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"A Better Siri" - Software That Knows the Risk

January 16, 2015 9:55 am | by MIT News | Comments

Imagine that you could tell your phone that you want to drive from your house in Boston to a hotel in upstate New York, that you want to stop for lunch at an Applebee's at about 12:30, and that you don't want the trip to take more than four hours. Then imagine that your phone tells you that you have only a 66 percent ... 

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Where Does Bioenergy Fit Into a Low-Carbon Future?

January 16, 2015 9:47 am | by Audrey Resutek, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | Comments

Biofuels like ethanol and other forms of bioenergy are often seen as a key part of a low-carbon future. But large-scale production of these fuels, which are usually made from either food crops like corn and sugar cane, or from woody plants and grasses, would represent a major shift in how the world makes its energy and uses ... 

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Google Predicts 2-to-5-Year Timeframe for Commercial Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 9:03 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years ...                                                     

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Google Glass Sales Stopped for Redesign

January 16, 2015 8:56 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google will stop selling its Internet-connected eyewear to consumers until the company can develop a more polished and affordable version that's less likely to be viewed as a freakish device ...                                

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Funding Boom Shows Power of Tech Startups, Raises Concerns

January 16, 2015 8:54 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into U.S. startup companies last year, investing at levels that haven't been seen since the heady days before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001 ...                                         

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25 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits Announces Call for Papers

January 15, 2015 2:48 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

The 2015 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits, an international technical conference focused on semiconductor technology and circuits, will be held at the Rihga Royal Hotel in Kyoto, Japan on June 15-18, 2015 (Technology) and June 16-19, 2015 (Circuits) ...                           

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Artificial Intelligence Helps Physicists Predict Dangerous Solar Flares

January 15, 2015 11:24 am | by Leslie Willoughby, Stanford News | Comments

Solar flares can release the energy equivalent of many atomic bombs, enough to cut out satellite communications and damage power grids on Earth, 93 million miles away. The flares arise from twisted magnetic fields that occur all over the sun's surface, and they increase in frequency every 11 years, a cycle that is now ... 

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Market for More Efficient GaN Power Conversion Devices to Hit $1.1 Billion in 2024

January 15, 2015 11:08 am | by Lux Research | Comments

Gallium nitride (GaN) materials can create much more efficient devices for electric power conversion in devices from cell phone chargers to hybrid electric vehicles, leading to a $1.1 billion market for GaN discrete components in 2024. However, the substrate that the GaN device is built on ...                       

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Infographic: How Tech Companies Are Changing Our Healthcare System

January 15, 2015 10:58 am | by The University of Illinois at Chicago | Comments

Health informatics is continually evolving and developing with the advent of new technologies. As you proceed with your Masters in Health Informatics education, you’ll learn that some of the most important players in the industry are tech companies ...                        

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New Movie, ‘Spare Parts’ Features Robots Built by FIRST Teams

January 15, 2015 10:34 am | by Haley Dunn, FIRST | Comments

The stars are aligning for science and engineering, as a new movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis, George Lopez, Carlos PenaVega and Marisa Tomei about a high-school robotics team makes its debut in theaters nationwide. The movie, “Spare Parts,” is based on FIRST Robotics Competition Team 842 - Falcon Robotics ...                 

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Rising Chinese Smartphone Manufacturer Takes Aim at Apple iPhone

January 15, 2015 10:02 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | Comments

Rising smartphone star Xiaomi is moving upmarket and taking aim at Apple's iPhone. The Chinese manufacturer known for ultra-low-priced handsets on Thursday unveiled a new model that chairman Jun Lei said ...                             

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Booking Hospital Visits with a Smartphone

January 15, 2015 9:58 am | by LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Business Writer | Comments

It's like OpenTable for medical appointments. No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings ...                       

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Why a Samsung Takeover of Blackberry Could Make Sense

January 15, 2015 9:52 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Propelled by the arrival of the Apple Watch, the global market for wireless power and charging in wearable applications is set to attain a gargantuan 3,000 percent expansion this year compared to 2014, according to IHS Technology. Global revenue this year from shipments of wireless power receivers and transmitters in wearable application ... 

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Photos of the Day: The 3D-Printed Shelby Cobra is Unveiled

January 14, 2015 10:42 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

With a 3-D printed twist on an automotive icon, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory showcased additive manufacturing research at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. ORNL’s newest 3-D printed vehicle pays homage to the classic Shelby Cobra in celebration of the racing ... 

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Research Finds Computers are Better Judges of Personality Than Friends and Family

January 14, 2015 9:19 am | by Clifton B. Parker | Comments

Computers can judge personality traits far more precisely than ever believed, according to newly published research. In fact, they might do so better than one's friends and colleagues. The study, published Jan. 12 and conducted jointly by researchers at Stanford University and the University of Cambridge, compares ... 

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