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This Sensor Can Save Your Posture

October 17, 2012 11:29 am | by The product was designed in Palo Alto by three Stanford University graduates. Since their Kickstarter debut, they’ve raised $77K out of their $100K goal from 675+ backers. | Comments

Prolonged sitting makes you fat, sick and dead . Slouching only makes things worse. Since discovering why sitting too much is so dangerous , we’ve tried everything to up sit straight at work — ergonomic chairs and rolled up blankets for lumbar support — with little success. LUMOback on Kickstarter promises to be the simplest way to fix your posture.

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Apple’s Manufacturing Partner Explains iPhone 5 Supply Problems

October 17, 2012 10:41 am | Comments

Apple’s stock has been hit hard in recent weeks by reports that supply constraints have cut into sales of the iPhone 5 . In particular, reports have suggested that production has been slowed by tighter quality controls to prevent the iPhone 5 from shipping with scratches  – a problem with this particular model.

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7 Reasons Intel Could Be the Next BlackBerry

October 17, 2012 10:40 am | Comments

Intel’s first sales decline in 12 years is a hiccup compared to what’s coming. The chipmaker blamed sluggish third-quarter earnings, reported Oct. 16, on a PC market that shrank for the first time in 11 years, as well as broader economic slowdown. But there is a larger story behind Intel’s piece of the global slowdown in the growth of the semiconductor market.

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Charge Your Phone by Moving Your Body

October 17, 2012 10:37 am | Comments

We’re constantly being told to get off our laptops and phones and head outside to get some exercise, but why not get the best of both worlds — channel your body power for mobile power. The nPower PEG (Personal Energy Generator) turns your personal kinetic energy into electrical charges to keep devices fully juiced up.

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U.S. Chamber Comments on FTC Robocall Summit

October 17, 2012 8:22 am | Comments

Ahead of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Robocall Summit, which will examine existing robocall technology, and issues related to illegal robocalls and consumer protection initiatives, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce called on regulators and lawmakers to work together to improve existing telecommunications law and correct the ambiguities that exist in relation to this mobile communication.

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Improve Your Golf Swing With This Mobile Device

October 17, 2012 6:21 am | Comments

You know the feeling: It’s hole one, and you’re chosen to tee off first. You step up, tee your ball and stretch out your arms. All eyes are on you. “Doesn’t matter,” you tell yourself, “I’m going to do great!” After a few practice swings, you line up — with one final, confident glance toward your target — and swing away.

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How to Double the Power of Solar Panels

October 17, 2012 6:17 am | Comments

In an attempt to further drop the cost of solar power, Bandgap Engineering , a startup in Woburn, Mass., is developing a nanowire-based solar cell that could eventually generate twice as much power as conventional solar cells. That’s a long-term project, but meanwhile the company is about to start selling a simpler version of the technology, using silicon nanowires that can improve the performance and lower the cost of conventional silicon solar cells.

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Peek Inside Google’s Vast Data Centers

October 17, 2012 5:54 am | Comments

As the world’s biggest search engine and provider of countless other online services, Google pushes a lot of data. To do that, it has some of the most advanced and largest data centers in the world, and now you can take a virtual online tour of them. The tour, located here , features many stunning photographs, showing vast arrays of server racks, thousands of feet of colorful pipes in the cooling systems, and miles and miles of ethernet cables.

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Qualcomm Nabs Microsoft's CES Keynote Slot

October 16, 2012 11:51 am | Comments

The company lucky enough to nab Microsoft's keynote spot at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show is ... Qualcomm. Paul Jacobs, chief executive of the wireless chip giant, will give the coveted pre-show keynote at CES , filling the slot Microsoft vacated late last year. Jacobs, who also gave keynotes at the 2012 and 2010 shows, will speak at 6:30 p.

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Clean, Limitless Fusion Power Could Arrive Sooner Than Expected

October 16, 2012 11:47 am | Comments

Good news, denizens of Earth: If the findings from two premier research labs are to be believed, commercial nuclear fusion is feasible — and could arrive sooner than expected. The first breakthrough comes from Sandia National Laboratories (the same engineers who brought us the fanless heatsink ).

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The Tech Behind Felix Baumgartner’s Stratospheric Skydive

October 16, 2012 11:40 am | Comments

Sixty five years ago on October 14th, Captain Charles Yeager became the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound in his X-1 aircraft. Daredevil Felix Baumgartner just became the first man to accomplish the same feat without a plane — or indeed any assistance at all. In an almost unimaginable stunt, the 43-year old Austrian has jumped from a specially constructed balloon at over 128,000 feet (39km) above the earth, breaking the world record for high-altitude skydives and speeds in free fall.

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Optical ‘LiFi’ Could Alleviate Spectrum Woes, Hit 1Gbps Wireless Speed

October 16, 2012 11:33 am | Comments

The advent of high-speed, low-power wireless radio technology over the past decade has been one of the great technology stories of the early 21st century. As wireless devices have proliferated, however, total demand for frequencies in the relevant portions of the electromagnetic spectrum have skyrocketed.

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How DRM Will Infest the 3D Printing Revolution

October 16, 2012 11:24 am | Comments

While you were busy getting yourself all worked up and declaring 3D printing the beginning of a new age, one of the most maligned figures in modern patent law is preparing to rain on your parade. Nathan Myhrvold, former Microsoft CTO and founder of patent holder Intellectual Ventures, has managed to get an expansive patent on 3D printing DRM.

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The 3D-Printed Gun: When Is High-tech Too Hot To Handle?

October 16, 2012 11:19 am | Comments

Few issues generate as many opinions as gun ownership. Almost every country in the world recognizes the special importance of firearms and regulates them. In the United States, the right to own a gun is written into our constitution as part of the famous Second Amendment in our Bill of Rights. Tempering those rights are a slew of state and federal regulations including laws requiring those who manufacture weapons for sale to be licensed, the weapons they create to be numbered and registered, and the guns to be readily detectable.

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How Wireless Charging Works

October 16, 2012 11:15 am | Comments

The fact that over 200,000 people have downloaded one of the various “shake to charge” apps, now available from Google Play, indicates our willingness to suspend any form of practical reasoning in pursuit of the dream of wireless charging. A quick investigation of the source code would likely reveal these apps do little more than to link the interrupt signal from the accelerometer to a progress bar indicating an alleged battery charge.

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