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Comet Lander Ends Up in Cliff Shadow

November 13, 2014 9:45 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

Europe's comet lander Philae has come to rest in the shadow of a cliff, posing a potential problem for its solar panels, scientists from the European Space Agency said Thursday as they published its first image from the surface of a comet. The photo...

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You Have Zero Privacy, Get Over It

November 13, 2014 9:42 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP | Comments

It's been 15 years since Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy infamously quipped "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." You'd think we would have gotten the message by now, with all the news of online data breaches, revelations about broad...

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Drones Patrol Half of Mexico Border

November 13, 2014 9:39 am | by ELLIOT SPAGAT and BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press | Comments

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans...

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Virtual Reality Teaches Self-Acceptance

November 13, 2014 9:35 am | by Eurekalert! | Comments

Self-compassion can be learned using avatars in an immersive virtual reality, finds new research led by UCL. This innovative approach reduced self-criticism and increased self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical individuals...

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Samsung Releases Developer Tools for Wearables, Smart Home

November 13, 2014 9:30 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

Samsung is working to generate developer interest by releasing a handful of new tools for health, smart home, AR/VR and wearables. At the company’s developer conference Wednesday, Won-Pyo Hong, president of Samsung’s Media Solution Center...

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Shazam Second-Screen Viewing Not Happening

November 13, 2014 9:26 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

Shazam CPO Daniel Danker said second-screen viewing is not going to catch—at least not in terms of engaging with a mobile device throughout the viewing experience. Speaking Monday at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco, Danker said “in...

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Qualcomm LTE Direct Proximal Discovery Service to Launch in 2016

November 13, 2014 9:23 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

Qualcomm’s LTE Direct proximal discovery service is expected to become commercially available in 2016. Speaking Tuesday at the Open Mobile Summit, Mahesh Makhijani, senior director for Qualcomm Research, fit the technology in with Release 12...

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Nitero’s 60GHz Wi-Fi Solution Named 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree

November 13, 2014 9:14 am | Comments

Nitero announced that its NT4600 module has been named 2015 International CES Innovation Awards Honoree in the Embedded Technology category. The first product from Nitero’s 60G ® family of 60GHz Wi-Fi solutions, the NT4600 is the industry's only...

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PayPal Isn't Worried About Apple Pay

November 12, 2014 4:04 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO – PayPal isn’t worried about Apple Pay taking away its long-earned reputation in and share of the e-commerce market. Speaking at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco, PayPal CPO Hill Ferguson said his company and Apple’s new mobile payment app have different goals in the payment space.

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$17 Billion to Maintain Verizon Wireless Network

November 12, 2014 3:29 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

Verizon will likely keep its spending for 2014 in the $17 billion range, according to CFO Fran Shammo. Speaking at an investor conference today, Shammo said that consistency in spending in necessary to maintain a wireless network. Speaking at...

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Using "Smart Spaces" to Wirelessly Send Data

November 12, 2014 3:23 pm | by Eurekalert! | Comments

One of the problems in the high-tech field of visible light communication (VLC) - or using light to send data wirelessly - is decidedly low tech: The data transmission stops whenever the light is blocked by people's movements, shadows or other obstacles.

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New Army Priority: Lighter Communications Systems

November 12, 2014 3:03 pm | by U.S. Army | Comments

The Army's general in charge of all things tied to the network said one of his top priorities is to build lighter communications systems. Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, the Army's chief information officer/G-6, spoke at the monthly Association of the U.S...

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Arrives at Launch Pad, Hoisted onto Rocket Ahead of its First Spaceflight

November 12, 2014 2:17 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft now is at its launch pad after completing its penultimate journey in the early hours Wednesday. It arrived at Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 3:07 a.m. EST, where the spacecraft then was lifted onto a United Launch Alliance Delta...

Cosmic 1st: Spacecraft Sends Lander Toward Comet

November 12, 2014 10:13 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

Hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a speeding European spacecraft released a lander toward the icy, dusty surface of a comet on Wednesday, setting off a seven-hour countdown to an audacious attempt to answer some of the biggest...

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Drone Sightings Up Dramatically

November 12, 2014 10:10 am | by JOAN LOWY Associated Press | Comments

The government is getting near-daily reports — and sometimes two or three a day — of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or close to airports without permission, federal and industry officials tell The Associated Press. It's a sharp increase...

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