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iPhone 5 Sales Top 2 Million on First Weekend in China

December 17, 2012 6:53 am | Comments

Apple has sold more than 2 million units of the iPhone 5 in China , setting a new record for best first-weekend sales in the country. The Cupertino, Calif. company made the announcement Monday, just three days after the iPhone's Chinese launch on Dec. 14. "Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.

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Internet Explorer Vulnerability Allows Hackers to Track Mouse Movements

December 17, 2012 6:50 am | Comments

A vulnerability in different versions of Microsoft 's widely used browser Internet Explorer can allow hackers to track the movements of your mouse. This can potentially reveal sensitive data introduced via virtual keyboards, which are used precisely to avoid data theft via another online threat: key stroke loggers.

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Lapka for iPhone: Five Sensors to Measure the World, Inspired by NASA and Yves Saint Laurent

December 17, 2012 6:47 am | Comments

Lapka’s tagline may be the “Personal Environment Monitor,” but its name is rooted in the Russian word for paw . “We want to be the rabbit’s foot that you bring with you all day to make sure everything will be fine,” Creative Director and co-founder Vadik Marmeladov says. “It’s like a talisman, which you hold to be safe.

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IBM: Computers Will See, Hear, Taste, Smell and Touch in 5 Years

December 17, 2012 6:20 am | Comments

Today's PCs and smartphones can do a lot -- from telling you the weather in Zimbabwe in milliseconds, to buying your morning coffee. But ask them to show you what a piece of fabric feels like, or to detect the odor of a great-smelling soup, and they're lost. That will change in the next five years, says IBM .

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U.N. Summit Rejects U.S., Europe Hands-off-the-Internet Plea

December 17, 2012 5:58 am | Comments

Delegates to a United Nations summit agreed today that a U.N. body should take a more "active" role in shaping the future of the Internet, a move that had been opposed by the United States and its allies that had warned of greater government control. The agreement by delegates from the International Telecommunication Union's 192 member nations, a majority of whom raised their placards in support of the language, took place after 1:30 a.

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FCC Wants Texting Apps Like iMessage in Text-to-911 Plan

December 17, 2012 5:56 am | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission wants to require all cellular carriers and Internet-based messaging providers to support text-to-911 messages. While the four largest U.S. wireless carriers have already signed on to the plan , the U.S. agency today proposed guidelines that would require "over the top" text messaging apps -- those capable of sending text messages to phones -- to be part of the initiative, which is expected to operational by 2014.

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Why It's Important for Electric Cars to Feel Familiar

December 17, 2012 5:54 am | Comments

If you think about it, the electric car is an incredible act of deception. Sure, the vehicles may look pretty much exactly like the sedans that have filled our roads for the past hundred years, but once you scrape away the shell, their streamlined electric drivetrains and battery packs have almost nothing in common with the pistons and gears of a gasoline-powered car.

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UN Telecom Chief 'Surprised' by US-Led Treaty Snub

December 14, 2012 4:43 am | Comments

Brian Murphy, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Envoys from nearly 90 nations signed Friday the first new U.N. telecommunications treaty since the Internet age, but the U.S. and other Western nations refused to join after claiming it endorses greater government control over cyberspace.

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Tiny Compound Semiconductor Transistor Could Challenge Silicon

December 14, 2012 4:13 am | by MIT | Comments

Silicon’s crown is under threat: The semiconductor’s days as the king of microchips for computers and smart devices could be numbered, thanks to the development of the smallest transistor ever to be built from a rival material, indium gallium arsenide. The compound transistor, built by a team in MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories, performs well despite being just 22 nanometers (billionths of a meter) in length.

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SKorea: Samsung Chip Plant Caused Cancer

December 14, 2012 4:08 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

A South Korean government agency said Friday that working at a Samsung Electronics factory caused the breast cancer of a worker who died earlier this year, only the second time it has recognized a link between cancer and Samsung's chip plants. The Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service, which is part of the labor ministry, ruled earlier this month that there was a "considerable causal relationship" between the woman's cancer and her five years of work at a semiconductor plant near Seoul.

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What's a Phablet? New Giant Phones Decent, Despite Size

December 14, 2012 4:06 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Over the past few years, smartphones have gradually gotten bigger and tablet computers have gotten smaller. So it should come as no surprise that devices in between are starting to emerge. These Android devices, informally known as phablets, are better described as giant phones than baby tablets, as they can be used for phone calls.

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Review: New Google Maps Boasts Big Improvements

December 14, 2012 4:03 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Business Writer | Comments

Like a lot of people, I was happy and relieved to see Google Maps return to the iPhone. I'd been frustrated with the Apple mapping software that had replaced it three months ago. For one thing, it didn't have public transit directions, a feature important for New Yorkers like me. Apple's mapping app also wasn't as good as the old Google app in finding destinations.

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Sprint Offers $2.1B for the Rest of Clearwire

December 14, 2012 3:58 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Sprint Nextel has offered to buy out the minority shareholders of Clearwire for $2.1 billion in a deal that would give it total control of the flailing company and also more space on the airwaves for data services. Sprint said in a regulatory filing Thursday that it's offering $2.

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Senate Takes Step Toward Banning Stalking Software

December 14, 2012 3:51 am | by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press | Comments

A loophole that permits software companies to sell cyberstalking apps that operate secretly on cellphones could soon be closed by Congress. The software is popular among jealous wives or husbands because it can continuously track the whereabouts of a spouse. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday that makes it a crime for companies to make and intentionally operate a stalking app.

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Does Your Church Steeple House An Antenna?

December 12, 2012 8:44 am | Comments

Churchgoers seeking a better connection with God might have to look no further than their church‘s steeple. It could contain a cellphone antenna. Looking for places to put the devices — and to pacify people opposed to large, metal towers — wireless carriers across the country turn to churches and other buildings to rent space for antennas.

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