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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.


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...


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.


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.


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...


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.


Google to Invest $390M in Data Center in Belgium

April 10, 2013 9:19 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Internet search giant Google says it is investing 300 million euros ($390 million) to expand its continental European data center. Google Inc. said Wednesday it will upgrade the facility in Belgium to meet growing demand for its online services.


Advancing Secure Communications

April 10, 2013 9:17 am | by University of Michigan | Comments

In a development that could make the advanced form of secure communications known as quantum cryptography more practical, University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated a simpler, more efficient single-photon emitter that can be made using traditional semiconductor processing techniques.


A Step Toward Optical Transistors?

April 10, 2013 9:17 am | by McGill University | Comments

As demand for computing and communication capacity surges, the global communication infrastructure struggles to keep pace, since the light signals transmitted through fiber-optic lines must still be processed electronically, creating a bottleneck in telecommunications networks.


Ericsson to Buy Microsoft's TV Software Unit

April 9, 2013 9:35 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Ericsson, the Swedish maker of telecommunications equipment, has agreed to buy Microsoft's Mediaroom business, which makes the software that powers AT&T's U-Verse TV service, the companies said Monday. Neither company said how much Ericsson is paying.


U.S. Says Hacking Undermines China's Interests

April 9, 2013 9:30 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | Comments

Hacking that originates inside China is undermining its relationship with the United States and harms Beijing's long-term interests, a top U.S. diplomat said Tuesday, in the latest high-level public expression of concern over a problem that has prompted threats of commercial retaliation from Washington.


Google's Android Target of New Antitrust Complaint

April 9, 2013 9:22 am | by JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press | Comments

The "FairSearch" initiative of 17 companies — which includes Microsoft, Nokia, and Oracle — claims Google is acting unfairly by giving away its Android operating system to mobile device companies on the condition that the U.S. online giant's own software applications like YouTube and Google Maps are installed and prominently displayed.

NASA Selects MIT-led TESS Project for 2017 Mission

April 8, 2013 10:09 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Following a three-year competition, NASA has selected the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) project at MIT for a planned launch in 2017. The space agency announced the mission — to be funded by a $200 million grant to the MIT-led team — this afternoon.



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