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Next-Gen Nest Thermostat Gets Even Cooler and Smarter

October 2, 2012 5:36 am | Comments

The Nest Learning Thermostat has been on the market for almost a year, and it’s already earned a reputation as the smartest and prettiest thermostat available. Now, Nest 2.0, just out, is even slimmer, smarter and more compatible. The Nest Thermostat is designed by Tony Fadell , the former Apple exec known as the Father of the iPod.

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If Your Android Phone Is Stolen, This App Photographs the Thief

October 2, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

If your Android phone goes missing Kaspersky’s mobile security app may help you not only locate your missing smartphone, but also send you pictures of the phone’s current surroundings. Through a new web-based control center for the app users can activate a ‘Mugshot’ feature that accesses a lost or stolen phone’s forward-facing camera and captures photos of whatever or whomever might be in front of the lens.

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The Future Of Wi-Fi Is Already On These 10 College Campuses

October 1, 2012 12:35 pm | Comments

Thanks to Google and Microsoft , colleges and universities in the U.S. are able to take advantage of the Gig.U project, a partnership that’s bringing gigabit speeds to college campus communities. This type of connection opens up a world of possibilities for colleges and their surrounding communities, and understandably, many of them are quite excited about the new development.

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Constant Wave Becomes an Agilent Solutions Partner

October 1, 2012 11:40 am | Comments

Constant Wave Inc., a developer and provider of measurement analysis software, announced today it has become an Agilent Solutions Partner. “The partnership with Agilent Technologies allows us to draw on our complementary strengths, and we’re excited to be part of the program,” said Donald Metzger, president and chief technologist of Constant Wave.

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Sina Launches New App for Chinese Drivers

October 1, 2012 6:03 am | Comments

China’s love affair with the car and the open road (traffic jams permitting) has only just begun, and so it’s a good time for local web company Sina (NASDAQ:SINA) to launch its new map-oriented, location-based app for Chinese drivers. Called iMap – but with the literal name ‘ Love Cars Maps ’ in Chinese – it has just launched for Android and there’s an iPhone version coming soon.

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Why Do We Use a QWERTY Keyboard?

October 1, 2012 6:00 am | Comments

Does the arrangement of letters on a keyboard baffle you? Well, it’s been that way since Christopher Sholes invented the typewriter in 1868 ( U.S. patent 207,559 in 1878). Though there seems to be no logical reason why our keyboards bear such a weird matrix of letters, QWERTY keyboards have quite a rich history, and the layout is something we’ve grown accustomed to.

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How to Prevent Phone and Tablet Theft

October 1, 2012 5:55 am | Comments

If you're under the age of 25, there's almost an even chance you have lost your cell phone or had it stolen at least once. According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted last April, 45 percent of cell phone users between the ages of 18 and 24 have had a phone lost or stolen. The survey also found that 3 out of 10 cell phone users between the ages of 35 and 54 have misplaced their device or had it stolen, as Kashmir Hill reports on Forbes.

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Why Tablets Are The Future Of Electronic Medical Records

October 1, 2012 5:49 am | Comments

The adoption of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) by doctor practices and hospitals is one of the most exciting developments in health - and the iPad is playing a big part. Up till recently, the typical EMR system was a PC-based enterprise software suite deployed in a large, public hospital.

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'No More iSlave:' An Activist Fights for iPhone Workers

October 1, 2012 5:46 am | Comments

Debby Chan may not have the answer to the terribly complex issues facing workers at the giant Chinese contract manufacturing plants where iPhones are assembled. But she has plenty of questions. Chan's modest office here, shared with another human rights activist, is cluttered with books and papers.

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Surprise! RIM Posts Smaller Loss Than Expected

October 1, 2012 5:41 am | Comments

Research in Motion’s struggle to remain relevant in the smartphone market it helped birth remains an iffy proposition. But signs are emerging that suggest the company may actually pull it off. To wit, RIM’s second-quarter earnings, which were not nearly as gruesome as expected . Posting financials after the closing bell Thursday, RIM reported a second-quarter loss of 45 cents per share on revenues of $2.

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RIM Reports $235 Million Net Loss, Ships 7.4 Million BlackBerry Smartphones

September 28, 2012 6:42 am | Comments

Research in Motion reported a net loss of $235 million, or $0.45 a share, and generated $2.9 billion in revenue in the third quarter, handily beating Wall Street's low expectations. Factoring out the company's pre-tax restructuring costs, RIM actually ended up with a net loss of $142 million for the quarter, or $0.

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Detroit Loses Streetlights But Gains 4G Wireless

September 28, 2012 6:41 am | Comments

It's a city where 40% of the streetlights either don't work or have been turned off to save money, and one in five residents is out of a job. Things have gotten so bad in parts of the city that entire neighborhoods lay abandoned, and the city's public safety organizations - its fire and police services - prioritize where to offer service as funding dries up.

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Parrot Zik Bluetooth Headphones: High End and High Comfort

September 28, 2012 6:40 am | Comments

Choosing headphones can be a difficult decision. There are many options to consider, and there is no right answer. A lot really comes down to personal preference. Do you want an in-ear, on-the-ear, or over-the-ear design? Do you want them wired for better sound quality or do you prefer Bluetooth for more convenience? The options available for women have grown exponentially in the last year or so.

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5 Ways Students Use Technology to Cheat - What Parents Need to Know

September 28, 2012 6:38 am | Comments

Cheating has been around as long as school has existed. In the days before handhelds and Wikipedia, students would create crib sheets tucked into sleeves or palmed discreetly in their hands. I remember sitting down for my first day of Latin class in high school and seeing 20 different conjugated verbs etched into the wooden desktop -- a legacy of cheating I suppose.

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Apple CEO Apologizes for New Maps App: It 'Fell Short'

September 28, 2012 6:37 am | Comments

In an extremely rare move, Apple's CEO Tim Cook publicly apologized for the company's new maps app, which replaced Google Maps on the iPhone. Cook admits the new maps application “fell short” of the company's commitment to providing the “best experience possible” and the CEO even goes on to recommend that customers try out other maps applications - including Google's - while Apple works to improve its own.

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