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Kickstarter to Users: We’re Not a Store

September 21, 2012 11:33 am | Comments

Kickstarter is cracking down on how gadget creators look for funding on the site by enforcing new rules that address the common risks and challenges that come with their projects. The crowd-funding site posted a message to its blog on Friday that prohibits product renderings and simulations, and requires creators to showcase products in their current stage of development.

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iPhone 5 Lines 83% Longer Than Lines For iPhone 4S

September 21, 2012 11:30 am | Comments

Far more people waited in line for the iPhone 5 launch Friday than waited for the release of the iPhone 4S last year, at least according to a new research note from top Apple analyst Gene Munster. Munster’s firm Piper Jaffray counted the number of people waiting in line for the iPhone at several Apple stores, including the flagship 5th Avenue store in New York, and found that the average line was 83% longer this year than for the iPhone 4S launch.

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Among Top Retailers, Walmart Dominates Mobile Check-Ins

September 21, 2012 5:24 am | Comments

According to a report released by LocalResponse , a New York company that helps companies target customers based on social media sentiment and check-ins, Walmart captures nearly 40% of mobile check-ins via Foursquare, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Yelp among the top ten U.

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Carbonite Mobile Backs Up the Contents of Your Phone, Android Version Supports Remote Wipes

September 21, 2012 5:12 am | Comments

Before today, Carbonite had a few mobile apps, but the backup process was something of a one-way street: you could access content on your handset, but you couldn't back up the contents of your phone. That changes today with Carbonite Mobile, a free app for iOS and Android that allows you to upload photos and other files to Carbonite.

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Apple Maps in iOS 6: What You Need to Know

September 21, 2012 5:04 am | by It's only been a day since iOS 6 went live, but the world has sounded with a Greek chorus of complaints over the new Maps app made by Apple. | Comments

In case you don't already know, iOS 6 makes a big change in your iPhone , iPad and iPod Touch 's mapping features. It removes the Google Maps app that long you've long used and replaces it with Apple's home-baked mapping service. At first, you may not notice the change since the app's icon, and much of the interface looks almost the same.

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Engineering Newswire 4: The Government Builds A Drug Sub

September 21, 2012 4:48 am | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, the North American Team Eagle tries to set a new land speed record in 2013, lasers are used to make computer chips faster by using tiny germanium lasers to process information in the form of light, computers are being taught to read human emotions via facial expressions, nano-velcro that can clasp heavy metal molecules, a former racing helmet designer turns his talents towards football safety, and the department of homeland security builds a narco sub (PLUTO) to help track down cartel smugglers.

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CUI Signs License Agreement for Advanced Bus Converter Products

September 20, 2012 12:30 pm | Comments

CUI Inc , a subsidiary of  CUI Global, Inc. , has entered into a license agreement with Ericsson, the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators, for their 32-bit processor-based FRIDA II 3E digital Advanced Bus Converter (ABC) family, including the newly released BMR456 quarter brick and BMR457 eighth brick series.

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Securing Skills for a Successful Offshore Wind Industry

September 20, 2012 7:37 am | Comments

Trade group RenewableUK has said that the offshore wind and marine energy sector could support 88,000 jobs in the UK by 2021, up from approximately 10,600 at present. In order to reach this target the right policies and financial conditions must be in place and, as obvious as it may seem, there will need to be an adequate amount of skilled recruits to fill these jobs.

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F-RAM Technology Enables Greener Wireless Sensor Applications

September 20, 2012 6:47 am | Comments

Ramtron International Corporation revealed that the Zurich University of Applied Sciences Institute of Embedded Systems (ZHAW InES) recently presented a paper summarizing research conducted with Ramtron F-RAM designed into a battery-free wireless sensor node. The research, presented this summer at the European ZigBee® Developers Conference in Munich, Germany, demonstrated that the use of F-RAM nonvolatile memory in energy harvesting applications can reduce energy consumption of the wireless sensor node by over 40 percent while reducing the total wireless sensor system cost, as compared to systems built with standard nonvolatile memory components.

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Major League Baseball Hopes iPhone Tickets Will Be a Hit

September 20, 2012 6:27 am | by While riding to San Francisco’s AT&T Park on Thursday, an alert popped up on my phone letting me know that the Giants game was nearby, even though I was still on the train nearing the ballpark. | Comments

As I neared the gate, I simply pulled out my just-updated iPhone and a bar code appeared that was scanned in, taking the place of a physical ticket. Major League Baseball is among the first entities to try out Passbook, the iOS 6 feature that allows tickets, gift cards and boarding passes to be stored in a single spot on the iPhone.

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Nestle's Terrifying Golden Ticket

September 20, 2012 6:21 am | Comments

Nestle's "We Will Find You" promotion in the UK involves hiding GPS chips in chocolate wrappers so that the company can track the winners down. "We will look for you, we will find you and we will give you a cheque for £10,000." That's not the official motto of Nestlé's latest prize campaign in the UK, but it reminds us of nothing so much as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Taken .

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HP Unveils First NFC-enabled Mouse, Various Other PC Accessories

September 20, 2012 6:18 am | Comments

In addition to unveiling all those laptops , HP just announced a boatload of peripherals. Of the bunch, the most compelling might be the NFC-enabled Touch to Pair Mouse, which, as the name suggests, can be paired with another device simply through tapping. (Good thing lots of computers currently have NFC, right?) If, by chance, you don't have NFC on your laptop -- and you probably don't -- the mouse will function just fine as a regular old Bluetooth device.

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Venmo Founder: You Won’t Be Swiping Credit Cards in 2017

September 20, 2012 6:04 am | Comments

Forget your wallet at home? That’s no longer an earth-shattering problem — you can pay via Google Wallet , LevelUp or PayPal , or you can have a friend spot you and transfer them money through Venmo. The free, friend-to-friend mobile payment platform launched in 2009, and is now available on iPhone , Android , BlackBerry and web , with integration via Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare.

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New Scale Awarded US Patent for Reduced-Voltage Linear Motor System

September 19, 2012 9:36 am | Comments

Piezoelectric micro motor and miniaturized drive circuit enable tiny motion systems that operate directly from 3V battery power New Scale Technologies has received a U.S. patent for its reduced-voltage miniature piezoelectric motor and drive system, capable of operating directly from battery voltage as low as 2.

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JetBlue Wants to Keep You Connected, Upgrades In-Flight Wi-Fi

September 19, 2012 6:46 am | by What’s worse than being 30,000 feet in the air stuck between a crying baby and a lousy meal? Being 30,000 feet in the air stuck between a crying baby, a lousy meal and shoddy Wi-Fi access. | Comments

That’s about to change. JetBlue is expected to announce a new high speed, in-flight Wi-Fi option later this week at the World Low Cost Airline Conference, according to a company email obtained by The Verge . The best part? It will be free of charge. (Free for the meantime, while they activate the service on 30 planes.

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