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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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Google Building Fleet of Package-Delivering Drones

August 28, 2014 11:52 pm | 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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How Wireless Technology Can Dramatically Improve Ship Safety

August 28, 2014 11:47 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

The sinking of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia in 2012 – and the reported difficulties in evacuating over 4,000 people with the eventual loss of 32 lives – underlined the urgent need to accurately trace passengers during ...  

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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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Smart Bracelets Revolutionize Hotel Industry

August 28, 2014 11:31 pm | by Basque Research | Comments

The Tecnalia Applied Research Centre has revolutionized the hotel sector with smart bracelets - the Smart VIB (Very Important Bracelet) that enables clients access hotel rooms without the need for a card, make payments using the PayPal system...

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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Photos of the Day: NASA in the 1940s

August 28, 2014 4:19 pm | by NASA | Comments

An engine mechanic checks instrumentation prior to an investigation of engine operating characteristics and thrust control of a large turboprop engine with counter-rotating propellers under high-altitude flight conditions in the 20-foot-dianieter test section....

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New Research Geared to Keep Women from Fleeing IT Profession

August 28, 2014 4:13 pm | by Baylor University | Comments

For years, employers and experts have been trying to reverse the exodus of women from information technology positions. They’re failing. Studies show that women are significantly underrepresented in the IT field, and the number of women who’ve graduated with degrees in computer and information science...

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Quantum Physics Enables Revolutionary Imaging Method

August 28, 2014 3:51 pm | by University of Vienna | Comments

Researchers have developed a fundamentally new quantum imaging technique with strikingly counterintuitive features. For the first time, an image has been obtained without ever detecting the light that was used to illuminate the imaged object, while the light revealing the image never touches the imaged object...

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