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New Efforts to Curb Cellphone Theft

May 6, 2013 9:51 am | by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press | Comments

In San Francisco, where half the robberies were phone-related last year, District Attorney George Gascon is calling on major companies in nearby Silicon Valley to create new technology such as a "kill switch" to permanently and quickly disable stolen smart phones, making them worthless to thieves.


Experimental Air Force Aircraft Goes Hypersonic

May 6, 2013 9:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An experimental, unmanned aircraft developed for the U.S. Air Force went hypersonic during a test off the Southern California coast, traveling at more than 3,000 mph, the Air Force said Friday. The X-51A WaveRider flew for more than three minutes under power from its exotic scramjet...


New Study Quantifies Potential Impact of Auction Restrictions on Revenues

May 3, 2013 5:42 pm | by Robert J. Shapiro, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Coleman Bazelon | Comments

The Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business released a new study today on the potential impact of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) spectrum incentive auction rules if the Commission bans or limits participation of qualified auction bidders.


IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting Announces 2013 Call for Papers

May 3, 2013 5:39 pm | by IEEE International Electron Devices | Comments

IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting Announces 2013 Call for Papers in all areas of Electron Device Technology; Special Focus Sessions this year for BioMEMS, Analog Devices & Circuits, Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing, and Terahertz Devices


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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.


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?


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...



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