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Navy Unveils Squadron of Manned, Unmanned Craft

May 3, 2013 9:50 am | by JULIE WATSON, Associated Press | Comments

The squadron is expected to have eight manned helicopters and 10 of the Fire Scout MQ-8B, an unmanned helicopter that tracks targets and eventually will be armed, said Cmdr. Christopher S. Hewlett, who is the squadron's commanding officer.

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Pentagon Clears Use of Samsung's Devices

May 3, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The South Korean company said Friday the Galaxy S4 smartphone has become the first Android device to meet the security requirements set out by the U.S. government, allowing government and military officials to access the Defense Department's networks with the S4.

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Robotic Insects Make First Controlled Flight

May 3, 2013 9:32 am | by Harvard University | Comments

In the very early hours of the morning, in a Harvard robotics laboratory last summer, an insect took flight. Half the size of a paperclip, weighing less than a tenth of a gram, it leapt a few inches, hovered for a moment on fragile, flapping wings, and then sped along a preset route through the air.

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Dual-Color Lasers Could Lead to Cheap and Efficient LED Lighting

May 3, 2013 9:24 am | by Institute of Physics | Comments

A new semiconductor device capable of emitting two distinct colours has been created by a group of researchers in the U.S., potentially opening up the possibility of using light emitting diodes (LEDs) universally for cheap and efficient lighting.

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Sore Thumbs? U.S. Text Messaging Declines

May 3, 2013 9:19 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Now, many phone companies give text messaging away for free as part of a plan that mainly meters the amount of data used. That has helped stave off mass migration to Internet chat applications and Facebook messaging in the U.S., making the decline somewhat surprising...

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Intel Taps COO Krzanich as Chipmaker's Next CEO

May 3, 2013 9:17 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Intel, one of the pillars of Silicon Valley, is following its traditions and promoting an insider to the job of CEO. The world's largest chipmaker is tasking Chief Operating Officer Brian Krzanich with steering it through an industry shake-up that is seeing tablets...

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B&N to Add Google Play App Store to its Nook HD

May 3, 2013 9:13 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Retail Writer | Comments

The bookstore chain says it will add Google's Play app store to its 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch HD+ products in the U.S. and U.K. via a software update Friday. The move expands the number of apps available from the roughly 10,000 the Nook already offered in its own store ...

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Printable 'Bionic' Ear Melds Electronics and Biology

May 2, 2013 11:21 am | by Princeton University, Engineering School | Comments

The researchers' primary purpose was to explore an efficient and versatile means to merge electronics with tissue. The scientists used 3D printing of cells and nanoparticles followed by cell culture to combine a small coil antenna with cartilage, creating what they term a bionic ear.

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Gentle Touch and the Bionic Eye

May 2, 2013 11:10 am | by Inderscience Publishers | Comments

Normal vision is essentially a spatial sense that often relies upon touch and movement during and after development, there is often a correlation between how an object looks and how it feels. Moreover, as a child's senses develop, there is cross-referencing between the various senses.

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Tablets with Windows RT See Slow Sales, IDC Says

May 2, 2013 11:07 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Researchers at IDC said manufacturers shipped 200,000 tablets running Windows RT, the special version of Windows for iPad-style tablets, in the January to March period. That's down from about 900,000 shipped in the fourth quarter. Researchers at IDC said manufacturers shipped 200,000 tablets running Windows RT...

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Police, Politicians Push Surveillance Post-Boston

May 2, 2013 11:02 am | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | Comments

Police and politicians across the U.S. are pointing to the example of surveillance video that was used to help identify the Boston Marathon bombing suspects as a reason to get more electronic eyes on their streets.From Los Angeles to Philadelphia, efforts include trying to gain police access to cameras used to monitor traffic...

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Physical by Smartphone Becoming Real Possibility

May 2, 2013 10:58 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | Comments

It's not a "Star Trek" tricorder, but by hooking a variety of gadgets onto a smartphone you could almost get a complete physical — without the paper gown or even a visit to the doctor's office. Blood pressure? Just plug the arm cuff into the phone for a quick reading.

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Sony Execs to Give up Bonuses

May 1, 2013 10:34 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Around 40 executives of Sony Corp. and its group companies in charge of the mainstay electronics business have decided to give up their bonuses for fiscal 2012 ending March, taking responsibility for poor business performance, company officials said Wednesday.

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Carnegie Mellon Develops Zooming Technique for Entering Text into Smartwatches

May 1, 2013 10:25 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

Technology blogs have been abuzz that smartwatches may soon be on their way from companies such as Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft. But as capable as these ultra-small computers may be, how will users enter an address, a name, or a search term into them?

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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...

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