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Telecommuting: Was Yahoo Doing it Right?

March 6, 2013 9:52 am | by LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press | Comments

Yahoo's leaked edict under CEO Marissa Mayer that calls remote workers back to the office lit the Twitterverse on fire, angering advocates of telecommuting and other programs intended to balance work and home life. A new study from the nonprofit Families and Work Institute shows a tide moving the other way, with more workers now telecommuting...

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Samsung Invests $112M in Japan's Sharp

March 6, 2013 9:47 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The agreement gives Samsung a 3 percent stake in Osaka-based Sharp and a supply of large-size LCD panels for televisions. Samsung said in a statement that the investment will help strengthen Sharp's LCD panel business. The South Korean company known for its Galaxy smartphones and tablets said it will not be involved in Sharp's management.

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Schools Shift from Textbooks to Tablets

March 6, 2013 9:47 am | by PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press | Comments

Welcome to the new digital bookcase, where traditional ink-and-paper textbooks have given way to iPads and book bags are getting lighter. Publishers update students' books almost instantly with the latest events or research. Schools are increasingly looking to the hand-held tablets as a way to sustain students' interest, reward their achievements and, in some cases, actually keep per-student costs down.

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EU fines Microsoft $733M for Breaking Browser Pact

March 6, 2013 9:45 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | Comments

The European Union Commission has fined Microsoft Corp. ($733 million) for breaking the terms of an earlier agreement to offer users a choice of internet browser. The penalty is a first for Brussels — no company has ever failed to keep its end of a bargain with EU authorities before. In 2009, Microsoft agreed to pay a €860 million fine and promised to give Windows...

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Texas Instruments & 4DSP Collaborate on FPGA Mezzanine Card

March 5, 2013 3:46 pm | by Texas Instruments Incorporated | Comments

With TI’s high-performance C6678 multicore DSP, the FMC667 is able to more effectively and rapidly meet the essential requirements of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS)-based systems, as well as increase processing power, accuracy and finer resolution in mission critical and industrial applications.

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Quantum Realm: Forging New Pathways to Quantum Devices

March 5, 2013 10:32 am | by UC Santa Barbara | Comments

The science behind tomorrow's quantum computing and communications devices is being conducted today at UCSB in what some physicists consider to be one of the world's top laboratories in the study of quantum physics. A team in the lab of John Martinis, UCSB professor of physics...

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RECOM Announces New Cost Efficient SMD Factory

March 5, 2013 10:21 am | by RECOM | Comments

Rising certification costs have increased the demand for pre-built modules, but for large volume projects, the higher cost of a commercially available converter has proven less attractive than a discrete solution. To counter this issue, RECOM has selected the most popular high runners to be manufactured in lots of 100k pieces.

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Czech News Media Face Cyberattacks

March 5, 2013 10:16 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Leading media websites in the Czech Republic say they have come under repeated and powerful cyberattacks. The online editions of Mlada Fronta Dnes, a major newspaper, and of the respected business daily Hospodarske Noviny were among the affected.

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White House: Cell Phone Unlocking Should be Legal

March 5, 2013 10:11 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An Obama administration adviser says the White House believes smartphone and tablet users should be allowed to unlock their phones and use the devices on the network of their choosing.In a blog post entitled "It's time to legalize cell phone unlocking," R. David Edelman, White House adviser on Internet, innovation and privacy...

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Short Algorithm, Long-Range Consequences

March 5, 2013 10:09 am | by MIT | Comments

In the last decade, theoretical computer science has seen remarkable progress on the problem of solving graph Laplacians -- the esoteric name for a calculation with hordes of familiar applications in scheduling, image processing, online product recommendation, network analysis, and scientific computing, to name just a few.

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Master Electronics Signs Distribution Agreement with Panasonic

March 4, 2013 2:21 pm | by Master Electronics; Panasonic Industrial Devices | Comments

Master Electronics has been awarded the prestigious Panasonic Industrial Devices franchise. The expanded Panasonic offering builds on decades of success between the two companies selling and promoting Panasonic Electric Works products. 

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New ATC Diversified Electronics Phase/Voltage Monitor

March 4, 2013 2:19 pm | by Marsh Bellofram Group of Companies; ATC Diversified Electronics | Comments

ATC Diversified Electronics, a division of the Marsh Bellofram Group of Companies, has announced the launch of the SLU-0200 phase/voltage monitoring series, designed to provide cost-effective protection against premature equipment failure or downtime caused by voltage faults or untimely outages on Wye or Delta three-phase systems.

Big data: Searching in Large Amounts of Data Quickly and Efficiently   

March 4, 2013 10:24 am | by Saarland University | Comments

The term "big data" is defined as a huge amount of digital information, so big and so complex that normal database technology cannot process it. It is not only scientific institutes like the nuclear research center CERN that often store huge amounts of data ("Big Data").

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Man-Made Material Pushes the Bounds of Superconductivity

March 4, 2013 10:12 am | by University of Wisconsin - Madison | Comments

The researchers can tailor the material, which seamlessly alternates between metal and oxide layers, to achieve extraordinary superconducting properties — in particular, the ability to transport much more electrical current than non-engineered materials.

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NASA Mars Rover in Safe Mode; Science Halted

March 4, 2013 10:05 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Curiosity landed last summer in Gale Crater near the Martian equator to examine whether environmental conditions were favorable for microbes. It recently drilled into a rock and transferred a pinch of powder to its onboard laboratories to study the chemical makeup. It won't be able to finish the analysis until its systems are back to normal.

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