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End of Era: Ellison Steps Aside as Oracle CEO

September 19, 2014 | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies...       

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ONR Features Technology for Marines of the Future

September 22, 2014 10:52 am | by Office of Naval Research | Comments

From virtual training to laser weapons, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) this week is showcasing a range of technologies at Modern Day Marine exposition that will prepare Marines as they continue to face an increasingly complex ...

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Fingertip Sensor Gives Robot Unprecedented Dexterity

September 22, 2014 10:47 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port. The sensor is an adaptation of a technology called GelSight. The new sensor isn't as sensitive as the original GelSight sensor, which could resolve details on the micrometer scale...

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Reflected Smartphone Transmissions Enable Gesture Control

September 22, 2014 10:45 am | by University of Washington | Comments

With almost all of the U.S. population armed with cellphones – and close to 80 percent carrying a smartphone – mobile phones have become second-nature for most people. What's coming next, say University of Washington researchers, is the ability to interact with our devices not just with touchscreens...

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Photos of the Day: Online Resource Fosters Innovation and Learning

September 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | Comments

A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate robots made from soft, flexible materials...

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Soft Robotics ‘Toolkit’ Features Everything a Robot-Maker Needs

September 22, 2014 10:28 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | Comments

A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate robots made from soft, flexible materials...

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RFMD Expands GaN Product Portfolio

September 22, 2014 10:12 am | by RFMD | Comments

RFMD unveiled 11 new amplifiers of which six are gallium nitride based products to support the requirements of the new data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) 3.1. RFMD will showcase its portfolio of industry-leading CATV components for customers...

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Oculus Unveils New Prototype VR Headset

September 22, 2014 10:02 am | by Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer | Comments

Oculus has unveiled a new prototype of its virtual reality headset. However, the VR company still isn't ready to release a consumer edition. The hew headset intended for creators of VR experiences is nicknamed Crescent Bay and features a higher resolution and refresh rate, integrated headphones and 360-degree head tracking...

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NASA's Maven Spacecraft Enters Mars Orbit

September 22, 2014 9:57 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

NASA's Maven spacecraft entered orbit around Mars for an unprecedented study of the red planet's atmosphere following a 442 million-mile (710 million kilometer) journey that began nearly a year ago. The robotic explorer successfully slipped into orbit around the red planet late Sunday night...

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RFMD and TriQuint Unveil New Company Name: Qorvo

September 22, 2014 9:56 am | by RF Micro Devices and TriQuint Semiconductor | Comments

RF Micro Devices and TriQuint Semiconductor revealed that the holding company under which the companies will combine in a merger of equals will be named Qorvo, Inc. The companies also unveiled the new Qorvo logo and stock trading symbol, which they will begin using immediately upon closing of the merger...

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Samsung May Launch First Tizen Phone in India

September 22, 2014 9:53 am | by YoukYung Lee, Associated Press | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., which faces a slowdown in emerging market smartphone sales, will release its long-delayed Tizen-powered handset in India before the end of this year, a report said Monday. Samsung's first Tizen-based device will be launched in November in India, said Tarun Malik, director of Samsung's Media Solutions...

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Graphene Sensor Tracks Down Cancer Biomarker

September 19, 2014 11:02 am | by Michael Bishop, Institute of Physics | Comments

An ultra-sensitive biosensor made from the wonder material graphene has been used to detect molecules that indicate an increased risk of developing cancer...                                

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Quick-Change Materials Break the Silicon Speed Limit for Computers

September 19, 2014 10:59 am | by University of Cambridge | Comments

The present size and speed limitations of computer processors and memory could be overcome by replacing silicon with ‘phase-change materials’ (PCMs), which are capable of reversibly switching between two structural phases with different electrical states – one crystalline and conducting and the other glassy and insulating – in billionths of a second...

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Photo of the Day: Breaking the Silicon Speed Limit for Computers

September 19, 2014 10:57 am | by University of Cambridge | Comments

Modelling and tests of PCM-based devices have shown that logic-processing operations can be performed in non-volatile memory cells using particular combinations of ultra-short voltage pulses, which is not possible with silicon-based devices...

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Alibaba Poised to Surge on the NYSE

September 19, 2014 9:22 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba will say "open sesame" to the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, as its shares begin trading in a highly anticipated debut that could raise up to $25 billion...                     

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Photos of the Day: NASA’s Next Mars-Bound Spacecraft

September 18, 2014 10:06 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

Scientists want to learn how Mars went from a warm, wet world that may have harbored microbial life during its first billion years, to the cold, barren place of today. Maven should help explain the atmospheric changes that led to this radical climate change...                     

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