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Dell's Founder Strikes Deal to Turn it Around

February 6, 2013 9:23 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

It's easy to forget now, but Michael Dell was the Mark Zuckerberg of his day. Hailed as a young genius, he created the inexpensive, made-to-order personal computer in his University of Texas dorm room and sold it straight to the public.

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Wearable Cameras Provide New Insight into Lifestyle Behaviors and Health

February 5, 2013 10:08 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | Comments

Understanding the relationships between lifestyle behaviors and health outcomes can be enhanced by the use of wearable cameras, concludes a collection of studies in a special theme issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Three studies report on the latest preventive medicine research using Microsoft's wearable camera, the SenseCam.

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Live Action: Twitter Grabs Super Bowl Spotlight

February 5, 2013 9:48 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Beyonce's splashy show, a freak power outage, and —oh, yeah— a captivating game of football combined to generate a record 24.1 million posts on Twitter during Sunday night's Super Bowl. That's up from 13.7 million last year — and that doesn't even include chatter surrounding the ads.

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Japan 787 Probe Finds Thermal Runaway in Battery

February 5, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Japan's Transport Safety Board says the lithium ion battery aboard a Boeing 787 flight in Japan last month found evidence of the same type of "thermal runaway" seen in a similar incident in Boston. The board said in a report Tuesday that CAT scans and other analysis found damage to all eight cells in the battery that overheated on an All Nippon Airways 787 on Jan. 16.

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Oracle to Buy Acme Packet for about $2.1B

February 5, 2013 9:48 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Oracle will buy Acme Packet Inc., which makes equipment for telecommunications companies, for about $2.1 billion. Acme's gear is used by more than 1,900 service providers and enterprises around the world. Its technology will complement Oracle's offerings for telecoms providers, said Citigroup analyst Walter Pritchard.

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Foxconn to Widen Scope of Union Elections

February 5, 2013 9:47 am | Comments

Taiwan-owned Foxconn Technology Group, a leading maker of Apple's iPhones and gadgets for other global brands, is widening the scope of union elections at its sprawling facilities in China. The move, confirmed by the company Monday, follows a series of recommendations from an international panel requested by Apple to audit conditions for the 1.2 million workers.

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UK: Surveillance Devices to Monitor Web Traffic

February 5, 2013 9:35 am | by Associated Press | Comments

British intelligence agencies are planning to install an unspecified number of spy devices along Britain's telecommunications network so they can monitor Britons' interactions with overseas services such as Facebook and Twitter, according to lawmakers.

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Macro Sensors Appoints New Business Unit Sales Manager

February 4, 2013 6:05 pm | by MacroSensors | Comments

MacroSensors announces the appointment of Fran Mashintonio as Business Unit Sales Manager.  In this position, Fran will focus on supporting corporate growth, with target markets in power generation, subsea, industrial/factory automation as well as the hydraulics industry. 

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Master Electronics & Panasonic Sign DIstribution Agreement

February 4, 2013 6:02 pm | by Master Electronics; Panasonic Industrial Devices | Comments

Master Electronics announces the company has been awarded the prestigious Panasonic Industrial Devices franchise. The expanded Panasonic offering builds on decades of success between the two companies selling and promoting Panasonic Electric Works products.

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HID Global's Chief Technology Officer Shares Projections for Top Secure Identity Trends of 2013

February 4, 2013 5:55 pm | by HID Global | Comments

HID Global has released its projections for the top secure identity trends of 2013. The predictions span a broad range of market segments including physical access control, logical access control, and mobile access control using NFC-enabled smartphones.

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Agilent Technologies Commits $90 Million Gift of Software to Georgia Institute of Technology

February 4, 2013 5:49 pm | by Agilent Technologies | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) has announced the largest in-kind software donation ever in its longstanding relationship with the Georgia Institute of Technology. "Georgia Tech is among the best research universities in the world," said Steve McLaughlin.

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Toward Practical Compressed Sensing

February 4, 2013 9:46 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

The last 10 years have seen a flurry of research on an emerging technology called compressed sensing. Compressed sensing does something that seems miraculous: It extracts more information from a signal than the signal would appear to contain.

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UK Sends Hand-Held Helicopter Drones to War Zone

February 4, 2013 9:10 am | by Associated Press | Comments

British soldiers in Afghanistan have been issued with surveillance drones so small they can fit in the palm of a squaddie's hand. The Scandinavian-designed Black Hornet Nano weighs as little as 16 grams (roughly half an ounce) — the same as a finch.

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Ride-Hailing Apps offer New Way to Get Around Town

February 4, 2013 9:05 am | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | Comments

Minutes later, a black hatchback with a big fluffy, pink mustache on its grille pulled up. Kutscher hopped in the front seat and gave the driver a fist bump. Then they cruised over the hilly streets of San Francisco, chatting like neighbors until he was dropped off near Union Square.

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FTC Offers Privacy Guidelines for Mobile Industry

February 4, 2013 8:54 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

In a report published Friday, the FTC outlines guidelines that include advising companies to get people's consent before using technology to track shoppers' locations, consider offering a "do not track" mechanism for smart phone users; and developing icons that show the transmission of user data.

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