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Never again a flat vehicle battery: RUB researchers develop early warning system

August 9, 2012 7:12 am | by Eurekalert! | Comments

Battery management permanently checks the age, state of charge and operational reliability   Never again a flat battery RUB researchers develop an early warning system for vehicle batteries Battery management permanently checks the age, state of charge and operational reliability   A flat battery can turn an unsuspecting car driver into an unintentional pedestrian.


Lenovo Unveils the Windows Tablet We’ve Been Waiting For [HANDS ON]

August 9, 2012 7:07 am | Comments

by Peter Pachal Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a Windows 8 tablet with something special inside. An Intel Atom chip ("Clover Trail") powers the device, bringing fully featured Windows -- not Windows RT -- to a tablet device. Angle View The ThinkPad Tablet 2 is just 0.


New Insights Into The Remote Control of Quantum Systems

August 9, 2012 6:08 am | Comments

A fundamental characteristic of quantum physics is the fact that two or more particles can exhibit correlations stronger than classically allowed. This unique characteristic applies particularly to quantum entanglement: as soon as the quantum state of a particle is measured the state of its entangled partner changes accordingly, regardless of how far apart the two entangled particles might be.


Chemists Advance Clear Conductive Films

August 9, 2012 5:44 am | Comments

Efficient manufacture and optimized conductivity Electron microscopy (cross-section, left, and facing view) shows an even distribution of indium titanium oxide nanocrystals essential for a highly conductive, transparent thin film.   Thin, conductive films are useful in displays and solar cells.


Increased Productivity, Not Less Energy Use, Results From More Efficient Lighting

August 9, 2012 5:39 am | Comments

Two researchers have reprised in the journal Energy Policy their groundbreaking finding that improvements in lighting —  from candles to gas lamps to electric bulbs  — historically have led to increased light consumption rather than lower overall energy use by society. Sandia researcher Jeff Tsao and colleagues have published a follow-up paper in the journal Energy Policy regarding the productivity gains to be realized with LED lighting.


MetroPCS offers world's first Voice over LTE service

August 8, 2012 6:23 am | by Jeff Blagdon | Comments

Today, MetroPCS is announcing what it calls the "world’s first launch of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services," beating out Korean SK Telecom’s claim by just one day. For the most part, US carriers aren’t planning to adopt VoLTE on a wide scale until 2013, but MetroPCS announced its plan to move early during an earnings call in February .


Development Kit Speeds Sub-GHz Projects

August 8, 2012 6:20 am | Comments

By John Donovan, Low-Power Design, for Convergence Communications LLC The Texas Instruments CC1110 Mini Development Kit is an inexpensive, full featured development kit that provides a fast way to start low-power sub-GHz (868 to 915 MHz) wireless projects. The CC1110 Mini Development Kit (see Figure 1) is designed for rapid prototyping of wireless alarm and security systems, industrial monitoring and control applications, and wireless sensor networks.


5 Things I Love About Podcasting

August 8, 2012 5:21 am | Comments

"> My post about podcasting earlier this week attracted a lot of insightful comments. There were also a few insulting comments, but overall the feedback showcased what makes podcasts worth consuming: passionate voices . Not coincidentally, passion is also what makes blogs a vital part of the media world.


How Facebook and Twitter Help Sound the Official Earthquake Alarm

August 8, 2012 5:19 am | Comments

When a magnitude 6.7 " target=_blank> earthquake struck the Philippines Monday, residents and local media outlets used "> Twitter and "> Facebook to alert residents and quell tsunami-inspired panic. But they're not the only ones using social media to sound a digital alarm when disaster strikes.


Caller ID Meets Facebook and Twitter in New WhitePages App

August 8, 2012 5:18 am | Comments

"> WhitePages is introducing a new Android app today called Current Caller ID that displays not just the name of callers but also their recent status updates from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, plus information from their location, such as weather and news. Yep, this might just be the ultimate app for chit-chat.


Square and Starbucks Partner Up, Soon You'll Only Need Your Name and Your Phone to Pay for a Coffee

August 8, 2012 5:17 am | Comments

Starbucks has partnered with Square and will offer its mobile payment system soon, where all you need is your name to pay for your coffee. A potentially market-changing partnership between Square, the mobile payments company, and Starbucks, the coffee chain, has been announced . Besides investing in Square, Starbucks will start processing its credit card payments through the company, and will be offering customers the chance to pay for their coffees using Square's app too.


Five Things You Didn't Know About Data Testing

August 7, 2012 5:41 am | Comments

At 10:30 in the morning a few weeks ago I hopped into a plain white van, a mysterious briefcase carefully laid out on the passenger's seat abuzz with phones. Into the afternoon, the driver answered my probing questions about long hours on the road, awkward run-ins with the cops, and flashed guns.


People Love Their Tablets, Report Says

August 7, 2012 4:47 am | Comments

    A new study shows that users are more satisfied with their tablets than their smartphones, and among tablets the iPad is king. Compared to smartphones, people are more satisfied with their tablets -- and of all tablets, they especially love the iPad , according to a new report by ComScore .


Men Are More Likely to Back Up Their Files Than Women

August 7, 2012 4:40 am | Comments

Computer failure happens. The loss of important data can hobble your productivity, your business and leave a hole in your digital memory. While many now conduct their work and play on far-flung servers (we store our messages in Gmail and keep our family photos on Facebook ), there are likely critical files on your PC or smartphone that would not be recoverable in the event of hardware failure.


Insert Coin: Luminode Dimmer Switch Runs On A Mesh Network, Learns to Light Up Our Lives

August 7, 2012 4:31 am | Comments

In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you'd like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with "Insert Coin" as the subject line. Just a simple light switch, you say? Look closer. Think Automatic's Luminode dimmer switch hides both a processor and a mesh network connection that lets every switch in the home coordinate with each other.



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