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Samsung Faces Fresh Child Labor Claim in China

July 10, 2014 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant. Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it is looking into the allegation by China Labor Watch that its supplier Shinyang Electronics in Dongguan hired

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Report: Chinese Hackers Hit U.S. Personnel Networks

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

Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to The New York Times. Senior U.S. officials say the hackers gained access...

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U.S., China Talk Cyberhacking Amid New Allegations

July 10, 2014 10:37 am | by Bradley Klapper & Louise Watt, Associated Press | Comments

Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the two powers had a frank exchange on the issue...

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Photos of the Day: Autonomous Robots Compete at the RoboCup

July 10, 2014 9:58 am | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | Comments

The international robot soccer tournament called RoboCup takes place in Brazil right after the World Cup. The ultimate goal of the yearly event is bold: To create a robot team that can defeat the human World Cup winners by 2050. It is about teaching the fully autonomous robots to make quick, smart decisions while working together in a changing environment...

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Heads up, World Cup Teams: The Robots Are Coming

July 10, 2014 9:35 am | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | Comments

When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. But the machines participating in this month's international RoboCup tournament are making passes and scoring points. Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World Cup champs within the next 35 years...

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New Technology Illuminates Colder Objects in Deep Space

July 9, 2014 5:43 pm | by Northwestern University | Comments

Too cool and faint, many objects in the universe are impossible to detect with visible light. Now a McCormick team has refined a new technology that could make these colder objects more visible, paving the way for enhanced exploration of deep space...“

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Projecting a Three-Dimensional Future

July 9, 2014 5:39 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | Comments

Since the 1960s, theatergoers have shelled out for crude 3-D glasses, polarized glasses, and shutter glasses to enhance their viewing experience. These basic devices, used to trick the brain into perceiving an artificial three-dimensional reality, may soon be rendered obsolete with the introduction of...

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Chemists Develop Novel Catalyst with Two Functions

July 9, 2014 5:10 pm | by Ruhr-University Bochum | Comments

Chemists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have made a decisive step towards more cost-efficient regenerative fuel cells and rechargeable metal-air batteries. They developed a new type of catalyst on the basis of carbon, which can facilitate two opposite reactions: electrolysis of water and combustion of hydrogen with oxygen...

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Using Sand to Improve Battery Performance

July 9, 2014 3:09 pm | by University of California, Riverside | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have created a lithium ion battery that outperforms the current industry standard by three times. The key material: sand. Yes, sand. “This is the holy grail – a low cost, non-toxic, environmentally friendly way..."

Google Picks 5 Charities to Create Ideas for Glass

July 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | Comments

Google has chosen five charities to develop ideas using Web-connected Google Glass to enhance their work. After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google is announcing five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers...

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Bay Area Governments Make Big Electric-Vehicle Buy

July 9, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country. The six cities, two counties and two water agencies have united to buy 90 electric vehicles...

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Kids Studying Abroad Are Now Never out of Touch

July 9, 2014 1:29 pm | by Beth J. Harpaz, AP Travel Editor | Comments

A generation ago, students on semester abroad were practically incommunicado, aside from airmailed letters and one or two calls home. These days, from the minute the plane lands, kids studying overseas are connected with home via Skype, Facebook, and messaging apps like Viber and WhatsApp...

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Freewave Sets Sights on Fast-Growing Industrial M2M Marketplace

July 9, 2014 11:43 am | by FreeWave Technologies | Comments

FreeWave Technologies announced exciting new executive appointments that will position the company for continued growth and leadership in the exploding M2M and industrial Internet of Things markets. In line with this vision, FreeWave has appointed Kim Niederman as its new CEO...

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IEEE ComSoc 5 Day Intensive Wireless Communications Course

July 9, 2014 11:15 am | by IEE ComSoc | Comments

The IEEE Communications Society has announced a two for one package that combines the organization’s 5 Day Intensive Wireless Training Course with the 2014 Fall IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies Certification Exam. The offer provides seating at the IEEE WCET exam...

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Dropter Project Demonstrates Precision-Landing Capabilities

July 9, 2014 10:56 am | by ESA | Comments

The dramatic conclusion to ESA’s latest StarTiger project: a ‘dropship’ quadcopter steers itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface. StarTiger’s Dropter project was tasked with developing and demonstrating ...

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