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Why Do We Use a QWERTY Keyboard?

October 1, 2012 6:00 am | Comments

Does the arrangement of letters on a keyboard baffle you? Well, it’s been that way since Christopher Sholes invented the typewriter in 1868 ( U.S. patent 207,559 in 1878). Though there seems to be no logical reason why our keyboards bear such a weird matrix of letters, QWERTY keyboards have quite a rich history, and the layout is something we’ve grown accustomed to.

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How to Prevent Phone and Tablet Theft

October 1, 2012 5:55 am | Comments

If you're under the age of 25, there's almost an even chance you have lost your cell phone or had it stolen at least once. According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted last April, 45 percent of cell phone users between the ages of 18 and 24 have had a phone lost or stolen. The survey also found that 3 out of 10 cell phone users between the ages of 35 and 54 have misplaced their device or had it stolen, as Kashmir Hill reports on Forbes.

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Why Tablets Are The Future Of Electronic Medical Records

October 1, 2012 5:49 am | Comments

The adoption of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) by doctor practices and hospitals is one of the most exciting developments in health - and the iPad is playing a big part. Up till recently, the typical EMR system was a PC-based enterprise software suite deployed in a large, public hospital.

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'No More iSlave:' An Activist Fights for iPhone Workers

October 1, 2012 5:46 am | Comments

Debby Chan may not have the answer to the terribly complex issues facing workers at the giant Chinese contract manufacturing plants where iPhones are assembled. But she has plenty of questions. Chan's modest office here, shared with another human rights activist, is cluttered with books and papers.

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Surprise! RIM Posts Smaller Loss Than Expected

October 1, 2012 5:41 am | Comments

Research in Motion’s struggle to remain relevant in the smartphone market it helped birth remains an iffy proposition. But signs are emerging that suggest the company may actually pull it off. To wit, RIM’s second-quarter earnings, which were not nearly as gruesome as expected . Posting financials after the closing bell Thursday, RIM reported a second-quarter loss of 45 cents per share on revenues of $2.

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RIM Reports $235 Million Net Loss, Ships 7.4 Million BlackBerry Smartphones

September 28, 2012 6:42 am | Comments

Research in Motion reported a net loss of $235 million, or $0.45 a share, and generated $2.9 billion in revenue in the third quarter, handily beating Wall Street's low expectations. Factoring out the company's pre-tax restructuring costs, RIM actually ended up with a net loss of $142 million for the quarter, or $0.

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Detroit Loses Streetlights But Gains 4G Wireless

September 28, 2012 6:41 am | Comments

It's a city where 40% of the streetlights either don't work or have been turned off to save money, and one in five residents is out of a job. Things have gotten so bad in parts of the city that entire neighborhoods lay abandoned, and the city's public safety organizations - its fire and police services - prioritize where to offer service as funding dries up.

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Parrot Zik Bluetooth Headphones: High End and High Comfort

September 28, 2012 6:40 am | Comments

Choosing headphones can be a difficult decision. There are many options to consider, and there is no right answer. A lot really comes down to personal preference. Do you want an in-ear, on-the-ear, or over-the-ear design? Do you want them wired for better sound quality or do you prefer Bluetooth for more convenience? The options available for women have grown exponentially in the last year or so.

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5 Ways Students Use Technology to Cheat - What Parents Need to Know

September 28, 2012 6:38 am | Comments

Cheating has been around as long as school has existed. In the days before handhelds and Wikipedia, students would create crib sheets tucked into sleeves or palmed discreetly in their hands. I remember sitting down for my first day of Latin class in high school and seeing 20 different conjugated verbs etched into the wooden desktop -- a legacy of cheating I suppose.

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Apple CEO Apologizes for New Maps App: It 'Fell Short'

September 28, 2012 6:37 am | Comments

In an extremely rare move, Apple's CEO Tim Cook publicly apologized for the company's new maps app, which replaced Google Maps on the iPhone. Cook admits the new maps application “fell short” of the company's commitment to providing the “best experience possible” and the CEO even goes on to recommend that customers try out other maps applications - including Google's - while Apple works to improve its own.

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Electronic Implant Dissolves in the Body

September 28, 2012 6:36 am | Comments

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Tufts University, and others have created fully biodegradable electronics that could allow doctors to implant medical sensors or drug delivery devices that dissolve when they're no longer needed. The transient circuits, described in today's issue of Science, can be programmed to disappear after a set amount of time based on the durability of their silk-protein coating.

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Oscillating Microscopic Beads Could be Key to Biolab on a Chip

September 26, 2012 12:33 pm | Comments

If you throw a ball underwater, you'll find that the smaller it is, the faster it moves: A larger cross-section greatly increases the water's resistance. Now, a team of MIT researchers has figured out a way to use this basic principle, on a microscopic scale, to carry out biomedical tests that could eventually lead to fast, compact and versatile medical-testing devices.

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Artificially Intelligent Game Bots Pass the Turing Test on Turing's Centenary

September 26, 2012 12:26 pm | Comments

An artificially intelligent virtual gamer created by computer scientists at The University of Texas at Austin has won the BotPrize by convincing a panel of judges that it was more human-like than half the humans it competed against. The competition was sponsored by 2K Games and was set inside the virtual world of "Unreal Tournament 2004," a first-person shooter video game.

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Federal Law Needed to Safeguard 'Digital Afterlives'

September 26, 2012 12:10 pm | Comments

Federal law ought to play a stronger role in regulating social networking sites by allowing users to determine what happens to their “digital afterlives,” says a recently published paper by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law. Allowing social networking sites to set their own policies regarding the content associated with the accounts of deceased users does not adequately protect individual and collective interests, especially with people spending an increasing part of their lives online using social networking sites, says Jason Mazzone, a professor of law.

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Microsoft Windows Update Hoax Steals Your Passwords

September 26, 2012 12:05 pm | Comments

Beware: The next time you get an email from privacy@microsoft.com in your inbox, click delete. That’s because you’re likely the target of a phishing scam designed to steal Gmail , Yahoo , Windows Live and AOL passwords, according to Naked Security, a blog by IT security firm Sophos . Titled, “ Microsoft Windows Update,” the email urges recipients to verify their email accounts by entering personal login information.

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