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Tech Products Can Turn Uncool When They Become Too Popular

February 12, 2014 11:11 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

In the tech world, coolness takes more than just good looks. Technology users must consider a product attractive, original and edgy before they label those products as cool, according to researchers. That coolness can turn tepid if the product appears to be losing its edginess, they also found...

Bitcoin Entrepreneurs Bullish Despite Tech Trouble

February 12, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Entrepreneurs building businesses around Bitcoin say they are confident the virtual currency will survive a series of technical problems that have affected withdrawals in recent days. Bitcoin's value dropped to about $633 early Wednesday after two big exchanges, BTC-E and Bitstamp, imposed freezes on converting it into traditional currencies...

NSA Gets under 30 Percent of Phone Data

February 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Security Agency collects less than 30 percent of calling data from Americans despite the agency's massive daily efforts to sweep up the bulk of U.S. phone records, two U.S. newspapers reported Friday. Citing anonymous officials and sources, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal both said...

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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...

High-tech RI Project Tackles Low-income Word Gap

February 10, 2014 9:32 am | by David Klepper, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six-month-old Jaiven James doesn't even notice the pager-sized recorder that fits snuggly into the pocket of his shirt, recording every gurgle, every cry, every word he hears. The Providence boy is an early participant in a city project that aims to boost the language skills of low-income children by using recorders to count the words they're exposed to...

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...                        

California Leaders Outline 'Kill Switch' Bill

February 7, 2014 11:00 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in California on Friday are set to outline proposed state legislation requiring smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" that would render them inoperable if lost or stolen. State Sen. Mark Leno, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and other officials scheduled a news conference...

Argentines Become Citizen-Cops with Smartphone App

February 7, 2014 9:56 am | by Paul Byrne, Associated Press | News | Comments

A free smartphone application has encouraged more than 70,000 Argentines to become citizen-cops as they shop. Argentina's government blames escalating inflation on speculators and greedy businesses, and has pressured leading supermarket chains to keep selling more than 80 key products at fixed prices...

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Apple Said to Take $14B Bite of Stock Via Buyback

February 7, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has reportedly repurchased $14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financial results and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors. Its shares rose almost 2 percent in premarket trading Friday. Late Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook said that the company was "surprised..."

Facebook Barrels Ahead on 10th Anniversary

February 5, 2014 10:20 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It has been 10 years since a Harvard sophomore named Mark Zuckerberg created a website called Thefacebook.com to let his classmates find their friends online. They did. And in the decade since, so have more than a billion people, not just American college students but also farmers in India, activists in Egypt and pop stars in South Korea...

How True Love Opened the Smart Bra

February 4, 2014 12:17 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Only two months have passed, and another bizarre smart bra has come into the spotlight. Except this one goes into even further campy territory. Japanese lingerie company, Ravijoir, is jumping on the smart bra bandwagon with their “True Love Tester” bra...

Target Data Breach Pits Banks against Retailers

February 4, 2014 9:11 am | by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Banks and big retailers are locked in a debate over the breach of consumer data that gripped Target Corp. during the holiday season. At issue: Which industry bears more responsibility for protecting consumers' personal information...                           

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...                

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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...                         

Craft Brewer's Drone Delivery Hopes Put on Ice

February 3, 2014 10:52 am | by GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A craft brewer still has hopes of one day using drones to deliver its lager to ice fishing anglers on Minnesota lakes by air, despite being grounded by federal aviation officials after a recent test run. Lakemaid Beer recently tested its delivery system by flying a 12-pack of its brew to anglers on central Minnesota's Lake Mille Lacs...

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...

HotSpot Episode 48: High-Tech Bra Tracks True Love

February 3, 2014 9:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, an electronic, beer-tasting tongue; a high-tech bra that only opens for true love; smart shorts that tracks how you're working your muscles; and bionic contact lens that produce tactile sensations to help guide the blind...                       

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...

Web Developers Gather for 'Hackathon for Cuba'

January 31, 2014 10:23 am | by CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Technology experts are gathering to brainstorm ways to improve access to the Internet and information in Cuba, considered the one of the least connected countries in the Western hemisphere. The "Hackathon for Cuba" begins Friday in Miami. Cuban dissident and online activist...

California Cracks Down on Computer Boot Camps

January 31, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California consumer protection officials are threatening to close a number of fast-paced, fast-growing computer coding boot camps that train people to work in the technology industry, saying they failed to get licensed as private schools before they started accepting students...

Yahoo Email Account Passwords Stolen

January 31, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Usernames and passwords of some of Yahoo's email customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people those Yahoo mail users have recently corresponded with, the company said Thursday. Yahoo didn't say how many accounts have been affected...

Exclusive: Proximity Sensing in Mobile Phones

January 31, 2014 9:16 am | by Sivaguru Noopuran, Product Marketing Engineer and Priyadeep Kaur, Application Engineer, Cypress Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Proximity sensing technology is becoming popular across a wide range of industries, especially in consumer electronics, because OEMs introduce new products to market every year. The largest application within consumer electronics is the mobile phone. Given the competition in this particular market, it is important for OEMs to adopt the latest technology and offer unique features to differentiate their products...

Engineering Newswire 75: First Porsche Ever Made Found 115 Years Later

January 31, 2014 8:08 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re printing multi-material in color, detecting mines with our shoes, cutting catalytic converter costs, and riding the first Porsche ever made. This episode features ...                      

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