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Record Efficiency for Next-Generation Solar Cells

July 30, 2012 7:08 am | by The researchers, led by U of T Engineering Professor Ted Sargent, created a solar cell out of inexpensive materials that was certified at a world-record 7.0% efficiency. | Comments

Researchers from the University of Toronto (U of T) and King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) have made a breakthrough in the development of colloidal quantum dot (CQD) films, leading to the most efficient CQD solar cell ever. Their work is featured in a letter published in Nature Nanotechnology.

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US Soldiers to Wear Blast Sensors in Afghanistan, Collect Shock Data

July 30, 2012 6:24 am | Comments

Starting next month, around one thousand frontline personnel in Afghanistan will begin testing the Soldier Body Unit, a sensor kit for recording the effects of explosions on the human body. While that's not the most pleasant of subjects, the blast sensors have been rushed out to collect as much data as possible before soldiers head home in 2014.

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World's Smallest Semiconductor Laser

July 27, 2012 7:47 am | Comments

Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with colleagues in Taiwan and China, have developed the world's smallest semiconductor laser, a breakthrough for emerging photonic technology with applications from computing to medicine. This is an illustration of the nanoscale semiconductor structure used for demonstrating the ultra-low-threshold nanolaser.

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Photovoltaics From Any Semiconductor

July 27, 2012 7:41 am | Comments

Berkeley Lab technology could open door to more widespread solar energy devices A technology that would enable low-cost, high efficiency solar cells to be made from virtually any semiconductor material has been developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley.

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Samsung Outsells iPhone, Breaks Shipping Records

July 27, 2012 7:24 am | Comments

Consumers worldwide may still have iPhone fever, but it looks like Samsung shipped nearly twice as many smartphones as Apple during the second quarter. According to research firm Strategy Analytics , Samsung shipped 50.5 million units in its second quarter — the largest number of shipments ever made by a smartphone manufacturer in a quarter — and occupied about 35% of the global market.

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5 Essential Apps for Olympic Fanatics

July 27, 2012 7:12 am | Comments

1. Buddy TV Guide Buddy TV Guide allows you to navigate channels quickly and easily, so you won't miss your favorite Olympian's event. After you select channels, you'll be able to find them and watch at a moment's notice. Price : FREE 2. PlayUp Keep up with the Olympics in real-time and socialize with other fans via PlayUp .

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The Green Data Center Conference Returns to the Bay Area

July 26, 2012 11:15 am | Comments

The battle for lower operating costs and increased efficiency continues to way in as the most significant factor on the minds of data center owners and operators worldwide. The Green Data Center Conference and Exhibition provides the tools need to combat the growing energy challenge by educating attendees on the most innovative developments in power, cooling, IT, planning and management strategies.

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Apple's Invincibility Fades On iPhone Miss, Global Woes

July 26, 2012 10:23 am | Comments

Apple Inc's biggest success has become its biggest risk factor. The iPhone revolutionized the smartphone industry, driving Apple's expansion into Europe and China and, after just half a decade, yields about half its annual $100 billion revenue haul. But the world's most valuable technology company -- which throughout the global recession near-unfailingly smashed Wall Street forecasts -- is beginning to lose its aura of invincibility.

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Leading the Move to Next-Generation Car Infotainment Systems

July 26, 2012 6:24 am | Comments

STMicroelectronics has introduced the industry's first digital radio chipset that enables simultaneous reception and processing of AM/FM and multiple digital-radio broadcasts (e.g. DAB+). Complete with full software stack and support for a number of different broadcasting standards, ST's new digital radio chipset started volume production in Q2 2012.

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Automobiles Make The ‘MOST’ Use of Plastic Optical Fiber

July 26, 2012 6:22 am | Comments

Plastic optical fiber (POF) has been used in automotive networking systems since 1998 after successful introduction by Mercedes Benz, spurring the introduction of the Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) standard—a reliable and robust network protocol for an optimized multimedia of entertainment and information.

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In-Car Tech: Ultimate Guide to Infotainment

July 26, 2012 6:16 am | Comments

Fact: Pretty much all new cars are a decent steer. The driving experience delivered by the major brands is now so polished and so homogenous, that many cars, from a Ford Focus to a Volkswagen Golf, offer very similar dynamics. Likewise, the gap between premium and mainstream manufacturers has dwindled to vanishing point.

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Gesture-based Vehicle Controls

July 26, 2012 6:09 am | Comments

Wink if you want to turn on your radio Audio system and infotainment maker Harman is working on new technology that would allow drivers to control certain vehicle functions through gestures such as nods, winks, and hand signs. Harman says the technology would serve to alleviate certain distractions while behind the wheel, and a prototype car that employs the system could be ready for use in as little as two years.

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Is HondaLink the Future for Cloud-Connected Cars?

July 26, 2012 6:07 am | Comments

Infotainment system lets a tech expert take control of content and how it’s brought into the car. By unveiling its HondaLink system last week, Honda showed that when it comes to in-car technology, sometimes it's an advantage not being first to market. The lag allows you to learn from the mistakes made by the trailblazers in the segment.

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Lytro Focus-Free Camera Now Works with Windows

July 26, 2012 5:57 am | Comments

The Lytro has made waves in the world of photography since it was first announced in June 2011. By capturing all planes of light, Lytro allows users to focus and re-focus pictures by selecting different parts of the photo after you take it. Until now, however, Lytro was only available to Apple users.

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Google Glass Will Have Automatic Picture-Taking Mode

July 26, 2012 5:23 am | Comments

Google co-founder Sergey Brin revealed one of the features of Google Glass — the upcoming headset/eyewear device the search giant is developing — in an email to followers today. Copying a post he had shared to followers of Project Glass on Google+ , Brin said he was trying out a new feature of the product that automatically takes a photo every 10 seconds.

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