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Augmented Light Bulb Turns Desk Into a Touchscreen

November 30, 2012 6:25 am | Comments

Powerful computers are becoming small and cheap enough to cram into all sorts of everyday objects. Natan Linder , a student at MIT’s Media Lab, thinks that fitting one inside a light bulb socket, together with a camera and projector, could provide a revolutionary new kind of interface—by turning any table or desk into a simple touchscreen.

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Email Snooping Bill Paves Way for Netflix Sharing

November 30, 2012 6:21 am | Comments

In a twist of legislative bureaucracy, a measure to beef up email privacy might have the side effect of letting your Facebook friends see all the videos you’ve been watching — with your blanket approval. The Senate Judiciary Committee today (Nov. 29) unanimously voted to pass an amendment that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before reading emails, Facebook messages and other electronic communications.

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Apple’s Ultra-Thin iMacs Now Available Online

November 30, 2012 6:19 am | Comments

Apple ‘s new, super-slim iMacs are now available for order on the company’s online store. If you want one fast, though, you’ll be better off ordering the smaller 21.5-inch model, which ships in one to three days. Shipping time for other configurations is seven to ten days. The 27-inch variant ships in two to three weeks, regardless of the configuration.

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Apps That Keep You From Getting Lost in Translation

November 30, 2012 6:17 am | Comments

When I was 16, I spent a summer studying Spanish in Spain. Armed with a pocket-sized Spanish-English electronic dictionary—high-tech at the time— I stumbled through the country. Now language translation apps for smartphones can do much, much more than that old plastic device with the rubbery buttons and one-line display.

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The Future of Nanotechnology is Now

November 30, 2012 4:38 am | Comments

I count several popular science fiction writers as friends. I share a political/whimsey blog with one of them, Sarah Hoyt . I was visiting Sarah's personal blog , and the question of the future of nanotechnology — given the upcoming fiscal cliff — came up in the comments. Sarah was of the opinion that the technology would be delayed indefinitely.

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Engineering Newswire 14: Blowing Up James Bond’s Aston Martin

November 29, 2012 11:31 am | by Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, we’re propelling bio-bots with rat blood, creating a dancing robot, “Gangnam Style”, and blowing up James Bond’s Aston Martin. This episode features:  | Comments

Propshop Modelmakers, which commissioned Augsburg-based voxeljet to 3D print James Bond’s Aston Martin. Researchers at the University of Illinois create new non-electronic, biological machines created by 3D printing the soft gelatin like polymer, hydrogel, and combining it with the heart cells of a rat.

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Engineering Newswire 15: Disney Robots Play Catch with Your Kids

November 29, 2012 10:59 am | Comments

On Engineering Newswire we're playing catch with Disney robots, colonizing mars with deep pocketed donors, and beaming aboard a Star Trek classroom. This episode features: Robotics experts at Disney's lab in Pittsburgh have created a humanoid robot that can play a game of catch. This eerie-faced robot not only tosses the ball to you, but he can find, register, and catch it.

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The Future of Wireless Charging

November 29, 2012 10:49 am | Comments

Let's cut some cords! Power cords, that is, as we take a look at the future of wireless power and charging! We've managed to cut all kinds of cords and cables in our daily lives, but are we finally ready to cut the power cord? Wireless charging is something we've all wished for, especially if we've had a taste of it already.

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How WiFi Works

November 29, 2012 10:22 am | Comments

If you've been in an airport , coffee shop, library or hotel recently, chances are you've been right in the middle of a wireless network. Many people also use wireless networking, also called WiFi or 802.11 networking, to connect their computers at home , and some cities are trying to use the technology to provide free or low-cost Internet access to residents.

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Patent Dispute May Halt BlackBerry Sales

November 29, 2012 6:04 am | Comments

A patent dispute between Nokia and RIM could ban BlackBerry sales. The dispute centers around a WLAN (wireless local area network) patent owned by Nokia which allows RIM devices to connect to Wi-Fi networks. RIM licensed a number of standards-essential patents from Nokia in 2003, thinking the patent in question was included in the deal.

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Windows Sales Down 21% Since Windows 8 Launch

November 29, 2012 5:43 am | Comments

Windows 8 may not be having the effect on sales that Microsoft had hoped. Sales are actually down 21% since the launch on Oct. 26, according to one researcher. The NPD Group reports that sales of Windows devices fell during the four-week period after the launch vs. the comparable period in 2011.

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iPod Creator: Scott Forstall ‘Got What He Deserved

November 29, 2012 5:39 am | Comments

At least one former Apple exec wasn’t surprised or sad to hear the news that  iOS chief Scott Forstall will be leaving the company. Tony Fadell, Apple’s former top hardware designer and the man considered to be the brains behind the iPod, told the BBC in a recent interview that Forstall “got what he deserved.

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Nintendo President Apologizes for Wii U Set-Up Troubles

November 29, 2012 5:02 am | Comments

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said he’s “very sorry” for the issues that greeted Wii U buyers on day one. Instead of enjoying their new gadget, Wii U owners were initially unable to use several services, such as Miiwerse and Hulu Plus. They were also unable to play Wii games, and some of these issues were quickly fixed with a big network update, but it took several days for certain services, including Hulu Plus and YouTube, to start functioning.

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Scanning Innovation Can Improve Personalized Medicine

November 28, 2012 4:40 am | Comments

New combinations of medical imaging technologies hold promise for improved early disease screening, cancer staging, therapeutic assessment, and other aspects of personalized medicine, according to Ge Wang , director of Virginia Tech's Center for Biomedical Imaging , in a recent paper that appeared in the refereed journal PLOS ONE .

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Penn Researchers Make Flexible, Low-voltage Circuits Using Nanocrystals

November 28, 2012 4:37 am | Comments

Electronic circuits are typically integrated in rigid silicon wafers, but flexibility opens up a wide range of applications.  In a world where electronics are becoming more pervasive, flexibility is a highly desirable trait, but finding materials with the right mix of performance and manufacturing cost remains a challenge.

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