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Germanium Transistors Are Four Times Faster Than Today’s

January 4, 2013 5:11 am | Comments

It might look like something out of Tron, but you're actually looking at a new type of transistor made out of germanium —which is four times faster than those currently in use. The new transistor , developed at MIT, is what scientists refer to as a p-type device: an electronic component which relies on holes —voids in a material's atomic structure—for current to flow.

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The Cloudy Horizon for 2013: 10 Predictions

January 4, 2013 5:04 am | Comments

What’s ahead in cloud computing for 2013? It’s a big topic, and many industry executives and pundits have offered their predictions about how cloud will evolve in the year ahead. Here’s our roundup of 10 the cloud predictions we think will be worth watching in 2013. 1. Cloud Will Blur Boundaries of Facilities and Operations Many data center services providers have entered the cloud arena.

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Teens Without Internet Are 'Educationally Disadvantaged'

January 4, 2013 4:54 am | Comments

The Internet has received more than its share of criticism from parents who condemn it as unsafe or addictive. But it's starting to seem more likely that not having the Internet is the worse option. A new study by Oxford University's department of education has shown that teenagers without web access are actually at a serious disadvantage educationally and socially.

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Gingerbread Still Dominates Android Landscape, Jelly Bean Reaches 10 Percent Share

January 4, 2013 4:37 am | Comments

The latest report from Android Developers is out, and, lo and behold, Android is still a very fragmented platform. Android 2.3 or Gingerbread is present on 47.6% of devices -- down from 55.8% in October 2012 but still very dominant. Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich is powering 29.1% of devices, and the latest and greatest Android, 4.

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5 Big Trends You'll See at CES 2013

January 4, 2013 4:32 am | Comments

Despite its uncertain future, the annual CES is always the year's first taste of the new technologies that will define it. With hundreds of companies peddling thousands of products, it's easy to get lost in the noise of pre-show chatter, but out of the chaos, various patterns are emerging, and some will grow to become bona fide "trends.

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Can CES Survive the Mobile Revolution?

January 3, 2013 4:52 am | Comments

I'm in CES prep mode: Crawling through hundreds of emails, making last-minute appointments, trying to ferret out interested bits of gee-whiz information from tight-lipped tech companies. On the surface, it's a rerun of the past nine years of my life. Deep down, however, I know that CES 2013 is different, and not necessarily in a good way.

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The Future Is Now: What We Imagined for 2013 - 10 Years Ago

January 2, 2013 6:40 am | Comments

Predicting the future is hard, but that doesn’t stop us from trying. We’re Wired, after all. Ten years ago, we boldly declared that we’d be living with phones on our wrists, data-driven goggles on our eyes and gadgets that would safety-test our food for us . Turns out, a lot of the things Sonia Zjawinski conceptualized in our “ Living in 2013 ” feature way back in 2003 were remarkably close to what we’ve seen.

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Microsoft Is Fast Turning Into A Sideshow

January 2, 2013 5:43 am | Comments

So, now it’s clear: Windows 8 did not blow the doors off during the holiday.  In context, this tepid launch is just one of a litany of failures fast relegating Microsoft to the status of incidental spectacle in the information technology business. If Windows 8 is Exhibit A, Exhibit B is Windows Phone 8.

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Google Glass Project In Flux

January 2, 2013 5:42 am | Comments

Despite news that show Google’s Project Glass project is still in flux, one investor and researcher is making his own. Rod Furlan reports at the IEEE Spectrum site how he decided to make his own Google Glass prototype. Project Glass Update with Babak Parviz Furlan’s post follows on the heels of an interview that IEEE Spectrum had with the Project Glass leader, Babak Parviz.

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World's First Eye-Tracking PC Accessory to Launch in 2013

January 2, 2013 5:37 am | Comments

Eye-tracking technology has been slowly emerging as a viable technology the last couple of years, and it comes in real handy when you want to know which parts of a Facebook profile people actually look at . One of the leaders in the space, Tobii, is set to bring the tech to consumers in 2013 with a peripheral that works with any Windows 8 PC.

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Apple May Already Be Testing the New iPhone and iOS 7

January 2, 2013 5:34 am | Comments

Apple undoubtedly has plans for a new version of iOS and a successor to iPhone 5 , but now we have the first signs that the Cupertino giant is already testing them in the real world. According to developer logs The Next Web has seen, Apple is testing a device with a new, "iPhone 6.1" identifier running iOS 7.

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Apple Touts 'Do Not Disturb' Feature in New Ad Right After It Malfunctions

January 2, 2013 5:32 am | Comments

Apple's ads have already gotten off to a bad start this year. The company put out a new ad on New Years Day touting the Do Not Disturb feature that comes with the latest version of iOS, which lets users mute incoming calls and alerts while the device is locked for a designated period of time.

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Avis Buys Zipcar For $500 Million

January 2, 2013 5:30 am | Comments

Eager to get a piece of the nearly $400 million car-sharing market in the U.S., Avis announced Wednesday that it was buying Zipcar for $12.25 per share or around $500 million. The agreement is a 49% premium over Zipcar's closing price on Dec. 31, and is expected to formally conclude in spring 2013.

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Drone Wars: Berkeley Considers Ban On Robotic Aircraft

December 28, 2012 6:37 am | Comments

The city of Berkeley, Calif., this week took the first steps toward a ban on drones as the autonomous aircraft deployed in the war on terrorism are being embraced for local law enforcement. The debate over creating a No Drone Zone in this famously left-wing stronghold is likely to be repeated across the U.

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RIM Is Generating Cash by Shrinking the Company

December 24, 2012 12:15 pm | Comments

RIM reported poor operating results on Thursday, Dec. 20, with revenue down 47% year over year, Blackberry shipments down 51% year over year to 6.9 million units and its subscriber base shrinking for the first time from 80 million to 79 million users.  RIM did generate $958 million in operating cash flow in the November quarter but a large amount was driven by lower inventories.

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