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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.


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.


Greenpeace Study Gives Wipro Top Marks for Eco-friendliness, Docks Apple, Dell and Lenovo

November 20, 2012 11:47 am | Comments

Greenpeace often seeks to light a fire under companies it thinks are dragging their heels in clean technology, and that's more apparent than ever in its latest Guide to Greener Electronics. The frontrunner this time is chart newcomer Wipro, an Indian tech giant that scores a high 7.


Harwell Dekatron Revived as the World's Oldest Working, Original Digital Computer

November 20, 2012 11:45 am | Comments

Over 60 years since the first digital computers switched on, the chances of seeing one of these pioneers in action have grown incredibly slim as time (and recycling) takes its toll. Take a visit to Britain's National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park as of today, however, and you'll see one working.


Friction May Someday Charge Your Cellphone

November 20, 2012 11:03 am | Comments

The phenomenon that causes a painful shock when you touch metal after dragging your shoes on the carpet could someday be harnessed to charge personal electronics. Researchers at Georgia Tech have created a device that takes advantage of static electricity to convert movement—like a phone bouncing around in your pocket—into enough power to charge a cellphone battery.


Robot Arm Lets You Digitally Decorate Christmas Tree for Charity

November 20, 2012 10:56 am | Comments

Hanging ornaments on a Christmas tree is typically an activity you do with your family — but how about decorating a tree with people from around the globe? Now you can do that, on the interwebs, with the first digital Christmas tree decorating event. The live, three-day event began on Monday, Nov.


Apple Announces Black Friday Sale

November 20, 2012 10:55 am | Comments

Apple is having its annual one-day sale this Friday, offering customers a rare opportunity to buy Apple products at a discount. Black Friday is traditionally the only day of the year that Apple offers discounts on its products. While the discounts are small — usually 10% to 15% — that can still add up to $100 off a MacBook Air or up to $60 off an iPad .


3D Printing and the Rise of the Makers

November 20, 2012 6:05 am | Comments

The edge of technology is when it enables you to do something that you couldn’t do before. It’s one thing to put your imagination down onto a piece of paper, or into a computer program, but what if you could hold it in your hands? This is the vision of 3D printing . Digital designs can be turned into real objects using various kinds of plastic.


Young Gamers Offer Insight to Teaching New Physicians Robotic Surgery

November 20, 2012 5:25 am | Comments

What can high school and college-age video game enthusiasts teach young surgeons-in-training? According to a new study from researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) – a world leader in minimally invasive and robotic surgery – the superior hand-eye coordination and hand skills gained from hours of repetitive joystick maneuvers mimic the abilities needed to perform today's most technologically-advanced robotic surgeries.


Important Progress for Spintronics

November 20, 2012 5:23 am | by A fundamental cornerstone for spintronics that has been missing up until now has been constructed by a team of physicists at Linköping University in Sweden. It's the world's first spin amplifier that can be used at room temperature. | Comments

Image: A schematic picture of the defect-engineered spin amplifier demonstrated in this work. The wave pattern symbolizes the time variation of the spin signal, namely the difference between the numbers of spin-up and spin-down electrons. The red and blue arrows represent the period with more spin-up and spin-down electrons, respectively.


Medical Vital-sign Monitoring Reduced to the Size of a Postage Stamp

November 20, 2012 5:16 am | Comments

Electrical engineers at Oregon State University have developed new technology to monitor medical vital signs, with sophisticated sensors so small and cheap they could fit onto a bandage, be manufactured in high volumes and cost less than a quarter. A patent is being processed for the monitoring system and it’s now ready for clinical trials, researchers say.


Technology Only a Tool in Search for Solutions to Poverty

November 20, 2012 5:10 am | Comments

Technology can serve as a tool to bridge the digital divide, but it is unlikely to be a complete solution in helping people find jobs and escape poverty, according to a Penn State researcher. "People really want to believe that the latest technology will help us do all these great things and liberate us," said Michelle Rodino-Colocino, assistant professor of communications and women's studies.


Increasing Efficiency of Wireless Networks

November 20, 2012 5:08 am | Comments

Two professors at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering have developed a new method that doubles the efficiency of wireless networks and could have a large impact on the mobile Internet and wireless industries. Efficiency of wireless networks is key because there is a limited amount of spectrum to transmit voice, text and Internet services, such as streaming video and music.


Mobile Shopping on Thanksgiving Day Will Double This Year

November 19, 2012 6:48 am | Comments

Don’t be too surprised if you catch one of your relatives shopping on their smartphone during Thanksgiving dinner. Twenty-eight percent of those who own a smartphone or tablet plan to shop from their mobile devices on Thursday, according to a Harris Interactive survey of more than 2,000 adults on behalf of Digitas.


Google After Antitrust: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

November 19, 2012 6:44 am | Comments

Tim Carter was blindsided when his home-improvement site fell out of favor with Google's search algorithm about 21 months ago. His daily ad revenue from Google AdSense crashed from $1,400 to $70. "I have learned my lesson," Carter said. "Anybody who builds a business based on the whims of a search engine's algorithms -- that's a foolish thing to do.



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