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5 Things I Love About Podcasting

August 8, 2012 5:21 am | Comments

"> My post about podcasting earlier this week attracted a lot of insightful comments. There were also a few insulting comments, but overall the feedback showcased what makes podcasts worth consuming: passionate voices . Not coincidentally, passion is also what makes blogs a vital part of the media world.

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How Facebook and Twitter Help Sound the Official Earthquake Alarm

August 8, 2012 5:19 am | Comments

When a magnitude 6.7 " target=_blank> earthquake struck the Philippines Monday, residents and local media outlets used "> Twitter and "> Facebook to alert residents and quell tsunami-inspired panic. But they're not the only ones using social media to sound a digital alarm when disaster strikes.

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Caller ID Meets Facebook and Twitter in New WhitePages App

August 8, 2012 5:18 am | Comments

"> WhitePages is introducing a new Android app today called Current Caller ID that displays not just the name of callers but also their recent status updates from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, plus information from their location, such as weather and news. Yep, this might just be the ultimate app for chit-chat.

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Square and Starbucks Partner Up, Soon You'll Only Need Your Name and Your Phone to Pay for a Coffee

August 8, 2012 5:17 am | Comments

Starbucks has partnered with Square and will offer its mobile payment system soon, where all you need is your name to pay for your coffee. A potentially market-changing partnership between Square, the mobile payments company, and Starbucks, the coffee chain, has been announced . Besides investing in Square, Starbucks will start processing its credit card payments through the company, and will be offering customers the chance to pay for their coffees using Square's app too.

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Five Things You Didn't Know About Data Testing

August 7, 2012 5:41 am | Comments

At 10:30 in the morning a few weeks ago I hopped into a plain white van, a mysterious briefcase carefully laid out on the passenger's seat abuzz with phones. Into the afternoon, the driver answered my probing questions about long hours on the road, awkward run-ins with the cops, and flashed guns.

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People Love Their Tablets, Report Says

August 7, 2012 4:47 am | Comments

    A new study shows that users are more satisfied with their tablets than their smartphones, and among tablets the iPad is king. Compared to smartphones, people are more satisfied with their tablets -- and of all tablets, they especially love the iPad , according to a new report by ComScore .

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Men Are More Likely to Back Up Their Files Than Women

August 7, 2012 4:40 am | Comments

Computer failure happens. The loss of important data can hobble your productivity, your business and leave a hole in your digital memory. While many now conduct their work and play on far-flung servers (we store our messages in Gmail and keep our family photos on Facebook ), there are likely critical files on your PC or smartphone that would not be recoverable in the event of hardware failure.

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Insert Coin: Luminode Dimmer Switch Runs On A Mesh Network, Learns to Light Up Our Lives

August 7, 2012 4:31 am | Comments

In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you'd like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with "Insert Coin" as the subject line. Just a simple light switch, you say? Look closer. Think Automatic's Luminode dimmer switch hides both a processor and a mesh network connection that lets every switch in the home coordinate with each other.

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Searching for 1,000 Times the Capacity of 4G Wireless

August 3, 2012 6:30 am | Comments

Untitled Document NYU-Poly teams with National Science Foundation and wireless industry leaders to develop promising new spectrum and technology for 5G cellular networks. Researchers at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) have assembled a powerful consortium of government and business support to advance beyond today's fourth generation (4G) wireless technologies toward 5G cellular networks that could potentially increase cell phone capacity by more than 1,000 times.

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New Tech to Improve On-Chip Networks

August 3, 2012 6:16 am | Comments

Untitled Document Novel technologies are being developed to make computing processors more efficient . Technology being developed by researchers from three universities is expected to improve next-generation integrated circuits called network-on-chip. The work will support the growing demand for computing power and could improve overall performance of multi-core processors by integrating wireless technology with copper wiring on devices.

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Watershed Opportunity for Industrial Wireless Networks

August 3, 2012 6:09 am | by Networcsim, founded by ORNL researchers Phani Teja Kuruganti and James Nutaro, signed an agreement today to license the Radio Channel Simulator software, which won an R&D 100 Award this month. | Comments

Untitled Document A Tennessee company has licensed award-winning software from Oak Ridge National Laboratory that will help industries install wireless networks more cost-effectively in challenging environments such as mines, offshore drilling platforms and factory floors. "Advanced simulation technology — and the RCSim technology in particular — provides a watershed opportunity for industrial wireless networks to be used in a revolutionary new way," ORNL researcher Kuruganti said.

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iPhone 5 Launch Could Cause Supply Crunch in Lithium Market

August 3, 2012 5:52 am | Comments

Untitled Document SAN JOSE, Calif.-- Aug 3, 2012--As Green Technology Solutions' mining subsidiary GTSO Resources works to develop new sources of lithium around the globe, manufacturers are scrambling to secure supplies of the critical element as the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5 device threatens to further strain global stockpiles.

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Samsung Vies for Spotlight Ahead of iPhone Launch

August 3, 2012 5:44 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Untitled Document SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest mobile-phone maker, said Friday it plans to show a new mobile device in late August, trying to stay in the consumer spotlight ahead of Apple's expected release of the latest iPhone in September.

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AT&T to Goes on Spectrum Shopping Binge

August 3, 2012 5:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Untitled Document AT&T Inc. has gone on a shopping spree for wireless spectrum, striking three separate deals that should let it increase its capacity for wireless broadband. The Dallas-based phone company said Thursday that it has agreed to buy NextWave Wireless Inc.

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For Wireless Power Market Success, Look to the East

August 1, 2012 7:04 am | Comments

According to an upcoming report from IMS Research , recently acquired by IHS Inc., Japan is forecast to become the leading market for wireless power technology this year, with enabled devices surpassing two million shipments by year’s end. The report points to mobile phone carrier support, in-box packaging, and deployment of wireless power infrastructure as the main reasons for the rapid rise in cable-free charging.

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