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NSA Revelations Force Question: What Do We Want?

June 10, 2013 9:48 am | by ADAM GELLER, AP National Writer | Comments

For more than a decade now, Americans have made peace with the uneasy knowledge that someone — government, business or both — might be watching. We knew that the technology was there. We knew that the law might allow it. As we stood under a security camera at a street corner, connected with friends online or talked on a smartphone equipped with GPS, we knew, too, it was conceivable that we might be monitored.

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Music Service, Mobile Software Expected from Apple

June 10, 2013 9:37 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple is expected to reveal a digital radio service and changes to the software behind iPhones and iPads on Monday as the company opens its annual conference for software developers.Apple hasn't said what it will unveil at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. But the major announcements are expected during Monday's keynote presentation.

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Cable Operators Buff Up Guides for Internet Age

June 10, 2013 9:34 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

Over the past year or so, Comcast Corp., Cablevision Systems Corp. and other cable providers have introduced new program guides on television set-top boxes. These improved guides act more like websites, making it easier to find movies, live TV shows and on-demand video.

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Leak of NSA Programs Tests U.S., China Ties

June 10, 2013 9:33 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | Comments

A day after the presidents of China and the United States ended their first summit, pledges of cooperation by the two leaders faced an early test from an unexpected quarter -- an American intelligence contractor was leaking highly sensitive U.S. surveillance programs from his hiding place in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong.

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Snowden's Cautious Approach to Post Reporter

June 10, 2013 9:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Edward Snowden used the code name "Verax," truth-teller in Latin, as he made his cautious approach to Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman about disclosing some dramatic state secrets on intelligence gathering. The 29-year-old intelligence contractor said he knew the great risks he was taking in exposing a phone records monitoring program and an Internet scouring program designed by the U.S. government...

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NSA Contractor Risks Steep Jail Time for Data Leak

June 10, 2013 9:27 am | by KIMBERLY DOZIER, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

The man who gave classified documents to reporters, making public two sweeping U.S. surveillance programs and touching off a national debate on privacy versus security, has revealed his own identity. He risked decades in jail for the disclosures — if the U.S. can extradite him from Hong Kong where he says he has taken refuge.

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MicroWave Technology Announces Advanced GaAs pHEMT-Based Ultra-Broadband Driver MMIC Amplifier up to 50 GHz

June 7, 2013 5:20 pm | by MicroWave Technology Inc. | Comments

MicroWave Technology Inc. (MwT), the RF division of IXYS Corporation, announced that it offers an advanced AlGaAs/InGaAs pHEMT-based MMIC ultra-broadband driver amplifier product up to 50 GHz. The product is targeted at applications including fiber optics communications, microwave/mm-wave communications systems, microwave/mm-wave testing equipment, and military applications.

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MathWorks Adds Capabilities to Speed Wireless and Radar Design with MATLAB and Simulink

June 7, 2013 5:10 pm | by MathWorks | Comments

MathWorks has announced strengthened support for wireless communications and radar design with MATLAB and Simulink. Release 2013a (R2013a) enhancements to Phased Array System Toolbox and SimRF now allow wireless communications and radar system designers to speed up modeling and simulation within the familiar MATLAB and Simulink environments. 

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NASA Set to Launch Latest Satellite to Study Sun

June 7, 2013 11:19 am | by Associated Press | Comments

ASA is preparing to launch its latest sun-monitoring satellite on a mission to improve space weather prediction. The Iris satellite will observe a little-studied region of the sun that emits ultraviolet light. Scientists hope examining the sun's lower atmosphere would help them learn more about how this region drives solar wind and powers the corona, the sun's outer atmosphere seen during eclipses.

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Microsoft to Add Outlook to Windows RT tablets

June 7, 2013 11:16 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft will add its popular Outlook email program to more tablets running on a lightweight version of its Windows operating system as part of a free software update this year. The Outlook 2013 app will be given to owners of Microsoft's Surface tablet and similar devices running Windows RT. That's a slimmed down version of Windows 8, a radical overhaul of the ubiquitous operating system used on most personal computers.

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U.S. Declassifies Phone Program Details after Uproar

June 7, 2013 11:00 am | by DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | Comments

Moving to tamp down a public uproar spurred by the disclosure of two secret surveillance programs, the nation's top intelligence official is declassifying key details about one of the programs while insisting the efforts to collect America's phone records and the U.S. internet use of foreign nationals overseas were legal, limited in scope, and necessary to detect terrorist threats.

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Is Big Data Turning Government into 'Big Brother?'

June 7, 2013 10:59 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials. The revelations that the National Security Agency is perusing millions of U.S. customer phone records at Verizon Communications and snooping on the digital communications ...

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NSA Whistleblowers Say Agency Casts Wide Net

June 7, 2013 10:58 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Former employees of the National Security Agency say the publishing of a court order asking Verizon to hand over all its phone calling records for a three-month period opens a new window on an operation that has been in place for years and involves all major U.S. phone companies.

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AT&T Says it's Connecting More Devices

June 7, 2013 10:57 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The nation's second-largest cellphone company said it expects to report adding a net 500,000 new devices on contract-based plans during the April-June period. That would be the best second-quarter figure since 2010. Since most Americans already have phones, the number of new customers added every quarter has been slipping across the industry. AT&T's tallies have been propped up by the addition of tablets...

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Photos of the Day: Earth-Observing Microwave Radiometer

June 6, 2013 2:12 pm | by NASA | Comments

Building the new radiometer took years to accomplish and involved the development of advanced algorithms and an onboard computing system capable of crunching a deluge of data estimated at 192 million samples per second.        

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