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Ride-Hailing Apps offer New Way to Get Around Town

February 4, 2013 9:05 am | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | Comments

Minutes later, a black hatchback with a big fluffy, pink mustache on its grille pulled up. Kutscher hopped in the front seat and gave the driver a fist bump. Then they cruised over the hilly streets of San Francisco, chatting like neighbors until he was dropped off near Union Square.

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FTC Offers Privacy Guidelines for Mobile Industry

February 4, 2013 8:54 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

In a report published Friday, the FTC outlines guidelines that include advising companies to get people's consent before using technology to track shoppers' locations, consider offering a "do not track" mechanism for smart phone users; and developing icons that show the transmission of user data.

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LynuxWorks LynxOS-178 Flies High in Super Mid-size Business Jet Market

February 1, 2013 5:18 pm | by LynuxWorks, Inc. | Comments

LynuxWorks, Inc. has announced LynxOS-178 is flying high. The recent announcement by Rockwell Collins that its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system that uses LynxOS-178 is now in service on the Gulfstream G280, marks the system’s debut in the super mid-size business jet market segment.

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CES Gadget Show Host Drops CNET as Awards Picker

February 1, 2013 9:17 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The industry group that hosts the annual gadget show known as International CES is dropping reviews website CNET as the picker of its "Best of CES" awards. It says CNET reviewers' objectivity was compromised by the site's corporate parent, CBS Corp.

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Cell Phone Amber Alerts: What You Need to Know

February 1, 2013 9:12 am | by TAMI ABDOLLAH - Associated Press | Comments

Most people with newer phones have the emergency alert system automatically activated. The new Amber Alert system replaces a prior "opt-in" system that went offline Dec. 31 and alerted about 700,000 people who had signed up nationally. The messages are geographically specific, going to people within the reach of a particular region's cell towers.

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U.S. Satellite Lost in Failed Launch from Pacific

February 1, 2013 9:06 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The company said in a statement Friday the Intelsat 27 satellite was lost 40 seconds after the launch due to the failure of the Zenit-3SL rocket. The Boeing. Co-built spacecraft was launched Thursday from the Odyssey ocean platform. Sea Launch AG President Kjell Karlsen said the cause of the failure is unknown and the company is working to evaluate it.

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Apple Blocks Java on Macs Due to Vulnerabilities

February 1, 2013 8:54 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Some Mac users were taken by surprise Thursday as their computers stopped running programs written using the Java programming language after Apple blocked Java due to security problems. Java allows programmers to write a wide variety of Internet applications and other software programs and run them on most computers, including Apple Inc.'s Mac.

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U.S. Weighs Tougher Action over China Cyberattacks

February 1, 2013 8:31 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press | Comments

High-level talks with the Chinese government to address persistent cyberattacks against U.S. companies and government agencies haven't worked, so officials say the Obama administration is now considering a range of actions. Two former U.S. officials said the administration is preparing a new National Intelligence Estimate.

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Panasonic, Sharp Expect Red Ink Despite Yen Help

February 1, 2013 8:26 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

The two Osaka-based companies are among the Japanese electronics makers battered by price plunges in gadgets and hot competition from more successful rivals such as Apple Inc. and South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Panasonic reported a 61.4 billion yen ($667 million) profit for the October-December period Friday.

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New Semiconductor Research May Extend Integrated Circuit Battery Life Tenfold

January 31, 2013 9:02 am | by Rochester Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology, international semiconductor consortium SEMATECH, and Texas State University have demonstrated that use of new methods and materials for building integrated circuits can reduce power—extending battery life to 10 times longer for mobile applications compared to conventional transistors.

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Rutgers Physics Professors Find New Order in Quantum Electronic Material

January 31, 2013 8:55 am | by Rutgers University | Comments

Two Rutgers physics professors have proposed an explanation for a new type of order, or symmetry, in an exotic material made with uranium – a theory that may one day lead to enhanced computer displays and data storage systems and more powerful superconducting magnets for medical imaging and levitating high-speed trains.

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NASA Launches Communication Satellite

January 31, 2013 8:55 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

NASA launched a new communication satellite Wednesday to stay in touch with its space station astronauts and relay more Hubble telescope images. An unmanned Atlas V rocket blasted into the starry night sky carrying the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite.

Review: BlackBerry Z10 is Good Stab at Rebirth

January 31, 2013 8:41 am | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Are you ashamed to have a BlackBerry? It's not exactly a status symbol any more, at least not in the U.S., after it got left in the dust by the iPhone. Now, there's a new BlackBerry that wants to get back into the cool club: the Z10. It's the first phone to run the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, and it is, at first blush, a very good stab at regaining at least some of the cachet of the BlackBerry.

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NY Times Says Chinese Hacked Paper's Computers

January 31, 2013 8:40 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Chinese hackers repeatedly penetrated The New York Times' computer systems over the past four months, stealing reporters' passwords and hunting for files on an investigation into the wealth amassed by the family of a top Chinese leader, the newspaper reported Thursday.

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New BlackBerry Won't Be Released in U.S. until March

January 31, 2013 8:40 am | by PETER SVENSSON, Associated Press ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | Comments

Research In Motion Ltd. unveiled new, versatile BlackBerrys after excruciating delays allowed Apple, Samsung and others to build commanding leads in an industry that is redefining society. But the first phone won't come out in the United States until March, and one with a physical keyboard will take at least a month longer.

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