super-thin 21.5-inch iMac to bits. This time, however, the most interesting detail from the teardown was not found inside the device but etched into its casing -- a sign saying "Assembled in USA".

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This iPhone Setting Can Make Beats Headphones Sound Better

December 4, 2012 4:13 am | Comments

  Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones were selling for rock-bottom prices on Black Friday -- we even saw a pair of these once-overpriced headphones, which originally sold for $350, for $115. But headphone purists are dismayed at the sound of these flashy cans, mocking their powerful bass as overpowering and artificial.

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Scientists Develop Light Bulb of the Future

December 4, 2012 4:03 am | Comments

Scientists have developed an entirely new light bulb that could potentially replace the typical buzzing, fluorescent lights in offices and commercial spaces. The team at Wake Forest University said on Monday it has created a lighting solution twice as efficient as traditional fluorescent bulbs that don't shatter, flicker or hum.

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Cellphone Addiction May Be Contagious

December 4, 2012 3:58 am | by According to a new study conducted by the University of Michigan, people are more likely to pull out their phone when someone around them does the same. | Comments

Think you’re addicited to your smartphone? Turns out that cellphone addiction might be contagious. In the study, researchers watched groups of students, documenting their cellphone use every 10 seconds. Overall, students were on their phones 24% of the time they spent with a friend, and were 39.

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Texting Turns 20: The History of SMS

December 4, 2012 3:53 am | by The first SMS was sent in 1992 by Neil Papworth. He sent the message “Merry Christmas” from his personal computer to his friend Richard Jarvis' Orbitel 901 handset over the Vodafone GSM network. | Comments

The text message was first commercially deployed a year later, in 1993, and after a relatively slow start is now one of the most popular ways for people to communicate with one another. Text messages are used for companies to send news to subscribers, as a way to enter contests, and were even used as a way to campaign during this year’s political election .

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Hands-On With the World-Changing $40 Tablet

November 30, 2012 6:29 am | Comments

The Aakash2 , the second generation of the monumental, ultra-cheap tablet from Indian manufacturer DataWind, arrived in the U.S. Wednesday, with a welcome at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. DataWind is hoping to prove to the tech and development communities that the $40 Aakash2 is faster than its predecessor, the original Aakash , which was much-criticized for its glacial processor.

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Augmented Light Bulb Turns Desk Into a Touchscreen

November 30, 2012 6:25 am | Comments

Powerful computers are becoming small and cheap enough to cram into all sorts of everyday objects. Natan Linder , a student at MIT’s Media Lab, thinks that fitting one inside a light bulb socket, together with a camera and projector, could provide a revolutionary new kind of interface—by turning any table or desk into a simple touchscreen.

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Email Snooping Bill Paves Way for Netflix Sharing

November 30, 2012 6:21 am | Comments

In a twist of legislative bureaucracy, a measure to beef up email privacy might have the side effect of letting your Facebook friends see all the videos you’ve been watching — with your blanket approval. The Senate Judiciary Committee today (Nov. 29) unanimously voted to pass an amendment that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before reading emails, Facebook messages and other electronic communications.

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Apple’s Ultra-Thin iMacs Now Available Online

November 30, 2012 6:19 am | Comments

Apple ‘s new, super-slim iMacs are now available for order on the company’s online store. If you want one fast, though, you’ll be better off ordering the smaller 21.5-inch model, which ships in one to three days. Shipping time for other configurations is seven to ten days. The 27-inch variant ships in two to three weeks, regardless of the configuration.

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Apps That Keep You From Getting Lost in Translation

November 30, 2012 6:17 am | Comments

When I was 16, I spent a summer studying Spanish in Spain. Armed with a pocket-sized Spanish-English electronic dictionary—high-tech at the time— I stumbled through the country. Now language translation apps for smartphones can do much, much more than that old plastic device with the rubbery buttons and one-line display.

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