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Yahoo Adds More Security to Thwart Surveillance

April 3, 2014 11:13 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Yahoo has added more layers of security in its effort to shield people's online lives from government spying and other snooping...                                     

European Parliament Adopts 'Net Neutrality' Law

April 3, 2014 11:11 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Parliament adopted a "net neutrality" bill on Thursday, barring Internet service providers from giving preference to some kinds of traffic on their networks — such as streaming video — when it profits them...                      

Deep Water Search for Jet could Turn on Robot Subs

April 2, 2014 10:06 am | by ADAM GELLER, AP National Writer | News | Comments

If the wreckage of a missing Malaysian airliner rests somewhere in the Indian Ocean's depths, then investigators will likely need to entrust the hunt at least partly to robot submarines and the scientists who deploy them to scan remote swaths of the seafloor...                 

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Samsung: Patents Developed by Google Engineers

April 2, 2014 9:55 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Samsung fired back at Apple's accusations of patent theft Tuesday, saying the South Korean tech giant didn't write any of the Android software on its smartphones and tablets, Google did...                        

BlackBerry Ending U.S. Licensing Deal with T-Mobile

April 2, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry is ending its U.S. licensing deal with T-Mobile, saying the companies no longer have complementary strategies...                                  

Knowledge Transfer between Robots

April 1, 2014 1:53 pm | by Matthew E. Taylor, Washington State University | Videos | Comments

While it may sound like fun and games, helping robots teach each other to play computer games is an important area of research in robotics – and it’s not easy. If robots could teach each other tasks, then people wouldn’t need to; for instance, a housecleaning robot could teach its replacement the job...

Knowledge Transfer: Computers Teach Each Other Pac-Man

April 1, 2014 1:53 pm | by Matthew E. Taylor, Washington State University | News | Comments

Researchers in Washington State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method to allow a computer to give advice and teach skills to another computer in a way that mimics how a real teacher and student might interact...             

BlackBerry Wins Ruling Against iPhone Keyboard

April 1, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has won an early round in its legal battle against an iPhone keyboard made by a start-up co-founded by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest...                               

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Syrup-Makers Go High-Tech with Wireless Monitoring

April 1, 2014 9:31 am | by HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks...                     

Supreme Court Could Limit Software Patents

April 1, 2014 9:29 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Is it too easy for high-tech companies to patent inventions that are not really new, but simply take an old idea and blend it with computer wizardry? The Supreme Court wrestled with that question Monday as justices considered making it tougher for the government to issue patents for computer software...                    

Choosing Jury in Apple-Samsung Case May Be Hard

April 1, 2014 9:21 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Jury selection promised to be a challenge for the world's leading smartphone makers as they continued their patent fight in federal court on Tuesday...                           

Photo of the Day: Perovskite Solar Cells

March 31, 2014 9:54 am | by Nalin Patel, University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A relatively new type of solar cell based on a perovskite material - named for scientist Lev Perovski, who first discovered materials with this structure in the Ural Mountains in the 19th century - was recently pioneered by an Oxford research team led by Professor Henry Snaith...                          

Revolutionary Solar Cells Double as Lasers

March 31, 2014 9:54 am | by Nalin Patel, University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Commercial silicon-based solar cells - such as those seen on the roofs of houses across the country - operate at about 20 percent efficiency for converting the Sun's rays into electrical energy. It's taken over 20 years to achieve that rate of efficiency...           

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Rainbow-Catching Waveguide could Revolutionize Energy Technologies

March 31, 2014 9:47 am | by Cory Nealon, University of Buffalo | News | Comments

More efficient photovoltaic cells. Improved radar and stealth technology. A new way to recycle waste heat generated by machines into energy...                       

Heat-Conducting Polymer Cools Hot Electronic Devices at 200°C

March 31, 2014 9:41 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Polymer materials are usually thermal insulators. But by harnessing an electropolymerization process to produce aligned arrays of polymer nanofibers, researchers have developed a thermal interface material able to conduct heat 20 times better than the original polymer...          

Microsoft Reverses, Vows Not To Snoop on Emails

March 31, 2014 9:27 am | News | Comments

A week after saying it was justified in snooping through a blogger's Hotmail account to track down a leaker of company software, Microsoft has changed course, saying it will refer such matters to law enforcement starting immediately...                  

Another Apple-Samsung Skirmish Heads to Court

March 31, 2014 9:26 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features...                  

Objects Seen in Jet Search are Fishing Equipment

March 31, 2014 9:23 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press ROB GRIFFITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A cluster of orange objects spotted by a search plane was just fishing equipment and not related to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, officials said Monday, in the latest disappointment in the three-week hunt that Australia's prime minister said will continue indefinitely...                     

2018 Mission: Mars Rover Prototype Unveiled in UK

March 28, 2014 11:13 am | by GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

It looks like a giant sandbox — except the sand has a reddish tint and the "toys" on display are very expensive prototypes designed to withstand the rigors of landing on Mars...                                         

Microsoft's Office Apps for iPad Ushers in New Era

March 28, 2014 10:35 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people are using instead of trying to protect the company's lucrative Windows franchise...              

Facebook Launches Lab to Bring Internet Everywhere

March 28, 2014 10:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook is giving more details about its effort to connect remote parts of the world to the Internet — and it involves drones, lasers and satellites...                        

Technology Hindered, Helped Search for Flight 370

March 28, 2014 10:27 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

The limitations of tracking and communications devices allowed the plane to vanish from sight for nearly three weeks. But satellites' advanced capabilities have provided hope that the mystery won't go unsolved...                   

New Malaysia Plane Search Area Turns Up Objects

March 28, 2014 9:49 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press ROB GRIFFITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australian officials moved the search area for the lost Malaysian jetliner 1,100 kilometers (680 miles) to the northeast Friday, following a new analysis of radar data, and a plane quickly found objects that a ship set out to investigate...                             

Scientists Track 3D Nanoscale Changes in Rechargeable Battery Material

March 27, 2014 5:49 pm | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have made the first 3D observations of how the structure of a lithium-ion battery anode evolves at the nanoscale in a real battery cell as it discharges and recharges....                    

Democratizing Data Visualization

March 27, 2014 5:18 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In 2007, members of the Haystack Group in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory released a set of Web development tools called “Exhibit.” Exhibit lets novices quickly put together interactive data visualizations, such as maps with sortable data...                           

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