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Hurricane Sandy Won’t Stop the iPad Mini Launch

November 1, 2012 11:04 am | Comments

Hurricane Sandy crippled most of New York City when it rolled into town earlier this week, but that won’t stop Apple from continuing with its highly-anticipated iPad mini launch on Friday at its flagship location. Although the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) transportation has been running limitedly — preventing many commuters from getting to work and where they need to go — the company is continuing with the iPad mini launch as planned.

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Apple Reprimanded for Grudging Notice That Samsung Didn’t Copy iPad

November 1, 2012 11:00 am | Comments

  A UK judge has reprimanded Apple for the “untrue” and “incorrect” notice it posted to its UK website acknowledging a ruling that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets did not infringe on a design patent for the iPad. Apple was originally ordered to issue a simple notice to correct perceptions that Samsung had copied Apple’s products after a UK court ruled in Samsung’s favor on Oct.

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Wilocity WiGig Technology to Power Multi-Gigabit Wireless Connectivity in Dell Ultrabook

November 1, 2012 7:08 am | Comments

Heralding a new era in high-speed wireless connectivity, Wilocity , the leading developer of 60 GHz multi-gigabit wireless chipsets, today announced that it is jointly providing tri-band wireless chipsets with Qualcomm Atheros , Inc., for Dell’s first WiGig™ enabled Ultrabook for business, the Latitude 6430u.

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Waze Now Lets You Know When Your Friends Will Arrive

November 1, 2012 7:05 am | Comments

Now when you head out to meet friends, you can see real-time ETAs for everyone you’re meeting as well as see who has already arrived and parked at your destination using Waze . The social GPS and live traffic app released a new version for iOS and Android Wednesday with newly designed maps, moods and interface as well as new social features for keeping up with your friends while you’re on the go.

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Kim Dotcom Announces Mega, a Cloud-Based Online Storage Service

November 1, 2012 6:50 am | Comments

Kim Dotcom , best known as the founder of (now defunct) file sharing service Megaupload , has announced a new project called Mega. The service, previously referred to as “ Megabox ,” will enable users to store their data in the cloud, with support for encryption and cross-account folder sharing.

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Google Adds ‘Public Alerts’ to Search and Maps for Sandy, Other Disasters

October 31, 2012 8:22 am | Comments

Shortly after launching a crisis map for Superstorm Sandy , Google has rolled out “Public Alerts” on Maps and Search. The service provides warnings for natural disasters and emergency situations, such as Sandy, which hit the northeastern U.S. on Monday night. Public Alerts , which Google announced in a blog post Tuesday, aims to show “relevant weather, public safety and earthquake alerts” from the U.

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Big Jambox Is a Wireless Win for Music Fanatics

October 31, 2012 8:14 am | Comments

If your special someone is fed up with wires, it’s time to give him or her an updated (and blissfully wireless) sound system. The Big Jambox is a wireless speaker system that connects to music players via Bluetooth and can last up to 15 hours on a single charge. Created by Jawbone, the portable player comes equipped with a built-in microphone that can amp conference calls through FaceTime , GoogleTalk and Skype .

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Powerless New Yorkers Find Creative Ways to Charge Gadgets

October 31, 2012 7:39 am | Comments

Hurricane Sandy knocked out power for most New Yorkers below 39th Street. But an outage didn’t deter those iPhone-Android-clenchers and Wi-Fi -seeking nomads. Many people trekked uptown to (creatively) make use of power sources. Chase ATMs were crammed full of people who brought extension cords.

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Apple Delays iTunes 11 Launch

October 31, 2012 7:34 am | Comments

If you’ve been looking forward to iTunes 11’s big launch this month, you’ll be waiting a little longer. Set for an October release, Apple now plans to push that launch back a month, instead launching the next version of the music software in November. “The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right,” Apple’s Tom Neumayr said in a statement to All Things D .

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Low-Resistance Connections Facilitate Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for Interconnects

October 31, 2012 7:30 am | Comments

Using a new method for precisely controlling the deposition of carbon, researchers have demonstrated a technique for connecting multi-walled carbon nanotubes to the metallic pads of integrated circuits without the high interface resistance produced by traditional fabrication techniques. Georgia Tech Professor Andrei Fedorov demonstrates the electron beam induced deposition (EBID) system used to create graphitic nanojoints to multi-walled carbon nanotubes.

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New Tool Aims To Ensure Software Security Policies Reflect User Needs

October 31, 2012 7:12 am | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and IBM Research have developed a new natural language processing tool that businesses or other customers can use to ensure that software developers have a clear idea of the security policies to be incorporated into new software products. Specifically, the research focuses on access control policies (ACPs), which are the security requirements that software developers need to bear in mind when developing new software.

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Near-Atomically Flat Silicon Could Help Pave the Way to New Chemical Sensors

October 31, 2012 6:30 am | Comments

Silicon is the workhorse of the electronics industry, serving as the base material for the tiny transistors that make it possible for digital clocks to tick and computers to calculate. Now scientists have succeeded in creating near-atomically flat silicon, of the orientation used by the electronics industry, in a room temperature reaction.

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‘Smart’ Uniforms to Sense Chemical Weapons

October 31, 2012 6:27 am | Comments

Researchers are looking to make a fabric for military uniforms that has pores to keep soldiers cool — but can quickly shut its pores in the face of danger. The result would be soldiers of the future wearing “smart” uniforms that sense chemical weapons and snap into a protective mode. “Without the need of an external control system, the fabric will be able to switch reversibly from a highly breathable state to a protective one in response to the presence of the environmental threat,” said Francesco Fornasiero, a chemical engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory who will lead research into making the new fabric.

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New York City Regulators Propose Rules for Taxi Apps

October 31, 2012 6:25 am | Comments

Taxi apps have been at the center of controversy lately, with authorities claiming they violate the law and pose security risks. Due to regulatory disputes, cab startup Uber was forced to end its service in New York City two weeks ago. Now, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) is about to release new rules that would allow these startups to operate in the Big Apple.

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iPad Mini Review Roundup: Quality Tablet, But Non-Retina Display Disappoints

October 31, 2012 6:23 am | Comments

  Since launching last week , Apple’s iPad mini has made quite an impression on consumers, selling out just three days after it became available for pre-order online . But what was the consensus among critics? A select few reviewers were lucky enough to prod, poke and play with the tiny tablet before the public could get their hands on it.

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