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Talking Tissue Boxes and Other Smart Objects

May 1, 2013 9:59 am | by Penn State | Comments

As sensors and computers increasingly become smaller and cheaper, smart objects will appear in more homes and offices and not be hidden or shielded from interacting with people, according to the researchers. For example, smart refrigerators could talk or send tweets to signal...


Mozilla: UK Spyware Company Hijacking Our Brand

May 1, 2013 9:59 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | Comments

The Mozilla Foundation — responsible for the Firefox browser — said late Tuesday that Gamma International Ltd. was passing off its FinFisher spy software as a Firefox product to avoid detection. Mozilla described the tactic as abusive...


Apple Sells $17B in Bonds in Record Deal

May 1, 2013 9:58 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Cupertino, Calif., company sold the bonds in its first debt issue since the 1990s to raise money to pass along to shareholders through dividend payments and stock buybacks. The payments are part of an effort to reverse a 37 percent drop in Apple's stock price...


Coursera to Offer New MOOC Options for Teachers

May 1, 2013 9:57 am | by JUSTIN POPE, AP Education Writer | Comments

Coursera, the California-based for-profit platform for MOOCs from 62 leading universities such as Stanford, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, planned to announce Wednesday a new range of partners that include education schools and...


T-Mobile USA Completes MetroPCS Acquisition

May 1, 2013 9:56 am | by Associated Press | Comments

No immediate changes are expected for customers of either company. However, T-Mobile plans to shut down MetroPCS's network over two years, which means MetroPCS phones will eventually stop working. T-Mobile will use the space freed up on the airwaves to boost its own coverage and data speeds.


The Laptop of the 1920s

April 30, 2013 11:01 am | by Tammy Real-McKeighan, Fremont Tribune | Comments

Jean Meenen might have had the closest thing to a laptop that was available in the 1920s.Actually, it wouldn't have fit on her lap. Meenen was only about 5 years old when she got a Chautauqua Industrial Art Desk. The Fremont Tribune reports the turn-of-the-century tool looks like a wooden briefcase.


Internet-Based Program Effective in Reducing Stress

April 30, 2013 10:44 am | by Cleveland Clinic | Comments

Online stress management programs aim to increase accessibility for individuals affected by chronic stress at a lesser cost than traditional methods. Data suggests that stress reduction using ISM is comparable to face-to-face stress management.


Google Invades Siri's Turf with iPhone, iPad App

April 30, 2013 10:25 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Siri may be feeling a little job insecurity. The sometimes droll assistant that answers questions and helps people manage their lives on Apple's iPhone and iPad is facing competition from an up-and-coming rival made by Google. The duel began Monday with the release of a free...


Review: Google Now Useful as a Supplement to Siri

April 30, 2013 9:13 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google Now is often compared with the Siri voice assistant on Apple's mobile devices, but its power lies in giving you information you need to know before you have to ask. It works best as a supplement to Siri, rather than a replacement, now that it has expanded from Android devices to iPhones and iPads.


Shape-Shifting Mobile Devices

April 29, 2013 11:24 am | by University of Bristol | Comments

The research paper, to be presented at one of the world's most important conferences on human-computer interfaces, will introduce the term 'shape resolution' and its ten features, to describe the resolution of an interactive device: in addition to display and touch resolution.


Smartphones Overtake 'Dumb' Phones Worldwide

April 29, 2013 11:19 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Manufacturers shipped 216 million smartphones worldwide in the first three months of this year, compared with 189 million regular cellphones, according to a study IDC released late Thursday. IDC said smartphones made up 51.6 percent of the 419 million mobile phones shipped.


Higher Expectations for Digital Media at NewFronts

April 29, 2013 11:14 am | by JAKE COYLE, AP Entertainment Writer | Comments

There will be plenty of the same this week in New York at the second Digital NewFronts, the digital world's take on the annual TV "upfront" tradition. But ahead of this year's five-day-long overture to Madison Avenue, the talk is of both the great progress of digital entertainment and unrealized promises.


Cyberattack Suspect to Be Sent Home to Netherlands

April 29, 2013 11:12 am | by CIARAN GILES, Associated Press HAROLD HECKLE, Associated Press | Comments

A Dutch citizen arrested in Spain on suspicion of launching what authorities have called the biggest cyberattack in Internet history is expected to be handed over to the Netherlands within 10 days, a Spanish court official said Monday. The suspect — identified only by his initials S.K. — was questioned Saturday in the National Court...


SoftBank Allows Sprint to Conduct Talks with Dish

April 29, 2013 11:10 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Sprint Nextel says SoftBank is allowing it to seek more information from Dish Network related to its rival bid for the third-largest U.S. cellphone company.Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint has agreed to sell 70 percent of itself to Japan's Softbank Corp.


RACO Wireless Announces M2M Solutions Agreement with Rogers Communications

April 28, 2013 6:47 pm | by RACO Wireless | Comments

RACO Wireless has announced that it has entered into a carrier agreement with Rogers Communications, Canada’s largest wireless communication services provider. The agreement will allow customers of RACO Wireless the ability to deploy M2M solutions in Canada through its award-winning platform, the Omega Management Suite.



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