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Will Microsoft’s Police Surveillance System Violate Your Privacy?

August 13, 2012 6:33 am | Comments

The Microsoft-powered police surveillance system being installed in New York City is an impressive bit of innovation: It connects a wide variety of technology already in use by the New York Police Department in a way that gives police a powerful new tool in preventing and solving crime. The system, dubbed the Domain Awareness System (DAS), sounds like science fiction: Part Minority Report, part 1984.

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Can Alcohol Make Tech Companies More Creative?

August 13, 2012 6:30 am | Comments

Silicon Valley believes in neither inhibition, nor prohibition. Openness is encouraged, drunkenness is often cast upon blind eyes. And yet some still frown on the idea that alcohol is anything other than an evil liquid, sent by the forces of darkness to make man incoherent. I have scientific evidence that this might not be the case.

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iPhone 5 -- What Would An Apple Wallet Mean For Banks?

August 13, 2012 6:27 am | Comments

When Apple introduced Passbook at its developers conference in June, it looked like one more step on the way to making the iPhone an electronic wallet. Andy Schmidt, a research director at CEB TowerGroup’s commercial banking and payments practice, called it “a potentially disruptive mobile wallet waiting for payment capabilities.

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Burn After Calling: Disposable Phone Numbers

August 13, 2012 6:25 am | Comments

There's always a pause after someone asks, "Can I have your number?" Someone's silently wondering if complying will mean trouble. What if you didn't have to worry about about that?  Enter the Burner App . For $1.99 per use, iPhone owners can get a disposable, short-term phone number to use for business, pleasure or any combination of the two.

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Google, PayPal, VeriFone and US Carriers Band Together to Form Mobile Payments Committee

August 10, 2012 9:30 am | Comments

There's little doubt that mobile payments hold a ton of potential for the future of commerce, but without proper direction (and willingness for adoption), the technology remains little more than an impractical curiosity for the majority of consumers. In an effort to define a way forward for the mobile payment industry, a large number of heavy hitters have banded together under the umbrella of the Electronic Transactions Association to form the Mobile Payments Committee.

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How Next-gen Solar Tech Can Break Through In A Tough Market

August 10, 2012 9:26 am | Comments

Here’s five ways that next-generation solar technologies can survive and even thrive in the difficult solar manufacturing market. The past 18 months will be remembered as a time when solar manufacturers delivered ugly earnings reports and even witnessed some of their smaller peers face bankruptcy.

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Incredible: Disney Just Figured Out How to Make Any Plant Into a Multi-touch Sensor

August 10, 2012 9:21 am | Comments

Disneyland is going to get a touch more awesome if new research coming out of Disney’s Pittsburgh research lab gets its day. The project, called Botanicus Interacticus , turns plants into multi-touch sensors. Just check out this promotional video for its SIGGRAPH 2012 exhibition and tell me it’s not rad: The plants will be paired with visual displays that allow the input to be projected back to the user in the form of visual responses.

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Samsung Tablet Sales: Teeny Tiny Next to iPad

August 10, 2012 9:14 am | Comments

Samsung Electronics' total U.S. Galaxy Tab unit sales represented just 4 percent of the Apple iPad 's sales, underscoring the tremendous gap between the two companies when it comes to tablets . In total, Samsung sold 1.4 million units of its Galaxy Tab , Galaxy Tab 10.1 , and the LTE variant of the 10.

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Cobham Awarded $65 Million Contract for Boeing Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite Components

August 10, 2012 8:34 am | Comments

Cobham Defense Electronics in Lowell, Massachusetts will supply 1000 modules for the phased array antennas on each satellite. The modules are made up of a complex power amplifier, beamformer and receive amplifier modules.  The modules allow the satellite to transmit and receive communications.

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Why The Next iPhone Has A Two-Toned Metal Backplate

August 10, 2012 7:51 am | Comments

At this point, most of our readers are familiar with what the next iPhone is going to look like, including the fact that it will feature a unibody design with a two-tone metal backplate. But what’s the story with that metal backplate? Has it been designed that way just to look good and set itself apart from the design of the iPhone 4/4S, or is there a more cogent design philosophy behind the three alternating stripes of metal and glass? We won’t know for sure what Apple is thinking until the iPhone 5 is officially announced, but one industrial designer has a great theory about why the back of the next iPhone looks the way it does.

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Never again a flat vehicle battery: RUB researchers develop early warning system

August 9, 2012 7:12 am | by Eurekalert! | Comments

Battery management permanently checks the age, state of charge and operational reliability   Never again a flat battery RUB researchers develop an early warning system for vehicle batteries Battery management permanently checks the age, state of charge and operational reliability   A flat battery can turn an unsuspecting car driver into an unintentional pedestrian.

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Lenovo Unveils the Windows Tablet We’ve Been Waiting For [HANDS ON]

August 9, 2012 7:07 am | Comments

by Peter Pachal Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a Windows 8 tablet with something special inside. An Intel Atom chip ("Clover Trail") powers the device, bringing fully featured Windows -- not Windows RT -- to a tablet device. Angle View The ThinkPad Tablet 2 is just 0.

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New Insights Into The Remote Control of Quantum Systems

August 9, 2012 6:08 am | Comments

A fundamental characteristic of quantum physics is the fact that two or more particles can exhibit correlations stronger than classically allowed. This unique characteristic applies particularly to quantum entanglement: as soon as the quantum state of a particle is measured the state of its entangled partner changes accordingly, regardless of how far apart the two entangled particles might be.

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Chemists Advance Clear Conductive Films

August 9, 2012 5:44 am | Comments

Efficient manufacture and optimized conductivity Electron microscopy (cross-section, left, and facing view) shows an even distribution of indium titanium oxide nanocrystals essential for a highly conductive, transparent thin film.   Thin, conductive films are useful in displays and solar cells.

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Increased Productivity, Not Less Energy Use, Results From More Efficient Lighting

August 9, 2012 5:39 am | Comments

Two researchers have reprised in the journal Energy Policy their groundbreaking finding that improvements in lighting —  from candles to gas lamps to electric bulbs  — historically have led to increased light consumption rather than lower overall energy use by society. Sandia researcher Jeff Tsao and colleagues have published a follow-up paper in the journal Energy Policy regarding the productivity gains to be realized with LED lighting.

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