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U.S. Lead in Science and Technology Shrinking

February 7, 2014 10:28 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

The United States' predominance in science and technology eroded further during the last decade, as several Asian nations rapidly increased their innovation capacities. According to a report released today by the NSB, the major Asian economies now perform a larger share of global R&D than the U.S...

Using 'Voting' and 'Penalties' to Overcome Errors in Quantum Optimization

February 7, 2014 10:02 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Seeking a solution to decoherence—the "noise" that prevents quantum processors from functioning properly—scientists at USC have developed a strategy of linking quantum bits together into voting blocks, a strategy that significantly boosts their accuracy. The team found that their method results in at least a five-fold increase...

Google Unveils Box for Business Videoconferences

February 7, 2014 9:30 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is introducing a videoconferencing tool designed to make it easier and less expensive to hold face-to-face business meetings even if the participants are scattered in different locations. The device, called "Chromebox For Meetings," goes on sale for $999 Thursday in the U.S. and will be available...

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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..."

Sony Lowers Forecast to Loss, Trying to Sell Vaio

February 6, 2014 10:24 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony is in talks to sell its troubled personal computer business and Thursday lowered its earnings forecast for the business year ending March to a 110 billion yen loss ($1.1 million). The company also said it's cutting its global workforce by about 3 percent or 5,000 people by the end of March 2015 as it restructures...

MACOM Distribution Agreement Strengthens Digi-Key's Portfolio

February 5, 2014 11:41 am | by Digi-Key Corporation | News | Comments

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation announced the signing of a global distribution agreement with M/A-COM Technology Solutions (MACOM), a market innovator offering one of the widest and most reliable RF, microwave and millimeterwave offerings in the industry...

Google Awards $106M in Stock, Cash to Schmidt

February 5, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is getting paid a lot more than he did when he was running the Internet company. Schmidt is getting an award of $100 million in Google Inc.'s restricted stock for the second time in the three years since he relinquished the CEO job to company co-founder Larry Page...  

Was Microsoft Smart to Play it Safe with CEO Pick?

February 5, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After compiling a list of more than 100 CEO candidates, Microsoft settled on Satya Nadella a home-grown leader who joined the software maker in the early 1990s. That's back when Google's founders were teenagers and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in elementary school...

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New Manufacturer’s Representative for Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions

February 4, 2014 2:47 pm | by Emerson Network Power | News | Comments

Emerson Network Power announced Con-Tek Marketing (CTM) to represent Emerson Connectivity Solutions’ Midwest Microwave and Semflex product lines in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado, effective February 1, 2014. This territory was previously covered by RF Marketing and after a long and successful tenure as a manufacturer’s representative...

Iridium Revolutionizes Personal Communications with Industry’s First Global Portable Satellite Hotspot, Iridium GO!

February 4, 2014 1:19 pm | by Iridium Communications | News | Comments

Iridium Communications announced Iridium GO!, the industry’s first portable satellite hotspot that connects to any smartphone or tablet, dramatically extending voice and data coverage for personal devices when they are out of range of cellular networks. Iridium GO! creates a satellite-backed Wi-Fi zone anywhere on the planet...

New Technique Could Be Used to Search Space Dust for Life's Ingredients

February 4, 2014 9:36 am | by Bill Steigerwald, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

While the origin of life remains mysterious, scientists are finding more and more evidence that material created in space and delivered to Earth by comet and meteor impacts could have given a boost to the start of life. Some meteorites supply molecules that can be used as building blocks to make certain kinds of larger molecules that are critical for life... 

Google Told to Move SF Bay 'Mystery' Barge

February 4, 2014 9:24 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google does not have the proper permits for a mystery barge at a construction site on an island in San Francisco Bay, a state official said, and must move the floating, four-story building that drew wide attention and fueled weeks of speculation when it was erected last fall...                    

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...                           

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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...                         

Rise of Wireless Technology Poses Security Risks for Manufacturers

February 3, 2014 11:23 am | by IHS | News | Comments

Increasing networking of manufacturing equipment is opening up factories to the benefits of flexible production and wireless mobile communications. However, the rising use of connected devices is also exposing production sites to security breaches and cyber-attacks, compelling companies to seek ways to protect their networks...

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...

Photo of the Day: Controlling Photons with Quantum Dots

January 31, 2014 10:42 am | by Linköping University | News | Comments

By emitting photons from a quantum dot at the top of a micropyramid, researchers at Linköping University are creating a polarized light source for such things as energy-saving computer screens and wiretap-proof communications. Polarized light forms the foundation for technology...

Quantum Dots Provide Complete Control of Photons

January 31, 2014 10:33 am | by Linköping University | News | Comments

By emitting photons from a quantum dot at the top of a micropyramid, researchers at Linköping University are creating a polarized light source for such things as energy-saving computer screens and wiretap-proof communications. Polarized light forms the foundation for technology...

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...

CEOs Seek Better Internet Access in Classrooms

January 30, 2014 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The top officers at more than 40 companies are asking the Federal Communications Commission to act quickly to help get more high-speed Internet into America's classrooms. The FCC is weighing changes to a program called E-rate that provides discounts to help schools with telecommunications and Internet access...

Google's Motorola Misstep could be Lenovo's Boon

January 30, 2014 10:34 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

An expensive mistake by Google could turn into a golden opportunity for China's Lenovo Group as it expands beyond its success in the personal computer industry. Google is ridding itself of a financial headache by selling Motorola Mobility's smartphone business to Lenovo for $2.9 billion...

AT&T and Equinix Enter Alliance to Speed Enterprise Adoption of Cloud Services

January 29, 2014 11:36 am | by Equinix, Inc. | News | Comments

AT&T and Equinix are working to speed up the adoption of cloud services. The companies today agreed to embed AT&T NetBond into select Equinix data centers.AT&T NetBond enables customers to connect to their cloud services using their private AT&T VPN networks, which deliver highly secure connections...

Barcoding, Inc. Establishes RFID by Barcoding Practice

January 29, 2014 11:30 am | by Barcoding, Inc. | News | Comments

Barcoding, Inc. announced the establishment of RFID by Barcoding, a new, dedicated practice for the design, development, implementation, and advancement of Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID). “Barcoding has long offered and supported RFID systems, but as we continue to grow and expand..."

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