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Ovum Names Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce.com, and SAP as Market Leaders

August 15, 2013 2:46 pm | by Ovum | Comments

Although customer relationship management (CRM) is a mature market from an enterprise perspective, many organizations across all sectors and regions of the world continue to invest in CRM systems, says global analyst firm Ovum. Some organizations are already into their third or even fourth deployments.

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Agilent Technologies Opens Ninth Calibration Center in Americas for Electronic Measurement Instruments

August 15, 2013 2:39 pm | by Agilent Technologies | Comments

Agilent Technologies has announced the opening of a new calibration center in Phoenix, Ariz. Now owners of Agilent electronic measurement instruments in the area can receive true local OEM calibrations, with measurements performed using OEM procedures for every warranted specification.

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Microsoft Sets Oct. 17 Release for Windows 8.1

August 15, 2013 12:27 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Consumers waiting for Microsoft's revamped version of its latest Windows operating system will be able to get the software beginning Oct. 17. The release date for Windows 8.1 is nearly a year after the debut of Windows 8, a dramatic overhaul of the operating system that has been powering most personal computers for decades.

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Advancing Resistive Memory to Improve Portable Electronics

August 15, 2013 12:26 pm | by Sean Nealon, University of California – Riverside | Comments

A team at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering has developed a novel way to build what many see as the next generation memory storage devices for portable electronic devices including smart phones, tablets, laptops, and digital cameras.

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Malware Bites and How to Stop It

August 15, 2013 12:20 pm | by Albert Ang, Inderscience Publishers | Comments

Antivirus software running on your computer has one big weak point - if a new virus is released before the antivirus provider knows about it or before the next scheduled antivirus software update, your system can be infected. Such zero-day infections are common.

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Encryption is Less Secure than We Thought

August 15, 2013 12:17 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Information theory — the discipline that gave us digital communication and data compression — also put cryptography on a secure mathematical foundation. Since 1948, when the paper that created information theory first appeared, most information-theoretic analyses of secure schemes have depended on a common assumption.

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Teleported by Electronic Circuit

August 15, 2013 10:27 am | by Andreas Wallraff, ETH Zurich | Comments

ETH-researchers cannot "beam" objects or humans of flesh and blood through space yet, a feat sometimes alluded to in science fiction movies. They managed, however, to teleport information from A to B – for the first time in an electronic circuit, similar to a computer chip.

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Breakthrough in Memory Technologies Could Bring Faster Computing

August 15, 2013 10:25 am | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Comments

Memory devices like disk drives, flash drives, and RAM play an important role in our lives. They are an essential component of our computers, phones, electronic appliances, and cars. Yet current memory devices have significant drawbacks: dynamic RAM memory has to be refreshed periodically, static RAM data is lost when the power is off, and flash memory lacks speed.

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Apple Breaks $500 Threshold, 1st Time Since Jan.

August 15, 2013 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Apple's shares srged passed the $500 threshold — their highest level since January. Wednesday's gains came a day after activist investor Carl Icahn said he thinks the iPhone maker should do more to revive its stock price. The outspoken billionaire said in Twitter posts Tuesday that he had acquired an unspecified stake in Apple and had spoken to its CEO about boosting share repurchase plans.

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Microsoft Restores Outlook.com Service on the Web

August 15, 2013 10:16 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft said it has fixed a problem that prevented some people from getting their email on Outlook.com, but mobile users might still be having problems.Service had been restored on the Web shortly after 2 p.m. PDT Wednesday, according to an update on Microsoft's website.

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IBM Buys Fraud Protection Software Maker Trusteer

August 15, 2013 10:13 am | by Associated Press | Comments

IBM is buying fraud protection software maker Trusteer, amid the growing threat of cyberattacks. The Armonk, NY, technology services company announced the acquisition Thursday, but didn't disclose how much it paid for Trusteer. In connection with the deal, IBM said it's forming a new software lab in Israel where Trusteer and IBM researchers and developers will work together on cybersecurity issues.

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Crowdsourcing Weather Using Smartphone Batteries

August 14, 2013 5:35 pm | by Thomas Sumner, American Geophysical Union | Comments

A group of smartphone app developers and weather experts discovered a way to use the temperature sensors built into smartphone batteries to crowdsource weather information. These tiny thermometers usually prevent smartphones from dangerously overheating, but the researchers discovered the battery temperatures tell a story about the environment around them.

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Peregrine Semiconductor and LG Electronics Team Up for Antenna Tuning in Optimus G Pro Smartphone

August 14, 2013 2:48 pm | by Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation has announced they have teamed up to develop the high-performance antenna tuning design solution in the LG Optimus G Pro smartphone that was recently introduced to the Korean market. The Optimus G Pro features a 5.5-inch full High Definition (HD) In-Plane Switching (IPS) display...

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TriQuint Acquires CAP Wireless and its Spatium Technology

August 14, 2013 2:45 pm | by TriQuint Semiconductor | Comments

TriQuint Semiconductor has announced that it has acquired CAP Wireless and its patented Spatium RF power combining technology that replaces traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs) in communications and defense systems. TriQuint estimates that the TWTA market opportunity will be about $600 million by 2015.

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MEN Micro Strengthens Global Commitment to Quality Management

August 14, 2013 2:38 pm | by MEN Micro | Comments

MEN Micro has recently achieved two notable certifications related to its product development and manufacturing quality. The company successfully obtained renewal of its IRIS certification on the first audit as well as implemented the EFQM Excellence Model to ensure the continued quality management of its embedded products and services worldwide.

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