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Symantec Says It Will Split into 2 Companies

October 10, 2014 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Security software maker Symantec is the latest company to announce plans to split itself into two. The maker of Norton antivirus software said Thursday that it will separate into one business focused on security and the other on information management. Symantec said that separating its businesses...

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Darwin Note, Early Apple Computer Being Auctioned

October 10, 2014 9:56 am | by Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press | Comments

A letter by Charles Darwin on the sex life of barnacles and a still-working vintage Apple computer — one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 — are among the unique pieces of science history up for auction this month. Buyers at the Oct. 22 event at Bonhams will need deep pockets...

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With Z3, Sony Brings Phones to US Faster

October 10, 2014 9:49 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Sony is launching its new Xperia Z3 waterproof smartphone through Verizon and T-Mobile. The phones are hitting U.S. stores on the heels of their unveiling last month at a trade show in Berlin, as Sony ramps up efforts to expand its tiny market share by getting to the American market faster...

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Apply Now: Obama Gets a Job Offer in California

October 10, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

He's still got two years left on his current contract, but President Barack Obama is already fantasizing about the day he can go to work in sweatpants. And he's got at least one job offer. Obama was answering questions Thursday from young entrepreneurs...

Photo of the Day: Microcamera Module with Image Sensor

October 9, 2014 11:09 am | by Andreas Ostmann, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | Comments

One particular feature of the system: in contrast to the conventional driver assistance systems on the market, the image material is processed – and thus, the traffic signage interpreted – directly inside the camera, since it is equipped with an integrated processor for image processing...              

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Miniature Camera May Lead to Fewer Accidents

October 9, 2014 11:08 am | by Andreas Ostmann, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | Comments

According to data from the Federal Statistical Office, the number of deadly casualties on German autobahns in 2013 rose by more than eight percent when compared to the prior year...                             

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Miniature Wireless Device Provides Better Way of Studying Chronic Pain

October 9, 2014 10:38 am | by Amy Adams, Stanford University | Comments

A team of Stanford engineers is creating a small wireless device that will improve studies of chronic pain. The engineers hope to use what they learn to develop better therapies for the condition, which costs the economy $600 billion a year...                    

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Automated Imaging System Looks Underground to Help Improve Crops

October 9, 2014 10:38 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Penn State University have developed an automated imaging technique for measuring and analyzing the root systems of mature plants...                   

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Smartphone Understands Gestures

October 8, 2014 4:04 pm | by ETH Zurich | Comments

Professor Otmar Hilliges and his staff at ETH Zurich have developed a new app enabling users to operate their smartphone with gestures. This development expands the range of potential interactions with such devices. It does seem slightly odd at first: you hold the phone in one hand...

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Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms Are Now a Reality

October 8, 2014 3:52 pm | by Chalmers University of Technology | Comments

For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional activities. In January 2013 a Swedish arm amputee was the first person...

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NASA Aeronautics Research Tests New Tool for Early Wildfire Detection

October 8, 2014 1:45 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA’s research in unmanned aerial systems may soon provide a means for early detection and mitigation of fires in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, a nearly 50,000-square-acre region centered on the ...     

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New iPads, Mac System Expected at Oct. 16 Event

October 8, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Apple has sent invites to an Oct. 16 event during which it's expected to show off new iPad models and an update to its Mac OS system. The company may also use the event to launch its new digital payment service, Apple Pay. The new iPhones released last month came with a wireless chip...

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Review: Stir Kinetic Smart Desk Makes You Stand Up

October 8, 2014 1:31 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

You may want to sit down for this. Then get up. Then sit down again. That's because there's a desk out there that tells you to do exactly that. The Stir Kinetic is probably the world's first "smart" desk. It has a built-in touch screen, so you can see this either as a desk with a smartphone in it or a smartphone with a desk attached...  

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Isaacson's New Book Tells of Digital Revolution

October 8, 2014 1:03 pm | by Hillel Italie, AP National Writer | Comments

Walter Isaacson has a different way of looking at history. Mention the second half of 1969 and he won't talk about Woodstock or the moon landing but the development of the microprocessor and the first time separate computers were connected. And the 1990s? Not the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal...

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Design Flaw Led Navigation Satellites Off Course

October 8, 2014 12:41 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

An investigation is blaming a design flaw for the inaccurate deployment of two satellites intended to bolster Europe's answer to the GPS...                                                   

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