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Iran TV Shows off Allegedly Downed Israeli Drone

August 25, 2014 9:39 am | by Nasser Karimi, Associated Press | Comments

Iran's state TV on Monday broadcast footage purported to show an Israeli drone the country's Revolutionary Guard claimed to have shot down over the weekend near an Iranian nuclear site. The brief video, aired on the Arabic-language Al-Alam TV, shows what the channel says are parts of the drone...

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Dead Floppy Drive: Kenya Recycles Global E-Waste

August 25, 2014 12:42 am | by Corinne Chin, Associated Press | Comments

In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some of the estimated 50 million metric tons of hazardous electronic-waste the world generated last year...

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Official Says Hackers Hit up to 25,000 Fed Workers

August 25, 2014 12:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss...

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Gadget Watch: Get Ready for the Thermal Selfie

August 25, 2014 12:28 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Tired of the selfie? Get ready for the "thermie," or as I like to call it, the "hottie." That's when you take a picture of the heat emanating from your body, using an infrared camera that attaches to the back of your iPhone. It sounds unlikely, but it's coming. Apple stores started...

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Lawsuits Challenge U.S. Drone, Model Aircraft Rules

August 25, 2014 12:23 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency's ban on commercial drone flights...

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Gov'T Warns U.S. Retailers about Hacking Software

August 25, 2014 12:19 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday. The government urged businesses of all sizes to scan their point-of-sale systems for software...

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Two Europe Navigation Satellites in the Wrong Orbits

August 24, 2014 11:31 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's GPS network. The European Space Agency and launch company Arianespace...

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Luxury Fashion Takes on Fitness Technology

August 24, 2014 11:24 pm | by Leanne Italie, Associated Press | Comments

Luxury fashion is making inroads in wearable tech as more designers try their hands at developing smart, stylish accessories and clothing aimed at tracking performance and health, or simply making connected lives easier to manage. "We actually think the fashion industry should be in the driver's seat..."

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Ferguson Fallout: A Call for Police 'Body Cams'

August 22, 2014 9:59 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The fatal police shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is prompting calls for more officers to wear so-called body cameras, simple, lapel-mounted gadgets that capture video footage of law enforcement's interactions with the public. Proponents say the devices...

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Hacking Gmail with 92 Percent Success

August 21, 2014 4:16 pm | by University of California, Riverside | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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Delivery by Drone

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