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'Cavity Protection Effect' Helps to Conserve Quantum Information

August 18, 2014 12:35 pm | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Coupling atomic spins in diamonds to microwave resonators could lead to new quantum technologies. Researchers have now managed to dramatically prolong the time these systems can store information. The electronics we use for our computers only knows two different states...

New Tool Makes a Single Picture Worth a Thousand – and More – Images

August 14, 2014 5:22 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

A photo is worth a thousand words, but what if the image could also represent thousands of other images?New software developed by UC Berkeley computer scientists seeks to tame the vast amount of visual data in the world by generating...

Bypass Commands from the Brain to Legs through a Computer

August 14, 2014 5:15 pm | by National Institutes of Natural Sciences | News | Comments

Gait disturbance in individuals with spinal cord injury is attributed to the interruption of neural pathways from brain to the spinal locomotor center, whereas neural circuits locate below and above the lesion maintain most of their functions. An artificial connection...

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Advantech’s UTC-620 All-in-One Touch Panel PC

August 13, 2014 9:32 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech has announced that the UTC-620 All-in-One Touch Panel PC was chosen as a winner of Best of Show Award at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. With its 21.5” full HD display...

Can Our Computers Continue to Get Smaller and More Powerful?

August 13, 2014 6:58 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

From their origins in the 1940s as sequestered, room-sized machines designed for military and scientific use, computers have made a rapid march into the mainstream, radically transforming industry, commerce, entertainment and governance while shrinking to become ubiquitous handheld portals to the world...

Amazon Debuts Mobile Payment App and Card Reader

August 13, 2014 5:53 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets. The move places the largest U.S. e-commerce retailer...

Angling in the Data Lake

August 13, 2014 12:53 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE and Pivotal said they built the first industrial-scale “data lake” system that could supercharge how companies store, manage and glean insight from information harvested from machines connected to the ...        

Apple's Tech Jobs Held Mostly by White, Asian Men

August 13, 2014 12:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley's economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics. A breakdown released Tuesday by Apple Inc. showed 54 percent...

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Judge Rejects $324.5M Settlement of Tech Wage Case

August 11, 2014 10:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology companies to block ...

On the Frontiers of Cyborg Science

August 11, 2014 10:02 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

No longer just fantastical fodder for sci-fi buffs, cyborg technology is bringing us tangible progress toward real-life electronic skin, prosthetics and ultraflexible circuits. Now taking this human-machine concept to an unprecedented level, pioneering scientists are working on the seamless marriage between electronics...

Google Using Its Clout to Widen Use of Encryption

August 8, 2014 10:38 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is wielding the power of its dominant Internet search engine to push more websites into protecting the people using their services. The move, announced late Wednesday, involves a change in Google's closely guarded formula for determining the rankings of its search results...

Diamonds are a Quantum Computer’s Best Friend

August 7, 2014 3:13 pm | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

The Quantum Computer is the Holy Grail of quantum technology. Its computing power would eclipse even the fastest classical computers we have today. A team of researchers from TU Wien the National Institute for Informatics and NTT Basic Research Labs in Japan has now proposed...

Petition: Strapping iPads to Tortoises Is Cruel

August 7, 2014 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado art museum is standing by an upcoming exhibit featuring three tortoises with iPads mounted on their backs, despite calls from animal-rights activists to call off the exhibit as animal abuse. The Aspen Art Museum released a statement Wednesday...

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Ion Duet Offers Tunable Module for Quantum Simulator

August 6, 2014 2:24 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Physicists have demonstrated a pas de deux of atomic ions that combines the fine choreography of dance with precise individual control. NIST's ion duet is a component for a flexible quantum simulator that could be scaled up in size and configured to model quantum systems...

Samsung, Apple Agree to Drop Lawsuits Outside U.S.

August 6, 2014 10:23 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung and Apple have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest makers of smartphones. However, Samsung Electronics said ...

HK Court: Tycoon Can Sue Google over Autocomplete

August 6, 2014 10:02 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A court has ruled that a Hong Kong tycoon can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime. In a judgment released Wednesday, the court dismissed the Internet search giant's objections to tycoon Albert Yeung's defamation lawsuit...

Diamond Defect Interior Design

August 5, 2014 9:03 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

By carefully controlling the position of an atomic-scale diamond defect within a volume smaller than what some viruses would fill, researchers have cleared a path toward better quantum computers and nanoscale sensors. Physicists and his colleagues study a technologically useful diamond defect...

Microsoft Hires Qualcomm Exec to Make More Deals

August 5, 2014 8:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has lured away an executive from smartphone chip maker Qualcomm to hammer out more deals that will expand the software maker's presence in the mobile device market. Margaret "Peggy" Johnson will serve as Microsoft Corp.'s executive vice president of business development...

Thailand's Censors Ban 'Tropico 5' Computer Game

August 4, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Censors under Thailand's military junta have banned a city-building simulation computer game, saying it could hurt the country's security, a video game distributor said Monday. The film and video censorship office blocked sales of "Tropico 5" because they feared...

A Market for Emotions

July 31, 2014 12:09 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Emotions can be powerful for individuals. But they’re also powerful tools for content creators, such as advertisers, marketers, and filmmakers. By tracking people’s negative or positive feelings toward ads — via traditional surveys and focus groups — agencies can tweak and tailor their content to better satisfy consumers...

Spin-Based Electronics: New Material Successfully Tested

July 31, 2014 9:47 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Spintronics is an emerging field of electronics, where devices work by manipulating the spin of electrons rather than the current generated by their motion. This field can offer significant advantages to computer technology. Controlling electron spin can be achieved with materials...

Amazon to Invest $2B to Expand in India

July 30, 2014 10:39 am | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion to fund its own expansion...

Microsoft Spreads Cortana Abroad in Windows Phone

July 30, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognizing app...

Vision-Correcting Display Makes Reading Glasses So Yesterday

July 30, 2014 12:59 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

What if computer screens had glasses instead of the people staring at the monitors? That concept is not too far afield from technology being developed by UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists. The researchers are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual’s visual impairment...

Escaping Email: Inspired Vision or Hallucination?

July 30, 2014 12:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email.The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and that knowledge is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect at work...

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