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NASA's RapidScat: Some Assembly Required -- in Space

September 5, 2014 10:52 am | by NASA | Comments

NASA's ISS-RapidScat wind-watching scatterometer, which is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station no earlier than Sept. 19, will be the first science payload to be robotically assembled in space since the space station itself. Howard Eisen, the ISS-RapidScat project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, said...

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Motorola Emphasizes Design in Circular Smartwatch

September 5, 2014 9:55 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Motorola rolled out a circular smartwatch Friday, counting on a more traditional design to win over consumers who have so far shunned other computerized wrist devices. Smartwatches so far have had rectangular faces, a shape that has ...  

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New York Police Officers to Test Body-Worn Cameras

September 5, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The New York Police department announced Thursday it's launching a pilot program to test 60 cameras worn by officers, becoming the latest and largest police department in the country to accept the technology as a tool of modern law enforcement. At a news conference, Police Commissioner William Bratton predicted that the cameras...

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Face It, the Selfie Phone Was Bound to Happen: Tech Giants Bank on Snap-Happy Consumers

September 4, 2014 4:28 pm | by Frank Jordans & Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press | Comments

Visit any tourist destination, and you're bound to see individuals and groups taking photos of themselves for sharing on social media. It's a declaration to the world that they were there. Pop stars such as Rihanna and Justin Bieber have helped popularize the trend, too, by posting stylized selfies...

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Obama Taps Google, Twitter Execs for Tech Jobs

September 4, 2014 4:26 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama has named executives from Google and Twitter to tops spots on his technology policy team. The White House says Megan Smith will serve as chief technology officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Smith will be responsible for guiding the administration's...

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Microsoft: Mid-Range Phones for Budget Conscious

September 4, 2014 4:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft will seek to draw more people to its Internet-based services with two new mid-range smartphones. The devices unveiled Thursday are under the Lumia brand Microsoft bought from Nokia. They run the latest version of Windows Phone 8 and feature Cortana...

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Titania-Based Material Holds Promise as New Insulator for Superconductors

September 4, 2014 3:51 pm | by North Carolina State University | Comments

Research from North Carolina State University shows that a type of modified titania, or titanium dioxide, holds promise as an electrical insulator for superconducting magnets, allowing heat to dissipate while preserving the ...   

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NIST Team Honored for Work on Military Smartphone Apps, Security

September 4, 2014 3:43 pm | by National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) | Comments

The NIST team of engineers and computer scientists was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), under its Transformative Apps (TransApps) program. Working with soldiers, contract app developers and others ...  

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Nano-Pea Pod Model Widens Electronics Applications

September 4, 2014 3:38 pm | by Springer | Comments

Periodic chain-like nanostructures are widely used in nanoelectronics. Typically, chain elements include the likes of quantum rings, quantum dots, or quantum graphs. Such a structure enables electrons to move along the chain, in theory ...

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Atomically Thin Material Opens Door for Integrated Nanophotonic Circuits

September 4, 2014 3:28 pm | by University of Rochester | Comments

A new combination of materials can efficiently guide electricity and light along the same tiny wire, a finding that could be a step towards building computer chips capable of transporting digital information at the speed of light. Using a laser to excite electromagnetic waves called plasmons at the surface of the wire, researchers found that...

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Phones, Watches, More Unveiled at Tech Show

September 4, 2014 1:47 pm | by Frank Jordans & Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | Comments

Samsung and other electronics companies used the IFA trade show in Berlin to showcase their holiday lineups. New smartphones, computerized wristwatches and a virtual-reality headset were among the gadgets announced Wednesday ...   

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IDTechEx’s Wearable Technology Forecasts Come True: What Next

September 4, 2014 12:23 pm | by IDTechEx | Comments

Analysts IDTechEx have been forecasting emerging technologies and their markets for 15 years; from printed electronics and 3D printing, to the Internet of Things and wearable technology. Our many PhD-level analysts are multi-lingual and, together with their teams, travel the world to understand what is going...

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Photo of the Day: Where Are All the Women in STEM?

September 4, 2014 10:54 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Comments

When it comes to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathethmatics) the numbers just don’t add up. Even though the number of women majoring in STEM (and attending college) has increased in the past few decades, the number of women who actually enter the fields has barely increased at all....

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Sony Attack Shows Shifting Online Security Threat

September 4, 2014 10:42 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

The boundary between the online and physical worlds got blurry last week when Sony's PlayStation Network was disabled by an online attack, while simultaneously an American Airlines passenger jet carrying a Sony executive was diverted due to a bomb threat on Twitter. Experts say that's a wakeup call for a world...

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SIGFOX Global Network Enabling One of World’s

September 4, 2014 10:37 am | by SIGFOX | Comments

SIGFOX is partnering with Securitas Direct and Abertis Telecom in Spain on one of the world’s most ambitious deployments of connected security devices. Securitas Direct, the leading security systems provider in Spain and Europe, will connect and monitor millions of devices in customers’ homes and businesses...

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