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Review: Amazon Phone Better for Info Than Shopping

August 6, 2014 2:51 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

My buying habits have yet to change in my nearly three weeks with Amazon's shopping-centric Fire phone. Rather, I've found the phone's Firefly scanning feature to be far more useful as an information-gathering tool. The idea behind Firefly is a smart one: Use it to keep track of what you see and hear around you...

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U.S. Study: Split Views on Robots' Employment Role

August 6, 2014 2:46 pm | by Connor Radnovich, Associated Press | Comments

In 2025, self-driving cars could be the norm, Americans could have more leisure time and goods could become cheaper. Or, there could be chronic unemployment and an even wider income gap, human interaction could become a luxury and the wealthy could live in walled cities with robots serving as labor...

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Picture It: Facial Recognition to Find Lost Dogs

August 6, 2014 2:42 pm | by Sue Manning, Associated Press | Comments

Any worried pet owner who has spent days hanging posters, making phone calls and knocking on neighbors' doors hopes there's a more scientific way to find a lost dog. That became a reality when facial recognition technology successfully reunited a pet at San Diego County Animal Services with its owners....

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3-in-1 Optical Skin Cancer Probe

August 6, 2014 2:33 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

As thousands of vacationers hit the beach this summer, many of them will expose their unprotected bare limbs to direct UV sunlight, potentially putting them at risk of skin cancer later in life. To fight back, scientists can also turn to light, designing optical devices that may ...

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Ion Duet Offers Tunable Module for Quantum Simulator

August 6, 2014 2:24 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

Physicists have demonstrated a pas de deux of atomic ions that combines the fine choreography of dance with precise individual control. NIST's ion duet is a component for a flexible quantum simulator that could be scaled up in size and configured to model quantum systems...

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Autonomous RoboBoats Navigate International Competition

August 6, 2014 11:15 am | by Velodyne | Comments

Navigating a floating obstacle course with aplomb, an autonomous LiDAR-equipped boat from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University captured first place overall at the 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition held July 13 in Virginia Beach ...

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Photos of the Day: LiDAR Sensor Leads RoboBoat Competition

August 6, 2014 11:10 am | by Velodyne | Comments

Outfitted with Velodyne’s HDL-32 LiDAR sensor, the pilot-less Embry-Riddle vessel crossed the finish line ahead of the 12 other teams participating in the 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition, which was sponsored by the ...

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LEDs Made From 'Wonder Material' Perovskite

August 6, 2014 10:38 am | by University of Cambridge | Comments

A hybrid form of perovskite - the same type of material which has recently been found to make highly efficient solar cells that could one day replace silicon - has been used to make low-cost, easily manufactured LEDs, potentially opening up a wide range of ...

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Examining the Inner Workings of Supercapacitors

August 6, 2014 10:34 am | by New York University | Comments

A team of chemists from New York University and the University of Cambridge has developed a method for examining the inner workings of battery-like devices called supercapacitors, which can be charged up extremely quickly and can deliver high electrical power. Their technique, based on ...

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NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSat Space Missions

August 6, 2014 10:27 am | by NASA | Comments

NASA is opening the next round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative, part of the White House Maker Initiative, in an effort to engage the growing community of space enthusiasts that can contribute to NASA's space exploration goals. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives ...

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Samsung, Apple Agree to Drop Lawsuits Outside U.S.

August 6, 2014 10:23 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung and Apple have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest makers of smartphones. However, Samsung Electronics said ...

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Xiaomi Beats Samsung in Chinese Smartphone Market

August 6, 2014 10:18 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Xiaomi, a Chinese handset maker little known in the West, overtook tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. to become China's top-selling smartphone brand in the second quarter, a market research company said Tuesday. According to Canalys, Xiaomi sold ...

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HK Court: Tycoon Can Sue Google over Autocomplete

August 6, 2014 10:02 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | Comments

A court has ruled that a Hong Kong tycoon can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime. In a judgment released Wednesday, the court dismissed the Internet search giant's objections to tycoon Albert Yeung's defamation lawsuit...

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Used Cigarette Butts Offer Energy Storage Solution

August 5, 2014 9:30 pm | by Institute of Physics | Comments

A group of scientists from South Korea have converted used-cigarette butts into a high-performing material that could be integrated into computers, handheld devices, electrical vehicles and wind turbines to store ...                  

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Diamond Defect Interior Design

August 5, 2014 9:03 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

By carefully controlling the position of an atomic-scale diamond defect within a volume smaller than what some viruses would fill, researchers have cleared a path toward better quantum computers and nanoscale sensors. Physicists and his colleagues study a technologically useful diamond defect...

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