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Why It's Important for Electric Cars to Feel Familiar

December 17, 2012 5:54 am | Comments

If you think about it, the electric car is an incredible act of deception. Sure, the vehicles may look pretty much exactly like the sedans that have filled our roads for the past hundred years, but once you scrape away the shell, their streamlined electric drivetrains and battery packs have almost nothing in common with the pistons and gears of a gasoline-powered car.

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UN Telecom Chief 'Surprised' by US-Led Treaty Snub

December 14, 2012 4:43 am | Comments

Brian Murphy, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Envoys from nearly 90 nations signed Friday the first new U.N. telecommunications treaty since the Internet age, but the U.S. and other Western nations refused to join after claiming it endorses greater government control over cyberspace.

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Tiny Compound Semiconductor Transistor Could Challenge Silicon

December 14, 2012 4:13 am | by MIT | Comments

Silicon’s crown is under threat: The semiconductor’s days as the king of microchips for computers and smart devices could be numbered, thanks to the development of the smallest transistor ever to be built from a rival material, indium gallium arsenide. The compound transistor, built by a team in MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories, performs well despite being just 22 nanometers (billionths of a meter) in length.

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Senate Takes Step Toward Banning Stalking Software

December 14, 2012 3:51 am | by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press | Comments

A loophole that permits software companies to sell cyberstalking apps that operate secretly on cellphones could soon be closed by Congress. The software is popular among jealous wives or husbands because it can continuously track the whereabouts of a spouse. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday that makes it a crime for companies to make and intentionally operate a stalking app.

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Does Your Church Steeple House An Antenna?

December 12, 2012 8:44 am | Comments

Churchgoers seeking a better connection with God might have to look no further than their church‘s steeple. It could contain a cellphone antenna. Looking for places to put the devices — and to pacify people opposed to large, metal towers — wireless carriers across the country turn to churches and other buildings to rent space for antennas.

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Qualcomm CEO Envisions Cell Base Stations in Your Home

December 12, 2012 8:38 am | Comments

Few companies have gambled as successfully on the mobile revolution as Qualcomm Inc. As Chief Executive Paul Jacobs looks ahead, he says he's ready to place more bets. The chip maker receives a patent royalty on just about every handset that uses third-generation or later cellular technology.

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How Mobile Payment Systems Are Redefining Commerce

December 12, 2012 8:30 am | Comments

Thanks to recent tech advances, investments by companies like Apple and Google , and the backing of traditional payment processors (as well as new startups), the mobile payments space is white hot. Consumers, particularly those in parts of Europe and Asia, have been making purchases using their cellphones for the better part of a decade.

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This Product Will Make Your Home Smarter

December 12, 2012 8:25 am | Comments

What if your house just ran itself? Every morning you could wake up to a fresh pot of coffee, a slice of warm toast and a heated kitchen that maintains just the right temperature for a chilly morning. Plus, when you leave your house for work, your door locks behind you automatically, your home's temperature control adjusts for an empty house and a special sensor kicks in to make sure your dog doesn't get into the garbage while you're away.

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Mac Computers Get Malicious Fake-Installer Trojan for First Time

December 12, 2012 8:21 am | Comments

Mac users don't typically have to worry about malicious trojans making their way onto their computers. However, according to researchers at Russian anti-virus company Doctor Web, Apple machines are now the target of a fake installer that tacks hidden fees onto mobile phone account bills. The malicious software is disguised as an installer for a popular application called VKMusic4, which allows users to listen to music via a Russian social media site.

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CTS Receives Rosemount Supplier Award

December 12, 2012 7:39 am | Comments

CTS Corporation received the Rosemount Supplier Award in recognition of continuous improvement in the areas of quality, speed, flexibility, service, technology, and best cost from Emerson Process Management, Rosemount Inc. Emerson, a leader in safety measurement instrumentation, announced the annual awards at its Strategic Supplier Summit held in November 2012 in Houston, Texas.

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NTU's 'Sense-Ational' Invention Helps Underwater Vessels Navigate with Ease

December 12, 2012 7:13 am | Comments

NTU scientists have invented a ‘sense-ational’ device, similar to a string of ‘feelers’ found on the bodies of the Blind Cave Fish, which enables the fish to sense their surrounding and so navigate easily. Using a combination of water pressure and computer vision technology, the sensory device is able to give users a 3-D image of nearby objects and map its surroundings.

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Ultrasound Can Now Monitor the Health of Your Car Engine

December 12, 2012 5:53 am | Comments

A system that uses ultrasound technology to look inside car engines could lead to more efficient engines – and huge fuel savings for motorists. Ultrasound scans have long been a fundamental tool in healthcare for looking inside the human body, but they have never before been put to use in testing the health of a modern combustion engine.

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Honey, Intel Shrunk the Mobile Processor

December 12, 2012 4:43 am | Comments

Intel will be ready to produce its next-generation mobile processors at high volumes in 2013, the company said at an industry conference yesterday. The new chips will use Intel's 22-nanometer technology, already present in current PCs and Macs. It's harder to integrate new chip tech in mobile processors because of their system-on-a-chip (SoC) nature, which includes things like RAM and graphics (those components are typically separated on a PC).

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MediaTek Launches Its First Quad-Core Processor

December 12, 2012 4:30 am | Comments

Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek announced its first quad-core SoC (System on chip) processor Tuesday, the first of its kind to hit the market. “Its not the first one announced, it’s the first one shipping, ” MediaTek spokesperson Finbarr Moynihan told Mashable during a demo of the new mobile processor earlier this week.

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Readers Prefer 'Print-Like' Newsreading Experience on Tablets

December 12, 2012 4:20 am | Comments

Young Americans may not buy many print newspapers, but they do enjoy a "print-like" reading experience. A joint survey of news consumers from the Pew Research Center and The Economist found that 60% of Americans under the age of 40 prefer a traditional, print-like news reading experience on tablets, free of interactive components like audio and video.

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