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Far, Far Beyond Wrist Radios

October 5, 2012 7:29 am | Comments

To believe that technologies once dreamed of in science fiction novels, television shows, and comic strips may one day be a reality, or that real-world technologies might make the fantastic devices of fiction obsolete, you'd need to be either an optimist…or a futurist in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) .

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Entertainment Weekly Print Edition Comes with a 'Smartphone-like Android Device'

October 4, 2012 12:24 pm | Comments

If there's one advantage a print magazine still has over an online publication, it's the ability to offer all manner of crazy freebies glued to its pages. Maybelline samples , CDROMs packing the latest version of WinZip , or -- in tomorrow's edition of Entertainment Weekly -- something that actually looks pretty enticing.

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Sierra Wireless Powers M2M Innovation with Next-Generation AirVantage M2M Cloud

October 4, 2012 10:39 am | Comments

Sierra Wireless  introduced the next-generation AirVantage™ M2M Cloud , a faster, more cost-effective way to build, deploy, and manage large M2M applications. The AirVantage M2M Cloud provides secure two-way communication between connected devices and the enterprise, enabling innovation in products, services, and revenue streams.

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The Startup Riding Google's Fiber-Optic Superhighway

October 4, 2012 7:18 am | Comments

When a big tech company like Google moves into the neighborhood, it’s often a death warrant for a small tech company. But not for RareWire , a Kansas City, Mo. developer of apps for mobile devices. When the search giant came to town a year ago, it was to build out the fiber-optic backbone for a massive Internet infrastructure–a.

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OU Researchers Implement a Multi-photon Approach in Quantum Cryptography

October 4, 2012 5:13 am | Comments

Move over money, a new currency is helping make the world go round. As increasing volumes of data become accessible, transferable and, therefore, actionable, information is the treasure companies want to amass. To protect this wealth, organizations use cryptography, or coded messages, to secure information from "technology robbers.

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How Two Guys Got Together To Build A New Hand

October 3, 2012 12:53 pm | Comments

When people put their minds to it, anything is possible. Even a new hand. Last year, a South African named Richard Van As lost four fingers in a woodworking accident. But that was just the start of his troubles. Surgery set him back $20,000--all the money he had--and that didn’t include actually replacing the fingers with prosthetics.

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Former Apple, Nasa Engineers Design $11,000 Coffee Machine

October 3, 2012 11:00 am | Comments

Get ready to rethink the way you brew coffee — and the cost of it. The Blossom One Limited machine makes a fresh, hot cup of coffee, but it’s not your average coffeemaker. A team of engineers who worked previously at Apple and at NASA designed the $11,000 coffeemaker that brews coffee at just the right temperature.

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The Future of Screens: Why OLED Will Change Everything

October 3, 2012 10:39 am | Comments

Design trends are influenced by both form and function, but also bow to limitations of existing technology. When we look back at flat-screen TVs compared to LCDs, then further to the bulky cathode ray tube ( remember these ?), it’s obvious we’ve come a long way. Within a few years, according to industry reps, we’ll say the same about store displays, vehicle lighting and kitchen countertops.

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Target to Put QR Codes on Toys This Holiday Season to Battle Amazon

October 3, 2012 10:35 am | Comments

Target is gearing up for the holiday season with a mobile-based program designed to foil the practice of “showrooming.” Starting Oct. 14, customers who visit the stores will see a showcase of the top 20 toys of the season each of which will sport a QR code that lets consumers buy them online and have them shipped.

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Apple’s New Maps App Was Steve Jobs’ Idea

October 3, 2012 10:33 am | Comments

If you’re looking for someone to blame for Apple ditching Google Maps on the iPhone, try Steve Jobs. The former Apple CEO and co-founder was the one who initiated the effort to replace Google Maps on the iPhone with Apple’s own mapping application, according to a new report from Bloomberg BusinessWeek .

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HP Stock Falls to Lowest Level in 9 Years

October 3, 2012 10:30 am | Comments

Hewlett-Packard ‘s stock plummeted to its lowest level in nine years after the company cut its guidance and told investors that its turnaround will take longer than expected. During HP’s annual Securities Analyst meeting on Wednesday, CEO Meg Whitman told investors that fiscal year 2013 will be a “fix and rebuild year” for HP, and the company won’t really recover and begin to grow again until 2014.

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How Close Are We to Internet Voting?

October 3, 2012 10:21 am | Comments

You can do basically anything online. From booking a flight to securely transmitting medical records to your doctor, from buying groceries to managing your bank account, the web supports all sorts of complex transactions. But one common task has firmly resisted the lure of online convenience: voting.

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Electrochem Offers Expanded Total Power Solutions; Retires Micro Power Brand

October 3, 2012 5:07 am | Comments

Electrochem Solutions, Inc. (Electrochem), a subsidiary of Greatbatch, Inc. announced the completed integration of Micro Power Electronics, Inc.(Micro Power), following Electrochem’s acquisition of the company in December 2011. The Micro Power brand has retired and the unified organization will move forward as Electrochem Solutions, Inc.

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Acoustic Cell-sorting Chip May Lead to Cell Phone-sized Medical Labs

October 2, 2012 11:59 am | Comments

A technique that uses acoustic waves to sort cells on a chip may create miniature medical analytic devices that could make Star Trek's tricorder seem a bit bulky in comparison, according to a team of researchers. The device uses two beams of acoustic -- or sound -- waves to act as acoustic tweezers and sort a continuous flow of cells on a dime-sized chip, said Tony Jun Huang, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, Penn State.

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Solar Cell Consisting of a Single Molecule

October 2, 2012 11:56 am | by Photosystem-I (green) is optically excited by an electrode (on top). An electron then is transferred step by step in only 16 nanoseconds. Image: Christoph Hohmann (NIM) | Comments

A team of scientists, led by Joachim Reichert, Johannes Barth, and Alexander Holleitner (Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Clusters of Excellence MAP and NIM), and Itai Carmeli (Tel Aviv University) developed a method to measure photocurrents of a single functionalized photosynthetic protein system.

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