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Big Jambox Is a Wireless Win for Music Fanatics

October 31, 2012 8:14 am | Comments

If your special someone is fed up with wires, it’s time to give him or her an updated (and blissfully wireless) sound system. The Big Jambox is a wireless speaker system that connects to music players via Bluetooth and can last up to 15 hours on a single charge. Created by Jawbone, the portable player comes equipped with a built-in microphone that can amp conference calls through FaceTime , GoogleTalk and Skype .

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Powerless New Yorkers Find Creative Ways to Charge Gadgets

October 31, 2012 7:39 am | Comments

Hurricane Sandy knocked out power for most New Yorkers below 39th Street. But an outage didn’t deter those iPhone-Android-clenchers and Wi-Fi -seeking nomads. Many people trekked uptown to (creatively) make use of power sources. Chase ATMs were crammed full of people who brought extension cords.

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Apple Delays iTunes 11 Launch

October 31, 2012 7:34 am | Comments

If you’ve been looking forward to iTunes 11’s big launch this month, you’ll be waiting a little longer. Set for an October release, Apple now plans to push that launch back a month, instead launching the next version of the music software in November. “The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right,” Apple’s Tom Neumayr said in a statement to All Things D .

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Low-Resistance Connections Facilitate Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes for Interconnects

October 31, 2012 7:30 am | Comments

Using a new method for precisely controlling the deposition of carbon, researchers have demonstrated a technique for connecting multi-walled carbon nanotubes to the metallic pads of integrated circuits without the high interface resistance produced by traditional fabrication techniques. Georgia Tech Professor Andrei Fedorov demonstrates the electron beam induced deposition (EBID) system used to create graphitic nanojoints to multi-walled carbon nanotubes.

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New Tool Aims To Ensure Software Security Policies Reflect User Needs

October 31, 2012 7:12 am | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and IBM Research have developed a new natural language processing tool that businesses or other customers can use to ensure that software developers have a clear idea of the security policies to be incorporated into new software products. Specifically, the research focuses on access control policies (ACPs), which are the security requirements that software developers need to bear in mind when developing new software.

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Near-Atomically Flat Silicon Could Help Pave the Way to New Chemical Sensors

October 31, 2012 6:30 am | Comments

Silicon is the workhorse of the electronics industry, serving as the base material for the tiny transistors that make it possible for digital clocks to tick and computers to calculate. Now scientists have succeeded in creating near-atomically flat silicon, of the orientation used by the electronics industry, in a room temperature reaction.

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‘Smart’ Uniforms to Sense Chemical Weapons

October 31, 2012 6:27 am | Comments

Researchers are looking to make a fabric for military uniforms that has pores to keep soldiers cool — but can quickly shut its pores in the face of danger. The result would be soldiers of the future wearing “smart” uniforms that sense chemical weapons and snap into a protective mode. “Without the need of an external control system, the fabric will be able to switch reversibly from a highly breathable state to a protective one in response to the presence of the environmental threat,” said Francesco Fornasiero, a chemical engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory who will lead research into making the new fabric.

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New York City Regulators Propose Rules for Taxi Apps

October 31, 2012 6:25 am | Comments

Taxi apps have been at the center of controversy lately, with authorities claiming they violate the law and pose security risks. Due to regulatory disputes, cab startup Uber was forced to end its service in New York City two weeks ago. Now, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) is about to release new rules that would allow these startups to operate in the Big Apple.

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iPad Mini Review Roundup: Quality Tablet, But Non-Retina Display Disappoints

October 31, 2012 6:23 am | Comments

  Since launching last week , Apple’s iPad mini has made quite an impression on consumers, selling out just three days after it became available for pre-order online . But what was the consensus among critics? A select few reviewers were lucky enough to prod, poke and play with the tiny tablet before the public could get their hands on it.

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Inside Shapeways’ New 3D Printing Facility

October 31, 2012 6:05 am | Comments

Shapeways took the wraps off its new 25,000-square foot 3D-printing facility in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg earlier this month. (The scissors used in the ceremony were 3D-printed, of course.) The factory, which is located in Long Island City, is Shapeways’ first outside the Netherlands and currently houses five printers and nine employees.

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Mouser Introduces New RF Technology Site

October 31, 2012 5:54 am | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. announces its newest technology site on Mouser.com covering radio frequency (RF) Technology. The new site is designed to help design engineers find the latest RF product information by frequency range, plus access the latest technical resources in as few clicks as possible.

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5 Halloween Tech Tricks and Treats

October 26, 2012 11:14 am | Comments

Every year I go through the same Halloween ups and downs with my daughters. First, way back in September, there’s the hand wringing and endless debates over what their Halloween costumes will be. Once that dilemma has been resolved, we turn to the decorating, signing up to volunteer at their school Harvest Festival and figuring out where and with whom to Trick or Treat.

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Watch This Human-Like Robot Endure Crazy Obstacles

October 26, 2012 11:11 am | Comments

In what looks like a robot scene pulled from The Terminator , a government agency has released a video of a search-and-rescue robot that can do everything from climb stairs to crossing narrow passages. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — which is a part of the U.S. Department of Defense — uploaded the video to YouTube to bring attention to the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC).

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Robots in the Home: Will Older Adults Roll Out the Welcome Mat?

October 26, 2012 10:34 am | Comments

Robots have the potential to help older adults with daily activities that can become more challenging with age. But are people willing to use and accept the new technology? A study by the Georgia Institute of Technology indicates the answer is yes, unless the tasks involve personal care or social activities.

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Apple Grudgingly Posts Notice Saying Samsung Did Not Copy the iPad in the UK

October 26, 2012 10:31 am | Comments

As directed by a UK court, Apple has published a notice on its UK website, stating that the court has ruled that Samsung did not copy the iPad while designing its Galaxy tablet. “On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.

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