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How Wireless Charging Works

October 16, 2012 11:15 am | Comments

The fact that over 200,000 people have downloaded one of the various “shake to charge” apps, now available from Google Play, indicates our willingness to suspend any form of practical reasoning in pursuit of the dream of wireless charging. A quick investigation of the source code would likely reveal these apps do little more than to link the interrupt signal from the accelerometer to a progress bar indicating an alleged battery charge.

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At $499, is Microsoft's Surface Tablet Priced to Move?

October 16, 2012 10:45 am | Comments

Surface tablet pricing will start at $499, Microsoft confirmed today. But is that low enough to entice reams of buyers? Right off the bat, that price does have at least two things going for it. One, it comes with 32GB of storage not 16GB like the identically priced Apple iPad . Two, it comes with Microsoft Office -- for now that means Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview.

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Apple Sends Press Invites for iPad Mini Event

October 16, 2012 9:48 am | Comments

Following months of speculation and rumors , Apple released on Tuesday press invitations for its next big launch: the iPad Mini . The event will be held in on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in San Jose, Calif. The invite says: “We’ve got a little more to show you.” The invitation-only event will be held at the California Theatre in San Jose on October 23 at 10:00 a.

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The Evolution of the World’s Most Advanced Electric Vehicle Charging Network Goes Live

October 16, 2012 7:29 am | Comments

ChargePoint announced the availability of the ChargePoint 4.0 platform for electric vehicle drivers and charging station owners. ChargePoint 4.0 is a free upgrade for all ChargePoint account holders and is now live for all station owners and drivers. For station owners, ChargePoint 4.0 is a groundbreaking release with new features including: ChargePoint Connections, support for multi-site deployments, and additional pricing models for charging services.

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Underage Interns Found at iPhone Manufacturer

October 16, 2012 7:14 am | by Foxconn Technology Group said the interns were found by a company investigation at its factory in the eastern city of Yantai and were sent back to their schools. China's minimum legal working age is 16. | Comments

The company that manufactures Apple's iPhone said Tuesday it found underage interns as young as 14 working at one of its factories in China. Foxconn, owned by Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., said it was investigating with schools how the interns were sent to its factory. It didn't say how many underage interns it found.

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Another Advance on the Road to Spintronics

October 16, 2012 7:08 am | by Alexander Gray (left) and Charles Fadley at Beamline 9.3.1 of Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source where they are now carrying out HARPES experiments. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab) | Comments

Spintronic technology, in which data is processed on the basis of electron “spin” rather than charge, promises to revolutionize the computing industry with smaller, faster and more energy efficient data storage and processing. Materials drawing a lot of attention for spintronic applications are dilute magnetic semiconductors – normal semiconductors to which a small amount of magnetic atoms is added to make them ferromagnetic.

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Amazon In Talks To Buy Texas Instruments' Mobile Chip Business

October 15, 2012 7:37 am | Comments

Amazon in talks to buy Texas Instruments' mobile chip arm:TEL AVIV ( Reuters ) - Amazon.com Inc, the world's largest Internet retailer, is in advanced talks to buy the mobile chip business of Texas Instruments , Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist reported on Monday. If negotiations lead to an agreement, Amazon, which makes tablets and is expected to enter the smartphone industry, would become a direct rival to Apple and Samsung Electronics, which also designs their own chips.

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Microsoft Pulled Off Something Even Apple Couldn't Do

October 15, 2012 7:34 am | Comments

Today Microsoft unveiled Xbox Music , a Spotify-like streaming music service that'll be baked into Windows 8 PCs and tablets, Windows Phones, and the Xbox .  Except it's better than Spotify , Rhapsody , Rdio, and all those other streaming products out there. And it exemplifies Apple's failings to get streaming music right.

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Facebook Is Testing A Product That Will Revolutionize Mobile For Users And Startups

October 15, 2012 7:32 am | Comments

A month ago, news broke that Facebook is testing a mobile ad network. Facebook , under severe pressure to re-accelerate its revenue growth, is testing lots of new businesses these days, and the mobile ad network news got lost in the wash.  Here's why we should actually be paying very close attention: a Facebook mobile ad network, if successful and widely adopted, would dramatically increase the amount of money media and tech companies are able to make in the next decade.

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The Hidden Losers In Softbank's $20 Billion Sprint Deal

October 15, 2012 7:30 am | Comments

Softbank bought a controlling stake in Sprint for ~$20 billion. It's bad news for Yahoo , Yahoo shareholders, Marissa Mayer, Silicon Valley VCs, and tech startups. Here's how: Yahoo Japan is a joint venture between Yahoo and Softbank. Softbank was, until a few weeks ago, preparing to pay Yahoo ~$3 billion for its stake.

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BlackBerry Hangs On By A Keyboard

October 15, 2012 7:25 am | Comments

Google's Android and Apple's iPhone are vying for number one and two in the smart phone market. In a distant but still impressive third? Blackberry, which has 11 percent of the market . There are 90 million BlackBerry users around the world, but who are they? BlackBerry users tend to be older.

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24 Miles, 4 Minutes and 834 M.P.H.

October 15, 2012 6:44 am | Comments

A helium balloon made of 40 acres of ultrathin plastic took Mr. Baumgartner to an altitude of 128,100 feet. Mr. Baumgartner broke the sound barrier during his jump, reaching a maximum speed of 833.9 miles per hour, or Mach 1.24. More Photos » The man, Felix Baumgartner , an Austrian daredevil, made the highest and fastest jump in history after ascending by a helium balloon to an altitude of 128,100 feet.

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2 Skydivers, 52 Years Apart, Same Lofty Goal

October 15, 2012 6:41 am | Comments

The advice from master to student over the past three years has been simple: Be prepared. Know what to do and how to do it. "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner heeded Joe Kittinger's advice and followed it. In the desert surrounding Roswell, N.M., on Sunday, Baumgartner broke Kittinger's world record for the highest and fastest free fall.

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Freescale Freedom Development Platform FRDM-KL25Z

October 15, 2012 5:38 am | by Get an introduction to the Freescale Freedom development platform FRDM-KL25Z. Get up and running quickly with this step by step out of the box guide. | Comments
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Solar Cells Made From Black Silicon

October 12, 2012 6:52 am | Comments

Solar cells convert three-quarters of the energy contained in the Sun‘s spectrum into electricity – yet the infrared spectrum is entirely lost in standard solar cells. In contrast, black silicon solar cells are specifi cally designed to absorb this part of the Sun‘s spectrum – and researchers have recently succeeded in doubling their overall efficiency.

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