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Mercury Contamination in Water Detected with Mobile Phone

February 7, 2013 9:45 am | by University of Burgos (Spain) | Comments

Chemists at the University of Burgos (Spain) have manufactured a sheet that changes colour in the presence of water contaminated with mercury. The results can be seen with the naked eye but when photographing the membrane with a mobile phone the concentration of this extremely toxic metal can be quantified.

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Vodafone Revenue Falls amid Tougher Competition

February 7, 2013 9:33 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Telecommunications company Vodafone says its revenue dropped 2 percent in the third quarter due to tougher competition, a weak economy, and regulatory changes at home and abroad. The company said that revenue in the quarter ending on Dec. 31 fell to $17.4 billion.

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EU Pushes Plans for Safer, More Secure Internet

February 7, 2013 9:31 am | by Associated Press | Comments

EU officials are pushing a plan to make the Internet safer — more resistant to cyberattacks, freer from cybercrime and safer for children to use. The proposal unveiled Thursday would require each of the European Union's 27 nations to designate an authority to prevent and respond to Internet risks and incidents.

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Alcatel-Lucent Boss Leaving as Losses Mount

February 7, 2013 9:31 am | by GREG KELLER, AP Business Writer | Comments

Verwaayen said in a statement Thursday that it was "clear to me that now is an appropriate moment" for Alcatel-Lucent to seek new leadership. Investors cheered the news, with shares jumping 7.7 percent in early trading to €1.40. The Dutchman's surprise departure comes as Alcatel-Lucent reported losing €1.37 billion.

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Sony Trims Quarterly Loss to $115M

February 7, 2013 9:29 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

Sony Corp. is still struggling but managed to reduce its red ink for the latest quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company aims for a comeback from record yearly losses. Sony on Thursday reported a $115 million loss for the October-December quarter compared with a 158 billion yen loss a year earlier.

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Telit Machine-to-Machine Modules Certified for Use on the Verizon Wireless Network

February 6, 2013 5:52 pm | by Telit Wireless Solutions | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions has announced two of its M2M modules have received certification to work with the Verizon Wireless network. Now Telit customers can employ the DE910-DUAL and the CE910-DUAL modules to deploy a wide range of M2M applications such as, mobile computing, metering, vending and point-of-sale and telematics.

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SIMCom Renews Contract with Red Bend

February 6, 2013 5:38 pm | by Red Bend Software; SIMCom Wireless Solutions Co. Ltd. | Comments

Red Bend Software has announced that SIMCom Wireless Solutions Co. Ltd. has renewed its license for Red Bend’s vRapid Mobile to provide firmware over-the-air (FOTA) updating software on its machine-to-machine (M2M) modules.

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New Keyboard BlackBerry in U.S. Could Take Months

February 6, 2013 9:29 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | Comments

A modern BlackBerry with a physical keyboard might not arrive in the U.S. until May or June, a month or two behind other parts of the world, the chief executive of the smartphone maker suggested in an interview. Although Research in Motion Ltd. CEO Thorsten Heins said the exact release date will depend on each wireless provider.

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Using Single Quantum Dots to Probe Nanowires

February 6, 2013 9:23 am | by Joint Quantum Institute | Comments

Modern telecommunications happens because of fast electrons and fast photons. Can it get better? Can Moore's law-the doubling of computing power ever 18 months or so-be sustained? Can the compactness (nm-scale components) of electronics be combined with the speed of photonics?

Aussie Court Clears Google in Deceptive Ad Case

February 6, 2013 9:23 am | by KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press | Comments

Australia's highest court on Wednesday threw out a ruling against Google Inc. that had found the Internet giant guilty of breaching trade law by hosting deceptive advertisements. The High Court's decision overturned a federal court ruling from April that Google had engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct with four ads that appeared on its Google Australia website.

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Focusing on Strategic R&D

February 6, 2013 9:23 am | by PD&D Staff | Comments

Recently, Green Plug named longtime executive Kevin Jones to the newly-created position of Chief Scientist and appointed semiconductor industry veteran Rajeev Prasad to succeed Jones as VP of Engineering. The announcement followed Green Plug's Series C investment round, from U.K.-based strategic investor Imagination Technologies Group.

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Dell's Founder Strikes Deal to Turn it Around

February 6, 2013 9:23 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

It's easy to forget now, but Michael Dell was the Mark Zuckerberg of his day. Hailed as a young genius, he created the inexpensive, made-to-order personal computer in his University of Texas dorm room and sold it straight to the public.

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Wearable Cameras Provide New Insight into Lifestyle Behaviors and Health

February 5, 2013 10:08 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | Comments

Understanding the relationships between lifestyle behaviors and health outcomes can be enhanced by the use of wearable cameras, concludes a collection of studies in a special theme issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Three studies report on the latest preventive medicine research using Microsoft's wearable camera, the SenseCam.

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Live Action: Twitter Grabs Super Bowl Spotlight

February 5, 2013 9:48 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Beyonce's splashy show, a freak power outage, and —oh, yeah— a captivating game of football combined to generate a record 24.1 million posts on Twitter during Sunday night's Super Bowl. That's up from 13.7 million last year — and that doesn't even include chatter surrounding the ads.

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Japan 787 Probe Finds Thermal Runaway in Battery

February 5, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Japan's Transport Safety Board says the lithium ion battery aboard a Boeing 787 flight in Japan last month found evidence of the same type of "thermal runaway" seen in a similar incident in Boston. The board said in a report Tuesday that CAT scans and other analysis found damage to all eight cells in the battery that overheated on an All Nippon Airways 787 on Jan. 16.

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