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Researchers Improve Technology to Detect Hazardous Chemicals

November 26, 2012 4:40 am | by The new system can pick out a single target molecule from 10 000 trillion water molecules within milliseconds, by trapping it on a self-assembling single layer of gold nanoparticles. | Comments

Scientists at Imperial College London have developed a system to quickly detect trace amounts of chemicals like pollutants, explosives or illegal drugs. The team of scientists, all from the Department of Chemistry at Imperial, say this technology opens the way to develop devices that are compact, reusable and easy to assemble, and could have a range of uses including detecting illegal drugs, explosives, pollutants in rivers or nerve gases released into the air.

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RUMOR: Microsoft to Launch Windows Phone 7.8 on Wednesday

November 26, 2012 4:33 am | Comments

Microsoft will release the next iteration of its WP7 mobile platform, Windows Phone 7.8 , next Wednesday or Nov. 28, WMPoweruser reports citing unnamed sources. The report doesn’t offer many more details, except for a few tidbits we already know: the update will bring WP7 devices a new start screen, Bing-based lock screen and the ability to keep Wi-Fi alive on Nokia devices in suspend mode.

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Why Mobile Phones Make Economies Grow Faster

November 26, 2012 4:28 am | Comments

Studies have shown again and again that mobile-phone networks help economies grow. And it’s not just because people need to be employed to build the networks and sell the phones. By increasing the flow of information, mobile phones improve productivity and efficiency, and open up new markets and new kinds of business all across the economy .

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A Washable Keyboard Is the Perfect Gift for Messy Co-Workers

November 26, 2012 4:26 am | Comments

It’s happened to all of us. We’re working on our computer and sipping coffee on a particularly tough Monday morning. Then the unthinkable happens: The mug somehow slips out of our hand and spills coffee all over the keyboard. If this happens to you more often than not, or if you know somebody who’s particularly clumsy around keyboards and drinks, then this Logitech Washable keyboard is the perfect gift for the holiday season.

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Don’t Fall For Fake Facebook Privacy Notice

November 26, 2012 4:24 am | Comments

A ‘privacy notice’ that’s been virally spreading on Facebook , supposedly protecting one’s personal details and data from unauthorized copying, is fake. The notice started spreading a few days after Facebook posted its new privacy guidelines , announcing it would let users comment on proposed changes to its governing documents, but not vote.

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Monnit and M2M Data Corporation Partner on M2M Wireless Sensing Solutions

November 21, 2012 8:18 am | Comments

Monnit Corporation a cutting edge provider of wireless sensing technology, today announced an agreement with M2M Data Corporation, a leading provider of remote asset monitoring and management services to the oil and gas, water/wastewater, power generation, and heavy equipment industries. Under the agreement, M2M Data Corp will offer Monnit’s wireless sensing solutions to their customers, allowing them to easily expand the functionality of their existing M2M (Machine-to-Machine) systems.

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Don't Get Lost on the Way to Thanksgiving

November 21, 2012 6:53 am | Comments

I get it. Portable navigation devices (PNDs) are a bit archaic at this point. In a world where every smartphone and tablet has some sort of GPS receiver built into it and most cars offer some sort of navigation option, buying a standalone GPS navigator seems both superfluous and archaic. Yet, the PND market is far from dead.

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Navigating the Legal Pitfalls of Augmented Reality

November 21, 2012 6:24 am | Comments

In the past year, augmented reality (AR) has moved beyond a sci-fi novelty to a credible marketing tool for brands and retailers. While part of a niche industry, AR applications are being championed by tech players like Google and Nokia , and a host of mobile app developers have launched AR apps for the growing number of smartphones and portable computing devices.

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Can’t Find a Parking Space? This App Can Help

November 21, 2012 6:21 am | Comments

Urban regions enjoy density. It’s what makes for serendipity — running into someone you know in a crowd of strangers is all the more meaningful. It can also make certain infrastructures more efficient. The vast number of people cycling in and out of subways, coffee shops and freeway lanes is the grounds for an amazing data set, if those people will agree to contribute to apps such as Foursquare or Waze .

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10 Smart Tips for Buying an HDTV

November 21, 2012 6:00 am | Comments

For all the incredible things our phones and tablets do, everybody wants to spend at least a little time kicking back on the couch in front of a big screen. Some of us want to spend a lot of time doing that. In either case, it’s important to have an HDTV that delivers the experience you want — whether that’s 8 hours a day or 8 hours a year.

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Top 8 Amazon Deals for Black Friday

November 21, 2012 5:56 am | Comments

Black Friday is not quite upon us, but online Amazon has been offering deals all week. If you want to keep track of special offers from the web retailer you can sign up for the “Daily Deals” email, check out the “Gold Box” for “Lightning Deals” and the “Deal of the Day,” or follow @amazondeals on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news.

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iPad Tops Kids’ Wish Lists for This Holiday Season

November 21, 2012 5:44 am | Comments

Parents, get ready to hit up the Apple Store during the holidays if you want to keep your kids happy. Nearly half of kids between the ages of 6-12 are interested in getting an iPad in the next six months, making it by far the most-wanted device for this age group of the holiday season for the third consecutive year, according to a new Nielsen survey of 3,000 kids in the U.

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Giving Thanks

November 21, 2012 5:33 am | Comments

By M. Simon, Technical Contributor A few of the things I'm thankful for this holiday. In quasi random order. Atoms. Electrons. Protons. Neutrons. Isaac Newton. Michael Faraday. Thomas Edison and his assistant Nikola Tesla. Spencer Tracy, who played Edison in "Edison the Man" - look up what they called Tesla in the movie.

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Thanksgiving Tech Solutions for Procrastinators

November 21, 2012 4:34 am | Comments

Starting with Thanksgiving, the holiday season is set to arrive, often with big helpings of stress — especially if you're still scrambling to get ready for Thursday. But there's no reason to face those Thanksgiving tasks alone: you've got technology on your side. From apps to gadgets, tech can make the holidays easier.

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OpenFeint Gaming Service Closing Down December 14

November 20, 2012 11:57 am | Comments

App Store-connected social hub Openfeint isn't going to be around much longer, relinquishing iOS gaming leaderboards to Apple's own offering . Its owner, Gree , picked up the iOS and Android gaming platform back in April 2011 and is now trying to convince developers to bring their titles across to its main social gaming service.

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