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Verizon to Pay $8.5B Dividend to Its Owners

November 13, 2012 3:25 am | by Verizon Wireless said Monday that it will pay a dividend of $8.5 billion next month to its owners, Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC., by the end of the year. | Comments

Verizon to Pay $8.5B Dividend to Its Owners It's the second dividend payment from Verizon Wireless this year. In January, Verizon Wireless ended a policy of using its cash to pay down debt, which freed up money to pay a $10 billion dividend to both owners. Vodafone, a British cellphone company with wide international interests, owns 45 percent of the very profitable Verizon Wireless, the largest cellphone carrier in the U.


Qualcomm Life Launches Its Wireless Health Solution in Europe

November 12, 2012 4:51 am | by The Associate Press | Comments

Qualcomm Life Launches Its Wireless Health Solution in Europe Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies (QTI), has announced the availability of its wireless healthcare services offering in Europe. Qualcomm Life's 2netT Platform and Hub are designed to enable medical device manufacturers and service providers to wirelessly connect their medical devices via a secure, cloud-based solution so that biometric information is easily accessible by device users, their healthcare providers and caregivers.


Slim Electrode Cozies Up to Single Neuron

November 12, 2012 4:45 am | by University of Michigan | Comments

Slim Electrode Cozies Up to Single Neuron A thin, flexible electrode developed at the University of Michigan is 10 times smaller than the nearest competition and could make long-term measurements of neural activity practical at last. This kind of technology could eventually be used to send signals to prosthetic limbs, overcoming inflammation larger electrodes cause that damages both the brain and the electrodes.


Taiwan's HTC Settles Patent Disputes with Apple

November 12, 2012 4:42 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Taiwan's HTC Settles Patent Disputes with Apple TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — HTC and Apple have settled their outstanding patent disputes. In a joint statement Sunday, the two companies said they also signed a 10-year license agreement that will extend to current and future patents held by one another.


Beam Me to My Meeting

November 12, 2012 4:33 am | by Cordis | Comments

Beam Me to My Meeting Forget about crackly lines or blurry webcams. Video conferencing has just got a whole lot better. By combining robotics, video and a host of other sensor and display technologies, European scientists can now virtually 'beam' you to locations on the other side of the globe.


Advanced Photonix Receives $5.9 Million Telecom 100G Commitment

November 9, 2012 6:05 am | Comments

Picometrix, an Advanced Photonix company, has secured a $5.9 million commitment for calendar year 2013 for its industry leading 100 gigabit per second (Gb/s or G) and 40G high-speed optical receivers from a leading telecommunications network equipment customer. The annual commitment is estimated at more than $5.


Wearable Wireless 3D Body Motion Tracking

November 9, 2012 5:40 am | Comments

The world’s first wearable wireless 3D body motion tracking system based on consumer-grade MEMS combo sensors will be on display at Electronica 2012 in Munich, Germany. Xsens built the demonstrator by combining patented sensor-fusion algorithms and wireless protocols with the iNEMO-M1 from STMicroelectronics (ST).


Activists Lose Bid to Halt Rare Earths Plant

November 9, 2012 5:02 am | Comments

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian activists lost a court battle Thursday to halt Australian miner Lynas Corp. from firing up a rare earths plant that has sparked health and safety concerns. After months of delay, Lynas in September obtained the Malaysian government's approval to start processing rare earths, which are minerals crucial for manufacturing high-tech products.


Blackberry vs. iPhone: There is a Winner, for Your Health Anyways

November 9, 2012 4:52 am | Comments

ANAHEIM, CA. (November 9, 2012) – The Blackberry vs. iPhone battle has been ongoing since Apple's 2007 phone debut, with no end in sight. That is until today. According to a study being presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), there is a clear winner when it comes to your health.


Team Controls Disaster Response Robot

November 9, 2012 4:43 am | Comments

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is the only foreign university team (on Track B) competing for the prestigious U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge. BGU's team "Robil" is developing software to control the GFE Platform being developed by Boston Dynamics, Inc.


AT&T to Expand Wireless, Wired Broadband Reach

November 8, 2012 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

AT&T to Expand Wireless, Wired Broadband Reach Many homes in AT&T's local-phone service areas will see the company becoming more competitive with cable for broadband service under a new $14 billion investment plan the company revealed Wednesday. But in more outlying areas, the company will start shifting customers from regular phone lines to wireless service.


Fixed-Mobile Divergence is Here to Stay

November 8, 2012 8:57 am | by Torbjorn Sandberg, CEO, Netadmin Systems | Comments

Untitled Document F ixed-Mobile Divergence is Here to Stay Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC), described as a  trend towards seamless connectivity between fixed and wireless telecommunications networks,  has come to an end. Yes, rest assured that some major players will continue to hammer the FMC message.


RIM Dismisses 'Dead On Arrival' Comment

November 8, 2012 6:44 am | by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Comments

OTTAWA (CP) -- Research In Motion turned to core supporters Wednesday in Ottawa, hoping to upsell its new BlackBerry 10 operating system as the company's shares fell after a biting report from a securities analyst. The company (TSX:RIM) invited federal politicians and their staff to a sneak preview of the yet-to-be-released devices, an event that RIM's Canadian managing director acknowledged was a bit like preaching to the converted.


Medical Devices Powered by the Ear Itself

November 8, 2012 6:25 am | by MIT | Comments

Untitled Document Medical Devices Powered by the Ear Itself Deep in the inner ear of mammals is a natural battery — a chamber filled with ions that produces an electrical potential to drive neural signals. In today’s issue of the journal Nature Biotechnology , a team of researchers from MIT, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) demonstrate for the first time that this battery could power implantable electronic devices without impairing hearing.


Judge Rejects Injunction Against Dish DVR

November 8, 2012 6:22 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Untitled Document Judge Rejects Injunction Against Dish DVR A California judge has rejected a request for a preliminary injunction against Dish Network's ad-skipping digital video recorder in a dispute that has pit broadcasters against a main distributor of their programming.



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