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Managing Sewage Like Traffic Thanks to Data

September 4, 2012 6:07 am | Comments

South Bend, Ind., is using a sensor network and IBM software to prevent its sewer system from dumping sewage into rivers or backing up into citizens’ home, but it’s just a microcosm of global trend toward solving urban maladies using big data. If you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the design of your city’s sewer system, you’re not alone.

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Walmart Testing iPhone-Based Self Checkout System

September 4, 2012 5:46 am | by Customers bag their purchases as they shop, and are required to stop by a self-checkout to pay for them before leaving the store, so you’re not actually finalizing your purchase on your phone. | Comments

Walmart has reportedly started testing a new iPhone-based self-checkout system. Taking a test spin first at a Walmart in Arkansas, the program would allow a customer to scan merchandise using his or her iPhone, and then pay for the items in their cart without ever having to deal with a cashier in the process.

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A Big Silicon Valley Investor Turned Off Email On His iPhone And Couldn't Be Happier

September 4, 2012 5:44 am | Comments

Harj Taggar is a partner at Y Combinator , which is, at the moment, Silicon Valley's most important early stage startup investor.  Y Combinator is more than just another venture capital firm, it is something of a Professor X's school for mutant entrepreneurs. The place teaches young people how to create companies, and boy do they.

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AcerCloud Blows Into Europe, Bringing Remote Access to Your (Acer) Laptop

September 4, 2012 5:42 am | Comments

We took a good look at the AcerCloud service early this year and its companion Android handset, the award-winning CloudMobile phone. Now, Acer has launched a beta service in Europe, so buyers of the company's new laptops and desktop machines over there will be able to try it out for themselves.

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Study Explores Injury Risk in Military Humvee Crashes

August 31, 2012 7:38 am | Comments

  A new report by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy examines the risk factors for injuries to U.S. military personnel from crashes involving highly mobile multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs), more commonly known as Humvees. According to the study, involvement in combat and serving as the vehicle’s operator or gunner posed the greatest risk for injury.

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'Nanoresonators' Might Improve Cell Phone Performance

August 31, 2012 7:30 am | Comments

Researchers have learned how to mass produce tiny mechanical devices that could help cell phone users avoid the nuisance of dropped calls and slow downloads. The devices are designed to ease congestion over the airwaves to improve the performance of cell phones and other portable devices. This image from a scanning electron microscope shows a tiny mechanical device, an electrostatically actuated nanoresonator, that might ease congestion over the airwaves to improve the performance of cell phones and other portable devices.

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Fretting Over Frank the Fern? Try Koubachi's Wi-Fi Plant Monitor

August 31, 2012 6:31 am | Comments

The $99 Koubachi Wi-Fi plant monitor pokes into the soil and uploads environmental data to the company, which then sends plant-care alerts customized for each species. If you're the kind of person who worries about Frank the Fern and Gertrude the Geranium while you're on vacation, a $99 cloud-connected plant monitor could be just the thing for you.

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Will There Be A Shortage of Apple's iPhone 5?

August 31, 2012 6:08 am | Comments

There might be a shortage of iPhone 5s when they hit the market. Juro Osawa at the Wall Street Journal reports Sharp "hasn't started mass producing screens" for the next iPhone. It was supposed to have been shipping screens to Apple by the end of August. Sharp isn't Apple's only supplier.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera Includes Wireless Charging Pad

August 31, 2012 6:05 am | Comments

Samsung's going all out with its Galaxy Camera accessory lineup. In addition to the cases and Flip Covers we saw at Unpacked earlier this week, the company had some external flashes and professional-looking holsters on hand at its IFA booth, including a grip-mounted adjustable strobe, a ring light set and a sophisticated carrying rig, complete with hinged barn doors to block out unwanted glare.

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Huawei's MediaPad 7 Lite Gets Detailed Specs, Shipping Dates

August 31, 2012 6:02 am | Comments

When Huawei revealed its new MediaPad 7 Lite slate, it wasn't generous with the details, but now we've got a few more to share with you. The final specifications are out, so we now know for sure that the ICS tab will arrive packing a 7-inch IPS display (1,024 x 600) supporting 1080p, a 1.

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Sifteo Launches Next Generation of Gaming Cubes

August 31, 2012 5:56 am | Comments

Sifteo Cubes, an interactive game system that appeals to both kids and adults, has just gotten a big upgrade — making it perfect for your next family game night. The tiny cubes have 1.5-inch LCD screens with built-in accelerometers. They respond to movement like shaking, flipping and tilting to display their content.

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Google Maps for Android Adds Half a Billion Meters of Bike Paths

August 31, 2012 5:28 am | Comments

If you’re an avid European biker with an Android smartphone, you’re in luck. Google Maps announced Wednesday it’s adding mobile biking directions and navigation for 10 European countries — Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

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Getting Rid of Your Old iPhone 4S? Apple Will Pay You For It

August 31, 2012 5:15 am | Comments

With mere weeks until the rumored release of the iPhone 5, Apple fanboys and girls may be clamoring to rid themselves of the old to make room for the new. Looking to offset the cost of upgrading? If you own an iPhone 4S, then you’re in luck. Through its Reuse and Recycling program, Apple will offer $345 on an Apple gift card in exchange for the old device, depending on its condition, The Next Web reports .

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Parent’s Dilemma: Are You Raising Tech-Addicted Kids?

August 31, 2012 5:08 am | Comments

This summer a mom I know told me her 12 year-old bookworm daughter regretfully handed back her Kindle Fire, saying she couldn’t handle the temptation to play games rather than read. Her mom was stunned. She assumed that all of those hours on the Kindle were being spent pouring over the school summer reading list.

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Advancements in Thermal Management 2012

August 30, 2012 7:15 am | Comments

A Symposium for Engineers and Product Developers is a conference highlighting the latest advancements in thermal technology for product design, system development and process management. It will be held September 18-19, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. This event will feature presentations on the latest advancements in thermal management and thermal technology for electronics packaging and cooling, temperature sensing and control, thermal materials, systems design and management for optimizing thermal properties.

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