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Aircraft Sensors without Batteries or Cables

April 11, 2013 1:22 pm | by Vienna University of Technology, TU Vienna | Comments

An idea from EADS and Vienna University of Technology is taking off: in a joint project, Energy Harvester Modules suitable for aircrafts have been tested, which should supply sensor nodes with electrical power in the future.


Wild, Unregulated Hacker Currency Gains Following

April 11, 2013 10:55 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | Comments

With $600 stuffed in one pocket and a smartphone tucked in the other, Patricio Fink recently struck the kind of deal that's feeding the rise of a new kind of money — a virtual currency whose oscillations have pulled geeks and speculators alike through stomach-churning highs and lows.


Banks Rethink the Branch, but Will it Work?

April 11, 2013 10:44 am | by CHRISTINA REXRODE, AP Business Writer | Comments

In an age when checks can be deposited by smartphone and almost everyone retrieves cash from ATMs, the corner bank can seem a relic, with its paper deposit slips, marble countertops and human tellers behind glass partitions. But some banking executives say the brick-and-mortar...


House Committee Approves Pro-Business Cyber Bill

April 11, 2013 10:35 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | Comments

A House panel voted overwhelmingly Wednesday in favor of a new data-sharing program that would give the federal government a broader role in helping banks, manufacturers and other businesses protect themselves against cyberattacks. The bill, approved 18-2 by the House Intelligence Committee...


Satellite Shelved after 2000 Election to Now Fly

April 11, 2013 10:17 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Obama proposed Wednesday spending nearly $35 million in his 2014 budget to refurbish a satellite, nicknamed GoreSat by critics, that's been sitting in storage after it was shelved in 2001, months after Bush took office. It cost about $100 million by then with NASA's internal auditors faulting its cost increases.


Broadcasters Display Mobile TV Dongles at NAB Show

April 11, 2013 10:17 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

"If you're at a ball game or a Starbucks and everyone's trying to access the news, you're not going to get (video stoppages)," says Karen McCall, a marketing representative with Dyle Mobile TV, the venture backing the devices. The dongles are on display at the annual gathering of broadcasters...


VC Firms Team Up to Invest in Google Glass Ideas

April 11, 2013 10:17 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Three influential venture capital firms are teaming to find and finance entrepreneurs who want to create applications and other accessories for Google Glass. That's an Internet-connected device that is setting out to turn wearable computing into the latest fashion trend.


PC Outlook Darkens as Sales Slump Deepens in 1Q

April 11, 2013 10:17 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writers | Comments

No matter how things are parsed, the PC market is in the worst shape since IBM Corp. released a desktop machine in 1981. PC sales have now fallen from their year-ago levels in four consecutive quarters, a slide that has been accelerating even amid signs that the overall economy is getting healthier.


Bitcoin Economics: A Primer on a Volatile Currency

April 11, 2013 9:50 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Bitcoin, the virtual currency composed of digital bits, is based on cutting-edge mathematical schemes that guard against counterfeiting. But it's also based on an old idea, now dismissed by mainstream economists, about how a currency should operate — an idea that could be setting bitcoins up for an abrupt plunge.


Ingram Micro Teams with SAP to Expand Market Reach of Managed Mobility Solutions

April 10, 2013 1:37 pm | by Ingram Micro Inc. | Comments

Ingram Micro Inc. has announced it has teamed with SAP AG to help expand the market reach of SAP’s enterprise mobility solutions. Working closely with SAP, Ingram Micro Mobility expects to leverage its broad and deep... 


Dragonfly Inspires BionicOpter Flight

April 10, 2013 10:50 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

Inspired by the flight of the Dragonfly, the BionicOpter is ultra-light and can fly in all directions. With the ability to move each of its wings separately, it can also slow down, turn quickly, accelerate, and fly backwards. For the first time, a single aircraft can achieve the motion of the helicopter, plane, and glider.


Major Dell Shareholder Favors Recent Buyout Offers

April 10, 2013 10:31 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Dell's largest independent shareholder is leaning toward supporting one of the two bidders trying to scuttle the slumping personal computer maker's proposed $24.4 billion sale to a group including CEO Michael Dell. Southeastern Asset Management expressed its preliminary...


Orders of Keyboard BlackBerry Start in Canada

April 10, 2013 10:29 am | by BY ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | Comments

The maker of the BlackBerry phone said Tuesday that a modern smartphone with a physical keyboard will be available in Canada in the coming weeks as major wireless companies started taking advance orders. Details on when the BlackBerry Q10 will go on sale elsewhere will be announced soon...


Art Exhibit Pushes Boundaries of Online Privacy

April 10, 2013 10:13 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Image after image splashes on the wall of the art exhibit — a snapshot of young people laughing and drinking, a picture of an elephant, an exposed belly of a woman barely covering her breasts with one arm. The photos were taken from their computers without their knowledge through a technological glitch.


Austin Next City for Ultra-Fast Google Fiber

April 10, 2013 9:58 am | by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press | Comments

Google Inc. picked tech-savvy Austin on Tuesday as the next city where the search giant will wire homes with ultra-fast Internet connections, but did not say how much customers will pay or when the fiber-optic experiment might expand elsewhere in the U.S.



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