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Major Breakthrough in High-Precision Indoor Positioning

December 19, 2012 6:12 am | Comments

Cell phones are becoming ever smarter, savvy enough to tell police officers where to go to find a missing person or recommend a rescue team where they should search for survivors when fire erupts in tall buildings. Although still in its nascent stages, indoor positioning system will soon be an available feature on mobile phones.

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Snapkeys Is a New Take on the Virtual Keyboard

December 19, 2012 5:57 am | Comments

Snapkeys, a whole new take on the virtual keyboard, officially launched in beta Tuesday. Rather than use the traditional QWERTY layout for keys on the screen of your Android phone or tablet, Snapkeys instead uses four virtual buttons on the screen, each providing access to three different letters.

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Instagram Vows: We Won't Use Your Photos in Ads

December 19, 2012 5:52 am | Comments

Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom vowed Tuesday to remove language from the service's privacy policy that seemed to say Instagram was going to allow user pictures to be employed in advertising. "The language we proposed ... raised questions about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement," Systrom wrote in a blog post entitled " Thank you and we're listening .

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GM to Unveil Cadillac ELR Electric Coupe Next Month

December 19, 2012 5:47 am | Comments

General Motors will unveil its 2014 Cadillac ELR electric coupe on Jan. 15 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the company announced Tuesday. Aside from the car being "design driven" and "electrically powered," Cadillac did not reveal many details about the coupe. According to Autoblog , however, the ELR was tested with the same range-extended electric drive system as the Chevy Volt .

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FCC Launches Tool to Ward Off Mobile Security Threats

December 19, 2012 5:45 am | Comments

Someone in the U.S. loses their cellphone every 3.5 seconds, which adds up to more than $30 billion in losses each year. Not to mention the losses associated with mobile security theft, password hacks and so on. To help consumers protect mobile devices and ward off security threats, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is stepping in with a new tool called the " Smartphone Security Checker .

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Is the US Health Care System a Target for Cyberterrorism?

December 18, 2012 10:06 am | Comments

The health care system in the U.S. is a $2.5 trillion industry and depends heavily on communication and the transfer of information via the Internet. This puts it at ever-increasing risk of a cyberterrorism attack, which could jeopardize lives and threaten patient care and privacy. Cyber threats are on the rise, and U.

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Small, Portable Sensors Allow Users to Monitor Exposure to Pollution on Their Smart Phones

December 18, 2012 9:58 am | Comments

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have built a small fleet of portable pollution sensors that allow users to monitor air quality in real time on their smart phones. The sensors could be particularly useful to people suffering from chronic conditions, such as asthma, who need to avoid exposure to pollutants.

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Strokes of Genius

December 18, 2012 9:16 am | Comments

Fourteen U.S. Olympians trained with it prior to this summer’s London games. College swim teams from coast to coast (Harvard, USC, Michigan, Northwestern University, and the U.S. Naval Academy, to name a few) have added it to their training arsenal. The first high school team to embrace the technology won its state championship, and numerous other high school programs now use it.

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Transit Wireless Selects RFS to Support Wireless Services for New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) Riders

December 18, 2012 5:42 am | Comments

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), the global wireless and broadcast infrastructure specialist, today announced that Transit Wireless has selected RFS products to support the architecture of its distributed antenna system (DAS) for the  New York City subway system. RFS products that will be used in the project include HYBRIFLEX conduit cable, transmission line cabling with low smoke, and zero-halogen jackets and jumpers.

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Bicycle of the Future Heralds Smart-tech Era

December 18, 2012 5:29 am | Comments

Innovative product development firm Cambridge Consultants is making the future of smart technology a reality with its ability to make everyday products digitally intelligent. The company’s latest design concept is the world’s first wireless automatic gear-changing bicycle.  This bicycle of the future – controlled by smartphone technology – is the latest example of how Cambridge Consultants is using its expertise in wireless technology to showcase the next stage of product evolution in the smart-tech era.

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Mouser and Marquardt Enter Global Distribution Agreement

December 18, 2012 4:49 am | Comments

Mouser Electronics , Inc . today announced a global agreement to partner with Marquardt , a world innovator in switching solutions. The Marquardt product line-up includes switches, sensors, and control devices. The Marquardt name represents a rich history in product pioneering. Some of Marquardt’s innovations include the first German-made snap-action switch, the first electronic systems for power tools, and the first specialty rocker and snap-action switches for the automotive market.

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Apple and Samsung Agree To No More Nastiness, What Does It Mean

December 18, 2012 4:22 am | Comments

They say there’s a thin line between love and hate. In the world of business however, the lines are clear and they are bold – you can’t miss them. This is especially true in the tech sector where companies fight every day trying to put each other out of business. There has been no better example of this than with tech giants Apple and Samsung and their on-going legal dispute over copyrights.

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FoxConn Making An Amazon Phone For 2013

December 18, 2012 4:19 am | Comments

Adding a little more weight to rumours have been around for almost a year now: a report from Taiwan suggests Amazon really is prepping a smartphone for launch in mid-2013. According to Taiwan Economic News , the e-commerce giant has contracted Taiwanese manufacturer FoxConn Technology to assemble 5 million smartphones, in preparation for launch between the second and third quarters of 2013.

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30 Under 30: Young Pioneers In Technology

December 18, 2012 4:15 am | Comments

  Josh Miller 22 CEO Branch It's easy to get people talking to each other on the Internet. It's harder to get them to be civil, much less produce aomething other people want to read. That was the problem Josh Miller and his two cofounders, Hursh Agrawal and Cemre Gungor, are trying to solve with Branch.

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Air Travelers Say Low Ticket Price Trumps Wi-Fi

December 18, 2012 4:10 am | Comments

In-flight Wi-Fi is one perk you're willing do without this holiday season , according to a new study. With all the presents and food you'll need to buy this holiday season, if you're buying airfare too, you're looking for just a bare-bones flight. According to a recent survey, holiday travelers are most concerned with the price of airfare tickets -- not whether the airline has perks like Wi-Fi and on-board snacks and beverages.

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