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Netflix and Good Technology like NFC for Building Access

September 26, 2012 6:05 am | Comments

While Apple passed on integrating near field communication (NFC) into the iPhone 5 , a couple of Silicon Valley neighbors have been testing the short-range wireless technology for building access to see how workers can one day use their smartphone as keys. Netflix and Good Technology recently completed two pilot programs with security specialist HID Global, in what HID calls the first enterprise test of NFC for building access in Silicon Valley.

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iPhone 5 Owners Are Discovering Aluminum Is Softer Than Glass

September 26, 2012 6:03 am | Comments

The iPhone 5 hit stores last Friday . It’s the lightest, thinnest, most sleek iPhone yet. But owners are quickly discovering that with those advantages, there are some inherent downsides. The slender iPhone 5 has an anodized aluminum backplate rather than one made of Corning glass as in the iPhone 4/4S.

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Foxconn's Factory Back Up after China Brawl

September 25, 2012 5:16 am | by A Chinese factory owned by the manufacturer of Apple's iPhones has resumed production after a brawl involving some 2,000 workers highlighted chronic labor tensions in a country that prohibits independent unions. | Comments

Foxconn Technology Group and police said the cause of the unrest Sunday night was under investigation, but it comes amid a series of violent protests by workers in areas throughout China over grievances about pay and working conditions. Foxconn and police said as many as 2,000 employees were involved and 40 people were reported injured.

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ORNL Research Uncovers Path to Defect-free Thin Films

September 24, 2012 6:48 am | Comments

A schematic of a regular atomic array of ferromagnetic nano-domains formed due to an unconventional strain relaxation. A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Ho Nyung Lee has discovered a strain relaxation phenomenon in cobaltites that has eluded researchers for decades and may lead to advances in fuel cells, magnetic sensors and a host of energy-related materials.

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Sharing the Research on Car-sharing

September 24, 2012 6:41 am | Comments

Share and share alike is a concept we all learn as youngsters. Of course, when it comes to something as personal – and expensive – as a car, sharing’s not so easy. Due to rising fuel costs hitting hard, increased concerns about the environment and overcrowded cities, car-sharing services like Communauto are becoming a popular way to get around.

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Experiment in ULF Laboratory Corrects Prediction in Quantum Theory

September 24, 2012 6:36 am | Comments

An international team of scientists is rewriting a page from the quantum physics rulebook using a University of Florida laboratory once dubbed the coldest spot in the universe. Much of what we know about quantum mechanics is theoretical and tested via computer modeling because quantum systems, like electrons whizzing around the nucleus of an atom, are difficult to pin down for observation.

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Foxconn China Plant Closed After Massive Brawl

September 24, 2012 5:38 am | Comments

Taiwan’s Foxconn, the company that manufactures parts for Apple’s iPhone, has been forced to shut down its Taiyuan plant after a massive brawl among workers, 40 of which have been injured. Reuters reports the incident has started as a personal dispute in one of the plant’s dormitories, escalating into a full-on brawl involving 2,000 people.

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Warp Drive May Be More Feasible Than We Thought

September 24, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

A warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel — a concept popularized in television’s Star Trek — may not be as unrealistic as once thought, scientists say. A warp drive would manipulate space-time itself to move a starship, taking advantage of a loophole in the laws of physics that prevent anything from moving faster than light .

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See Who's Waiting In Line For the iPhone 5

September 21, 2012 11:41 am | Comments
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Appcessories: Changing the Way Kids Play

September 21, 2012 11:37 am | Comments

Today’s kids are growing up with technology that no other generation has ever experienced and are essentially serving as guinea pigs for a whole new generation of play. With kids exploring the blurred lines between physical and virtual play, toymakers are rushing to create more and more ‘appcessories’ for kids to interact with their toys – and their gadgets.

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Will the Next Facebook Begin on a Mobile Platform?

September 21, 2012 11:35 am | Comments

There will be a next Facebook. We’re not predicting its eminent demise, but history has proven that even the most dominant players eventually fall. Just ask the British or Mongol Empires, which at one time ruled 20% and 25%, respectively, of the world’s population. Our present day social media juggernaut, Facebook, is getting close to these numbers with 15% of the world’s population on its platform.

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Kickstarter to Users: We’re Not a Store

September 21, 2012 11:33 am | Comments

Kickstarter is cracking down on how gadget creators look for funding on the site by enforcing new rules that address the common risks and challenges that come with their projects. The crowd-funding site posted a message to its blog on Friday that prohibits product renderings and simulations, and requires creators to showcase products in their current stage of development.

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iPhone 5 Lines 83% Longer Than Lines For iPhone 4S

September 21, 2012 11:30 am | Comments

Far more people waited in line for the iPhone 5 launch Friday than waited for the release of the iPhone 4S last year, at least according to a new research note from top Apple analyst Gene Munster. Munster’s firm Piper Jaffray counted the number of people waiting in line for the iPhone at several Apple stores, including the flagship 5th Avenue store in New York, and found that the average line was 83% longer this year than for the iPhone 4S launch.

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Among Top Retailers, Walmart Dominates Mobile Check-Ins

September 21, 2012 5:24 am | Comments

According to a report released by LocalResponse , a New York company that helps companies target customers based on social media sentiment and check-ins, Walmart captures nearly 40% of mobile check-ins via Foursquare, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Yelp among the top ten U.

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Carbonite Mobile Backs Up the Contents of Your Phone, Android Version Supports Remote Wipes

September 21, 2012 5:12 am | Comments

Before today, Carbonite had a few mobile apps, but the backup process was something of a one-way street: you could access content on your handset, but you couldn't back up the contents of your phone. That changes today with Carbonite Mobile, a free app for iOS and Android that allows you to upload photos and other files to Carbonite.

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