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Google Building Fleet of Package-Delivering Drones

August 28, 2014 | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon.com...

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We Have Lost A Legend: Jack Wayman Dies

September 2, 2014 9:36 am | by Consumer Electronics Association | Comments

International CES founder and consumer electronics (CE) industry legend Jack Wayman died Saturday, August 30 of natural causes at the age of 92, announced Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) President and CEO Gary Shapiro. “The consumer electronics industry has lost a legend..."

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Engineers Develop New Sensor to Detect Tiny Individual Nanoparticles

September 1, 2014 10:21 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

Nanoparticles, engineered materials about a billionth of a meter in size, are around us every day. Although they are tiny, they can benefit human health, as in some innovative early cancer treatments, but they can also interfere with it through viruses, air pollution, traffic emissions, cosmetics, sunscreen and electronics...

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Scientists Develop 'Electronic Nose' for Rapid Detection of C. Diff Infection

September 1, 2014 12:47 am | by University of Leicester | Comments

A fast-sensitive "electronic-nose" for sniffing the highly infectious bacteria C. diff, that causes diarrhoea, temperature and stomach cramps, has been developed by a team at the University of Leicester. Using a mass spectrometer, the research team has demonstrated that it is possible...

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Breakthrough in Light Sources for New Quantum Technology

September 1, 2014 12:39 am | by University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute | Comments

Electronic circuits are based on electrons, but one of the most promising technologies for future quantum circuits are photonic circuits, i.e. circuits based on light (photons) instead of electrons. First, it is necessary to be able to create a stream of single photons and control their direction...

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Real Tremors, or Drug-Seeking Patient? New App Can Tell

September 1, 2014 12:31 am | by University of Toronto | Comments

A 42-year-old investment banker arrives at the emergency department with complaints of nausea, vomiting, anxiety and tremor. He drinks alcohol every day—often at business lunches, and at home every evening. Worried about his health, he decided to quit drinking and had his last Scotch...

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Copper Shines as Flexible Conductor

September 1, 2014 12:24 am | by Monash University | Comments

Bend them, stretch them, twist them, fold them: modern materials that are light, flexible and highly conductive have extraordinary technological potential, whether as artificial skin or electronic paper. Making such concepts affordable enough for general use remains a challenge...

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Cellphone Addiction an Increasingly Realistic Possibility

September 1, 2014 12:21 am | by Baylor University | Comments

Women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones and men college students spend nearly eight, with excessive use posing potential risks for academic performance, according to a Baylor University study on cellphone activity published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions...

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Socially-Assistive Robots Help Children With Autism

September 1, 2014 12:08 am | by University of Southern California | Comments

This week, a team of researchers will share results from a pilot study on the effects of using humanoid robots to help children with autism practice imitation behavior in order to encourage their autonomy. The pilot study focuses on how robotics can help those with various special needs...

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Startups Offer Banking for Smartphone Users

September 1, 2014 12:02 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | Comments

The latest banks are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Startups, such as Moven and Simple, offer banking that's designed specifically for smartphones, enabling users to track their spending on the go. Some things haven't changed. Like traditional banks...

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Cleveland Welcomes Growing Field of Server Farms

September 1, 2014 12:00 am | by Mark Gillispie, Associated Press | Comments

Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the U.S. for storing digital information...

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Materials Other Than Silicon for Next Gen Electronic Devices

August 28, 2014 11:43 pm | by Penn State Materials Research Institute | Comments

In the consumer electronics industry, the mantra for innovation is higher device performance/less power. Arun Thathachary, a Ph.D. student in Penn State's Electrical Engineering Department, spends his days and sometimes nights in the ... 

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Visual Search to Shop: Gimmick or Game Changing?

August 28, 2014 11:37 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. It's a great idea — but it doesn't quite work ...

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Photo of the Day: Which 4 Unknown Geeks Secretly Rule the Tech World?

August 28, 2014 11:37 pm | by Who Is Hosting This? | Comments

We’ve all heard of tech giants Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), and Elon Musk (Paypal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors). They seem to be at the forefront of all cutting edge software, their names and faces on every technology news ...

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A New, Tunable Device for Spintronics

August 28, 2014 11:21 pm | by Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz | Comments

Spin-charge converters are important devices in spintronics, an electronic which is not only based on the charge of electrons but also on their spin and the spin-related magnetism. Spin-charge converters enable the transformation of ... 

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New Samsung Smartwatch Won't Need Companion Phone

August 28, 2014 11:18 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung has unveiled a computerized wristwatch that can do more without a smartphone to go with it, while LG has one with a round design. Thursday's announcements come as technology companies prepare for the holiday shopping season ... 

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