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New Device Could Increase Internet Download Speeds

October 2, 2012 11:45 am | Comments

A team of scientists and engineers at the University of Minnesota has invented a unique microscale optical device that could greatly increase the speed of downloading information online and reduce the cost of Internet transmission. The device uses the force generated by light to flop a mechanical switch of light on and off at a very high speed.


Sandia Builds Android-based Network to Study Cyber Disruptions

October 2, 2012 11:43 am | Comments

As part of ongoing research to help prevent and mitigate disruptions to computer networks on the Internet, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in California have turned their attention to smartphones and other hand-held computing devices. Sandia cyber researchers linked together 300,000 virtual hand-held computing devices running the Android operating system so they can study large networks of smartphones and find ways to make them more reliable and secure.


Longest Fiber-optic Sensor Network Developed

October 2, 2012 11:41 am | Comments

In her PhD thesis, Montserrat Fernández-Vallejo, a telecommunications engineer and graduate of the UPNA-Public University of Navarre, has experimentally developed various fibre-optic sensor networks for the remote monitoring of large infrastructures. Specifically, she has managed to develop the largest network so far in existence —measuring 250 km—, which is equipped with a multiplexing capability, (which enables two or more information channels to be combined within a single transmission medium).


The Innovators Behind 10 Hot Technologies

October 2, 2012 10:38 am | Comments

In the Tech Innovators Series , Mashable introduces you to 10 of tech’s top innovators. From adaptive learning to mobile video-sharing and computers that you command with gestures of the hand, these gamechangers are introducing new technologies and redefining — or creating entirely new — industries.


Free IEEE ComSoc Webinar to Highlight Next Generation Networking Technologies

October 2, 2012 7:36 am | Comments

The IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), the premier international conference dedicated to the advancement of global communications, invites communications professionals worldwide to attend a free webinar on Thursday, 18 October 2012 at 11:00 a.m. EST titled Synchronization in Next Generation Telecom Networks .


YouTube to Live Stream Presidential Debates

October 2, 2012 5:59 am | Comments

For the first time ever, YouTube will be live streaming the 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates, starting with the first debate on Wednesday. In partnership with ABC News, web users can watch all four of the debates with President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney via YouTube Elections Hub and the ABC News YouTube channel.


Earth is Singing Like a Whale, Says NASA - Hear it Now

October 2, 2012 5:57 am | Comments

Need some soothing sounds to put your Wednesday blues in perspective? We’ve got you covered. Grab your headphones and check out this hot new MP3 track from NASA, currently the number one hit across the universe: That’s the sound of the Earth “singing,” as recorded by the awesomely-named Storm Probe mission — a couple of satellites investigating the famous Van Allen belts, intense radiation zones that surround our planet like a doughnut.


Carmakers Find Ways to Make Cheaper Hybrids

October 2, 2012 5:53 am | Comments

As automakers work to comply with fuel-economy standards, they’re increasingly turning to hybrids. Last week, for example, Toyota announced that it would make 21 hybrid models by 2015, up from 12 now. Automakers have grown more enthusiastic about hybrids because the cost of making them has plummeted.


Data Is Data Right? The Truth About LTE vs. 3G

October 2, 2012 5:51 am | Comments

Making the switch from 3G to LTE is a bittersweet change. We’ll now get substantially faster data speeds, but may have to keep an eye on your usage to avoid overages. Some of us were backed into a corner by carriers and forced to ditch our precious unlimited data plans in order to upgrade to a new iPhone.


Next-Gen Nest Thermostat Gets Even Cooler and Smarter

October 2, 2012 5:36 am | Comments

The Nest Learning Thermostat has been on the market for almost a year, and it’s already earned a reputation as the smartest and prettiest thermostat available. Now, Nest 2.0, just out, is even slimmer, smarter and more compatible. The Nest Thermostat is designed by Tony Fadell , the former Apple exec known as the Father of the iPod.


If Your Android Phone Is Stolen, This App Photographs the Thief

October 2, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

If your Android phone goes missing Kaspersky’s mobile security app may help you not only locate your missing smartphone, but also send you pictures of the phone’s current surroundings. Through a new web-based control center for the app users can activate a ‘Mugshot’ feature that accesses a lost or stolen phone’s forward-facing camera and captures photos of whatever or whomever might be in front of the lens.


The Future Of Wi-Fi Is Already On These 10 College Campuses

October 1, 2012 12:35 pm | Comments

Thanks to Google and Microsoft , colleges and universities in the U.S. are able to take advantage of the Gig.U project, a partnership that’s bringing gigabit speeds to college campus communities. This type of connection opens up a world of possibilities for colleges and their surrounding communities, and understandably, many of them are quite excited about the new development.


Constant Wave Becomes an Agilent Solutions Partner

October 1, 2012 11:40 am | Comments

Constant Wave Inc., a developer and provider of measurement analysis software, announced today it has become an Agilent Solutions Partner. “The partnership with Agilent Technologies allows us to draw on our complementary strengths, and we’re excited to be part of the program,” said Donald Metzger, president and chief technologist of Constant Wave.


Sina Launches New App for Chinese Drivers

October 1, 2012 6:03 am | Comments

China’s love affair with the car and the open road (traffic jams permitting) has only just begun, and so it’s a good time for local web company Sina (NASDAQ:SINA) to launch its new map-oriented, location-based app for Chinese drivers. Called iMap – but with the literal name ‘ Love Cars Maps ’ in Chinese – it has just launched for Android and there’s an iPhone version coming soon.


Why Do We Use a QWERTY Keyboard?

October 1, 2012 6:00 am | Comments

Does the arrangement of letters on a keyboard baffle you? Well, it’s been that way since Christopher Sholes invented the typewriter in 1868 ( U.S. patent 207,559 in 1878). Though there seems to be no logical reason why our keyboards bear such a weird matrix of letters, QWERTY keyboards have quite a rich history, and the layout is something we’ve grown accustomed to.



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