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China Claims Victory in Scrubbing Internet Clean

December 2, 2013 9:04 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity, and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party...                              

Techies vs. NSA: Encryption Arms Race Escalates

December 2, 2013 9:03 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Encrypted email, secure instant messaging, and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of variable quality, and much of it, experts say, can bog down computers and...

Pilot Use of Automation Eyed in Air Crashes

December 2, 2013 9:02 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pilots are becoming so reliant on the computer systems that do most of the flying in today's airliners that on the rare occasions when something goes wrong, they're sometimes unprepared to take control...                        

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Amazon.com Developing Delivery Drones

December 2, 2013 8:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The online retailer says it's working on its Prime Air project in its research and development labs. It says the idea is that the delivery system would be able to get purchases to customers in less than 30 minutes through the use of the...                 

Ex-Nokia Engineers Launch New Smartphone

November 27, 2013 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of ex-Nokia engineers is launching a smartphone based on the former world No. 1 cellphone maker's old software, hoping to grab a share of a highly competitive market...                                                          

Gift Guide: PS4, Xbox One Won't Disappoint Gamers

November 27, 2013 10:21 am | by Lou Kesten, Associated Press | News | Comments

Perhaps you weren't one of those eager fans who waited in line at midnight to get first crack at the new consoles. Perhaps there's a gamer in your family who would love to unwrap a shiny new machine on...               

HP Posts $1.4B Fiscal 4Q Profit

November 27, 2013 10:09 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard posted net income of $1.4 billion for its fiscal fourth-quarter, as cost cuts stemming from its ongoing restructuring more than offset the effects of sluggish computer demand. The world's second-largest maker...           

Photos of the Day: Nano Camera

November 27, 2013 10:07 am | by Helen Knight, MIT News correspondent | News | Comments

The camera is based on “Time of Flight” technology like that used in Microsoft’s recently launched second-generation Kinect device, in which the location of objects is calculated by how long it takes a light signal...               

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Inexpensive ‘Nano-Camera’ can Operate at the Speed of Light

November 27, 2013 9:57 am | by Helen Knight, MIT News correspondent | News | Comments

A $500 “nano-camera” that can operate at the speed of light has been developed by researchers in the MIT Media Lab. The three-dimensional camera, which was presented last week at Siggraph Asia in...               

Latest GOES-R Instrument Cleared for Installation onto Spacecraft

November 27, 2013 9:57 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

The latest advanced instrument that will fly on NOAA's next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R known as GOES-R spacecraft is completed and cleared for installation onto...                  

Google Earth Reveals Untold Fish Catches

November 27, 2013 9:34 am | by UBC News | News | Comments

Large fish traps in the Persian Gulf could be catching up to six times more fish than what’s being officially reported, according to the first investigation of fish catches from space conducted by...                

Cheap Motorola Smartphone Available in U.S. Early

November 27, 2013 9:26 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Motorola will start selling a cheap smartphone in the U.S. more than a month ahead of schedule. The company says it was able to produce the Moto G phones faster than expected. The U.S. launch was...                       

Nanotubes Can Solder Themselves, Markedly Improving Device Performance

November 26, 2013 11:05 am | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor | News | Comments

University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to heal gaps in wires too small for even the world’s tiniest soldering iron. Led by electrical and computer engineering professor Joseph Lyding and graduate student Jae Won Do, the Illinois team published its...

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Sounding Rocket to Peek at Atmosphere of Venus

November 26, 2013 10:55 am | by Elizabeth Zubritsky, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

A week after launching a new orbiter to investigate the upper atmosphere of Mars, NASA is sending a sounding rocket to probe the atmosphere of Venus. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in...

Ultra-Sensitive Force Sensing with a Levitating Nanoparticle

November 26, 2013 10:47 am | by ICFO | News | Comments

A recent study led by researchers of the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) achieved the highest force sensitivity ever observed with a nano-mechanical resonator. The scientific results of this study have been published in...               

Flashes of Brilliance

November 26, 2013 10:35 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Spontaneous bursts of light from a solid block illuminate the unusual way interacting quantum particles behave when they are driven far from equilibrium. The discovery by Rice University scientists of a way to trigger these flashes may lead to new telecommunications equipment and other devices that transmit signals at picosecond speeds.

BlackBerry Shakeup Continues as COO, CFO Depart

November 26, 2013 10:19 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry's interim chief executive has shaken up BlackBerry's management team in a move seen as prelude to him taking the top job himself. Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear and Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben, both hired by recently ousted CEO Thorsten Heins, will leave the struggling...

Review: HTC, Nokia Offer Good, Giant Choices

November 26, 2013 10:08 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Two new giant phones are worth considering. Neither comes with a stylus, a signature feature of Samsung's 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3, which is one of the most popular phones of its size. But the 5.9-inch HTC One Max and the 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520 both have larger screens than...

Super SQUID

November 26, 2013 9:58 am | by Weizmann Institute of Science | News | Comments

Weizmann Institute scientists have taken a quantum leap toward understanding the phenomenon known as superconductivity: They have created the world's smallest SQUID – a device used to measure magnetic fields – which has broken the world record for sensitivity and...  

Ready, Set, Space! -- NASA's GPM Satellite Begins Journey

November 26, 2013 9:53 am | by Kate Ramsayer, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

For the past three years, the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory has gone from components and assembly drawings to a fully functioning satellite at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The satellite has now arrived in...    

New Research Aims to Teach Computers Common Sense

November 25, 2013 11:31 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The system at Carnegie Mellon University is called NEIL, short for Never Ending Image Learning. In mid-July, it began searching the Internet for images 24/7 and, in tiny steps, is deciding for itself how those images relate to each other. The goal is to recreate what we call common sense...

Inmates Learn Tech Sector from Silicon Valley Pros

November 25, 2013 11:29 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The budding entrepreneurs wear blue sweat pants labeled "prisoner" and huge, flapping blue shirts. Their doors are triple locked, and lunch is a stale peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Complicating matters, participants in this growing Silicon Valley startup incubator are barred from the Internet...

NY Troopers in Big SUVs Peer in on Texting Drivers

November 25, 2013 11:23 am | by JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Even for a state trooper, it's not easy to spot drivers who are texting. Their smartphones are down on their laps, not at their ears. And they're probably not moving their lips. That's why New York has given state police 32 tall, unmarked SUVs...

If Gov't Backs In-Flight Calls, Will the Airlines?

November 25, 2013 11:08 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Old concerns about electronics being a danger to airplane navigation have been debunked. And airlines could make some extra cash charging passengers to call a loved one from 35,000 feet. But that extra money might not...                 

UNL Scientists Develop Novel X-Ray Device

November 25, 2013 11:04 am | by Donald Umstadter, University of Nebraska-Lincoln | News | Comments

Using a compact but powerful laser, a research team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has developed a new way to generate synchrotron X-rays. Although the high quality of synchrotron X-rays make them ideal for research ranging from the structure of...

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