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Europe's Largest Telecommunications Satellite Launched

July 26, 2013 11:04 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The European space consortium says the Alphasat satellite will provide voice and data transmission services for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Arianespace says Alphasat was one of its heaviest loads at 6,650 kilograms. (14,660 pounds).

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Industry Agrees to New Mobile App Guidelines

July 26, 2013 10:43 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | Comments

Industry groups and privacy advocates on Thursday were near agreement on voluntary guidelines for mobile apps that should make it easier for consumers to know what personal information is getting sucked from their smartphone or tablet and passed along to marketers.

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4 Russians, 1 Ukrainian Charged in Massive Hacking

July 26, 2013 10:27 am | by SAMANTHA HENRY, Associated Press | Comments

Four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian have been charged with running a sophisticated hacking organization that penetrated computer networks of more than a dozen major American and international corporations over seven years, stealing and selling at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers, resulting in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars.

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A Magnetic Pen for Smartphones Adds another Level of Conveniences

July 25, 2013 10:36 am | by Lan Yoon, The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | Comments

A doctoral candidate at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a magnetically driven pen interface that works both on and around mobile devices. This interface, called the MagPen, can be used for any type of smartphones and tablet computers so long as they have magnetometers embedded in.

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Personal Data Briefly Exposed at NYC Bike Share

July 25, 2013 10:19 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Operators of New York City's bike-sharing program say a software glitch accidentally revealed personal and financial information of more than 1,000 of its account holders. The Citi Bike program notified affected members of the problem in a July 19 letter, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reviewed the letter.

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Google Wants to Bring Free Wi-Fi to SF Parks

July 25, 2013 10:13 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Google and a San Francisco supervisor announced a partnership on Wednesday to bring free Wi-Fi to 31 San Francisco parks, plazas and open spaces. The Internet giant has agreed to provide a $600,000 grant to fund the initiative, Supervisor Mark Farrell said.

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Vishay Precision Group to Highlight Performance Differences of Major Resistor Types in Upcoming Free Webinar

July 24, 2013 5:13 pm | by Vishay Precision Group | Comments

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. has announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) and element14 will present a live webinar titled "There Is More to Resistor Precision Than Meets the Eye" on July 31. The 60-minute event, which begins at 3 p.m. GMT (10 a.m. EDT), will cover the electrical properties and stress factors of all three major resistor types...

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Bluetooth Smart DSLR Camera Remote Controlled from any Bluetooth v4.0 Smartphone

July 24, 2013 5:10 pm | by Nordic Semiconductor | Comments

The 'SD-100 SmartDSLR' from Korean consumer electronics specialist, Maytel, is a remote control solution that allows users to access and use a wide range of both basic and advanced DSLR digital camera features from their smartphones via a free partner app.

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ZigBee Home Automation Standard Version 1.2 Ratified

July 24, 2013 9:17 am | by The ZigBee Alliance | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, has announced that an update to ZigBee Home Automation has been ratified and is now available for product development. The new version is fully interoperable with the earlier versions of the standard.

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CTS Completes ISO 9001 Recertification

July 24, 2013 9:11 am | by CTS Corporation | Comments

The National Quality Assurance (NQA), U.S.A., an accredited organization under the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, has assessed and approved CTS Electronic Components, a division of CTS Corporation, for ISO 9001:2008 certification for its Hopkinton, Massachusetts USA location.

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Choosing a Wave Could Accelerate Airplane Maintenance

July 24, 2013 8:59 am | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State | Comments

Ultrasonic waves can find bubbles and cracks in adhesive bonds holding airplane composite parts together, and now aerospace engineers can select the best frequencies to detect adhesive failures in hard-to-reach places more quickly, thanks to Penn State researchers.

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Polycom CEO Resigns after Expenses Questioned

July 24, 2013 8:34 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Videoconferencing equipment maker Polycom said Tuesday that its CEO has resigned after the board found "irregularities" in his expense submissions. Polycom said that Andrew Miller resigned on Friday and accepted responsibility for the expense reports, which the company did not detail.

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Germany Lobbies for UN Online Privacy Charter

July 24, 2013 8:32 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Germany has urged fellow European Union member states to support its drive for a new global charter protecting personal privacy online. A letter sent by Germany's foreign and justice ministers to their EU counterparts cites the debate over U.S. intelligence-gathering on the Internet as a reason to expand a 1966 U.N. treaty guaranteeing privacy.

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Ahead of the Bell: Show Time for Google Tablets?

July 24, 2013 8:17 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The new devices are likely to be the main attraction at a San Francisco event being hosted by Google executive Sundar Pichai, who oversees the company's Android and Chrome operating systems. The Nexus line of tablets that came out a year ago all run on the Android software that also powers hundreds of millions of smartphones.

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Backers of Surveillance Program Battle a Challenge

July 24, 2013 8:10 am | by DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press | Comments

The White House and congressional backers of the National Security Agency's surveillance program warn that ending the massive collection of phone records from millions of Americans would put the nation at risk from another terrorist attack.

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