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Electronic Implant Dissolves in the Body

September 28, 2012 6:36 am | Comments

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Tufts University, and others have created fully biodegradable electronics that could allow doctors to implant medical sensors or drug delivery devices that dissolve when they're no longer needed. The transient circuits, described in today's issue of Science, can be programmed to disappear after a set amount of time based on the durability of their silk-protein coating.


Oscillating Microscopic Beads Could be Key to Biolab on a Chip

September 26, 2012 12:33 pm | Comments

If you throw a ball underwater, you'll find that the smaller it is, the faster it moves: A larger cross-section greatly increases the water's resistance. Now, a team of MIT researchers has figured out a way to use this basic principle, on a microscopic scale, to carry out biomedical tests that could eventually lead to fast, compact and versatile medical-testing devices.


Artificially Intelligent Game Bots Pass the Turing Test on Turing's Centenary

September 26, 2012 12:26 pm | Comments

An artificially intelligent virtual gamer created by computer scientists at The University of Texas at Austin has won the BotPrize by convincing a panel of judges that it was more human-like than half the humans it competed against. The competition was sponsored by 2K Games and was set inside the virtual world of "Unreal Tournament 2004," a first-person shooter video game.


Federal Law Needed to Safeguard 'Digital Afterlives'

September 26, 2012 12:10 pm | Comments

Federal law ought to play a stronger role in regulating social networking sites by allowing users to determine what happens to their “digital afterlives,” says a recently published paper by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law. Allowing social networking sites to set their own policies regarding the content associated with the accounts of deceased users does not adequately protect individual and collective interests, especially with people spending an increasing part of their lives online using social networking sites, says Jason Mazzone, a professor of law.


Microsoft Windows Update Hoax Steals Your Passwords

September 26, 2012 12:05 pm | Comments

Beware: The next time you get an email from in your inbox, click delete. That’s because you’re likely the target of a phishing scam designed to steal Gmail , Yahoo , Windows Live and AOL passwords, according to Naked Security, a blog by IT security firm Sophos . Titled, “ Microsoft Windows Update,” the email urges recipients to verify their email accounts by entering personal login information.


Tweets Will Be Downloadable By the End of The Year

September 26, 2012 12:03 pm | Comments

Have you ever tweeted something really funny or clever, and wished you could store it somewhere so it wouldn’t be lost in some content-killing Twitter meltdown? Well, even if you haven’t, there are a quite a few Twitter-philes who have been asking for the ability to download a record of their tweets without taking the time to copy and paste everything they’ve ever said.


Sea Underwater 'Street Views' with Google Maps

September 26, 2012 12:01 pm | Comments

Google Street View is no longer limited to roads and sidewalks — now, you can browse stunning panoramic images from under the sea. With a simple click or swipe, users can explore the subacquatic world , including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay and Apo Islands in the Philippines.


Graph Databases: The New Way to Access Super Fast Social Data

September 26, 2012 11:55 am | Comments

Until the NOSQL wave hit a few years ago, the least fun part of a project was dealing with its database. Now there are new technologies to keep the adventuresome developer busy. The catch is, most of these post-relational databases, such as MongoDB, Cassandra, and Riak, are designed to handle simple data.


Samsung Has Already Patched Dangerous Galaxy S III Vulnerability

September 26, 2012 11:52 am | Comments

A recently discovered weakness in Samsung’s Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) potentially allowed attackers to remotely wipe the contents of Galaxy S II and III devices, but Samsung has already fixed that problem. “We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the Galaxy S III has already been resolved through a software update.


Securing Your Next Medical Design

September 26, 2012 6:36 am | Comments

MEDICAL DESIGN TECHNOLOGY Magazine presents an educational webcast         Wednesday, September 26, 2012           •          2:00 p.


8 Mobile Apps Worth Paying For

September 26, 2012 6:21 am | Comments

With all the apps out there, it can be difficult to figure out what apps are worth your hard-earned dollars. We took a look through Apple’s App Store and Google Play and found some of our favorite apps out there that are worth the cash it takes to download them. On the list is an app that will let you collect cool links you see during the day and read them later, even when you’re offline.


7 iPhone Cases That Charge On-The-Go

September 26, 2012 6:18 am | Comments

There are 5 million iPhone users who now have longer battery life, thanks to the iPhone 5. Those of us still using the 4 or 4S, well, we still have to look to other sources to charge up during a busy day. You know that draining battery bar will show up at the worst possible point, right as you’re trying to upload all that video you recorded, and of course, you’re nowhere near an outlet.


Meet ‘Unreasonable At Sea’, The Startup Accelerator That Plans To Circle The Globe By Ship

September 26, 2012 6:14 am | Comments

The world of startup accelerators and incubators seems to be buzzier than ever, so it is hard to think about how a program could really stand apart from the pack. But the people behind the Boulder, Colorado-based Unreasonable Institute have managed to come up with a way to really make a splash in the crowded space (sorry I couldn’t help myself with that one.


Netflix and Good Technology like NFC for Building Access

September 26, 2012 6:05 am | Comments

While Apple passed on integrating near field communication (NFC) into the iPhone 5 , a couple of Silicon Valley neighbors have been testing the short-range wireless technology for building access to see how workers can one day use their smartphone as keys. Netflix and Good Technology recently completed two pilot programs with security specialist HID Global, in what HID calls the first enterprise test of NFC for building access in Silicon Valley.


iPhone 5 Owners Are Discovering Aluminum Is Softer Than Glass

September 26, 2012 6:03 am | Comments

The iPhone 5 hit stores last Friday . It’s the lightest, thinnest, most sleek iPhone yet. But owners are quickly discovering that with those advantages, there are some inherent downsides. The slender iPhone 5 has an anodized aluminum backplate rather than one made of Corning glass as in the iPhone 4/4S.



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