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Scientists Develop Light Bulb of the Future

December 4, 2012 4:03 am | Comments

Scientists have developed an entirely new light bulb that could potentially replace the typical buzzing, fluorescent lights in offices and commercial spaces. The team at Wake Forest University said on Monday it has created a lighting solution twice as efficient as traditional fluorescent bulbs that don't shatter, flicker or hum.

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Cellphone Addiction May Be Contagious

December 4, 2012 3:58 am | by According to a new study conducted by the University of Michigan, people are more likely to pull out their phone when someone around them does the same. | Comments

Think you’re addicited to your smartphone? Turns out that cellphone addiction might be contagious. In the study, researchers watched groups of students, documenting their cellphone use every 10 seconds. Overall, students were on their phones 24% of the time they spent with a friend, and were 39.

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Texting Turns 20: The History of SMS

December 4, 2012 3:53 am | by The first SMS was sent in 1992 by Neil Papworth. He sent the message “Merry Christmas” from his personal computer to his friend Richard Jarvis' Orbitel 901 handset over the Vodafone GSM network. | Comments

The text message was first commercially deployed a year later, in 1993, and after a relatively slow start is now one of the most popular ways for people to communicate with one another. Text messages are used for companies to send news to subscribers, as a way to enter contests, and were even used as a way to campaign during this year’s political election .

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Hands-On With the World-Changing $40 Tablet

November 30, 2012 6:29 am | Comments

The Aakash2 , the second generation of the monumental, ultra-cheap tablet from Indian manufacturer DataWind, arrived in the U.S. Wednesday, with a welcome at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. DataWind is hoping to prove to the tech and development communities that the $40 Aakash2 is faster than its predecessor, the original Aakash , which was much-criticized for its glacial processor.

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Augmented Light Bulb Turns Desk Into a Touchscreen

November 30, 2012 6:25 am | Comments

Powerful computers are becoming small and cheap enough to cram into all sorts of everyday objects. Natan Linder , a student at MIT’s Media Lab, thinks that fitting one inside a light bulb socket, together with a camera and projector, could provide a revolutionary new kind of interface—by turning any table or desk into a simple touchscreen.

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Email Snooping Bill Paves Way for Netflix Sharing

November 30, 2012 6:21 am | Comments

In a twist of legislative bureaucracy, a measure to beef up email privacy might have the side effect of letting your Facebook friends see all the videos you’ve been watching — with your blanket approval. The Senate Judiciary Committee today (Nov. 29) unanimously voted to pass an amendment that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before reading emails, Facebook messages and other electronic communications.

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Apple’s Ultra-Thin iMacs Now Available Online

November 30, 2012 6:19 am | Comments

Apple ‘s new, super-slim iMacs are now available for order on the company’s online store. If you want one fast, though, you’ll be better off ordering the smaller 21.5-inch model, which ships in one to three days. Shipping time for other configurations is seven to ten days. The 27-inch variant ships in two to three weeks, regardless of the configuration.

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Apps That Keep You From Getting Lost in Translation

November 30, 2012 6:17 am | Comments

When I was 16, I spent a summer studying Spanish in Spain. Armed with a pocket-sized Spanish-English electronic dictionary—high-tech at the time— I stumbled through the country. Now language translation apps for smartphones can do much, much more than that old plastic device with the rubbery buttons and one-line display.

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The Future of Nanotechnology is Now

November 30, 2012 4:38 am | Comments

I count several popular science fiction writers as friends. I share a political/whimsey blog with one of them, Sarah Hoyt . I was visiting Sarah's personal blog , and the question of the future of nanotechnology — given the upcoming fiscal cliff — came up in the comments. Sarah was of the opinion that the technology would be delayed indefinitely.

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Engineering Newswire 14: Blowing Up James Bond’s Aston Martin

November 29, 2012 11:31 am | by Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, we’re propelling bio-bots with rat blood, creating a dancing robot, “Gangnam Style”, and blowing up James Bond’s Aston Martin. This episode features:  | Comments

Propshop Modelmakers, which commissioned Augsburg-based voxeljet to 3D print James Bond’s Aston Martin. Researchers at the University of Illinois create new non-electronic, biological machines created by 3D printing the soft gelatin like polymer, hydrogel, and combining it with the heart cells of a rat.

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Engineering Newswire 15: Disney Robots Play Catch with Your Kids

November 29, 2012 10:59 am | Comments

On Engineering Newswire we're playing catch with Disney robots, colonizing mars with deep pocketed donors, and beaming aboard a Star Trek classroom. This episode features: Robotics experts at Disney's lab in Pittsburgh have created a humanoid robot that can play a game of catch. This eerie-faced robot not only tosses the ball to you, but he can find, register, and catch it.

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The Future of Wireless Charging

November 29, 2012 10:49 am | Comments

Let's cut some cords! Power cords, that is, as we take a look at the future of wireless power and charging! We've managed to cut all kinds of cords and cables in our daily lives, but are we finally ready to cut the power cord? Wireless charging is something we've all wished for, especially if we've had a taste of it already.

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How WiFi Works

November 29, 2012 10:22 am | Comments

If you've been in an airport , coffee shop, library or hotel recently, chances are you've been right in the middle of a wireless network. Many people also use wireless networking, also called WiFi or 802.11 networking, to connect their computers at home , and some cities are trying to use the technology to provide free or low-cost Internet access to residents.

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Patent Dispute May Halt BlackBerry Sales

November 29, 2012 6:04 am | Comments

A patent dispute between Nokia and RIM could ban BlackBerry sales. The dispute centers around a WLAN (wireless local area network) patent owned by Nokia which allows RIM devices to connect to Wi-Fi networks. RIM licensed a number of standards-essential patents from Nokia in 2003, thinking the patent in question was included in the deal.

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Windows Sales Down 21% Since Windows 8 Launch

November 29, 2012 5:43 am | Comments

Windows 8 may not be having the effect on sales that Microsoft had hoped. Sales are actually down 21% since the launch on Oct. 26, according to one researcher. The NPD Group reports that sales of Windows devices fell during the four-week period after the launch vs. the comparable period in 2011.

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