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MiFi With Touchscreen is a Road Warrior's Dream

December 10, 2012 6:34 am | Comments

Meet the Novatel MiFi Liberate: the first mobile access point with a touchscreen, letting you configure it without connecting it to a computer. If you're not familiar with mobile access points, these handy gadgets allow you to hook up to the Internet via cellular networks. It's useful, often essential, if you're in an area that has no Wi-Fi.

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Why You Can Never Truly Delete Your Email

December 10, 2012 6:30 am | Comments

Think that clicking “delete” will actually delete your email? Think again. When a user “deletes” an email in the normal fashion, it becomes invisible to that user and is immediately a candidate to be overwritten. But until it is in fact overwritten, it exists. And it may persist longer on company servers.

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Best Buy Trims $50 Off iPhone

December 10, 2012 5:24 am | Comments

Holiday shoppers looking for an iPhone 5 or 4S can save some cash courtesy of a new sale at Best Buy. The retailer is currently discounting all the various flavors of the iPhone by $50 . That means the 16GB iPhone 5 is selling for $149.99, the 32GB for $249.99, and the 64GB for $349.99.

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Tiny Structure Gives Big Boost to Solar Power

December 10, 2012 4:55 am | Comments

Princeton researchers have found a simple and economic way to nearly triple the efficiency of organic solar cells, the cheap and flexible plastic devices that many scientists believe could be the future of solar power. The researchers, led by electrical engineer Stephen Chou , were able to increase the efficiency 175 percent by using a nanostructured "sandwich" of metal and plastic that collects and traps light.

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Point of Light

December 10, 2012 4:52 am | Comments

As technology advances, it tends to shrink. From cell phones to laptops—powered by increasingly faster and tinier processors—everything is getting thinner and sleeker. And now light beams are getting smaller, too. Engineers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have created a device that can focus light into a point just a few nanometers (billionths of a meter) across—an achievement they say may lead to next-generation applications in computing, communications, and imaging.

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SpaceX Poised to Enter Space Again With Two New Missions

December 10, 2012 4:46 am | Comments

While NASA is placed on the back burner due to U.S. President Barack Obama 's plan to cut the agency's planetary science funding , its private counterpart SpaceX has been green-lit to return to space. The United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center awarded two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV)-class missions to the company: DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory) and STP-2 (Space Test Program 2).

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Amazon Lowers Price of Kindle Fire HD 8.9 by $50 in One-Day Deal

December 10, 2012 4:42 am | by Amazon has lowered the price of its 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD by $50 in a special one-day deal. | Comments

The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD sports a 1920x1200 resolution screen, a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, a front facing HD camera and 16 or 32GB of storage memory. The standard price for the 16GB variant is $299. Though the deal is valid only today, it might end before the end of the day, as Amazon warns that quantities are limited.

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Transporter Provides Your Own Private Off-Cloud Storage for Sharing Files

December 10, 2012 4:39 am | Comments

Users of free cloud-storage providers, such as Dropbox , Google Drive and Apple iCloud , are often faced with file-size limitations and lack of privacy. What's more, upgrades typically require recurring fees. One Santa Clara, Calif.-based company is offering an alternative way to share, access and protect files.

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Should Schools Use RFID Chips to Track Students?

December 6, 2012 9:59 am | Comments

By Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor A few weeks ago, I came across an article on Slate talking about a school in Texas that had put RFID tags [ http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/10/11/rfid_tracking_texas_schools_force_kids_to_wear_electronic_chips.html ] in the student ID cards that everyone has to wear.

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Meet the Tech Entrepreneurs: TechLaunch Demo Day

December 6, 2012 7:14 am | Comments

Remember TechLaunch ? We introduced you to them back in April as New Jersey’s technology accelerator, turning innovative ideas into successful enterprises through an intense 12-week LaunchPad program. They're aspirations: to support technology entrepreneurs - and they've done just that. Take a look at their clips from Demo Day presentations and interviews.

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3D Printer Transforms Moon Dirt Into Lunar Base

December 6, 2012 5:47 am | Comments

For space scientists dreaming up a manned base on the moon, 3D printing with lunar dust looms as an attractive possibility. Such on-demand fabrication would allow astronauts to repair broken parts, manufacture spare ones and maybe even build structures, all out of the dirt scooped from under their boots.

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Flexible Silicon Solar-cell Fabrics May Soon Become Possible

December 6, 2012 5:06 am | Comments

For the first time, a silicon-based optical fiber with solar-cell capabilities has been developed that has been shown to be scalable to many meters in length. The research opens the door to the possibility of weaving together solar-cell silicon wires to create flexible, curved, or twisted solar fabrics.

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Fashion Forward: How Tech Is Revamping the Runway

December 6, 2012 4:59 am | Comments

Coco Rocha has come a long way since she was spotted by a modeling scout at an Irish dancing competition. Since then, she's become a fixture on the fashion scene -- appearing on the runways for Marc Jacobs, Versace, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Anna Sui, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel and Balenciaga. More recently, though, she's become a fixture on the social media scene, positioning herself as one of the most digitally-savvy models of her generation.

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Stainless Steel Wallet Stops RFID-Wielding Criminals

December 6, 2012 4:51 am | Comments

Like a small safe in your pocket or purse, Zippo's wallet encased in stainless steel prevents RFID-using criminals from swiping your credit card information. The new Zippo wallet 's stainless steel outer shell not only gives the wallet a sleek look but also blocks radio frequency identification with its RF shield.

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Lose Something? These Tiny Stickers Will Find It

December 6, 2012 4:46 am | Comments

Good news for anyone prone to losing the TV remote. A group of developers created a series of Bluetooth-powered stickers that track down the objects you're most likely to misplace. The StickNFind stickers are about the size of a U.S. quarter and sync with a smartphone app. They have a range of about 100 feet and a battery life that reportedly lasts almost a year.

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