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Medical Devices Powered by the Ear Itself

November 8, 2012 6:25 am | by MIT | Comments

Untitled Document Medical Devices Powered by the Ear Itself Deep in the inner ear of mammals is a natural battery — a chamber filled with ions that produces an electrical potential to drive neural signals. In today’s issue of the journal Nature Biotechnology , a team of researchers from MIT, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) demonstrate for the first time that this battery could power implantable electronic devices without impairing hearing.

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Judge Rejects Injunction Against Dish DVR

November 8, 2012 6:22 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Untitled Document Judge Rejects Injunction Against Dish DVR A California judge has rejected a request for a preliminary injunction against Dish Network's ad-skipping digital video recorder in a dispute that has pit broadcasters against a main distributor of their programming.

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Experts Raise Concerns Over Superhuman Workplace

November 8, 2012 6:15 am | Comments

Untitled Document Experts Raise Concerns Over Superhuman Workplace Performance-boosting drugs, powered prostheses and wearable computers are coming to an office near you — but experts warned in a new report Wednesday that too little thought has been given to the implications of a superhuman workplace.

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Foxconn Offers To Train Americans On Manufacturing

November 8, 2012 5:00 am | Comments

The head of Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group says he will invite dozens of American engineers to his factories in China to learn about manufacturing. News reports here say Terry Gou told a business meeting on Wednesday that he did not believe President Barack Obama could succeed in moving production lines back to the U.

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Pressure Switch Inside the Head

November 7, 2012 4:33 am | Comments

Untitled Document Pressure Switch Inside the Head An increase in cerebral pressure may cause dementia and could destroy the brain. Companies have been seeking to find monitoring sensors that can be implanted into the brain, and read from outside the body. A tiny sensor may provide the help needed.

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Microsoft to Retire Messenger, Begins Migration to Skype

November 6, 2012 9:50 am | Comments

We've heard plenty of rumors about Microsoft's plans for Skype . Finally the company is laying its cards on the table. After working diligently to bridge the gap between Messenger and its VoIP purchase, its aging IM platform will indeed be retired and users migrated to the more video-focused property.

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If You Live in These States, It’s Illegal to Instagram Your Ballot

November 6, 2012 9:45 am | Comments

Instagram recently set a record for most-photographed event with Hurricane Sandy, but Tuesday’s election might be on pace to top that: Already, a search for “#vote” brings up more than 515,000 photos, and it’s not even noon eastern time. But if you’re thinking about adding a photo of your ballot to Instagram (or Twitter or Facebook ), you might want to think again.

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This Tech Lets You See Through Your Car’s Back Seat

November 6, 2012 9:42 am | Comments

There’s a scene in 2002?s 007 epic Die Another Day where James Bond, played by Pierce Brosnan, is escaping a terrorist in his signature, decked-out-to-the-max Aston Martin “Vanquish.” With the click of a button, Bond and the vehicle disappear, becoming completely invisible to the pursuing villain.

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Google Wallet Card Is Coming, Support Page Confirms

November 6, 2012 9:40 am | Comments

Although Google has yet to make an official announcement, evidence is mounting in favor of a Google Wallet Card , a physical card companion for Google Wallet . Last week, a series of screenshots emerged , signaling that users of Google’s Wallet app will soon be able to apply for a physical Google Wallet card.

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In the Future, We’ll All Be Working on the Road

November 6, 2012 5:49 am | Comments

The Bentley Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept is brimming with digital hyperbole. Lets get down to brass tacks. Built into this car (which, despite its concept label, will be a made-to-order version of the ultra-upscale Mulsanne ) you’ve got: Built-in mobile Wi-Fi. Two iPads and keyboards that fold up from a tray table.

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To Shush the Music, Simply Hold Finger Up to Your Lips - Seriously

November 6, 2012 5:40 am | Comments

Ketan Banjara’s living room isn’t cluttered with remote controls. To shush the music, he simply holds a finger up to his lips. And when he gets up from the couch and leaves the room, his TV screen pauses automatically. Banjara is a cofounder of PredictGaze , a startup that combines gaze detection, gesture recognition, and facial-feature recognition to create more natural ways to control everything from your TV to your car.

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Man Climbs 103 Floors Using Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg

November 6, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

Fitted with a “thought-controlled bionic leg,” amputee Zac Vawter climbed 103 floors of Chicago’s Willis Tower — accomplishing a task that would intimidate even seasoned athletes. But the 31-year-old, whose right leg is amputated, had help from a neural-controlled prosthetic leg. The device, which has a powered knee and ankle, can anticipate Vawkter’s actions.

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What’s Wrong With Ohio Voting Machine Software?

November 6, 2012 5:24 am | Comments

In the state that is likely to decide the leader of the free world today , an 11th hour “experimental software patch” is causing consternation, confusion and a lawsuit. Ohio, regarded as the “tipping point” swing state in Governor Mitt Romney and U.S. President Barack Obama’s quest for 270 electoral votes Tuesday, uses electronic voting machines.

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London to Deploy 14,000 iPad-controlled Smart Street Lights Over the Next Four Years

November 6, 2012 5:21 am | Comments

  Officials in London are planning to make a serious upgrade to the street lighting system in Westminster over the next four years. The borough has committed to spending £3.25 million to replace 14,000 lights with new energy efficient versions. What's most interesting about these new lights is that they are "smart street lights," which have the ability to alert workers through an iPad app when they need to be repaired or replaced.

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Oakley Introduces ‘Airwave’, Smart Goggles For The Slopes

November 6, 2012 5:19 am | Comments

It’s happening, just like Marc Andreessen said it would — more and more companies that have historically operated in the analog realm are crossing over into technology. The latest cool example of this is the eyewear company Oakley . While Oakley has always been closely associated with sports and has therefore used advanced materials, the end result is ultimately for things that are relatively low-tech — glasses, sunglasses, and the like.

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