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Gift Guide: Solid Tech Options for Upgrading Mom

May 2, 2014 | by RON HARRIS, Associated Press | Comments

Mom is busy.She's working and making and doing and raising you, among other things. In return, it's probably time for her to upgrade her aging PC or laptop...                           

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Inventor Pushes Solar Panels for Roads, Highways

July 14, 2014 12:38 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | Comments

The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear...

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Amazon Asks FAA for Permission to Fly Drones

July 14, 2014 12:32 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | Comments

Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The news sent shares of the nation's largest e-commerce company up nearly 6 percent on Friday. The online retailer created a media frenzy...

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Billionaire Elon Musk Giving $1M to Tesla Museum

July 14, 2014 12:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The billionaire owner of Tesla Motors is giving $1 million to a New York museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the inventor who inspired its name. The Tesla Science Center announced Elon Musk's donation on what would have been Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday...

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San Francisco Parking Spot App Shuts down Service

July 14, 2014 12:23 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | Comments

An Italian company whose mobile app allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has temporarily shut down the service following an order from the city attorney. Despite saying last month that it wouldn't stop, MonkeyParking said in a blog post Thursday...

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Drive-Ins Use Creativity to Afford Digital Switch

July 14, 2014 12:20 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | Comments

Many in the movie industry feared the need to convert to digital could be the death knell for drive-ins, but drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch. Drive-in movie theater operators say more than 200 of the remaining 348 drive-ins in the U.S. have made the expensive conversion...

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Silicon Oxide Memories Catch Manufacturers' Eye

July 10, 2014 1:07 pm | by Rice University | Comments

Rice University's breakthrough silicon oxide technology for high-density, next-generation computer memory is one step closer to mass production, thanks to a refinement that will allow manufacturers to fabricate devices at room temperature with conventional production methods...

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'Melbourne Shuffle' Secures Data in the Cloud

July 10, 2014 1:03 pm | by Brown University | Comments

To keep data safe in the cloud, a group of computer scientists suggests doing the Melbourne Shuffle. That may sound like a dance move (and it is), but it's also a computer algorithm developed by researchers at Brown University. The computing version of the Melbourne Shuffle aims to hide patterns that may emerge as users access data on cloud servers...

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Speeding up Data Storage by a Thousand Times with 'Spin Current'

July 10, 2014 12:59 pm | by Eindhoven University of Technology | Comments

A hard drive stores bits in the form of tiny magnetic domains. The directions of the magnetic north and south poles of these domains, which are referred to as the magnetization, determine whether they are a 0 or a 1. Data is stored by changing the direction of the magnetization of the associated bits...

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Study Advances Limits for Ultrafast Nano-Devices

July 10, 2014 12:53 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | Comments

A recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides new insights on the physical mechanisms governing the interplay of spin and heat at the nanoscale, and addresses the fundamental limits of ultrafast spintronic devices for data storage and information processing...

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New System Would Give Individuals More Control over Shared Digital Data

July 10, 2014 12:47 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Cellphone metadata has been in the news quite a bit lately, but the National Security Agency isn't the only organization that collects information about people's online behavior. Newly downloaded cellphone apps routinely ask to access your location information, your address book, or other apps, and of course, websites...

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Photos of the Day: A Robotic Pen Scribe

July 10, 2014 12:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A robot writes a Torah at an installation in the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 10, 2014. It is an installation by the artist group robotolab. The robot is equipped with a pen nib and ink and will write the Torah in human speed...  

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Robot Writes Torah at Berlin's Jewish Museum

July 10, 2014 12:20 pm | by Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press | Comments

The robot's quill runs across the paper scroll, from right to left, scribbling down ancient Hebrew letters with black ink. It is penning down the Torah, the Jews' holy scripture, and it is doing it much faster than a rabbi could because it doesn't need to take breaks. The Torah-writing robot was developed by the German artists'...

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Samsung Faces Fresh Child Labor Claim in China

July 10, 2014 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant. Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it is looking into the allegation by China Labor Watch that its supplier Shinyang Electronics in Dongguan hired

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Report: Chinese Hackers Hit U.S. Personnel Networks

July 10, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to The New York Times. Senior U.S. officials say the hackers gained access...

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U.S., China Talk Cyberhacking Amid New Allegations

July 10, 2014 10:37 am | by Bradley Klapper & Louise Watt, Associated Press | Comments

Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the two powers had a frank exchange on the issue...

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