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Nissan NSC-2015 Self-driving Car with LTE and Smartphone Connectivity

October 9, 2012 4:50 am | Comments

NCC-1701 is the machine that took the world's imaginations to strange new worlds in the '60s. If Nissan has its way, NSC-2015 will be the machine that keeps us out of strange new parking lots. It's a concept car from Nissan, part of the CEATEC 2012 Smart Mobility Zero exhibit that has half the show floor covered by crazy electric-powered cars of all shapes and sizes.

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Wireless Technologies Transform Modern Medical Treatment

October 8, 2012 10:08 am | Comments

Technological advances in wireless technologies are leading to developments in the remote patient monitoring market, offering increased convenience to patients and improved access to efficient data management for medical professionals, states a new report by industry experts GBI Research. The new report* states that patient monitoring systems – specialized medical devices used to measure and record patients’ vital signs – are of critical importance in hospitals, home and ambulatory settings.

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This Wristband Knows When You Eat, Run and Sleep

October 8, 2012 5:51 am | Comments

A new health-tracking product called larklife wants to be the everyperson’s fitness monitor. The company’s CEO and founder Julia Hu said she sees a flaw with devices that use social competition to motivate people. “The problem is that that type of motivation is actually incredibly demotivating to the 95 percent of us who are not hyper athletes,” she said.

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Is the Samsung Galaxy Note II Too Big?

October 8, 2012 5:49 am | Comments

One of the most interesting things about category-defining devices is that they tend to polarize opinions based on one or several unique characteristics. Also, these standout features typically survive into the products’ sequels, which typically launch before anyone’s finished arguing about their worth.

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Foxconn Denies iPhone Factory Strike Reports

October 8, 2012 5:47 am | Comments

On Friday we heard reports coming from New York advocacy group China Labor Watch that Foxconn workers in China were on strike . Reported reasons were varied, from Apple asking people to work on holidays to alleged enforcement of tighter quality control. Now, the company is denying all strike-related reports.

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Hop Is a Suitcase That Follows You Around Hands-Free

October 8, 2012 5:41 am | Comments

For those who tire of dragging a heavy piece of luggage through the airport, a new hands-free suitcase will do all the work for you. Hop is a suitcase that follows close behind the user, as he or she moves out of range. It’s named after bellhops, people who are hired — often by hotels — to carry guests’ luggage, according to Hop’s official website .

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Did You Know 3 Billion USB Products Are Shipped Every Year?

October 8, 2012 5:34 am | Comments

The USB is often described as ubiquitous, and with good reason. An acronym for Universal Serial Bus, the USB’s purpose is to connect peripherals to a computer. From techie to casual computist, seeing a product with the familiar USB connector leaves a person with a warm, fuzzy feeling. There may be faster connectors, but USB is convenient, reliable, durable, relatively inexpensive and more than adequate for most tasks in terms of data transfer, making it the most popular way to connect.

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Apple Orders 10 Million ipad Minis

October 8, 2012 5:31 am | Comments

Apple has ordered more than 10 million units of a smaller version of the iPad for the fourth quarter — about double the amount Amazon has ordered for the Kindle Fire — according to a report. The Wall Street Journal cites unnamed Chinese suppliers for the report about the 7.85-inch tablets.

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More Efficient All-Organic Catalysts in Fuel Cells

October 5, 2012 8:22 am | Comments

Organic catalysts are a breakthrough in the quest for inexpensive and efficient materials for environmentally friendly production of energy in fuel cells. A new study by physicists at Umeå University in Sweden, published in ACS Nano , provides better knowledge about key processes in producing these catalysts.

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Two-Way Radio Users Warned of FCC Narrowbanding Mandate

October 5, 2012 8:12 am | Comments

Dallas, TX — BearCom, a nationwide provider of wireless communications equipment and solutions, today issued a warning to users of two-way radios about the wide-ranging consequences of failing to comply with the narrowbanding mandate from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  BearCom pointed to the latest statistics showing that more than one third of FCC licensees — 36.

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Building 3D Structures from a 2D Template

October 5, 2012 8:02 am | by The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | Comments

In modern telecommunications, light carries digital information over kilometers within seconds. Adapted optical materials con-trol the light signals. In the AFM journal, researchers from Ber-lin, Louvain, and from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology present a method to produce photonic crystals.

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A Multi-Photon Approach in Quantum Cryptography

October 5, 2012 7:56 am | Comments

from the University of Oklahoma Move over money, a new currency is helping make the world go round. As increasing volumes of data become accessible, transferable and, therefore, actionable, information is the treasure companies want to amass. To protect this wealth, organizations use cryptography, or coded messages, to secure information from "technology robbers.

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Mars Curiosity About to Really Shake Things Up

October 5, 2012 7:34 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

Mars Curiosity is about to take its first sip of the red planet's sand. But only after NASA's rover plays bartender to make sure the dry dust is shaken, not stirred. The rover's scoop will dig into the sand Saturday. But only after NASA's rover plays bartender to make sure the dry dust is shaken, not stirred.

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Far, Far Beyond Wrist Radios

October 5, 2012 7:29 am | Comments

To believe that technologies once dreamed of in science fiction novels, television shows, and comic strips may one day be a reality, or that real-world technologies might make the fantastic devices of fiction obsolete, you'd need to be either an optimist…or a futurist in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) .

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Entertainment Weekly Print Edition Comes with a 'Smartphone-like Android Device'

October 4, 2012 12:24 pm | Comments

If there's one advantage a print magazine still has over an online publication, it's the ability to offer all manner of crazy freebies glued to its pages. Maybelline samples , CDROMs packing the latest version of WinZip , or -- in tomorrow's edition of Entertainment Weekly -- something that actually looks pretty enticing.

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