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As TVs Struggle, New Panasonic Chief Prepares Thorough Review

July 9, 2012 6:58 am | Comments

Panasonic Corp's new President vowed on Monday to implement a sweeping shake-up of the sprawling electronics maker that will see loss-making units shuttered or sold in a bid to revive profitability at the struggling conglomerate. Less than two weeks after shareholders approved him as president, 55-year-old Kazuhiro Tsuga has begun the task of deciding which of Panasonic's 90 business units may be axed.

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New Approach Uncovers Data Abuse on Mobile End Devices

July 9, 2012 6:52 am | Comments

Increasingly often, mobile applications on web-enabled mobile phones and tablet computers do more than they appear to. In secrecy, the "apps" forward private data to a third party. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken have developed a new approach to prevent this data abuse. They can put a stop to the data theft through the app "SRT AppGuard".

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Unprecedented Subatomic Details of Exotic Ferroelectric Nanomaterials

July 9, 2012 6:38 am | Comments

Successful imaging of individual atoms and associated electric fields in ferroelectrics could lead the way to a new era of advanced electronics. As scientists learn to manipulate little-understood nanoscale materials, they are laying the foundation for a future of more compact, efficient, and innovative devices.

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What Do Your Nike Shoes Know That They Aren't Telling?

July 6, 2012 9:12 am | Comments

Do you pronate? Do you need to lengthen your stride? Are your splits negative? For years, your trusty running shoes have kept secrets about your training and what you could do to improve. Today, Nike’s much anticipated Bluetooth connected Nike+ Training shoe, the Nike Lunartr1+, and the Nike+ Basketball shoe, the Nike Hyperdunk+, are giving a voice to all the secrets your shoes have been keeping about you.

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FDA Regulation of Mobile Medical Apps

July 6, 2012 6:34 am | Comments

Healthcare professionals and patients alike are embracing mobile medical applications for smartphones.  Experts project that, by 2015, 500 million smartphone users will be using medical apps. A 2011 press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicates the FDA’s plan to regulate some smartphone medical apps, a decision that has been met by both positive and negative reviews.

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Wi-Fi Networks at VA Hospitals: What Security is Acceptable?

July 6, 2012 6:33 am | Comments

In late April, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) CIO Roger Baker told FierceGovernmentIT that only one-third of VA’s large facilities currently have Wi-Fi but that the VA plans to have enterprise-grade Wi-Fi at the remaining two-thirds of VA facilities in the next two to three years.

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Sharing Data Links in Networks of Cars

July 6, 2012 5:43 am | Comments

A new algorithm lets networks of Wi-Fi-connected cars, whose layout is constantly changing, share a few expensive links to the Internet. Wi-Fi is coming to our cars. Ford Motor Co. has been equipping cars with Wi-Fi transmitters since 2010; according to an Agence France-Presse story last year, the company expects that by 2015, 80 percent of the cars it sells in North America will have Wi-Fi built in.

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NIST Goes the Distance for the Olympics

July 6, 2012 5:34 am | Comments

In yet another Olympian feat of measurement, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently calibrated a tape that will be used to measure out the distance of this summer's Olympic marathon—a distance of 26 miles 385 yards—to 1 part in 1,000. Image: NIST technician Christopher Blackburn uses a microscope to precisely align a retroreflector over the center of a hash mark on a measuring tape.

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Calling All Truckers ... Not!

July 6, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

Driver cellphone blocking technology could save lives Researchers in India are developing a new technology that will prevent truck drivers and other road users from using their cell phones while driving. The technology based on RFIDs could also be integrated with police traffic monitoring. Abdul Shabeer of the Anna University of Technology in Tamilnadu, India, and colleagues point out that globally around 20% of fatal road accidents with trucks and other heavy vehicles involved the drivers of those vehicles using a cell phone in their hand at the time of the accident.

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SMOS Satellite Measurements Improve As Ground Radars Switch Off

July 6, 2012 5:24 am | Comments

Over a dozen radio signals that have hindered data collection on ESA’s SMOS water mission have been switched off. The effort also benefits satellites such as NASA’s Aquarius mission, which measures ocean salinity at the same frequency.   We all know what happens when you place a cell phone too close to a speaker: seconds before the phone rings, that obnoxious buzz interrupts your favourite song.

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Mug Reheats Coffee Without Electricity

July 5, 2012 11:58 am | Comments

Having to reheat your hot beverage after it turns cold is not only inconvenient, but it’s also not very energy efficient. Designer Ryan Jongwoo Choi has created the Burning Cup that will keep your coffee or hot chocolate warm from the first to last sip without using any electricity. The mug contains a solution of sodium acetate, which is a solid form when cold and a liquid form when heated.

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Going Android: An Experiment

July 5, 2012 11:02 am | Comments

I’ve logged plenty of hours on Android phones, starting with the very first one, the remarkably rudimentary  G1 , back in 2008. But the phones in question have always been backups to my main handset (which, since mid-2008, has been an AT&T iPhone). Or they’ve been Android phones that I was reviewing or otherwise experimenting with.

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Google Graveyard, Meet Microsoft’s Morgue

July 5, 2012 10:45 am | Comments

Google used its official blog today to announce that it’s discontinuing a bunch of products. They range from the rather well-known iGoogle personalized home page to curios I’d never heard about until now, such as a search app for Symbian. The move is just the most recent of several mass executions which Google has performed since Larry Page returned to the position of CEO last year and declared that the company would henceforth be putting more wood behind fewer arrows .

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Smartphone Shoppers Actually Increase In-Store Sales

July 5, 2012 10:42 am | Comments

They call it “ showrooming ,” and to hear the nation’s retailers and other experts fret  about consumers using smartphones to buy online while shopping in stores, it’s the worst thing to happen to brick-and-mortar sales since Jeff Bezos started a website to sell books. Except it’s not. Turns out, consumers who use smartphones when out shopping are 14% more likely to make a purchase in the store than those without.

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Unstoppable Rise of the Smartphone Will Drive Analog Integrated Circuit Market

July 5, 2012 8:56 am | Comments

Technologies essential to the latest smartphones and tablets mean that the analog integrated circuit (IC) industry can look forward to guaranteed expansion over the next few years, states a new report* by business intelligence providers GBI Research. Analog ICs are used in a wide range of applications including third and forth generation (3G/4G) radio base stations and portable device batteries, as well as medical imaging scanners and electric cars.

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