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April Fools: YouTube Shut down, Google Adds Smells

April 2, 2013 9:00 am | by JAKE COYLE, AP Entertainment Writer | Comments

The digital world celebrated April Fools' Day with the rollout of mock innovations and parody makeovers. Many of the top online destinations spent Monday mocking themselves and, in Google's case, playfully trying to lure users into pressing their noses against their computer screens.


A Low-Power 60 GHz Radio Frequency Chip

April 2, 2013 8:48 am | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology | Comments

As the capacity of handheld devices increases to accommodate a greater number of functions, these devices have more memory, larger display screens, and the ability to play higher definition video files. If the users of mobile devices, including smartphones, tablet PCs, and notebooks...


Acoustic Time Delay Device Could Reduce Size and Cost of Phased Array Systems

April 2, 2013 8:40 am | by Georgia Tech | Comments

Radar systems today depend increasingly on phased-array antennas, an advanced design in which extensive grids of solid state components direct signal beams electronically. Phased array technology is replacing traditional electro-mechanical radar antennas...


Virtual Reality, Goggles and All, Attempts Return

April 1, 2013 10:08 am | by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer | Comments

The virtual reality headset, the gizmo that was supposed to seamlessly transport wearers to three-dimensional virtual worlds, has made a remarkable return at this year's Game Developers Conference, an annual gathering of video game makers in San Francisco.


Apple Patents iPhone with Wraparound Display

April 1, 2013 9:55 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The patent application reveals that Apple has put some thought into a device that takes advantage of a new generation of displays, which don't have to be flat and rigid like today's liquid-crystal displays, or LCDs. At a trade show in January, chief competitor Samsung Electronics Co ...


End of the Line for Roadrunner Supercomputer

April 1, 2013 9:53 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | Comments

The reason? The world of supercomputing is evolving and Roadrunner has been replaced with something smaller, faster, more energy efficient and cheaper. Still, officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory say it's among the 25 fastest supercomputers in the world.


Dell Opens Window on Efforts to Sell Company

April 1, 2013 9:34 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Dell 's financial advisers tried to persuade 71 potential bidders to make an offer for the troubled personal computer maker before two of them emerged to challenge a proposed $24.4 billion deal with the company's founder, according to documents filed Friday.


Tech Firms Bumping Up Perks to Recruit, Retain

April 1, 2013 9:31 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | Comments

Apple's ring-shaped, gleaming "Spaceship Headquarters" will include a world class auditorium and an orchard for engineers to wander. Google's new Bay View campus will feature walkways angled to force accidental encounters. Facebook, while putting final touches on a Disney-inspired campus including a Main Street with a B-B-Q shack...


Researchers Unveil Large Robotic Jellyfish

March 29, 2013 11:30 am | by Virginia Tech | Comments

The prototype robot, nicknamed Cyro, is a larger model of a robotic jellyfish the same team – headed by Shashank Priya of Blacksburg, Va., and professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech – unveiled in 2012. The earlier robot, dubbed RoboJelly, is roughly the size of a man's hand, and typical of jellyfish found along beaches.


Swarming Robots Could Be the Servants of the Future

March 29, 2013 11:20 am | by University of Sheffield | Comments

Researchers in the Sheffield Centre for Robotics, jointly established by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, have been working to program a group of 40 robots, and say the ability to control robot swarms could prove hugely beneficial in a range of contexts, from military to medical.


Sensory Helmet Could Mean Firefighters are Not Left in the Dark

March 29, 2013 11:01 am | by University of Sheffield | Comments

The helmet is fitted with a number of ultrasound sensors that are used to detect the distances between the helmet and nearby walls or other obstacles. These signals are transmitted to vibration pads that are attached to the inside of the helmet, touching the wearer's forehead.


RIM Founder Says Board Asked Him To Stay as CEO

March 29, 2013 10:58 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | Comments

Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie stepped down in January 2012 after several quarters of disappointing results. Lazaridis said he stayed on as vice chairman and a board director to help new CEO Thorsten Heins and his team with the launch of the BlackBerry 10 smartphones, an update considered crucial to the company's future.


Drone Industry Worries About Privacy Backlash

March 29, 2013 10:56 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

A far cry from the killing machines whose missiles incinerate terrorists, these generally small, unmanned aircraft will help farmers more precisely apply water and pesticides to crops, saving money and reducing environmental impacts. They'll help police departments find missing people ...


Scientists Propose Revolutionary Laser System to Produce the Next LHC

March 28, 2013 11:03 am | by University of Southampton | Comments

The International Coherent Amplification Network (ICAN) sets out a new laser system composed of massive arrays of thousands of fibre lasers, for both fundamental research at laboratories such as CERN and more applied tasks such as proton therapy and nuclear transmutation.

Review: Tablet-PC Hybrids a Study in Trade-Offs

March 28, 2013 9:25 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, Associated Press | Comments

Since Windows 8's debut in October, there have been a range of hot-looking devices that try to combine elements of tablets and traditional PCs. These hybrids seem as if they would be great both for relaxing with an e-book and for writing stories when I occasionally need to snap back into work mode.



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