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'Nanoresonators' Might Improve Cell Phone Performance

August 31, 2012 7:30 am | Comments

Researchers have learned how to mass produce tiny mechanical devices that could help cell phone users avoid the nuisance of dropped calls and slow downloads. The devices are designed to ease congestion over the airwaves to improve the performance of cell phones and other portable devices. This image from a scanning electron microscope shows a tiny mechanical device, an electrostatically actuated nanoresonator, that might ease congestion over the airwaves to improve the performance of cell phones and other portable devices.

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Fretting Over Frank the Fern? Try Koubachi's Wi-Fi Plant Monitor

August 31, 2012 6:31 am | Comments

The $99 Koubachi Wi-Fi plant monitor pokes into the soil and uploads environmental data to the company, which then sends plant-care alerts customized for each species. If you're the kind of person who worries about Frank the Fern and Gertrude the Geranium while you're on vacation, a $99 cloud-connected plant monitor could be just the thing for you.

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Will There Be A Shortage of Apple's iPhone 5?

August 31, 2012 6:08 am | Comments

There might be a shortage of iPhone 5s when they hit the market. Juro Osawa at the Wall Street Journal reports Sharp "hasn't started mass producing screens" for the next iPhone. It was supposed to have been shipping screens to Apple by the end of August. Sharp isn't Apple's only supplier.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera Includes Wireless Charging Pad

August 31, 2012 6:05 am | Comments

Samsung's going all out with its Galaxy Camera accessory lineup. In addition to the cases and Flip Covers we saw at Unpacked earlier this week, the company had some external flashes and professional-looking holsters on hand at its IFA booth, including a grip-mounted adjustable strobe, a ring light set and a sophisticated carrying rig, complete with hinged barn doors to block out unwanted glare.

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Huawei's MediaPad 7 Lite Gets Detailed Specs, Shipping Dates

August 31, 2012 6:02 am | Comments

When Huawei revealed its new MediaPad 7 Lite slate, it wasn't generous with the details, but now we've got a few more to share with you. The final specifications are out, so we now know for sure that the ICS tab will arrive packing a 7-inch IPS display (1,024 x 600) supporting 1080p, a 1.

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Sifteo Launches Next Generation of Gaming Cubes

August 31, 2012 5:56 am | Comments

Sifteo Cubes, an interactive game system that appeals to both kids and adults, has just gotten a big upgrade — making it perfect for your next family game night. The tiny cubes have 1.5-inch LCD screens with built-in accelerometers. They respond to movement like shaking, flipping and tilting to display their content.

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Google Maps for Android Adds Half a Billion Meters of Bike Paths

August 31, 2012 5:28 am | Comments

If you’re an avid European biker with an Android smartphone, you’re in luck. Google Maps announced Wednesday it’s adding mobile biking directions and navigation for 10 European countries — Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

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Getting Rid of Your Old iPhone 4S? Apple Will Pay You For It

August 31, 2012 5:15 am | Comments

With mere weeks until the rumored release of the iPhone 5, Apple fanboys and girls may be clamoring to rid themselves of the old to make room for the new. Looking to offset the cost of upgrading? If you own an iPhone 4S, then you’re in luck. Through its Reuse and Recycling program, Apple will offer $345 on an Apple gift card in exchange for the old device, depending on its condition, The Next Web reports .

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Parent’s Dilemma: Are You Raising Tech-Addicted Kids?

August 31, 2012 5:08 am | Comments

This summer a mom I know told me her 12 year-old bookworm daughter regretfully handed back her Kindle Fire, saying she couldn’t handle the temptation to play games rather than read. Her mom was stunned. She assumed that all of those hours on the Kindle were being spent pouring over the school summer reading list.

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Advancements in Thermal Management 2012

August 30, 2012 7:15 am | Comments

A Symposium for Engineers and Product Developers is a conference highlighting the latest advancements in thermal technology for product design, system development and process management. It will be held September 18-19, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. This event will feature presentations on the latest advancements in thermal management and thermal technology for electronics packaging and cooling, temperature sensing and control, thermal materials, systems design and management for optimizing thermal properties.

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Action Cam Wants to Go Skiing, Skydiving With You

August 29, 2012 12:53 pm | Comments

Sony wants to capture every second of your next big sky-diving, mountain climbing or surfing adventure. The company unveiled on Wednesday during the 2012 IFA conference in Berlin a rugged new action video camera that can be tacked on to anything from a helmet to a surf board. The lightweight, ultra-compact HDR-AS15 Action Cam shoots HD video in almost any condition — rain, snow and even at depths down 60 meters.

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FAA to Reassess Use of Portable Electronics on Planes

August 29, 2012 12:48 pm | Comments

With the growing use of smartphones , tablets and other gadgets, the Federal Aviation Administration is reassessing its rules around the use of portable electronics during flights. The FAA , a U.S. agency that governs aviation safety, announced Monday that it is forming a “government-industry group” to study current policies and procedures surrounding portable electronics, and whether they can be used safely during flights.

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Startup Makes Doctors Accessible By Phone, Email

August 29, 2012 5:51 am | Comments

Name: Sherpaa Quick Pitch: The startup offers members 24/7 access to Sherpaa ‘s network of doctors by phone or email, for no additional cost. Genius Idea: Sherpaa helps startups procure optimal health insurance plans. Meet the health company that tech startups are choosing to cover their employees: Sherpaa.

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Dairyland Power Uses FreeWave Technologies Wireless Data Radios For Distribution Automation Applications

August 29, 2012 4:48 am | Comments

FreeWave Technologies announced that it has deployed wireless radios for La Crosse, Wisconsin-based Dairyland Power Cooperative (http://www.dairynet.com/), one of the area’s largest wholesale electric suppliers.  Dairyland uses FreeWave’s FGR-115 serial radios for a variety of distribution automation applications.

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An Analog Printer for a Digital World

August 28, 2012 11:58 am | by Check out this pretty cool Kickstarter idea backed by 465 people, who have pledged a whopping $55,873. The best part - they only asked for $10,000! That's when you know it's good. | Comments

The mPrinter is a small thermal printer that prints dynamic snippets of information we call mPrints. What is it? The mPrinter is a small, portable thermal printer that prints dynamic snippets of data we call mPrints.  mPrints can be simple text, HTML, images, or best of all, fully dynamic data created from a custom hosted Javascript environment on our website.

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