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Apple May Discontinue iPad 2 to Make Room for iPad Mini

October 19, 2012 11:03 am | Comments

Apple is set to drop the iPad 2 from its product lineup when the so-called iPad Mini launches, a financial analyst suspects. Eliminating the iPad 2 may also give a hint about how Apple intends to price the new tablet. First reported by Apple Insider, analyst Rob Cihra said in a note to investors this week that he sees the introduction of a smaller-screen iPad as an opportunity to streamline its lineup into “clearer product tiers.

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Why PayPal Is a Wildly Successful ‘Dinosaur’

October 19, 2012 6:58 am | Comments

Ebay, the parent company of PayPal, just posted its third-quarter results , and as predicted , the company is doing well, thanks in good part to PayPal. Ebay’s revenue is up 15% on this time last year, while its PayPal division is up 23%. If you listen to PayPal’s competitors, its success just doesn’t add up.

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Google Maps Gets 25 Million New Building Footprints

October 19, 2012 6:54 am | by The new building footprints have been created by a computer, which processed actual aerial imagery and rendered the shapes of buildings in the maps. | Comments

We’re not sure if it’s because of the Apple Maps debacle , or if it’s just business as usual, but Google has lately been releasing updates to Google Maps like there’s no tomorrow. The latest update brings 25 million new building footprints to Google Maps, making Google’s map offering even more detailed and comprehensive.

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Send Texts From Your Pocket With This Handy Ring

October 18, 2012 5:50 am | Comments

The Magic Finger is a prototype input device developed by Autodesk Research, the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto. The ring uses different surfaces as touch interfaces for controlling smartphones or computers. The device features two optical sensors, a low-resolution, high-speed sensor for tracking movement.

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Unmonday Ceramic Speaker Simplifies Wireless Music Playing

October 18, 2012 5:40 am | Comments

Inundated with too many speakers? Tired of loose wires? Struggle when it comes to pairing devices? No more, says a Finnish company that wants to make it easier and more enjoyable to use sound systems. Unmonday launched a Kickstarter campaign for an independent, ceramic speaker that would pair with other speakers over Airplay.

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Apple Loses Appeal in Tablet Patent Dispute With Samsung

October 18, 2012 5:31 am | Comments

Apple lost its appeal of a UK court’s ruling that Samsung did not copy the iPad with its Galaxy tablet, Reuters reports. In July, Britain’s High Court ruled in favor of Samsung, explaining that Samsung’s Galaxy tablet, despite certain similarities, is simply “ not as cool ” as the iPad, and can therefore not be confused with that device.

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How Do Computers Talk to Each Other on the Internet?

October 17, 2012 12:07 pm | Comments

TCP/IP is a set of communications protocols that allow computers to communicate on the Internet. Its name refers to the two most important protocols in the suite — the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP). TCP/IP specifies how devices connect to the Internet and how data transmits between those devices.

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This Sensor Can Save Your Posture

October 17, 2012 11:29 am | by The product was designed in Palo Alto by three Stanford University graduates. Since their Kickstarter debut, they’ve raised $77K out of their $100K goal from 675+ backers. | Comments

Prolonged sitting makes you fat, sick and dead . Slouching only makes things worse. Since discovering why sitting too much is so dangerous , we’ve tried everything to up sit straight at work — ergonomic chairs and rolled up blankets for lumbar support — with little success. LUMOback on Kickstarter promises to be the simplest way to fix your posture.

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Apple’s Manufacturing Partner Explains iPhone 5 Supply Problems

October 17, 2012 10:41 am | Comments

Apple’s stock has been hit hard in recent weeks by reports that supply constraints have cut into sales of the iPhone 5 . In particular, reports have suggested that production has been slowed by tighter quality controls to prevent the iPhone 5 from shipping with scratches  – a problem with this particular model.

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7 Reasons Intel Could Be the Next BlackBerry

October 17, 2012 10:40 am | Comments

Intel’s first sales decline in 12 years is a hiccup compared to what’s coming. The chipmaker blamed sluggish third-quarter earnings, reported Oct. 16, on a PC market that shrank for the first time in 11 years, as well as broader economic slowdown. But there is a larger story behind Intel’s piece of the global slowdown in the growth of the semiconductor market.

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Charge Your Phone by Moving Your Body

October 17, 2012 10:37 am | Comments

We’re constantly being told to get off our laptops and phones and head outside to get some exercise, but why not get the best of both worlds — channel your body power for mobile power. The nPower PEG (Personal Energy Generator) turns your personal kinetic energy into electrical charges to keep devices fully juiced up.

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U.S. Chamber Comments on FTC Robocall Summit

October 17, 2012 8:22 am | Comments

Ahead of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Robocall Summit, which will examine existing robocall technology, and issues related to illegal robocalls and consumer protection initiatives, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce called on regulators and lawmakers to work together to improve existing telecommunications law and correct the ambiguities that exist in relation to this mobile communication.

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Improve Your Golf Swing With This Mobile Device

October 17, 2012 6:21 am | Comments

You know the feeling: It’s hole one, and you’re chosen to tee off first. You step up, tee your ball and stretch out your arms. All eyes are on you. “Doesn’t matter,” you tell yourself, “I’m going to do great!” After a few practice swings, you line up — with one final, confident glance toward your target — and swing away.

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How to Double the Power of Solar Panels

October 17, 2012 6:17 am | Comments

In an attempt to further drop the cost of solar power, Bandgap Engineering , a startup in Woburn, Mass., is developing a nanowire-based solar cell that could eventually generate twice as much power as conventional solar cells. That’s a long-term project, but meanwhile the company is about to start selling a simpler version of the technology, using silicon nanowires that can improve the performance and lower the cost of conventional silicon solar cells.

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Peek Inside Google’s Vast Data Centers

October 17, 2012 5:54 am | Comments

As the world’s biggest search engine and provider of countless other online services, Google pushes a lot of data. To do that, it has some of the most advanced and largest data centers in the world, and now you can take a virtual online tour of them. The tour, located here , features many stunning photographs, showing vast arrays of server racks, thousands of feet of colorful pipes in the cooling systems, and miles and miles of ethernet cables.

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