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External Device Causes Smart Phone Fire: Samsung Cites Report

July 9, 2012 8:08 am | by The world's top smart phone maker said an investigation by Fire Investigations (UK) had stated that the Samsung device was not responsible for the cause of the fire, and that an "external energy source was responsible for generating the heat". | Comments

The new Galaxy S series, the strongest rival for Apple's iPhone, was launched in Europe in late May and in the United States last month. A Dublin-based consumer posted comments and photos on a web site in June, saying his Galaxy phone had "exploded" while mounted on his car dashboard. He wrote that while he was driving, "suddenly a white flame, sparks and a bang came out of the phone.

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Microsoft Loss Reflects Web Display Ad World's Woes

July 9, 2012 8:01 am | Comments

The writedown of almost all of that deal's value, announced this week, shows how misguided those expectations were, and how brutal the once-thriving business of selling banner ads on websites has become. The main culprit is an explosion of advertising space offered by Facebook Inc and other websites that is outpacing steady demand.

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App Connects Drivers and Passengers

July 9, 2012 7:55 am | by SideCar, an on-demand ride-sharing app, lets users request a ride by indicating where they would like to be picked up and dropped off. The app matches them with nearby drivers - prescreened by the company - who are willing to give rides. | Comments

"We're trying to set up a situation where people share the burden of transportation with each other," said Blake Wirht, director of marketing for San Francisco-based SideCar. When someone requests a ride, nearby drivers can decide if they want to respond. The passenger can compensate the driver via the app at a suggested fare that often undercuts the cost of a taxi.

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Sharp to Pay $198.5 Million to Dell, Two Others to Settle TFT Case

July 9, 2012 7:49 am | Comments

Japan's Sharp Corp (6753.T) said on Monday it has reached an out of court settlement with Dell Inc (DELL.O) and two other companies that filed a lawsuit over its TFT digital business in North America and Europe. Sharp said it will pay $198.5 million in settlement to the three companies.   www.

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Samsung Wins Court Case Against Apple Because it's "Not as Cool"

July 9, 2012 7:39 am | by "They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool," he said. "The overall impression produced is different." | Comments

In Monday's High Court judgment Judge Colin Birss said that Samsung's Galaxy tablets belonged to the same family as the Apple design when viewed from the front, but the Samsung products were "very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back". The victory for Samsung comes days after a U.

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As TVs Struggle, New Panasonic Chief Prepares Thorough Review

July 9, 2012 6:58 am | Comments

Panasonic Corp's new President vowed on Monday to implement a sweeping shake-up of the sprawling electronics maker that will see loss-making units shuttered or sold in a bid to revive profitability at the struggling conglomerate. Less than two weeks after shareholders approved him as president, 55-year-old Kazuhiro Tsuga has begun the task of deciding which of Panasonic's 90 business units may be axed.

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New Approach Uncovers Data Abuse on Mobile End Devices

July 9, 2012 6:52 am | Comments

Increasingly often, mobile applications on web-enabled mobile phones and tablet computers do more than they appear to. In secrecy, the "apps" forward private data to a third party. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken have developed a new approach to prevent this data abuse. They can put a stop to the data theft through the app "SRT AppGuard".

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Unprecedented Subatomic Details of Exotic Ferroelectric Nanomaterials

July 9, 2012 6:38 am | Comments

Successful imaging of individual atoms and associated electric fields in ferroelectrics could lead the way to a new era of advanced electronics. As scientists learn to manipulate little-understood nanoscale materials, they are laying the foundation for a future of more compact, efficient, and innovative devices.

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What Do Your Nike Shoes Know That They Aren't Telling?

July 6, 2012 9:12 am | Comments

Do you pronate? Do you need to lengthen your stride? Are your splits negative? For years, your trusty running shoes have kept secrets about your training and what you could do to improve. Today, Nike’s much anticipated Bluetooth connected Nike+ Training shoe, the Nike Lunartr1+, and the Nike+ Basketball shoe, the Nike Hyperdunk+, are giving a voice to all the secrets your shoes have been keeping about you.

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FDA Regulation of Mobile Medical Apps

July 6, 2012 6:34 am | Comments

Healthcare professionals and patients alike are embracing mobile medical applications for smartphones.  Experts project that, by 2015, 500 million smartphone users will be using medical apps. A 2011 press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicates the FDA’s plan to regulate some smartphone medical apps, a decision that has been met by both positive and negative reviews.

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Wi-Fi Networks at VA Hospitals: What Security is Acceptable?

July 6, 2012 6:33 am | Comments

In late April, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) CIO Roger Baker told FierceGovernmentIT that only one-third of VA’s large facilities currently have Wi-Fi but that the VA plans to have enterprise-grade Wi-Fi at the remaining two-thirds of VA facilities in the next two to three years.

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Sharing Data Links in Networks of Cars

July 6, 2012 5:43 am | Comments

A new algorithm lets networks of Wi-Fi-connected cars, whose layout is constantly changing, share a few expensive links to the Internet. Wi-Fi is coming to our cars. Ford Motor Co. has been equipping cars with Wi-Fi transmitters since 2010; according to an Agence France-Presse story last year, the company expects that by 2015, 80 percent of the cars it sells in North America will have Wi-Fi built in.

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NIST Goes the Distance for the Olympics

July 6, 2012 5:34 am | Comments

In yet another Olympian feat of measurement, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently calibrated a tape that will be used to measure out the distance of this summer's Olympic marathon—a distance of 26 miles 385 yards—to 1 part in 1,000. Image: NIST technician Christopher Blackburn uses a microscope to precisely align a retroreflector over the center of a hash mark on a measuring tape.

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Calling All Truckers ... Not!

July 6, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

Driver cellphone blocking technology could save lives Researchers in India are developing a new technology that will prevent truck drivers and other road users from using their cell phones while driving. The technology based on RFIDs could also be integrated with police traffic monitoring. Abdul Shabeer of the Anna University of Technology in Tamilnadu, India, and colleagues point out that globally around 20% of fatal road accidents with trucks and other heavy vehicles involved the drivers of those vehicles using a cell phone in their hand at the time of the accident.

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SMOS Satellite Measurements Improve As Ground Radars Switch Off

July 6, 2012 5:24 am | Comments

Over a dozen radio signals that have hindered data collection on ESA’s SMOS water mission have been switched off. The effort also benefits satellites such as NASA’s Aquarius mission, which measures ocean salinity at the same frequency.   We all know what happens when you place a cell phone too close to a speaker: seconds before the phone rings, that obnoxious buzz interrupts your favourite song.

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