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Microsoft's Outlook Takes Aim at Google's Gmail

February 19, 2013 8:56 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft is so confident it has the Internet's best email service that it is about to spend at least $30 million to send its message across the U.S. The barrage begins Tuesday when Microsoft's twist on email, Outlook.com, escalates an assault on rival services from Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., AOL Inc. and a long list of Internet service providers.

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U.S. Security Firm Alleges Massive Chinese Hacking

February 19, 2013 8:54 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | Comments

Cyberattacks that stole massive amounts of information from military contractors, energy companies and other key industries in the U.S. and elsewhere have been traced to the doorstep of a Chinese military unit, a U.S. security firm alleged Tuesday.

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A Cooler Way to Protect Silicon Surfaces

February 15, 2013 9:23 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Silicon, the material of high-tech devices from computer chips to solar cells, requires a surface coating before use in these applications. The coating “passivates” the material, tying up loose atomic bonds to prevent oxidation that would ruin its electrical properties.

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Quantum Cryptography put to Work for Electric Grid Security

February 15, 2013 9:07 am | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | Comments

Recently a Los Alamos National Laboratory quantum cryptography (QC) team successfully completed the first-ever demonstration of securing control data for electric grids using quantum cryptography. The demonstration was performed in the electric grid test bed that is part of the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) project.

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My Classmate, the Robot: NY Pupil Attends Remotely

February 15, 2013 8:52 am | by CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press | Comments

In an elementary school hallway, a teacher takes her second-graders to the library, leading a single-file line of giggling boys and girls that's perfectly ordinary until you get to a sleek white robot with a video screen showing the face of a smiling, chubby-cheeked boy.

Researchers Invent “Acoustic-Assisted” Magnetic Information Storage

February 15, 2013 8:47 am | by Oregon State University | Comments

Electrical engineers at Oregon State University have discovered a way to use high- frequency sound waves to enhance the magnetic storage of data, offering a new approach to improve the data storage capabilities of a multitude of electronic devices around the world.

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Elliptic Technologies Secure HDCP 2.2 Content Protection Solutions Selected by ST-Ericsson

February 14, 2013 5:24 pm | by Elliptic Technologies; ST-Ericsson | Comments

Elliptic Technologies has announced that ST-Ericsson has selected the Elliptic hardware-assisted tVault HDCP solution to support the Wi-Fi (WFD) Miracast wireless technology on the NovaThor L8540 platform for smartphones and tablets.

Kinect Teleport for Remote Medicine

February 14, 2013 11:56 am | by Inderscience Publishers | Comments

The Microsoft Kinect game controller could cut the US healthcare bill by up to $30 billion by allowing physicians and other medics to interact with patients remotely so reducing the number of hospital visits and the associated risk of infection.

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Vortex Pinning could Lead to Superconducting Breakthroughs

February 14, 2013 11:48 am | by Louise Lerner | Comments

A team of researchers from Russia, Spain, Belgium, the U.K. and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory announced findings last week that may represent a breakthrough in applications of superconductivity.

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A New System Improves the Precision of GPS

February 14, 2013 10:31 am | by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid | Comments

Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have developed a new system which improves the ability of a GPS to determine a vehicle’s position as compared to that of conventional GPS devices by up to 90 percent, and which can be installed in any vehicle at a very low cost.

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Brazil: Local Company has Patent on iPhone Brand

February 14, 2013 10:05 am | by JULIANA BARBASSA, Associated Press | Comments

Brazil's patent authority has taken a bite out of Apple with an announcement Wednesday that the iPhone name in Brazil belongs to a local company called Gradiente SA, not to the global computer giant. The official publication of the verdict doesn't forbid Apple from using the name in Brazil.

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Wall Street: Comcast Got a Steal on NBCUniversal

February 14, 2013 9:59 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Is General Electric letting Comcast gobble up the NBCUniversal media empire at a bargain price? Wall Street thinks so. "The Comcast folks feel like they got a steal," said analyst Daniel Holland at Morningstar. Matthew Harrigan at Wunderlich Securities said GE "mispriced" the $16.7 billion deal.

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Tech Data & Brocade Initiative’s Partnership Focuses on Recruiting, Educating, & Enabling Resellers

February 13, 2013 5:46 pm | by Tech Data Corporation; Brocade | Comments

Expanding its advanced technical support capabilities and enablement tools, Tech Data Corporation has announced the launch of a Campus network-focused initiative in collaboration with Brocade. Through the initiative, Tech Data will focus on recruiting, educating, and enabling networking resellers.

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Master Electronics & Panasonic Industrial Devices Sign Distribution Agreement

February 13, 2013 5:19 pm | by Master Electronics; Panasonic Industrial Devices | Comments

Master Electronics announces the company has been awarded the prestigious Panasonic Industrial Devices franchise. The expanded Panasonic offering builds on decades of success between the two companies selling and promoting Panasonic.

Comcast Doubles Down on TV in $16.7B Deal for NBCU

February 13, 2013 10:22 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE,AP Business Writers RYAN NAKASHIMA,AP Business Writers | Comments

Comcast's $16.7 billion deal to buy the remaining half of NBCUniversal ahead of schedule represents a resounding vote of confidence in the future of TV, even as the growth of Internet video reshapes the entertainment landscape. The decision was driven largely by Comcast Corp.'s belief that it would end up paying substantially more.

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