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Thinfilm Wins 2012 World Technology Award

October 24, 2012 7:48 am | Comments

Thin Film Electronics ASA   announced that The World Technology Network (“WTN”) has selected Thinfilm as the winner of the prestigious World Technology Award for Materials.  The award for visionary contribution to material science and technology was presented at the World Technology Summit 2012 Gala Awards ceremony at the Time & Life Building in New York on the evening of October 23 rd .

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Square Expands Mobile Payments Service to Canada

October 24, 2012 6:00 am | Comments

Square is now an international business. Square  announced Wednesday that its mobile payments service is now available to anyone in Canada. This marks the first time Square has expanded its service beyond the United States. Retailers and individuals in Canada will now be able to process transactions using Square’s free mobile card reader on their iOS and Android devices for a transaction rate of 2.

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Phones with Looooong Battery Life

October 24, 2012 5:44 am | Comments

Smartphones are the Swiss Army Knives of the tech world. They're cell phones, music and video players, mobile Web browsers, and personal organizers, among other things. Not surprisingly, all this can take a toll on battery life, and when you depend on your smartphone for so much, the last thing you want is for it to run out of juice when you need it most.

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10 Ways to Smell Like a Geek

October 24, 2012 5:35 am | Comments

Breathe it in, ladies. That’s the smell of confidence — the smell of someone who’s not afraid to breeze past traditional aromas like cocoa, lavender or “ocean breeze” (whatever that is) and venture instead into the fragrance realm of the not-so-frequently-sniffed. A true pioneer of perfumes is someone who says, “Hey, you know what? I like to smell like the animated masculinity of a 1987 video game superhero.

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Children’s Media Usage Skyrockets During Past Year

October 24, 2012 5:32 am | Comments

Good news: Your teenage sons and daughters have doubled their productivity over the last year. No, they’re not doing twice as much homework or eating double servings of vegetables. Young teenagers are, however, sending twice as many text messages on average compared with 2011. Ofcom’s latest annual report on children’s media habits shows that those ages 12-15 are averaging 193 text messages each week, more than double last year’s average of 91.

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Why Smartphones Aren’t Mini Computers

October 24, 2012 5:16 am | Comments

As most of the Internet goes wild this afternoon over the release of the iPad mini — yet another mobile platform — a few people in the government tech world are taking a step back, noting how little of the jump from Web to mobile is really complete. The folks over at the General Services Administration’s Mobile Gov blog have put together a list of six mistakes mobile designers often fall into.

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M2M Market to Reach 400 million Units by 2017 Led by Consumer Electronics and Telematics

October 24, 2012 5:14 am | Comments

A new study from Juniper Research has found that the Telematics and Consumer Electronics sectors are rapidly becoming the two anchor industries for the M2M (Machine to Machine) market, challenging the position of smart metering.  The report forecasts that the market for M2M and embedded devices will reach 400 million by the end of 2017, up from a little over 110 million at present.

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Engineering Newswire 8: Mining Water on the Moon

October 24, 2012 5:03 am | by This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices: | Comments

- A group of scientists from the ETH Zurich research group are in the process of creating a swimming, robotic sea turtle named naro -- tartaruga. - Hitachi, in collaboration with Nippon Signal and the University of Yamanashi, developed a prototype boarding gate that collects minute particles that have affixed themselves to integrated circuit cards or mobile devices used as boarding passes.

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Apple Unveils iPad Mini, Starting at $329

October 23, 2012 10:50 am | Comments

Apple just took the wraps off its latest gadget: the iPad mini . As the name suggests, it’s a smaller version of the company’s popular iPad tablet, with a screen that measures 7.9 inches diagonally. The new model comes in both black and white. The 8-inch screen with 4:3 aspect ratio gives the iPad mini a size advantage over 7-inch competitors.

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Spider Silk Could Find Use in Biodegradable Computer Chips

October 23, 2012 5:50 am | Comments

Spiders and some insects use silk to build strong webs and spin cocoons, and now scientists have figured out how to use the material for something even more amazing: electronic computer chips. Many will have read reports that spider silk is a sort of supermaterial : stronger than steel, tougher than Kevlar, and yet incredibly malleable and flexible.

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Where Do Most People Accidentally Destroy Their iPhone?

October 23, 2012 5:32 am | Comments

Where exactly do most people accidentally ruin their iPhone? If you guessed the toilet you'd be wrong, says a new survey. According to device warranty provider Squaretrade , most people -- 21 percent to be precise -- damaged their device in the kitchen. The runner up, at 18 percent, is the living room, followed by the bathroom at 16 percent.

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NoPhoto Prevents Speeding, Red Light Cameras From Catching You

October 23, 2012 5:29 am | Comments

For better or for worse, dodging speeding tickets just got a little easier with noPhoto, a smart license frame that prevents traffic enforcement cameras from taking photos of your license plate. How does it work? The Cincinnati-based company behind noPhoto says it makes the license plate portion of the image “too bright for the camera’s sensor to handle.

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Qualcomm Introduces Android Smartphone for the Blind, Ray

October 23, 2012 5:27 am | Comments

An Android app for the blind called Georgie that uses gesture, voice recognition and haptics has already been developed by a UK couple, but consists of one £149 app and a series of add-ons to get the functions a user is after. Qualcomm, in collaboration with Project Ray (which designs accessibility tools for around 285 million blind and visually impaired people), is looking to develop one "off-the-shelf" Snapdragon-powered Android device which has all these functions embedded and ready to go.

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Meet Memoto, The Creepy Wearable Camera That Takes A Photo Every 30 Seconds

October 23, 2012 5:24 am | Comments

A wearable camera designed to take a picture every 30 seconds, to allow owners to record their daily lives, has become the latest technogical hit on Kickstarter, the "crowd funding" website. So far, Memoto, billed as "the world's smallest wearbale camera" has attracted more than $44,000 of its $50,000 funding target from more than 250 gadget fans keen to capture a digital record of their entire lives .

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How Do Tech Corporations See You?

October 22, 2012 8:33 am | by the way, what about RIM in this comic ? Will its customers act as a knight in shining armor and save the company, or should there be windmills drawn in the background for Don Quixote? | Comments
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