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Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap

April 15, 2014 | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants and adds a few useful tools of its own...            

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Remote Troops Closer to Having High-speed Wireless Networks Mounted on UAVs

April 16, 2014 11:10 am | by DARPA | Comments

Missions in remote, forward operating locations often suffer from a lack of connectivity to tactical operation centers and access to valuable intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data. The assets needed for long-range, high-bandwidth communications capabilities are often unavailable to lower echelons due to theater-wide mission priorities. DARPA’s Mobile Hotspots program...

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Inspired by a Music Box, Stanford Bioengineer Creates $5 Chemistry Set

April 16, 2014 10:58 am | by Amy Adams, Stanford News Service | Comments

When Manu Prakash was young he had a thing about flames. He's not encouraging all kids to follow his fiery lead – he did burn one hand pretty badly – but he thinks kids should explore more when it comes to learning about science. That's the idea behind his programmable, toy-like device that won a competition...

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Sensitive Detection Method May Help Impede Illicit Nuclear Trafficking

April 16, 2014 10:29 am | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the greatest danger to nuclear security comes from terrorists acquiring sufficient quantities of plutonium or highly enriched uranium (HEU) to construct a crude nuclear explosive device. The IAEA also notes that most cases of illicit nuclear trafficking have involved gram-level quantities...

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Scientists Achieve First Direct Observations of Excitons in Motion

April 16, 2014 10:14 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

A quasiparticle called an exciton — responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits — has been understood theoretically for decades. But exciton movement within materials has never been directly observed...

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Wireless Industry Makes Anti-theft Commitment

April 16, 2014 10:02 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | Comments

A trade group for wireless providers says that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.CTIA-The Wireless Association has announced that under a "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment," the companies including Apple...

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Phoenix Makes Strides in Satellite Architecture

April 16, 2014 9:33 am | by DARPA | Comments

The process of designing, developing, building and deploying satellites is long and expensive. Satellites today cannot follow the terrestrial paradigm of “assemble, repair, upgrade, reuse,” and must be designed to operate without any upgrades or repairs for ...

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Photos of the Day: DARPA Looks to Build Satellites with Robots

April 16, 2014 9:32 am | by DARPA | Comments

Phoenix seeks to enable robotics servicing and asset life extension in geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO), while developing new satellite architectures to reduce the cost of space-based systems. Specifically, Phoenix’s goal is to ...   

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From Air Traffic Controller to Grad Research in Fiber Optics

April 15, 2014 5:42 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

When ECE graduate student Janice Blane was still a prospective student, considering advisers and research programs, she did what anyone would do: she contacted faculty members who were doing innovative research, asking about opportunities in their labs. That seems normal, only ...

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CSR and OriginGPS Accelerate Adoption of Wearable Devices

April 15, 2014 1:57 pm | by CSR & OriginGPS | Comments

CSR plc and OriginGPS has announced a series of high-performance GNSS modules using CSR’s SiRFstarIV and SiRFstarV product lines. The new modules are 70 percent smaller than current solutions and deliver a 30 percent reduction in Time-to-First-Fix (TTFF), making them ideal for health and fitness trackers...

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Agilent Technologies Announces Fourth NanoMeasure Scientific Symposium

April 15, 2014 1:30 pm | by Janet Smith, Agilent Technologies | Comments

Agilent Technologies has announced that NanoMeasure 2014, a scientific symposium, will take place Sept. 16-17 at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology in Beijing, China. The two-day event, Agilent’s fourth such symposium, will feature some of the world’s most prestigious scientists presenting the latest nanomeasurement-driven research...

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RF Micro Devices to Webcast Quarterly Earnings Conference Call

April 15, 2014 1:14 pm | by RFMD | Comments

North Carolina – RFMD will host a conference call to review fiscal 2014 fourth quarter financial results on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. (ET). The conference call will be webcast live on the Company's web site under “Investors.” A telephone playback of the conference call will be available approximately one hour after the call's completion... 

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Beam on Target!

April 15, 2014 11:00 am | by Kandice Carter, Jefferson Lab Public Affairs | Comments

The crown jewel of the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (“Jefferson Lab”) has sparkled its way into a new era. Following an upgrade of the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility, the CEBAF accelerator delivered the highest-energy electron beams it has ever produced into a target in an experimental hall, recording the first data of the 12 GeV era...

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Photo of the Day: Optical Frequency Comb Sources

April 15, 2014 9:53 am | by Kosta Schinarakis, Karlsruhne Institute of Technology | Comments

The amount of data generated and transmitted worldwide is growing continuously. With the help of light, data can be transmitted rapidly and efficiently...                    

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Combs of Light Accelerate Communication

April 15, 2014 9:53 am | by Kosta Schinarakis, Karlsruhne Institute of Technology | Comments

Miniaturized optical frequency comb sources allow for transmission of data streams of several terabits per second over hundreds of kilometers – this has now been demonstrated by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Swiss École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)...                  

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Device Turns Flat Surface into Spherical Antenna

April 15, 2014 9:29 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | Comments

By depositing an array of tiny, metallic, U-shaped structures onto a dielectric material, a team of researchers in China has created a new artificial surface that can bend and focus electromagnetic waves the same way an antenna does...                   

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