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Researchers Aim to Create Virtual Speech Therapist

July 30, 2013 9:43 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | Comments

Cyber-clinicians can be a crucial tool in overcoming the language disorder known as aphasia, experts say. While the verbal impairment can be life-long, health insurers only pay for a limited amount of therapy. Yet patients like Green need to continuously practice their skills.

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Students to Explore Filmmaking with Google Glass

July 30, 2013 9:40 am | by Associated Press | Comments

At least that's what the Internet search giant hopes a handful of young filmmakers will discover. Google is enlisting film students from five colleges to help it explore how its wearable computing device can be used to make movies. The $1,500 Google Glass headset is already being used by 10,000 so-called explorers.

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Speed Limit Set for Ultrafast Electrical Switch

July 29, 2013 10:51 am | by Andy Freeberg, DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | Comments

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have clocked the fastest-possible electrical switching in magnetite, a naturally magnetic mineral. Their results could drive innovations in the tiny transistors that control the flow of electricity across silicon chips, enabling faster, more powerful computing devices.

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Co-Founder of Russia's Biggest Search Engine Dies

July 29, 2013 10:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Ilya Segalovich, the co-founder of Russia's largest search engine, Yandex, has died, the company said Sunday. He was 48. Segalovich died Saturday at a London hospital, Yandex director general and fellow founder Arkady Volozh said. Volozh said in the company's blog that Segalovich was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year.

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Group Accuses Apple Supplier of Labor Abuses

July 29, 2013 10:36 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Conditions in Chinese factories that produce iPhones and other popular Apple products have been under scrutiny following complaints about labor and environmental violations by a different supplier, Taiwan's Foxconn, a unit of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.

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Boeing Requests Wider Scrutiny of Locator Beacons

July 29, 2013 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Boeing's marketing vice president Randy Tinseth says in a blog dated Sunday that the aircraft manufacturer is asking operators of 717, Next-Generation 737, 747-400, 767, and 777 airplanes to inspect the battery-operated beacons which activate in a crash to help rescuers find a plane.

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Apple Shifts Touch Sensor Structures Toward In-Cell in Mobile Phones, Film in Tablet PCs

July 26, 2013 3:28 pm | by NPD DisplaySearch | Comments

Apple’s adoption of two new touch sensor structures—in-cell for the iPhone 5 and GF2 (double-sided ITO film) for the iPad—has produced shifts in the touch-panel industry supply chain. According to the latest Quarterly Touch Panel Market Analysis from NPD DisplaySearch, displays with in-cell touch are expected to rise...

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IEEE ICC 2014 to Explore “Communications: The Centrepoint of the Digital Economy”

July 26, 2013 3:16 pm | by IEEE Communications Society | Comments

Themed “Communications: The Centrepoint of the Digital Economy,” the next annual IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) will be held June 10 – 14 in the dynamic cultural hub of Sydney, Australia. Known as the Harbour City, Sydney is also recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in the world...

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ENR Sourcebook Names KMB Design Group Leading Design Firm in Telecom Engineering

July 26, 2013 3:05 pm | by KMB Design Group | Comments

Engineering News-Record [ENR] Sourcebook, a McGraw-Hill Publication, and the leader in the global construction marketplace, recently named NJ-based KMB Design Group, the 7th leading engineering firm for telecom tower and antennae design, and 22nd in overall telecom design.

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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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