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Kickstarter Says Hackers Got Customer Data

February 18, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Online fundraising site Kickstarter says hackers got some of its customer data. Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler said in a blog post that hackers accessed usernames, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords. The passwords are encrypted...

Miami Hotels Use Technology to Help Sick Guests

February 13, 2014 5:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Miami hotels are teaming up with a program to offer out-of-town guests who are feeling under the weather a convenient way to hook up with a doctor. If travelers are suffering from anything from an earache to the flu, they can contact the hotel concierge or front desk to coordinate a new medical technology platform.

Smithsonian Has High-Tech Flag for President's Day

February 13, 2014 5:13 pm | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

A multimedia artist is bringing his 12-foot American flag that's viewed with Google Glass to the National Portrait Gallery for a special President's Day weekend exhibition. "Portrait of America" by New York-based artist David Datuna is the first artwork to use Google's Internet-connected eyeglasses...

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Fairview Microwave’s New Line of Variable RF Switch Attenuators

February 13, 2014 2:18 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Fairview Microwave has released a new line of compact hot-switchable variable attenuators. RF attenuators are used to reduce the amplitude of an electronic signature in many common electronic scenarios including lab testing equipment, distributed antenna systems and power and signal monitoring systems...

Lenovo Profit up 30 Percent on Smartphone Growth

February 13, 2014 12:18 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Computer maker Lenovo Group reported Thursday that quarterly profit rose 30 percent to a record high on strong smartphone sales and said its acquisition of the Motorola Mobility smartphone business will accelerate its global expansion. Profit for the three months...

Photos of the Day: Drones to Improve Quality of Life in UAE

February 13, 2014 10:46 am | by Aya Batrawy & Dalton Bennett, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Arab Emirates hopes to start using drones to fly government documents to citizens and is offering a $1 million international prize for unmanned aircraft that can improve the quality of life in the oil-rich Gulf state, a government adviser said Wednesday...

UAE Developing Drones for Citizen Services

February 13, 2014 10:29 am | by Aya Batrawy & Dalton Bennett, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Arab Emirates hopes to start using drones to fly government documents to citizens and is offering a $1 million international prize for unmanned aircraft that can improve the quality of life in the oil-rich Gulf state, a government adviser said Wednesday...

Nokia Touts Video Recording in New Lumia Phone

February 13, 2014 9:59 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Nokia is selling a new Windows phone that promises enhanced video-recording capabilities. The new Lumia Icon sports four microphones, compared with the one or two typically found in smartphones. The two on the front are activated when making phone calls...

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Weight Loss Program for Infrared Cameras

February 12, 2014 1:27 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Infrared sensors can be employed in a wide range of applications, such as driver assistance systems for vehicles or thermography for buildings. A new camera is providing a test bed for development of new products that use these detectors. We want it cozy and warm when the thermometer outside gets down...

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...

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...

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...                

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...                         

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