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The Hidden Losers In Softbank's $20 Billion Sprint Deal

October 15, 2012 7:30 am | Comments

Softbank bought a controlling stake in Sprint for ~$20 billion. It's bad news for Yahoo , Yahoo shareholders, Marissa Mayer, Silicon Valley VCs, and tech startups. Here's how: Yahoo Japan is a joint venture between Yahoo and Softbank. Softbank was, until a few weeks ago, preparing to pay Yahoo ~$3 billion for its stake.

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BlackBerry Hangs On By A Keyboard

October 15, 2012 7:25 am | Comments

Google's Android and Apple's iPhone are vying for number one and two in the smart phone market. In a distant but still impressive third? Blackberry, which has 11 percent of the market . There are 90 million BlackBerry users around the world, but who are they? BlackBerry users tend to be older.

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24 Miles, 4 Minutes and 834 M.P.H.

October 15, 2012 6:44 am | Comments

A helium balloon made of 40 acres of ultrathin plastic took Mr. Baumgartner to an altitude of 128,100 feet. Mr. Baumgartner broke the sound barrier during his jump, reaching a maximum speed of 833.9 miles per hour, or Mach 1.24. More Photos » The man, Felix Baumgartner , an Austrian daredevil, made the highest and fastest jump in history after ascending by a helium balloon to an altitude of 128,100 feet.

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2 Skydivers, 52 Years Apart, Same Lofty Goal

October 15, 2012 6:41 am | Comments

The advice from master to student over the past three years has been simple: Be prepared. Know what to do and how to do it. "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner heeded Joe Kittinger's advice and followed it. In the desert surrounding Roswell, N.M., on Sunday, Baumgartner broke Kittinger's world record for the highest and fastest free fall.

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Freescale Freedom Development Platform FRDM-KL25Z

October 15, 2012 5:38 am | by Get an introduction to the Freescale Freedom development platform FRDM-KL25Z. Get up and running quickly with this step by step out of the box guide. | Comments
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Solar Cells Made From Black Silicon

October 12, 2012 6:52 am | Comments

Solar cells convert three-quarters of the energy contained in the Sun‘s spectrum into electricity – yet the infrared spectrum is entirely lost in standard solar cells. In contrast, black silicon solar cells are specifi cally designed to absorb this part of the Sun‘s spectrum – and researchers have recently succeeded in doubling their overall efficiency.

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Wireless Data At Top Speed

October 12, 2012 6:42 am | Comments

Digital cameras and camcorders deliver high resolution film sequences that are several gigabytes in size. These can take several minutes to transfer wirelessly to your home computer via Bluetooth. Now there is a speedy alternative: the “multi-gigabit communication module” is six times faster than a USB cable.

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Worldwide Patent for a Spanish Stroke Rehabilitation Robot

October 12, 2012 6:38 am | Comments

Robotherapist 3D, a robot which aids stroke patients' recovery, is to be brought to market by its worldwide patent holder, a spin-off company from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (Alicante, Spain). It is the first robot to enable patients to start doing exercises while supine, allowing them to begin shortly after the stroke and expediting recovery.

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Materials Scientists Prevent Wear in Production Facilities

October 12, 2012 6:34 am | Comments

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are core components in every mobile phone, television and computer. PCBs can be thought of as acting like a nervous system, forming a network that links the microchips mounted on the board and supplies them with power. One of the most important methods of fabricating large PCBs involves the precision electroplating of copper onto the PCB panel immersed in an acidic electrolyte bath.

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Close Call - Bad Weather Drives Up Phone Calls To Our Nearest And Dearest

October 12, 2012 6:28 am | by Who we call and how long we speak to them changes with the weather, according to new research by experts at Newcastle University. | Comments

Analysing the call patterns of 1.3 million mobile phone users, the team found that in 'uncomfortable' weather – such as very hot, humid, wet or cold weather – call length increased but the number of people we made contact with went down. Apparently "isolating" ourselves during more unpleasant weather, research lead Dr Santi Phithakkitnukoon said the data showed that we were also more likely to contact our close friends and family than our wider network.

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This Flexible Cable Charges Your Phone in Midair

October 12, 2012 6:08 am | Comments

Charging your phone is not an exciting task. A new device, however, makes it a little more interesting — breaking the basic laws of gravity while charging your device in midair. The Bobine is a flexible, 24-inch cable that works both as a charger and a stand. The material holds its shape however you bend it, so you can arrange it to charge in an upward position while you cook, clean or drive.

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This Gadget Lets You Stomp Like a Giant Robot

October 11, 2012 6:36 am | Comments

If you’re planning to dress up like a giant robot this Halloween , you need to know about the Mega Stomp Panic. About the size of an old-school portable cassette player, the Panic clips to your belt and bellows stomping noises, timed to your footsteps. It’s actually an ingenious idea, and it works extremely well.

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How Does Wi-Fi Work?

October 10, 2012 9:58 am | Comments

To mankind, Wi-Fi represents many things: Freedom of speech, access to information and the ability to keep in touch with both family members and strangers, near and far. But what does Wi-Fi stands for? Some will claim it’s shorthand for Wireless Fidelity, sort of like how people of New York call the region south of Houston Street “SoHo” and San Francisco calls South of Market “SoMa.

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Disney to Make Augmented Reality Birthday Cakes

October 10, 2012 9:53 am | Comments

Disney has filed a patent that describes its plans for projector systems to produce augmented reality cakes and other food products. Along with sensors, these could be used to display images and videos on the surface, or create customized storybooks and interactive experiences. According to Gizmag , the patent outlines two methods for projecting onto a cake.

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How To Get Advertisers To Stop Tracking Your iPhone

October 9, 2012 6:18 am | Comments

Did you know that Apple was tracking your engagement on the new iPhone 5? Well, it is. Luckily Apple's new iPhone 5 operating system, iOS 6, has a feature that allows users to limit developers from tracking their every move for targeted advertising. (We knew there had to be a silver lining to default iOS 6 maps.

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