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White House Offers Help to Industry on Cyberattack

February 13, 2014 10:23 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Whited House on Wednesday offered to help U.S. businesses protect their computer systems from cyberattacks that President Barack Obama called "one the gravest national security dangers that the United States faces." Administration officials warned...

Powervation Closes $5.5M Funding Round

February 12, 2014 2:36 pm | by Powervation | News | Comments

Powervation announced that it has recently raised a $5.5M C1 funding round which will enable it to further accelerate growth, product development, and market adoption of its Digital Power platform at leading cloud and communications infrastructure OEMs...

Herding Robots

February 12, 2014 1:17 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new system combines simple control programs to enable fleets of robots — or other “multiagent systems” — to collaborate in unprecedented ways. Writing a program to control a single autonomous robot navigating an uncertain environment with an erratic communication link is hard enough...

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Palestinian Women Make Strides in High-Tech

February 12, 2014 11:49 am | by Karin Laub, Associated Press | News | Comments

Growing up in a traditional society, Abeer Abu Ghaith was often told a woman's future is in her husband's kitchen. Quietly, the 29-year-old proved everyone wrong. Abu Ghaith has become the first female high-tech entrepreneur in the West Bank, setting up an Internet employment brokerage and software development firm...

Hacking the Environment: Bringing Biodiversity Hardware into the Open

February 12, 2014 11:07 am | by Pensoft Publishers | News | Comments

New technologies are changing the way we collect biodiversity data. Data that once required taking expensive, bulky and fragile equipment on field trips can now be collected on cheap, compact and robust devices. In a recent paper, the construction of an environmental data-logger using the Arduino platform is described...

Chips That Listen to Bacteria

February 11, 2014 10:05 am | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

A research team has demonstrated that integrated circuit technology, the basis of modern computers and communications devices, can be used for a most unusual application—the study of signaling in bacterial colonies. They have developed a chip based on complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor technology...

Icahn Retreats from Apple Battle on Stock Buybacks

February 11, 2014 9:45 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn is retreating from his battle with Apple's board of directors, ending a high-profile campaign to pressure the iPhone maker into spending more money to buy back its own stock. The about-face outlined in an Icahn letter to Apple's shareholders figures to turn the company's Feb. 28 annual meeting into a more sedate affair...

Appeals Court in NY Restores Monitor for Apple

February 11, 2014 9:35 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

A court-appointed monitor evaluating Apple's antitrust policies can resume his work but must adhere to the strict limits on his duties spelled out by the judge who appointed him, a federal appeals panel said on Monday. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued the order...

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Govt Report: Cyberattacks Not Coordinated

February 11, 2014 9:32 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

A multi-agency government task force looking into cyberattacks against retailers says it has not come across evidence suggesting the attacks are a coordinated campaign to adversely affect the U.S. economy. In a two-page report, the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force says the global implications...

Study: Media Everywhere, Bathroom Included

February 10, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TV viewers increasingly are watching programs on their own schedule, according to a Nielsen company media study released Monday. In the past year, time-shifting of television content grew by almost two hours, averaging 13 hours per month, the study found...

New Microsoft CEO's Collegial Style Sparks Hope

February 10, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It was a fleeting moment once the camera had gone off, but some say it's indicative of the leadership style Satya Nadella brings to his new job as CEO of Microsoft Corp. Nadella's impromptu town hall webcast had interrupted business meetings between Microsoft employees and outside partners at the company's Executive Briefing Center in Redmond, Wash...

HotSpot Episode 49: Body Odor Identification

February 9, 2014 10:48 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a portable satellite hotspot; identifying people by their body odors; an ultra-thin power bank for professionals; and an avalanche transceiver that works on a smartphone...                        

Photos of the Day: The World's First Electronic Computer

February 7, 2014 11:21 am | by The National Museum of Computing | News | Comments

Colossus veterans and their families gather today at The National Museum of Computing located on Bletchley Park to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Colossus, the world's first electronic computer. They will see a re-enactment of the code-breaking process from intercept to decrypt with a working rebuild of Colossus...

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Top Secret Computer Battled Nazis

February 7, 2014 11:06 am | by The National Museum of Computing | News | Comments

Colossus veterans and their families gather today at The National Museum of Computing located on Bletchley Park to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Colossus, the world's first electronic computer. They will see a re-enactment of the code-breaking process from intercept to decrypt with a working rebuild of Colossus...

Using 'Voting' and 'Penalties' to Overcome Errors in Quantum Optimization

February 7, 2014 10:02 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Seeking a solution to decoherence—the "noise" that prevents quantum processors from functioning properly—scientists at USC have developed a strategy of linking quantum bits together into voting blocks, a strategy that significantly boosts their accuracy. The team found that their method results in at least a five-fold increase...

Google Unveils Box for Business Videoconferences

February 7, 2014 9:30 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is introducing a videoconferencing tool designed to make it easier and less expensive to hold face-to-face business meetings even if the participants are scattered in different locations. The device, called "Chromebox For Meetings," goes on sale for $999 Thursday in the U.S. and will be available...

Google Awards $106M in Stock, Cash to Schmidt

February 5, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is getting paid a lot more than he did when he was running the Internet company. Schmidt is getting an award of $100 million in Google Inc.'s restricted stock for the second time in the three years since he relinquished the CEO job to company co-founder Larry Page...  

Was Microsoft Smart to Play it Safe with CEO Pick?

February 5, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After compiling a list of more than 100 CEO candidates, Microsoft settled on Satya Nadella a home-grown leader who joined the software maker in the early 1990s. That's back when Google's founders were teenagers and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in elementary school...

Car-to-Car Talk Offers Warning on Collisions

February 4, 2014 9:10 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Your car might see a deadly crash coming even if you don't, the government says, indicating it will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they're plunging toward peril...                

Internet Firms Release Data on NSA Requests

February 4, 2014 9:07 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Major technology firms have released new data on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government for secret national security investigations, resulting in the collection of data on thousands of Americans...                           

Obama Secures $750M in Pledges to Get Kids Online

February 4, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Claiming progress in his campaign to get American schools wired for the future, President Barack Obama is announcing commitments from U.S. companies totaling about $750 million to connect more students to high-speed Internet...                         

Wary NKorea Struggles to Stay Afloat in Info Age

February 3, 2014 10:46 am | by ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's late afternoon at the e-library in North Korea's Kim Il Sung University, where row after row of smartly dressed students sit quietly, their faces bathed in the glow of computer displays as they surf the Internet. On the surface, it's a familiar-seeming scene, which is exactly why officials are offering it up for a look...

Obama: I Care Deeply About 'Net Neutrality'

February 3, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says the U.S. government is exploring options for keeping the Internet free and open after a federal court set aside rules designed to do just that. A three-judge panel earlier this month set aside rules intended to ensure that the transmission of Internet content be treated equally...

Hackers Sue German Government Over NSA Spying

February 3, 2014 9:56 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of computer hackers and human rights campaigners in Germany announced Monday that they are suing their government for allegedly breaking the law by aiding foreign spies. The Chaos Computer Club and the International League for Human Rights submitted a criminal complaint to federal prosecutors...

Companies Back Fast Internet-In-Schools Initiative

February 3, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House says it's lined up private support for President Barack Obama's pledge to connect 15,000 schools and 20 million students with high-speed Internet service over the next few years.A White House education event Tuesday will focus on his ConnectED initiative...

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