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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...

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Technology Firms Urge Changes to US Spying

February 12, 2014 9:33 am | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of leading U.S. technology firms joined an international protest Tuesday against the U.S. government's spying programs, urging more limits on collections of Americans' electronic data and greater oversight and transparency about the secret operations...

Icahn Retreats from Apple Battle on Stock Buybacks

February 11, 2014 9:45 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn is retreating from his battle with Apple's board of directors, ending a high-profile campaign to pressure the iPhone maker into spending more money to buy back its own stock. The about-face outlined in an Icahn letter to Apple's shareholders figures to turn the company's Feb. 28 annual meeting into a more sedate affair...

Appeals Court in NY Restores Monitor for Apple

February 11, 2014 9:35 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

A court-appointed monitor evaluating Apple's antitrust policies can resume his work but must adhere to the strict limits on his duties spelled out by the judge who appointed him, a federal appeals panel said on Monday. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued the order...

Govt Report: Cyberattacks Not Coordinated

February 11, 2014 9:32 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

A multi-agency government task force looking into cyberattacks against retailers says it has not come across evidence suggesting the attacks are a coordinated campaign to adversely affect the U.S. economy. In a two-page report, the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force says the global implications...

Aeroflex Announces the Acquisition of Shenick Network Systems

February 10, 2014 3:14 pm | by Aeroflex Holding | News | Comments

Aeroflex Holding ("Aeroflex") announced the acquisition of Shenick Network Systems (“Shenick”). “Shenick provides Aeroflex with next generation technology in the rapidly growing virtual test market,” stated Len Borow, Aeroflex’s Chief Executive Officer...

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Flat-pack Lens Boosts Solar Power

February 10, 2014 9:49 am | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Micro-machining could be used to create almost flat, Fresnel lenses, that boost the electrical efficiency of solar panels, according to researchers in China. Fresnel lenses were invented by French engineer and scientist Augustin-Jean Fresnel, in the early nineteenth century...

New Microsoft CEO's Collegial Style Sparks Hope

February 10, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It was a fleeting moment once the camera had gone off, but some say it's indicative of the leadership style Satya Nadella brings to his new job as CEO of Microsoft Corp. Nadella's impromptu town hall webcast had interrupted business meetings between Microsoft employees and outside partners at the company's Executive Briefing Center in Redmond, Wash...

Photos of the Day: The World's First Electronic Computer

February 7, 2014 11:21 am | by The National Museum of Computing | News | Comments

Colossus veterans and their families gather today at The National Museum of Computing located on Bletchley Park to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Colossus, the world's first electronic computer. They will see a re-enactment of the code-breaking process from intercept to decrypt with a working rebuild of Colossus...

Top Secret Computer Battled Nazis

February 7, 2014 11:06 am | by The National Museum of Computing | News | Comments

Colossus veterans and their families gather today at The National Museum of Computing located on Bletchley Park to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Colossus, the world's first electronic computer. They will see a re-enactment of the code-breaking process from intercept to decrypt with a working rebuild of Colossus...

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...

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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...

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...

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...                    

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