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Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal Tracks Movement -- Even Behind Walls

June 28, 2013 8:54 am | by Sarah McDonnell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

The comic-book hero Superman uses his X-ray vision to spot bad guys lurking behind walls and other objects. Now we could all have X-ray vision, thanks to researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Researchers have long attempted to build a device capable of seeing people through walls. However, previous efforts to develop such a system have involved the use of expensive and bulky radar technology.

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UK Tech Guru James Martin Found Dead in Bermuda

June 28, 2013 8:46 am | by DANICA COTO, Associated Press | Comments

James Martin, a British philanthropist and technology guru who was once the highest-selling author on books about computing, has died near his private island in Bermuda. He was 79. Authorities in the British territory said Thursday that an autopsy is pending for Martin, whose body was found by a kayaker in waters near his home on Agar's Island. Police have said they do not believe a crime is involved.

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Apps Mix History with Technology at Gettysburg

June 28, 2013 8:37 am | by KEITH COLLINS, Associated Press | Comments

At the 150th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Gettysburg, many Civil War re-enactors will eschew the use of modern technology, but scores of tourists will embrace it. More than 5,700 Foursquare users have checked in at sites in the historic borough; more than 16,000 Facebook users have liked it. And in the weeks leading up to the anniversary, apps that offer maps and information about key battle spots have surged in popularity.

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TV-Over-Internet Service Aereo Heading to Chicago

June 28, 2013 8:33 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The service started in New York last year and expanded to Boston and Atlanta this spring. Service in the Chicago area will begin Sept. 13 and will come with several Chicago-area broadcast stations plus Bloomberg TV. Eligibility is limited to 16 counties in Illinois and Indiana.

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Hospitals Seek High-Tech Help for Hand Hygiene

June 28, 2013 8:32 am | by JIM SALTER, Associated Press | Comments

Hospitals have fretted for years over how to make sure doctors, nurses, and staff keep their hands clean, but with only limited success. Now, some are turning to technology — beepers, buzzers, lights, and tracking systems that remind workers to sanitize, and chart those who don't.

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RIM Shares Plunge in Premarket after Posting Loss

June 28, 2013 8:21 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | Comments

Shares of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion slid in premarket trading after the company posted a loss in the first quarter and failed to break out how many of its new BlackBerrys were sold. Analysts were hoping to see how BlackBerry's new touchscreen Z10 phone sold for a full quarter in the U.S. market. RIM only said it 6.8 million phones overall versus 7.8 million last year. That includes older models.

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Cambridge Nanotherm Delivers the First Commercial Order for its Ground-Breaking Chip-on-Heatsink Technology in Partnership with Optocap

June 27, 2013 1:55 pm | by Cambridge Nanotherm | Comments

Cambridge Nanotherm has announced, in partnership with Optocap, an advanced microelectronic and optoelectronic packaging design and assembly company, that the first ever Chip-on-Heatsink modules ordered have been shipped to a customer in the LED industry.

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IAR Systems Launch Updated Version of Tools for Renesas M16C and R8C

June 27, 2013 1:13 pm | by IAR Systems | Comments

IAR Systems has released a new version of its development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench for Renesas M16C and R8C. Developers working with microcontrollers based on these cores will now benefit from working with IAR Systems’ new user-friendly editor and source browser, as well as several new debugging features and integration with the version control system Subversion.

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GE Helps Utilities Manage Stressed Grids; Launches Technology to Improve Grid Efficiency and Reliability

June 27, 2013 12:54 pm | Comments

GE [NYSE: GE] has announced the availability of its MultilinTM DGCM Field Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) to help utilities improve network efficiency and reliability by monitoring and automating distribution assets. With the world’s demand for electricity growing almost twice as fast as its total energy consumption[1]...

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Data Translation Announces Signal Processing Library

June 27, 2013 11:43 am | by Data Translation Inc. | Comments

Data Translation Inc. has announced the release of the Signal Processing Library for .NET.  This hardware-independent software library contains extensive DSP algorithms that can be seamlessly integrated into many measurement applications, such as sound and vibration.

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RFMW Announces 10 Year Anniversary

June 27, 2013 11:02 am | by RFMW, Ltd. | Comments

RFMW Ltd., July 1, 2013 will mark the 10-year anniversary of their company. With worldwide headquarters in San Jose, CA. and sales offices throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East, the company has seen a continual acceptance of their “niche” philosophy in that “RFMW, Ltd. is a specialty electronics distribution company focused on RF and Microwave technology”.

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Keeping Networks Under Control

June 27, 2013 9:20 am | by Megan Fellman, Northwestern University | Comments

As the world becomes increasingly connected, the need to ensure the proper functioning of its many underlying networks -- such as the Internet, power grids, global air transportation, and ecological networks -- also is increasing. But controlling networks is very difficult.

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Feature Stops Apps From Stealing Phone Users' Passwords

June 27, 2013 9:12 am | by Ashley Yeager, Duke University | Comments

Imagine downloading a NetFlix app to your phone so that you can watch movies on the go. You would expect the app to request your account's username and password the first time it runs. Most apps do.But, not all apps are what they appear to be. They can steal log-in and password information.

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Review: Windows 8.1 Widens Gap with Older PCs

June 27, 2013 9:03 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says the latest update to Windows is a "refined blend" of its older operating system for PCs and its new touch-enabled interface for more modern, mobile devices. After some hands-on time with it, the update seems to me like a patch over an ever-widening chasm.

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PayPal Looks to Conquer Space (Payments)

June 27, 2013 8:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

PayPal wants to explore space — or at least begin to figure out how payments and commerce will work beyond Earth's realm once space travel and tourism take off.PayPal, which is eBay Inc.'s payments business, says it is launching an initiative called PayPal Galactic with the help of the nonprofit SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., and the Space Tourism Society.

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