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Upcoming IEEE Avionics, Fiber-Optics and Photonics Conference Highlights

July 11, 2013 4:53 pm | by IEEE Photonics Society | Comments

The IEEE Photonics Society’s 2013 Avionics, Fiber-Optics & Photonics Conference (AVFOP 2013) is an application-oriented conference designed to cover all aspects of severe environment fiber optic component systems and technology for avionics, vetronics (vehicle electronics) and naval vessels. 

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Hackerspaces and New Frontiers in Wireless Innovation

July 11, 2013 4:42 pm | by Low Power Radio Solutions | Comments

New York is fast becoming a major center for new technology fuelled by an increase of more than 30% in venture capital since 2007 prompting the emergence the natural outgrowth of Hackerspaces. Increasing interest in North America for their easyRadio Advanced range of RF Wireless Modules...

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Writing Programs Using Ordinary Language

July 11, 2013 10:51 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

In a pair of recent papers, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have demonstrated that, for a few specific tasks, it’s possible to write computer programs using ordinary language rather than special-purpose programming languages.

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A New Way to Trap Light

July 11, 2013 10:40 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

There are several ways to “trap” a beam of light — usually with mirrors, other reflective surfaces, or high-tech materials such as photonic crystals. But now researchers at MIT have discovered a new method to trap light that could find a wide variety of applications.

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NY judge: Apple Colluded to Raise e-Book Prices

July 11, 2013 10:29 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press | Comments

Apple milked the popularity of its iTunes store to form an illegal cartel with publishers to raise electronic book prices, a federal judge decided in a case swayed by the words of the late Steve Jobs. Wednesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan sided with government regulators' contention that Apple joined five major book publishers to gang up Amazon.com in a price-fixing conspiracy.

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First Apple Computer Sells at Auction for $387,750

July 11, 2013 10:26 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An original Apple computer from 1976 sold Monday for $387,750 at a Christie's online-only auction. Bolaffi, an Italian collections company, says in a statement that it bought the computer. The seller was a retired school psychologist from Sacramento, CA.

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Navy Completes 1st Unmanned Carrier Landing

July 11, 2013 10:24 am | by BROCK VERGAKIS, Associated Press | Comments

The Navy successfully landed a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military's capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks that a pilot is asked to do.

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Scooter Synchronizes with Smartphone

July 10, 2013 10:52 am | by Kyodo News International | Comments

Japanese electric motorcycle maker Terra Motors unveiled Wednesday a new scooter that can synchronize with Apple's iPhone smartphone to enable the rider to record data including travel distance, running routes and remaining battery power.

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Sharp to Sell 'Talking' Home Appliances

July 10, 2013 10:50 am | by Kyodo News International | Comments

Sharp said Tuesday it will launch "talking" electronic appliances in Japan next month that are capable of informing users of operational status and reminding them to do daily chores. Among the "talking" white goods, a refrigerator will remind users to check for expired food items.

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TESEQ UK Strengthens Relationship with TATA Power Company

July 10, 2013 10:42 am | by TESEQ | Comments

TESEQ continues to strengthen its relationship with the TATA Power Company in India, following successful recalibration of its Bangalore 10 metre, semi-anechoic EMC chamber to the CISPR 16-1-4 standard.

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Silicon Oxide Memories Transcend a Hurdle

July 10, 2013 10:38 am | by Jade Boyd, Rice University | Comments

A Rice University laboratory pioneering memory devices that use cheap, plentiful silicon oxide to store data has pushed them a step further with chips that show the technology's practicality. A paper on the new work appears this week in the journal Advanced Materials.

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BlackBerry Chief Seeks Patience with Turnaround

July 10, 2013 10:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins pleaded for patience Tuesday as the company faces questions about its growth and survival. BlackBerry shares were hammered last month after the company's financial results fell short of expectations.

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UK Spies: Nations are Hiring Cybermercenaries

July 10, 2013 10:21 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | Comments

A British intelligence report said Wednesday that other nations are hiring hackers to launch attacks against their enemies, a trend it described as particularly worrying. The warning over cybermercenaries came in an annual report published by Britain's Intelligence and Security Committee.

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NY Judge: Apple Conspired to Raise e-Book Prices

July 10, 2013 10:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The judge at a New York civil anti-trust trial has found that Apple conspired with publishers to raise electronic book prices. The ruling was issued Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The Price of Surveillance: Gov't Pays to Snoop

July 10, 2013 10:19 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | Comments

How much are your private conversations worth to the government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged.

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