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B&N and Samsung Introduce Co-Branded Tablet

August 20, 2014 11:59 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Barnes & Noble and Samsung on Wednesday unveiled a new co-branded tablet called the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook that will replace B&N's own Nook tablets. The 7-inch Wi-Fi tablet will sell for $179 after a $20 instant rebate, the same entry price of the non-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4...

New Framework Would Facilitate Use of New Android Security Modules

August 20, 2014 11:48 am | News | Comments

Computer security researchers have developed a modification to the core Android operating system that allows developers and users to plug in new security enhancements. The new Android Security Modules framework aims to eliminate the bottleneck that prevents developers...

Research Paves Way for Development of Cyborg Moth ‘Biobots’

August 20, 2014 10:47 am | by NC State University | News | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed methods for electronically manipulating the flight muscles of moths and for monitoring the electrical signals moths use to control those muscles. The work opens the door to the development of remotely-controlled moths, or “biobots,” for use in emergency response...

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Electrical Engineers Take Major Step Toward Photonic Circuits

August 20, 2014 10:05 am | by University of Alberta | News | Comments

The invention of fiber optics revolutionized the way we share information, allowing us to transmit data at volumes and speeds we'd only previously dreamed of. Now, electrical engineering researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada are breaking another barrier...

Ballmer Steps Down from Microsoft Board

August 20, 2014 9:48 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant. Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, civic contributions, study and teaching business at Stanford in the fall and USC next spring...

Photo of the Day: The Rise of the Internet of Things

August 19, 2014 12:29 pm | by Jabil | News | Comments

The past twenty-five years of Internet growth was fueled by human communications. The next twenty-five years of Internet growth will be fueled by machines. By 2020, with more things than people on the Internet, will we still need web browsers?...    

Google's Pivotal IPO Launched a Decade of Big Bets

August 18, 2014 4:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further. Page's vision is that ...  

Chinese Man Accused of Hacking for Defense Data

August 18, 2014 4:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has charged a Chinese businessman with a computer hacking scheme to steal information on military projects, including fighter jets, to sell to Chinese companies. City News ...       

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Molecular Engineers Record an Electron's Quantum Behavior

August 18, 2014 12:43 pm | by University of Chicago | News | Comments

A team of researchers has developed a technique to record the quantum mechanical behavior of an individual electron contained within a nanoscale defect in diamond. Their technique uses ultrafast pulses of laser light both to control the defect's entire quantum state...

'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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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