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U.N. Summit Rejects U.S., Europe Hands-off-the-Internet Plea

December 17, 2012 5:58 am | Comments

Delegates to a United Nations summit agreed today that a U.N. body should take a more "active" role in shaping the future of the Internet, a move that had been opposed by the United States and its allies that had warned of greater government control. The agreement by delegates from the International Telecommunication Union's 192 member nations, a majority of whom raised their placards in support of the language, took place after 1:30 a.

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FCC Wants Texting Apps Like iMessage in Text-to-911 Plan

December 17, 2012 5:56 am | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission wants to require all cellular carriers and Internet-based messaging providers to support text-to-911 messages. While the four largest U.S. wireless carriers have already signed on to the plan , the U.S. agency today proposed guidelines that would require "over the top" text messaging apps -- those capable of sending text messages to phones -- to be part of the initiative, which is expected to operational by 2014.

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Why It's Important for Electric Cars to Feel Familiar

December 17, 2012 5:54 am | Comments

If you think about it, the electric car is an incredible act of deception. Sure, the vehicles may look pretty much exactly like the sedans that have filled our roads for the past hundred years, but once you scrape away the shell, their streamlined electric drivetrains and battery packs have almost nothing in common with the pistons and gears of a gasoline-powered car.

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UN Telecom Chief 'Surprised' by US-Led Treaty Snub

December 14, 2012 4:43 am | Comments

Brian Murphy, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Envoys from nearly 90 nations signed Friday the first new U.N. telecommunications treaty since the Internet age, but the U.S. and other Western nations refused to join after claiming it endorses greater government control over cyberspace.

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Tiny Compound Semiconductor Transistor Could Challenge Silicon

December 14, 2012 4:13 am | by MIT | Comments

Silicon’s crown is under threat: The semiconductor’s days as the king of microchips for computers and smart devices could be numbered, thanks to the development of the smallest transistor ever to be built from a rival material, indium gallium arsenide. The compound transistor, built by a team in MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories, performs well despite being just 22 nanometers (billionths of a meter) in length.

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SKorea: Samsung Chip Plant Caused Cancer

December 14, 2012 4:08 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

A South Korean government agency said Friday that working at a Samsung Electronics factory caused the breast cancer of a worker who died earlier this year, only the second time it has recognized a link between cancer and Samsung's chip plants. The Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service, which is part of the labor ministry, ruled earlier this month that there was a "considerable causal relationship" between the woman's cancer and her five years of work at a semiconductor plant near Seoul.

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What's a Phablet? New Giant Phones Decent, Despite Size

December 14, 2012 4:06 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Over the past few years, smartphones have gradually gotten bigger and tablet computers have gotten smaller. So it should come as no surprise that devices in between are starting to emerge. These Android devices, informally known as phablets, are better described as giant phones than baby tablets, as they can be used for phone calls.

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Review: New Google Maps Boasts Big Improvements

December 14, 2012 4:03 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Business Writer | Comments

Like a lot of people, I was happy and relieved to see Google Maps return to the iPhone. I'd been frustrated with the Apple mapping software that had replaced it three months ago. For one thing, it didn't have public transit directions, a feature important for New Yorkers like me. Apple's mapping app also wasn't as good as the old Google app in finding destinations.

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Sprint Offers $2.1B for the Rest of Clearwire

December 14, 2012 3:58 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Sprint Nextel has offered to buy out the minority shareholders of Clearwire for $2.1 billion in a deal that would give it total control of the flailing company and also more space on the airwaves for data services. Sprint said in a regulatory filing Thursday that it's offering $2.

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Senate Takes Step Toward Banning Stalking Software

December 14, 2012 3:51 am | by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press | Comments

A loophole that permits software companies to sell cyberstalking apps that operate secretly on cellphones could soon be closed by Congress. The software is popular among jealous wives or husbands because it can continuously track the whereabouts of a spouse. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday that makes it a crime for companies to make and intentionally operate a stalking app.

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Does Your Church Steeple House An Antenna?

December 12, 2012 8:44 am | Comments

Churchgoers seeking a better connection with God might have to look no further than their church‘s steeple. It could contain a cellphone antenna. Looking for places to put the devices — and to pacify people opposed to large, metal towers — wireless carriers across the country turn to churches and other buildings to rent space for antennas.

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Qualcomm CEO Envisions Cell Base Stations in Your Home

December 12, 2012 8:38 am | Comments

Few companies have gambled as successfully on the mobile revolution as Qualcomm Inc. As Chief Executive Paul Jacobs looks ahead, he says he's ready to place more bets. The chip maker receives a patent royalty on just about every handset that uses third-generation or later cellular technology.

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How Mobile Payment Systems Are Redefining Commerce

December 12, 2012 8:30 am | Comments

Thanks to recent tech advances, investments by companies like Apple and Google , and the backing of traditional payment processors (as well as new startups), the mobile payments space is white hot. Consumers, particularly those in parts of Europe and Asia, have been making purchases using their cellphones for the better part of a decade.

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This Product Will Make Your Home Smarter

December 12, 2012 8:25 am | Comments

What if your house just ran itself? Every morning you could wake up to a fresh pot of coffee, a slice of warm toast and a heated kitchen that maintains just the right temperature for a chilly morning. Plus, when you leave your house for work, your door locks behind you automatically, your home's temperature control adjusts for an empty house and a special sensor kicks in to make sure your dog doesn't get into the garbage while you're away.

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Mac Computers Get Malicious Fake-Installer Trojan for First Time

December 12, 2012 8:21 am | Comments

Mac users don't typically have to worry about malicious trojans making their way onto their computers. However, according to researchers at Russian anti-virus company Doctor Web, Apple machines are now the target of a fake installer that tacks hidden fees onto mobile phone account bills. The malicious software is disguised as an installer for a popular application called VKMusic4, which allows users to listen to music via a Russian social media site.

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