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Scientists Use Marine Robots to Detect Endangered Whales

January 15, 2013 1:57 pm | Comments

Two robots equipped with instruments designed to “listen” for the calls of baleen whales detected nine endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of Maine last month. The robots reported the detections to shore-based researchers within hours of hearing the whales (i.e., in real time), demonstrating a new and powerful tool for managing interactions between whales and human activities.

Surgeons May Use Hand Gestures to Manipulate MRI Images in OR

January 15, 2013 1:54 pm | by Purdue University | Comments

Doctors may soon be using a system in the operating room that recognizes hand gestures as commands to tell a computer to browse and display medical images of the patient during a surgery. Surgeons routinely need to review medical images and records during surgery.

Turning Smartphones Into Secure and Versatile Keys

January 15, 2013 1:51 pm | by Fraunhofer | Comments

It’s already possible to open doors using an app – but we are a long way from seeing widespread acceptance of this in the market. Now, researchers have developed a piece of software that will make the technology even more secure and versatile. Smartphones and tablets have become an integral part of our daily lives.


Concentrated Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage Can Help Utilities’ Bottom Line

January 15, 2013 1:44 pm | by NREL News | Comments

The storage capacity of concentrating solar power (CSP) can add significant value to a utility company’s optimal mix of energy sources, a new report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) suggests.


Researchers Seek Longer Battery Life for Electric Locomotive

January 15, 2013 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Norfolk Southern Railway No. 999 is the first all-electric, battery-powered locomotive in the United States. But when one of the thousand lead-acid batteries that power it dies, the locomotive shuts down. To combat this problem, a team of Penn State researchers is developing more cost-effective ways to prolong battery life.

These Ice Cubes Text Your Friend When You've Had Too Much to Drink

January 15, 2013 1:35 pm | by Mashable | Comments

The ice cube is getting a much-needed 21st century upgrade thanks to a 23-year-old MIT student. Dhairya Dand's Cheers is a set of LED ice cubes that change color from green to yellow to red depending on how much you've imbibed. The cubes also send a message to your designated friend if you've passed your limit. Oh yeah, they also light up to ambient music and noise.

Underdog Operating Systems to Shake Up Smartphone Scene

January 15, 2013 12:32 pm | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

The next time you go shopping for a smartphone, you might see some unfamiliar software on the screens lining store shelves. The smartphone market is dominated by Apple’s iPhone and devices running Google’s Android software, with Microsoft and RIM hoping to carve out the remaining market share for their new Windows Phone 8 and Blackberry 10.

uNu iPhone 5 Battery Case Doubles Your Battery Life

January 15, 2013 11:44 am | by Mashable | Comments

The uNu DX Protective Battery Case for iPhone 5 doubles your talk time, letting most iPhones last for two days on one charge. While that's still far from what feature phones can manage, it's a significant improvement and would come in handy in many situations.


Watch This Touchscreen Transform Into a Physical Keyboard

January 15, 2013 11:42 am | Comments

For tablet- and smartphone-owners who love their touchscreens but occasionally yearn for the tactile feel of a physical keyboard, Fremont, Calif.-based company Tactus has unveiled new technology that unites both features on one gadget. It developed a tactile user interface for touchscreen devices: transparent physical buttons that emerge from a tablet or smartphone's surface on demand.

Developers: Microsoft Wants to Put Your App in a TV Ad

January 15, 2013 11:38 am | by Mashable | Comments

Microsoft unveiled a neat contest for developers, giving them a chance to have their app featured in a Windows Phone television ad. The contest, which officially started Monday, is called Windows Phone Next App Star, and is open to Windows Phone developers worldwide.

Nation's First Bookless Public Library Could Be in Texas

January 15, 2013 11:20 am | by Mashable | Comments

Bexar County, Texas, has unveiled plans for what could become the nation's first bookless public library. The initiative is being pushed forward by County Judge Nelson W. Wolff, who told The San Antonio Express News that he was inspired to develop a bookless library after reading Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

What If Microsoft Threw Its Weight Behind Mozilla's Firefox OS?

January 15, 2013 10:16 am | by Forbes | Comments

Open source veteran Matt Asay, currently at 10Gen (the company behind the popular MongoDB database) just posted a provocative take on the mobile landscape on ReadWrite,  Firefox OS: The Future of Microsoft’s Mobile Ambition?

How Google Is Forever Changing The Webinar

January 15, 2013 10:13 am | by Forbes | Comments

Ever been on TV?  Get ready.  You will be.  And you better be good. Last week I was hired by software company Sage to do a webinar about the economy.  Except it wasn’t a typical webinar.

Beyond BYOD: The Shift to People-Centric IT

January 15, 2013 9:54 am | by Forbes | Comments

BYOD (“Bring Your Own Device”) is probably the most visible net result of the consumerization of IT trend we are now seeing in Information Technology.  But there have been some other significant technology shifts emerging from this consumerization trend that have not been making the same big headlines as BYOD has.

1 in 3 Smartphone Owners Use Device While Driving

January 15, 2013 9:23 am | by CNET | Comments

Do you still use your smartphone behind the wheel? At least a third of people polled do. Among two thousand drivers surveyed by McKinsey & Company, 35 percent revealed that they do use their smartphones while driving. And it's likely more people do but just didn't admit it.


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